ADM S. Claus


The Department of the Navy issued orders today to ADM S. Claus, recalling him to active duty, with a report date of Dec. 24, 2020. A reservist, with 1,743 years of service, this Naval Aviator specializes in vertical delivery of high-value items. He is carrier flight deck qualified. He is also a Public Affairs Officer.

Also recalled, were LCDR Dasher, Master Chief Dancer, Senior Chief Prancer, LT Vixen, CDR Comet, LCDR Cupid, AW1 Donner, and AW1 Blitzen, Individual Augmentees from the Naval Reserve. ENS Rudolph is also authorized to report for duty; however, he must first successfully complete Carrier Qual training, which he has failed three times.

Although the above Sailors are on orders for only 24 hours, it is anticipated that they will submit a travel claim for 24,901 miles at .56/mile, using a POV. Suitable government transportation is not available.

As a special operations unit, each member is granted a high level of uniform flexibility, as well as relaxed grooming standards. Per diem is authorized and has been modified to include large quantities of hot cocoa and cookies.

This tracks to a degree:

USS New York (Battleship #34), Santa Claus distributing toys to poor children, December 25, 1916

Personnel of USS LEXINGTON celebrate Christmas with make-shift decorations and a firefighting, helmeted Santa Claus., 12/1944 80-G-471841

201208-N-YO638-1007 Lake Charles, La. (Dec. 8, 2020) The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, supported the Marine Toys for Tots program Dec. 8th, 2020 by delivering toys and games to families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and recovering from multiple hurricanes in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The team conducted the event in collaboration with Hasbro, Inc., product philanthropy nonprofit organization Good360, and, of course, Santa Claus. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cody Hendrix)


  • I’m waiting for some enterprising naval geographers, computer scientists, and mathematicians to calculate the real mileage Adm. Claus travels on his one-day mission, using its state-of-the-art 3D GIS programs and associated neural networked computers to solve the Travelling Claus problem of visiting every household on Earth in the shortest possible route. . . 🙂

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