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L4zy
02-19-2006, 01:12
golden? emerald? what ship?

Shellback here

USS De Wert FFG 45 out near the Galapagos Islands in 2004...

Crazy Ed
02-19-2006, 03:46
1974 on the USS CONSTELLATION out in the IO.

Ed

exprt9
02-19-2006, 07:50
August 1977 enroute to Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, etc. on board USS Oklahoma City CG-5. Crossed the equator a few more times before retiring in Jun 2000.

Warhorse
02-19-2006, 07:57
I believe it was 1977 aboard the USS New Orleans LPH, enroute to Singapore.
Semper Fi!

truckstop cop
02-19-2006, 08:23
GOLDEN SHELLBACK here!!! June 1987, crossed the date line and the equator(lat 00000/long 180. Onboard the USS Anchorage, steaming back up from Australia.

L4zy
02-19-2006, 11:42
Originally posted by Crazy Ed
1974 on the USS CONSTELLATION out in the IO.

Ed

Holy crap!! '74! You know they make ships out of metal now right? ;f

Sam1380
02-19-2006, 11:56
Shellback USS Independence 1988

Sam1380
02-19-2006, 11:57
Shellback USS Independence 1988 CV-62?

glockoroni
02-19-2006, 18:17
Originally posted by exprt9
August 1977 enroute to Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, etc. on board USS Oklahoma City CG-5. Crossed the equator a few more times before retiring in Jun 2000. Holy crap, small world. I was one of the guys who beat the crap out of your butt with a shillelagh on the Oki Boat. Patty Beach, Thailand was our last stop before returning to Yoko in September 1977. Please check your PM shipmate.

Crazy Ed
02-19-2006, 19:32
Originally posted by L4zy
Holy crap!! '74! You know they make ships out of metal now right? ;f

I had heard something along those lines ... but don't believe it LOL!!

Ed ;a

KIDCOP
02-20-2006, 03:47
Shellback 3 times. First 2 times were onboard USS Midway (CV-41) 77 to 80 with VAQ 115 and stationed in Japan.

Harrison
02-20-2006, 18:55
USS L.Y. Spear AS-36, enroute to Diego Garcia. This was 1980 I believe. Don't make me go dig out my cruise book. :)

cliffb
02-20-2006, 20:31
Originally posted by Crazy Ed
1974 on the USS CONSTELLATION out in the IO.

Ed

Hey Ed, me too. I was in VAQ-131. I seem to recall a lot of time doing nothing that cruise.

Also got my blue nose (arctic circle) on the FID.

Crazy Ed
02-20-2006, 21:11
Originally posted by cliffb
Hey Ed, me too. I was in VAQ-131. I seem to recall a lot of time doing nothing that cruise.

Also got my blue nose (arctic circle) on the FID.

You don't happen to recall that UFO incident we had in the IO do you? I remember I was mess cooking at the time and just took some trash out to the fantail. It was late at night. The fantail was packed with folks checking out this light that seemed to be hovering just behind us and up about a hundred feet. Looked like a big spot light. If I had to make a guess, less than 50' across. No noise we could hear. After about 10 minutes it zigged and zagged it's way out of sight at an incredible speed. There is NO WAY it was anything made on this planet. ;P I still have not seen anything that was as fast and could turn that fast. I had a friend in 131. I believe his name was Mark. A YNSN.

Ed

cliffb
02-21-2006, 17:38
Now that you mention it I think I do. Had forgotten all about it. (sucks getting old)
Remember 4th of July (or was it new years) when they brought up a bunch of weapons and lit off tracers that night? Fireworks!! The .50s were very cool.

How about the great visit to Karachi Pakistan?.. ;g

I worked the flight deck most of that cruise. My son was born while we were in the IO. Ex-wife never did forgive me for not comming home. Tough to do in those days.

Crazy Ed
02-21-2006, 17:44
I'll never forget Karachi. What a great liberty port!

Ed

KIDCOP
02-21-2006, 18:42
;z ;z ^6

Once was enough!

ggarciatx
02-22-2006, 13:44
CV-61 Ranger IO 1989

spober
02-23-2006, 14:36
LPH 12 USS Inchon, Golden Shellback ,Latitude 00000/longatude 000000
the equator and Prime Meridian.FEBUARY 14,1978 man i have my certificate on my wall of my office.lost the id card years ago.

lgsracer
02-23-2006, 14:37
Golden

USS Haddo (SSN 604) 1979 heading for Austrilia from Guam.

KIDCOP
02-23-2006, 16:31
Originally posted by cliffb
Hey Ed, me too. I was in VAQ-131. I seem to recall a lot of time doing nothing that cruise.

