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-AV V wow cd (wzcai td I € PS QJ wn ( rnkw-cZow xydt (It MERICA THE BEAUTIFUL When Katherine Lee Bates, wrote these in- spiring words some seventy-two years ago, she might well have envisioned this beautiful lady, the USS AMERICA, because the lyrics to this hymn are the entire meaning from her very birth. The USS AMERICA is the first warship to bear her country ' s proud name. She has the might, beauty, majesty and immensity that are a sight to behold. Her powerful planes will fly our spacious ikies, and she will move graciously through our k-ast spans of ocean, keeping the people of the svorld mindful always of the ideal that many Americans have died for and all Americans live or — Freedom and Justice for all mankind. In today ' s troubled world, the America will ?e ever mindful that she is, indeed, a shrine for the leroes who died in liberating strife. She will take ler place among the mighty fleet, undimmed by luman tears, to answer this cry for help and mercy ind lend strength unselfishly against tyranny and ear. The USS AMERICA is young from her super- itructure to her very crew, made up of over four- :housand men, who can certainly be compared to :he pilgrims who founded our great nation. These men come from the fruited plains, purple moun- tains and metropolitan cities, from every corner of the United States. Many of these men will never meet or know their fellow shipmates because of the immensity of this great lad y; but because of America ' s heritage, the democracy by which we live, they are able to unite together as a working unit. The pages to follow will tell her story from the beginning of her birth to the present time and are dedicated to the American people because this is your ship . . . " AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL — GOD SHED HIS GRACE ON THEE " " 5LS.5. America 3) J.H. ARTHUR ■ ' " ■ ' ■■■ 1940 USS AMERICA (CVA-66) —commissioned January 23, 1965! After more than 200 years of maritime history, with many vessels having sailed under the name, " America " , the United States Ship America became the first warship so named to be commissioned into the fleet of the United States Navy. She is a capable ship. Her identity has been established by the officers and men who serve her. The first America, intended to be the great- est warship of the fledging Revolutionary Navy, just missed on every count. Her keel was laid in 1777, a 74 gun ship of the line, but lack of funds and skilled shipbuilders delayed construction in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, until 1782. In the latter stages of construction. Continental Congress assigned John Paul Jones to be her prospective commanding officer, and he undertook the job of fitting her out only to be denied her command for. just a few months before her launching, Congress presented the ship to France to replace the Magnif ique which had been lost by grounding in Boston Harbor. Thus the first America joined the French Navy in 1783. Though other ships have borne the name America since that day, there has always been something missing. All of the Americas have served ably, from the schooner yacht built in 1851 for Commodore John C. Stevens to the luxury liner. The schooner won the first America Cup Race. The Confederacy obtained her during the Civil War and pressed her into service as a blockade runner — she was re- taken by Federal forces and served the Union as a blockader. In 1921 she was assigned to the U. S. Naval Academy. Another namesake was the twin-screw steamship Amerika built in Ireland in 1905 for the Hamburg-American Line. She was taken into the U. S. Navy service in 1917 as a troop transport and renamed America, and by 1921 was back in passenger service with the United States Lines, retiring in 1931, but was pulled out of retirement in 1941 and put into service as an Army troop transport. The beautiful United States Line passenger liner SS AMERICA was converted to a troop transport to serve in World War II under the name West Point. After the war, she was re- converted to a passenger liner with the United States Lines, and in 1964 sold to foreign ship- ping interests and named Austrailis. In 1964, alongside the liner at the pier at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. in Virginia was docked a magnificent steel structure. After more than 200 years, the name and the ship were finally united in defense of the country whose name she so proudly bears. THE BID WAS WON ON 25 NOVEMBER 1960 When a United States Naval vessel leaves her homeport for an extended overseas deployment there usually is a cruise book made up to tell the story of the ship, and the crew. The purpose of the cruise book is to perpetuate mem- ories of events and experi- ences for the men who lived them. This is Amer- ica ' s story. We want you to follow the America in her trials and tribulations, and if you will, become a part of her first crew in the chapters to come. I received my orders to report to the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company to be- come the Prospective Com- manding Officer of the AMERICA CVA-66. My duties were to supervise the outfitting of the ship and to prepare her for commissioning. THE KEEL WAS LAID 9 JANUARY 1961 CONSTRUCTION Production time was saved in that the super- structure, or island, was built in the center of the ship allowing freedom of movement of the large cranes. At the same time, the sponsons, which support the superstructure, were being constructed. f ► i wJ9 n Ht -1 •4 " 1 ■ HIP WAV NSM - x. ... -4 » J: Of ! r V JT-. l - •- -.•lfc . - ' B ' iMCL . BHBHM r ■» v A ! 3 | , tip • Iff !M ?sa§=£ rTi ' ■-., ■ l» 1 M ■ I V Upon completion, the 52-foot high island was positioned on wooden greased sliding-ways and moved by crawler cranes 102 feet to the starboard side of the flight deck and placed into its permanent position. The big slide took only 23 minutes. 11 THE iiie: Adm. David L. McDonald, Chief of Naval Operations, ad- dressing the guests present at the launching ceremonies of the America (CVA 66) at Newport News Shipbuilding Drydock Co., Newport News, Va., on 1 February 1964. 12 HE AMERICA IS LAUNCHED - - 1 FEBRUARY 1964 On 1 February 1964, slightly more than three years after her keel was laid, the America was launched when her sponsor, Mrs. David L. McDonald, christened her with the traditional bottle of champagne. Secretary of the Navy Paul Nitze, the principal speaker, set the pace in declaring the necessity for the air- craft carrier and in giving due praise to the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. for their superb job. Admiral David L. McDonald, Chief of Naval Operations, in his address to the audience, called the America ' s mission, " peace, " but de- clared that she would be a gallant warrior. 13 t Pre-com crew testing samples. My second job, and probably most important, was personally arranging to get many of the America ' s officers and petty officers, most of them ex- perienced veterans, to help the ship- yard put the ship together. Five hundred men were assigned to the nucleus crew at Newport News. These men, all professionals in their fields, had to go through exhaustive training while living temporarily ashore in the Newport News area. As the nucleus crew planned for the long anticipated sea trials they worked closely with the builders, putting into practical use their knowledge. Pipe patching practice. 15 In the meantime at the Naval Station, Norfolk, Va., the balance crew was being formed. The majority of this crew was made up of men who had never served aboard a ship. Thus, it was necessary to set up an indoctrination and training program to acquaint them with the var- ious duties aboard a carrier. tncouragement 16 These men were interviewed to determine the job for which they would be best qualified. The schedule included lectures from the Exec- utive Officer, the Medical Department, the Chaplain, the Legal Officer. . . . This entire training program was under the supervision of my prospective Executive Officer, Cdr. K. B. Austin. Every man is an important part of the ship ' s family, and I wanted them to know that I knew this. A ship is only as good as her personnel. Testing for contamination while training. 17 mertca ' sic 3Mr£t by 52 f :rom ai Tm record f) COMMUNITY EFFORT 8 OCTOBER 1964 Crew members of the America donated 187 pints of blood at a Newport News community bloodmobile, exceeding the bloodmobile ' s quota by 52 pints and marking the first time the local Red Cross had received such a large response from an individual Navy unit. " The record is 5 pints. Think you can top it? " " If I had known she was this pretty, I ' d have offered sooner. " ITtr t CATAPULT SHOT 13 OCTOBER 1964 1CCWI trora Down the catapult Into the air mm«« 20 ) The need for firing dead loads is to obtain accurate calibrations of each catapult. Imagine a giant sling shot being aimed and fired and you have, in essence, an aircraft being launched from a catapult. The dead loads fired from the America ' s catapults were large steel tanks mounted on aircraft wheels. A total of 40 such dead loads were fired from one catapult in a single day. The previous record was 33, and 20 such tests are considered excellent. And into the water! I pi , ' I H PERSONNEL INSPECTION 31 OCTOBER 1964 1 On 31 October 1964, I held my first inspec- tion of America ' s nucleus crew. Among my crew were many familiar faces of men who had served with me in the past. I knew that they were capable of performing the tasks ahead. These were the men I would look to in the months to come to lend their skills to operate this great lady. FINAL DAYS OF CONSTRUCTION In the final days of construction, the nucleus crew came aboard every day to work in their respective departments with the builders. They familiarized themselves with the operations, devices, and procedures in order to instruct the balance crew that would later be assigned to them. AA These men would, in time, be faced with decisions and problems that would demand the confidence gained from this training. 25 IC Electricians move aboard. CREW The anticipated day arrived 18 November 1964 when the America ' s nucleus crew moved aboard for her builders ' sea trials. The purpose of the trials was to put the ship through every stress and strain pos- sible to test the operation of all major and minor systems. On board were some 2,400 men representing the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., the suppliers and the Navy. We cruised off the Vir- ginia Coast for two days, putting the 77,000 ton vessel through extensive tests before returning to the yard. The Navy personnel observed first hand the operational capabilities of the America from her civilian sail- ors. As is customary on sea trials, the shores of the river were lined with sightseers and the families of men aboard. They had a very advantage- ous position to observe the vessel steaming out and returning. Mustering the nucleus Radiomen. 27 3Mr£t dispatched 10 ComNavAirLant " Underway on fossil fuel " 28 u SEA TRIALS - 18 NOVEMBER 1964 The tiny tugs struggled to guide the Amer- ica down the James River, away from her pier to undergo the rigid tests that she would endure for the next two days. The men who built her certainly deserve the praise that Secre- tary Nitze exclaimed at her launching. Many components given their first real test won grades higher than required. I was encouraged by the performance of all the equipment. I spent most of the day with my department heads looking on as a spectator during various test operations. We moved from 23 knots to full speed in less than one-half hour at one point. I thought to myself, " She will never be driven like this while I am in command. " If we tried turns like this in combat, all of our aircraft would slip right across the deck. I was filled with pride as I realized that she was faster than I had imagined. She handled amaz- ingly well with the precision of a small ship. Speed runs were followed immediately by a crash stop and a full astern maneuver in which the America shuddered her way from full ahead to dead in the water within minutes. She remained at full astern for the next hour at ever increasing speeds. 29 Captain E. W. Edwards, with an exception- ally successful builder ' s trial behind him, raced a squall to the shipyard piers but lost by a hair. Finally the decision to postpone docking was made because shipyard executives advised that docking such a huge craft requires light winds and slack tide. This could not be obtained until the next morning. The anchor was dropped as our stranded crew made prepara- tions for a comfortable evening not two miles from the homes of some of those aboard. AMERICA ' S ' RE On 30 November 1964, the America set sail for her final sea trials under the supervision of the United States Navy After having successful builders ' trials, the America for the first time encountered trouble which the Naval Trial Board designated as " material discrep- ancies. " This delayed her commissioning several weeks. However, after necessary repairs were made, the Amer- ica once again set sail on her third and final acceptance trial. This time she passed with flying colors. • tiv tM w RELIMINARY ACCEPTANCE TRIALS 30 NOVEMBER 1964 " Steady as a rock " High speed turn a I accompanied RADM Reiter during his inspection. The fresh water wash-down system was thoroughly checked. AMERICA RETURNS TO NEWPORT NEWS SHIPYARD AFTER PRELIMINARY SEA TRIALS 3 DECEMBER 1964 3Mr£t SUPPLIES COME ABOARD " -T — ■ --w -n s K. ' i- J 36 € Working parties strike supplies below. AS THE SHIP PREPARES FOR COMMISSIONING 15 DECEMBER 1964 Are you sure we ordered these? BALANCE CREW TRAINING While America was completing her sea trials, the balance crew continued their training at the Norfolk Naval station under Cdr. Austin, anxious for the day when they would move aboard and become plank owners. Under Navy tradition, this is a coveted honor meaning they are America ' s first crew. Damage Control Training Observe and Listen On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! ' ' Must be the lens that ' s dirty. " " What did that instructor say? " ■ ' -• ' . .«HR NBC Warfare classes received close attention. Radiac readings while attending school. Splicing and rewinding. When America is past her Naval acceptance trial, the crew will move aboard. Each of the men will be assigned at that time to a particular department and, in turn, will be assigned to a particular division under the leadership of the nucleus crew. Radio operator — essential. Motion picture sound projection — a must. " FIRE! FIRE! Spectacular fires swept a dummy flight deck time after time as crew members were checked out on proper procedures and uses of equip- ment. In the long years of service antici- pated for America, no fires were planned, but every precaution had to be taken to meet any situation, planned or otherwise. THIS IS A DRILL! " Asbestos-clad crewmen brave fames as hosemen provide protective umbrella. Hi % fc Ck - m Mb w and chemical fires Simulated aircraft fires .... prepared crewmen for all eventualities. K ' V IBHHtaa On 8 January 1965, the Norfolk pre-com crew boarded barges at Norfolk for the hour-long trip across Hampton Roads. 44 jfEftF ► • ■ t BALANCE CREW COMES ABOARD 8 JANUARY 1965 45 --KR 3 p x ••- HI » i ' m | « 1 .J ..