With “the Season” now underway, this seemed relevant.
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Dec. 24, 2019) A Sailor dressed as Santa Claus directs the launch of an F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the Pukin’ Dogs of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. With Abraham Lincoln as the flagship, deployed strike group assets include staffs and aircraft of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7. U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeremiah Bartelt (Released)
I give you, the winner of Destroyer Division 601’s Christmas lighting competition, December 1961:
USS John R. Perry (DE-1034) Christmas lighting aboard ship while at Key West Naval Station Annex, Key West, Florida.
She was a Claud Jones-class destroyer escort built at Avondale in New Orleans and commissioned 5 May 1959. The 1,750-ton, 312-footer was lightly armed, even more so than DE’s of WWII, with just 2 3″/50 caliber Mk 33 guns, 6 324mm ASW torpedo tubes, and two Hedgehog projectors.
Slow and more of an offshore patrol vessel than a destroyer, they were unpopular ships for the Navy and soon on the chopping block when the new and much more capable ASROC/5-inch gun/DASH drone-equipped Knox-class (DE-1052/FF-1052), capable of 27+ knots, began showing up on the scene in 1969.
Perry was decommissioned in 1973 after just 14 years service and warm transferred to Indonesia, (along with all three of her sisters: Jones, Barry, and McMorris) where she served as the KRI Samadikun (341) until 2003.