While conducting a NATO exercise in the Adriatic Sea and while emerging from a blinding fog, a US frigate collides with a Turkish destroyer -- due in part to the presence of a Greek destroyer escort nearby, ostensibly to protect the claim of Greece to a small uninhabited island. The SecNav orders RAdm. Chegwidden himself to prosecute the commanding officer (CO) of the US ship -- because he has received politically motivated orders from above to appease NATO and the other nations involved. Displeased and uncomfortable, the admiral directs Harm and Mac to provide the accused CO with a vigorous defense, and they gladly comply. After some courtroom fireworks the attorneys work out a solution which serves the interest of justice. Meanwhile Mikey Roberts, Bud's brother, visits Bud and Harriet, meets Gunny's sister, from New Mexico, and finds her attractive and interesting, but finally Mikey gets a disappointing surprise. Written by
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The footage used for the establishment shots near the start shows three different ships of the US Navy -- representing the US frigate, the Turkish destroyer, and the Greek destroyer escort. Respectively, they are USS John Moore (FFG-19), of the Oliver Hazard Perry class, named for a submarine skipper who died in the sinking of his ship in action against the Japanese Navy, USS Carpenter (DD-825), of the Gearing class, named for a Naval aviator, and USS Robert Peary (DE-1073), of the Knox class, named for the rear admiral who is generally regarded as the first person who, in 1903, reached the North Pole. See more
At the end of the final conversation, as the recently relieved skipper turns and walks away toward his home and his retirement, the boatswain's mate of the watch announces "captain departing". The correct and traditional call should be "commander, United States Navy, departing". Besides, the boatswain's mate should have made his call as the former skipper stepped over the side of the ship, not as he, already ashore, stepped away from the outboard end of the brow. While Cdr. Merrick was still the CO, he was properly addressed and described as "captain" despite his rank, and the calls of the boatswain's mate, using the name of the command, would be "Monroe Smith arriving" or "Monroe Smith departing" as the skipper stepped aboard or ashore. Again, though, in the circumstances here the correct call should be "commander, United States Navy, departing". See more
P.O. Jason Tiner
Wow. That was actually a nice thing you did, ma'am.
Lt. Loren Singer
Are you kidding? Mikey Roberts can have that girl for *breakfast* for all I care!