Darker Than Navy Blue: A Sailor's Memoir of Tragedy and Healing by Nicole Strong
At twenty-one, Nicole joins the Navy and excels through basic training and the rigors of firefighting school. She even proves herself a real-life G.I. Jane by passing every arduous physical and mental text for qualification into the elite field of Explosive Ordnance Disposal.
All she has to do now is persuade her current command to authorize a transfer into her dream job. But soon trapped aboard a ship and the target of sexual predators, Nicole must find a way to survive, and her survival means ultimately facing the internal demons from a troubled childhood.
Darker Than Navy Blue is the true story of a scandal the Navy kept hidden, until now, and of a young sailor’s remarkable resiliency despite every attempt to dehumanize her.