• ' •w . WVr.: J! J l r fc d -wr, R»f . . i 1 1 1 J £ 7L • ] With seabags slung over their shoulders, the men board the carrier at Newport News. And draw bedding. • wfit$( %$l- $ fmHiwy M mKM The Executive Officer receives morning reports in Hangar Bay No. 1 AMERICA ' S CREW MUSTER TOGETHER FOR FIRST TIME 9 JANUARY 1965 47 FIRST Along with Cdr. A. H. Josselyn, the Supply Officer, I cut the ribbon to celebrate the first meal served aboard America. On the average day the ship will serve 14,000 meals in her six sparkling galleys. This department is made up of rated cooks and many mess cooks who are taken from different departments throughout the ship and serve a portion of their time in helping the cooks serve the meals in the galley. These men will see to it that America ' s men will be the best fed in the Navy. ME ar , • RST Supply it first verage to sis adeup to are ughout itt in galley. en will MEAL ABOARD AMERICA It takes soup by the gallons. The cook ' s reward ... a well-fed crew Crewmen represent an endless line to the messmen. Clean Sweep Heave To AMERICA ARRIVES IN PORTSMOUTH VA. 13 January 1965 Tugs Task ary thai it h v, wWflftfrm SIGNING THE ACCEPTANCE PAPERS America moved to Portsmouth on 1 3 Janu- ary 1965 to prepare for her commissioning. At that time, I signed the formal papers accepting the 77,000 ton warship from her builders, the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. Mr. W. T. Smith, Executive Vice-President of the company, received the papers from me on behalf of the builders. If you will, note that in our story up to this date we have referred to the ship as the Amer- ica CVA-66. The signing of the acceptance papers is the first step in converting this great lady into a United States vessel enabling her to take her place in the fleet. On her commis- sioning, she will receive her title of the United States Ship America. 51 « r Sa i To this point in our story the America has been more properly called Hull 561 of the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Com- pany, the builder of the ship. But this has been only an empty hull, unable to recite its story. As its Prospective Commanding Officer I have been relating this story for the America. In presuming to speak for the America while she has had no voice, I can only hope that I have qualified to do so in twenty-six years of naval service: from my 1939 entry and 1942 graduation from the Naval Academy, qualification and service in WW II submarines, aviation training and test pilot qualification, tours as Executive Officer of Fighter Squadron 61, command of Attack Squadron 81 and Air Group Eight, Executive Officer of USS FORRESTAL (CVA-59), and more recently, Commanding Officer of USS PAWCATUCK ( AO108) , to com- mand of this great ship. These varied duties and tours, many of them a happy accident of being at the right place at the right time, have re- sulted in my finally being assigned the awesome and humbling task of overseeing the welding of the many diverse skills and personalities of her officers and men into the common spirit bringing life to this great ship. In thus commenting on Hull 561 I trust I have given the reader some understanding of the complexities faced and overcome in the four years involved in readying our ship for its commissioning, in the many more years of training vested in her assembling crew. We are now about to convert this black, white, and grey mass of steel into a color-filled fighting ship of the line; with a soul of her own derived from the spirit of her crew. She now assumes her identity. She is no longer Hull 561 or the America. She now bears the proud title of United States Ship AMER- ICA, or USS AMERICA (CVA 66). But now, as her first Commanding Officer, it is my great honor and privilege to have AMERICA tell her own story: " AMERICA ' S FIRST " . This story will carry us through her first deployment. As a ship of the line in the United States Navy with her own fighting spirit, her voice shall be loud and clear for many years to come while she carries America ' s colors and credo on the waters of the world. Captain Lawrence Heyworth Jr. Commanding Officer 53 . Q ( ovxmi zxonina yd 3L J Hmcrtca gjt? o? Jttuito3) i)hi«) £ JJF C(J ff s a r ¥uD LAST MINUTE PREPARATIONS Preparations for her commissioning were in full swing as the America ' s crew began to decorate her for the festive occasion. The flags of the 50 states and territories were arranged behind the podium, while chairs were gath- ered and arranged to seat 6,000 spectators. The task, like the ship, was huge and time was short. The crew spent many long hours and, when the big day arrived, both were ready. were pi ;n : 4 23 JANUARY 1965 THE USS AMERICA WAS COMMISSIONED Resplendent in her formal attire, America was the picture of composure and dignity as the official commissioning party took their places on the ship ' s hangar deck 23 January 1965. Donald A. Holden, President of the New- port News Shipbuilding and Drydock Com- pany, marched proudly before the cluster of microphones at the front of the platform. The 6,000 spectators from far and near sat hushed as the bright lights from movie and television cameras bathed the platform in a warm light. Deliberately, Holden ' s voice boomed through the cavernous hangar deck as he delivered the ship to the United States Navy. BOO, hours were • • i Rear Admiral E. B. Taylor, Commandant of the Fifth Naval District, accepted the ship under the watchful eyes of the official party and the throngs of spectators. Admiral Taylor, whose command embraced the shipyard where America was built, the waters she had been tried, and the shipyard in which she was being commissioned, predicted a brilliant future for the Navy ' s newest attack aircraft carrier. At the conclusion of his address, Admiral Taylor turned to Captain Heyworth and said, " Captain, place the America in commission. " COMMANDANT of the FIFTH NAVAL DISTRICT RADM E. B. TAYLOR ! sdiceed aoack dmiral d said, in " the RICT OR Captain R. C. Fenning, America ' s Senior Chaplain, called for spiritual guidance not only during the festive occasion of America ' s commissioning but also through the uncertain days that might lie before her. As his voice faded, the swelling strains of the National Anthem brought a rippling tide of patriotism to the spectators, while the Ensign Jack was hoisted overhead. The ceremony ended with " America, the Beautiful. " After reading his orders, Captain Hey- worth ordered the America to be placed in commission. He then turned to his Executive Officer and ordered him to set the first watch. : « SETTING of the FIRST WATCH And with a flurry of " All Hands, " piped by eight boats- wains mates, the first watch was posted on America. H The attention of the crew, official party and spectators alike riveted on America ' s Marine Detachment moments later when the Marines smartly snapped to and presented arms. 61 statu sbip is soi ship unit High of an nauoi Captain Heyworth brought attention back to the platform with his intro- duction of Admiral David L. McDonald, Chief of Naval Operations. CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS ADMIRAL david l. Mcdonald Admiral McDonald challenged the crew to live up to America ' s potential and pre- sented to the audience the Secretary of the Navy, Paul H. Nitze. 62 THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY PAUL H. NITZE Secretary Nitze opened his address by stating that America . . . " is a magnificent new ship which we welcome to the fleet today. It is someimes difficult to realize that so vast a ship is a single self-contained, highly mobile unit of our Navy. " He further stated that the flight deck of the America is larger than that of any other aircraft carrier in the world, and that America would be the home of more than 5,000 officers and men. He said, " she is, in short, a giant enlisted in the defense of her nation. " G that th step of keel; t conuni THE SECRETARY OF STATE DEAN RUSK The Honorable Dean Rusk, Secretary of State, stated " You have conferred upon me a unique honor in permitting me to commission our newest aircraft carrier. Aircraft carriers, combining sea and air power, have made major contributions to the security of the United States and of the Free World. In the Second World War they were the cutting edge of victory in the Pacific, and protected the passage of massive forces moving across the Atlantic. Since then they have continued their vital mis- sion of shielding the United States and the Free World, in both war and peace. This magnifi- cent ship now joins a gallant company of carriers which have served their country and the cause of freedom so noblv and so well. " 64 toeu ouslv 1 proced A Herei Harris GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA ALBERTIS S. HARRISON S Captain Heyworth, in his address, related that the America was taking the third important step of her life; the first being the laying of the keel; the second, the christening; and today, her commissioning. He addressed his crew saying that the ship belonged to them, at last, and now they would be able to apply themselves vigor- ously to developing the teamwork in operating procedures for which they had prepared so long. At the conclusion of his speech, Captain Heyworth introduced the Honorable Albertis S. Harrison, Jr., the distinguished governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. page Atlantic minis- the Fr« Virginia ' s Governor, Albertis S. Harrison, Jr., related in his speech that " Virginia is blessed with many natural resources, but foremost is the harbor of Hampton Roads. Through this portal to the sea passes the most powerful naval force this world has ever known. Today we are wit- nessing the official birth of a new member of that Task Force. The officers and crew of this vessel, as well as all those here assembled, have the unique distinction of sharing in that begin- ning. " SPONSOR MRS. DAVID L. McDONALD In her address to the audience, Mrs. David L. McDonald, sponsor, said " I hope for this ship — which I am humbly proud to call my ship — many Es and many battle efficiency pennants. But every team has its stars and this ship will have its outstanding officers and men. Each year on this bronze plaque which shows three previous ships that have borne the name America — as well as this ship — will be engraved the name of the officer and the name of the enlisted man of America ' s crew who have made the greatest individual contribution to morale, operating efficiency, and material readiness. " + H Benediction by Chaplain Costa. 4 I 1 The 6,000 guests li ing Command Ch sten to the Naval )ir sing Eternal F Train ather ■ € ?3 SP 4 1 M ,% fife!. 4 At the close of the ceremony, the air was suddenly shattered with the shriek of a racing formation of F-4 Phantoms and A-6 Intruders. They were followed by 16 A-4 Skyhawks in a giant formation of the letter " A " as a salute to the new warship America. The planes, from Carrier Air Wing Six, punctuated their salute w ith a deafening roar as they turned on their afterburners and flashed toward the horizon. 1 •■.«» ' t — g B — - w - » -,— ■• . ■ i» • 68 Commander Kenneth B. Austin, Executive Officer, cuts the 7V5 foot long, 500 pound replica of the attack carrier following commissioning ceremonies. Captain Heyworth escorts Adm. David L. McDonald, CNO, across the quarterdeck following commissioning ceremonies. An informal chat with Secretary Rusk, Mrs. McDonald and Admiral Smith. 69 The official party departed the ship in an atmosphere of bouyancy, for on 23 January 1965, USS America CVA-66 joined the fleet that is the United States Navy 1 i 1 I ■ We are now a commissioned warship. ${mer ca landing on flight deck 4 FEBRUARY 1965 On 4 February 1965, the America logged her first aircraft landing at 1130 when an SH-3A Sea King from Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Three, flown by Lt. Richard Green- wood, settled slowly to the deck. When Lt. Greenwood ' s helicopter landed on the America, he had two distinguished visitors aboard — Cap- tain R. P. M. Bozec, Captain of the French Aircraft Carrier Foch and Cap- tain Joseph Smith of the Intrepid. Three captains meet. Captain Smith (Intrepid), Captain Bozec (Foch), and Captain Heyworth (America). IIIII ' , fc. « Captain Bozec signs America ' s guest log. 72 The first man to reenlist aboard the America was Joseph E. Putman, ETCS, USN. Captain Heyworth administered the enlistment oath to Putman. 73 FIRST STATE STEAK DAY - ALABAMA 23 February 1965 i On 23 February 1965, the men from Alabama enjoyed the first State Steak Dinner aboard the USS America. State Day is celebrated by the men in that once a week a steak dinner is served the men from whatever state is to be honored. » Alpha Working Party Eleven men, drawn from the Air Depart- ment and the Weapons Department, stand ready to answer the 1-MC ' s call for the Alpha Working Party. Their primary task is to clean up the Fleet Landing, Drydock, Pier, or Quar- terdeck. However, this select group may also be used at the discretion of the Officer of the Deck. and Dr. Small performs oral surgery in the dental clinic. Jean Kiar- ilso (the The Dental Department, which consists of nine highly skilled enlisted dental technicians and four competent dental officers, is capable of performing the full spectrum of dental pro- cedures aboard the ship for crewmen from the ship ' s company, air wing personnel and men from escorting warships. 75 The quality of the food was evident The 2nd and 3rd of March 1965 saw the first All Hands Party at the Norfolk Ship- yard. A good time was had by all. once the party got underway. :as ALL HANDS PARTY 2-3 MARCH 1965 A A A a A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A and more entertainment. It was a night of entertainment AMERICA ' S MARINES FIELD TRAINING AT The Marine Detachment of the USS AMER- ICA underwent field training to become expert in the art of war and defense. Each man was made to cope with his own situation and taught to depend on himself for survival. S Sgt. Detrick of LEFTU, briefs a Marine Detachment from the America at Little Creek, Va., in the art of self-defense. 78 . ' 4 " Dig in here, " was the command from Marine squad leader Pfc. Michael Whalon to the gunners as they set up defensively. The training was conducted by the Landing Force Training Unit, Little Creek Amphibious Base. AMERICA IS DEMAGNETIZED On 16 March 1965, the America was taken to Lambert ' s Point where Robert Denton, a veteran deperming engineer, and his crew wrapped the America 83 times inside 500-ton coils. A 37,000 volt source of alternating current was poured through the coils, first at 14,000 amperes and then lesser amounts. So great was the electricity used that in the first step a 90 second burst of power was followed by a 30 minute wait to cool the cables. This took, in all, about three hours and the America lost her permanent magnetic field. She in turn acquired another magnetic field which varies by latitudes and course. The big cables are in preparation for the demagnetizing of the America. She will be wrapped from bow to stern 83 times in order to be demagnetized. The purpose is to demagnetize the fore and aft axis of the ship so that in time of war its passage near a magnetic mine would not deflect the needle in the mine ' s detonating device. SO 16 MARCH 1965 In The Still Of The Night " At rest " , a line of bomb carts on the hangar deck of the America await tomorrow ' s task of initially loading out the America with wide range of missiles, bombs and ammuni- tion. An- t I Ttrst AMMO LOAD Ammunition barges discharge their loads into the huge magazines of the America during initial ammunition load out. 19 MARCH 1965 83 AMMO Containers of Terrier missile components are hoisted to the No. 4 ele- vator; and crewmen steady a load of 250 pound MK-82 low drag bombs as they are being hoisted aboard. The large cranes hoist loads of 1000 pound and 500 pound MK-83 low drag bombs to the big elevators of the America from barges during the ship ' s first ammo load. 85 A FEW DETERRENTS FM r LOADED ABOARD D ' ■■• A m 1 ' I 1 k fli J K ' - ' l 1 i m m r The completion of the initial ammunition load out went off without a hitch. All com- ponents were struck below for ready issue. O ■ 1? Is i + m j Lt. N. R. Carder, EOD Officer, supervises his diving team as they locate and plug up a faulty overboard discharge. 3ftmertca£ AIRCRAFT 90 IS HOISTED ABOARD 25 March 1965 An A-4 Skyhawk attack bomber, the first fixed wing aircraft to be loaded aboard. GETTING UNDER WAY 1st Division personnel getting drenched in heavy rains as the boats are brought aboard and the America prepares to get underway for training exercises at sea. Each time the anchors are recovered, tons of water are used to clean them for painting to prevent rusting. 93 Flight deck crews rigging the crash bar- rier during flight quarters training drills 94 Crash and rescue personnel during flight deck training. 