Also got my blue nose (arctic circle) on the FID.

Nice to also see some ex Lancers here as well.

captyg76
02-24-2006, 21:15
Several times on various ships - '81 on San Jose enroute to Perth. Same again on Mars in '93 enroute also to Perth.

Glockusmaximus
02-24-2006, 21:19
1985 USS Cleveland, LPD-7 enroute from PI to Perth, Australia.

Semper Fi!

glockoroni
02-25-2006, 10:16
Originally posted by lgsracer
Golden

USS Haddo (SSN 604) 1979 heading for Austrilia from Guam. Did they give you "golden showers" when you crossed the equator? LOL ;f

Murman
02-25-2006, 11:41
CWO2 M.L. Schultz,

on the 11th day of November, 1999,

aboard USS LAKE ERIE (CG 70),

appeared at the equator at Longitude 080*58.1E.

What a fine NAVY day that was.

Murman

spober
02-25-2006, 14:46
Originally posted by glockoroni
Did they give you "golden showers" when you crossed the equator? LOL ;f
much worse than that was the big white fat belly covered in thick axle grease.that bastard would grab your ears and well you know the rest!

glockoroni
02-25-2006, 16:14
Originally posted by spober
much worse than that was the big white fat belly covered in thick axle grease.that bastard would grab your ears and well you know the rest! You meant the "Royal Baby"? Shellback initiations (or any Navy initiations) are very lame nowadays. I don't think they even call them initiation, they call them "right of passage" to be politically correct. YUCK!

Crazy Ed
02-25-2006, 16:32
This is how bad it's become. A few years back a friend of mine in Navy EOD attended the graduation of one of the Navy classes. My friend is a LCDR and this particular student was a LTJG. The LTJG BEGGED to have my buddy give him a blood crab. For those who don't know, this means setting the EOD badge of his chest with the clip holders removed and then "punching" it in. I mean this LTJG really begged for it, literally. It's not that big of a deal. So my friend gave in and did it. Someone at the graduation didn't like it and reported it up the chain of command as "unauthorized harassment". Needless to say, CINCPACFLT himself got involved and to make a long story short, my friend who had almost 18 years in EOD had his EOD quals removed and was kicked out of the program!! A lot of people were pissed but it did no good. I'm so glad I'm retired now. IDIOTS ARE EVERYWHERE!! I could probably vent for hours ...

Ed ;c ;c ;c ;c ;c (Here's to the good ol' days!)

KIDCOP
02-25-2006, 17:08
Seems to me things started going down hill pretty fast after tail hook. I'm glad I'm retired too, but I miss the good ole days and those who made it fun.

Crazy Ed
02-25-2006, 17:20
Originally posted by KIDCOP
Seems to me things started going down hill pretty fast after tail hook. I'm glad I'm retired too, but I miss the good ole days and those who made it fun.

I agree, Tailhook sure didn't help the cause. What did that gal think was going to happen? Everyone sitting around playing Monopoly?? Yeesh.

docfubar
02-26-2006, 13:25
Golden Shellback onboard USS Peleliu LHA-5 1994

shuwtist
03-02-2006, 19:17
August 10, 1981, USS America! That was initiation - was on the giving end in 1987, USS Constellation! Now that was a great Navy day!!

L4zy
03-03-2006, 02:07
How many of you actually still carry your card? If not, do you at least still have the certificate?

Got my card still!!!

on the 1st day of July, 2004 aboard the USS De Wert FFG 45 appeared at the Equator at Longitude 086* 37.7' W thus entering Our Royal Domain, and having been inspected by My Royal Staff, was initiated into the Solemn Mysteries of the Ancient Order of the Deep.

I do hereby command All hands to Honor and Respect this Trusty Shellback.

Signed:

Davey Jones and Neptune Rex

:D

spober
03-04-2006, 12:50
i lost my card about 10 years or so ago.luckily my mom framed my certificate back in 1978.its been under glass since.right now its hanging right here in my office.its a real first class print job.now and then i'll study it..

truckstop cop
03-06-2006, 08:16
i have all my cards (dont carry them)and my certs. are all framed and hanging up!!!

rhikdavis
03-06-2006, 08:30
Originally posted by Harrison
USS L.Y. Spear AS-36, enroute to Diego Garcia. This was 1980 I believe. Don't make me go dig out my cruise book. :)

I always thought that ship was welded to the pier. ;f


Shellback, 1991, CVN 72 USS Abe Lincoln

Blue Nose, 1984 LHA-2, USS Saipan

TScottW99
03-07-2006, 15:00
Golden on the USS Brunswick ATS-3 94'

ShootNMove
03-12-2006, 14:06
Golden.

