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The Dawg. USS Los Angeles - Naples, Italy - Summer 1977.

Ten years later
1987 - North Arabian Sea photo mo-01_zps9c622706.jpg
LTjg Dawg. USS Harold E. Holt (FF-1074) - North Arabian Sea - Summer 1987
Yes that is USS Missouri (BB-63) in the background.

I served from 1974 to 1993 thinking we were keeping the world safe for democracy only to discover that by letting the Europeans shift what they should have spent on defense to social programs we were only making the world safe for socialism. I prided myself on doing my part to keep the red horde out of the USA until I entered civilian life and discovered they had gained a toehold by infiltrating the democrat party.

… Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses

(Juvenal, Satire 10.77–81)