You’re in the Navy Now

You’re in the Navy Now

“DESPONDENT” by OPOVV, ©2019 (Sep. 22, 2019) — “Welcome aboard, Mister. I hope you have a pleasant voyage. This is Seaman Williams, who will escort you to your cabin that you’ll share with another gentleman. After you unpack your gear and change into khakis, please return and we’ll send you to the Captain’s cabin where […]

Why Don’t You Tell Me All About It?

Why Don’t You Tell Me All About It?

“PREPARE FOR THE WORST” by OPOVV, ©2019 (Sep. 7, 2019) — “Mind turning the music down?” “It’s My Life” (3:26) “Yeah, I do mind.” Music ends. “You got some attitude; anyone ever tell you that?” “Nope; you’re the first.” “You’re a real work of art.” “You know how it happened? I’ll tell you: it was […]

“Sailing the Seven Seas”: A US NAVY Play

“Sailing the Seven Seas”: A US NAVY Play

“WAITING FOR THE BAND” by OPOVV, ©2019 (Aug. 11, 2019) — ACT I The stage is set as the bridge of a US NAVY destroyer. The actors are dressed in khakis and dungarees. “Cheryl’s Going Home” (2:05) “Let go all lines.” “Aren’t we supposed to have the Navy Band to send us off?” “You know, […]

Stranger on the Shore

Stranger on the Shore

“EXPENDABLE” by OPOVV, ©2019 (Jun. 8, 2019) — The sun just set on a balmy June night in the middle of nowhere, literally, about 3 miles due east of the China-Vietnamese border. We’re on the foc’sle of a WWII destroyer that had her keel laid in 1945, laid to rest in ’46, resurrected in ’50, […]

NAVY on Guard Duty in Afghanistan

NAVY on Guard Duty in Afghanistan

“CHANGING HEARTS AND MINDS” by OPOVV, ©2019 (Apr. 7, 2019) — “Come to attention, soldier.” “No can do, sir.” “I gave you a direct order, soldier: I want you at attention and I want a hand salute.” “Beggin’ your pardon, Sir, but you’re still outside the perimeter: you have to say the correct words to […]

Exceptions to the Rule (RR)

Exceptions to the Rule (RR)

AMERICAN CIVICS 101 by OPOVV, ©2019 (Mar. 20, 2019) — “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the ‘Pulse of the Nation,’ the ever-popular information center for thinking people. Look, if you’re an idiot and lost your childhood to lies, for example, Socialism, Obama’s ‘You can keep your doctor,’ and the belief that the […]

The Provocation of Veteran Suicide (RR)

The Provocation of Veteran Suicide (RR)

“THERE’S THE ENEMY, RIGHT IN MY FACE” by OPOVV, ©2019 (Mar. 7, 2019) — “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the ‘Pulse of the Nation,’ the informative show that addresses your need to know. Hello, my name is Roving and I’ll be your host while we make another visit to Professor Zorkophsky’s cozy office, […]

Passing of Admiral James “Ace” Lyons, USNA ’52, USN (Ret)

Passing of Admiral James “Ace” Lyons, USNA ’52, USN (Ret)

“A TRUE AMERICAN PATRIOT” by Capt. Joseph R. John (Ret), ©2018 (Dec. 13, 2018) — We were informed yesterday that Admiral James A. Lyons, Jr., USNA ’52, USN (Ret), age 91, passed away peacefully at Fauquier Hospital in Warrenton, VA. Admiral Lyons served in the U.S. Navy for 36 years as a Surface Warfare Officer, including […]

US NAVY: The Musical II

US NAVY: The Musical II

“A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE” by OPOVV, ©2018 (Oct. 17, 2018) — A PLAY IN ONE ACT: A Transcendental View of the World Curtain rises as the house lights dim to the tune of “Victory at Sea Theme” (:57). The stage is set as the aft end of a US NAVY destroyer. Leaning on the lifeline is a young […]

A Normal Conversation Aboard Ship

A Normal Conversation Aboard Ship

“SOMETHING TO DO” by OPOVV, ©2018 (Sep. 16, 2018) — [The following conversation takes place on a NAVY destroyer.] “How goes it?” “It goes.” “Anything new?” “Well, Sparks said something about a strange message, but he didn’t elaborate.” “’Elaborate?’ You mean he didn’t spill the beans; he knows, but he ain’t saying.” “I ain’t saying what?” “Oh, […]

What’s It All About?

