Ajax (AR 6) - Naval Cruise Book

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CA- Jn October 1976. he was transferred to Service Schools Command. San Diego, for advanced training enroute to USS Samuel Qompers {A D-87) where he served a tour of recruiting duty in the San Bernardino. CA area until reporting to USS Ajaic (AK-6) on 20 October 19S3. We lost Chief Mler on 25 August 1985 to a fatal swimming accident while the ship was in port at Quam. early into the 1985 86 Western Pacific Jndian Ocean Deployment. Mis remains were buried at sea in the Jndian Ocean from the forecastle of the Ajafc in a ceremony held on 11 October 1985. just two days after crossing the equator. During his fourteen year ' s service to his country. Chief Mler was awarded the J avy Unit Commendation. three Qood Conduct awards, the J ational Defense Service Medal, and the Sea Service Deployment Kibbon. Me was known by his shipmates to be an outstanding highly respected Chief Petty Officer, an cicpert Machinery Kepairman. and a devoted family man. Chief Mler is survived by his wife. Karen and four children. Uradley, Kathy. Patricia, and Jenifer, who reside in San Diego. CA. J Qreek hero ' s name she bears Proud and strong for all to share Jour decades gone and she ' s still here Mer mission and her quest. . . Kepair JifliljjBjiljirlllHIlBIMnBiaipitfll !9 ■■L. ■ USS Ajax is a name that has been in American Naval history for over 100 years. The name itself comes from the famous Chieftain of Homer ' s liliad. In Greek legend, the Ajax was a key figure and hero of the Trojan War. Since 1869 there ha§ been four ships to proudly bear the legend andTranre of Ajax. S -, ,1 USS AJAX - Monitor (1869-1898) -The first Ajax was built during the Civil War and was an Ironclad Steamer of the Monitor class. She served with the North Atlantic Squadron from the time she was commis- sioned in 1869 until 1878. She then served on the James River as gun patrol. She was ■ in her country ' s service for thirty-four years. j m m USS AJAX AC-14 (1901-1925) The second Ajax served as a fleet collier on the Asiatic Station from the time of commission in 1901 until the end of WWI. In 1908 she was a part of the Around The World Cruise of Theodore Roosevelt ' s Great White Fleet. After the First World War. she .served as an Aircraft Squadron Tender until decommissioning in 1925. S AJAX Feb. 16. 1918 - Feb. 20. 1918 On Feb. 16, 1918 a ship was commissioned named USS AJAX. Four days later on Feb. 20 her name was changed to the USS Rockport. ■.» JK This, our fourth and present Ajax was commissioned on 30 October 1943. On her first deployment in Pearl Harbor on December 16, 1943. Onboard were 18 officers, 700 men in repair, and an estimated crew of 2,500 (so those of you who thought it was crowded this West Pac ... ). On 26 January, Ajax departed Pearl Harbor, her assignments there completed, enroute for Funafuti, Ellice Islands. She crossed the equator for the first time on 29 January and the International date line on 31 January, with the traditional ceremonies on both occasions. Ajax ' s next mission was in Eniwetok. There she worked on battleships, auxiliary ships and cruisers all through August 1944. While there, Ajax tended a cruiser which had a disease called bacillary dysentery aboard. A number of Ajax crewmembers picked up the disease. The following is a quote from a crewmember who was aboard Ajax at the time, " At one time we had several men on sick list . . . the crew was given their sulfaquanadyne pills in the cafeteria line. At first you could find lots of pills on the deck where men had ditched them. Then a man died, and the boys started using their pills. A second man died and they started stealing them from one another ... we were out of action as a repair ship for about six weeks. " While in Leyte Gulf, May of 1945, the Ajax along with the Jason repaired typhoon damage to the USS BENNINGTON, the entire collapsed section of the Bennington ' s flight deck was cut away and replaced. At the end of WWII, Ajax returned to Pearl Harbor. An Ajax officer who was sent ahead to Pearl to arrange leave parties for Ajax crewmembers, quoted: " When I presented my orders and list, a Lieutenant at the desk said ' I ' m sorry but there are 65,000 men on ships in the bay awaiting land transportation and your men will just have to wait. I can only regard Ajax as just another ship. ' A jCaptain sitting a couple of desks away heard him and asked him to repeat the name of the ship. f cgn he Lieutenant said Ajax, the Captain said Tor two years that ship has been doing things for other pedf le and now someone is going to do something for them. ' " The Ajax was taken care of, even the men with the longest distance to travel got home for Christmas 1945. jax ' s homeport became San Diego after WWII. Between 1950 and 1958, she made five tours of duty to the orient. During her sixth tour Ajax received orders to be homeported in Sasebo, Japan, hrough the ne: j0n yea jax provided support to the Seventh Fleet. In February 1970 Ajax ice ived W O! WmTlaf rWfcprt would be changed to San Diego, CA. On the morning of August 6. -J79 . A jgy edjrnoW roiego harbor. Since that time, she has made many more deployments to th© WesternPacific and teji ded.a countless. number of ships here at home. ilAiax haltagain CLrov) (h vaiqe to th w has logged fhe hours of hard work any years of service. tfU-S. N| v- | || ' »i ' j l ia .b 1986 West Pac. piMI thej toretain the reputation which the Ajax has built over I 3JV3C W Du afi sh( ryr sib we we C3j let! AJAX Comedians They had guitars back then AJAX CO meets the Royal Court Scuttlebutt During AJAX ' s early adventures in the South Pa- cific, rumors were circulating in San Pedro that she had been sunk by a Japanese submarine. The rumors even had the strike pinned down to the stbd. side, frame 41. The rumors also said there were a few survivors and those who did survive were given Navy Crosses and spot promotions. Capt. Brown, first CO. of AJAX wrote a letter letting everyone know at home that " Nothing of evil or horror has befallen us ... " and with that ending all panic caused by the damaging rumor. 