JAG (1995–2005)

Collision Course 

In the Adriatic Sea a US frigate collides with a Turkish destroyer, in part because of a Greek destroyer escort nearby. The SecNav orders the admiral to prosecute the CO of the US ship; Harm and Mac defend him. Justice trumps politics.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Harmon Rabb, Jr.
Sarah MacKenzie
Bud Roberts, Jr.
A.J. Chegwidden
James Merrick
Lt. Cmdr. Tim Bryant
Susan Enriquez ...
Capt. Childs
Admiral Picato
Cmdr. Vlahakis
SecNav Alexander Nelson


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 DocRushing

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Release Date:

30 January 2001 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The fictitious US ship here is USS Monroe Smith (FFG-62 or FFG-63). The crewmembers wear baseball caps bearing the hull number FFG-63, but a plaque at the ship's bell bears the number FFG-62. The fictitious ship may or may not be named for David Monroe Smith, an enlisted soldier of the US Army, who died in action in 1950 during the Korean War, and who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his "conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage" -- that is, for having flung himself upon an enemy grenade, thereby sacrificing himself but saving five fellow infantrymen. In the US Navy there is no frigate bearing the number of 62 or 63. The one with the highest number is USS Ingraham (FFG-61). See more »


The crewmembers of the US frigate wear baseball caps showing the name USS Monroe Smith and the hull number FFG-63. However, a plaque mounted at the ship's bell shows the same name but the hull number FFG-62. See more »


[Gunny has mentioned that Valerie is attracted to guys he doesn't like]
Mike 'Mikey' Roberts: Then you must love me, Gunny.
Gunnery Sgt. Victor 'Gunny' Galindez: Are you kidding! I can't stand you, Roberts.
Gunnery Sgt. Victor 'Gunny' Galindez: And I'll be sure to remind her of that every chance I get.
Mike 'Mikey' Roberts: [understanding] Yes, Gunny.
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