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(TleOitcttancan mosaic U.S.S. AMERICA li977-1978 D RlMy G Jochum Mo froi fori Mo • sa • ic :n : a picture or design made from small pieces of various materials to form a picture or pattern. COfl R Sullivan mcDttcttancan moeatc A VISUAL RECORD OF THE 1977-78 MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE BY THE WRITERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS ABOARD USS AMERICA (CV-66) CONTENTS OF A CRUISE Introductory Essay 4 Background 17 Ports of Call 33 Features 81 Crewmembers 125 m Thanksgiving Day. Oubrovnik. Yugoslavia iii2 Norfolk, Virginia: A September farewell M Kk 1 Photos by C. Grittin Thursday, 29 September 1977 One would think that after all of AMERICA ' S departures that a man would get used to saying goodbye. But he never will and never should, For each departure is new; each one as saddening and as inevitable as the first. I At sea: Five thousand different men witli as many different specialties . . . Photos by PH3 K Foley S and five thousand different tasks to be done ... I Photos by K Foley. R Dewayne. J DuBose. D Riley, R Collin di k The pace never slows; the activity never stops . . . In a man ' s eyes can be read the mood of the sea . . . 12 } A. H P ■ L- ip vVjB Br fl Isc L?! w mm2- ) i . . . lightheartedness . . . fatigue . . . concentration . . . loneliness . . . 13 It is a different world in the Mediterranean, with a different pace; a different lifestyle 14 Catania. Sicily Palma de Mallorca. Spain 15 Events and ports; launches and watches form the lights and shadows of a deployment. This was the way AMERICA lived. Background Illustration by EMI A. GAMEZ USS AMERICA Thirteen years of faithful service AMERICA began her years of service as hull number 561 when the keel was laid on a cold January morning in 1961 at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company. Mrs. Catherine T. McDonald, wife of the Chief of Naval Operati ons, christened the new ship on 1 February 1964 and AMERICA was formally commissioned less than a year later on 23 January 1965. Four previous ships have gallantly carried the name AMERICA to sea: a 1782 gun ship scheduled to be skippered by John Paul Jones but later presented to France, the winner of the first America ' s Cup race in 1852 and two passenger liners modified to carry troops during both World Wars. Name chosen by President USS AMERICA (CV-66) is the first United States warship to be named AMERICA and her title was the personal choice of the late President John F. Kennedy. She is conventionally powered and carried an original price tag of $156 million. At one point while still on the drawing boards, AMERICA was designated to be nuclear powered. Plans were changed, apparently before the keel was laid, but some diagrams and component blueprints still bear the name USS AMERICA (CVAN-66). She is a modified FORRESTAL-class carrier, the major distinctions being elevator configuration and a moder- nized island structure. Island built on centerline AMERICA ' S 300-ton island struc- ture was erected on the center of the flight deck. A .6 meter (24 inch) margin was deleted from the base of the structure and rewelded when the island was permanently positioned. Moving the island housing was equivalent to moving a five-story building along a 31 meter (102 foot) sliding way. The 15.8 meter (52 foot) island was placed upon a greased wooden sliding platform and a crawler crane pulled the load along the deck. The operation required 23 minutes. Attempting to compare the giant size of AMERICA is easy. For instance, if the Eiffel Tower was laid on her fl ' ght deck, the Paris landmark would overhang a mere 1.5 meters (5 feet). The carrier is twice the length of the Washington Monument and the gigantic Empire State Building is only 61.7 meters (202.5 feet) taller than the length of AMERICA. Enroute to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for her initial training, the carrier ' s first catapult launch and arrested recovery were recorded by an A-4 Skyhawk flown by Cdr. Kenneth B. Austin, the ship ' s Executive Officer. After a highly successful training period at " Gitmo, " AMER- ICA was presented the third highest mark ever awarded by the Fleet Training Group. Shortly thereafter, she left on her first deployment: a tour with the U.S. Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean. AMERICA aids U.S.S. LIBERTY It was on AMERICA ' S second Mediterranean deployment that she was awarded the Battle Efficiency " E " as the best Atlantic Fleet aircraft carrier. During this 1967 cruise the Arab-Israeli war erupted in the eastern Mediterranean and at midday, 8 June, the technical research ship USS LIBERTY (AGTR-5) was at- tacked by unidentified air and sea forces. Within minutes, AMERICA ' S F-4B fighters were airborne to protect the Task Force and aid LIBERTY, only to find out from Tel Aviv that the attack had been accidentally commit- ted by Israeli torpedo boats and aircraft. The next day, AMERICA rendezvoued with the crippled ship south of Souda Bay, Crete where 50 wounded LIBERTY crewmen were transferred aboard to be treated by the ship ' s doctors and corpsmen. The Vietnam Years AMERICA began her first real test as a fighting vessel on 31 May 1968 when she and embarked Air Wing Six commenced flight operations in the South China Sea. For this war effort, involving not a single accident in more than 18,000 catapult launches and recoveries, AMERICA was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for " exceptionally meritorious service, " the Admiral Flatley Safety Award and the Commander Naval Air Forces Atlantic Safety Award. AMERICA earned her second consecutive Battle Efficiency " E " during this Pacific deployment. AMERICA entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard on 24 January 1969, just one day after her fourth birthday for a ten-month, $26 million overhaul. During the shipyard period, the ship ' s machinery and equipment underwent extensive repairs and modifications. Two major projects undertaken were a modernization of the ship ' s weapons handling system and the installation of an Aqueous Fire Fighting Foam (AFFF) firefighting system. On 10 April 1970, AMERICA and Air Wing Nine departed Norfolk for a second Western Pacific deployment. Upon her arrival in Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, the 77.000 SHIP ' S SEAL: History, Heraldry, Heroism The ship ' s seal or coat of arms has its origins in the lore and symbols of the American Revolution. The theme honors the father of the United States Navy, John Paul Jones. The upper portion of the seal consists of a crest with an American flag of the Revolutionary War era, flying above a British sail. The sail is crowned by a golden oak wreath, symbolizing the most heroic event of John Paul Jones ' naval career, the victory of USS BON HOMME RI- CHARD over HMS SERAPIS. Jones defeated SERAPIS in a desperate fight and as his own ship was severely damaged, he raised the American flag over SERAPIS and sailed her into the Dutch harbor of Texal. The two sea stags are borrowed from Jones ' personal coat of arms and their pendants feature a star and fleur-de-lis, symbolic of the many awards bestowed on him by the American and French people. The two arrowheads represent the projection of seapower ashore and the coiled rattlesnake, a popular Revolutionary symbol, alludes to the American custom of never striking unless provoked. The " Don ' t Tread on Me " motto at the seal ' s base was common to many naval battle flags in our nation ' s early history and is still a characteristic of the traditions and spirit of the United States Navy. 18 ton carrier became flagship for the Seventh Fleet Attack Carrier Striking Force. She then began operating on Yankee Station in the Gulf of Tonkin where she launched strike missions over Southeast Asia. One significant bombing sortie resulted in destruction of the Thanh Hoa bridge, a vital link in the Viet Cong supply line from North Vietnam. For this superb wartime performance, both AMER- ICA and Air Wing Nine were awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation on their return to Norfolk. Allied operations in the Med In July 1971, after a six month overhaul, upkeep and training period, AMERICA left Norfolk for a third Mediterranean deployment. A par- ticular emphasis of this cruise was joint operations with allied navies. These exercises were particularly successful and the ship ' s aircraft record was accident-free. AMERICA returned in December 1971 and six months later was enroute to her third combat deployment to Southeast Asia. She was one of four aircraft carriers on Yankee Station the day that the Viet Nam Peace Agreement went into effect. AMER- ICA returned to Norfolk on 24 March 1973, within one week of the final prisoner of war release and after nearly 300 days away from homeport. AMERICA was awarded her second Meritorious Unit Commendation during this cruise. After a three-month maintenance and upkeep period, AMERICA sailed on her fourth deployment to the Mediterranean in early July. The ship was delayed from returning due to the deteriorating situation in Cyprus. She finally arrived in Norfolk on 3 August after completing more than 8,600 launches without an accident. Three of the squadrons embarked aboard AMERICA during the cruise were awarded 1974 CNO Air Safety Awards. After a brief period of leave and upkeep in Norfolk, AMERICA re- turned to sea on 6 September 1974 to participate in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) exercise " Northern Merger. " Naval and shore units from nine of the NATO coun- tries participated in the two-week exercises which included a port visit to Portsmouth, England. Following an 11 -month shipyard period during which time AMERICA was renovated and adapted for the addition of the S-3 and F-14 aircraft, AMERICA embarked on her fifth Mediterranean deployment on 15 April 1976. An early accomplishment of this deployment was the aid provided by the ship in the evacuation of American and foreign nationals during the civil conflict in Lebanon. Midway through the cruise, the ship was notified of its selection to again receive the Admiral Flatley Safety Award in recognition of AMERICA ' S exceptional aircraft safety record. She returned from this deployment in October, 1976 South American goodwill cruise AMERICA rejoined the tleet after a three-month shipyard period in Portsmouth, Virginia. On 10 June 1977, the ship led a five-ship task group that deployed to South Amer- ica. During this five-week period, AMERICA and other ships of the task group conducted exercises with units of the Brazilian Na% ' y. This marked the first time in history that Brazilian aircraft operated from the deck of an American carrier. 29 September 1977 saw AMER- ICA leaving Norfolk for her sixth Mediterranean deployment. The cruise included intensive flight operations, participation in the annual NATO " National Week XXI " fleet exercises and port visits to Italy, Spain and Yugoslavia. AMERICA returned to her Norfolk homeport in late April 1978. In her thirteen years of service, USS AMERICA has been awarded the Navy Unit Commendation, two Meritorious Unit Commendations, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Viet Nam Service Medal with four battle stars, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (Army level) and the Viet Nam Campaign Medal. S P COMMANDING OFFICERS USS AMERICA (CV-66) Capt. Lawrence Heyworth, -Ir. 23 JAN 65 - 20 JUL 66 Capt. Donald D. Engen 20 JUL 66 - 31 JUL 67 Capt. Frederick C. Turner 31 JUL 67 - 04 OCT 68 Capt. Richard E. Rumble 04 OCT 68 - 20 DEC 69 Capt. Thomas B. Hayward 20 DEC 69 - 02 NOV 70 Capt. Thomas B. Russell 02 NOV 70 - 07 APR 72 Capt. Burton H. Shepard 07 APR 72-11 APR 73 Capt. Thomas H. Replogle 11 APR 73 - 29 SEP 74 Capt. Daniel G. McCormick 29 SEP 74 - 07 SEP 76 Capt. Robert B. Fuller 07 SEP 76 - 17 APR 78 Capt. William F. Meyer 17 APR 78 - 19 Seven months with the Sixth Fleet SEPTEMBER 29 September - Underway from Norfolk, Virginia OCTOBER 3 October - India ' s GHANDI jailed for corruption 9-13 October - Port visit and turnover, ROTA, Spain 12 October - Safety stand-down 13 October - Navy ' s 202nd birthday 17 October - Singer Bing Crosby dies in Spain 19 October - New York Yankees win baseball pennant 20 October - Concorde makes controversial landing in U.S. 23 October - Visit by VCNO, Admiral Long and RADM Chambers 24 October - Port visit, BRINDISI, Italy NOVEMBER 6 November - AMERICAmen participate in Italian Memorial Day observance 7 November - Underway from BRINDISI 9 November - Training anchorage, Souda Bay, Crete 10 November - F-14A lost at sea; aircrew recovered 10 November - Marine Corps birthday 11 November - EA-6B lost at sea; aircrew recovered 19 November - Anwar Sadat visits Israel 19 November - Training anchorage, KITHERA, Greece 22-26 November - Port visit, DUBROVNIK, Yugoslavia 24 November - Thanksgiving Day 27 November - Accusations made of Yugoslavian airspace violations 28 November - Port visit, TRIESTE, Italy DECEMBER 7 December - Training anchorage, Souda Bay, Crete 10 December - Boxing smoker in Hangar Bay I 13 December - Visit by British M(JEN Harrod and Swiss Parliamentarians 16-26 December - Port visit, PALMA de MALLORCA, Spain 17 December - Change of Command: VS-28 and VA-15 24 December - Actor Charlie Chaplain dies in Switzerland 25 December - Christmas Day 30 December - Port Visit, GENOA, Italy JANUARY I January - New Year ' s Day 10 January - Snowstorms cripple Northeast " U.S. II January - HS-15 helos participate in rendering aid to burning merchant ship 14 January - Senator Hubert Humphrey dies 15-19 January - Port visit, NAPLES, Italy 17 January - Christian-Democrat government in Italy resigns 18 January - Change of Command: VF-142 24 January - Visit by COMSIXTHFLT: VADM Train 26 January - Missile exercise: On target! 29 January - Port visit, CATANIA, Sicily " •%. 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' . et . . a trail of events and accomplishments ipaie ' lis, il nd: l K FEBRUARY 2 February - Lethal fragments of Cosmo II found in Canada 2 February - Underway from Catania 12 February - Underway replenishment with USS CONCORD and USS WACCAMAW 15 February - Leon Spinks defeats Muhammad Ali 13-27 February - Port visit, PALMA de MALLORCA, Spain 15 February - Change of Command: VA-87 24 February - Miss Black America USO Show held in Hangar Bay I 27 February - Spain refuses USSR a Gibraltar base 28 February - Visit by CO., French carrier CLEMENCEAU MARCH 3-8 March - Port Visit, POZZOULI (Naples), Italy 12 March - Earthquake rocks eastern Sicily 13 March - President Carter invokes Taft-Hartley Act to end U.S. coal strike 15 March - Socialist-Communist party loses ground in France 15 March - Visit by CINCUSNAVEUR, VADM Moorer 16 March - Italy ' s ex-Premier Aldo Moro kidnapped 17 March - Visit by RADM Carius 18 March - CV66 Basketball team captures NAVEUR tourney • Trieste 20-28 March - Port visit, BARCELONA, Spain 21 March - Change of Command: VA-176 28 March - MM2 Jesse Hicks selected as AMERICA Sailor of the Year APRIL Port visit, VALENCIA, t Genoa 1-5 April Spain 7-10 April - Port visit, MALAGA, Spain 12 April - Rodeo Club captures first place in Rota tournament 13-15 April - Port visit and turnover, ROTA, Spain 14-17 April - Successful Propulsion Examining Board inspection 17 April - Change of Command: CAPT Meyer relieves CAPT Fuller as CO., USS AMERICA 19 April - Picnic and Casino Night in Hangar Bay I 25 April - Arrival, Norfolk, Virginia • Dubrovnik Commanding Officers, USS AMERICA The role of Commanding Officer is awesome. The traininj; and well-being of five thousand men, the maintenance and upkeep of a stagKering variety and quantity of machinery and the guidance of an aircraft carrier through its fighting and diplomatic paces demands resourcefullness and exper- ience. Captain Robert B. FULLKR was born in Mississippi and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. Following a year of active duty as a Navy enlisted man at the end of World War II, he entered the U.S. Naval Academy and was commissioned as an Knsign in 19ol. His duty assignments have includ- ed fighter and attack squadrons on both coasts, CIC School, Aide and Flag Lieutenant to Commander, Carrier Division SEVEN, Bureau of Naval Personnel and the Armed Forces Staff College. Captain FULLER was serving as CO. of VA-76 operating from USS BON HOMME RICHARD (CV-.Sl ) off Vietnam when he was shot down on 14 July 1967. He was held as a prisoner of war by the North Vietnamese until his release in March, 1973. Prior to his command of USS AMERICA, Captain FULLER was CO. of USS DETROIT (AOE-4). His decorations include the Navy Cross, two Silver Star Medals, Legion of Merit, four Distinguished Flying crosses, two Bronze Star Medals, eleven Air Medals, three Navy Com- mendation Medals and two Purple Hearts. 