1940s Beauties ... m ®® J Ai Capt. Zmorzenski, AJAX ' s present CO Crossing the equator AJAX Comedians 6 They had guitars out there? Scuttlebutt During AJAX ' s latest adventures in the Indian Ocean, Kadaffi and her merry men in Lybia gave the crew quite a scare. Rumors were cir- culating that the women crewmembers would be left behind in Diego Garcia while our ALL male crew would join forces with the USS Sara- toga battle group in the Persian Gulf. The ru- mor persisted until a press release from Presi- dent Reagan saying the situation was not yet critical appeared in Stars and Stripes, which the crew received approximately two weeks after the rumor began. 1980s Beauties CIHM H USS Ajax History Commanding Officer Executive Officer Departure Hawaii International Dateline Guam Medical P.I Dental Administration Department Operations Navigation Department Singapore Shellbacic Initiation Supply Department Diego Garcia : Deck Department Al Masirah Repair Department Shellback Initiation Sports In Diego Garcia Christmas In Singapore Engineering Department Diego Garcia Thailand Subic Bay Hawaii Tiger Cruise Homecoming Credits 10, 11 12, 13 14, 15 18-21 24, 25 26-31 34,35 36-44 46-52 54-57 58-63 64-74 76,77 78-85 86-91 92-117, 122-139 142, 143 144, 145 154, 155 156-173 176-177 178-183 184, 185 186-187 192, 193 194-197 198-199 Yep, those were the good ole days Four times is ridiculous! C3! the ml 0« US se; re( TO Ma EIG Fro ser the bo; St; 0:i qui ing froi he hi The fact of the matter is . the CO. needs a break too. to Fof Or( ma gus DIT upc cor Fro as Coi of II cer the sen 19S Ca; Mei al. Hof Viel Cap se h Go ahead, make my day! Co@o Captain F.P. Zmorzenski was commissioned through the regular NROTC Program at Columbia University in 1960. His initial assignment was Research Project Officer, First Lieutenant and ASW Officer onboard USS MALOY(EDE-791), an experimental sonar re- search ship. Upon graduation in 1962 from the U.S. Naval Destroyer School, he assumed duties as Engi- neering Officer for the USS ROBERT K. HUNTING- TON(DD-781), followed in 1964 by a tour of duty as Material Officer for Commander Destroyer Division EIGHTY-TWO and in 1966 by assignment to the ma- terial section of the Staff of Commander Cruiser Destroyer Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. From April 1968 to April 1969, Captain Zmorzenski served with the Naval Advisory Group attached to the Vietnamese Navy Fleet Command first as a ship- board advisor to LSSL 231, a Vietnamese Gunfire Support ship in the Mekong Delta, and later as Staff Operations Advisor to the Fleet Command Head- quarters for the final six months of his tour. Follow- ing receipt of a Masters Degree in Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, he reported to USS JOHN R. CRAIG(DD-885) as Executive Officer. In December 1971, Captain Zmorzenski assumed duties as Chief Staff Officer for Commander De- stroyer Squadron TWELVE. The Squadron was reor- ganized shortly thereafter and shifted its homeport to Athens, Greece. Following completion of Armed Forces Staff College in 1975, he was assigned as Ordnance Logistics Officer on the Staff of Com- mander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces Europe. In Au- gust 1978, he took command of USS MERE- DITH(DD-890), relinquishing this duty in April 1979 upon announcement of that ship ' s projected de- commissioning. He then attended CNO ' s Senior Officer Ship Material Readiness Course and took command of USS ED- WARD MCDONNELL(FF-1043), a TASS equipped ship in August 1979. From February 1982 to June 1984, Captain Zmorzenski served as the Director of the Surface Warfare Officers School Basic Course in Newport, Rhode Island. This seventeen week course of instruction is designed to prepare newly commissioned offi- cers for their first tours at sea and assist them in obtaining their SWO qualification. Captain Zmorzenski assumed his pre- sent duties as Commanding Officer, USS AJAX(AR-6) in July 1984. Captain Zmorzenski has been awarded the Bronze Star with combat " V " , the Meritorious Service Medal with gold stars in lieu of second and third awards, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Commendation Med- al, Navy Unit Commendation, the Vietnamese Staff Service Honor Medal, the Vietnamese Civic Action Unit Citation, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry Unit Citation in addition to a number of service and campaign medals. Captain Zmorzenski is married to the former Regina J. Dere- sewski of Tom ' s River, New Jersey. They have two children, Douglas and Lisa. CAPTAIN FRANK P. ZMORZENSKI COMMANDING OFFICER USS AJAX(AR-6) 11 n, Commander M. Alan Groff was born in Flint, Michi- gan on June 18, 1945. He was commissioned in February, 19 69 from the Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport. Rhode Island after graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineer- ing from Michigan Technological University in 1968. Commander Groff ' s assignments include: Electron- ics Material Officer, USS MERCER(APB-39); First Lieutenant Supply Officer USS SURFBIRD(ADG- 383); Missile Battery Control Officer, USS BAIN- BRIDGE(DLGN-25) Weapons Officer. USS ROBI- S0N(DDG-12) and Anti-Air Warfare Officer. Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Commander Groff ' s decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal with Combat " V " , Combat Action Ribbon and Presi- dential Unit Citation in addition to service and cam- paign medals. Commander Groff is unmarried and resides in San Diego. California. COMMANDER M. ALAN GROFF EXECUTIVE OFFICER USS AJAX(AR-6) WHAT!! WRONG PORT Where are those Tylenol we asked for? 13 Ttft t tut thu mottiiMf, ' Jot piact miikMOwm, eettv Stkimd a fafy, mot fftt ftown, Ti imd (low hatd in My face, 3 a€k eitmdi itt the , Cook down amdOcoM tee U im k Wkete y« ' goiM ' 3)add Com 9 come too. ' Wherever fou 90 it ' i afwa i Seem =I addjf. where a ' goim ' ? We ' tf Jure mtM ou, Oftom amd me witi e waitimg here for jfou Jli e ' 4 iute of keattaeie . ' Jhat ' i the wa it foe . thought eouidtahe it, tut don ' t hmm. tAi the dojf gofy it ' d harder, feef o ad atone, 9t ' i time tihethe eQ ' mthiMhim " toutmghom . Where ga ' goiM ' ' 3 addg? Com come too? Wherever gou go it ' atwag teeM me and gou. ibaddg where ga ' gain 7 We ' tt ure miu gou, Worn and me milt I vaitiMg here foe gom. July 31, 1985 7tg iornite tiU tttttt, mind U im a Amje. OmmgM ci htt mu mtt 4«. THimmtM into komu, kemu into dmg . Wi4i mg tiUlt gift mttt htu mUk mi. Wine gm ' goim ' Deuld QmmOeometacf WkettMt gomgolt ' 4 mtmag teem me mmdgom. ! eMg wkete gm ' toim7 We ' tt mu mUu gom, Mow emdmiemUlle meUtimg here ioe gem. . . 