"So you mean this camera is too big?" I asked the gate guard, indicating my Canon . Twice I asked, for as it happens, the guards at U.S. Navy facilities no longer speak English.
"No. Too beeg," said the guard finally, in a broken accent I could not identify. "Only small camera like dees," she continued, indicating pocket instamatic size. "You have car, you put camera, you can come. Open 'til five."
"Okay, thanks," I said, trying to smile politely. Trippy squeaked, rather less politely. And we left.
It wasn't a good time of day for taking photos anyway, the sun was at the wrong angle.
What I want to know is, since when did a simple camera become a security threat?
More importantly, I have some news for the U.S. Navy: guys... somebody ALREADY BLEW UP YOUR SHIP!