22 Captain William F. MEYER assumed command of USS AMERICA on 17 April 1978. A native of Ohio, he graduated from Ohio Northern Univer- sity and received his commission through Officer Candidate School. Service with VA-96 and VA-125 was followed by a tour as Special Projects pilot for the Bureau of Naval Weapons. Captain MEYER then as- sumed duties as Operations Officer of Reconnaissance Attack Squadron FIVE and .sailed to Southeast Asia in the first combat deployment of the RA-5C aircraft. Captain MEYER attended both the Armed Forces Staff College and the Naval War College. His commands have included RVAH-9, Commander, Carrier Air Wing SEVEN and USS CONCORD (AFS-5). Captain MEYER holds the Mer- itorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal and Navy Achievement Medal in addition to numerous campaign and service medals. 23 Captain Meyer takes helm . . 24 i In an ageless ceremony marked by simplicity and tradition. Captain Robert B. FULLER turned over the command of USS AMERICA to Captain William F. MEYER on 17 April 1978. AMERICA was steaming east of the Azores enroute to its homeport of Norfolk, Virginia. The guest of honor, Rear Admiral C. C. SMITH, praised the accomplishments of both men and the achievements of AMERICA during the nearly- complete deployment. At the conclu- sion of the ceremony, Captain FULLER, a selectee for the rank of Rear Admiral, was " frocked " and presented with the title and uniform of that rank. J-,:.l■ ' -• a CTal: ; ' y ■ 25 Commander, Carrier Group EIGHT: Rear Admiral Carol C. Smith Rear Admiral Carol C. SMITH, Jr. was born in Montgomery. Alabama in September 19. ' ?() and {jradiiated from the LI.S. Naval Academy in June, 1952. Before reporting to Pensacola for flight training, he .served in USS CORRY as ASVV Officer and USS O ' HARE as Operations Officer. He received his wings in August 1956 and then reported as Maintenance Officer with Light Photographic Squadron 62. Between 1960 and 1963, he attended the Navy Postgraduate School at Monterey where he received a Masters degree in Physics. For the next four years, he was attached to RVAH-. ' i, RVAH-9 and RVAH-6, the latter as Commanding Officer. During this period, he made two combat deployments in the RA-5C " Vigilante. " In November 1969, Rear Admiral SMITH was selected to attend the Navy Nuclear Power School. Upon graduation from that unit, he was assigned for duty with the Division of Naval Reactors and then as Executive Officer, USS ENTERPRISE. He later commanded USS SAN JOSE and returned to ENTERPRISE as Com- manding Officer. He assumed com- mand of Carrier Group EIGHT in January 1977. In addition to various theater and service ribbons. Rear Admiral SMITH has been awarded the Legion of Merit, Distinguished F ' lying Cross, two Brcmze Star Medals, nine Air Medals and two Navy Commendation Medals. 26 Chief of Staff, Carrier Group EIGHT Captain D. T. Cannell Operations Officer, Carrier Group EIGHT Captain C. J. Ward Captain Donald T. CANNELL was born in Morning Sun, Iowa and is a 1953 graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy. He has served aboard USS HAWKINS, USS SELLERS and USS GARCIA. He has commanded USS HAWK, USS FRIGATE BIRD, USS DIRECT and USS PAUL. Captain CANNELL has served as Operations Operations and Plans Officer of Cruiser-Destroyer Group TWO, ashore in the Office of the Chief of Naval Personnel, staff of Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Force, U. S. Atlantic Fleet and as Special Assistant to the Deputy Comptroller of the Navy. His most recent assignment was as Commander, Destroyer Squadron TEN. Captain CANNELL holds a degree of Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Graduate School and a degree of Master of Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island. Captain Conrad J. WARD was born in Titus, Alabama on 27 February 1928. He graduated from Alabama Polytechnic Institute and NAVCAD Class 49-53 before serving in various aviation activities including VA-212, VA-156, VF-124, VQ-2, VX-5, Carrier Group FIVE, VA-115, Naval Missile Center, CNATRA, USS ENTERPRISE and Staff, COMOPTEVFOR. Captain WARD attended the Naval War College and has a degree in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island. In addition to various theater and service ribbons. Captain WARD has been awarded two Bronze Star Medals, Navy Commendation Medal, ten Air Medals and the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal, First Class. Executive Officer, CV-66: CDR Donald A. Baker Commander Donald A. BAKER was born in Greeley, Colorado on 7 April 1936 and began his career as a Naval Aviation Cadet in July, 1955. Following service as an instructor with VT-7, he reported to VF-51 flying the F-6 " Skyray. " After a Western Pacific deployment aboard USS TICONDEROGA, he transferred to VF-162 in November 1960. Still flying the " Skyray, " Commander BAKER completed a Mediterranean cruise aboard USS INTREPID and ac- companied his squadron in a change of homeports to NAS Miramar, California and a subsequent transition to the F-8 " Cruisader. " In November 1963, he reported to VF-124 and flew as a combat flight instructor in various models of the F-8. Joining VF-IU, he completed a combat deployment aboard USS ORISKANY before being ordered to the Naval War College. He was awarded a Bachelor degree in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island. After a brief tour at the Naval Safety Center, Commander BAKER began training in the F-4 " Phantom " and was transferred as Executive Officer and then Commanding Officer of VF-41. In July 1976, Commander BAKER reported aboard USS AMERICA, serving first as Air Operations Officer and then Executive Officer. Among his decorations and medals. Commander BAKER lists the Distin- guished Flying Cross, nine Air Medals and the Purple Heart. 27 n their own words Above the din of flight ops and through the course of seven months, the words of crewmembers help in recalling memories of a cruise. I w The Work ow, muster Shore Patrol teams 6, 7 and one daily CPO abreast the Quarterdeck. ' " Seats still remain open on AMERICA ' S Dependent ' s Charter Flight. For further information, please contact Dr. Salmon in Dental. " " Good morning on the AMERICA, this is Petty Officer HART with the weather. For AMERICA, located ... " " General Damage Control PQS test will be given at 1600 11 April 78 in Training Rooms 1 and 2. " " Conserve Fresh Water Today = = 46 gallons per man used yesterday. " " 1145 - Station the Special Sea and Destroyer Refueling Detail. " ' 1 he L areer Information and Benefits school scheduled for 10 to 13 April 78 has been cancelled. " ■■E4 E5 Kti Late exams will be administered in Wardroom One from 0830 to 1230 on 24 APR 78. " " Together as shipmates, we will be sure that AMERICA remains great. Not because of me; not because of you, but because of the collective term, US. " —Captain MEYER " We were so close to shore you could spit on land. " — Deck seaman (after transiting Messina) " The guv that was from the CLEMENCEAU is leaving and another guy is coming aboard. " " AMERICA ' S reputation will remain here after her return as one who was host to a massive number of jour- nalists, officials, VIPs and observers from all over the western world. " — ADM H. E. SHEAR " I was on submarines for twelve years and I saw more sunlight on them than I see here. " — an engineer " OPPE Countdown — 13 days to go. | " Give us new signs and work new wonders, so that we might know your presence. " — evening prayer I " Performance of USS AMERICA during her recent OPPE noted with pleasure. The overall above average examination results, the improvement noted in every area and the dedication demonstrated by the ship ' s engineers are true indicators of the highest levels of leadership and professionalismJ WELL DONE. " — ADM KIDD " We don ' t go telling you how to launch your planes, run your radar, steam your engines or whatever else it is you do, so please don ' t tell us how to serve chow. " — note posted by messcook " It was a pleasure to watch the AMERICA winch operators while burtoning cargo from SYLVANIA. The professionalism on the part of rig crews to rapidly move cargo with heavy winds and high seas indicates positive on-scene direction ai leadership. " — message from C ' USS SYLVANIA " Men of AMERICA, this is the Captain speaking. Set the Special Sea and Anchor Detail. We will get underway at 1730. Let ' s expedite! " —I Captain FULLER, getting underway from Rota and 28 a:4(fcsy: :-i:«ite;i ' v ' i: 1 The Ports " Spanish Pesatas will be sale 0900 - 1200 while in port in Valencia. " " Just think, I ' ll be able to say beer in six languages when this cruise is over. ' " No shots, no liberty. " " That ' s the best record in the navy. Usually only shore teams advance this far. " — CW02 WINSTON (commenting on basketball team) " Uniform for entering port will be Service Dress Blue or Winter Working Blue for all topside personnel with the exception of Deck Department personnel. " " Yeah, they ' ve got a beer called HATOOI. The bottle ' s got a one-eyed indian on it so when you see two eyes, you know you ' ve had too much. " " The ship has offered tours to Siracusa for Tuesday and Wednesday. " The Rumors rd we won ' t be pulling in to Palma because of an epidemic. " i ' " I heard we won ' t be going to Genoa. " " I heard we won ' t be pulling in to Catania. " " I heard that the students in Barcelona are rioting and that we will be going to Palma instead. " " I heard that we won ' t be going to Malaga after all. " " Did you hear that the FORRESTAL couldn ' t get underway and won ' t be able to relieve us? " PD The mail " Serious deterioration of mail service for the European theatre via FPO New York during the past four months has occurred for a variety of diverse circumstances, most of which have been beyond the control of military postal authorities. These reasons include a lengthy East Coast dock strike, civilian air controller strikes and general overloading of the U.S. Postal System in the New York City area during the holiday season and more recently two severe winter storms which virtually paralyzed postal facilities and transportation. " — message from CINCUSNAVEUR " Sixteen bags of mail came aboard and I only got ONE letter out of that " — ship ' s Postal Clerk " Yeah, I ' d be happy just to get a letter bomb! " — Boiler Technician " Now, Mail Call, Mail Call. " 29 Heads of Departments USS AMERICA (CV-66) (Left to right) CDR L. VOGEL (Chaplain ' s Office) CDR D. HACKETT (Intelligence) CDR R. FERGUSON (Air) CDR W. MORONEY (Weapons) CDR P. BERGUNDY (CDS) CDR T. SALMON (Dental) CDR H. KONKEL (Engineering) CDR G. WHITE (CVW-6) CDR C. WANN (Training) CDR R. KNAPP (Operations) CAPT D. Mcknight (Medical) LCDR R. LEARY (Executive) LCDR J. HALL (AIMD) CDR K. BAKER (Supply) LCDR J. SLATTERY (Deck) CDR R. EDWARDS (Safety) 30 i Photo by AMERICA Photo Ub 31 Department Heads (Cont.) X 1 , -r r riSU ■■■■ In CAPT McKnight, Medical (Upper left) LCDR Leahy, Communications (top Right) ( ' I)K Kdwards, Safety (left) C DR Harrison, Meteorology (above) Photos by R DeWayne 32 Ports of Call ] ' ■• sIlcpKisliii Ml Drawing by EMI A. GAMEZ Rota, Spain: a walk into Spanish sunshine 34 Once the itinerant sailor ventures past the string of Americanized hars and strikes out for the heart of Rota, he enters a city similar to many small F uropean cities. Old men can he seen sitting in doorways sharing jokes and memories, women chatter through wrought-iron fences, children are too husy inventing games to stop and stare, and life seems quiet and easy wherever you walk. Pigeons scatter from rooftops, policemen patrol the sidewalks peacefully, and people from all walks of life gather in cafes for an afternoon chat and some tapas (snacks) to tide them over the long wait between lunch and the evening meal. Octopus salad, fried squid, and pinchitos (portions of biillmeat) replace the American hamburger and hotdog we are familiar with and beer is savored intermittently from early morning on. Occasionally, motorbikes break the stillness and the laughter of children echoes through the alleyways and squares. Periodically, the only soimd is the tolling of a lone cathedral bell, a solemn reminder that the faith that holds Spain together is very much alive. Still, Rota is not a true liberty port, and many consider themselves fortunate to take in some fresh air and walk on solid ground. Rather, Rota is a time to turn over supplies, a final chance for safety refresher training before the long trek east. It is one of several Mediterranean ports where sailors can enjoy the conveniences of Americanized shop- ping a la Norfolk. This time. Rota meant putting on the uniform and celebrating the Navy ' s birthday and the local populace seemed to enjoy the sight. -( ■lenn H. Jochum I USS INDEPENDENCE lies at anchor (left) as her duties are assumed by AMERICA. Below, the familiar gateposts have welcomed Mediterranean veterans to the base for decades. Traditional Spanish architecture and a storekeeper ' s friendliness underlie the city ' s charm. CAPSULE HISTORY The Naval Base of Rota (Spanish title) is a joint Spanish-American base over which flies the Spanish flag. The Spanish consider the U.S. Naval Activities as tenants and guests. Nearby sites include Cadiz, a 3600 year old city seventy miles away. Jerez de la Frontera (pron- ounced " Hereth " by the Castillian Spanish) is famous for its sherry. Puerto de Santa Maria, 15 miles to the North, is where Washington Irving finished his " Tales of the Alhambra. " Columbus departed from Puerto de Santa Maria for the New World. the {the local sifht. 35 Rota, Spain (Cont.) A step into sunshine I The naval base of Rota (Spanish title) is a joint Spanish-American base over which flies the Spanish flag. The Spanish consider the U.S. personnel as tenants and guests. Nearby is the 3600-year old city of Cadiz. Jerez de la Frontera is famed throughout history for its tart sherry. Fifteen miles to the north is the small city of Puerto de Santa Maria where Columbus recruited his seamen for the trip to the new world. Here also is where Washington Irving finished his best-selling " Tales of Alhambra. " I i .?6 i THIRSTY CREWMEMBERS sample the wares at a Cadiz bodega (wine cellar). A lighthouse sits in the shade of a bright autumn sun in nearby Chipiona. Sailors await a liberty launch back to the ship after a full day in Rota. 37 The first stop: Brindisi, Italy When one speaks of major towns in Southern Italy, Brindisi would have to be mentioned. An important maritime port, Brindisi also serves many back- packing nomads waiting for a hop to Yugoslavia or one of the Greek islands. One of the more successful mar- riages between the old and the new has taken place in Brindisi, where you can walk down well-lighted boulevards and find the most modern items or lose yourself to history down a nearby alleyway. Indeed, some of the scenes you encounter are right out of Shakespearian drama, complete with cobblestone squares, classical churches, arches and courtyards and always the characters to go along with them. The people themselves seem to be carved from stone, as if the ghost of Caesar and the spirit of Octavius live on in their features. The town bristles with statues, monuments and other architectural tributes to a rich heritage. A Swabian castle sits in stark contrast against a sky of industrial flames by the harbor. On the far side of the harbor stands a modern brick monument to the Italian sailor. The docks themselves are alive with fishermen and their daily catch, large dormant boats, seagulls and the cries of children at play. Most memor- able are the twin columns that mark the ancient road to Rome, the Appian Way. The likenesses of Jove, Neptune, Pallas, Mars and eight Tritons peer down at lovers seeking solitude under their shadow, or sailors in search of the sites. 38 Life remains varied throughout the southern port of Brindisi... A rudder-shaped monument is a shrine to the Italian seaman and served as a backdrop to AMERICA liberty parties returning from liberty. A deteriorating Swabian castle and the jovial merchant fisherman (far left) are equally at home on the waterfront piers. The gothic columns (left) which once marked the end of the Roman Appian Way are located near Fleet Landing and are illuminated by night. 