7«tgom7temthe€, mddg totm gom tgt XemtSeiOim The United States Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps of Mid- shipmen was formally introduced in the mid 1940 ' s as a lucrative lure to gain more high quality officers, as war had depleted the supply. As they perform their duties, they learn the Naval Officers trade. We continue this tradition with our midshipmen summer cruises; a return to the hands on training learning pro- cess of 200 years ago where officers-to-be can grow to better appreciate the responsibilities and duties of a commissioned United States Naval Officer, [Jl B a 1 1 fc M Hawaii, the island of paradise, is certainly filled with excitement. There is never a dull moment. Our first visit there was only for 3 short days, so everyone took advantage of what the island had to offer. There were several tours for the crew to explore the beautiful sights of the island. The night clubs were always great to venture into and the shopping was fun, not to men- tion the Polynesian shows all over town. The sunny beaches are the main attraction in Hawaii. The sunshine and crystal clear water just makes your whole day pleasant. At night the moon would shine so bright creating a romantic setting on the shores of Waikiki and Alamoana beach. The fire torches were lit up at night adding to the air of romance, making some crew members wish there loved ones were with them to share that special feeling. Luau ' s are another stunning thing to go to. it ' s a big feast held out on the beach front. The natives would bake a pig in an underground pit. (it ' s what they call " Kalua Pig " ), along with other cultural food. While en- joying the fabulous feast, Hawaiian maidens entertain you with their culture dances from all 6 Polynesian islands; Hawaii. Togna. Thahiti, Figi. Bora-Bora, and omoa. PEARL HARBOR Full Steam Ahead 0Oi-oeK trnAisoN On 15 AUGUST 1985. the AJAX crossed the interna- tional dateline, thus entering the domain of the Golden Dragon. Having been found worthy, the crew was granted membership into the Silent Occult Mysteries of the Far East. A cook-out and jam session was held on the after horseshoe to celebrate the occasion and a good time was had by all. In the Western Pacific, between Ha- waii and the Philippines rests the sunny green island of Guam. It com- bines the beauty of the tropics with the conveniences of the western world. It has a healthy and pleasant climate, beautiful sunsets, fragrant flowers and an abundance of fruit. During our stay in Guam, the AJAX proved to be very proficient in as- sisting other ships as well as shore facilities. The crew also enjoyed the warm sunny beaches and swimming snorkleing in the crystal clear wa- ter the island of Guam had to offer. Upon leaving, we had not only gained the respect and appreciation of the Guamanians but we were also cast off with a warm good-bye and a farewell send-off of " Smooth Sail- ing. " i LT. Hoffmeister. K. LT. Horstman, W. fJLl lb Twelve people who work like crazy; standing by to counsel, treat, cajole, examine, listen to and care for the needs of the AJAX and her crew. Open 24 hours a day. seeing 30-40 people a day. surturing up cut hands and heads, providing X-rays and lab work, dispensing a multitude of prescriptions, not to mention the thousands of Tylenol tablets and bottles of Robitussin. The AJAX Medical Team is also involved in preventive medicine and education. This is done through inspec- tions of messing and berthing spaces, CHT pump rooms, pest control and inspection of provisions on the pier. Water testing is also done to ensure potability and disease prevention, Basic First Aid is presented at " I " Division; CPR and EMT courses are given, and the ship ' s stretcher bearers are instructed during every G.Q. Sometimes we have in-patients. A fellow sailor from another ship crushes his hand when a scuttle fell on it while at anchorage off the coast of Al Masirah. He needed around the clock cleaning of the wound and administration of antibiotics. The next day he was escorted, via helo. to Diego Garcia, then on to Subic Bay for surgery. His hand was saved thanks in a large part to the coordinated effort of our corpsmen aboard AJAX. The AJAX Medical Team: HMCS Karge (SW). HMC R. V, Banaag. HMC A. C. Ferrer. HMl U. C. Lipumano, HMl A. M Baldonado, HMl K. J Bielas. HM2 E M Galvin. HM3 G. A Baux. HN T. Downer. HN M. J. Boholst. SN K. S. Tauiliili; A group of outstanding professional colleagues with whom I am proud to serve. t.6 " i ' I AC oO bO •DOC ' ' K Hoffmeister LT (MC). USNR HMl Lipumano, U. HMl Baldonado, A. HMl Bielas, K. HM3 Galvin, E. HM3 Baux, G. HN Downer. T. HN Boholst, A. SN Janke, K. I 0(1 ti- (lilies 0(1 Iti ulanc 6|th diifioi «a(sf Toda) Subic On the 31st of August, the USS AJAX arrived at the Subic Bay naval base in the Philippine Islands. As we sailed in you could see whole mountain ranges carved into gigantic stairways. The more than 7,000 islands extend for about 1,000 miles along Asia ' s southeastern rim, forming a chain between the Pacific Ocean on the east and the South China Sea on the west. The U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay and most liberty opportunities are located on Luzon, the largest on these islands. By the 1960 ' s Subic Bay had become a key to the defense of free Western Nations. Operations in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam conflict made Subic Bay the busiest port in the Western Pacific with the greatest number of visiting warships ever seen by any U.S. naval base overseas. Today more than 35,000 Filipino and American military personnel and civilian employees work side by side at the Subic Bay complex to support the Seventh Fleet units which maintain American presence throughout the Western Pacific and the Indian Ocean. 7Vl AM ? 