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IMPERIVM NEPTVNI REGIS - To all Sailors wherever ye may be: and to all MERMAIDS, WHALES, SEA SERPENTS PORPOSIS, SHARKS, DOLPHINS, ELLS, SKATES, SUCKERS, CRABS, LOBSTERS AND ALL OTHER LIVING THINGS OF THE SEA. GREETING, Know ye.....

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golden sheelback

Started by robert biglow. Last reply by James H. Houchin MMC(SW) Retired Oct 5. 2 Replies

crossing the line

Started by Jeffrey A. Loew. Last reply by Richard Cunningham May 10, 2016. 8 Replies

RAO

Started by Kevin Warner. Last reply by John W Sargent May 13, 2013. 1 Reply

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Comment by John W Sargent on August 7, 2016 at 5:46pm

On-board the America CVA 66 (may her rusty bone's sleep in the deep and people who served aboard smile at her memory) on our way to Tonkin Gulf, Poly Wog day a great day for me. They can put on my stone "Here Lies a Shellback". I think that political correctness has killed this very Special day in July 1972.

  

Comment by Ron Olesen on May 12, 2016 at 3:15pm

We were conducting patrols/recon off the coast of Viet Nam on the USS Razorback (SS394).  We had done many of the usual Westpac ports, but also Pusan, Korea to get heads for the compressor. 

At some point, we rendezvoused with the USS Spinax (SS489) (I had served aboard Spinax in 1964).  We did a sundowner with the Jolly Roger flying.  We had iced down the beer, opened the superstructure to expose the grills and we had a few brews and steaks.  A P3 from the JMSDF flew over with her 100K lights, flashbulbs and photos of 2 submarines tied together in the middle of the puddle, beer cans floating away!!

We then proceeded to Singapore and tied up alongside HMS For the, a British submarine tender.  We had a great time at the British Submariners club.

When we got underway, we proceeded to the Equator, and the initiation!!  Like most traditions in the Navy, not always fun, until it was over.  When all was said and done, we submerged and crossed the equator backward.

Comment by robert bennett on September 26, 2015 at 9:19am

The first time I cross was in 1983 on the USS MIDWAY (CV 41) also known as uss never dock

Comment by Ernest Copenhaver on June 16, 2015 at 3:20pm

Crossed the equator while serving on board the USS Richmond K Turner DLG-20 on 10/27/1972

Comment by Harry Stewart (Pete) Gault on April 30, 2015 at 4:21pm

I crossed the equator twice while in USS Boston (CAG-1).  Pollywog in 1967 and Shellback in 1968. I was a W-1 in 67 and a CWO-2 in 68.  My Master Chief GM Charlie Harkness was the Royal Baby both times.  Huge hairy belly on one of the finest sailors I ever met. 

Comment by Richard C. Cox on April 29, 2015 at 12:11pm

I almost didn't participate, but at the last minute, I did.  Great experience, no fresh water showers only salt water.  I did get to cross a few more times and help initiate more lowly wogs,Bon Homme 2 times, Enterprise 1, Ranger 1, and Connie 1.  Seeing it from both sides was the only way to do it.

Comment by Ronald Eason on April 26, 2015 at 3:31pm

Crossed the line in '78 aboard the USS Hector (AR-7) on the way to Tahiti. 

Comment by Michael A Kartchner on April 25, 2015 at 5:04pm

I became a Shellbacker while a member of ships crew in the Air Department of the USS Coral Sea CVA-43 in 1969 on the way to Australia . I spent my entire enlistment on the Coral Sea in V-3 Division [hanger-bay] and was on Yankee Station for 3.25 tours during my time on-board 1968 to 1972

Comment by James Franklin Benson on December 26, 2014 at 6:16pm

Hi,Terry Eccleston....I crossed the line in 59 as a TMSN...Later,I re  enlisted & got shipped off to SH$$ CITY to another tin can and sailed right into the CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS.Didn't stay for 20,and hind-sight is STILL kicking me in the A$$.Anyway,I became a GM(G)3/C,and was a mount captain on a 3".50Cal (twin) A A mount and it was a BLAST!

Comment by Terry Eccleston GMC(SW) Retired on December 25, 2014 at 10:41pm

Crossed the line on October 2, 1977 on the USS Lasalle (AGF-3) on our way to the beautiful island of Mahe of the Seychelles and Mombasa, Kenya. What a long day since most of the crew was WOGS. When your 1 yr tour was up on the Lasalle you flew you off where ever the ship was. One year later l was left in the Seychelles for 5 days, before the next flight back to the states. What a paradise it was. We had a great time there.

 

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