39 Brindisi, Italy (continued) Across the water, a sudden spectre merges with the horizon, a white tramp steamer making its way slowly to the pier. Living as it does at the crossroads of Europe, Brindisi continues to change, although the very buildings seem to cry out in defense of the past. The steamer, with its waves of nomads and sightseers, is a symbol of impermanence, the very ghost of a changing Italy. Seven miles to the north, AMER- ICAmen still had the option to seek refuge from the unfamiliar at San Vito Air Force Base, or venture further back in time on a tour to Alberobello, the world-renowned home of conical- shaped houses (Trulli architecture) and colorful breadspreads. — Glenn H. Jochum 40 w - History; Frequently appears in the history of the Crusades. Destroyed by pestilence in 1348. Wiped out by an earthquake in 1456. Population: 100,000 Nearby sites: The Grottoes of Castellano, famous throughout Europe. The Southern boundry of the Appian Way (ancient road to road) is within city limits. THE FACES of Brindisi during our stay reflected interest in the carrier ' s visit. Whether encountered doing their job or at leisure, the citizens of this maritime city are relaxed and proud. 41 x- 4 -ti;- : W .■»f ' ! .tij - : Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia: a new port; an ancient port 42 Stepping out of the liberty boat, you are surrounded by layers of silence. It is late November. At the West Gate of the city, Dubrovnik ' s patron saint, Blaise, seems to give you a medieval stare as you pass beneath the arch. Your first realization is that you are not seeing Italians, but members of another land, with entirely different feature. Their jaws are different, their cheekbones seem more square and their eyes perhaps more pronounced, more Slavic. They seem taller, especially the young women, whose cuffed jeans are worn tight. It is here where you accidentally discover the Dubrovink you will always remember. An old man emerges from a tarpaulin-covered enclosure and offers you a ticket to walk the winding perimeter of the wall encircling the city. Climbing to the top, you gaze around you. What you see is breath- taking: a natural harbor, a rugged coastline, rocky with pounding surf and not unlike the Pacific Northwest. You expect to see a Viking galleon on the horizon. Beneath you, orderly streets and terra cota roofs are a vision from a different age. Eventually, your walk leads you through townspeoples ' backyards, and the smell of boiled cabbage stays with your senses. Your hunger leads you back to the city, where you enter a pastry shop. A girl in white smock works the cash register and speaks perfect English. A stern-faced Yugoslav soldier, with a red star on his cap fascinates you. Outside, a northernly wind puts a bit in the air. The crowds have thinned out in the square. The clock tower stands bleak by the Western Wall, its pealing turned plaintive. The AMERICA will leave tomor- row and a magic meeting must end. -Cilenn H. Jochum The medieval city, still surrounded by its massive stone walls, held treasures of architecture and experience. The townspeople (below) appeared sincere and unrestrained in their curiosity. Although hampered by rainy skies during the first days. Thanksgiving Day was sunny and warm. ? «5-- ' o :-- m rnlha m Iputsa toned , ma i ' alLits tomor- tend, lochun I 43 Dubrovnik (cont.) . a new port; an ancient port . Pigeons which personity the freedom of this brave Httle town give sailors a warm greeting in the square by the Church of St. Blaise (top). The roofs of old Dubrovnik slope gently to a rugged coastline. During times of unrest, huge steel chains were suspended between the fortresses, barring enemy ships access to the harbor. Within the old city walls on the main strip (Placa) is where young Dubro chani meet socially. The very young prefer the pigeons to their own kind. Despite the passing of so many centuries, the memories of the great days of Dubrovnik are immistakable in its buildings and its liberal institutions. As early as 1H47, Dubrovnik had a home for the aged. Slave trade was abolished in 1416. o er four centuries before the so-called advanced Western nations. For the casino hounds, Dubrovnik had a casino establishment next to the Imperial Hotel which offered slot machines, black jack and roulette. « V I 11 ' •. ■■ ' ;. 44 r I ituries eslern mik lolbe Jslot i ' ) ' U I I Dubrovnik was founded by the Greeks in the seventh century. Throughout history, it has paid tribute to a variety of overlords including Venice, Hungary, Croatia, Turkey, Spain, the Holy Roman Em- pire and the French in order to remain independent. Violent earthquakes devastated much of the city in 1667. The population remains at approx- imately 28,000. 45 AMERICA ' S second port on the Adriatic Sea, Trieste, has passed through a confused history of loyalties and allegiances. Trieste was controlled by Venice for nearly 400 years before placing itself under the protection of Austria in 1719. After being granted freeport status, the city prospered greatly. Two hundred years later, during World War I, Italy claimed rule, except for a ten year period after 1945, when Yugoslavia claimed jurisdiction over the are a. What makes Trieste special for the history buff? Dukes and duchesses have lived in its villas and its castles, and the legendary Orient Expre.ss once stopped here en route from Paris and Milan on its way to Istanbul. The Cathedral San Guisto, the city ' s showplace, is actually two basilicas joined beneath one roof and famous for its fine Byzantine mosaics. Today, Trieste is a fast-paced shipping and trading center, clean and modern, and hosts peoples from all over the world. Africans, Americans, and Japanese make pilgrimages to its world-famous Center of Modern Physics. An Austrian and German inlluence is felt in the many beer houses of its sidestreets, where bratwurst and pasta are equal candidates for a hungry sightseer ' s palate. While AMERICA was there, a chilling wind whipped down through the Alps, making temperates frigid and boating grisly. The local inhabitants retaliated against the weather wi th furs of mink and sable. It was common to see a girl in her early teens wrapped in a coat that most American women could hardly afford. What does Trieste have that singles it out from any other Italian port that AMERICA visits? For starters, it boasts the largest square in Italy, The Piazza de la Libertas. Natives are also fond of pointing out the fact that every religious creed from Greek Orthodox to Jewish can find sanctuary in its city limits. The native wine is said to keep you " young, beautiful and desirable " , although that boast is heard from Pompeii to Venice. Today, however, Trieste remains a puzzle. Like the fosterchild that she is, she belongs to no one, but perhaps she belongs to everyone who understands her charm. - Glenn H. Jochum i On a ship-sponsored tour to Cortina d ' Ampezo. AMERICAmen experienced life along the Italian- Swiss border. Chalets near the snow-ted Lake St. Croch (left) ching to the steep mountainsides. The St. Bernard (above), brought home the fact that one was near the Italian Alps. I 47 Trieste (continued) " If it is possible for a building to be cursed, then Miramar is such a place. " Strange World -Frank Edwards Trieste ' s main attraction is the Miramar, a huge castle erected by Archduke Maximillian, the Hapsburg Emperor of Austria. In a stroll through the magnificent gardens surrounding the castle, one feels as if the original owners still stand watch over the grounds. 48 Munich: the center of German culture. A city of scholars, innkeepers, officials, artists, workers, and tourists. The smiles of the local burghers, the festive spirit of Christmas shoppers and the stark beauty of the Olympic grounds, all underline its popularity with the American fleet. 49 Spending Christmas in Palma de Mallorca is tiie next best thing to spending Christmas with your family. For starters, the residents are well-acquainted with the fleet. During our stay, four American ships added a colorful array of Christmas lights to the harbor, making the already idyllic island a holiday paradise. Secondly, the climate is mild and the waters are calm, unlike many Mediterranean ports in wintertime. Then, the command was most generous with liberty for the crew, so that everybody with the will to enjoy the island ' s pleasures could do so. A number of excellent tours were promoted, including the ever-popular Spanish Fiesta, where Sangria wine flows faster than the flamenco songs. A medieval banquet hosted at the ancient Son Termans castle, featured a jousting pageant and minstrel show reminiscent of another era. The tours across Mallorca afforded a different look at a topographically diverse island, including a visit to the famed residence of classicist Chopin and his literary lover, Georges Sand, or an excursion to the leather shops in Inca. Whether you went walking in the sidestreets behind the Guild Hall in the Spanish section or preferred the more cosmopolitan Plaza Gomila, you were assured of a breezy familiarity with the local people who are well-acquainted with the needs of the tourist. In one days ' time, you might have conceivably eaten Swedish meatballs and red cabbage, bought a handmade Spanish guitar, shared a bottle of Guinness with an emigree from Britain, traded addresses with a couple from France and discussed the merits of socialized medicine with a Dane. Mallorca is truly a playground for all of Western Europe. Another reason that AMERICA felt welcome was that during our stay at Christmas, we received invitations to attend two charity parties and mingle with the local people. A door prize provided you with all the food you could eat, Spanish and American talent, the chance to win baskets of fruit, potted plants, furniture and the opportunity to help others. -Glenn H. .lochum . . . SO foreign and yet so familiar Palma de Mallorca 4 I :leof from itha ik lilba Mud rsUy iiican itiof id Ik (hum The skyline of Palma de Mallorca is unmistakeable. Towering buildings from different ages, the Bellver castle and the resort hotels along the harbor (above) share in attracting tourists from throughout Europe. The mas- sive Cathedral (left) serves as a landmark to liberty parties returning from an evening ashore. i 51 Palma (cont.) At the end of a twisting, mountainous road on the northern side of the island lies the small hamlet of Valldemosa. Its ancient church belfry and small port give two very different views of the island. On the tour to Valldemosa. an AMERICAman befriends a trio of French travellers while a culture buff gets a close look at a bust of the musician Chopin, who lived and composed much of his music in the small port. 52 In the backstreets ofPalma, a classical guitarist performs at the popular Guitar Center; a counter saleswoman takes a break from inventory and a traditionally -dressed Major ican woman still retains the look of inland Majorca, where visitors are less likely to venture. 53 Genoa, Italy: a partnership with the sea Genoa will long he remembered by the Sixth Fleet as one of the most active and populous cities in norther Italy and a gateway to places most carrier sailors never see. A wave of AMERICAmen Hooded Italy ' s largest port city in similiar fashion, looking for a ticket to F ' rance, a shopping bargain, a phone call home. or a tasty Cenovese meal. Many AMERICAmen savored a mild Cienovese sauce known as " pesto " , a tomato-based topping seasoned with basil. The (lenoans, themselves sea- soned shippers and skippers, claim Christopher ( llun1l)us as their native son. II During World Warr II, the Italian city was the object of constant bombardment, because oi ' its strategic position. Its citizens, known for their hardiness, earned it a gold medal for military valor. The Williamsburg of Italy, Florence, enticed many shipmates to explore its incredible Rennaissance artwork and architecture. Among its better-known " jewels " are a towering cathedral built without the aid of scaffolding. (La Duomo) and the Uffizi Palace, which houses such masterpieces as the " Annunication " , by Simone Martini. Along the shores of the Arno River, lovers promise each other all of Italy to the constant hum of speeding Vespas. Women more beautiful than the ones Raphael chose to paint, sit to have their portraits sketched, and varant craftsmen struggle to stay on in what many consider to be Europe ' s most beautiful city. Heading north from Genoa, more AMER- K ' Amen treated themselves to Monte Carlo or Nice, on the French Riviera. The home of perfume, beautiful women and gambling casinos, these resort towns offered ideal temperatures and a high cost of living. C )at and tie is the passport to the casinos, and a passport or NATO leave papers must be acquired before entering F " ranee. With or without leave papers, one can enjoy Genoa ' s finest art museimis and architecture, like the Porto Soprano, built by Frederic Barbarossa, and the many plalaces constructed by the Doria family. Lest we forget, (lenoa once helped a great sailor " discover " the New World and most recently helped 5,000 North American sailors discover the " Old " . -Glenn H. flocbum 55 Gondolas, lined up like coffins in a funeral procession jut out among the barber poles that marli what is probably the wettest city in the world. Across the canal lie the many cultural attractions that lured AMERICAmen to Venice. One of the many " hack- streets " in Venice lends romance and mystery to Venice, whose artwork and buildings are deteriorating in direct proportion to the water level. A Y Maneii 56 II := -V3 !J» -!a -i — J . La -i-rnrr Florence, by comparison, still is not endangered by the still waters of the Arno River. Statues at the Plaza Delia Signoria and a natural beauty sitting for a portrait testify to the city ' s charm. Lovers (below) couldn ' t ask for a more romantic setting than the banks of the Arno. G. H. Jochum .«K 57 Naples, Italy: Crossroads of the Mediterranean • ♦ w . •• J • • ■ • ' • k; i From the very start, you know you are in the heart ol ' Italy when you step toot in Naples. From the track of dawn until the last light twinkles and is gone from Naples Bay, life goes on at a furious pace. There is the traffic that seems to threaten your life. There are the men who know enough F nglish to sell you the " best watch in town " . There are streetwise children, straddling Mopeds in the City ' s piazzas. In summer, there is the San Carlo Opera House, world-famous for laughter and tears, Italian-style. There is the brightly-colored laundry flapping in the breeze, resembling so many Italian pennants. There are the world ' s most cosmopolitan waiters, street vendors and shopowners. There is the taxi cab driver with the picture of his mother on the dashboard, who would seem equally at home in Brooklyn, New York. He will take you to the Cameo Factory, Pompeii or Sorrento if you wish, but will charge you the price of a trainride from Naples to Milan. There are the flea markets, the Americanized bars, and the plain but austere Ursino Castle. There is the Galleria Umberto, a shopping center mall with a lovely stained-glass ceiling, the gathering spot for all walks of Neapolitan life. There are the ferryH „.. hydrofoils crammed with matronly women and their infant children, giggling schoolgirls and beret -clad men with solemn eyes, bound for -paradisiacal Ischia and Capri. This is the Italy you have read about and seen in the movies: an Italy you may not encounter again if you wander the length and breadth of the ' Boot " . There is more emotion, more theatrics, and more hustle per square kilometer here than you had seen in all of Italy until now, and enough to last you until the next time you vist Naple.s. .i««- V » ' U " fM . Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius: Echoes of an ancient past , cCTaCVLA-DE OERFTCOLONE i-JPFRi€TVCMD[L it ' HBB " Ascendin r to the rim of Mt. Vesuvius offered on o ie side a clear view of Capri and much of the mainland of Italy and on the other side a spectacular view inside the volcano ' s cone. The most recent stream of lava has left its trail of destruction scarrinfi the vegetation and stunting the growth of almond and cherry trees. 