33 The Dental Department is well equipped to accomplish its mission. Spaces include four well equipped operating units. Dental X-ray capabi- lity, and a dental prosthetic laboratory. The prosthetics laboratory is capable of fabrication and repair of practically any type of dental prosth- eses (crowns, fixed bridges, partials, and complete dentures). CW03 Monroe. F. Dfficer Thp AdminfffWTO Wep ' irtment onbos ii J als who have b.een trained in 5afcW4ttj,t amrri6n thr ' ead of suport. They tion, morale, ' personal problems, " and human gai the crew. ■ ' ■ HWu J0 Chaplain ' s Office I LT. Brimhall, B. The office of the Chaplain coordinated in addition to a full schedule of worship services, activities such as Project Handclasp and the Tiger Cruise. The Chaplain also conducted special memorial services and burials at sea. Three RP ' s capably assisted in the affairs of the office. RP2 Hall challenged herself by volunteering for MDMAA. RP3 Aldrich and RP3 Zito stood underway bridge watches and held down the fort in her absence. The Chaplain busied himself with a heavy counseling workload and frequent personal visits with crewmembers in the spaces. He was there to share with us the good news and to help us cope with the bad. Chaplain Brimhall is also the ship liaison with our Ombudsman, Maryanne Kutsch. ICC Loi RP3 Zito. M 38 0-M OFFICE H i ' - -4- . ■-w =j — r- ' Chief Long and OMl Deleon work in the 3-M Of- fice. They keep all the paperwork going for the ship ' s Maintenance and Material Management. OMl Deleon, R DAPA The DAPA Office is run by Chief Paul. He attempts to help indivi- duals who may have drug or alco- hol related problems before they become insurmountable. HTC Paul. W. 39 PCI Holland, R. PC2 Patterson, W. NO POSTAGE NECESSARY IF MAILED IN THE UNITED STATES PC3 Winston, C. POST OFFICE The Post Office is manned by our friendly Pos- tal Clerks who send out all the packages we mailed home but most importantly brought us our mail. During underway periods the mail was sporadic which meant a great deal of ef- fort was demanded on those days that we did receive mail. The crew often helped the PC ' s with the onloading and offloading of the mail. Of course mail is not the only function of the PC ' s. They are also tasked with other post of- fice duties such as money orders, stamps and a friendly smile. r PUT 1 STAMP HERE. THE I POST OFFICE WILL NOT DELIVER MAIL WITHOUT POSTAGE. 40 Ou Po ree tioi 111 the LEGAL OFFICE 1 LT, Walker, G Our Administration Department Head, Mr. Monroe, has functioned at various times as the Legal Officer. However, AJAX was billeted with a lawyer during our de- ployment. LT. Walker has prepared many legal documents during our deployment and functioned in his capacity as a lawyer in giving legal advice to the crew. COMMAND CAREER COUNSELOR Our Command Career Counselor, Chief Ponder, helped the crew with their ca- reers during deployment and spent many hours in port talking to the detailers back in Washington about personnel receiving their orders while overseas. NCC Ponder. L 41 MACS Del Rosario. M MAI Canno. A MAI Seymour, M. MAI Wise. L. MMl Abaeo. D. STGl Riggs, W STGl Lovelace, P, BM2 Ashby. L. m m The master-at-arms rating Is by no means a modern innovation. Naval records show that these " sheriffs of the sea " were keeping order as early as the reign of Charles I of England. In the days of sailing ships, the MAAs were truly " master-at-arms " . The mas- ter-at-arms in the U.S. Navy can trace the beginning of the rate to the Union Army of the Civil War. 42 Captains Office The Captains Office works directly for the XO and the CO by handling all of their correspondence and other matters. They also take care of the officers service records as well as the daily assembling, typ- ing and distributing of the POD. i SAf .| i f •2i YNl Lial. A YN2 Lewis. L. Master Chief Cort, our Command Master Chief, is also linked with the Administration Department. He is the direct link between the enlisted person and the Commanding Officer. YN3 Bussey. L. YN3 Andrews. G. Command Master Chief PNCM Cort, R. 43 1 i PN3 Babe. K. PNl Blakely. K. PNCM Sepka, G. PNl Goodteacher. L. PN3 Sanders. V Personnel Office PNSN Creech. R. Personnel is the work center for our ship ' s PN ' s. PNCM Sepka joined our crew just prior to our deployment. PNl Good- teacher has divided up the tremendous amount of work expected to be put out by the Personnel Office between the Person- nelmen. PN3 Babe has been called upon to help her shipmates when they are in need of a new I.D. card. PN3 Creech han- dled all of the check-ins, a job which PN3 Sanders had when we left San Diego. PNSN James made sure that entries were put into our service records while PNl Blakely ensured that the enlisted billets onboard were manned and processed crewmembers for discharge. I SN Tremaine, D. 1 A S H I When you have climbed every ladder, your red in the face and ready for near collapse; you ' ve reached your destina- tion-Operations. This small but elite department includes, Radio Central, whose responsibility is to keep message traffic flowing smoothly. They also have use of voice radio to ship or shore stations. There is also a little room that is kept very dark and only those with eyes of an owl may see in and around-Combat (CIC). This bunch tracks the com- ings and goings of surrounding ships, also they collect data and help plot our course, a big aid to navigation. The Signal Bridge is where the use of visual communications comes on. Signalmen use flashing light, semaphore and, flag hoist to get their messages in and across. Last but not least we have Navigation; they are responsible for the celestial and terrestial course for our ship. They also maintain our charts and navigational equipment. RM2 Aga. D. Central RM2 Reineck. D. RM3 Woods. L. 48 ( I RM3 Lafoe, P. RM3 Lindsay, R. RM3 Mancill, M. RMSN Austin, B. 49 Signal Bridg NO PHOTO AVAILABLE SMI Barker, B. SM3 Lofton, J. SMSN Bixby, T. i OS2 Reed, D. Combat Information Center H 0S2 SImms, C. 0S2 White. C. QMl Walker, C. QM2 Roberts, C. QM2 Dykes, T. QM3 Gruhler, C. SN Martinez, E. 52 J avigation Zhe Moat People Ah. They ' re friendly. ' fzr On our journey to Singapore, we encountered Viet- namese refugees, commonly called by the crew: " The Boat People. " We rose to the occasion in the face of human tragedy: we lent a helping hand to those who were in dire need of help, and in the process understood the meaning of being free. We shared our food, water, medical expertise, dry provisions and our clothing. When it was all said and done, we sailed away knowing we had truly helped others less fortunate and secretly counted our blessings for all that we have. Singapore ' ■■ t-: ' " " " " T — j y X I- V ' fi 1 T WW T - " -l T H " 1 li " TT . i r -- f ' ' ' ' ■ -=■- T •4 , - fej : ■ 1 fc Sr ™ ' » ' i B liinJ ' Ml -- f- I . T-ru-i " 1 54 I xKBUL :«EpA mr y% ' Vii ' mB H Mk B rv A H - ' wm |j|HH ' ' I ■ ... ■ ' -. .. - . Z e CioH City 4 Singapore: The Lion City. What a beautiful sight after our journey from the Philip- pines. The city was clean, the night life exciting, and the people friendly. We spent our time there shopping (the treasures of the Far East were at our fingertips), sightseeing (who will forget Chinatown, Bugis St., the temples and the lion), making new friends (just about every country in the world had a representative in Singa- pore). And, of course, partying AJAX style (is there any other way to go!). 