What’s It All About?

“PARDON LAKIN NOW” by OPOVV, ©2018 (Sep. 7, 2018) — “So what do you think of the new Skipper?” “As long as the Division Head stays off of my back, then all is right with the world.” “You got that right.  What are we up to these days?” “You mean besides the normal, ah, Navy […]

“Hey, Boats”

“Hey, Boats”

“THE NAVY KNOWS BEST” by OPOVV, ©2018 (Sep. 1, 2018) — “Hey, Boats, what’s the skinny?” asked Marvin, a 20-year-old from the Midwest who wouldn’t know an Admiral’s barge from a pirogue. “Not much, except to stay on your toes,” came the reply of someone who had it up to here babysitting a bunch of Boots. […]

Adios, Paul Ryan

Adios, Paul Ryan

“TOUTING AMNESTY” by OPOVV, ©2018 (Jun. 8, 2018) — Conversation aboard the USS XXXX, a US NAVY Destroyer, somewhere in WESTPAC*. The sailors are lounging on the fantail** talking and listening to a guitar. “Slow Acoustic Blues” (3:46) “Here comes Mr. Short-Time.” “How you guys doin’?” “How many days is it now?” “I’m slidin’; let […]

The Chinese Navy’s Development During 8 Years Of Obama’s Sequestration of the US Navy

The Chinese Navy’s Development During 8 Years Of Obama’s Sequestration of the US Navy

RETIRED NAVAL CAPTAIN:  CHINESE NAVAL TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES, BETTER DISCIPLINE OUTPACE U.S. NAVY’S CAPABILITIES by Capt. Joseph R. John (Ret), ©2018 (Jun.  4, 2018) — The below-listed op-ed by Admiral James A Lyons, Jr. USNA ’52. USN (Ret) discusses how the US Navy could counter China’s blue water navy and oppose China’s plan to control the South […]

Hey Kid, You’re It

Hey Kid, You’re It

“HIGHLINED” by OPOVV, ©2018 (Mar. 18, 2018) — “Hey, Boats, what’s the skinny?” “We’re going to float all day and into the night.” “Who made you the ship’s philosopher? I must’ve missed that one; I’ll have to complain to BUPERS; make a formal request that I be kept up-to-date on any personal changes to my home.” “See, […]

Government Shutdown: Silver Lining? (RR)

Government Shutdown: Silver Lining? (RR)

SHINING THE SPOTLIGHT ON CORRUPTION by OPOVV, ©2018 (Jan. 19, 2018) — “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to ‘The Pulse of the Nation,’ the ever-popular news show that touches the subjects that the others are afraid of. Hello, my name is Roving and I’ll be your host for this episode. If you’re watching […]

Misdirection is the Soup of the Day (RR)

Misdirection is the Soup of the Day (RR)

“JUMPING THE GUN” by OPOVV, ©2017 (Dec. 10, 2017) — “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to ‘Pulse of the Nation,’ the most quoted news show on television. Hey, what do I know? They hand me a script and if it makes some sort of halfway sense I read it, okay? And I didn’t […]

The Last Straw (Play)

The Last Straw (Play)

“READY FOR ANYTHING” by OPOVV, ©2017 Navy destroyer(Nov. 21, 2017) — ACT I The curtain rises as the house lights dim to the tune of the “Victory at Sea” (0.57) theme. The stage is lit by one spotlight on the fantail of a US NAVY destroyer where a group of sailors are lounging; some are […]

Our Modern Navy

Our Modern Navy

“THE SUCCESS OF THE DRILL DEPENDS ON IT” by OPOVV, ©2017 (Nov. 14, 2017) — “As you were. First off, you’ve all worked very hard and it hasn’t gone unnoticed. I got a message ‘my eyes only’ this afternoon from the ‘Powers That Be,’ congratulating us on our excellent times on manning our Battle Stations […]

US NAVY: The Musical

US NAVY: The Musical

“INTERESTING ALTERNATIVES” by OPOVV, ©2017 (Oct. 6, 2017) — As the music, “In the Hall of the Mountain King” (2:33), starts, the auditorium lights dim and the curtain rises on a well-lit stage.  The actors, dressed like US NAVY sailors, some in khaki and more in dungarees, frantically set the stage as the aft-deck end […]

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