60 4i k: ?3P Within the labyrinth of Pompeii ' s ash-covered streets and houses, many clues to ancient living were discovered by AMERICAmen. Everything from Jupiter ' s Temple to public drinking fountains are still intact. Eating or walking amid the remains left an impression of quiet stillness in the minds of AMERICAmen who visited the site. Photos by R Collin 61 Catania, Sicily: Southern Italy with a SiciHan touch Catania is the second largest city in Sicily. Situated on the eastern coast of the island and at the toot of Mt. Etna, it was a Greek city in 729 B.C., a Roman stronghold from 263 A.D. and later an important posses- sion of the Normans, Swahians and Bourbons. Today it is one of the most developed southern Italian cities. Its central fertile plains produce vegetables and citrus fruits and its southern dry mountainous areas provide sulfur mining. Catania exists also as a busy commercial port, linking Italy with the eastern Mediterranean. Although numerous earthquakes and eruptions from Mt. Etna have destroyed the city, renovations began in the 18th century with the construction of Via Ktnea, a street well over two miles in length. Mount Etna (opposite top) is the largest active volcano in Europe and is the highest in Italy reaching 10,705 feet. More than 260 eruptions have been recorded since 475 B.C., the most destructive being those of 1169 and 1669. Around the mountains and at the lower slope are a number of villages, cultivated fields, olive groves, orange groves and date trees, a little higher is a temperate zone devoted to groves of apples, al- monds, pears, chestnut and hazelnut trees. Beyond that is a forest of birch, oak and beech trees. Above, vegetation is scanty. Rocky precipes, lava beds and masses of ashes are visible at its summit except where covered by a perpetual coat of snow. Recent eruptions since 1950 have wiped out the village of Renazzo, destroyed an observatory and damaged the cable car system. According to legend. Catania ' s patron. Saint Agatha, rode into the city atop an elephant. At the Piazza del Duomo, a monument (lower left) commemorates the event and has become a symbol of the city. Just as much a symbol and typical of Italian coastal cities are the fish mongers and vegetable vendors that fill the markets and outdoor squares. li 62 63 Taoromino and the Sicilian coast: ' sometime again in summer . . ii yy Your first thought, as you look at the barren, cragjiy clitT towering above you and at the handful of tiny, impromising shops on the main street is: Could this be the Taoromino I ' ve heard so much about ' . ' Taoromina, the place the travel books claim to be the " Prettiest place on earth ' ? " So, naturally, you place your distress call to the only friend in sight, the ever-present taxi driver. Soon you are winding up a sinuous four-mile road on your way to some kind of Sicilian heaven. Along the way. you are treated to lagoons that make you wish it were summer. You gladly surrender the neces- sary $4.0() to your driver and wander 64 A delicate, traditional wedding (opposite) belies the rough char- acter of life forged from the rocky shores of the volcanic island. Still, both remain typical of life in Taoromino. down narrow little streets filled with homes and tiny restaurants. Suddenly, you round the corner and catch your breath. A snow-capped Mt. Etna is in full view, too big to be an illusion and just far enough away to be beautiful. Even though it is late January, the air is filled with birdsong and the good smell of regenerating life is in the air. Bougainvillea and other blossoms frame your portrait of Mt. Etna as you stroll through Taoromino ' s public gardens. You are hungrv. so you ask directions to a ristorante. " Piazza Badia, Corso Umberto " , says your self-appointed guide, as if there should have been no question in your mind. Within five minutes, you are back in Italian society. It is midday and the shops are alive with the banter of Sicilian tongues. There is lace to sell, meat to butcher, and good gossip to trade. You linger among postcards of Mt. Etna, stop and view a wedding in the main church, peak at a mock-up creche of the city, and finally decide to join the chairside footweary in the Plaza of Saint Augustine. As if by magic, all signs of life disappear at siesta, and it is not imtil dusk that they return. You sample the Bolognese la.san- ga, or maybe the fish soup or roast veal and wait for the night to come alive. But wait in vain you will, for it is winter and a ghostly wind will scatter all but the hardiest Italians back into their homes, turning the old city walls into cement catacombs. You sip a cup of cappuchino at the Cafe de Paris and reflect upon your fate. You are an American abroad. Without further delay, you head for the Umbrella Club, where several Italian couples have ventured out for a night of dancing. You don ' t have to wish for intimacy and you don ' t have to wish for tranquillity here, in a wintering Taoromino. ' ou limit your wishes to one; that you return here sometime in summer. T S The rolling hills (opposite) yield a bountiful crop of fruit, vegetables and livestock. Just as bountiful but perhaps overlooked is the island ' s rich store of architectural sites (left) and products of craftsmanship such as the lace vyhich is sold in the city ' s small specialty shops such as that above. (Article and photos by G. H. Jochum) 65 Barcelona, Spain: ... a Mediterranean mosaic , • Every bit as entertaining and rich in culture as a city can be, Barcelona deserves more than a glancing look. From its throbbing Ramblas to its Montjuich and Tibidabo vantage points, Barcelona is often compared to Los Angeles in climate and physical layout. Most famous historically as the city where Columbus announced his discovery of the New World to Queen Isabella and where Hannibal ' s troops gathered to outwit Rome, Barcelona boasts exciting architecture, many fine museums, one of the best zoos in Europe, and a regional dance that can be witnessed Sundays in front of the Cathedral, in the Gothic Quarter. Here, at twelve sharp on Sundays, crowds assemble as a band tunes up and young and old join hands to circle in the Sardana, a dance 2,000 years old. The Cathedral itself is of the XIV century, with its Gothic arches, its beautiful cloister, large bell towers and high altar. The Temple of The Sacred Family may not be as typical or important architecturaJIy as its sister Cathedral, but it more than makes up for what it lacks in importance with its strange- ness. It is essentially a surrealist ' s an.swer to the confinements of puritan architecture and one of Gaudi ' s monuments to Barcelona. The Spanish call the style " loco " since it defies normal description, but revere it nonetheless. Gaudi ' s work can be seen in another part of the city in the form of a park designed for a wealthy count by the name of Guell. Here, the visitor is greeted by a water fountain in the form of a mosaic lizard, a Disneyland-like pagoda, and curved mosaic benches to sit on. For the ambitious. Park Guell offers a fine view of the city, on a hill marked by three crosses. During AMERICA ' S visit, Bar- celona was in the midst of Holy Week, which put a damper on the souvenir hunter and the peseta changer both. Although it was early spring, Catalans (inhabitants of Cataluna, the Spanish province of which Barcelona is a part) also paid considerable homage to the sun, though few souls proved brave enough to venture into the chilly Mediterranean. Inspite of its diversity, Barcelona would not be the same without its Ramblas, a much-imitated, unique avenue lined with small newsstands, Hower vendors, chirping parakeets and numerous sidestreets. A walk down its length is an addictive romantic adventure, with or without a partner. After awhile, whistling, hands in pockets, you become a player in the drama that unfolds. Life is easy here, though it goes on furiously elsewhere. — Glenn H. Jochum • ' •: -A . .u.-.«.,v5Jk 67 Barcelona (continued) Despite the chill of the spring season, the residents of Catalunan Barcelona flocked to the squares as the tradition- al strains of music and dance of the Sardana (right and above) filled the Easter air. Just as eager were they to take daytime outings to the abundant nearby beaches. I 68 ' - - ' ! Barcelona is noted throughout Europe and the world for its impressive zoo. There, the only albino gorilla in captivity (Snowball) may be seen as well as such varied species as the tropical birds from Africa (below). The city is also a treasury of monuments and architecture such as the statue to Columbus (left). ,.x ' • - ' ■ ' ■ ' .-r-r " .. - ' ■ ' ' i. Jtti, VHI 11.. ■■■■.: i ' __ 4IB + -■ . " i, — ' - ' E fmmm • « J h:.r • «■ S B B « • ' ii«ii — - —— —— -iA ' ii- ' ? . :% I " l8ljKi=: Iy», " " «Bs- : I H| N , .L A i ' A ' ■ m - " - ' niXi i -d " ' L - i " ■ B» " «i a 11 ' «! ' ' HB V } " . . . Anchored as before . . . ? 100 iitlifr s );a; m V i J=L.- ' At various times during the deployment, AMERICA dropped an- chor and halted the momentum of her four main engines. Besides the normal anchorages in harbors for liberty and upkeep, AMERICA frequently went to training anchorages or served as host for other ships anchored nearby for conferences. While at anchor on 7 December 1977, AMERICA shared the bay with USS ALBANY, USS CONYHAM, US HART, USS TRUETT, USS CALOO- SAHATCHIE and USS CONCORD. TRAINING ANCHORAGES 1977-78 11 November - Souda Bay, Crete 19 November - Kithera, Greece 7 December - Souda Bay, Crete 24 January - Golfo de Palmas, Sardinia From its rice tielcis to its Centro (center city) ' alencia. Spain, offers a delicate blend ot iiuiiisl vy. culture, and afjrarian li in . 11 i)U shiiuld hire a taxi to lake ()U into the countryside, here is what you will see: rich soil suhdivided into plots of onions, beans, lettuce, fields of rice, and oranjje proves, for s hich X ' alencia is renowned. It is only natural, therefore, that paella, a wonderful concoction of chicken, seafood, rice, peppers. |)eas. and spices, takes its place of promin- cence in every kitchen in the province. Hut should you try to order jjaella in town, you will be advised to return at nine o ' clock that niijht, for the preparation is lengthy and painstakirif . As you leave the coimtryside to return to the town, (there are no suburbs in X ' alencia) your cab will no doubt take you down the long road by the river. Calle I ' intor l-opez. On the far side of the river lie the beautiful flower fjardens (Jardines Del Keal i and the Fine .Arts Museuni. but in all |)rol)abilily dur cab dri (r will suf gi ' sl you see the nu( Icus ol Valencia first, a cluster ol eijjht or nine arihilec(ural works belontjinn (o the l ' J(h and l.Uh centuries, lollowinti I he ((inciucsl of the Moors bv Kini; .laiinc ihv-tnee) I. Fortunately, these buildings are within walking distance of one another, but unless you have a detailed map, your visits will be accidental rather than planned. Foremost in importance among these is the Cathedral, (I a .Seol which houses the Chalice of the Holy Cirail. The adjacent iri. " )-foot-high Gothic tower (Miguelete) offers a fine view of the city. Far more interesting from a hmnan point of iew is the I,2()()-stall marketplace where you may see a beautiful woman beheading a chicken or a booth curtained with blood sausage, A stooped man meanwhile sweeps up a bonfire-sized |)ile of dried herbs and a young girl daydreams where she will spend the e ening, while the crates of eggs that surround her lay unsold and unattended. .And. much like a marketplace in rural .American towns, the Mercado (marketplace) serves as link between town and country and direct hotline for farm produce and re cnue. Hut how do these i)eople receive their North .American cousins and theii ' fumbling textbook Spanish? It is with looks of encouragement, a lew words of remembered Knglish. or one of those i( - stares suggesting a certain hauli- ness. One of those quirks of fate lands you in a horchateria, where alencian- os gather to sip the nutty-flavored sugary beverage called horchata. F ' or some reason, these combination drugstore-ice cream parolors garnished with distinctive mosaic paterns, function a s the last sanctuaries for the traditional Valenciano, free as he or she remains from the inroads of tourist commercialism. As can be expected, this is not the place to boldly assert the fact that you are a visiting Norte Americano. In its parlors, as quiet as any nuseum, the stares can be icier than the horchata if your conduct is less than reverential. ' et. when fiesta time comes around, these same lonservat ive people drop their reserve and let loose with fireworks, parades and exhilarat- ed celebration reminiscent ol South .American festivals tor the saints. The hard-working fisherman and farmer of the .Albufera. the business- man in the |)in stripe suit, and the llowerwoman at the Plaza Caudillo all share one common trait: whether they loe the conser at i ( ' line or follow a inoic progressive lifestyle: they are equally proud and every bit Valen- ciano. — Glenn H. .lochum 72 73 Valencia (cont.) Valencia represents a part of Spain at its finest. The city ' s broad, lush parks provide a time and place for the leisure of its citizens. The ornate grillwork of the city buildings and the sight of festival banners spanning its boulevards are typical of a Spain of another day. The Valencia zoological park is one of the finest in Spain. White courants (far right) are one of the rare species of wildlife on display at the parks. 74 Ki » ih Malaga Torremolinos: The " other Spain " One-and-a-half vears have passed since AMERICA last visited Tor- remolinos and happily, this tourist mecca survived the interim. Crafty entrepreneurs and respect- able folk flourish here for the similar purpose of making a living from the hordes of Americans, Scandinavians, Britons and Cermans in search of the Spanish sun and a good time. The colorful Calle San Miguele (main strip in Torremolinos) remains alive with vacationers and natives alike, hut is slightly marred bv the increasingly sophisticated peddlar and his " bargain " values. Better you should shop in Malaga. You can still have a good time in Torremolinos, you just have to be more careful. Doubtless you will find more older couples from Oshkosh, Topeka, and the Bronx here than anywhere else AMERICA visits, but they generally take pleasure in seeing the United States military, or for that matter, anyone who speaks English. Malaga, just nine miles east of Torremolinos (where AMERICA ties up), remains relatively unspoiled Spanish city and ranks behind Sevilla as the second largest population center in Andalusia (a province of southern Spain). Instead of high-rise buildings and honky tonk, Malaga offers an old Moorish castle, a small Picasso museum, orange trees, flower markets, and sidewalk cafes. The atmosphere is very Spanish in comparison with Torremolinos. It is believed that Isabella and F ' erdinand surveyed everything from the Alcazaba (Moorish castle on the hill) after reconquering the city from the Moors. Unfortunately, the Picasso mu- seum has only a very few of its native son ' s adolescent works here. Perhaps the brightest feature of Malaga is that it marks the starting point for a necklace of sandy beaches, t)right sunlight and hospitable towns that border the Mediterranean on the way to AMERICA ' S very last Med stop. Rota, Spain. — Glenn H. Jochum 76 Spring brought out both the traditional Spanish bullfights (left and lower) and the gaudy main shopping boulevard in Torremolinos. Fleet Landing takes on an inviting appearance on the warm April evenings during AMERICA ' S visit. «mSkm An April Homecoming " A man travels the world over in search of life ' s meaning and returns home to find it. " — Benjamin Franklin m i 78 AMERICA returned to its Norfolk homeport on the morning; of 2r April 1978. The day. although overcast and often breaking into a drizzle, became warm in spirit as the bands played, wives, children, sweethearts and dignitaries rushed forth to greet the returning AMERlCAmen. 79 The last phase of her Medi- terranean mosaic finished and in place. AMERICA returned once again to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard where the welder ' s torch and grinders performed those tasks necessary to return the ship to sea with many necessary modifications, repairs and alterations. 