The USS Arlington, a San Antonio-class amphibious dock transport ship, spent the month embarked with Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, participating in exercise Alexander the Great 2022 with the Greek military. When it was over, the ship docked at the port of Alexandroupolis. And then, more than 1,500 sailors and Marines proceeded to leave their mark.

Over the course of three days, they ate all the eggs, and all the meat and exhausted the arms of every tattoo artist in town.

One local restaurateur, Giogios Alavantas, told local media that the city was going through six or seven thousand eggs per day.

“In other words, we don’t have eggs,”

No offense to the cooks aboard the USS Arlington, but apparently these Marines really wanted some Greek eggs.

Georgios Davis, restaurant owner and former president of the local hospitality association, told the Greek newspaper Kathimerini, “I serve 16 different types of meat at my restaurant, and they tried them all.”

Another restaurant owner, Vassilis Siklafidis summed it up nicely, telling the Greek City Times, “They have gone crazy.”

Marines being Marines, and sailors being sailors, you know this wasn’t just going to stop at meat and eggs.

Messages were already starting to flow into local tattoo parlors weeks in advance, and the Americans were lined up at 9 a.m. waiting to get inked in Greece.

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As one sailor said, “We all Love Greece”




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