A Russian Navy Ship Visited Pearl Harbor and Taught Me Why They Hate Us

Glenn Rocess
5 min readAug 28, 2023
A Russian Udaloy-class destroyer (Sakhalia)

Picture this: you’re a American sailor in uniform on duty at Naval Base Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and over the loudspeakers come the haunting strains of Kimi Ga Yo, the Japanese national anthem. You’re required to salute, and you do so because you really don’t want to get into the kind of trouble that can screw up your entire career.

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Glenn Rocess

Retired Navy. Inveterate contrarian. If I haven’t done it, I’ve usually done something close.