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Around 1979 USS Francis Hammond (FF-1067) Crossed several times more. One time got to be Davy Jones.

I wonder if they did to crossing the line the same thing they did to Chiefs initiations.

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December 1973 aboard USS Mataco (ATF 86) headed from Singapore to Jakarta and Australia.


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Crossed the line with my wife in 2011 near Manta, Ecuador. It was a highlight of my life.

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mountainvet wrote:
Received my Shellback initiation June 12, 1972 aboard the USS America CVA 66 headed out of Norfolk bound for Viet Nam



And we're glad you did. I was aboard USS Constellation CVA 64 and you eventually relieved us. We'd been extended from that Spring due to the Easter Offensive, and had spent over ninety consecutive days on Yankee Station.


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USS Ingersoll on our way to the Gulf war, 1990. We crossed the equator where it intersects with the international date line. Supposedly, that made us Golden Shellbacks. I was a pollywog and went through hazing tradition to be initiated. A few months later, a sailor from another ship was killed during the hazing and the Navy ended the tradition of ceremony. When I crossed the second time, we were not allowed to have the hazing ceremonies.


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USS Ingersoll on our way to the Gulf war, 1990. We crossed the equator where it intersects with the international date line. Supposedly, that made us Golden Shellbacks. I was a pollywog and went through hazing tradition to be initiated. A few months later, a sailor from another ship was killed during the hazing and the Navy ended the tradition of ceremony. When I crossed the second time, we were not allowed to have the hazing ceremonies.


I remember the Ingersoll. Not sure if we steamed in the same battle groups of if I conducted Mobile Team Training on the CIC/Sonar team. Could be both. Details of those time are growing dim.

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