95 MISSILE FIRING 27 MARCH 1965 An attack carrier ' s primary defensive weapons are her aircraft. However, the Terrier surface-to-air missiles serve as an important secondary defensive system. They were tested for the first time on 27 March 1965. Missile component moves up hoist. The Terrier leaps out of her cloud of smoke. FIRST TV PROGRAM ABOARD AMERICA Keeping the crew well-trained and in- formed is a primary function of the ship ' s closed circuit television system. This system is able to present live, filmed and video tape recorded programs throughout the ship. Capt. Hey worth addressed the ship ' s company on station WAMR-TV during the first program. 28 March 1965 FIRST REFUELING AT SEA 29 March 1965 Refueling carriers at sea is an essential part of extended operaions. The first refueling was carried out with the USS Marias (A057). The carrier will take on enough fuel to supply herself, her aircraft, and her escorting destroyers. X FIRST REPLENISHMENT AT SEA 30 March 1965 As refueling is food for the ship so is replenishing food for the crew. When an aircraft carrier leaves her home port for the Med, she usually carries enough supplies for one hundred and twenty days. When her supplies are down to ninety days, she is re- plenished. America ' s first replenishment was by the USS Hyades (AF 28). f t 100 Cargo nets of stores are swung onto the elevator of the Amer- ica as she is replenished from the USS Hyades (AF 28). AMERICA pulled alongside the USS WRANGEL (AE- 12) on 31 March 1965 for her first ammo replenishment. £-2 m «|f- ■ ' L ' AE- Ktlt. n The next phase of the exercises was for the America to refuel the destroyer, USS Bristol (DD857). The Bristol sank her bow into the waves as she pulled alongside the America. This refueling exercise took but a few minutes but is the accomplishment of experience, precision, and team work. 4 As dusk falls and the day ' s work is completed, the sailors standing on the starboard side look out over the water viewing the USS Bristol and the submarine Torsk. 104 EIB Tracer early warning aircraft is readied for elevator trip to flight deck. SH ■ ■■■ H 1— CDR. KENNETH B. AUSTIN, XO FH MAKES Cdr. Phillips, air boss gives order to man aircraft for first launch. 106 IES FIRST CATAPULT LAUNCH 5 April 1965 ( ommander Kenneth B. Austin. Executive Officer, made an historic catapult launch and landing from the flight deck of the America on 5 April 1965. He was well qualified for this role, having entered the service after college as an aviation cadet in 1943. He was commissioned as an Ensign in 194-4 and designated a Naval Aviator. He then served on several aircraft carriers in the Pacific Theater as a Night Attack Pilot prior to completing the Navy ' s General Line School. He was transferred to the Naval Air Advanced Train- ing Command where he served as an instructor. He then became Division officer on the attack carrier USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA31) where also served as at Information Center Watch ' Officer until trans- ferred to Fighter Squadron iext assignment ihange Officer with the U.S. Air Force in Squadron Operation Officer and Execu- tive Officer. After graduation from Naval War College rved in the Office of the Chief Naval Operations, underwent refresher training with ( arrier Air Group and then C arrier Air Goup I ight as Landing Signal Officer and Operations officer. Following this and a tour with the Staff of Comnavairlant, nander Austin received his first command - Attack Squadron 134. Subsequent to a 196 ur of duty with the Bureau of Naval Personnel, in the Officer Assignment Section, (ommander Austin was assigned as Prospective Executive Officer of America in lulv of f r jt Z The catapult officer gives the " Launch Em " signal and the Executive Officer Cdr. K. B. Austin takes off from the America for the first catapult launching in a A-4C Skyhawk. Returning from his flight Cdr. Austin lands the A-4C Sky- hawk for the first arrested landing aboard the America % S ft ' ' ■ Cdr. Austin cuts a cake in celebration of the first take-off and landing aboard the America. 109 Operational aircraft from NATC land a- board during suitability trials. NATC SUITABILITY sj TRIALS RED. WHITE AND BLUE ON THE FLIGHT DECK NATC Navy photographer from NATC operates a 3 5 -mm motion picture camera of catapult and landing oper- ations. CK lie 3Kmertcou5 air wing BE Squadron members placing gear on pallets for hoisting aboard Amer- ica in preparation to depart for Air Wing Six carrier qualifications. WING BEGINS MOVING ABOARD Squadron personnel move equipment to workshops and living quarters. CARRIER AIR WING SIX i ' %V- £ iSIX ARQUAL OPERATIONS The Angel lifts off prior to air operations. Two A-4C are fired simultaneously, one from waist catapult and one from bow catapult. Start engines Final preparations Ready launch 118 Human guidance system One of many smooth landings for the day. 119 LIBERTY AND EASTER Returning to anchorage and the first Easter week-end liberty. I J J • • » . I ( This beautiful Altar, in full Easter dress, was presented to the ship by the Atlantic Fleet Chaplain, Captain C. A. Wright. MANY HOURS The last bird re- turns to her nest. Klotz, AN, " Here comes my pet snake " BELOW DECK . Haas, MR3, grinds gently to remove burr. v Jackson, FN, removes burner lead. i ft -I43-K AND ON THE BRIDGE ( apt. Heyworih congratulates I. COR li.i.lo D. Sterretl and ENS Parker on the bridge for their performance. I i 1,000th LANDING 23 APRIL 1965 L On 23 April, less than 15 flight days after the first arrested landing, America recorded her 1,000th landing. The milestone was logged by LCDR Bailey D. Sterrett, the Officer-in-Charge of VAW-33 ' s detach- ment aboard America. With him in the single-engine EA-1F Early Warn- ing Skyraider was his observer, ENS Charles Parker. America was oper- ating off the Virginia Capes when LCDR Sterrett caught the wire. LCDR Sterrett cuts, the l,(K)0th landing cake while being congratulated by CDR Phillips, Air Boss. I AMERICA PLAYS HOST FOR CHANGE OF COMMAND 30, April 65 P ' SKM h The Hon. Paul Nitze, Secretary of the Navy, addresses guests and crew during CINCLANT CINCLANTFLT change of command ceremony aboard the USS America. Adm. T. H. Moorer, relieved Adm. H. P. Smith just a few hours before the latter retired from active duty. The Marine Honor Guard, under 1st Lt. James Sims, presents arms dur- ing the ceremony. ?L 3Mr$t CRUISE 1 MAY 1965 Leaving the Tidewater Area May 1, 1965, the USS AMERICA headed for her first extended period of op- erations in the Caribbean. She underwent her first Operational Readiness Inspection and conducted the first operational test-firing of her Terrier surface-to-air guided missiles. Aboard was Carrier Air Wing Six, with Attack Squadron Sixty-Four (VA-64), Sixty-Six (VA-66) and Seventy-Six (VA-76); Fighter Squadron Thirty-Three (VF-33) and One Hundred Two (VF-102); and detachments from Carrier Air- borne Early Warning Squadron Thirty-Three (VAW-33) and Twelve (VAW-12). There was also a detachment from Helicopter Util- ity Squadron Two (HU-2). 130 TO THE BEAUTIFUL CARIBBEAN MEDICAL SU1 Blood examination by Mike Haus, HM2, aids in positive identification of certain diseases. The Operative Room facility, tho small, is as well equipped as a modern hospital. Roy Markham. HM}. X-rays a patient to assist in the diagnosis. 2- )7-:K :al SUPPORT George Windham, HM2, assists the medical officer by filling prescriptions. Tim Kehoe, HM3, adjusts the Phoropter as he checks a flight training candidate. " H 133 -™ AMERICA ARRIVES Shortly after the AMERICA steamed into St. Thomas Harbor, Virgin Islands, her liberty crew is seen heading for the sights and sounds of Charlotte Amalie. 134 IN ST. THOMAS, VIRGIN ISLANDS 8 May 1965 Landing the liberty party at the quay in Charlotte Amalie. AMERICA ' S FIRST VIEW OF BEAUTIFUL ST. THOMAS Palm covered walks, gleaming white buildings, tropical climates cool nights and spirits of the cane abound on this picturesque island. III " I ' M ft l iif III! I I I » 1 1 i »» « ' ' iiiiiw41ifn»!ii- WHW r- One of the many Churches. America Crewmen stroll around Charlotte Amalie during their first Liberty in a port outside the Continental United States Just a stroll around town is enjoyable. You can ' t beat the sniff test when buying your girl perfume. ■■ Standby personnel relax in the sun. No use haggling with a pretty shopkeeper . . . you can ' t win. How to make a chef happy. AMERICA DROPS ANCHOR IN GUANTANAMO BAY 15 MAY 1965 iY RADM John D. Bulkley, Commander, U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, being piped aboard the AMERICA, on her arrival in Gitmo Bay for shakedown training. " By Golly, Admiral . . .look over there . . . that destroyer and America still have their mast head lights on and it ' s almost thirty seconds after sunrise. " 141 CM i £3 m I r — ' 1 f .. --Jh Come on, Charlie! Stand still . apple shake. you ' re making the Gracious living, Gitmo style. WE RELAX ALII " I ' ll bet a beer would taste better " I W LITTLE Liberty headquarters. " Gotta make that spare " " Watch this hole in one " nri ' § H " ?«.e ifcwM n 3 J P " Sj LECTURES AND MORE LECTURES Lectures, drills, critiques; critiques, lec- tures, drills; drills, lectures, critiques. It was almost endless in preparation for our Operational Readiness Inspection. From the flight deck, to the hangar, to . . . " well, about everywhere except the . . . " . No wonder it is called a " shakedown " K 1 k . » . « . UBS » " t»hCA £Q Simulated aircraft fire during shakedown training at Gitmo. Tension is commonplact kih A damage investigator marks a simulated " Hot Spot " after " Nuclear Attack " " mm 146 lldilCB intensity. TRAINING DRILLS FOR ALL " Sure glad this is training " i the bridge. DCC instructs repair parties on damage location. Radiac equipment is used to measure the intensity. 147 DAMAGE CONTROL TRAINING PREPARES CREW FOR ALL BATTLE DAMAGE SITUATIONS Instant foamy Repair parry 1-Foxtrot receives specific instructions before entering compartment. Contamination from radiation can render equipment unsafe. Radiac readings must be taken by trained personnel before re- lease to operations. M Proper clothing and precau- tions become second nature to well-drilled crewmen. Stokes stretchers and crewmen get workout during " shake-down FLIGHT DECK CASUALTIES AMERICA crewmen remove simulated battle casualties from a damaged area of the flight deck during the " shakedown " in preparation of AMERICAS first ORI. 7 t . «J - ■ r R D N A N C E M E N I N T R A ! N N Q J s ? WW f v AMERICA PLAYS HOST TO HOST " Hello dawling " 5 JUNE 1965 . . " now there I was, 40,000 feet . " Are you comfy " Visitors day and dependents cruise provided a break from the rigorous training pre- ceding the first ORI while in Gitmo. " Just something to remember me by " 156 who i I ' ! ' ove Wind in F-4! •» •% Gitmo visitors watch low speed fly over by planes from Air Wing Six during dependents day cruise. At right, visitors are behind a barrier of vehicles as an F-4B Phantom is launched from the waist catapult. On the firing line. AMERICA ' S MARINES Aren ' t you too old for that ' ¥ " Here I come, ready or not " Start of envelopment exercise. AFLOAT AND ASHORE Route march, the precision step. W; ' £. iTr-N ' ,» 1IT FLIGHT QUARTERS! FLIGHT QUARTERS, MAN ALL FLIGHT QUARTERS STATIONS FOR AIR OPERATIONS FIRE The " Cat " Officer gives the launch signal to launch a A-4C off the waist catapult as the Operational Readiness Inspection gets under way. The flight deck bustles with activity during the entire ORI. % ' ■r 1 — -C 7 • 1 ,1 ... -.= ii m — A-4C Skyhawks are re-spotted prior to another strike launch during the ORI. ORI FTG observer on fork lift, grades fire fighting and rescue crews. RA- B completes photo recon mission as ORI progresses. LOAD EM UP! MOVE EM OUT! .... deck, decontamination. Temporarily disabled Sky- hawk is removed by " Tilly. " Skyhawk recovery is faultless as ORI continues. ORI Demands much of men and equipment in all departments Refueling FTG inspection of protective clothing. FOG raw " Here it comes " First aid gets critical eye from FTG observer. i V tt m 7 i i £ 91 k ' 1 W m Sk; 1 GENERAL QUARTERS and ORI Interception point is plotted on the bridge. " I ' m sorry, really I am! " The fickle finger of fate. " DEAR MOM, EXAMS OVER- HEADING HOME. r • ■ C- - FM COMFLETRAGRU GTMT TO RUCKDA COMNAVAIRLANT RUCKHC COMTRALANT RUECC COMCARDIV TWO INFO RULGF USS AMERICA RUCKG COMSECONDFLT RUCKHC CINCLANTFLT BT UNCLAS EFTO SHAKEDOWN TRAINING USS AMERICA (CVA-66) 1. It is a great pleasure to report that on completion of shakedown training, America is considered operationally ready in all respects to compete with the best in the fleet. This report is based on daily observations as well as the achievement of an excellent score (89.7) on final test 2. This is the highest score achieved by any combatant ship in the past three years and the third highest ever attained under FTG GITMO PAGE RULGGD 131 UNCLAS EFTO 3. These results are attributed to superb leadership and true pro- fessionalism in all key billets, and effective training program which reached all levels and a fully justified pride by all hands in their ship and themselves. It has been a pleasure to work with America through- out her training period. HOME FROM GITMO 1 JULY 1965 Inching into Pier 12. and the rescue. 7 l. E tt 1 . » The line forms early. And registration begins. DEPENDENTS DAY CR Real adventure for some. AND AIR SHOW «■ » An A-4 Skyhawk screams off a waist catapult as guests stand safely behind a barrier of flight deck vehicles. Fair weather sailors move a- bout the flight deck, seeking vantage points for the forth coming demonstration. OFF LOADING ORDNANCE j for the USS ENTERPRISE CVA(N)-65 9 JULY 1965 Don ' t strike a match! He may be loaded " 176 " Oh well! only a few more to go " UP THE J ELIZABETH TO THE YARD 10 JULY 1965 AT BERTH 32 i ■ wp - Crewmen i the ami-kica line up lor chest X ra s from u mobile v. in Kenneth A. Lee, CSC, is piped over the after brow as he leaves the AMI-RICA and the Navy upon his re- tirement ( Kiel I ee was the first plank owner to retire aboard the AMI RICA. NORFOLK NAVAL SHIPYARD Portsmouth, Va. Sparks cascade in the night as the torch cuts out plate that must be replaced. Moore, AN; Hall, ABH3; Sundbury, ABH3, make repairs on No. 1 arresting gear. " This is bigger than our barn " 179 ■ ' I NAVAL SHIPYARD WORKERS i Catapult Repair Emergency power unit makes speedy exit. Some Watch Others Work Even with many crewmen on leave, the hard working Dental .Depart- ment can only spare a few minutes to celebrate the.r 53rd Anniversary. DENTAL S DEPARTMENT D1VI ( «ii ETI 10 O E DIVISION Heilman, DSSN, and Eaton DS3, load test programs into the CP-642 computer to test NTDS equipment. Lewis, ETN3, Laurnoff, ETR3, make voltage check on SPN 6. Guoine, ETN2, and Savage, ETR3 align a WRT-2 transmitter. COMCARDIVTWO SHIFTS FLAG EAR ADMIRAL ES O. COBB OMMAND CARRIER DIVISIOi TWO ar Admiral James O. Cobb transferred his flag to the USS AMERICA (CVA-66) on August 25, 1965. Adm. Cobb was commissioned Ensign upon graduation from the Naval Academy :ter graduation he served aboard the USS COLORADO and became survey officer with the Third Aleutian Is luties on the COLORADO after the survey. Early 1936 he was detached for flight training at NAS i, Florida, where he was designated a Naval Aviator (HTA) in April 1937. He served from that time on until June, 1938 with Bombing Squadron 3, on the USS SARATOGA, flagship of Carrier Division One, Battle Force. Adm. Cobb was assigned Patrol and Scouting squadron duty from June, 1938, until March, 1943. He then received training and subsequent duty with NAOTC, Jacksonville, Florida until assigned to the Receiving Barracks, Tacoma, Washington, February, 1945, where he assisted in the fitting out of the USS SALERNO BAY (CVE-10) and served as her Executive O aff duty with the Naval War College, Newport, R. I., preceeded his assignment as Aviation Plans and Special Weapons Off e Staff of Commander Naval Air Force, Pacific Fleet, where he remained until April, 1953. He served as Chief of the capons Board Headquarters, Allied Forces, Southern Europe until Jul ' en as a member of Veapons 1 ategic Plans Group Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, ptember, 1957, he and of the USS YORKTOWN (CVA-10) and in August, 1958, was detached for Secretary t Staff. He was selected to Flag rank in July, 1962, and became Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel, and in M nated Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel. He holds the Distinguished Flying Cross; Presidential Unit Citati icndation; American De je Medal, Fleet clasp; The Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal; American Campaigr X ' orld War II Victory Medai nion Service Medal ( European and Asia clasps ) ; and the National Defense Service Medal. 