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He's in the Navy Now (Temporarily)

Los Angeles

Harley Ellis Devereaux's Roy Reel boarded the USS Spruance as a guest of the Navy League, a citizens' org that supports the Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and other branches of US sea services. Roy (with a crew member) tells us the excursion from San Diego to LA included a live firing of the ship's guns, 35-degree rudder turns at high speed, and emergency stops.

The Spruance, one of the Navy's new guided-missile destroyers, was built in 2012 at a cost of $1.85B. (For that, you'd think they could throw in a water slide and some poolside cabanas.) It boasts a crew of 325 and a speed in excess of 30 knots. (That's 35 mph to us landlubbers.)

Did you go on any adventures this summer? Send your photo and story, and we'll include some of our favorites here!