80 Features CDS Department Helping change im the face of battle What human creation is as sensitive as the sensors on a moth ' s antenna, or as complicated as the radar which bats use to fly through tree branches in the dead of night? This creation could be Combat Direction Systems Department (CDS) onboard AMERICA. It could also be compared to the sophisticated bat cave with its mass of lights, computers, and status boards. Their mission: to collect data from ships sensors, display the data, and suggest to the Commanding Officer how best to utilize the ship ' s offenses and def enses. But where does this data come from? The information could be trans- mitted from an E-2 " Hummer " , the flying detectory computer. This aircraft ' s radar enables AMERICA to see over the horizon and beyond. AMERICA ' S own radar keeps a close To the many men od CDS and their contemporaries in CATTC (opposite), it is often long, lonely hours, patiently waiting for the bleeps and signals to be received and identified. CATTC lines up the aircraft and CDS makes recommenda- tions on how to effectively utilize them. eye on all surface and air operations in its general area. Sub surface sensors pick up data from sonobouys dropped by SH-3 helo ' s. The S-3A Anti submarine aircraft also assists CDS in detection, tracking and combatting submarines. Being the only aircraft carrier in the Fleet with sonar, AMERICA now completes the total spectrum of air, surface, and subsurface surveillance. Once the radar sonar detect something, the information if fed into certain compartments or separate modules. Separate modules monitor the air, surface, subsurface and Electronic environment. After information is gathered about an object in sensor range, it is defined and sent to Display and Decision, where recommendations are made to the Commanding Officer for consultation on strategy. AMERICA ' S first line of defense is her aircraft, ranging from anti- submarine to air combat fighters. Her second method of defense is her Terrier missiles. In addition. Electronic Warfare Technicians can do most anything from camouflage, to distorting and jamming enemy radar. For a ship as long as the Eiffel Tower to maintain flexibility, speed, strike and defensive capabilities, AMERICA needs the help of 18 officers and 115 men in CDS, headed by Commander Paul Bergondy. They keep the computers running, they monitor and evaluate data fed into the modules and they supply information that could change the face of battle in a moment ' s notice. Dean 0. Poirier 82 83 Quartermasters and Signalmen Working together for safer navigation 84 " All engines ahead two-thirds, indicate 56 rpms for 12 kn()ts " , commands the conning officer of the AMERICA as she concludes her 29th refueling and fifth alongside the USS CALOOSAHATCHEE. CDR Richard T. Vosseler, AMERICA ' S Navigator and Naviga- tion Department head, assists in this operation providing the ship with ample fuel to travel the final 1,181 miles to homeport Norfolk, Virginia in four days. At this point in her most recent deployment, AMERICA had travelled more than 29,500 miles and according to Quartermaster First Cla.ss Dennis Finn, " Going home, is his most anxious moment spent on the bridge " , and that includes several days of heavy winds and high seas. QMl Finn has the weightly responsibility of making sure that all other quartermasters are fully trained. The " bread and butter] ' of a quartermaster are special details such as at-sea replenishment operations, moorings and sea and anchor details. Quartermasters man the engine order telegraph, which relays speed changes to Engineering Central Control below decks in the Engineer- ing spaces. On watch, he has the twenty-four a-day duty of logging in all pertinent ship information. .Some of the equipment used by the Navigation Department includes the Omega navigation satellite receiver, the Loran receiver, (takes wave lengths and computerizes a course to be followed) and the .Sonar Sounding Set (gives water depths). In those cases where special details are called for, a quartermaster will normally man the helm, the lee helm, and after steering. A helmsman is usually required to stand (50 hours of steering before qualification, and 80 hours before becoming a master helmsman. The helmsman keei)s the ship on course by reading one of the two gyros and a magnetic compass. The gyro is an electronically- motivated compass, but is not affected by the ship ' s own magnetism, like the magnetic compass is. The latter has two lead cylinders which deflect magnetism while getting a reading from the magnetic North Pole. LT Stephen Riley, the Assistant Navigator, assures that all administra- tive orders and navigational opera- tions are harmonious. He has the added responsibility of ensuring navigational orders are enforced as directed. CDR Paul B. Austin is designated as the prospective navigator, taking the helm from CDR Vosseler, the current Navigations officer. The Navigations Department on board AMERICA consists of three officers, one first class, two second class, seven third class, nine designat- ed men, two strikers, and a yeoman; a total of 26 men. At last, the ship is returning after a seven-month absence and Quarter- master P inn summarizes the last leg this way " ; We (the quartermasters) have to stand our special sea and anchor detail watches two hours ahead of mooring, longer than in any other port. But pulling in and seeing our families again makes this one worthwhile. " Signalmen: a navigator ' s aid Ever stand out in the rain for seven hours? Did you ever have a helicopter fly so close you could " see the shoelaces " on the pilot ' s feet? And have you ever had the whole horizon at your command, with the ability to describe a ship as " that pole sticking out of the water? " These are the joys and occasional frustrations of a signalman on the signal bridge. Although his job is only as pleasant as the weather outside, few signalmen would opt for a life " below decks " . According to Master Chief Signalman Mike Duncan the attraction s I 8 ' of the signalman rate is, You ' re of the old Navy that hasn ' t been overcome by computerization . . . you can ' t com- puterize underway replenishment and visual communication " . The signalman is justifiably proud to be one of the four original " right hand rates " in today ' s modern Navy, joined by quartermaster, boatswain mate and gunner mate. In the original Navy, these four rates work their insignias on the right hand sleeve, hence the name. In the late nineteen- forties, it became standard Navy policy for all insignia badges to be worn on the left sleeve. All is not glory, however. Problems like low visibility severely hamper his effectiveness. A Soviet ship may turn on extra lights as part of an exercise in camouflage. And there is a wealth of fingertip information that must be committed to memory and never forgotten, for instance, each operation calls for a different flag and the hoisting of the wrong one can spell disaster. Imagine hoisting a green and yellow " brea- kaway " pennant before a refueling operation (indicated by a red and yellow pennant) was completed. There is a flag for flight opera- tions, a flag for entering port, a flag to show that the Admiral is the senior officer in the harbor, numeral flags to correspond to the ship ' s speed when entering a harbor, and so on. In all, there are 68 flags, according to Master Chief Duncan. Constant communication with the bridge is made through intercom, but in many cases, the master chief and his signalmen must act independtly of the bridge, feeding captain, OOD, and Aided by high-power binoculars and intense flashing lights, Signalmen aboard AMERICA prove to be an indispensible aid to the ship ' s safe navigation and to its information- gathering abilities. navigation officer with vital informa- tion on the relative positions of other ships, the rendering of honors and sending communications to other ships in the task group. Need more supplies? The signal- men relay the message. The skipper may want to know what class that submarine passing the starboard bow is. A look through Jane ' s Fighting Ships reveals the answer: French Daphne. What are the two ships on the far horizon? Their hull numbers must be identified and noted on a tracking board. All this and much more is the work of the signalman, he is an irreplaceable source of communication, the man with his eyes on a 360 degree horizon. What computer can stand seven hours in the rain? , ,, , , — Glenn H. Jochum il- ' 1 • k 85 Supply Department ' ' May we help you? yy American people are used to personalized service. When you live in a country where the battlecry is, " May 1 help you please " ? you get just a little used to being served. For that very reason, the Supply Department on AMERICA is highly diversified and when you get right down to it, not unlike a stroll through the mall downtown on a Sunday. That is, if you can find the little shops and offices spread throughout the ship. Who, for instance, would think a Naval ship would have a cobbler mend its tormented soles? It does, however, and he ' ll do twenty shoes a day. How about a butcher that puts together 1200 box lunches on a busy day for the people who can ' t stop whatever they ' re doing for a leisurely mean on the messdecks? The list goes on and on. Tailor, typewriter repairman, laundrymen, bakers, and cooks, just to name a few. Or a ship ' s serviceman, who knows that AMERICA ' S favorite hobby is listening to casette tapes, just by the volume of sales. Men to " break the food out " of cold storage. Men to fix the scullery machines when they break down. Men to serve the chiefs and the officers. Experienced cooks, who can please an admiral ' s palate. Data processors, who order and inventory all the ships ' supplies. Barbers, disbursing clerks, ship- ping and receiving clerks, and vending machine repairmen. 86 Provisions may be brought aboard either from pierside or from another ship via h eh cop tor or ship-to-ship rigs. Either way, large working parties are required to " strike the goods below " by roller paths and stores elevators. An underway replenishment demands advance planning, inter-departmental coordination, communication between staging and receiving areas and the brawn of AMERICAmen in stowing the new provisions. 87 Supply Dept. (cont.) Now, it ' you want to see a modcrti- day pyramid luiilt in a day, watch as an aircraft carrier brings on provisions. Working with the efficiency of an ant colons ' , this operation requires that 600 men leave their regular jobs and assist the 72 men of S-IM Division, who get further assitance from forkhft operators of AMID. No other department can boast this kind of support from their shipmates. At sea, provision onloads occur at least once a month, and all other events are pre-empted for this modern-day naval miracle. So big is this operation, that it can be felt everywhere on the shij). Men ' s normal routes of travel are blocked by the ever-present rollers that speed the new cargo from its temixirary home in the hangar bay to the network of shipboard storage spaces. It is customary to hear more grumbling from the men who are incon enienced by this process than the men doing the actual work, who, hour after wearying hour, maintain high sjjirits as they spin the wheels of progress. What matters that they wake up with a few sore muscles the next day, when there is milk to drink for a month of breakfasts? What is a few hours ' sleep in comparision to the headache of trying to make a floorshine without wax? In fact, in the modern paper- shuffling, button-pushing Navy, many men find it a welcome change to activate unused muscles again. Those same men that are convey- ing stores today, can be assured for another month they can sit tiack and once again enjoy the customized service AMERICAmen have come to expect. Armed with new provisions. Supply Department can provide almost all the comforts of home. — Glenn H. Jochum 88 H HWi r, ' . , ' ' 1 T N B ' : sH|| 17 M m i ti K B P BBfl l A B ' ■: ' ' vV- ' H L-f ' iM I J- Weapons Department Specializing in Defense f In a fine all-hands effort, the recent cruise was completed by the Weapons Department with over five million pounds of ordinance flown off the bow and all Terrier missile firin js successful. This safe, professional performance resulted from a number of divisions doing their jobs well. Avord division handled ammuni- tion from the seventh deck to the 04 level and met all of Air Wing SIX committements. The AMF ' .RICA Air Wing SIX team earned the reputation as one of the finest ships in the Sixth Fleet. The assembly crews in the magazines started all evolutions and worked longer hours since their task was to re-store all unused ammunition when an evolution was complete. The weapons elevator crew and yellow gear crew, whose success is so crucial to ammo movement, maintained an outstanding a ailal)ility ot equipment. The air missile crew and the flight deck crew rounded out this team o( professionals that represent the core of AMERICA ' S combat readiness. The Armory maintained the sprinkler systems, Chaffroc launchers, saluting batteries and fired the shot lines for all replenishments and to get AMERICA secured to Pier 12. The Ordnance Handling Officer and his staff orches- trated the operations of the division while the administrative branch controlled the daily routine. FOX division significantly up- graded the Terrier fire control system. Their radar was rated as one of the best of its kind in the fleet during inspections and firings. OM Division is the other half of the Terrier team and maintained its " spit and polish " reputation in each missile house. W Division (down " in the pits " ) trained and maintained during the cruise. The long hours of thorough, professional maintenance are the cornerstone of the division ' s readiness. The security and honors rendered aboard AMERICA were never better executed than by the MARINE Detachment. Their loyalty and profes- sionalism are second to none. The past seven months have proven that the 200 year old tradition of marines serving proudly on the Navy ' s capital ships has continued and undoubtedly will continue for years to come. The Habitability division installed equipment to improve the living conditions of the crew. Better living conditions is their sole objective. Every man in every division contributed to the success of the deployment. The yeoman, compart- ment cleaners, mess cooks, Tiger Teams and all other personnel pulled their weight to make it work. 90 ■f tbf dilKSS. iKJereii better RINE profes- he past tbel semng lips has ly will isUlM living t living «. ()( the nmpart- ,. Tiger The weapons department performs a variety of tasks leading to a single purpose: the defense of the ship. The stowing and movement of ordnance falls under the responsibility of the Ordnance handling Officer and Avord Division. Air to air defense by way of Terrier missiles is the responsibility of FOX Division. The explosive ord- nance disposal personnel assigned to AMERICA provide such specialized talents as diving and the safe disposal of faulty or dangerous ordnance. « 91 Marine Detachment: Providing Security in a nuclear age " Any marine who drops his rifle must sleep with it, " says SGT. Joel THOMAS, Sergeant of the Guard. Not many Marines drop their weapon, hut perhaps that ' s a good way to visualize the individual training and discipline each man receives in USS AMERICA ' S Marine Detachment (MARDET). The mission of the nuclear age Marine differs little from that of his eighteenth century counterpart: to provide security within the fleet and to serve as a projection of power ashore in the form of amphibious forces and landing parties. A Marine ' s daily routine ensures he is prepared for this mission. At sea, every hour is scheduled. When a marine is not on watch or in one of the two duty sections, he is usually preparing for the next day of work. Through times of duty, training and those rare leisure moments, such as the Marine Birthday Ball, the men in MARDET grow to be as close as many brothers. Although the personal bond is close, duty must come first. A motto frequently used is, " A Marine on watch has no friends, " referring to one ' s obligation to carry out his orders without any form of interruption or distraction. The detachment ' s primary re- sponsibility, oi ' course, is providing internal and external security for the ship. This can be done in a number of ways, from guarding the large sums of money on payday, securing of special weapons or keeping a close eye on provisions as they are " struck below. " MARDET also provides an orderly for the Commanding Officer, Executive Officer and any embarked flag officer, to aid and assist him in his day-to-day activities. To ready themselves for training, daily classes are held in the MARDET quarters. Newly arrived First Sergeant R. V. PUGH is confident and says, " This is the most professional group of Marines that I have ever come across in may 18 years in the Marine Corps. " VV ' e have every reason to believe him: he ' s a Marine. — Dean 0. Poirier 92 mm pecial " struck iidesan Odim. iby rain his id m. impi icrossin orps. " hflifVf Pnirin Some of the security, ceremonial and training aspects of a Marine ' s daily routine are illustrated in these photographs. The AMERICA detach- ment, one of the largest afloat ship ' s detachments, undergoes re-training at the Little Creek Amphibious Base on their return to the Norfolk homeport. 