In the 1980's, I was a US Naval Officer deployed in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Iran. Seven years earlier I had to go thru the same secret hazing ritual, fortunately this time around I was on the giving end. In May of 1985 we crossed over the equator while in transit in the Java Sea and held our Crossing the Equator Ceremony to intiate the "Wogs" (Sailors who have never crossed the equator) into "Shellbacks". This event was mandatory for all and often involved being violated and humiliated, but all in good fun. This secret hazing tradition amongst sailors has long been abolished by the US Navy in it's current form. But you can now watch it here for the first time before they disallowed it since the "Statute of Limitations" has long expired....LOL.

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