55 ; 57 C rossing Zke Equator Shellbacks Rule! 60 October 20, 1985 nEileffift ' . P» x •» ' p " . J jU 1 1 ' ■C " , A - ■ Mk Iw BIv ' ' iL l I HwK - » • K -IH ' I can ' t believe I ' m eating the whole thing. 3 1 In 1 ' 1 1 - s ., i j |b R H B|HK E V ?» -. V %M- w ■ ■„ See, you can teach an old dog new trix. t Oh no, my eye shadow is running WE €ch 1985 r- — 1 r s« V B H ' ii V it i I think I can, I think I can??? Taste good. Yeah! The wet look This must be a dream The Supply Department orders and buys everything that comes on board from repair parts to fresh fruit. Other duties include operation of the Ships Store, Laundry, Barber Shop, and the Disbursing Office. nn HI K] q-p 65 NUN )CK NUMBER IaDD unit u « ■rOllKtTK - or QLLA NT I T Y 1 " Q ' ' " DATE I Im UMENT NUMB 5KC Andaya. E. N ' T YNl Plymale. E.| CT OEM AND rjPPIFMF NTARY ADDRE L L L-iL JTARY s c — 44 45 I 46 ' 47 ' 4 I 59 I 60 I 61 I 62 I 63 I 64 I 1 L SK J 7 66 NUN [H f ADD |i$$ui 3 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 5 36 37 38 39 40 } f U 44 46 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 6 62 63 64 65 66 57 68 69 SK3 Plummer. J SK3 Wheaton. B SKSN Anderson. J. SKSA Bartolome, M. II SKSA Bonar, D. SKSN Casillas. F. SKSN Cunningham, S. SKSN Mehan, M. SKSN Michols. R. SKSN Pitzer, D SKSN Neal, S. SKSA Miller. J. I MSC Aguimatang, F. MSI Alferes, R. MSI Arboleda. S. MSI Diaz. R. MS2 Gibson, D. MESS M SPECIALIST MS2 Gutierrez, P. MS2 Sarault, M. MS2 Sutton, T. MS2 Tantamco, A. MS2 Vancamp, L. 69 The Food Service Division prepares over 2400 meals per day and in addition keeps the messdecks, gal- leys, CPO and Wardroom areas clean. MS3 Gaskill. M. MS3 Matic, F. MS3 Robinson. G MS3 Tong. R MSSN Teasley. J MSSN Tucker, T MSSA Cosby, K MSSA Fountain, S. MSSA Perry. R. 70 tion s.gal- SHC Fabio, N. SHI Burge, L. SHI Stanley. C. SHI Villann. F. SH2 Countryman, R. SERVICEMEN 71 n SH3 Garland. E. SH3 Morris. T. SH3 Pierson. S SH3 Thomas. C. SH3 Tome. M. SHSN Hale, S. SHSN Holmes. J. SHSN Mays. S SHSN McGahee. B. S-3 Division S-3 Division is in charge of Ge- dunk, the Ship ' s Store, Laun- dry, Video games, and filling the soda and candy machines. These 16 people all worked the jobs of 3 people each. They worked many long hours to keep their stores stocked and ready to serve the crew. They made the cruise a little more enjoyable. 72 DKCS Gauyan, B DK2 Bernard, J. DK2 BIsset, W. DK3 Perez. R. DK3 Williams. T. S-4 ' Division DKSN Perez, R , S 7 Division DPC Reyes. R. DPI Brumels. S. DPI Cole, D. DPI Dugger. F. DSl Gatchalian. G. 73 DPI Shockey. D DPI Williams. D. DP2 McCoy, D DP2 Snodgrass. D. DP2 Highbaugh, F, DP2 Rencehausen. E DS2 Garay. J. DS3 Graham. M DP3 Williams. M DS3 Adams. R 74 DPS Kratz, P DPSN Novak. M DPSN Taylor, C. SN Kumler. A ' 43 years Of Service And Still She Zravels On. 75 We arrived in Diego Garcia to onload stores and provisions for our expected stay at Al Masirah. Dur- ing our short time there the crew enjoyed a few precious hours of liberty which included a trip to the exchange, a walk on the beach or a quick stop at one of the clubs. mA ft.BII H 1 9 i - IT- m -i Enioying another fine meal Which way to OZ? n Cannon Point 77 7fl BMC Watson. R BMl Brandenburg. A E [? (h ffi c 71 First BM3 Solberg. R. BM3 Steavens, J. BM2 Parquet, K. BM3 Miller. M. BMSN Jones. T. Division SR Castillo. M SA Walsh, S. SA Roberts. J. SR Porter, K. SR Donnei, A. SR Kahlon. B. SR Willetie. R. SR Pitassi. R jrtiMJrpwc Vl .». .Vt.«. . Vt.VVV .V»v .CWaxr A-s.iv r :.v -s | w 1, ix y 81 Second BM3 Hames. M. BM2 Mainline, K. BM3 Laurin, R. BM2 Daen, E BMSN Benike. T A real heavy rap session . . . Another day at quarters BMSN Josey. R. BMSN Moore. S. 82 BMSN Clomon. J. VI.CCt.m . ,. yi. .t .LC BMSN Kenner. S BMSN Lane. E. Division BMSA Bourland, B. BMSR Lawnichak. J. BMSA Myers, R. BMSA Yanes, C. BMSA Penick, R. BMSA Pressley. R. BMSA Windier, B. i:ft.v t,c vn.n.cvtvvMt. .t .vk .cvxcccr v l w us s l v U lu m : r Who said being the boss is a easy job!? Guess who )ust called. X Kt. .V .iiiii i , ticrCT :St lyyr crrct.t.t.CCf t.« 5« n jl ■ S ' - ' W ' -« SA Klerstedt. M SA Michael. J. SA Mifflin. K. SA Noonan. T SR Lammerman. C. 85 : Mr. Miss AI Masirah Get a picture of those clowns Who Won? Halloween pie eating contest champs 1 MASCRAH i 86 Safety is no joking matter! Where ' s the party? ENJOYING A LITTLE FREE TIME WESTPAC isn ' t all work and no play. So when free time comes at sea, we spend it the best way we know how. FLIGHT QUARTERS, FLIGHT QUARTERS. ALL HANDS MAN YOUR FLIGHT QUARTER STATIONS!. HELO IS IN- BOUND!. An oh too familiar sound. Helo Ops is a time for working parties to bring on and take off food, supplies, personnel, and the EVER WANTED MAIL! And lets not forget the brave men and women who make up the flight quarters team. From the guys who handle the hoses in case of fire, to the people who move the stores once they ' re dropped off. Safety is the 1 priority. Everyone must work as a team allowing for no mistakes. As always A JOB WELL DONE!! fin 11 L All hands man your flight quarters stations! Part of the fleets ' finest flight quarters team. 88 Get ready for another working party i,J WELCOME 1 USSiJi AJAX has provided four basic types of service to Pacific Fleet ships since her commissioning in October 1943. These services include: fleet repair services; supply and logistics support; alongside (Hotel) services; and Medical Dental services. During approximately forty iii(| sioi ALONGSIDE JS UAX AR-6 years of continuous fleet support, this mission has remained basically unchanged. However, the tech- niques, skills and equipment required to fulfill this