27 AUGUST 1965 Capt Heyworth addresses the crew after receiving a letter of commendation from Adm. Moorer. The award was presented by RADM Cobb on the flight deck. FORMAL COMMENDATION " Gentlemen, it is my pleasure to accept, on behalf of America " • |l ! ijutViMur jail 4 f f11 Iff- fuM MV From: Co To: Cg Subj: Pxfab gtete (Atlantic gisst 2 tabcpxatttr of ii e Cdonmomoer in (dljuf •-CZ - ixUtion f Ser 2369 6 August 1965 Aifc A ' tcv fresh offli Jyl Z . all Pffhe OJ Confoiand. S h outstaadin by a ij ■ f — -y I! W d the highes Bcore tor Type l ? " •♦ fv • " Pyff »7T?H TrretTTr. ' of the lEjRlCi XCVA 66) for this ' spleij p fc v 52 s .:» f- i " . .MOOR " On the tap, not in my eyes " -VF-102 " Can ' t you hear that little ticking sound? " AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE and REPAIR Landing gear drop test next VA-64 - i o i c Intelligence is a four-stage process -- gathering; processing; evaluating; and disseminating. The Integrated Operational Intelligence Center per- forms three-fourths of this aboard AMERICA . . . processing information gathered by reconnaissance aircraft; evaluating its value; and disseminating within the ship and to other interested commands. Miller, PTC, and Knight, PTI, operate sterometric viewers to compare film taken with past coverage. Bushman, DS2, is operating a two dimension Gerber Digital Plotter, to make graphic displays of information. v RA5C Vigilante heads out on a photo recon mission. Gardner, MA2, operates the IBM card collator while Carbaugh, PTAN, operates document wiring system. Both are part of the intelligence storage and retrieval system of the IOIC 189 HEADING SOUTH ON THE P.R. ORI V ' O R I R I " What the ' §$% I ' m off duty " Hangar deck personnel wait for the " shock wave " with a hand full of tie downs. F-4B Phantom, is launched. " Which way does it turn? ' 191 E-1B Tracer is catted from the flight deck during inspection. " Sure glad this chow isn ' t simulated The final critique on the ORI was held in the wardroom on 24 October 1965. Steaming into the sunset, AMERICA takes on fuel from fleet oiler SABINF . . . . . . then, the following day, refuel the destroyers USS R. A. OWENS (DDE-827) and the USS FURSE (DDR-882) on our first simultaneous refueling exercise. AMERICA ' S second Opera- tional Readiness Inspection was carried out on October 22-23-24. Inspectors and ob- servers from our sister attack carrier, USS SARATOGA, conducted the inspection and demanded high professional- ism from crewmen. AMERI- CA, however, again came out with flying colors. The weeks and months of prepa- rati on by her crew and Air Wing personnel earned a grading of ' High Excellent ' . AMERICA returned proudly to Norfolk on November 1. WIVES ACTIVITIES AMERICA PREPARES TO DEPLOY AS . Carpenter, FN, paints saltwater cooling pump an exterior maintenance technician touches up anchor . . . . . . IC Electricians Page and Naylor check out telephone circuits . . . 1 -T . . . and Bruns, FTM1, and Ayres, FTM2, check over missile control director. V s m u - 195 SUPPLIES BY THE TONS and Loading stores for the extended deployment was a herculean task. During the last 120 days in the U. S., more than 600 tons of supplies were loaded aboard. More than 70 tons were brought aboard during the last week in Nor- folk. The Commissary Department handled more than 200,000 eggs, 100,000 pounds of beef and sugar, and nearly 25,000 pounds of vital coffee! l b Future supplies would be taken aboard AMERICA by underway replenish- ments . . . another factor in her mobility and versatility. " The crane won ' t reach the 010 level . . . grab the boxes and run them up the ladder! " What volunteer working party!? ' That still seems like a lotta size 10 white hats. ' Didja ever find out who ordered all these sea-sick pills ' ' CVW-6 PERSONNEL AND AIRCRAFT Pile em high What No Parking ' sign. ' Wonder if this gets logged as (light time? The squadrons of Carrier Air Wing SIX re- joined the AMERICA as she prepared for her ini- tial deployment. Boarding AMERICA at Pier 12 were: Fighter Squadrons 102 and 33 Attack Squad- rons 66 and 64; Heavy Reconnaissance and Attack Squadron 5; and a detachment from Carrier Air- borne Early Warning Squadron 12. These units, along with Detachment 66 of Helicopter Combat Squadron 2, would provide AMERICA ' S air power for the coming months. MOVE ABOARD When you travel Tourist, you gotta handle your own baggage! What happened to CCA? Phantoms from VF-102 await their turn-as the last Skyhawk from VA-66 is hoisted aboard. THANKSGIVING The Commissarymen on Thanksgiving Day Their professional efforts pleased everyone . and chow hounds alike. n . fed the families as well as the crew. including women, children . 200 is mertca ITtrst eplopment 30J?obember 1966 : fa »joJ« »» " ' 1 i : £L ■ Wi ' $£ " " - t . .... „ ' 7M AMERICA DEPARTS ON HER The USS AMERICA departed Norfolk, Va., bound for her first deployment with the United States Sixth Fleet in the Mediter- ranean on Tuesday, November 30th. The day signified a coming age for AMERICA. Since her incep- tion, she had been designed as a warship with a mission of pro- tecting the interest of the United States abroad and of lending her considerable presence to deter ag- gression. Now, as she put out to sea for a seven month tour of duty with the Sixth Fleet, each man in the crew watched the shores of the United States receed over the horizon. Captain Heyworth and Commander Austin have a last minute conference prior to the departure. The start of deployment . . . USS BOXER holds tight to Pier 12 as AMERICA moves away. I FIRST DEPLOYMENT TO THE MED Anyone got the toll? " To the east, the shores of Europe awaited ... a new horizon to many, a familiar horizon to others. To all, however, it represented the horizon of a challenge. During the first days at sea, memories of loved ones constantly demanded, and received, attention. No matter how many deployments have been completed in the past, seven months seem like an eternity. Her challenge Hies high AM Meteorology Predicts Rough Seas, LCDR Rose and Bixby, AR prepare a weather forecast. Reed, AG3, and Beynton, AG3, ready Radiosonde weather balloon. jrr t«i. and Rough Holmes, SM3, and Herring, SMI on the blinker. It Gets Ship ' s landing force fire 30 calibre machine guns. " Yellow Shirts " take a break. The USS MacDonough, DLG-8, oils up on the port side. T U R N V E R The Rendezvous of AMERICA and ROOSEVELT takes place in the wind-swept waters of Pollensa Bay, on the Isle of Mallorca. Boats commence a shuttle between the two attack carriers but are soon halted as the seas prove too much. Helos of HC-2 take over and maintain an aerial shuttle of personnel required for the turn over briefings. Commander Carrier Division Two relieves Commander Carrier Divi- sion Four and assumes the added responsibility of Commander Task Force 60. AMERICA relieves ROOSEVELT, and the turn over is complete. The two ships go their individual ways . . . CVA-42 to the U.S. and CVA-66 on into the Mediterranean. USS AMERICA and USS ROOSEVELT, incoming and outgoing. 206 We finally made it!! 1 1 WtmV. M KI L. ai k m fg f ■ | Angel Cab Company. Inc. relieve you, Sir. ' AT POLLENSA BAY 207 DATELINE: WITH THE U. S. SIXTH FLEET IN THE MEDITERRANEAN Wasting no time, AMERICA steamed out Pollensa Bay for training opera- tions with units of the Sixth Fleet. The " Rookie ' has proven herself and is now a starter on the first team. and rearming from the USS GREAT SITKIN (AE-17). Disbursing gets ready for pay call 208 l() for ou. S20 for me. and S10 for the crew. AMERICA ' S first Centurion, Lieutenant D. B. Nichols, grabbed the arresting wire with the tail hook of his A-4 Skyhawk on 13 December 1965. The VA-64 pilot made his 100th landing on the AMERICA in aircraft No. 606. AMERICA ' S first centurion LT Dennv B. Nichols. VA-64 AMERICA logs first Centurion The Aft Catapult crew celebrate the 1.000th launch from Number Three Cat, the most powerful cat in the world and the first operational one of its type. 209 V-VIP ARRIVAL Nine Days before Christmas, ComNorPole came aboard via VR-24 COD to assure AMERICA crewmen that he had received their many let- ters. A decidedly non-regulation paint job . . AMERICA PREPARES FOR CHRISTMAS II1S, jard rats the lei- Dressing the tree Sure that ' s all you want for Christmas Chief Shaw? NAPOLL Naples, first European port of call for AMERICA . . . Lire, fast cabs, crowded streets and " Hey, Joe " are the impressions of Na- ples for AMERICA crewmen who swarmed ashore in this southern Italian commercial port. Early morning anchorage and right back out to sea for air show. With NATO Defense College and Italian Air War College personnel embarked, F-i aircraft form the let- ter " 1 " in honor of Italian allies. On Fleet Landing, awaiting the start of a tour. Strolling through the narrow streets. 213 N A P L E S t k HI ri csMH I Looking down the waterfront toward Vesuvius The pleasant Municipal Park and forbidding Angioino Castle across from Fleet Landing. •—III I ..WI T ' - P ' -»— I I " | BY DAY NAPLES t I I B Y N I G H T . of the lights and gaiety of Naples at night . ;»— ■ - . 1 ' , 1 tfww ■ i The Isle of Capri through Am. .hi . MANY CREWMEN TOOK ONE DAY TOURS TO and to the Blue Grotto . . . to the Cameo Factory . . . past an isolated fishing village . . . lor shopping ■ • ' L Menace of active Vesuvius remains after 1.887 years Tllr Guided tour among the ruins TO THE FOOT OF MT. VESUVIUS TO VISIT THE ANCIENT RUINED CITY OF... Artifacts are displayed under glass Garden spot among the ashes :. ■ In 79 A.D., Mt. Vesuvius erupted, spewing molten lava and poisonous gas- ses on the city of Pom- peii. The people of Pom- peii died but their city lived on ... a shell of its former self. ■ ROME THE ETERNAL CITY A MAGNIFICENT BLENDING OF THE OLD AND THE NEW VATICAN VISIT BY PAPAL INVITATION TO THE CREW f i ■ ■ MEMORIES OF ROME THAT WILL LINGER FOREVER Seven coins in the fountain Into the Coliseum Tomb of the Unknown Soldier CHRISTMAS All hands were aboard to attend Christmas Services and enjoy the holiday feast prepared by the ship ' s cooks. - ■ ■ • 7 ' A k Bv V j»»j ■ j L J 1 Fr ' rrisj. T r f A A FINAL LOOK AT NAPLES CDR W. L. Russell (left) is relieved as Commanding Officer of RVAH-5 by CDR D. E. Dearolph in cere- monies in Hangar Bay No. 1 on 21 December. A change of command The old and new skippers of Heavy 5 ' inspect the personnel of the Vigilante squadron before CDR Russell departs for his new assignment. AMERICA crewmen took a postman ' s holi- day in Naples two days before Christmas. After 10 days in her first foreign liberty port, AMERICA lifts anchor and makes a sweeping farewell arc through Naples Harbor to the open sea. I he 35 men painted the interior of the Sisters of the Assumption Orphanage on the outskirts of Naples. .a helping hand ...and UNDERWAY 225 W Iv V E R T R E P CDR McAndrew, Operations Officer, checks the day ' s schedule on the bridge before the VertRep gets underway. Vertical replenishment has greatly speeded the transfer of supplies between ships by adding the helicopter to the standard high line. AMERICA got her first look at VertRep while restocking from SYLVANIA. Sixth Fleet added emphasis to the evolution by advising that, if all went well, AMERICA would pull into Livorno in two days. If not, the at-sea period could be longer. The AMERICA team was up to the challenge and carried out the VertRep in their usual outstanding manner. The 1 tt tea " TWO DAYS AT SEA ,.1F The Sea Knight eases another load of supplies to AMERICA ' S number one elevator. 226 n » evei The UH-46A Sea Knight helo hovers over the SYLVANIAs flight deck, ready to pick up another load of supplies destined for AMERICA. ...IF ALL GOES WELL " However, whether they come over by helo or high line, the stores must still be struck below by the age-old working parties. CDR Palmer, Weapons Officer, checks the prog- ress of stores coming aboard via the high line. AND TWO DAYS LATER 227 Gray skies and lashing surf extended and rescinded many a liberty. It all depended on where you were at the time, on board or ashore. LIVORNO 30 December 1965 Located 280 miles north of Naples on the western coast of Italy, Livor- no is the site of the Italian Naval Academy and Naval War College. The city proved to be in marked contrast to bigger and busier Naples. In Livorno, the pace was more re- laxed but the weather was more inclement. Boating conditions were often hazardous and, on occasion, boating was cancelled. Many crew- men discovered this by spending the night at the Camp Darby gym. They were returned to the ship via HC-2 helo and the ship ' s CIA aircraft the day before AMERICA departed the Tuscany city for another at-sea period. Xj " In Naples, it would have been, " Hey, Joe " and a quick attempt at a sale. In Livorno, it was merely polite interest. The advance information indicated 2.9 inches of rain per month ... it was right! Weathered statue was a familiar sight to AMERICA crewmen coming and going from Fleet Landing. Holiday lighting transforms a church into a be-jeweled show-place. .a modern, prosperous, and impressive city, Broad, clean streets like the Via Grande seemed almost like home after the narrow, crowded streets of Naples The Christmas lights and orderly traffic on Livorno ' s main street reflected the tranquility of the city. and staging point for tours to. 229 The Arno river winds its 146-mile length through hoth Florence and Pisa. From a hill surrounding Florence, the view of the Arno valley is a study in serenity and beauty. FLORENCE and PISA Florence, 50 miles east of Livorno, is the artistic center of Tuscany and ranks with Rome in the preservation of Italian history and art. Situated on the banks of the wide and meandering Arno river, the city re- flects its rich heritage in its many muse- ums, its architecture, and the many works of art on display. Pisa, famed for its lean- ing tower, is 13 miles from Livorno en- route to Florence. It also enjoys an envi- able reputation for art and history. Flowing through the center of the city, the Arno provides Florentines with a commercial waterway, bathing near the dam to the north, and a quiet place to sit and enjoy their city. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is 180 feet in height. S2 (eel in diameter and 14 feel out of perpendicular. Ic constructed in 1174 and draws tourists from through- out the world. ti Wk 1 J5I ft 1 fl t il The face of modern Florence is visible in the bustling streets and many shops. •; !C The magnificent dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, faced with red, white and green marble, completely dominates the city of Florence with its immensity and beauty. M.-X. !• Mm ■ " J .1 - One modern, yet classic, Florentine. WW I ? . - ik 1 i ' A replica of Michelanglo ' s David stands outside the en- trance to the Palazzo Vecchio in the center of Florence. Amphib tractors roll ashore at Porto Scudo with the 3rd Bat- talion as the Marine Detach- ment await in their defensive positions. AMERICA Of in ib ai B; S( lo 01 ir MARINES ASHORE ON SARDINIA The Marine Detachment put the finishing touches on their ' In-Port ' Cabins. The ' Opposition ' forces unload a 106mm recoiless rifle on the beachhead. MK DURING B PF . 