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Sunday Supplement of the "Saltshaker"
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Loyalty is the best characteristic of a ship's company, officers and men - for when a ship has that, she has everything that's necessary to carry on, under any conditions.
Loyalty doesn't only consist of boosting your ship to others, being proud of her, being proud of her officers and men, defending her and your officers and shipmates in arguments (friendly or otherwise), fighting her in battle and telling others you have the best ship, Skipper, officers and crew in the Navy - loyalty consists of all of that and more, too, and "more too" part is the part we forget, neglect or don't do. It's that part of loyalty that makes us want to beat the other ship in everything, for the glory of the ship, to get "Well Dones" for our ship, to make other ships admit to themselves and to us that we do things in the smart and seamanlike manner. To accomplish this last, we must admit our faults to ourselves and correct them. When we fuel ship, let's be the fastest to fuel, think of wrinkles, here and there to speed up the fueling, line handling, etc; when we anchor, tie-up alongside a pier or another ship, make it look smart - make the ship look good to outsiders - make them say the Salt Lake City is not only the best fighting ship in the Navy, but the smartest, the best handled, the most shipshape and the most loyal.
None of you would stand for a remark on the beach that the SLC was a punk ship - well that's what a "NOT WELL DONE" means out here. Let's get together and have no more of those - instead a helluva lot of "WELL DONES ".
Captain B. J. Rodgers
Caption after Captain Rodgers announcement
We always knew we could do it: The past week we actually did it and got a "WELL DONE" for speed in fueling. On Sunday the SANTA FE alone had a better time - by five minutes. On Friday the Captain had occasion again publicly to express his satisfaction. "The ship that knows how!"
And the signal crew took the bunting in competitive drill. Our flags are waving high.
A Sailor is never down in the mouth if he's always up on his toes. The ship has taken on a new appearance and that reflects your spirit. Let's stay in there punching.
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