mis- sion have been constantly improving ( " THE CAN DO CREW " ) I. CDR R.J. Lemke Repair Otticer LCDR " L " " J " Briggs Production Officer [? LTjg Gillen. M. Hull Repair Officer LTjg Merz. S. Machinery Repair LT Moe. R. Electrical Repair ENS. Boissenin, E Electronic Repair S 92 THE AJAX Repair Department is an inter- mediate maintenance activity (IMA) and is comprised of seven seperate divisions staffed by up to ten officers and approxi- mately 400 enlisted personnel. They ' re the main reason that AJAX exists. Repair- ing everything from small boats to the largest aircraft carriers. AJAX works 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to ensure only quality products and service are giv- en to the customer ships. The AJAX " can do spirit " has earned her the reputation of " the fleets finest tender. " [? A CW04 Crawford, W. Ordnance Repair ENS. Mullins, B. Ordnance Repair CW02 Medina. A. Quality Assurance LTjg Washington, T. P E Officer LTjg Frost, C. Diving Officer U HTCS Kutch. D. HTCS Aitch. C. Hfl Bravo, D. HTFN Isham. A. 1 R-1 Division The Hull Repair division is made up of the Shipfit- ter Shop, Sheetmetal Shop. Weld Shop, Pipe Shop, Lagging Shop, Sail Loft. Carpenter Shop, and the ship ' s Foundry. If it ' s made out of wood, metal, canvas, or pipe, chances are this versitile division can make it. 94 1 1 A Shipf itter Shop 1 1 A HTl Martin, R. HTl Henderson. R HTl Dunaway. W. HTl Douglas. R. HT2 John. S. VTf -r- I HT2 Keller, S. HT2 Simmons. R HT2 Simmons. T. HT2 Jackson, M. HT2 Hudson. W. 95 HT3 Arttus. A. HT3 Brown. W. FN Kostlck. M. 11A HT3 Eide. J. HT3 Hanna, G. HT3 McGee. P Shipfitter Shop 1 4 l f " ' FN Midkitf. G. 11A Sheet Metal Shop 17A 98 HTFA Michaelsen, B The Weld Shop is capable of arc. gas, MIG, and TIG welding. They can replace entire bulkheads if re quired. They also requalify welders from ships along side. Weld Shop 99 HTC McClure, P. HTl Phillips, M. HT2 Brisbin, K. HT2 Sanchez. J. HT2 West, E. 56A Pipe Shop The Pipe Shop cuts, shapes, bends, and installs all sizes of piping and tubing. HT3 Weeks. D. HTFN Carpenter. M. HTFN Frost, K. HTFN Judd. J. HTFN Schmanski, L. Slltr 100 j Lagging Shop 57A k HTl Myers, M. HT2 Pierce. R. HT2 Irvine, E. FN Dahlmon, R. The Lagging Shop lags all piping, insulates bulk- heads, steam plants and pumps. They make lagging parts for valves and flange shields. They also con- duct Asbestos rip-outs. |1 FN Tomasini. C. FA Bruning. E. The Sail Loft is the AJAX ' s upholstery H shop. They also work with all types of 1 ,J canvas and herculite. Soil Loft 74A HTl Evans, L. SN Dinoso, R BM2 Lonsdale, D. 101 PMl Bader. E. PM2 Vergara. V. HT2 Groffy. F. PM3 Sonnabend. J. HT3 McPhearson. K. PMFN Raines. B. HTFN Moore. J FN Niswonger. P. Carpenter Shop 26A FN Zickert. D. The Carpenter Shop is able to produce wooden objects from a plaque to an entire small boat. They work with wood, fiberglass and plastic. 102 t 1 Foundry The Foundry melts ingots and can make metal castings out of most any alloy. The Foundry has the capacity to pour up to 650 lbs. MLl Gutierrez. C. ML2 Pollman. M. MLFN Hon, M. 103 MRC Fuller, D. MMl Thompson, G. R-2 Division Office MMCS(sw) Ethington, D. O A R-7 Con Do " 104 MR2 Corbin. M. MRC Gray, R MMl M.issingill, G. upper Machine Shop MRl Hacinas. S. MR2 McCartney, J MR2 Stekman. B MR3 Brown, J FN Hinthorne, F The Upper Machine Shop uses turret lathes and milling machines to bore, thread and turn various repair parts. They can also drill and tap precision measurements. The En- graving Shop engraves the various ships plaques and name plates. Engraving Shop MR2 Naughtin, M, MR2 Murphy, S. 105 106 EN2 Gilbert, M EN2 Hamilton, E. EN3 Andrews, E GSE2 Hood, A. EN3 Deguia, N. ..± % % hmI i p xt ' r m W o r k « m K(M ml il ■ vv ' ■ ' ENFN Schmitz. E. ENFN Beaver. S. ENFA Mendiola. M, ENFN Rodriguex. J. 107 Lower Machine Shop MRC Ford. C The lower machine shop has the capabi- lity to balance shafts and rotor assem- blies up to 1300 lbs and rebuild salt wa- ter pumps. MRl Mahlin, 0, MRl Amparo. R MRl Lacosta. M. MRl Ginon, S. MR2 Bnske. J. MR2 Curtis. J. 108 MR2 Bleigh. S. MR2 Frandsen. D. .. MR2 Harris. F MR2 Zello, K. MR3 Anderson. J. That ' ll be $300 00 with discount EENIE MEENIE MINNIE MO MRS Armendirez. L. MRS Blanton. R MRS Davidson. T. MR3 Engler, D. MRS Crochet. N. 109 MR2 Gibbs. S MR3 Johnson, W. MR2 Gaffett. J. MR3 Rhea. D MR3 Rogers. G. MRFN Anderson. F FN Garcia. A. no MRFN Anderson. W. MRFN Fulgencio. H. BTC Hatcher, P BT3 Adkins, T. I I e r The Boiler Repair Shop installs, adjusts and repairs boilers. They also do tube renewal on evaporators, heat exchang- ers and condensers. s h o P BT3 Conn, K BT3 Dye, C. BTFN Shamanow, S. BT3 Palmese, N. BT3 West, J. m Valve Shop MMl Waugh, D. MM3 Jones. D. MMFN Hughes. D. 112 MMFN Piltaluga. J. FA Allen, K. k Pump Shop EN2 Jackson, E. MM2 Thomas. G. MMFN Nicholls, W. 113 MMFN Leone, C. FR Jefferson, R. IC2 Milliard. J. IC IC2 McCotter, R. Gyro Shop Division 51G IC3 Julstead, D. IC3 Lanphear, D. EMC Lopez. B. IC3 Ortiz. E. The IC Gyro repair shop makes repairs to electrical gyrocompasses, telephones, televisions (minor re- pairs), alarm systems, wind indicating systems, and other associated equipment. 114 ICFN Siefken. E ICFN Evans. R. 1 510 FN Rice, S. FN Rogers. C. SI 51G 115 . , 51A 5iA EMC Bernal. E. EMC Luzano. C. EMC Blanco. F. Electrical Repair Shop EMI n.insil. E. EMI Margate, E. FMl Pocnche, N. EMI Reyes. R. EMI Sango. E. EM2 Marsh. R. EM3 Bailey. J. EM3 Hanson. M. f M3 Lcrma. M EMS McCutcheon. D. 116 EMFA Session, S. EMFN Smith. D. 51A The Electrical Repair Shop repairs most types of electri- cal motors, small boat electrical systems, battery char- gers, and welding machines. They are also tasked with the filling and recharging of batteries. EMFN Ondevilla. N. EMFN Zook. A. i J Site T.V. Although not directly in- volved with repair, SITE T.V. provides the crew with news and entertain- ment thus having a direct impact on the morale of the AJAX. ICl lean, M. IC2 Miles, T. 117 o ETCM ODonnal. W. 122 ETl Paulus. D R-4 Division The Electronic Repair Division is equipped and manned to provide a wide variety of support repair services to surface and sub- surface facilities, shore installations, and port services around the world. They can repair radar, communi- cation, navigation, cryptographic, and most general purpose