USS La Jolla SSN 701, on our way back from ************.

Man was that fun, we had a swim call way out there in the middle of nowhere.

Harrison
03-12-2006, 15:01
Originally posted by rhikdavis
I always thought that ship was welded to the pier. ;f



It was......until I got onboard! :(

spober
03-15-2006, 18:51
whats a emerald shellback? equator/IDL?

GlockmanG35
03-17-2006, 10:12
Shellback USS Boone FFG-28 January 2003 off the coast of Peru during counter-drug operations.

jonny772
03-18-2006, 23:19
USS Thomas S Gates CG-51 1996,and 1998 still have my cards and certificates

stengun
03-19-2006, 16:43
Howdy Shellbacks!

USS Nimitz CVN-68 on May 29, 1987. We had left the Med and was headinf to Rio, Brazil.

Paul

GlockmanG35
03-20-2006, 11:10
Originally posted by jonny772
USS Thomas S Gates CG-51 1996,and 1998 still have my cards and certificates

I just watched the Gates get decommed a couple of months ago in Mayport, FL...

E__WOK
03-26-2006, 19:36
Golden Shellback. USS Comstock LSD-45.

mike23
03-28-2006, 08:24
USS Francis Hammond FF 1067 1980 IO

I love telling my kids about crawling through the garbage tube (after a couple of wogs puked in it!):)

milkcartonkid
03-29-2006, 22:35
USS LAKE ERIE CG70 Plankowner and proud to say: R Div member of the 1st Ship of the Line to Commission at NAVSTA Pearl Harbor!

June 93, just left the Panama Canal, headed to Sand Dog...CO decided to hook us up so we dipped down below for a day of Fun. Yeah right!

after that, Us Honorable Shellbacks dished it out to a crew of lowly wogs on the way to Australia from ops in the Red Sea after leaving Mogadishu Somalia in Mar95 (yeah, that Mogadishu...)

The Pontificator
04-05-2006, 18:17
Originally posted by Harrison
USS L.Y. Spear AS-36, enroute to Diego Garcia. This was 1980 I believe. Don't make me go dig out my cruise book. :)

Me too! Me too!!!

Yeah, it was 1980

bongfoo
04-15-2006, 10:23
just plain old shellback. 2004 USS Lassen (DDG 82)

entropy5
04-23-2006, 00:25
Golden, USS Longbeach CGN-9 in '77 or '78, I think on the way to Perth, AU. Ah, the joy of crawling the length of the ship on non-skid in saltwater! Couldn't wait to be a spiritual guide for the next group of wogs, heheh.

Flags
04-23-2006, 18:44
May '75 enroute Perth from Subic after evacuations from Saigon. The cambodians grabbed the Mayaguez so we went there instead. Did end up in Perth eventually.

Crossed many more times and those trips were a lot more fun. I still have nightmares about a certain SM1, port flagbag, and a greasegun.

Wisby
04-25-2006, 00:22
22nd day of July 2003 my second time on the USS Nevada.

The first time was on the USS Ohio in 2001 but I don't carry that card on me so I don't know the exact date.

I've crossed it 6 times now, which is odd for a SSBN.

spober
04-25-2006, 20:27
Originally posted by milkcartonkid
June 93, just left the Panama Canal, headed to Sand Dog...CO decided to hook us up so we dipped down below for a day of Fun. Yeah right!

after that, Us Honorable Shellbacks dished it out to a crew of lowly wogs on the way to Australia from ops in the Red Sea after leaving Mogadishu Somalia in Mar95 (yeah, that Mogadishu...)
man that liberty had to suck!we hit a few west african ports like senigal,ivory coast gabon the absolut worst.i still have memorys of eating some sort of meat sandwich while some lepper beger with yellow eyes was casting a glance our way.the good and the bad ...memorys

pelmore
05-03-2006, 09:20
March 1967 enroute Sydney aboard the USS Bennington (CVS-20).

In January 1982, served as Davey Jones aboard the USS Tripoli (LPH-10) enroute Sydney/Perth.

