unfortunatly the entire time i was in we did not do much but bomb some taliban. We did set the new record for most consecutive days at sea by a Navy ship at 159 days. Left 8 days after the 9-11 trade center bombings.
Never crossed over though but did have some fun times and memories to last a lifetime.
Here is one. Not only am I a shellback but I am a Golden Shellback, I crossed the international date line and the equator at the same time on a West Pack on the way to Australia. I guess being a Golden Shellback qualifies me to talk directly to King Neptune and I do not have to put in a chit like the rest of the lowlife shellbacks. It was the old mans twilight cruise. Was serving in the USS Coucal ASR8. I was the ships corpsman. This was way back in the 70es, can't remember the date.