electronic test equipment. The four primary work centers are: 67A (Electronic Repair Shop), 67B (Fleet Electronic Calibration Laboratory), 67C (Cryp- tographic Repair Facility), and 67D (Teletype Repair Facility). RMl Crites, G. RMl Conroy. M. Teletype Cryptographic Repair ET3 McLaughlin, R. Fleet Electronics CQlibrotion Lob m-f ET3 Collins. T. ET3 Frazler, T ET3 Hilderbrand. A ET3 Merrill, R. 123 ETl Adams. R ETl Luker. G. ETl Morris. J. ET2 Millen. D. ET2 Ryan. B. Electronics Repair Shop ETl Roensch. D. STG2 Smith. R. -0- 124 fT2 || • ET2 Walling, H. Electronics Repair Shop STG3 Cornwell. K. ET3 Dreyer. T. ET3 Graham, L. ET3 Smith. C. ETSN Catlin, E, ETSN Rosa, D. 125 - R-5 DIVISION OFFICE GMGC(sw) Sergent, J. R-5 Division covers a wide variety of shops. These include the Optical Shop, Watch and Clock Repair Shop, Print Shop, Drafting Shop, Photo Lab, Ord- nance Repair Shop, Typewriter Repair Shop, MIRCS Lab, and the ships Ar- mory. ■xTTrr OMl Whelpley. L. IM2 Long. S. Th tat aid M SfNDPR[S[VT5| R-5 1 ? -f 126 i OMl Harmon. R 0M3 Salazar. A. 0M3 Hoffman. D OMSN Vaughn. M. Optical Shop SN Foster. S. The Optical Shop repairs binoculars, sex- tants, compasses, and other navigational :,c : I IM2 Nelson. D. Repairs all types of Naval watches, stop- watches, and clocks. Watch Clock Shop 127 In addition to typewriters, they also repair copiers, calculators and other as- sociated office equip- ment. IMl Velisek. J. Typewriter Repair Shop IMl Stevens, D. LI2 Toomalatai. T, LI3 Stevens. M. p ■ J • i = 1 ii The Print Shop can put anything on paper from books to bumper stickers. They can also produce metalphoto plates and rubber stamps. 128 »mi ! o p r R HCrlj " ■■I d e S wF i n P h MW Q Q o El n c e • 1 r P GMG2 Henry, K GMGl Bronson. K. SHOP 38B HOSE ASSEMBLY TEST TAG USS AJAX SRD DWG NO ASSEMBLY DATE SRP ITEM NO TEST DATE HOSE TYPE SIZE SERVICE DO NOT PAINT THIS TAG The Ordnance Repair Shop tests gun barrels for wear and repairs all types of gun systems. They also manufac- ture all types of hoses. IE [ I PH2 Burrows. B. PH2 Gray, T PH3 Richard, F. The Photo Lab is responsible for all official Navy photographs which include shooting, processing, and printing. Photo Lob Drafting Shop DMl Leviston, R. Designs and illustrates all types of drawings, forms, blueprints and other technical sketches. » ¥¥¥ ¥¥ ¥ ¥¥¥ ¥¥ ¥ ¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥ » ¥ ¥ ¥ »♦ ' Ships Armory MIRCS The MIRCS Lab calibrates and repairs precision measur- ing devices, pressure gages, torque wrenches, thermom- eters, and other measurement instruments. esof other 1 R-6 D» Quality Assurance Division Ensures only quality work is produced by the AJAX through the use of controlled Work Packages and peri- odic inspections. 132 HTl Bonifacio. D. MMl Bituin. C D ision p HTl Edwards, R. HTl Miller. N. HTl Ripplinger. S HTl Dey. D. HTl Randall. A. AJM ' peri- NDT Lab Performs ultra-sonic and thickness inspections on decks, bulkheads, plates and other repair work. Also x-rays test plates for welder recertification. N D T HT2 Ward. J. HT2 McCarthy, J. 133 R-7 Division MLC Applegate. R. BTCS Delucas. J. W Hjl V » 1 | ' ' sL ' |H W w r ' T m i yfc- R-7 Division is the nerve center of the Repair Depart- ment. All incoming work requests from the various customer ships start here. This includes planning, es- timating of man-hours, researching and assembling of technical manuals and blueprints, and the progressive tracking of the various jobs. R-7 Division also includes the riggers and the ships divers. HTC Legaspi, E. 134 MMC Schalesky. T EMI Dompor. A. ENl Joslyn. M HTl Delgado, V, BMl Jones, L. o f f I c e BTl Jury. E MRl Sejalbo, A. MMl Marquez. P. MLl Nelson, R. 135 YN2 Douglas. L. HTl Sullivan. M s 1 Hf 1 Ip4 ( jI H , 1 , " Vn FN Nunes. D. ENFN West. C FA Orr. A 136 MLFA Hitson. P. BTC Hash, J, The Tech Library provides the Repair work centers with technical and up- to-date manuals and blueprints. FN Hampton. R. HTl Smith. C. Tech Library FN Duff. R. FA Price, K. FA Ballentine. L. FA Cowles. D. FA White. E. : The Riggers provide rigging services to move heavy equipment from customer ships to the various work centers on- board AJAX for repair. BMl Jackson, A. Riggers FN Lamas, A. FN Rivera, F. 137 EMCS(dv) Gerdom. L • 1 L. Deep Sea Divers FNC(dv) Dawson. D HTl(dv) Vanskiver. S ASM2(dv) Home. A. The divers deal with any underwater problems whether on AJAX or one of the customer ships. mEW . " The Mean Three Why IS he smiling? TH LAST 0¥ THE WOGSf Don ' t let the smile fool ya ' ■The End ' 144 I ' UJ-Ui- UH AlFlCDA PHOTO CONTEST WINNER HM3 Glen Baux, Medical Division 2nd PLACE LTjg Fults Communications Officer 147 i 148 uso • • It ' s Showtime ! ISO im f f. « 9.11 151 Dependants Christmas Singapore Being away from home during the 7 ' 2 month deployment created a lot of tough times but perhaps the roughest came during the holidays. Although there was some excitement associated with the idea of spending Christmas in some foreign country, it would take some adjustment. More than anything, we wanted to be home for Christmas. We left station in Al Masirah to spend Christmas in Phukett. Thailand however we eventually ended up in Singapore (for the second visit). On our way to Singapore, there were watches to be stood. The idea wasn ' t the greatest but it would be rewarded in liberty for the holidays. During those long, tedious mid watches — the spirit of Christmas took hold bringing a chuckle to our hearts and a smile to our faces. 