93 Air Department Our reason for being . I AMERICA ' S Air Department has four divisions, each playing an instrumental part in the ship ' s aviation mission. V-1: Flight Deck personnel Amid the noise and seeming confusion that surrounds a newcomer to the flight deck, a definite pattern of activity takes place at predictable times. Clad in cranial helmets, goggles, jersey, life vest and steel-toed shoes. V-1 personnel work long hours while at sea. Their chief concern is to ensure the flight deck is ready for flight operations. During normal flight operations, a new launch cycle begins every ninety minutes. What must V-1 personnel know? He must know the full set of interna- tional flight deck hand signals, the location and capability of all firefight- ing equipment, proper use of personal survival gear, possess an intimate knowledge of all flight deck equipment including tractors, electrical power units, crash cranes, crash forklifts, tow bars and tie-downs before setting foot on the night deck. V-2 CATS and Arresting Gear Lest you conclude that V-1 comes face-to-face with the most actual danger, look at this way: V-2 is involved with the physical launch and landing of aircraft, meaning that they are within feet of full power jet blasts and near aircraft going over one hundred knots. This means that the men of V-2 must be quick-responding heads-up in- dividuals with no fear of being where the action is. V-3: Hangar Bay With a maximum of ' .VA aircraft possible on the 64-thousand square foot hangar deck, the men of V-3 division have their hands full ensuring all aircraft are moved safely or properly secured. Additional responsibilities include the cleanliness and upkeep of firefighting equipment and hangar bay spaces. Most of their work is split up into twelve hour shifts, allowing aircraft handling and maintenance to continue around the clock. " The men in V-3 performed a super job this cruise, " according to LCDR SCHREIBER, V-3 Division Officer. V-4 Fuels Perhaps the most colorful and familiar Air Department personnel are the " Purple Grapes " of V-4. Their primary responsibility is the safe handling and storage of all aviation fuels aboard AMERICA. The fact that sparks could ignite fuels makes that job a delicate and personally hazardous job, requiring all men to be damage control qualified. During the Med cruise, V-4 brought thirteen million gallons of fuel aboard and transferred nearly as much. 10,000 aircraft were refuelled. In terms of an automobile, this would amount to 15,000 miles traveled a year for the next 17,333 years! 94 1 i Air Department (Cont.) Support of Air Win SIX came in many forms, ranging from Hangar Bay personnel who provided maintenance space and support. Flight Deck directors, tractor drivers and launch personnel as well as those men overseeing the entire operation from the " tower " (Primary Flight Control.) 96 97 Air Department (Cont.) ' ' Men and machinery working together with split-second timing. ' ' Everything is directed towards one goal: to safely launch and recover the Air Wing ' s various aircraft. Men and machinery work together to ensure that this goal is met. Although speed often appears to be the first target, safety must never be compromised. r . p 99 Deck Department: True seamanship is not dead On a small ship, men do not find it hard to develop a taste for salt water. To them, it ' s a part of the job. The crashing of waves and rolling decks are normal and expected. The person or rating which is usually exposed to this weather, more often than not, is the Boatswain ' s Mate. When at sea, he does work that aids in the appearance and preserva- tion of the ship. Inport, he goes into the boats around the clock to provide liberty for all the crew and in many cases, he is cold and wet when the day is finished. Unlike a smaller ship, USS AMKRICA ' s size and mission requires more men for more jobs. These jobs include painters, coxwains, linehan- diers, winchmen, rig captains and preservation men, all of which fall under the more general term, " deck- hand. " A Boatswain Mate aboard ship learns deck seamanship as a requir- ement necessary to a ship of any size: mooring lines, fenders, replenishment messengers and some " fancy stuff. " During at-sea replenishment operations, a Boatswain Mate may be tending lines, controlling rigs (by way of winches) or signaling other ships to commence pumping. Fuel is the object of replenish- ment: a Boatswain Mate knows that. But he is also well acquainted with safety. Safety is a must and the Navy cannot overemphasize its value. Many men could be caught in a loose line, sending them to and fro. A rig could lose tension or snap at any moment, and if improperly rigged, can endanger men ' s lives. If the circum- stances were right, the ship ' s naviga- tion could be jeopardized, putting the whole crew in peril. Boats also belong to Deck A total of eight boats fall under the care of the Deck Department, including the emergency and utilitar- ian motorwhaleboats and the graceful Captain ' s " dig. " A coxswain frequently has a boat officer aboard, a bow hook to secure the boat to its landing and an engineer for necessary engine repairs and adjustments. The coxswain ' s job, in particular, is as old as the sea itself and not for the average seaman. (Continued on page 102) 100 101 Deck Department (Continued) Two Deck Department personnel wait as the hook is positioned above a boat in preparation tor lowering the craft into the water. (Opposite page) The anchor is let go. Keeping the boats painted and in running condition is the joint respon- sibility of the Deck Department and Engineering Department. When the ship expects to anchor, there too, you will find the Boatswain Mate, for he has the responsibility of maintaining and operating the anchor and anchor windlass. The ship ' s Bos ' n, a senior warrent officer in the department, usually supervises the entire operation and most of the time is consulted on all phases of deck evolutions. Underway replenishments in- volve considerably more personnel, a great port ion of them as line handlers. When .AMKRICA is refueling another ship, supplying them with .11 ' - " ) or distillate fuel, you will see profession- alism at it finest. A Gunner ' s Mate fires a shotline to the receiving ship which, in turn, awaits a signal from the sending station. The linehandlers are ordered to slowly release the line in hand; eventually this line is attached to the rig supplying fuel. The spanwire is secured to the receiving ship and tension is added to the wire. After tension is considered satisfactory, the rig is sent over and the operation may begin. After the rig is connected to the receiver, fuel may be pumped. Another phase of a Boatswain Mate ' s work is cargo handling. Many different rigs may be used, depending upon the cargo ' s weight and size. During this operation, a Boatswain sends lines over again by shotline but instead of a rig, he uses a trolly block. This block allows material and nets to he attached to it and travel back and forth between ships with supplies. The linehandlers begin playing out the shotline which is attached to a more substantial line and eventually the actual spanwire. A Boatswain Mate ' s work never seems to be done, but as the sun goes down each day, the ship may sleep safely in his keeping. His hardened hands and chapped skin tell a story ot a ship efficiently refueled and replenished; an anchor properly paid out and a crew safely returned trom liberty. — Steve Lettwich 102 I 10.1 AMERICA ' S Engineering Department The p]ngineering Department is comprised of more than 600 men whose daily efforts contribute to every function of the ship. Almost half of the six-hundred men work down in the " holes, " as the main machinery spaces are nicknamed. There, in the heat and noise, M and B Division operate, maintain and repair the boilers, main enfjines, generators, distiliinji plants, pumjjs, valves and other equipment. M Division ' s main engines are efficient high-speed turbines, which can produce 70,000 horsepower in the ahead direction and the resultant horsepower can move the ship at speeds well above ' M) knots. M Division and E division operate the ship ' s six turbogenerators, each capable of producing 2500 kilowatts of electrical power or enough to light more than 25,000 ordinary light bulbs. In addition, B Division maintains the steam systems associated with the cata|)ults, while A, E and R Divisions handle responsibilities from stem to stern. A Division is well known for its versatility. Among their tasks are the maintenance of anchor windlasses, aircraft elevators, boat and aircraft crane, steering gear, winches, galley and scullery equipment, laundry machines, compressed air systems and electric fire pumps. One of A Division ' s shops which is near and dear to everyone is the air conditioning plants providing chilled water for environmental and electron- ics equipment cooling. The coldest spot on the ship, though, belongs to the operators of the ship ' s two oxygen- nitrogen production plants. These liquids are stored in insulated tanks at temperatures of 200 degrees below zero. E Division is responsible for electrical gear of every description. The IC shop repairs and maintains all of the various internal communications systems: sound-powered phone cir- cuits, headsets, and three digit telephones system and various alarms. The Distribution work center operates the power switchboards for each generator and maintains all electrical gear such as switches, controllers, generators, motors, bus ties and circuit breakers. They don ' t get much variety, but they are kept busy. 104 ii ready to answer all bells y The Power shop is responsible for the electrical repair and maintenance of the steering gear, anchor windlass, underway replenishment winches, gallies, sculleries and incinerators. The shop also operates the motor rewind section where motors are refurbished should they burn out. E Division ' s smallest shop is one of the most visible: the Movie Booth, responsible for issuing all motion pictures in stock. R stands for Repair Division. Aboard a ship of steel, much repair means metal work, the job of the shipfitter shop. They perform a wide variety of repair and fabrication tasks, such as machinery foundations, chairs or light fixtures. If it can be made by cutting, bending, welding, sawing, grinding, drilling or shearing, the shipfitters can do it. Pipe welding is something of an art, and the Pipe Shop handles this detail aboard AMERICA. Miles of piping and plumbing requires constant maintenance. The Carpenter shop doctors boat hulls as required. When the boats are all in working order, these personnel are tasked with repairing and con- structing what little fixtures are made of wood aboard ship. The Damage Control function of Engineering is handled by the C02 shop and the DC shop. Maintenance of Damage Control equipment and fire-fighting systems are a vital, never ending task for them. Approximately half of R Division also provides a special service to the ship: they are the Nucleus Fire Party, quickly recognized by their white jerseys stencilled with the " fire triangle " . Though not called away often, they quickly demonstrate a thorough understanding of fire- fighting aboard ship. Proud, proven and professional, the men of AMERICA ' S Engineering Department stand ready at all times to " answer all bells. " Pholos by C Griffin, R OeWayne, D L Riley Engineers (Cont.) The men who make AMERICA move The image of a " snipe " emerging from a main machinery room does not hold true for nearly half of the department ' s nearly six hundred men. It is the members of A Division who make the liquid oxygen and nitrogen (left) so vital to flight operations. Just as vital is the wi rk of the electrical load dispatcher (above) and members of the Nucleus Fire Party. I 106 Mim 4 107 Medical Dental: Working to keep AMERICA working " There is a shortage of doctors and there always will be a shortage of them, " according to HMl Julian Lawton. This is not such an outrageous claim as it might seem at first glance, when you consider that the 42 men of Medical Department must ensure that 5,000 bodies are fit for work. Petty Officer Lawton further qualifies this by saying that his job as a Hospital Corpsman requires an all-around knowledge of medicine. In fact, if he were stationed aboard a destroyer or a submarine, he would, in all likelihood, be the entire Medical Department. To fully understand the need for the Medical Department, you need merely be on hand during a typical morning at sea, as the aches and pains make themselves manifest during sick call. Flight to ten corpsmen see sometimes eighty patients on a normal working day, and in the event of a shipboard virus, the number can be as high as one-hundred-and-fifty. There are men who just feel badly. There are men who are just run down or worried, and there are men who are genuinely sick. Regardless, a corpsman must never question a patient ' s reason for being there. Instead, he must run a complete and thorough test on each and every linestander. According to Petty Officer Lawton. about 75 ' , of the patients are treated by the corpsmen. The rest are referred to the doctors. Aboard AMERICA, there are four doctors: two from the Air Wing and two Ship ' s Company. Each day, there is at least one surgical procedure to be done. If the doctor has a specialty, he may be in particular demand. Although duty is split as many ways as there are doctors, he may be consulted at any time for a medical opinion. Then there is the Senior Medical Officer, who is respon- sible for the workings of the entire Medical Department. When there was rumor of an epidemic in Palma De Mallorca, he was flown ashore to investigate the dangers posed to AMERICAmen. In the event of a major decision regarding health aboard ship, his word is final and respected by seaman and Captain alike. On an aircraft carrier, perhaps the biggest workload is handled by the two flight surgeons, whose greatest task is keeping pilots in flying status. In addition, the flight surgeon, whose training involves special flight school and high altitude flight, fosters a particular interest in eye. ear, nose and throat problems commonly associated with pilots. Psychiatry, cardiology, and survival training are a part of his medical apprenticeship prior to being sent to the fleet. 