Harriet receives a commendation, then she changes to the inactive reserve because she has become pregnant with twins. Six men have died in a rough sea while trying to rescue a party in a rubber boat; Sturgis investigates. The admiral appears to stay in a happy mood. When he confirms his reservation for his wedding reception at the O Club in Annapolis, he converts it into his retirement party, which turns into a dining out. Harm learns that Mattie's father was not drunk at the time of the wreck; Mattie reconciles with her father. Webb appears to keep his promise to stay in touch with Mac each day while in Germany, but then the surprises stop, and Mac receives word that he has died (in the boat). Due to persistent back pain Mac has a laparoscopy; the news is not good. During the dancing after the dining out, Harm and Mac step outside and have a serious conversation. In the admiral's last official act as the JAG of the Navy, he presents a pair of shoulder boards to Bud. Written by
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The fictional ship here is USS Thomas Lyons (DDG-96). No vessel of the US Navy has ever borne the name of Thomas Lyons, a seaman, who received the Medal of Honor for his bravery in action aboard USS Pensacola during the Civil War. The real DDG-96 is USS Bainbridge, a guided-missile destroyer of the Arleigh Burke Class, which entered service in 2005. See more
During the dining out, Mike Roberts wears the shoulder boards of a midshipman third-class (second-year); however, someone reversed the two boards (side-to-side) in such a way that the angled stripes go in the wrong directions (opposite to the right way). See more
[promoting Bud to Lt. Commander
Adm. Albert Jethro 'A.J.' Chegwidden
Consider this my last act as Judge Advocate General.