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The Last Ship (TV Series 2014–2018) Poster

(2014–2018)

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The US Navy allowed the production team to film scenes aboard the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers USS Halsey and USS Dewey as well as the USS Iowa museum ship. The destroyers were sailed several days out to sea so that the cameras could shoot 360 degrees without having to worry about coastlines, buildings, and other ships appearing in the background. Many of the sailors in the background were the crews of those ships going about their duties as cameras rolled.
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The USS Halsey acts as the stand-in for the USS Nathan James for the most part. The ship's dog, on the show, is called Admiral Halsey.
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In June 2016, before a screening of the season three premiere in Washington, DC, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus presented the producers, cast and crew with the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award. The honor reflected the show's accomplishment of, in Secretary Mabus's words, "getting the Navy right." While its a fictional portrayal of a Navy ship and crew, Mabus praised the show's ability to capture the culture of the Navy and the dedication of its people to their core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment.
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Filming of season 4 was paused due to Eric Dane suffering from depression.
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The gold anchor on the bow of the USS Nathan James is a Retention Excellence Award for crew re-enlistment.
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Coincidently, the actor that originally was cast as Lt. Kara Foster became pregnant, and due to the pregnancy she was recast.
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The Italian cruise ship in episode 1 is actually the retired Cunard White-Star Line RMS Queen Mary, a 1936 ocean liner-turned-hotel offering art deco decor, fine-dining & casual eateries, bars & a spa. She's permanently moored in the port of Long Beach, California and has been since 1967.
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Eric Dane did not leave Grey's Anatomy (2005) to play in this series.
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Some might be confused as to why C.O. Tom Chandler is sometimes referred to as "Captain" and other times "Commander" during seasons one and two. This is due to the ancient naval tradition of calling whoever is in command of a vessel "Captain", regardless of the actual rank they hold. Usually only very large ships (such as cruisers and aircraft carriers) have commanding officers that carry the actual rank of Captain; most medium sized vessels (such as destroyers, frigates and submarines) are captained by officers who carry the rank of Commander, and smaller vessels (such as patrol boats and transport ships) are often commanded by officers with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. So while Chandler carried the rank of Commander during seasons one and two, since he was the commanding officer of the Nathan James he would be referred to as "Captain" whenever he was giving orders or being addressed as the C.O. of the Nathan James.
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In the original 1988 book the Nathan James' hull number was DDG-80, which was assigned to the USS Roosevelt in 1999.
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The Ship's Signal Exploitation Spaces (SSES) is responsible for encrypting, decrypting, and jamming all ranges of signals and information, both friendly and foe. Sometimes known as the "Code Room".
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The Kingfisher is a mine detection sonar system.
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The Personnel Protection Devices the crew donned before the battle started is called Flash Gear, and it is suppose to provide protection to the head, neck, face and hands from short-duration flame exposure and heat.
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ADC is short for Acoustic Device Countermeasure, and it is used to deflect torpedos directed at a ship.
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TASM is short for Tomahawk Anti-Ship Missile.
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A shakedown cruise is a limited sea excursion for the purpose of testing all the working equipment of a ship before putting the vessel in service; A way of testing the performance of a ship. Generally, shakedown cruises are performed before a ship enters service or after major changes such as a crew change, repair or overhaul.
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In the Mess Hall of the Nathan James, there is a quote by President Theodore Roosevelt "A good Navy is not a provocation to war. It is the surest guaranty of peace."
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In Season 2 Episode 7, The Last Ship: Alone and Unafraid (2015), the rally point 30.275n 81.462w is supposed to be a ballfield. It's actually a golf course and the specific spot is on a lake shoreline. It's just east of Hodges boulevard near Jacksonville Beach.
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CIC is short for Combat Information Center.
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NKA stands for No Known Allergies while NKDA is short for No Known Drug Allergies.
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According to the DVD extra for The Last Ship: Friendly Fire (2015), Executive Producer Hank Steinberg stated that the 12 'o clock reports, where the orderly asks the Captain's permission on behalf of the Officer of the Deck " to strike eight bells on time", was implemented to keep mutiny in check. Eight bells signify the end of a four hour watch, with each bell marking the passage of an half hour of time.
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Eric Dane and Rhona Mitra were in the TV series called Gideon's Crossing (2000). They were both medical doctors in the series.
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Originally aired on the network TNT.
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As stated in The Last Ship: Resistance (2016), the term "center of gravity" is a phrase taken from the works of Prussian (Germany) General Carl Von Clausewitz, and it refers to " a source of strength and it could be communications, transportation, munitions."
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High Frequency (HF) radio is used for first-line and backup communications over long distances, mainly in remote regions of the developed world and in developing countries. HF radio will never replace fixed (landline) and mobile telephony as the first communications option for the general public, but for organizations involved in emergency, remote and military communications it is a vital and irreplaceable wireless communications tool.
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Tracy Middendorf and Ele Keats played the main characters' wives, Darien Chandler and Christine Slattery respectively. They had played each other's lover in Snowflake (2014).
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Central Control Station (CCS), controls the engine and provides power throughout the ship.
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CIWS is short for Close-In Weapons System, for detecting and destroying short-range incoming guided missiles and enemy craft which have penetrated the outer defenses. It is known as a point defense weapon ( the defense of a single object or a limited area, e.g. a ship, building or an airfield) as oppose to an area-defense systems, which have a wider range and are placed near or on the object to be protected.
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MCPON is short for Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy.
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VBSS is short for Visit Board Search and Seizure.
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BM is short for Boatswain's Mate .
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In Naval jargon, surface refers to anything on the water, while subsurface refers to anything below water.
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