The Good Germans

 
German diplomacy may stink, but not the Navy. To display respect on 9/11, the frigate Niedersachsen, out on NATO maneuvers, broke with strict protocol and put its entire crew on deck–in dress blues–to salute the passing USS Doyle. What's more, it flew Old Glory from the main mast. "Needless to say," says Vice Adm. Timothy LaFleur, "the whole crew was choked up."