In the U.S. Navy, when a ship crosses the equator a time-honored ceremony takes place. This is a Navy tradition and an event no sailor ever forgets. With few exceptions, those who have been inducted into the “mysteries of the deep” by Neptunus Rex and his Royal court, count the experience as a highlight of their naval career.
Life aboard ship for a Taylor Sailor during the Cold War years was eventful, to say the least. In addition to assigned missions, the crew had to perform constant maintenance, not only to maintain readiness, but also to keep Taylor’s World War II era equipment running smoothly.
Operation Dominic was a series of 36 nuclear test explosions conducted in the spring and summer of 1962 by the United States near Christmas Island in the Pacific Ocean. Taylor Sailors who participated are known as “Atomic Veterans”.