4 G The Marine Detachment had an opportunity to refresh their infantry skills in January when they served as the opposition to an amphib landing by the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines at Porto Scudo, Sardinia. After the day- long war, the MarDet remained on the island for a few days of training with the 3rd Battalion. EXERCISE AMERICA ' S Marines clean their pieces in preparation for the coming assault. I PHIBLEX 6-66 7 January 1966 ■ ■■■■■■M 3rd Battalion troops move across the beachhead as the invasion moves into high gear. 233 AMERICA RED CARPET WEL BEL( OF I Comma Mr Mi Rear Admiral Cobb awaits the Defense Minister as AMERICA ' S salute battery bangs out a 19-Gun salute. Mr. Moyerson, preceeded by First Sergeant R. W. Miller, inspects the Marine Honor Guard upon his arrival. The Honorable Luc Moyersoen, Min- ister of Defense, arrived on board for a two-day visit. He was accompanied by the U. S. Ambassador to Belgium and the Chief of Staff of the Belgian Navy. The Minister was greeted with full honors and impressed all hands with his deep interest in the ship and her evolutions. 234 ET WELCOME FOR BELGIAN MINISTER OF DEFENSE 10 January 1966 Commodore Lurquin, the Chief of Staff of the Belgian Navy, and Mr. Moyersoen take in a briefing in the VF-102 Ready Room. The Defense Minister presented AMERICA with a painting of the Belgian city of Tournay and re- ceived an engraved AMERICA plaque from Captain Heyworth in return. The Belgian sense of humor was contagious, as Captain Heyworth discovered on the bridge. •J UNDERWAY REFUELING 13 January 1966 Underway refueling can always be danger- ous, but with heavy seas it can be disaster- ous. AMERICA crewmen viewed the leap- ing and plunging antics of the accompany- ing ships and grew to appreciate the dimen- sions and stability of the 77,000-ton attack carrier. The fleet oiler MARIAS plunges her bow into the Medi- terranean as AMERICA comes alongside her to refuel. Not always fair winds and following seas. The bow of MARIAS is obscured as the first lines are passed between the two ships. •::.-. U What goes down must come back up and, fortunately, MARIAS was no exception to the rule. Destroyermen take great pride in the agility of their ships. The guided missile destroyer SELLERS reminded members of AMERICA ' S refueling team of a sleek gray dolphin as she passed by. ...yet, by 0800 next morning the seas were again tranquil as AMERICA arrived at 237 CANNES 14 January 1966 AMERICA at anchor off her first French port of call. The Casino Municipal, just beyond the small boat basin, marks the start of hotel row on La Croisette along the famed Cannes beach. Away from the plush beaches and toward Mont Chevalier is an entirely different Cannes. Mp ' j The mobile scenery often over-shadowed scenery. Located on an inlet of the Gulf of La Napoule, Cannes is one of the most fabled jewels in the crown of the French Riviera. A port of call for transatlantic liners as well as the most luxurious yachts in the world, Cannes is a cosmo- politan city with sandy beaches and more than 100 major hotels. Eighteen miles away and easily reached was the tourist center of Nice and, conveniently in between, the town of Golfe-Juan. An arch of bare, trimmed branches will become a shaded arbor in summer. tack. I After a brief exploration of the narrow streets . J Cannes began as a small fishing village and has retained the charm. the broad avenues are a welcome sight! " WELCOME AME1 .expressed in the faces of an amiab The faces of the people of a foreign port can often foretell how enjoyable the libera- will be. The faces of the people of Cannes, Golfe Juan and Nice proved the effect old baro alike was evid wonder C f the Co popular. OME of an oi a retell like. oved 1 . AMERICA " amiable host the effectiveness of this age- old barometer. Young and old alike, the friendliness was evident and direct. No wonder Cannes and the towns of the Cote d ' Azure proved so popular. a m if f r s No pleasure craft these. Small and rugged, the fishing boats of Cannes once out- numbered- the sleeker and less spartan luxury craft which now crowd the basin. CANNES ' COLORFUL SEA VIEWS From the Fleet Landing on the Quai Max-Laubeuf to downtown Cannes was a short and pleasant five minute walk. Past the Hotel Mediterranee and down the Quai St. Pierre with its many pleasure craft and rugged fishing boats, to the Casino Munici- pal. Beyond the Casino was the Esplanade Des Allies, a park com- manding a sweeping view of the gulf, the famed beach of Cannes, and Hotel Row. From the Esplanade Des Allies, Hotel Row sparkles like multi-faceted tiara along the rim of the beach-front. I Graceful gulls wheel around a kindly benefactor in the Esplanade Des Allies as the late after AMERICA. Outlined in green lights from bow to stern and m AMERICA ' S big ' 66 ' was easily distinguishable A study in nautical evolution. LIBERTY in CANNES A magnificent selection of local specialties — perfumes, leather gloves, lace, china — all for the asking, almost. 4 « Lingering reminder of the one time, but now almost nonexistent Russian Community of France. While the city of Cannes itself pro- vided a wide choice of deviation from shipboard routine, in its excellent shop- ping, exquisite restaurant fare and color- ful night life, the city was just a starting 7 point to thenum nel, Dai lOUti dt most be; included A loaf of bread, a jug of wine . . . plus a choice of numerous gourmet entrees, all adds up to a meal fit for an AMERICA man. point for the man who took advantage of the numerous bus tours available to person- nel. Daily Riviera and Alps photographic- tours departed Cannes, carrying their pas- sengers within camera shot of some of the most beautiful sights in southern France — Brassware to the left of them, chinaware to the right of them numerous daily and overnight tours. the ancient, walled city of Eze; Grasse. perfume capital of all France; Nice, with its quaint " old town " and modern USO; and even storied Monte Carlo, featuring a gilded casino and movie star princess. To motor an ancient Roman road, survey a deserted medieval city, marvel at the intricacy of a Russian-Orthodox church, sample fine wine, and shop for the world ' s finest perfumes — right at the factory — all in one day was more than enough for most. For an adventuresome percentage, however, multi-day tours set out for even more re- mote destinations. enabling America men even to go. Ancient, isolated, and almost depopulated, a centuries old Gallic city evokes only a clicking of camera shutters midst the silence. 245 t, ri T ?g ? iCL- ' SKIING in the FRENCH ALPS The road edges its way up the hind side of a mountain, spills suddenly over a sharp crest and reveals a long twisting valley, bright with the white- ness of the enclosing mountains. Nestled in the valley, the village of AURON becomes visible as splashes of man-made color on new chalets. The dwellings sprawl on a tiny plateau sandwiched between spectacular moun- tains — soon to be challenged by AMERICA men on skis. The cold, thin air and beauty of the mountain spectacle, plus the sheer anticipation of skiing itself combine to excite the blood. For those who are new to the sport, however, AURON will allow a light-hearted approach and leave no man feeling le debutante. After settling into a cheery hotel, the men are outfitted and prepare themselves either for the frustrations of the beginners slope or the grand thrill of tackling the higher peaks. A pres ski, which comes early for some, is a beer in the fading warmth of a late sun or the cheer of a flaming rum grog followed by dinner befitting ravenous appetites. Unexplainable en- ergy still lingers for an evening of clubbing or conversation and a toast to the good life. w " IfcJtjM , k A st ' sS • V 2 ' (,. " » ' i ' l i7r.-V i%5 v - -DPW ' fvi. I The Alps, and the village they enfold, can stimulate strong emo- tion. There is the private joy the man on skis feels in riding the skilift in late afternoon and looking down the mountain whose cold white sur- face he will tempt. As he pauses alone at the top, the beauty about him is both serene and rugged; both magnificent in scope and delicate in detail. With the experience of sus- tained movement, of actually skiing the mountainside, there comes the satisfaction of having met a certain challenge, for skiing is not a union of man and nature but a challenge, one to the other. Yet, the life of the ski village, and the beautiful people who inhabit it, make one aware of a very social world. The morning is excitement, bustle, and ski classes but a certain quiet prevails. Clearly, the mood of this very French ski village high in the Alps is the cool, unobtrusive chic of the skier and the quiet grace of a skater. £T . m JK Presentation of Colors to Captain Hey worth and Airman Wilson by the Marine Detachment. BIRTHDAY 23 January 1966 AMERICA celebrated her first birthday 4,000 miles from home, anchored off Cannes, France. Crewmen gathered in Hangar Bay No. 1 on the morning of 23 January as the Marine Detachment per- formed precision drill steps. The high- light of the celebration was the long- awaited announcement of the winners of the Catherine T. McDonald Award to the outstanding officer and enlisted man of the past year. With the popular selec- tion of Lieutenant Commander Selby B. Riggs, the ship ' s First Lieutenant, and Senior Chief Commissaryman William B. Barker, a tradition was begun. George Bronson, Commissaryman First, received the award for Chief Barker, who had been transferred. Another tradition was then commenced as the officer and enlisted Plank Owners of longest stand- ing on board AMERICA joined to cut the 104-pound cake. Both Captain Heyworth and Airman Donald R. Wilson checked into AMERICA in July 1964. A reception planned for the early evening was can- celled because of poor boating. .and presentation of the coveted The Catherine T. McDonald Plaque was presented to the ship by her spon- sor, Mrs. David L. McDonald, wife of the Chief of Naval Operations, at the ship ' s commissioning. Each year, the names of the outstanding officer and enlisted man will be inscribed on the bronze tablet in recognition of their exemplary performance aboard AMERICA. Critical audience watches as bakers put final touches on birthday cake. Airman Wilson, with an assist from Captain Hcyworth, cuts the first piece of cake. Catherine T. McDonald Award He also received the pleasure of clowning the first piece. Captain Heyworth presents the awards to the recipients. LCDR Riggs and Bronson, CS1, flank the Catherine T. McDonald plaque. Rmertca ' trst All-ensign Watch Team While it is not uncommon to have ensigns on the underway watch team, it is quite rare to see the top watch. Officer of the Deck, filled by an ensign; it is even more unusual to see the entire watch section made up of ensigns! Ensign Thomason, USNR, had the honor of be- ing the first ensign aboard America to receive his formal letter of qualifica- tion — Qualified OOD Underway. Ensign THOMASON issues an order to the lee helmsman for a speed change. OOD, Ensign THOMASON. briefs the other three junior officers of his watch team. Ensigns ( 1 to r ) PINT, MC GOWAN. and BUILDER. Blanch makes a high speed turn minutes before tragedy strikes. and an Emergency at Sea! On 27 January 1966 at about 0730, tragedy hit the USS ' Blandy (DD-943). While in company with America, one of Blandy ' s boilers blew up, releasing live steam into a boiler room where two men were on watch. Both men were severely burned and a third man in a compartment above was seriously injured also. A helo was dis- patched immediately to return the men to America ' s superior medical facility, where a competent medical team commenced around-the-clock aid for the unfortunate victims. Yet, fate was to win out over the two men who had been trapped in the superheated inferno. One man died before the ship could reach port, and the second man died shortly after his arrival at a hos- pital ashore. The third man was more fortunate; he will recover. Though tragic, the Blandy case was encouraging at the same time, as it demonstrated how quickly and positively a team of experts react when a true crisis arises. First aid is already wejl in progress as injured man is struck below to medical spaces via bomb elevator. Flightdeck medical team meets helo carrying Blandy ' s injured crewmen. 253 How to draw a crowd . . . just walk down the street. The skyline of Aranci Bay. ARANCI BAY, SARDINIA On 3 February, AMERICA pulled into Aranci Bay, on the eastern coast of Sardinia. A small fishing village with a total population one-ninth that of AMERICA ' S crew (400 people), Aranci Bay was a stranger to every one aboard. The informa- tion sheets were equally vague, using the words, " no information " at great length. Limited liberty parties went ashore for brief periods to break the monotony. The appear- ance of AMERICA crewmen walk- ing the streets of Aranci Bay broke the monotony for the residents of the small community as well. .with not an opera house in town. Main Street, Aranci Bay. " The other end of town? Right there, at the corner. ' 3 February 1966 An open-air cafe has the right mixture to settle the dust. Unconcerned about the powerful armada which lies anchored on the horizon, a Sardinian fisherman goes about his work. " EXTRAS " Six cartons, and that takes care of this month ' s ration. Mess Deck Sales of foreign goods offer con- venience and numerous bargains to personnel. nii Ad outstanding selection of hi-fi records and tapes plus the machines to plaj them, .ill available in the ship ' s Hobb) Shop store-. A place to burn up extra energy and keep fit. the ship ' s Work-out room. GALORE Bingo was a most popular evening pastime for many AMERICA sailors while the ship was underway. Numerous valuable prizes were a- warded for games, with a $100.00 cash prize for a final " blackout " game each session. LTJG EVANS and CHIEF SHIPPEY completing another phone patch for an AMERICA crewman. The " Ham Shack " personnel had already completed almost 700 long-distance radio patches for personnel at this point in the cruise. MAKE A LONG DEPLOYMENT EASIER There are many " extras " offered aboard AMERICA to bring to personnel at least some of the comforts of home during long deployments. There are more than a half dozen stores, both foreign goods and domestic, selling almost every- thing imaginable. The list of extras in- cludes, among other things, a cobbler shop, print shop, tailor shop, dry clean- ing plant, television lounge, library, chapel and soda fountains. All of these activities are maintained and run by ship- mates contributing their measure to the AMERICA community. One of the many purchases made daily at the foreign merchandise store. " Wonder how she would like this, or that? Hard to make up the mind, with so much to choose from. " The Monumento al Caduti, on the Piazza della Vittoria. GENOA 1 1 February 1966 One of the Mediterranean ' s greater sea- ports, Genoa lies on the Italian Riviera in northwestern Italy. Famed as the birth- place of Christopher Columbus, the city cascades from prominent hillsides to the sprawling, bustling port. Genoa ' s nar- row but picturesque streets are like a labyrinth to the visitor. Unlike Naples and Livorno, it abounds in parks, piazzas, imposing architecture and museums. Battlements reflect the architecture of Genoa. Some of the buildings date back to the 9th century. The haggling in the market places may date back even further. A V v . £ The subtle beauty of a streetcorner altar, common sight throughout Italy. Scrawled commentary reflects a minority viewpoint. The afternoon sun finds its way down a narrow Genoa byway, lined on both sides with colorful shops, tiny restaurants and cramped private dwellings. The night life of Genoa, from large, downtown brau house to lowly, waterfront " clip joint " , offers something to satisfy virtually any appetite. tp«l III ■ T The people of Genoa have, over the centuries, rightfully gained a reputation as a predominantly mer- chantile group. Because of this, other Italians for many years looked down upon Genoa as only a city of busi- led a met- ness and not beauty. However, the Genoans have put much of their wealth back into their city. As a result, it is well endowed with a beauty which mirrors the pride of its citizens, both past and present. Evidence of this pride may be seen in the faces of shopkeepers and business people in old Genoa, as well as " young moderns " at play in their huge, new civic dome arena. One of the countless graceful spans