154 I Kemlle Mb " (Zo Zhe Zme Of jingle Mis) Crashing through the waves. In a two shaft tank that ' s gray, O ' er the seas we go. Turn-two every day. Now, relieve the watch. We ' re such a sorry sight. Oh what a drag it is to stand, The Mid again tonight! Reveile Bells, Revelle Bells. Reveile every day. Oh what fun it is to dream, of sleeping in some day. Reveile Bells. Reveile Bells. Reveile every day. If I were " Frank " I ' d turn this tank Toward the USA. 1 J MMZ y - " = 1- - ' y ' - -i z — iw. CjU . " l reSra S H " S- W jJLul K j lr tj ri 4- - ' • ■■ ' ,•■ r " T " 1 - - ' ' ' ' JS bS f ' ' 0lfS The AJAX depends on the engineers to get her where she is going and their dedication has proven time and again to make the dif- ference. The hours are long and the work demanding. It takes a special breed to ac- complish the tasks and continually the word goes out, " Bravo Zulu " , for their efforts. They work together to accomplish great tasks (they are moving a 43 year old ship through the water). Their efforts are re- warded through personal satisfaction and the cammarderie they share with one an- other. LT E. Jiles Chief Engineer MM2 Paige. R. MMC (SW) Esber, C. MM3 Huguenin. R. M P M M P M MM2 Lapurga, W. MM3 Fischer. W. MM3 Powers. J. MM3 Ledbetter. D. MM3 Macaraeg, T. 158 MMFN Billings, D FN Arick. B. MMFN Knudsen, K. M P M M P M MMFN McHenry, D. M P M MMFN Richardson, J. FR Bartlett, R, MMFN Richter, M. 159 FN Dean, T FA Slevin. J FA Cuffee, A. FN Bower. S. FA Shaeffer. M. »■ MPM ft ' ' Vl bJ .r m J P FR Purkiss. D. FA Watkins. R. FA Wilson. S. 160 BTC Lange, D BTC Mattingly, T. M P D MMl Vanderzee, D. BTl Panganiban, J. BT2 Davis, G. Pellegrino, L. BT2 Dodd, M. BTl Obille. A A TRIBUTE TO THE HOLE SNIPES Clean the burners, light the fire, bring the boiler on the line up to pressure, full ahead. Steam her safe or you ' ll be dead. When in danger or in doubt, put the boiler fires out. Run in circles, scream and shout. Clean the strainers, heat the oil, spin the engine, watch her roll. Bring the shaft up to speed, see how hot the bearings read. When in danger or in doubt, stop the shaft and lock it out. Run in circles, scream and shout. Mike Reese MPD-MPB-MPB-MPD-MPB 161 alM BT3 Alexander, B FN Edwards. B. BT3 Ferguson. D FN Juilfs, k. BT3 Rutherford, D. BTFN Partridge, R. BT3 Dupee. W. FA Reese. J BTFN Dtekens. T FA Stockdall. J. MPB-MPB-MPB-MPD- 162 . ti ■■ .. H ' ' FN Butcher. E BTFA Williams R. FN Kellenberger, R. BTFN Whitney. J. -MPB-MPB-MPB-MPB 163 FA Barnes. A. MMFA Edwards. J BTFA Brown. N FN Harbert. P. MMFA Bruce, K. FA Matusk. K. FA Canare. R. FA Powell. G. BTFA Dougherty. J FN Usilton. J, 164 MPD-MPB-MPB-MPB- ! EN3 Guilfoil, T. MM3 McCartney. M FN Hackel. T FN Hardaway. G. DCR DCR DCR DCR DCR DCR DCR 167 166 DCR DCR DCR DCR DCR DCR DCR I DCR DCR DCR DCR DCR DCR DCR 169 170 DCR DCR DCR DCR DCR DCR DCR J Kq gg P B 1 Vi ' ' 7 s HHji ' i; » 1 oflnS ' i Hi fcl 1 Ki EMC Ducote, G. EMC Narciza. R. u EMI Mallari, R. EMI Mayo, A EM2 Jones. T EM3 Barriage. J. EM2 Lee, R. « Bh " T iiiyK) H Ri vi I ' , V Baif iWy IC3 Kelly, J. DCE DCE DCE DCE DCE DCE 171 DCE DCEDi w DCE DCE DCE DCE DCE DCE DCE DCE DCE DCE 8 )C[bCE DCE DCE DCE DCE DCE DCE DCE DCE DCE DCE DCE 173 Mk K k 2 IT § l:( FUN IN THE SUN IN DIEGO Hams Geez, that water is cold! What Pals I think I could live here OUCH! This sand is hot! w ;|P • kS ■•w . 1 ■■■ ! ■ iR - ' fc This is the life ke Thailand one of the most visited vacation spqtsiru world. Thailand brings in thousands dnOTTT ? every year from many Far East and European countries. The USS AJAX also spent some time in Thailand for a five day liberty port after being enroute for ' 1 days from Diego Garcia. Unlike all of the pre- ious ports, liberty boats were taken to the shore. The local people were ready for the ship, as weN i ome signs decorated the streets. And when IT ' Uerty call was announced, the town of Pattaya Beach was alive with the AJAX crew. Along the . streets were hotels, restaurants, and many, many shops whtWKeeme most popular with gold and gem prices being a bit lower than in the states. But you weren ' t confined to stay in Pattaya Beach. There were several tours offered to Bangkok City. Bangkok was full of people, history and temples. It definitely seemed more geared to the tourist with its many shows and extensive night life! For some Thailand was a place to go wild, and others a place to relax, but it was „, for most everybody, an enjoyable vacation, never to be forgotten. Z kailaftd --•« 180 PAZZAU4 nsAeM 181 ■I One day in bang. I w © D % A Y 184 $ ' k ..1 1 M Po P Bkl - p Ml ft!!— J ? ' ' -- 1 yLA If 1 1 ' 1 r QB HKr ■ ' .rfM H| V». IHH ' fl U 185 Finally, we were back in the states! But still, there ' s quite a bit of ocean between Hawaii and San Diego. The work wasn ' t over yet. For part of our crew there were fam- ily and friends waiting in Hawaii to join us on our Tiger Cruise. With only a couple of days in port we had to work fast to prepare the ship for our journey home. There was re- fueling to be done, supplies to be loaded, and 90 Tigers to get settled on board. After the work was done, most of the crew still had time to enjoy the beach, shopping, or maybe spend an evening dancing. And for the culture minded crew members there were traditional Hawaiian Luau ' s to at- tend. All in all our visit in Hawaii proved to be a fine one, but upon leaving not a complaint was made. CALIFORNIA, HERE WE COME!!! HAWA I ( .. . ' :0 ' ' . 4 " » t 9 wi: ' Jl NAL -. -rrr rrrrsrrrr- HARK i»£ W ' v II r tj 3 iiii ' JMy liB feJ! !JK m k E 186 jfc " " !if ft j ■V 1 ' M " ' ■ eir h A I y - n Uv ■it ' .V ■ ' m . «!e ' 187 LIBERTY 4 . ■OK P - • . ) C J . :i .i « i J ■t - " - ■ k iV. V .? . 189 As the sun set on Westpac 85-86, we knew the time was drawing near for us to be with our loved ones again. Everyone was looking forward to it with great anticipation. This was truly the best part of the cruise. 191 e r e r u i s e Z i g e r C r u i TTTTTTTT I I I I I f I I CCQQQQCQ EEEEiEEE RRRRRRRR ssssssss Ziger Cruise Mo me At At last! Number 18, the magic day circled on most calenders throughout the ship. The day was March 18, 1986. That was the day AJAX sailors came home after a long deploy- ment. Most sailors didn ' t wait for the word to man the rails — who could stay inside at a time like this? When the first glimpse of the Coro- nado Bridge came into sight, excitement surged like electricity all over the ship. The feeling of home was nearing our hearts. Some sentimental sailors threw their hats over the side as the ship passed under the Coronado Bridge, knowing this would be their last underway trip on the AJAX. As the ship neared pier 3. sailors strained to see if they could spot familiar faces, but we were still too far. But it wasn ' t long before we could see a colorful crowd of people wait- ing with balloons, banners, smiles, and tears of joy. It seemed like hours before the brows were let down, but once they were and the first person set foot on the ship, it was just a matter of minutes before everyone got to hold those who they missed for so long. At last, we were home with our loved ones and friends! 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