Best Liberty Port of Call

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  1. lucanus

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    Ok I vote for Hong Kong....I spent my 21st there and according
    to my buddies we hit 10 or 11 hot spots, but I only remember 3 or 4!
    And while I was there my Dsd wanted me to see if there was a cathouse
    on a certain corner ( he was there in WWII), I called him and had to tell him
    No, it is a parking lot....Only a sailor would remember something like
    the address of a Cathouse!

    Isn't Bangkok the most aptly named place?
     
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    You mean your dad was there after WW2.
     
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    Yes he was part of the Navy that escorted the Prinz Eugen to the Pacific
    after they had inspected the radar installation on board...
     
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    I was in the Army so we never had port calls or liberty.

    We took our helicopters though all over the world and got to party up in many nice places.
     
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    Brother did 4 years with the 6th Fleet (Med Cruises) in the 70s. Said Dubrovnik was beautiful. That was before the war when it got trashed. Heard they rebuilt it.

    Did my time with the 2nd Fleet (Atlantic). Somehow, Bayonne NJ just doesn't make on the list when talking about Liberty Ports.
     
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    In the day the PI was the place.
     
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    I pulled liberty in Dubrovnik, Yugo in the late '60's. Bought a Rolex there
    for $125.00. First night in port a beer and a steak was $3.00. Second
    night same beer and steak was $9.00. A Russian frigate was our pier
    mate....... dubbed "Ivan", this ship chased us all over the Med. He was
    even in our "spot" for re-fuelling from the oiler..... we had to ask him
    to move. Dubrovnik gets my vote as best (East coast), West coast
    has to be a Japanese port.....

    Oh.... I still have the Rolex.... over 40 years later.

    Charles
     
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    Dibrovnik is still very cheap. I spent a few days there when we deployed to the region. Great food for and drinks for very cheap. For the guys who were single women were cheap as well...
     
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    Back when Aden, in Yemen, was a British Crown Colony, I landed in the
    city of Crater. The pilot decided to RON, and we spent the night on the
    town. I doubt that any Navy ships ever allowed liberty while refueling
    in Aden (where the Cole was bombed), but Crater was a swinging place.
    Lot's of night life, clubs, etc.

    Charles
     
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    Adler: Was the "Red Hen" still there ? This was a bar/restaurant..

    Charles
     
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    I hear it is beautiful there. Yugoslavia uses Dibronvik on the back of one of there bills so it must be picturesque! I'd like to make it there some day but I'm not quite in speedo shape for the beaches (or bi_tches)

    Closest I've been was Lubiana. beautiful and rich with history...

    My favorite "liberty" was all of Europe. I took three 35 day vacations in 2 years. On one trip I drove from Sicily to Scotland, on another I drove from Sicily to Sweden and another I hopped from Spain to Greece to Turkey.

    There were a few train jaunts in the mix too as well as excursions down to Malta. Great Scuba diving...

    Freakin awesome!

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    Haha - Bayonne, NJ. Half my family is from there. Typical NJ concrete jungle.
     
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    Is that the half on Parole or the half that's going to get Deported?:)

    Sorry dude, couldn't resist. Ya' left it hanging out there. T-ball.
     
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    Sounds like you had an awesome time. There is so much to do over here when military personel are stationed on leave over here. It is a great oportunity in my opinion.
     
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    I am not sure. I never went to anything called the "Red Hen".
     
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    Arctica there is nothing else like it on the planet, always cold ......... try serving time there boyz. funny there are so many hidden secrets there I could not even begin to explain nor wish to nor am I allowed too .......
     
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    You met Santa Claus?
     
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    you're silly man ........... we discovered back in the early 70's that S.C. really lives on Venus. the whole thing is a conspiracy.
     
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    Ahhhh... good to know.

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    I was in New Orleans for Mardi Gras in the mid 80's and was surprised to see an aircraft carrier docked in the French Quarter.

    It was great to see the carrier but not the sailors, I didn't want the competition for the ladies. Fortunately they weren't much competition. They melted into the hundreds of thousands of Mardi-Gras goers and most just wanted to get sh!t faced as soon as possible.

    :D
     
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    we also found out through careful analyization and detection that Mrs. C. was a former stripper from Cleavland
     
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