which bridge the " highways " of Venice. An excursion to fabled VENICE Diagonal parking, Piazzo San Marco. Among the planned tours which went out from Genoa, one of the most memor- able carried AMERICA personnel to Venice, the city unique in all the world for its majestic labyrinth of serene waterways. Beholding the magnificence of St. Mark ' s Cathedral, its Romanesque-Byzan- tine presence towering over the central Piazzo San Marco, it was not difficult to share in the conviction of Napoleon I, who referred to the square, its cathedral and surrounding palaces as " the most beau- tiful drawing room in Europe. " In fitting conclusion to a holiday of gondoling on the Grand Canal, bargaining with the shrewd " merchants of Venice " by the historic Bridge Rialto, and marveling at splendid palaces of once-powerful patri- cial families, evening brought simply silence . . . romantic manifestation of an entire society, unmechanized. Grecian Rock Doves, " pigeons " to Westerners, solicit aid from an Amer- ican ambassador-at-large. St. Mark ' s, a light in the Piazzo. Grand day on the Grand Canal. .and an even longer outing to breathtaking 263 MUNICH AND 4 1 4 f GARMISH Munich in mid-February is in the final mad throes of Fasching. The entire city forgets sophistication and business for a fling at fantasy and pleasure-seeking. There is a wild quest for maximum fun-making be- fore the soberness of Lent. The beauty of a modern and clean city which still retains the scale and grandeur of earlier years is subord- inated to the excitement of the people. Every day brings a parade of floats every district, social club, and political group; each inevitably topped with a fair frauline and a beer swigging Bavarian. The Ger- mans and the tourists alike become childish with delight as the parade passes . . . medieval costumed per- formers, bands, floats from every brewery dispensing beer, exotic dis- plays of biting political satire, and to every American ' s surprise a large jTfltjjuajg! • B ■ representation from cowboy clubs. The pageantry is unending. After the parade, brauhauses fill to over- flowing as do the drinkers within. Nightfall brings intensification of the madcap antics as people in every JjJsRs A IE WJ JIB = « ii.J possible costume roam the streets, tour the downtown beer halls or search the clubs of Schwabing for excitement. The frenzy reaches a climax at the nightly Fasching Ball. The scene staggers the imagination just by the sheer numbers of brightly costumed merrymakers partaking of the beer and dance. Inhibitions float away on a beery froth. For those who survive Fasching, a few days absorbing the quiet of Garmish is a welcome experience. Situated in already greening mead- ows in a valley in the Bavarian Alps, the village exudes a prim, quaint beauty. Winter brings the skier to the white peaks that rise above the Garmish meadows, but for many the quiet valley is their Shangri-La. nit inn m man ft : »Fvt4U 1 Greetings to " HENRY HIGGINS " Rex Harrison, stage, screen and record- ing star who thrilled millions with his portrayal of Professor Henry Higgins in " My Fair Lady " , visited the ship in Genoa. Accompanied by his wife, British actress Rachael Roberts, Mr. Harrison toured AMERICA and had lunch aboard. Be- tween the two, he found time to chat with crewmen in Hangar Bay No. 1. " By George. I don ' t think he ' s got it! " Re Harrison and bis fair lady, Rachael Roberts. " Professor Higgins . . . Arriving " 266 honors to GEORGE WASHINGTON rShf A ° A bse ,T d thC nhd fy of he first U.S. president in the home of the discoverer of North America, Christopher Columbus. A 21-gun salute boomed across the Gulf of Geona as the ship paid tribute to George Washington .and arrivederci GENOVA 267 INSIDE, R. L. PAFF, PH3, of OP Division, accepts a call concerning a photo job order. AND TOPSIDE " BRAVO " working party unloads cargo perhaps even more vital to AMERICA men than food itself . . . letters from home. E. H. BERGESON, SN, of 2nd Division, hauls in a ship-to-ship sound- powered-phone line on completion of underway replenishment. AMERICA MEN " TURN TO »? 268 AMERICA ' S 10,000th LANDING 3 March 1966 LT NICHOLS of VA-64, first Centurian, or pilot to complete 100 landings aboard ship, chalked up another enviable goal by capturing the 10,000th landing aboard AMERICA also. sukiw; A-4 Skyhawk, LT NICHOLS at the controls, being spotted after 10,(K)()th landing. LT NICHOLS does the honors at an evening cere- mony in the wardroom for the benefit of ships com- pany and squadron officers. CAPTAIN HEYWORTH is presented the first piece of the 10,000th landing cake, at the afternoon flight deck celebration. Mechanics of VAW- 1 2 overhaul the engine of one of the E-1B Tracer aircraft. THE MEN WHO KEPT THEM RUN ! lectricians o( ship ' s compart) rebuild electric motor , adding their talents to the America team. 270 VAW-12 mechanics torque engine bolts to specifications during re- assembly of aircraft engine after overhaul. IEM RUNNING. J. A. BAIN. ADJ1, and R. L. COX, AN. rebuild a J-79 jet engine in jet shop. J. L. GREEN, ADJ2, and H. W. GOODWIN, ADJ3. rig a J-79 jet engine for installation on the test stand. HC-2 personnel reinstall small jet helo engine following its overhaul. HC-2 mechanics pull engine of an HU-2A helo for routine maintenance. TOULON AMERICA domi- neers the beautiful Toulon coastal panorama. Difficult dec ision to pick from the many attractive post cards. 11 March 1966 Toulon is to the French Navy as Norfolk is to the U. S. Navy, in that it is her leading naval port. Toulon is located about 640 miles south- east of Paris. The city was occupied during World War II, and suffered considerable damage before liberation by the Allies in August of 19 ii. While some of her 1 Sth century streets and buildings remain, Toulon was rebuilt primarily as a modern city. Besides being an important French Naval base, Toulon is a city of many industries, including ship- building, smelting, fishing and, of course, grape culture for her delicious wines. A main point of interest for AMERICA sailors was the " Tele- pherique " , a large, enclosed ski-lift type car leading to Mount Faron. At the summit, the " tourists " visited the Toulon War Museum, located in an old fort. Among Toulon res- taurants, the ever popular European suk«. ilk cafe is most predominant. As do children the world over. French youngsters play in the water too. Being able to await a boat back to the ship at one of the sidewalk cafes was a pleasant change. French bluejack- ets " enjoy liberty in their own back- yard. Surface ships of the once m i g h t French fleet, in- cluding one aging battleship, are seen moored opposite the fleet landing. On the waterfront . . . the fleet landing, colorful shops and a sidewalk cafe. An expedient, " Ask the taxi driver; he ' ll know how to get there. " America men explore the highways and byways AMERICA crewmen found Toulon an interesting, attractive and clean city. With the exception of the language barrier, both spoken and written, this modern city proved not unlike many in the U. S. With news and taxi stands, shaded city parks, old men contempla- ting politics before a courthouse and pretty girls gone shopping, how " normal " it all appeared. " hi 1 " You sure this the way we came, man? " of TOULON While the sign refers to confec- tionery " sweets " , it might well apply to this attractive threesome also. A view of Toulon from the " Telepherique ' , half way up Mount Faron. " No, looks as if the Ledger-Star is all sold out. " Friendly natives; pretty too! " 1 think it ' s cheaper in the ship ' s store, hut let ' s go in and have a look anyway. " Toulon senior citizens enjoying an afternoon sun, and solving world problems simultaneously. ...and a few, even the grand avenues of 275 PARIS City of Life I Parisian hospitality can hardly be doubted when even the statues willingly offer direc- tions to a confused tourist. Others believe that the world spins about an axis the ends of which are called the North and South poles, but ask any Frenchman and he will explain that the world, perhaps even the uni- verse, moves about a different axis called the Eiffel Tower. There is much truth in this, for at the foot of this tower lies a city that for centuries has set the standards of the world in fashion, fine wine, fine arts and fine women. And Paris has a way of making believers of those who have once exposed themselves to her charm. Paris is ever new, but the old lingers on to remind of a past when her great- ness was unequalled. Versailles remains to pay tribute to the grandeur of that other era, when the city nearly ruled the The typical American tourist, with his burning desire to earn of the wonders of foreign lands. " No fellas. The other way; the tower ' s the other way! " obud " Ouch! " American sailors are noted for their " grasp " of local customs. You should have seen those Americans leave town when DeGaulle said . . . " spins . foil plain um- I ISIS much :o«et itthe , tine And ITS Of ngers pat- nains [dial J the .in the springtime world. And the Arc de Triumph, ap- pearing like a natural wonder, as un- yielding as the very earth beneath it, pays silent tribute to a general and his men who sought to make Paris in fact what she has always been in spirit — the capital of the world. " Hmmmm, let ' s see now ... I ' d say Alsace, 1947, Pape Vineyards, lower slope. It ' s a good wine, but not a great wine. " Were God to lift the world with just one hand, it is here He would take hold; the Arc de Triumph, symbol of unending dedication to French greatness. H t m I ! J AkA • TO $ All roads, including the Champs Elysees, lead to the Arc de Triumph. 4 i ■ 4 A Grand Music Hall at Versailles. City of Light Le sidewalk cafe. SClX -la. I jKTl •. JMK 1 H- B J HETlio Itel —Jfc JS h fi " " 1 - ,; " 1 B :?:.v?j ' !,v. Mm feft Le Casino . . . grand, s pectacular revue. Pigalle a price. Le Petit Balcon ... off a back alley. street of tourist traps, temptation, and tradition. Anything for Artists have for centuries come to Paris seeking, through various media to capture and exploit the qualities of light in their work because, as novices and masters alike have found, light takes on a special glow in Paris. Day- light in Paris is more than simply reflected sunlight; it is an atmosphere in which even an ordinary street scene becomes vivid, charged with excite- ment, as though something new and unusual were to happen at any mo- ment. Light even seems to seep into the past, as in the Music Hall at Ver- sailles, awakening images of times when this chamber housed concerts attended by Louis XVI and his beau- tiful queen, Marie Antoinette. But some prefer artificial light, a preference Paris also is well equipped to satisfy. The night is bright with the bizarre and gaudy neon signs and temptingly suggestive billboards that invite all, but especially the tourist, to come in and sample. Among those who do, an occasional American sailor may be seen, casting a sober and critical eye on the quality of the dancing and artistry of the production. PlGAU ' S Mm Ml .4, KM HOIWSHM itS NUS (.fs plus oses DU mow if A typical her " litt i ' V ' -.I. 7 jV;. r Y- r waits for ish work. City of Love For lovers, time or place is of little consequence, for their story repeats itself endlessly all over Paris. The in- timate moment, the beautiful, but distant, figure under the lights of a thousand night clubs, a coy but hard- ened glance on a streetcorner — each causes the blood to rush as never before. But the Parisian man has patiently learned to control his high blood pres- sure in a city where beautiful women are as common as taxicabs in New York, and twice as dangerous. He will explain at the slightest prompting that he understands the ways of women better than any man before him. (Or does he? ) " Women are for keeping, " he might say, " in as great a number as possible. " So the game goes on, " a la Parisian, " with a passion that comes from the Frenchman ' s love for life and all it can offer, whenever the offer can be found. From the Louvre to the Left Bank, in the clubs or parks, from Montmartre to the top of the Eiffel Tower, he follows his heart, exploiting all the pleasures each moment affords. And while the world watches and wonders. Frenchmen have all the fun. ill ifi iff |f - res- ilea A s in - till V that men ' tr v. (Or ' " ras ■Ml .la 7 xV - rnes X -V and V - an V Left rom gtf " iflel tine •— ' , irdi. - . and T un. - , 1 ■ MHlHi HHHBH HHH Co 102, p Achiei lOOOtl recogi landin any a of the Captain Austin is assisted by Chief Harris with the cutting of AMERICAS first " Hump Day Cake. " MED CRUISE HALF COMPLETE 17 March 1966 The half way point of deployment came on the last day of anchorage in Toulon, France. AMERICA had sailed over 17,000 miles since her departure from Norfolk, burning seven million gallons of NSFO in the process, and chalking up almost 5,000 launches and recoveries at the same time. With four ports-ot-call already visited, it would be strictly " down hill " from this day forth. Half way day, or " hump day " , was one which brought not onlj thoughts, but AMERICA person- nel themselves a little bit closer to home and loved ones. AMERICA ' S 1000th BOLTER Commander Loux, executive officer of VF- 102, pulled down the dubious " Extraordinary Achievement Award " for having made the 1000th bolter on-off AMERICA. While more recognition is normally given for each 1000th landing, and the 1000th bolter is not a record any aviator strives for, both are representative of the many long hours of flight quarters and the hard work that have gone into them. COMMANDER LOl ' X displays his award as he cuts into the 1000th Bolter Cake with the remark. " I had a lot of help . . . " 18 March 1966 " It wasn ' t your tail hook, XO; you just plain sailed oxer all the wires. AMERICA and FORRESTAL dominate the assemblage in Taranto harbor (AMERICA furthest from camera). FLEET COMMANDERS 1 CONFERENCE Taranto - 22 March 1966 Offloading one of the numerous loads of officers picked up from other ships bj AMERICA ' S " P " boats for attendance of the Commanders ' Conference. AMERICA ' S first view of Taranto, Italy, was from a distance, as the ship came to anchorage in preparation for hosting the Sixth Fleet Commanders ' Conference. The conference was attended by 12 different commands, 22 surface ships including AMERICA, and 2 submarines. AMERICA hosted almost 300 officer representatives from the various ships and commands for the day-long series of meetings, briefings and lectures. Over 170 ship ' s company and air wing officer escorts greeted the repre- RADM L. J. O ' BRIEN, JR., COMCRUDESFLOT 10 is piped aboard. sentatives who arrived by boat, helo and CIA. At the conference, essentially a gather- ing of all the principal commanders and commanding officers of the U. S. Sixth Fleet, 20 separate conferences were held, covering everything from operational doc- trine to religious services. The conference proved an appropriate opportunity for the various unit and command representatives to exchange ideas on many debatable sub- jects and key problems relative to Mediter- ranean operations, and to formulate policy on future operations. AMERICA, " show ship " and pride of the Sixth Fleet, notably received repeated comment from the im- pressed attendees on general cleanliness of the ship and overall smartness of her crew. The conference was, without question, an unqualified success. The Executive Officer and CDR McFARLAND greet the arriving commanders and representatives. CAPTAIN HEYWORTH attends the operations conference along with other ship and squadron commanders and representatives. LT NOTTOLI. front, picks up pointers at a ready room conference concerning " turnover material. " One of the countless machine loads of laundry completed every day. UNHERALDED, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN With all the obvious, topside activity that goes on during one typical AMERICA day, there is often a tendency to take for granted the diverse and routine, but none the less important, jobs carried out below decks. For example, the laundry and dry cleaning plants are depended upon heavily to keep the AMERICA team looking, and