Shellback US Navy ancient order of the deep shirt, hoodie and tank top
Do you know the King Neptune, God of the Seas. A Navy Tradition. In the U.S. Navy, when a ship crosses the equator a time-honored ceremony takes place. This is an event no sailor or Marine ever forgets. Shellback US Navy ancient order of the deep. With few exceptions, those who have been inducted into the “Ancient Order of the deep” by Neptunus Rex and his Royal court, count the experience as a highlight of their naval and Marine career.
Officially recognized by service record entries indicating date, time, latitude and longitude, the crossing of the equator involves elaborate preparation by the “shellbacks” (those who have crossed the equator before) to ensure the “pollywogs” (those who are about to cross the equator for the first time) are properly indoctrinated. Shellback US Navy ancient order of the deep. All pollywogs, even the Commanding Officer if he has not crossed before, must participate. Pollywogs must pay their respect to King Neptune, God of the Seas. The Shellbacks, having been across before and now are “Sons of Neptune” play the roles of a variety of characters such as King Neptune, Neptune’s Queen, Davey Jones, the Royal Baby, the Royal Cop, and various other characters of the moment.
Shellback US Navy ancient order of the deep shirt
I never have gotten shellbacked, but I did get close to being initiated for crossing the equator. I had missed the opportunity by one week onboard the USS Fahrion (FFG-22) back in July of 1995, during AT. If anyone has been shelbacked during their time in service, feel free to share your experiences. I a lowly pollywog pay hommage to those mighty shellbacks and only wish I could have joined your ranks. Shellback US Navy ancient order of the deep. Couldn’t get our shellback on the 93 or 95 cruise. Seems like we turned the ship north just a few miles from the equator going around the Arabian Peninsula coming out of the Suez Canal and Red Sea.