108 I J Hospital corpsmen and Dental Technicians must quickly learn to become proficient in many aspects of routine medicine and health care. 109 Sometimes it seems like They ' re out to get you Since we are only iven one body, you would think we would take care ot . it. espec-ially when surrounded by 80.000 tons of hard steel, metal ear. electronic ecjuipment and potential danjier. According to ( ' I)HK. W. Edwards. Ship ' s Safety Officer. " We strive to make the crew aware of the safest possible way to do their job. " because safety is not always practiced " We need total involvement, total awareness of safety; not by my preaching, but Inthe supervisors showinjj their men safety measures " , he adds. Well then, hosv does the Safety Department get the word out? The most popular form of warning again.st danger is through the publication of daily Safety Shirt Specials. A " Red Shirt " concentrates on general ship- board industrial safety and includes medical injury reports. The green shirt concerns aviation safety. Since safetv- oriented reading can be dry. Com- mander Kdwards and YN3 Seibert inject generous amounts of humor, cartoons, and creative writing enough to ensure maximum readership and entertainment, but without losing the inherent .safety message. Other forms of awareness are safety films aired prior to and during deployment. Plan-of-the-Day notes, posters and shipboard announcements. .Since these forms of safety education have been instituted. AMERICA ' S incidence of fires has been cut by more than .SO ' . . In addition CDR F dward says, " We have had no serious injuries in a connecting replenishment, ertical replenishment or a refueling operation. " The largest area ot safety which sujjervisors stress, is " Coggles and hearing protection " , because many day-to-day jobs call for protection for the eves and ears. ? ? Three basic rules are also stressed. First, recognize a hazardous situation, then use proper caution for known risk and always use the proper tool. As the watchdog of safety, the Safety Department, holds 14 monthly inspections of sponsons, deckhouses, flight deck and hangar bay. gallies, fire stations, berthing si)aces. work centers and ladders. A Damage Control Training Team, and Sj ecial Evolutions .Safety briefs are two of many ways the Safety Department can pass the word on to the rest of the carrier. For AMP]RICA, safety awareness has obviously proven to be the key factor in prevention of accidents and making many other jobs safer. The clic . rJetter safe than sorry " , has a ring of truth to it after all. — Dean 0. Poirier — - VOU WOy ' T PASS " . yfr, : , -v ' -. ' • VJ z M " vv. i-ia t no lUustralt ' d l)v YN;i W. SKIBKHT (no ShOKINC, . . : pofT c rso e.i .ireD. A or 0.0. i. j!iMJ- X-. i 3 .A r U 111 Operations Department A most vers atile of departments In a nutshell. Operations Depart- ment can be said to contain a division that explains atmospheric conditions surroundinfj the ship, a division to monitor all aircraft activity, a division assigned to provide photographic coverage of atmospheric events and a division to maintain the complicatd equipment that makes it all happen. As part of the Naval Weather Service, OA Division takes surface and upper air observations As part of the Naval Weather Sevice, OA Division takes surface and upper air observations, with the assistance of a weather satellite. They also copy weather information through radio teletype. This weather information plus climatological data is used to issue daily weather forcasts to the ship and Air Wing. If it is a clear day, the job of the Carrier Air Traffic Control Center (CATCC) is a little easier, because a different group handles all the aircraft within visual range. OC Division schedules, coordinates an d controls all flight operations originating ()r terminating within . " () miles of AMKR- ICA. Before an aircraft is launched the pilot establishes communication with the " department man " . Once the aircraft is out of a fiO-mile radius, the frequencv is turned over to Strike Operations. It is in the landing when things can get complicated. The " Marshal man " groups together the aircraft into holding patterns before their descent and eventual landing. A " Bolter Board " tracks all landing aircraft and displays the next one to arrive. That information is passed on to the landing aid and the tension on the arresting gear is adjusted to accommodate the difierent types of aircraft. To carry out a job as an airport is a difficult and complicated one. It calls for many computers and electronic equipment. To ensure all systems run well is the responsibility of OE Division, or F lectronics Material Division. It is their job to maintain all assigned electronics equipment at maximum operational readiness capability, such as the ship ' s exterior communications equipment, Search and Carrier Control Approach radar, electronic navigation systems, and electronic test equip- ment. The Electronics Technicians, Data Systems Technicians and Televi- sion Technicians fill the billet. The job of these specialists becomes more complicated every day. As Chief Krauskopf of Carrier Intel- ligence Center (CVIC) puts it, " The intelligence world is advancing to computerization. " CVIC (or OZ) provides the Com- manding Officer, Embarked Flag and Air Wing with all sources of intel- ligence necessary to support the carrier task force operations. Planning, collection, evaluation, and dissemination of intelligence, makes up the everyday routine for personnel in OZ. There are also a large amount of messages and special teletype informa- tion which must be sent throughout the ship. OS ' s mission is to supjilement the ship ' s main communication, by provid- ing a rapid and secure high-echelon traffic channel to the Commanding Officer and Embarked Air Wing. With all the messages and infor- mation being distributed throughout the ship, one must still remember that a picture pre-empts a thousand words. The Photographic or OP Division provides AMERICA with the " frills " of a modern-day warship. Public Affairs and VIP coverage. Also, special events such as tours, cruisebook and people- to-people projects are given photo support. Photos for report of damage or accidents, failed or defective equip- ment are also accommodated. Por- traits. ID photos, aerial views, and motion picture and photo processing support of Combat Directions Systems are other areas in which AMERICA ' S photographers are actively engaged. So when you think Operations, just think of the vital senses of sight, hearing and vocal communication with an added benefit: the memory of them all. i I 112 i Delicate, important instruments aid Operations personnel in their jobs. Through the use of equipment ranging from weather balloons and vohimeters to intelligence photos viewers and camera repair, the men of Operations department make the job of running AMERICA more exact; more effective. ■ 113 News Capsules Many events might escape our memory if they didn Y receive some small recognition AMERICAmen salute Italians On 6 November 1977, a contigent of AMER- ICAmen led l)y Rear Admiral SMITH, Commander Carrier Croup KIC.HT and Captain FULLER, participated in a Memorial Day ceremony alongside several hundred Italian servicemen at the sailor ' s iiiiinument in the small city of Brindisi. The rudder-shaped memorial pays tribute to the Italian sailor who has fought throughout history. I U.S.O. hosts Miss Black America Whal sailor woiild |)ass u|) liberty in Falma? Well, many .AMERICAmen did. but for a rea.son most any homesick sailor would. Miss HIat k America. Claire FORD of Tennessee, along with Miss Indiana. Mary BENTLY and Miss South Carolina. N ' alerie HNNES entertained a packed hangar bay with the best in soul and disco music while the ship lay at anchor in Palma. 24 February. The show included the trio with popular di.sco songs like " Hey Deannie. " and solo pertormances by each of the pageant girls. lit AMERICA players tops! The USS AMERICA basketball team went to the very top of the pack during the 1977-78 deployment. Takinfi on all comers, whether they be I ' rom other ships, shore establishments or the local city and university teams durinfi AMKRICA ' s many port calls, the team tallied a most impressive record, taking home the Naples holiday tournament and the Naval Forces, Europe chamijionship. According to coach CW02 Herbert WINSTON, " That ' s the best record in the Navy. Usually only shore teams advance this far. " The team members below are: (left to right I ABHAN D. E. SPENCER, AMSAN M. YOUNG, SA S. T. CUNNINGHAM, AOAN W. R. HOWARD, AMHAA A. M. CONNERS, AN J. NEWMAN, RMSN A. N. WILDER, AN A. F. CLARK, Captain FULLER (receiving trophv), FA R. G. GOLDSBERRY, A02 D. MOTT, CW02H. WINSTON (COACH), SN R. T. WHITE and AMSAN A. WILSON The road to ROME Nowhere seemed as popular for a visit as did Rome while the ship anchored in Naples and Pouzzouli. The USO-sponsored trips, lasting two and three days, showed crewmen the numerous churches, monuments, works of Michaelangelo and reminders of past glory in the Italian capitol. With Charity to all . . . AMERICAmen participated in two charity benefits while in Falma over the holidays. One, held at the Son Termans castle, attracted guests and performers from as far away as the Dominican Republic. The shi|) " s bluegrass quartet and Country- Western hand were well received and quickly brought the Spanish crowd to its feet with notable songs such as " Whole Lotta Shakin " C oin ' On " and " Roll over Beethoven. " 11.5 This is a drill One of the many orj anizations sponsored aboard AMKRICA duriiii; the cruise was a ceremonial drill team composed ot volunteer crewmetnhers. Under sponsor LT-ICi Roy BROWN and Drillnuister CMCA Robert F-5()0KMAN. the team performed on numerous occasions before many difjnitaries. The team kicked off its season with an exhibition durinf the Navy ' s 2()2nd anniversary ceremony. McDonald Award Presented I-ieulcnani {. ( ' . SKAMAN. the ship ' .s Le ' al Ofliicr :i u Senior Ciiicl Operations Spccialisl R. ( ' . -lOHNS TON of Combat Direction Systems arc presented the " Catherine ' l McDonald Award by Captain PT ' LLKR at a ceremony held on the hangar bay durinfi the ship ' s second I ' alnia inport period. The annual award is iianicd lor liic wife of the former Chief Ol Naval Opera I ions, who ( hristened AMKRICA on February 1!m;i. The honor is ;i eti lo iju- one olliici- ami enlisted man who have contributed the most to the morale, malerial readiness and operating; efficiencv ol I he shin. 1978 Dependent ' s Flight It ' s ail smiles for these two happy couples, and they ha e;iood reason too, because they were two of the many (du|)les tlial were joined at the Palma airport during the dependent ' s fii jht from Norfolk to Palma de Mallorca on 14 February. The return trip took homeward hound servicemen to Norfolk for ten days of reunion with their families. What more poifjnant lime than at X ' alentine ' s Day, too? I k; Portraits Illustration by EMI A. GAMEZ Commander Carrier Group EIGHT I CDR R. T. Ashley CDR J. B. Aucoin CDR R. F. DiPalma CDR G. M. Elliott CDR K. C. Petroske LCDR T. F. Kde LCDR .1. D. Holzapfel LCDR J. F. Klein LCDR R. G. Peebles, .Ir LT C. A. Tull CW04 R. J. Karcher RMCM C. B. Mers 118 YNC A. A. Jones YNC C. W. Orr MSC B. Reyes ISC V. T. Riser YNl A. D. Reyes QMl F. L. Rodgers RM2 A. L. Cook MS2 N. Flores MS2 A. T. Soriano MS3 D. M. Drollette YN3 D. W. Eck EN3 R. B. Strickland MSSN 0. Carter SN J. L. Divelv YNSN M. J. Cook SN L. P. Fortier SN R. L. Haynes SN M. W. Klemke RMSN S. G. Scanlon RMSN J. R. Scrivano OSSA R. L. Anderson OSSA H. Dixon RMSA G. Kelley RMSA E. E. King RMSA R. A, Shellenbarger 119 LCDR J. Hall LCDR R. Moeller I.T.IC. -I. Waters KN.S l MacDonald Mr. W. Brite Mr. R. Billiard Mr. L. Clark .Mr, H, Hullingsworth Mr. H. Holtman Mr. r. Reed Mr. B. Skinner Mr. V. Smith ASCS I-. Mitchusson AOC O. Kauffman AEC B. Thomas AMHC S. Thdmpson AZl ( ' . Claytdn, Jr. ASl -I. Driimmond ATI M. .Ii.hnechfck ADI -I. KillouKh AMSl R. 1-utes ATI I). Morrison AZl J. Cuffee 120 7: K. Robertson AZAN 1). Lisowski AQAN D. Morgan AN P. Stvs AOAN C. Yates Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department A.I.M.D. :f - . i 1 " i. il AA M. Escamilla AA D. Myers AMSC E. Cervantez ADl W. Cleveland PRl .1. Hobbs AMSl T. Miles ADRl H. MoUohan AMSl G. Mulee ADl R. Sucgang AMH ' 2 L. Doughty AME2 R. Houck AMH ' 2 P. Sanderson AD;! T. Bentulan. .Jr. ADS R. Berscak AMS3 D. Bvrd AMHS W. Dickens AMHS S. Fischer AT3 D. Harvey AD3 C. Morris 121 A.I.M.D. AMS3 C. O ' Connor AMS3 A. Ordonio AMS3 A. Romero AD3 M. Streicher AMSAN S. Bradley PRAN K. Dahlen AN D. Estep AN A. Gonzalez AN A. Gumbavan AN R. Hopleo ADAN J. Kelso AN VV. Loerch ADAN R. McNeal ADAN L. Mendoza AN M. Natividad ADAN O. Pamiza AMSAN M. Schwarz ANSAN A. Smith AN D, Smith AN E. Valecruz AN C. Wagner AN A. Zasal AA A. Alvarez AA T. Anderson AA V. Jones 122 ATAA .1 Leon AA .1. Little. .Ir. AR D. Palmer AR C. Walker AA S. Zehr A.I.M.D. AR C. Miclionico ATC M. Carter ATC M. Sellers AQC W. Yanchysayn ASl R. Ansell ATI R. Barber AQl R. Boye ATI H. Constance AOl E. Cox ATI W. Fowler AOl P. Hernandez AEl P. Hill, Jr. A03 R. Lowrey AEl R. Magnoski ATI .]. O ' Shea AOl J. Pecota ATI J. Pendergast AEl E. Rigdon AQl R. Rogers 123 A.I.M.D. AQl V. Slone AQl R. Wood AE2 C. Acala AT2 J. Armstrong AE2 L. Creppel AQ2 D. Gipson AX2 J. Hahs AT2 G. Harmon AX2 V. Lillev ATI J. Milioto AX2 R. Nash AQ2 L. Oittinen AT2 D. Robertson Aq2 K. Schultz AT2 J. Schoolfield AT2 J. Soltvsiak A02 S. fruitt AQ2 D. Watkins AQ.i C. Bellacera Ay3 K. Correll AZ3 M. Crawford AZ;i C. Davis AE:i C. Davis Aq3 J. Hughes AE3 W. Kennedy AE3 J. McCrea AE3 R. Odem AT3 M. Passino AQ3 R. Rose AQ3 J. Shane 124 A.I.M.D. ATS J. Snelling AE3 D. Strickland AQ3 R. Teel AE3 A. Watson AEAN M. Anna AXAN M. Bledsoe AEAN W. Brown AQAN K. Dillon AN C. Felton AOAN K. Fore AQAN K. Lynch AEAN W. Meredith AEAN G. Piatt AEAN P. Plautz ATAN W. Richardson AXAN M. Weaver AN M. Wilson ATAA S. Nicklas AA J. Pietri AR D. Seaborn ATAA J. Young AXCS R. Rodgers ASC E. Fetzer AQC B. Kraus ATC M. Pimentel ASl S. Dabrowski ATI H. Erhart AKl J. Friend AS I R. Gleenly 125 A.I.M.D. ASl D. Lizada ATI G. McDaniel AZl S. Shipp AD.J2 R. Flovd ASM2 C. Fox AX2 J. Harris ASE2 J. Keobel AS2 E. Simpson ASH2 E. Swanner AZ3 D. Dunlap AT3 A. Havnes ASH3 H. Limbright ASMS M. Nicklas AZ3 R. Sadler ASH3 M. Walker AT3 T. Wells ASM3 D, Wieland AZAN A. Aldridge AN P. Bierwirth AN M. Craig AN I). Dielz AOAN D. Cunningham AN J. (iloyne ASEAN D. Hinkley ASMAN S. House AXAN R. Hughes ATAN E. Normann ASMAN R. Phillips AN G. Porter AN D. Thorn 126 A.I.M.D. .:3c ■ " ' li i Ir " . AA K. Bean AA W. Bosworth ASEAA A. Haberer AA J. Hines AMEAA R. Maples ASEAA D. Tabor AA J. Vaughan AIR DEPARTMENT CDR J. Paul CDR R. Ferguson LCDR B. Rosedale LCDR R. Staplin LT F. Barrett LT J. Breslin LT C. Douglas LT R. Harler LT R. Pearson LT J. Reid LT L. Smith 127 AIR CW02 .1. Gaither rWO ' 2 I.. Vernon C 0 .1. Williams YNl R. Watson YN2 C. Krusiec AN S. Coelho AN K Burhli SN M. Holmes SN C. I.uppino AA I,. Brown AK A. Holcoml) AHHC K. Hockenberrv AHHC K. Warren AHHl K. Brown AHHl K. Hollman ABHl .1. LiKhtner ABH2 K. Gillespie ABH2 T. New ABH2 O. Otero AHH2 ( ' .. Spike ABH:i W. Bailev ABH.! (;. Bush ABH.i Biilton ABH:i (;. ( ' rum ABH:! .1. Diaz ABH;! M. Keliria ABH.! C. Foster ABH:! W. Manning 128 ABH:! A, r?amos AIR ABH3 W. Smith III AN D. Bedoya AN J. Bowers AN M. Cain AN R. Campbell AN W. Campbell AN J. J. Colbert AN M. Deitch AN R. Fernandez ABHAN B. Geary AN A. Green SN W. Harlow AN M. Henry ABHAN L. Johnson ABHAN J. Jones ABHAN S. Krugen AN M. Labenski AN R. MacDonald AN R. Marshall AN C, Martin ABHAN M. Mayberry K Foley AIR AN M. McDonald AN D. Moffitt AN C. Moyle AN D. Nutter AN S. Peterson AN G. Prater ABHAN D. Schaefer AN S. Silva AN D. Reimer AN K. Rippeon ABHAN P. Shea AN K. Skidmore AN (i. Stanley ABHAN B. Strump ABHAN T. Tennant ABHAN M. Thomas ABHAN R. Veitch AN ( ' . Wale ABHAN .!. Watson AN T. White 130 AIR ABHAN R. Williams AN M. Winter AN W. Wright AA J. Cartin AA S. Early AA T. Ellis AA R. Emraerton ABHAA J. Fleckenstein AA J. Hanrattv ABHAA B. Jordan AA B. Maynard AA R. Rosa AA P. Spina ABHAA D. Trantum AA M Vaughn AA J. Waterhouse AA J. Winters AR J. Ferguson AR R. Hart AR E. McGlone AR S. Riley AR T. Robinson AR S. Shullo SR F. Stine ABEC J. Harrison ABHl R. Demint ABEl R. Hicks ABEl T. Rizea ABEl R. Teller 131 AIR ABEl C. Trimmins ABEl J. Wolf ABE2 W. Buchanan ABE2 R. Mayo ABE2 P. Mead ABE2 L. Mullen EM2 W. Spencer ABE2 M. Yoast IC3 J. Beech ABE3 R. Beitel EM3 T. Bradley ABE3 P. Brown ABE3 T. Donaldson ABE3 D. Dykstra ABE3 R. Gill ABES J. Gilsinan ABE3 J. Hockett IC3 R. Johnson ABE3 D, Kimball ABE3 0. Konz ABE3 D. Little ABES G. Martin IC3 S. McCarter ABES R. Meyhuber ABE3 L. Molden, Sr. ABES E. Morin ABES C. Stewart ABES T. Turner ABES L. VanSwoll ABES F. Villanueva 1S2 AIR Si ABE3 R. Yoho ABEAN M. Atherton ABEAN J. Banner ABEAN M. Barbour AN C. Barnett ABEAN P. Boone ABEAN R. Breen ABEAN T. Cameron AN R. Carr AN A. Chrisman AN J. Cochran ABEAN R. Conrad AN R. Contini ABEAN J. Coulter ABEAN R. Dearth ABEAN R. Denny AN L. DuBay ABEAN K. Dunn AN M. Dumas AN D. Dvorshock ABEAN J. Farr ABEAN R. Fischer FN A. Foster AN K. Gleich ABEAN A. Hinton AN J. Hughes ABEAN M. Hulett ABEAN T. Jones AN C. Leake ABEAN T. 