6x03 Florida Straits
First Aired: Oct. 17, 2000 on CBS
Summary: When the captain of a U.S. Navy frigate rescues a young girl in Cuban waters and sets off the beginnings of an international incident, Harm and Bud's investigation leads them to Cuba and a meeting with Castro.
Main Characters in this Episode
- The true frigate, FFG-19, representing the fictitious USS Stanley Dace, is a frigate named in honor of Cdr. John Anderson Moore, USN, a submarine officer, who, in World War II, received citations for multiple events of "extraordinary heroism". Moore died in 1945 while serving as the Commanding Officer aboard USS Grayback (SS-208) during its final patrol. No vessel of the US Navy bears the name of Stanley Dace, although there have been two submarines named USS Dace (SS-247 and SSN-607), named for a North American fresh-water fish of the carp family. One real Stanley Dace was a chief boatswain's mate who died during the sinking of USS Underhill (DE-682) in action against the Japanese Navy in 1945.
- Sean Murray plays Dr. Walden's son Danny starting with this episode and 5 others in 2000-2001. The same actor would play 'Special Agent Timothy McGee' on the JAG spin off "NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" (2003) starting in 2003.
- This episode appears to have taken a cue from the heated controversy about Elian Gonzales, a Cuban boy, which had taken place earlier in 2000. The dialogue contains several references to the boy by name.