Just reading about the Enterprise being decomissioned.....reminded me of when I was living in Melbourne, Australia, circa 1964, and the vessel made a courtesy visit to Australia.
The Enterprise was too large to come into the Port of Melbourne, (which handled some pretty big ships), so a destroyer escort made the call while the Enterprise continued on to Sydney.......it was a hot day........young, white dressed, US sailors flooded the downtown streets and pubs.......and they all appeared to be unfamiliar with the potency of Australian beer.
But the Aussies weren't.......so, for a laugh, and some good natured ribbing, it was "Here, Mate, have another beer", all afternoon, right up to the Six o'clock swill
, which left a lot of very inebriated young guys wondering what hit them.
Any of our Naval retirees amongst them?