feeling, like the top-notch unit it is. And the countless other services provided by the support shops and offices are no less im- portant. Regular mail from home processed by the post office, for instance, can often do even more in terms of morale than a thousandth landing, record replenishment rate and steak dinner — all in the same day. Carpenter job orders " That ought to j;ivc h ' m another IO(X) miles. " " Hmmm, costs even more to mail than it did to buy Major Sortex. Carpenter shop crew works on one of their numerous custom job orders. Dry cleaning plant presses dress blues for the next liberty port. Tailoring service is extremely handy, especially at promotion time. ATHENS Possibly, in fact quite probably, no other city in the world is built upon such a glorious history as the city Athens. The city of the goddess Athena, blessed both by nature and the gods, the city which during the classical era attained the highest ideal of greatness, beauty and truth that has ever shone forth from human intellect and in- spiration . . . the city where USS AMERICA dropped anchor on 28 March 1966, availing to AMERICA men an opportunity for liberty second to none, anywhere. Like a vignette into antiquity, the marvel- ously preserved Theseum commands a verdant panorama not far from modern, downtown Athens. Ambassadors of today ' s dominant nation oblivious to the glory that was yesterday ' s. 4fl r z Noble memento of the dead Temple of Jupiter . . . framed by a graceful native tree, the ancients ' symbol of life. 28 March 1966 Lonely survivor of a once populous Parthenon gable. Portico of the Caryatides, timeless columns fashioned after beautiful maidens of the ancient city of Caryae. i +2k Classic form in the National Museum. THE ATH lu Jupiter, appears as Jupiter ' s Temple is about due for a casrep! " Bronze portrait of a " Golden Age " Greek. Reincarnation of Demosthenes, atop his speaker ' s platform? HE ATHENS OF YESTERYEAR. Athens is built in one of the most beautiful locations in the world, sur- rounded by mountains which open up to let one glimpse the sea. The ancient city lay closely round the sacred rock of the Akropolis, and on top of the Akropolis remain today some of our most outstanding examples of classi- cal architecture: the Parthenon, Propylaea, Erechtheion, and Temple of the Wingless Victory. Many of the most priceless arcaeoligical discoveries of the " Golden Age " are now on dis- play to the public in the National Museum in downtown Athens. It would be difficult indeed even to estimate the number of tours taken and photographs exposed by America per- sonnel during their stay in this in- spiring city. The Parthenon, which has aroused the admiration of mankind for centuries, is probably the most perfect expression of the classical spirit. The home guard. Waiting for the bus. Hue)-, Duey, and Louie. AND TOI Modern Athens has explained far beyond the boundaries of her ancient counterpart, both in area and in a popula- tion now of nearly two million. While numerous wars over the ages regularly checked development of the city, Athens today has reemerged a great capital of Europe, with broad avenues, cultural and Splendid, modern neo-Ionic state buildings, fitting conformity to timeless perfection. Chartered America tour, enroute downtown after visiting the " high points " of old Athens. TODAY... educational institutions, and a spirit and dignity all its own. From ultramodern Constitution Square, the Academy of Arts, stately government buildings and pidgeoned parks, to the picturesque, nar- row streets of the old Plaka quarter, America men witnessed a panorama of beauty in coexistence with progress, and were impressed with what they saw. Broad and tree lined avenues; an alert and vital people. Always time to feed the birds I I GENERAL " Like to help. Young Fella ' , but I see someone ' s already done a good job on your shoes. " a B Architecture two years and two thousand years old . . . coexisting harmoniously. A BLENDING OF Athens is not only the place where the Greek Miracle happened, the city of temples and sculptures millions come to visit annually. The capital of Greece is also a modern city, enchanting in its mildness of climate and inviting in the spontaneity and warm-hearted hospitality of its inhabitants. View from the terrace of a small restaurant atop the Hill of Lykabcttos. Sidewalk cafe . . . between meals. I Lykabettos rises above it all. THE OLD AND THE NEW h America personnel strolled the streets of Athens at their leisure, taking in the Royal Palace, guard change of the pic- turesque Evzones, quality shops of the Mitropoleos district; and in the evening many were of the good fortune to order one of the excellent " kebobs " , accented by golden " retsina " wine or " Metaxa " brandy, at one of Athens ' numerous fine restaurants. The Evzones relieve their guard before the Royal Palace. Last traces of the ancient Agora, or commercial center of the " Golden Age " , lies at the foot of the Akropolis. A FINAL LOOK For all her daylight splendor, Athens went even further to impress her America guests with a colorful and exciting after hours agenda also. Climaxing the popular one day tour of the city taken by a major- ity, it seemed, of America men was a full- course dinner and evening of both tradi- tional folk dancing and contemporary entertainment at the exclusive " Barajos " . AT( Bu wasn ' t taketc ject citizen daily i tour it orphai they, £ wil ...AND THE • GRE " Not too traditional, but I definitely think she ' s got something there . . . " Peasant folk dancers whirl to lively tunes at the ex- clusive restaurant, " Barajos " . KX km, irica ifter ular radi- «ry jos " . fHE AT GREECE But the American " tourist in blue " wasn ' t the only one who took time to take tours. America herself was a sub- ject of considerable interest to the citizens of Athens, who trooped aboard daily on guided excursions. One such tour included a large group of Greek orphan children; it was an experience they, as America personnel of Athens, will not soon forget. Greek orphan children are shown a Terrier missile battery. They were one of numerous groups hosted aboard America during her week-long stay in Athens. GREEKS ' FINAL LOOK AT AMERICA Orthodox priest interprets for his children; a big day in the life of a little orphan ... to visit America. ISTANBUL Istanbul is the business, commercial, and cultural center of Turkey. The city is divided into three major sections and has a population of over two million inhab- itants. The main dividers are the Bosporus, which divides Europe from Aisa and the Golden Horn River, which divides the old and new city. America crewmen found that, mixed in with the modern city, fragments of ancient walls and aqueducts, dating back over 2,000 years, still remain. Istanbul began in 685 BC as a Greek settlement and was known as Byzantium. Through the centuries the city passed through the hands of many nations and was named Constantinople in the year 423 AD by Constantine, who rebuilt the city as his capital. In 1453 the city was conquered by Mohammed the conqueror, and has been under Turkish control ever since. The city was given its present name officially in 1924. • - A very popular sight in Istanbul was the liberty party with cameras. There were many sights to shoot " . I . 6 APRIL 1966 The way America looked to the Turkish people at night. uso The USO, as in most of America ' s ports of call, was a very popular visiting place for a great many of the crewmen. It was located across the street from the American Consulate. There were many hostesses on hand to greet the visiting men and to make them feel at home. In addition to the hostesses there was a nightly floor show to add to the enjoyment of the visit. Another service offered by the USO was a fine selection of the best merchandise from the bazar, for convenient shopping. " Gee you make it look so easy. " Captain Heyworth presents an autographed picture of America to members of the Istanbul USO in appreci- ation for the outstanding reception given America crewmen. One of the many pretty hostesses at the USO. 300 HOME AWAY am i .u s o lv •EAN-TEEN A birds eye view of the USO canteen building in Istanbul. FROM HOME Belly-Dancers are a very popular mode of entertainment in the Middle East. They were included in the nightly floor show at the USO. I I A TOUR OF ISTANBUL A guided tour of the city was enjoyed by many, and some independent touring proved to be quite enjoyable too. The main attraction was the mosques which are high- lighted by their domes and minarets. There are nearly 450 mosques in Istanbul, the most famous being the Blue Mosque which is over 300 years old. It takes its name from the beautiful blue-colored tiles that line the interior. It is the only mosque in the world with 6 minarets. Another point of interest was the Old Seraglio (Sultans Palace) where the jewels and other treasures of the Sultans are on display. Some enjoyed a visit to the large under- ground cisterns which were built centuries ago to ensure that water was never a prob- lem. Much of the water collected in the cisterns today is used for watering lawns and gardens. GUIDED A guided tour of one of the underground cisterns. AND A water front view of the new palace. 302 Fleet landing where many people gathered just to watch the liberty boats come in. The Blue Mosque with its six minarets is a striking view. A guard stands watch on the new palace gates. The entrance to the old Sultan ' s palace grounds. FREE-LANCE 303 MERCHANTS " Yes sir they are fresh. " YOUNG AND OLD " Wouldn ' t you like to have one of these hand made quilts for your pad? " C1W jfV V " How about a shine sailor, inspection quality. " r it " Merchants in Istanbul range between the very young and very old, and all are very shrewed traders, which most America crewmen found out. However, there were many fine articles to buy, such as jewelry, Turkish coffee sets, brass and copper ware, Meerschaum pipes, water pipes, and most any thing else you can think of. The Kapali Carsi or Grand Bazar which offered more than 3,000 shops under one roof was probably the most interesting shopping area in all Istanbul, if not the Mediter- ranean. The bazar dates back to 1461 and offered a gigantic selection of articles to choose from. A young fish salesman greets us with a smile. WITH EVERYTHING FROM w A seasoned fish salesman explaining his wares. Many gold and jeweled items were available. FISH TO GOLD 305 " Yeah this looks like the place with the good floor show. " " Do you have a cigarette for me and my sister? " A sing along just to make you feel at home. LIBERTY IN ISTANBUL 306 jMH H ■ mm ■ 1 ■ ■ L The Bouncer! " Who wants to dance to that slow stuff? 1 ' Don ' t just take my picture sailor, come in and buy me a drink. ' " Come on lets do the twist, come oooon. " A CANDID VIEW Con Ana wM Turl 1 Capi fori ( cessf of C selec tour " Business is kind of slow today guess I ' ll take a little snooze. ' Gee even the kids speak Turkish. Duty today but wait until tomorrow. The small boat owners took many people for a ride by the America at her anchorage. • k . f " ' i OF ISTANBUL " CAG " CHANGES HANDS Commander C. I. Tully was relieved by Commander R. E. Oechslin as Commander Attack Carrier Air Wing Six on 8 April 1966, while America laid at anchor in Istanbul, Turkey. RADM Cobb, COMCARDIV TWO and Captain Heyworth were the guest speakers for the change of command ceremony. CDR Tully, after completing a highly suc- cessful tour as " CAG " , will report to the staff of COMFAIRJACKS. CDR Tully is a Captain selectee. CDR Oechslin had just completed a tour as LCDR assignment officer in BUPERS, before assuming the duties of " CAG " . Good luck CDR you arc taking over a might) fine group. The airwing and squadron insignias. The airwing turns out in full force for the change of command. • • 3JJ I A L r BEIRUT When the Navy dropped anchor off Beirut, Lebanon, it went ashore to a city of half a million people, brilliant sunshine and modern business activity mingled with old traditions. In a unique blend of ancient and modern, East and West, late model American automobiles dominated the city ' s streets, while shepherds grazed their flocks on the nearby hills. From the popular, bikinied beaches to the ruines splendor of neighboring Baalbeck and Byblos, one com- mon phrase seemed to echo the sentiment of America personnel concerning this port-o-call. " Great Liberty! " Picturesque, costal cargo schooners, as seen from Fleet Landing. muf Sundeck of the Saint George Hotel, across which liberty- bound America officers were forced to pick their way. 21 April 1966 W .iter from view, from balcony of the Phoeni cia Hotel. Relaxation on the patio of the Saint George Hotel. Numerous small shops, with a selection ranging from two-thousand-year-old gold coins to ever popular camel saddles. Shades of " iron men and wooden ship " days. THE PEOPLE OF BEIRUT America bailor tries on the local dress. The market plate where fresh produce is purchased. The Lebanese differ from citizens of other Arab countries in that almost half the population is made up of Christians. The president of the Leb- anese Republic is always a Christian and the prime minister a Moslem. Farming is the largest single oc- cupation, accounting for over 50 per- cent of the total population. Five per- cent of the population control most of the nations wealth; these people being the bankers, sheiks, and the Moslem religious leaders. Arabic is the native language of the country, but America crewmen were pleasently surprised to find many people understood and spoke English. A good number of the people also speak French. The American Univer- sity in Beirut has been largely respon- sible for the English influence. A local couple rum away from their interest in the boats around the Saint George Hotel landing long enough for a picture. r 312 Some of the ocal citizens take a break to enjoy their water pipes. " Ah. thats a perfect fit. " ■ 313 RADM Cobb receives the first piece of cake during official opening of the Fleet Canteen. A big smile and a big piece of homemade cake helped to make America crewmen feel at home. The ultimate CANTEEN! With an audience like this the floor show was a little hard to concentrate on. " WOW! " This was the recreation of the America crewmen who visited the Fleet Canteen in the ballroom of the Phoenicia Hotel. The Amer- ican Community in Beirut, went all out to make the visiting fleet feel at home. Hospitality and service plus seemed to be their motto. In addition to the fine food provided by the ships commissary division the ladies of the community baked and donated over 6,000 cakes during the eight-day visit. America ' s sailors filled the canteen every night taking advantage of the chance to dance with American and Lebanesse girls to the music of the Carrier Division Two Band, and the various Rock and Roll Bands comprised of ships company per- sonnel. How could they go wrong, free chow, free dance, lovely hostesses, and even a floor show " WOW! " Opening night of the Fleet Canteen. I could have danced all night. One of the more popular acts of the outstanding floor show. The nicest part of all was being able to dance and talk to a girl who understood what wa being said. 1 Honor for an UNKNOWN SOLDIER 25 April 1966 A tomb dedicated to an unknown soldier. In remembrance, really, of all those who died unknown on a battlefield far from their homes. Who are they, these unknown soldiers? Perhaps a husband, a son or brother who marched off to war seeking freedom, and found only death. They no longer have a name, only a memorial and a place in the hearts of anyone who lost a loved one in war. Will they be forgotten? Never! In countries where freedom is a reality, or perhaps only a cherished dream, they will be remembered as having died for a way of life. Nameless, faceless, but never forgotten, they are heros in their own right. It has been traditional for visiting military units of other nations to place a wreath on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the country visited. Thus RADM Cobb performed the honors during the ships visit to Beirut. ' ' . ' - :■ ' ' ...and a pilgrimage to the RADM Cobb lays a wreath on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Beirut. ■ 4 " • r . 