Also did a "Safari to Suez" aboard the USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7), November 1987, enroute to the Persian Gulf...

bongfoo
05-05-2006, 20:33
ok am i the only one in the navy who finds that there is a difference between "hazing" and " a time honored tradition"? apparently "the newer, kinder, gentler" navy doesn't. i am shockd appaled at the crap we deal with nowadays. i know how hard all yall old timers had it. i'm a navy brat. i grew up sith military calistenics as a form of discipline. but now they are trying to take away the time honored traditions of the navy! instead of having a "wog day", you know that day of blue and green spaghetti eating, garbage crawling, olive out of the babies stomach sucking, begging on your knees to the courts day. now they want wog day to be " a steel beach picknic and we show them a movie"!!!! what kind of crap is that!@!!!! what the hell is this world comming to??? where chiefs are spineless cowards and the fireman/ seaman try to walk all over you. and when you DON'T let the do that they want to whine and cry to the tune of "he's harrasing me" and "he's unfair" well you know what??? to all of you whinny, crying spineless little bloodsucking skates, don't EVER set foot on my ship! i will have you dwn in my bilge cleaning out oily waste with your damn coveralls! i'm sorry i really shouldn't vent here. but when they take away a time honored tradition like wog day and say that it is "hazing" that just really gets my goat.


EN2 Javier

PolMahu
05-06-2006, 18:49
Hey bongfoo, is your dad's name Pete?

bongfoo
05-07-2006, 00:50
no, sorry you've got the wrong guy.

ktrout01
05-11-2006, 06:50
USS Midway CV-41 1981 When crossing the line was a big deal and pre-tailhook. I was baptized in the bilges of #4 Main Engine and willingly took part in all the below deck festivities. It was a time-honored tradition that has since gotten so watered down that it has virtually no meaning. In my 5 years on board MIDWAY we crossed the line several times and each time we would have VIPs come aboard to go through the initiation. On my last crossing 7th Fleet Chief of Staff was on board because he had spent most of his career on the east coast and wanted to cross the line before retirement. He was treated like every other slimy low-life wog and although he did have a marine orderly with him, he went through the line like every other sailor. Those were the days.

I talked to my stepson, who is currently on active duty, and he said that wog day is now almost a non-event.

Leathercrafter
05-11-2006, 09:36
I crossed while onboard the USS CORAL SEA (CV 43) in early '80 on our way to the Persian Gulf. What a day that was!

bongfoo
05-11-2006, 20:15
sadly, yes. almost a non event. hence my previous posting. not it looks like they may be trying to get rid of it all-together.... sad ain't it??

Crazy Ed
05-12-2006, 00:17
Originally posted by Leathercrafter
I crossed while onboard the USS CORAL SEA (CV 43) in early '80 on our way to the Persian Gulf. What a day that was!

I couldn't help but notice the link to K&D Holsters, along with your user name here. Do you own it?

Ed

I crossed the line the 2nd time on the Coral Sea during World Cruise 83'. I was the only Shellback on my 4 man EOD team. What fun!!

Leathercrafter
05-12-2006, 04:28
Crazy Ed:

Yes, I'm the owner/holstermaker for K&D Holsters.

Crazy Ed
05-12-2006, 10:58
That's awesome! I wish I would have known that before I bought way too many holsters trying to find the right fit. Do you do any paddle holsters?

Ed :beer: :beer:

Leathercrafter
05-12-2006, 13:29
Yep, sure do. Here's a couple of pics:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v107/Leathercrafter/Paddle1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v107/Leathercrafter/Paddle1a.jpg

Not quite sure why the pics are not showing here, but you can hit the link and you should be able to see them.

The holster is adjustable in a couple of ways. One way is the cant - vertical, forward, rearward (cross-draw). The other way is the belt size - 1.25, 1.5, 1.75. So it's a fairly versatile rig in that respect.

bongfoo
05-12-2006, 20:21
price for one of these beauties?? i'm getting ready to start playing in the IDPA so i need a gun AND clip holster. how much for both? G 17 by the way

Crazy Ed
05-12-2006, 23:13
Next gun I know where to go holster shopping. Gotta support the Fleet right? Those paddles look good by the way.

Ed :beer: :beer:

Leathercrafter
05-13-2006, 04:46
The price for the paddle holster is $60 + $5/shipping. Thanks for your interest.

bongfoo
05-13-2006, 07:59
do you make mag holders as well?

PolMahu
05-13-2006, 11:05
OT, move this discussion somewhere else please. This is the U.S. Navy Forum, Shellback thread, not a FOR SALE thread/forum. Thank you. :offtopic:

Leathercrafter
05-13-2006, 13:40
My apologies - I recognize that it was starting to drift OT. I was only trying to answer their questions. Any further discussions will be done through PM or email.

dbard11
05-22-2006, 19:23
I crossed in the spring of 1960, on board the USS El Dorado AGC-11, on the way to Sydney. All of the old rituals were still in effect.

armed_pilot
06-14-2006, 19:38
Is everybody here THAT old or am I just that young?

Shellback '94 USS FIFE DD991



CTO1

wildcat455
06-15-2006, 00:43
Wow! I didn't feel that old until I actally started to let the dates sink in..
November of 1985 for me... Good times, man, Good times.