And boy am I not kidding. When the USS Oak Hill was made fast to the dock in Little Creek Virginia recently, no one on the pier knew what was going to happen.
On board the Oak Hill Fire Control Technician Second Class Marissa Gaeta had won the coveted “First Kiss” raffle held onboard the ship. It’s a drawing that allows the winner to be the first sailor off the ship to greet their loved one waiting “on the beach”, i.e. the pier.
Given any other time, this ritual wouldn’t have garnered a passing glance from anyone other than the wives, husbands, boy and girlfriends waiting for their loved ones still on the ship. However, in the one particular case, the person waiting on the beach for Marissa Gaeta was another woman.
The local press was there to record the kiss, proof positive that the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Pursue” policy is finally, once and for all, and hopefully for all time, relegated to is proper place, the trash can.
Local station WVEC in Norfolk, Va. recorded the moment and it’s been seen by viewers of CNN, BBC and other planet-spanning news agencies.
As one commenter of the video said, “Two sailors kissed, nothing exploded, no ships sank, no one fainted, the world didn’t end.”
What I say is “Move along people, nothing to see here other than two people in love with each other.”