A mixed fleet of destroyers, cruisers, and lumbering amphibs were making their way home from duty in the Mediterranean. Ahead of PIM (position and intended movement), the admiral in charge decided to take advantage of the extra time available and break the monotony of the transit by conducting a tactical maneuvering drill. Such drills were commonplace for the destroyers and the cruisers, but the amphibious ships were a bit out of their element. The fact that the flotilla was in the middle of the Atlantic where there was nothing to run into (except each other) probably encouraged the admiral's decision. With signal flags flapping in the wind, the drills began. After one particular evolution in which an LST made several rather amazing maneuvers (all of them incorrect), the admiral sent a flashing-light message to the errant ship containing a single word: "Good." He then followed up with another message: "Reference my last message: "GOD!'"
Lest We Forget: First, A Role Model
By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)