1 • . " » ' » - 1 .• ■ • •4 ; ' . ' ■ ' » fc 1 ♦ . M " . ' " ■ -.XXi+ z. tM iK J-t r . HOLY LAND The tour to Jerusalem offered the crew of America an opportunity to visit a land that is still sacred. It began at St. Stephan ' s gate along the eastern section of the present wall around Jerusalem. Built in 1540 by conquering Moslems, the wall overlooks a narrow green valley, beyond which is the Mount of Olives. This is the site of the Ascension, a rock which according to tradition carries the footprint of Christ. Nearby the tour saw the church of the Pater Noster on whose walls is inscribed the Lord ' s Prayer in 44 different languages. From the Mount of Olives the tour went to Bethlehem, the site of the nativity which is now dominated by two churches, an Eastern Orthodox Basilica and the church of St. Cath- erine. Beneath the churches is the grotto. A small, silver star marks the actual place of Christ ' s birth. Beginning at the Ecce Homo Arch, the tour then followed the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa. The Stations of the Cross, the final path Christ took from the place of condemnation to the place of execution, begins near the Lithostrotos and winds through the narrow streets of Jerusalem to the church of the Holy Sepulchre. Here Christ was crucified and entomed. It was noticed that the significant Biblical places, have churches built on them to com- memorate the events that happened there. A Bethlehem shefjhen with hjs wife and mflfchffl strike pose foe pthi camera. View of Old Jerusalem, looking East toward " Dome Of The Rock " and Mount Of Olives. A street scene of Old Jerusalem. Part of the present sight of the Mount Of Olives. Modern dt] mil ■ ' } ■ • America sailors wade in the Dead Sea. - I Leaving the Chapel of Ascension at Mount of Olives. Modern day shepherds tend their flocks outside old city walls of Jerusalem. J T v. 5. § Greek Orthodox priests outside the Church of Nativity. Rock on which Christ prayed on the night before his crucifixion, inside the church of Gethsemane. The Marine detachment displaying their ability at precision drill Indiana State JAZZ Concert I 26 April 1966 While America has hosted enter- tainers from several different coun- tries, the Indiana Jazz Band was her first all American visiting troupe. America was also the first American warship the band had ever played on. The Indiana University Jazz en- semble brought new sounds to the America hanger bay. Sponsored by the U.S. State Department the band came aboard and gave a Jazz Concert for more than 200 Lebanese visitors and several hundred America crew- men. The 20 piece group gave out with a taste of some Miles Davis-like pro- gressive jazz, most of which were original compositions. They kept the audiences ' attention for more than an hour. Preceding the concert the Amer- ica Marine Detachment Drill Team under the direction of Sergeant Robert Naecker, put on a 15 minute display of precision drill. The Mayor of Beirut, The Honorable Emile Yanni and RADM Cobb were the guests of honor, and received colors from the drill team. and America Marine MARCHING Revue 320 The Indiana University Jazz Band swing into one of their many numbers. A capacity crowd filled hanger bay one to listen to the Jazz Concert. COMNAVAIRLANT VADM Booth receives honors as he boards America and passes through the rainbow side boys. RADM Cobb greets VADM Booth and welcomes him aboard. Vice Admiral C. T. Booth, Com- mander Naval Air Force, Atlantic, kept his promise to America by paying her a visit on 4 May 1966. He had promised to pay America a visit when he bid her farewell on 30 November 1965, as she departed on her first Mediterranean deployment. The ship was enroute to Valletta, Malta when the Admiral and his party of eight staff officers were codded aboard. He made a tour of the ship and talked to members of the crew about their jobs, their ship and the cruise. All hands anxiously awaited to see and hear the Admiral on a planned TV interview. He brought them tidings from home, discussed the ship ' s schedule and complemented the crew on their high standard of performance and morale. He made a parting promise that we could expect a warm welcome when we re- turned to Norfolk in July. The Admiral even made it down into the engineer- ing holds of the ship to talk to the crew. i Captain Heyworth exchanges greetings with the Admiral on the bridge. A visit to Central Control. I ' ve heard you were a good feeder, now I can believe it. ' ARRIVING 4 MAY 1966 323 America at anchor off Valletta. VALLETTA, MALTA America dropped anchor off the coast of Malta on 6 May 1966, for an eleven day visit. The crew went ashore to find a predominantly English speaking, friendly population. Malta is a member of the British Com- monwealth and boasts a population of 330,000, spread over an area of 122 square miles. America anchored near Valletta which is the capital city and has a population of IS, 000. The females outnumber the males by a good margin, mainly because of the large number of men who have emigrated to other countries. Malta has a long and interesting history, dating back to pre-stone age times. Her most recent and important page of history was recorded during World War II, while she was acting as a shipping point for British supplies to Africa. Because of her strategic role and position she suffered more than 1,200 air raids, becoming the world ' s most heavily bombed area. The people of Malta were awarded the George Cross by the King of England for their outstanding heroism during the conflict. An aerial f Valletta Ship ' s visitors waiting at fleet landing to ride out to the ship A view of the landing from one of the over-passes. Small boats are very popular among the Maltese; here are but a few of the many. The Captain ' s Gig and crew standing by at fleet landing. 6 MAY 1966 Captain United States Navy rr Captain Austin, America ' s first XO was relieved by Commander Wiley A. Scott, on 7 May 1966 as the America lay at anchor in Valletta, Malta. Captain Austin was selected for the job in July of 1964 as Prospective Executive Officer and assumed the title of XO upon America ' s commission- ing. CDR Scott had been the America ' s Navigator since September of 1965, before relieving Captain Austin as XO. CDR Scott has a board background in carriers, having served on six others in various capacities prior to reporting to America. Captain Austin ' s next tour of duty is at the National War College in Washington, D.C. His parting words to the crew were; " Thanks for making my tour such an easy and memorable one. " 1 Captain Austin is piped over the side with Captain Heyworth and CDR Scott rendering the honors. PLANK OWNER kwS ! Captain Austin inspects the guard before his departure. A final farewell to his supporting team, the department heads. Departing 326 AMERICA ' S First Softball Team RADM Cobb throws out the ball to start the game. In every game there ' s a winner and a loser, but America and her destroyer escorts, vying for the Malta Cup, managed to sneak in a second winner, the Maltese Polio Fund. It doesn ' t matter who won the game (be- cause we didn ' t), but hundreds of Maltese chil- dren benefited from the first Softball game played on the Mediterranean island for 16 years. What do the Maltese know about softball? They know it isn ' t cricket, but that ' s about all. Sailors in the stands and the game ' s announcer did their best to explain the game to them. Perhaps they understood, perhaps not, but they America player waiting for one he can hit over the wall. The America softball team. ENS Adams, manager and LT ( jg ) Garcia, coach. realized that whatever the sailors were doing, it was being done for them and they got into the swing of things. If they happened to be sitting with destroy- ermen, they cheered when they did. If they were with America sailors, they cheered with them, only not quite as often. America ' s sailors, sitting in the stands, con- tributed to the Polio Fund when the collection was taken up. Too bad they couldn ' t contribute some extra runs to their team. What could they say? You can ' t win them all. Final score. Destroyers 6, America 3. An America player safe at third. A GLIMPSE OF One of the many religious statues which help to beautify the churches of Malta. SOME St. Paul ' s Cathedral is one of the most beautiful churches in Malta. The inside of the Mosta Cathedral, which has the third largest dome in Europe. America crewmen crowd one of the many passages in the historical Hypogeum. It reminds one of the 03 level passages. The outside of the beautiful Mosta Cathedral. " I say there old chap . . . things have sorta gone to pot, eh what? " Inside the National Museum, where collections covering Maltese archeology, history and an may be found. HISTORICAL PLACES 329 " It looks like there must be a sale on down here. " The! transj ATYPICAL The garden at the top of the lift overlooking fleet landing. The busiest crosswalk in town requires a traffic officer. I H : : f T r r ' rmmra ■ 0 -1 M, . . i d ' ■ ¥ The horse and carriage is still used as a means of transportation for those who are in no hurry to get around. Jewelry was a popular souvenir for many. AFTERNOON ASHORE Sailors shopping for the folks back home. Lace is a very popular product of Malta; here it is in the making. • i A VIEW OF " I wish I had brought my suit along. " ' She doesn ' t look like any of the sailors we know. " A birds eye view of Golden Bay Beach THE BEACH Sonar ' his du off Va AMERICA IS FIRST " Another America first! " .... America is the first attack carrier to have a sonar aboard, and she had many surprises for the Sixth Fleet ' s submarines during var- ious exercises. The development of CVA anti-submarine tactics was also tackled by the Sonar Gang during the cruise, and many Fleet, Force, and Group commanders were favorably im- pressed by America ' s ASW capabilities. Sonar ' s spy among the enemy CAPT Heyworth renews his diving qualification aboard the USS CROAKER (SS-246), off Valletta, Malta. The " ENEMY " is out there some place. Trying to detect the su before he gets us. L to R ) EDGE, STC; JANSEN, STG3 and LT FITZGERALD, ASW Officer. CVA WITH SONAR FLEET ANCHORAGE COMCARDIV TWO inspects the troops. America dropped anchor on 24 May at Argostoli Bay, for a week of training, drills, inspections and general clean up of the ship. However, it was not all work and no play, as there were numerous division parties, band con- A Greek Orthodox Bishop is one of the many visitors welcomed aboard. certs and general visiting to brighten up the stay. America left the fleet anchorage with a well trained, rested, and inspected crew, ready for another sea period. The CARDIV TWO Band gives a concert for the people of Argostoli Bay. " Yes sir, medium rare coming up. " Even these stalwart plankowners have survived most of the cruise (almost) and the stay in Argostoli. America is probably the only ship who can boast that all her Warrants are W-4. ARGOSTOLI BAY, GREECE 335 A CLOSER LOOK AT America dropped anchor for the second time in Taranto, on 4 June 1966. Her first visit was from a dis- tance, back in March, when she hosted the Fleet Commanders Conference. She was now here for her crew to take a closer look. The theme seemed to be, All quiet on the Southern Front. This was Taranto, a quiet, clean Italian Navy port. Perhaps, too quiet. Where to go? What to do? The beaches were closed. There were no night clubs. But there was the Navy Canteen. That seemed to be the best bet. It won hands down over the Promenade and the Na- tional Museum. Still there were those who walked Taranto ' s streets, looking for a present for someone back home. Many made friends with Italian sailors, thus con- tinuing the Bluejacket ' s most famous role — that of ambassadors of good will. I A friendly i ton Ta an The first liberty party comes ashore in Taranto. The Italian sailors were very friendly and helpful. Italian sailors pose for a shot with their ships in the back- eround. 336 Iischi - ::5iA- A friendly souvenir shop, a place to pick up a little memento from Taranto. America crew members tour the Grottoes of Castellana. Many pictures were taken in Taranto. Here, a crewmember takes a shot of a graceful fountain in one of the many public parks. TARANTO, ITALY 337 A REVIEW OF 338 AMERICA ' SAIRWING c An RA-5C Vigilante in flight over America during operations. CDR D. E. Dearolph, RVAH-5 ' s skipper, discusses operations with the XO, CDR R. S. Davidson. RVAH-5 339 VA-66 ' WALDO ' An A-4C Skyhawk flies by America during routine flight operations. CDR L. W. Smith serves CDR W. B. Bagwell a piece of cake after relieving him as skipper of VA-66 on 6 June 1966. CDR R. Carlquist, VF-33 CO, and CDR J. R. Mitchell, the XO, look over the message hoard in the ready room. An F-4B Phantom heing catapulted off America ' s number two cat. VF-33 341 n« 1 " t - VAW-12 LCDR T. L. Hodson, O-in-C of VAW-12, Det 66, and LT D. E. Conrad. An E-1B Tracer making a low pass over America on her way to station. An F-4B Phantom streaks over the water after being launched off America. CDR R. E. Loux, VF-102 skipper, points out the exercise area to his XO, CDR. F. C. Ozburn. VF-102 343 VA-64 I A-4C Skyhawks fly in formation over the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. CDR M. D. Barr, VA-64 CO goes over the details of a forthcoming exercise with CDR J. E. Kneale, his XO. CDR Kneale relieved CDR Barr on 7 June 1966. An EA-3B coming in for a recovery aboard America. VQ-2 FROM RUSSIA While America was enroute to the Medi- terranean last December, she was intercepted by several Russian Bear aircraft. However, the Russian aircraft did not fly in without proper escorts. They were detected by radar many miles away, and immediately F-4B Phantoms were sent out to greet and escort them in over One of VF-33 ' s Phantoms escorting a Russian Bear aircraft the ship. As the cruise nears the end, and America heads back toward Norfolk, a return visit can be expected from the Russian Bears. As always, the America team will be alert and when they come they will again be greeted and escorted in over the ship. 346 Two Phantoms fly in formation with the visiting Russian Bear. WITH LOVE 347 An aerial view of Palma, a glimpse of what lay ahead; however, at this point the picture in most of our minds was quite different. INCLOSING As the final installment of America ' s first went to the publishers, America had just one more port-o-call, Palma, Mallorca, to hit before heading home herself. It had been a long maiden cruise but a highly successful one in many ways, certainly an apt beginning for a similarly long and glorious career. There would be second, third, tenth and still additional cruises; twenty, thirty and one hundred thousandth landings; and millions of miles of open ocean left in her wake. But America had proven her capability, as recounted in the chapters of this book. THEEND 148 With America ' s first, we have attempted something new in cruise book technique — a book based wholly upon chronological develop- ment. Attempting to cover the history of our ship from keel-laying to the end of her first extended deployment in July 1966 was, to say the least, a difficult task. Making it a book of quality, of genuine worth and lasting importance, takes more than just long hours and hard work. It takes dedication and concern, not only to the project itself, but to those who would read it after it was printed. We had to try and make the reader understand what it was like to be with a ship since it ' s " birth " and to build and grow with her, and eventually to make her into the finest ship in any fleet, the USS America. LCDR F. J. BEEBY LTJGJ.R.SORRELL STAFF NOTE EDITORS LT.F.H. GROVE STAFF LT. K. G. RILEY, PHOTOGRAPHY LTJG J. M. KEGLER, BUSINESS MGR. J.D.REIMER,PHC, LAYOUTCHIEF C.T. BROWN, JOC, COPY CHIEF COMMAND ADVISOR CAPT. E. W. SMALL, CHAIRMAN,CRUISE BOOK COMMITTEE 349 IN MEMORY KOCH USN I LTJG DONALD A. WIESEMAN USNR RONALD P. EPPS EMEN USN TTin BENJAMIN R. PARTIN U c ™ | lM«u " uJ l| Uit m|mili»il A ksund t r M-»,. «. Mo UU ! ■ At

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