Approximately two years ago, U.S. personnel based out of Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar brought to light a symphony of culinary ingredients that were anything but edible. Termites, worms, mold and rocks highlighted items cafeteria staff casually ignored to accentuate flavor, aroma and the overall dining experience.

Following the reveal of this nutritious roundup, we set to work on crafting a menu of the Deid’s most mouthwatering dishes to ensure our servicemen and women satisfied the insatiable palate that protecting freedom induces. Menu items such as “Slimy Yet Satisfying,” a dish of lettuce blanketed by a worm, or “My Sorta Aorta,” a plate of roast beef replete with full blown veins and arteries, featured prominently.

It seems, however, that a challenger has emerged to contest the Deid’s bug- and mold-infused throne. Or, it would appear as much after an appetizing anthology of photos were circulated on Facebook by Kevin Selfaison, a former petty officer second class who recently shared the mouth-watering dishes he encountered over the course of three years aboard the aircraft carrier Nimitz.

Selfaison claimed he waited until after being discharged from the Navy to share the imagery, which he posted to Facebook on Oct. 3, due to fear of repercussions.

“The problem with the food on the Nimitz is not just a Nimitz problem,” the former sailor told Military Times. “It is a problem across the military.”

Others chimed in on the post with their own photos and videos from ships around the fleet.

After scouring the piquant imagery, we selected what we considered the best dishes being offered to our at-sea sailors and Marines.

Ready your appetites.

NAVAL HAIR FORCES

Do you ever bite into a piece of meat and think, “This could really use a boatload of additional texture”? Say no more.

At the chow hall you not only receive complimentary wads of hair, but locks that are actually fried! Watch your back, Colonel Sanders!

SUNDAY, BLOODY SUNDAY

What better way to live as a carnivore than enjoying the sensation that your meal just died seconds earlier?

Splattered blood may have your tray resembling a murder scene, but the only crimes here will be the glorious assault on your taste buds.

THE CENTER FOR EGGSELENCE

This bake has it all.

A smattering of egg whites, yolks that appear to have been hard boiled during the Revolutionary War, and a collection of shell shrapnel guaranteed to keep your teeth razor sharp and your intestines on their toes.

THE ABUELITA PITA

Pita bread just the way Granny used to make — because Granny literally made this stack, and she’s been dead for eight years.

Eat up, nieto!

JUST THE TIP

Burned on the ends, moderately crisp in the middle, frozen on the inside. Who knew a corn dog could bring so much diversity to the table?

Ramp up the experience by eating three of these babies as part of our fan-favorite “Keep Your Teeth” challenge.

THE EW-RAW

Bellow your favorite Marine Corps motto while dedicating 15 chewing minutes per bite with this treasured dish. Go ahead and skip the gym — with this rubberized beauty, every day is jaw day.

GROAN BUGS-N-HARMONY

Sure, some may audibly gasp, moan, or even weep when realizing nutritious greens are being shared with a little companion, but consider the added protein.

Protein is key, after all, if one intends to build up the jaw strength necessary to tackle the Ew-Raw.

WHO THE HELL KNOWS

This is almost too difficult to spoof.

This looks like a chef stuck two hockey pucks in an oven. This looks like something Hannibal Lecter is dying to wear on his face. This looks like the incestuous love child of salami and bologna. This looks like a topographical map that Nicolas Cage would use to find an elusive clue in “National Treasure 73: America Goes Ham."

This is all disgusting.

Help us, Upton Sinclair. You’re our only hope.

Observation Post is the Military Times one-stop shop for all things off-duty. Stories may reflect author observations.

J.D. Simkins is a writer and editor for Military Times, and a USMC veteran.

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