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Winters ABH2 B. King ABH2 J. Wallace ABH.) A. Bell ABH3 F. Ferdik ABH3 W. Fleener ABH3 A. Herbaugh ABH3 D. Hudgins ABH3 J. Jasso ABH3 J. Martin ABH3 M. Rehfeld AN W. Anderson ABHAN .1. Barker AN M. Daniels AN J. Ceidolle ABHAN J. Cooper 136 ' 5TWfT¥751 B .,:L Il.._i. ' iL .J , I AN W. Deering, Jr. AN L. Hickman AN J. Hinnant AN F. Juanitas AN M Judge ABHAN D. Marcus AN D. Marlowe ABHAN R. Powell AN J. Smith AN G. Snyder AN J. Tarbanio ABHAN W. Wolff AA C. Griffin AA L. Wall AR S. King ABFC R. Butler ABFC H. Storm ABFl T. Bolton ABF2 J. Exley 137 AIR ABFl W. Fiscus ABFl T. Marchi ABFl J. Ray ABFl A. Tomer ABFl A. Wilson, III ABF2 H. Alford ABF2 H. Bayles ABF2 S. Bogas ABF2 D. Manlev ABF3 R. Bailey ABF3 B. Berggren ABF3 S. Ludwig ABF3 G. Roche ABF3 R. Sweet ABF3 J. Ujcil ABF3 J. Williams ABF3 K. Williams AN M. Austin AN T. Beichler ABFAN D. Borden AN K. Bradley ABFAN P. Bush AN A. Clarke ABFAN C. Danver AN R. Derksen AN J. Domingucz ABFAN R. Driscoll AN D. Dux AN D Finien AZAN R. Foreman 138 AIR AN R. Gooden AN B. Green AN T. Guritz ABFAN G. James AN M. Johnson AN R. Johnson AN M. LeMonovich AN W. Maga AN E. Maceachen AN R. Mastbergen AN W. Neal ABFAN J. Newman ABFAN C. Ridley AN M. Stapleton ABGAN M. Studley ABFAN R. Wynos AN G. Yaklin AA C. Berggren ABFAA M. Emery ABFAA M. Fetter ABFAA K. Johnson ABFAA M. Sharpe AR J. Bettencourt AR J. Dee AR E. Mitchell AR R. Parente AR G. Ritchie AR D. Smith AR J. Turblood AR D. Wateon 139 I AR E. McQuilken AR D. VVhilnev CDR P. Bergondy LCDR D. Cahill LCDR B. Johnsen LCDR S. Krasniewski LT M. Benko LT .J. Heineman LT B. Pickelsimer LT S. Root LT G. Zorbach LTJC. F. Gates LT.JC; L. Perkins LT.K; .1. Tull. -Ir. CWO_ ' B. Webb OSCS R. .Johnston OSC p. Cromartie 140 C.D.S. OSC L. Orrell OSl W. Lambert OSl K. Luwell OSl V. Mason OSl C. Nash 0S2 K. Bluemner 0S2 R. Brown 0S2 J. Bryant 082 R. Davis 0S2 J. Fountain 082 M. Garza 082 P. Knowles 0S2 J. Tyson 083 J. Blank 083 W. Campbell 083 C. Carson 0S3 R. demons 0S3 W. Diaz 083 L. Forgette 083 W. Hughes 083 G. Kaminski 083 A. King 0S3 J. Seller 083 E. Strawbridge 083 P. Tappan 083 J. Whitcomb 083 P. White 08SN D. Becerra 0S8N A. Chapman 0S8N J. Cusyk ,41 C.D.S. OSSN J. Dorman III OSSN W. Drexler OSSN P. Crubbs OSSN ( ' ,. Hardesty OSSN T. Higtjins OSSN R. Murr OSSN R. Siewerdsen SN .1. Walker OSSN H. Walker OSSN S. Wilks OSSA H. Adams OSSA A. Altenbach OSSA .1. Cordi OSSA W, Corace OSSA .1. Crockett OSSA I). Kskew OSSA .1. Hardin SR R. Knehel A A K. Perkins OSSA ' 1 " . Shepard OSSA I). Speight OSSA I). Stnkes AWC C. Ri)berls. Ill AX I I). Hiuitisla AVVl J. Messcder, .Ir. DP! K. IVrrv AXl R. Schlll AWl S. Skidmiire 142 STC.I .1. Stroiit C.D.S. ENS Sherman C-3 STGl M. Terrv DP2 T. Gooding STG2 K. Krues AW2 D, Musk AW2 K. O ' Shields AX2 G. Peters STG3 D. BiUups AW3 D. Driver DP3 D. Krause STG3 S. Mersch STG3 D. Murphv STG3 G. Perr STGSN G. Karacic STGSN A. LaPonsie AWAN L. Shirah, Jr. AA P. Swayne AR L. Rodrique EWC E. Smith EWl B. Blair EWl M. Parnell 143 C.D.S. EWl J. Portlock EVV: M. Dahl EW3 J. Hutcherson EW3 C. Nordquist EW3 B. Voelker COMMUNICATIONS LCDR J. Leahy ENS J. Bolton ENS R. Morgan RMl R. Abrams RMl L. Harmon RMl D. Startin RMl R. Wolf RM2 M. Carroll RM2 K. Jess RM3 J. Linton RM3 F. McCoy RMSN M. Danford RMSN P. Gallagher RMSN M. Gray RMSN D. Kenney RMSN J. Walker, .Jr. RMSN A. Wilder, Jr. RMSA M. Bardin RMSA A. Johnson RMSA M. Lowe RMSA B. Stewart RM2 R. Olson 144 COMMUNICATIONS ' V SMCM G. Duncan, Jr. SMS B. CoUette SM3 C. Craig SM3 J. Jacoway SM3 H. Kinnard SMS S. Rahilly SMS D. Wilson SMS R. Yates SN K. McGrath SN D. Swafford SMSA K. Darr SMSA M. McLaughlin SMSA R. Winters SR R. Lindel DECK DEPARTMENT LCDR J. Slattery LT W. Parker ENS D. Jacobs BMC G, Queen BMl J. Phillips BMl M. Viasana BM2 J. Delacruz BM2 D. Spain, II BMS W. Calareso BM3 G. Lewis BMS C. Haley SN R. Brown 145 DECK SN J. Cole SN M. Digirolamo SN J. Dillon SN A. Francisco SN M. Gallagher SN R. Miranda SN T. Murphy SN G. Myers SN H. Myers CTOSN D. Porter SN R. Straebel SN M. Strazzer SN G. Wagstaff RMSA G. Broglia SA N. Fabunan RMSA M. Falcone SA T. Hendrickson GMMSA L. Hortman GMMSA M. Howell GMMSA K. Kearney SA J. LaRue 146 DECK r :- HV4 . A ' bfk —.Si- GMMSA R. Nelson SR C. Cabello SR C. Davis SR S. Hentosh SR D. LeMay BMC E. Young BMl L. Lyons BM2 D. Boone BM3 D. Griffin BM3 R. Perez, Jr. BM3 R. Schwass SN D. Brechelsen SN J. Bridges SN S. Evans SN G. Karmolinski SN W. Mattingly SN R. Meyer SN K. Smith SN J. Wever SN R. White RMSA E. Boone SA D. Elmore SA J. Gonzalez SA M. McVey SA R. Porath SA M. Riley SA G. Salas SA A. Salazar SA A. Trenholm 147 DECK SN B. Watt SA K. Weaver SR J. Bueno SR H. Liskow BMl R. Patrick BM2 J. Flowers BM.i S. Ingalls BM3 K. LaBounty SN J. Ammon SN T. Barrick SN J. Bornman SN T. Brown SN B. Crockett SN S. Cunningham SN J. Davies SN M. Guinan SN R. Hibbard SN C. Jiles SN L. LaTour K Foley El ' a 148 DECK Dental Department SN R. Klos SN T. Knosalla SN D. Lucero SN S. Martin SN K. 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Kraden AOl H. Bryant AOl V. .Johnson AOl D. Dinersiin AOl VV. Lippy AOl VV. Slocumi) AOl .). Trntt AOl W. Wil.sdn A02 G. Campbell A02 M. Houston A02 L. .lenninjjs A02 R. Rowe CMC, ' T. Schiltz A02 T. Sinsel A02 R. Wilson AO:i R. Burton AO.i W. Cooper A():t F. Feihel 111 188 AO:f A. Cearlds AO:f B. C.oodlow AO. ' i T. Kuster AO:! C.. Lockhiirt AO:i M. Murphy WEAPONS AOH R. Rachal A03 T. Stewart MM3 P. Whitlock A03 E. Young AN J. Barlow AN G. Beshears AN R. Buchmeier AN T. Bulger AN T. Chermely AN M. Day AN N. Dieterly AN D. Dill AN E. Dinn SN W. Entwistle AOAN S. Gunn AN J. Heskin TMSN P. Irvine TMSN D. Jasman AN R. Leckington AN M. Lee 189 WEAPONS AN A. Moore AOAN R. Morgan AN J. Morin AN S. Petty AOAN M. Rosendahl MMFN J. Royce AN R. Schmidt AN J. Sewitskv (JMGSN W. Shafer AOAN R. Vance AN D. Vestal AA A. Bircher AA C. Burke AA S. Coia AA J. Cooper GMGSA G. Decker AA B. Edwards SA Guthrie SA E, Haddox AA B. Jackson AA B. .laggers AOAA .1. Kirk AA D. Morris AA G. Mincy AA D. Minor 190 AA G, Nicholson AA T. O ' Brien AA J. O ' Connor AA M. Paulson A A G. Pool JJ WEAPONS AA D. Potter AA C. Simpkins AA R. Truskowski AA B. Tucker AR R. Chase SR P. Ciemierek AR A. Garza AR C. Lowery AR R. Slater AR R. Stube AR R. Tharp CW03 J. Keast MMC (DV) E. Gettys AOl (DV) T. Davis AME2 (DV) R. eleven FTCS W. Kowlowski FTMC W. Shear, Jr. FTMl J. Brenneke FTMl J. Piatt FTM2 D. Anderson FTM2 M. Edgecomb FTM2 M. Hanlev FTM2 J. Heyman FTM2 D. Segers FTM2 V. Stroble FTM3 W. Baldwin FTM3 P. Dill 191 WEAPONS FTM:i C. Coble FTM:i T. Grimes KTM.T .J. Lamb F " rM.! S. LaiiKille FTMli T. Miller FTM:i R. Reavis FTM3 R. Roode FTM3 D. Slusher FTM3 J, Szvmialis FTM3 D. Watson FTM:i R. Yesensklv FTMSN P. Boothbv SN R. Lee SN D. ST Onge SN C. Wallace FTMSA .1. (Iribbins SA .1. Shoup r.MM ' 2 M. Caskev (■.MM2 M. Church C.MM2 ). Hall OMMM R. Deitenbeck GMMM T. Harwood CM Mil F. Kanavel CMMii B. Lewis 192 CM MM C. Meeks GMM:1 S. Meoller CMM;! S. Morris (;MM3 I). Rodgers GMT3 T. SItsch WEAPONS GMMSN D. Holland GMMSN D. Johnson GMMSN B. LaJoie GMMSN J. LaJoie GMMSN D. Leatherman GMMSN P. Meehan GMMSN M. Morlock GMMSN T. Peacock GMMSN A. Savcedo SMMSN J. Shaw SMMSN M. Sommers GMMSN W. Tressler SMMSN E. Williams GMMSA G. Baker GMMSA M. Bell GMMSA P. Hicks GMMSA S. Lemonds GMMSA D. Luxemburg GMMSA J. Robertson SMMSA J. Stewart GMTl F. Hofman GMTl T. Quigg GMTl J. Rhodes, Jr. GMTl R. Thurman GMT2 C. Chambless GMT2 J. Newton GMT3 W. Cleaver GMT3 M. Lane GMT3 L. Lvnch, Jr. 193 WEAPONS GMT3 F. Pridgen SK.! K. Russman GMT:i H. Splinter GMT3 J. Unverferth SN R. Cobb OMTSN .1. Guerrero (JMTSN W. UpriRht, Jr. SN S. L. Witlrock SA B. Bouldin SA J. Grice SA B. R. Johanson SA R. Reese CAPT P. Miller II.T R. Haves SGTMA.J A. Roode, Jr. SSGT H. Jones, Jr. SGT P. Innocenzi SGT J. Thomas CPI. B. Bell CPL I). Bilinovirh CPI, R. Brock CPL C, Garcia CPL P. GIvnn CPL S. Harnist CPL J. Howard, Jr. CPL D. Miller CPL M. ReiUv 194 CPL J. Spray WEAPONS CPL C. Springer LCPL C. Baez LCPL J. Barone LCPL W. Bass LCPL V. Bennett LCPL C. Boyle LCPL R. Bruno LCPO J. Castelloe LCPL A. Demarco LCPL M. Dunne LCPL D. Fletz LCPL K. Gable LCPL F. Green LCPL D. Grev LCPL G. Haselde LCPL A. Holmes LCPL W. Jackson LCPL T. Ledbetter LCPL C. Manson. Jr. LCPL R. Maxwell LCPL R. Moody LCPL P. Naumowicz LCPL G. Nunnally LCPL T. Rex LCPL W. Riley LCPL R. Rogers LCPL D. Rusinek LCPL J. Savory LCPL J. Stapleford LCPL R. Snyder, Jr.! 95 WEAPONS LCPL J. Stetes LCPL S. Whiteford PFC L. Black PFC K. Davis PFC L. Jones PFC S. Kippko PFC M. Linden PFC M. Marshall PFC D. Martino PFC R. Martin PFC F. Misa PFC M. Moore PFC C. Myles PFC D. O ' Sluna, Jr. PFC K. Peters PFC J. Prvor PFC C. Roy PFC T. Sherman PFC D. Sims PFC E. Soriano PFC S. Whiteford PFC M. WItherspoon PVT J. Zerbo 196 1 , ; I m ' 197 Commander, Carrier Air Wing SIX Carrier Air Winj; SIX was orifjinal- ly commissioned as Carrier Air Croup SKVP:NTEKN on 1 .laiuiary 194:i at NAS Norfolk. CVC.-17 ijarticipatetl in combat operations in the I ' acilic during World War II against Raliaul, the Ciili)ert Islands. New Ireland. Marshall Island. Truk and the Marian- nas aboard ISS HCNKKK HILL. CVCi-17 ajjain deployed in iy4. " i. this time aboard USS HORNpyi ' and jjarticipated in missions against Ivvo -Jima, Tokyo, Chichi .lima, Okinawa and Kyushu. For actions during World War il, CVCi-17 was awarded two Presidential Unit Citations. CVCi-17 was redesignated as CVB(M7 and CVBC-. " ) Ijelore becom- ing Attack Carrier .Air Wing SIX on 27 -July 194H. In march ol 197(i, Attack Carrier Air Wing SIX became the present Carrier Air Wing SIX. CVW-(5 has made numerous deployments to the Mediterranean aboard a number of ditterent aircraft carriers. In late 19(5 ' 2. CVW-6 participated in the ciuarantine of Cuba aboard CSS KNTKKFKISK and in 19(54. took part in Operation .Sea Orbit aboard USS KNTKRFRISE. This was the famous aroimd the world cruise of the Navy " s three nuclear powered surface ships KNTHRPRISFl, LONC. BKACH and BAINBRIDCE. During Sea Orbit. CVW-G flew 16 fire power demonstrations and six beach i ' lyovers for countries along the route. In 19(1. " ), CVW-(i was assigned to USS AMKRI( ' and participated in her first cruise, a deployment to the Mediterranean. A second cruise aboard AMERICA in 1967, put CVW-6 in the Mediterranean during the Creek Crisis and Mav-.Iune Middle East crisis which culminated in the USS LIBER- TY affair and the Six-Day War. In 1968, (A ' W-6 again deployed aboard AMERICA, this time to .South East Asia for combat operations against North Vietnam. During 112 days of combat operations. Air Wing .SIX dropped more than 18, ()()() tons of ordnance, logged one MICi-21 kill and flew 1 1,081 combat sorties for a total of 22,.592 flight hours. Following their successful combat cruise, CVW-(i and USS AMERICA were both awarded the Navy Unit Commendation. In 19()9. CV ' " W-6 was reassigned to USS FRANKLIN I). ROOSEVELT where it remained until July. 197. ' ). During their Med cruise of 197M, ROOSEVELT and CVW-6 were in the Mediterranean during the Arab-Israeli ' (lm Kippur War. Fnllowing a major overhaul of the ship. ROOSEVELT and CVW-6 again deployed to the Mediterranean in January 197. " ). CVW-() participated in Operation Dawn Patrol, a combined N.ATO coimtry exercise, during late •lune and the .squadrons amassed more then 18,()()() flight hours in 72operatinu davs prior to returning to the United States. USS ROOSEVELT and Air Wing SIX were the 1975 recipients of the Admiral Flatley Safety Award. C ' W-6 was reassigned to U.S.S AMERICA in -July 197. " } and the composition of the Air Wing was changed. VA-I.t and V. ' -87 transi- tioned from the A-7B to the .• -7E and VA-176 traded in their .A-6A ' s for updated A-6E ' s. VF-41 and VF-84 svere replaced by VF-142 and VF-14a flying the F-U.A and VAW-121 was replaced by VAW-124 and their E-2( ' s. CVW-(; also gained two new squadrons. HS-1.) flying SH-.m " s and VS-28 flying the new .S-I5.A. In November, 197 " ), .-Xir Wing SIX deployed aboard I ' SS AMERICA, a newly designated CV, as one of the newest and mightiest CV .Air Wings ever assembled. During the six month Mediterranean cruise, C ' W-H became the ready .Air Wing lor contingency reactions for Operation Fluid Drive and was required to fly air operations for the sea evacuation of Beirut on 19 -June and 27 July 1976. During the Mediterranean cruise, CVW-6 flew a total of 18,()()() hours and participated in four major NATO exercises. .Air Wing SIX and U.SS AMERICA were again recipients ot the Admiral Flatley Safety Award for 1976. .After returning from the Medi- terranean on 2 " ) October 197(), C ' W-() and .Air Wing siiuadron imnu-diately began turn-around training which included a two-week Weapons Deploy- ment to MC.AS uma. .Arizona. Returning to USS .AMERICA in February 1977, the Air Wing began l)re-cruise at-sea workups with Re- iresher Training. Type Training and the Ojjerational Readiness Exercise which was .successfully completed in March. In May. C ' W-6 was a major |)arlicipant in Operation Solid .Shield, a joint exercise conducted on the U.S. East coast designed to test interservice command and control. During June and July, I ' .SS AMERICA and the Air Wing steamed south of the equator to conduct joint ojjerations with the Brazilian .Armed Forces. During the relresher carrier land (jualification phase of the exercises, the Brazilian .Air Force pilots logged over 2(iO arrested landings and the Brazilian naval .Aviators performed over 201) day and night helicopter landings on U.SS .A.MERIC.A. .After spending a week in Rio de Janiero, U.SS AMERICA and C ' W-6 returned to the waters oft the U.S. P ast Coast during .August to participate in Operation COMTUEX. In adciition to provide services for surface units, CVW-6 squadrons participated in an Open Ocean Missile Exercise on the Mobile .Sea Range and conducted valuable live ordinance air-to-ground weapons training on the ' ieques target facility. CVWtf SIX i I I CDR R. F. Ball LCDR S. C. Foltz LCDR R. A. Maier LCDR D. L. Morgan LCDR L. G. Shelton, Jr. LCDR D. C. Wolf LT C. L. Bain LT C. Drossel LT J. M. Hicks LT J. C. Malone LTJG S. H. Morris AVCM D. J. Wolven 199 HS-15 E ■I Oc .)ei (01 K •«■ fo eii ■la ro fii iL SH-3H SEA KING 200 RED LIONS Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron FIFTEEN was commissioned on 29 October 1971 at NAS I.ai ehurst, New Jersey. Its assigned mission was to conduct training to ensure combat readiness of aircraft and (light crews in support of the Sea Control Ship Concept. By the end of December, 1971, the squadron accepted its full allowance oi ' eight SH-3G helicopters. On 20 January 1972, eighty days after commissioning, HS- 15 deployed for the first time on board USS CUAM (LPH-9). This initial 10 day deF)loy- ment was conducted under the auspices of Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force, in support of evaluations of the Sea Control concept. On 20 July 1972, the squadron had its first Change of Command in which Commander William P. Franklin was relieved by Commander Burdell F. Doe, Executive Officer the squadron ' s commissioning. Also on this date, the squadron received its first SH-. ' !H, the Navy ' s newest and most sophisticated anti-submarine helicopter. On 27 July 1973. HS-15 held its second Change of Command when Commander Rurdell F. Doe was relieved by Commander James V. Davis. In early July 1974, HS-15 was administratively chopped from HEL- SEACON Wing One in Norfolk to HS Wing One based in Jacksonville. Florida. At this nesv homeport of Jackson- ville, the squadron performed its third Change of Command on 25 July 1974. Commander James V. Davis was relieved by Commander Kenneth R. McCarty who had served as squadron Executive Officer since September, 1973. On 15 July 1975 — only one day prior to sailing with USS NIMITZ for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — HS-15 held its fourth Change of Command. At this time. Commander William S. Renner relieved the retiring Commander McCarty. During USS AMERICA ' S 1976 cruise, HS-15 was awarded the CNO Safety Award and participated in contingency planning for the civilian evacuation of Lebanon. The squadron traveled south of the equator aboard AMERICA and assisted in the successful training of Brazilian helicopter crews as they practiced landing on the deck of American aircraft carriers. During USS AMERICA ' S 1977-78 cruise, HS-15 once again demonstrated their abilities as plane guard, rescue vehicle and transporter of mail and cargo. 201 HS-15 ( ' L)K ;. Thompson CDR A. (Iranuzzo LCDR R. Barnum LCDR T. Cash LCDR D. Raffetlo LCDR C. Wilson L r P. Blackwood LT T, Blake LT D. Drew LT R, Hughes CAPT L. McWha LT M. Murray I. T B. Pollock LT N. Ross 1 r L. Zimmcr LT.JC K. Connal L ' P.n; n. Crocker LT.H; R. Fox LTJG H. Kircher LT.IG W. McAuliffe LT.JC, .J. Merrill LT.JC. S. Richason LT.JC. .J. Sheehan 202 LTJG J. Thogerson HS-15 CWO M. Gieck Mr. R. Nichols AFCM T. Donnelly ABCM D. Mendenhall ADCS J. Brand AMCS J. Welkenbach ATC G. Brooks AEC L. Chambers AEC R. Gaucher ADC W. KiUgore PNC T. Lee ADC R. Lewis AWC G. Lobdell AMHC A. Monroe AKC R. Winesenson AMSC W. Rav AMSC W. Thompson AOl T. Best AMSl J. Blankenship AWl S. Davis YNl G. S. Decker ADl J. Grim ATI C. Haggins ADl T. Hale AWl R. Harmon ADl J. Miller ATI W, Mitcham AEl W. Schierbaum AEl J. Statham AMHl R. Voisin 203 HS-15 AWl R. Wagner ADl H. VVatkins AD2 R. Bothe AX2 W. Bridges AD2 .1. Brooks AD2 M. Conkin AW2 M. Emerson A02 T. Freeman AD2 J, Haggard AT2 G. Kline AD2 A, Mann AZ2 J. Morris AD2 J. Murrav AW2 K. Nash AT2B. Nelson ™l 204 HS-1.5 AT2 M. Reier AE2 B. Sarchet AX2 G. Stulb AX2 J. Trites AD2 F. White ABH2 W. Walker AT3 L. M. Albano AE3 G. Anspach AD3 T. Berrv AM.i L. Blantz AME3 W. Cocco AE:! G. Cole AMHH E. Crouch ADH W. Davis ATH J. Dugan AD3 K. Fetters AW:i G. F " reeling AE3 R. Gamble AMS3 K. Hand AMH:! M. Harris AD,! J. Heilig PN:i O. Kellv AMH3 I). Laing AD:! T. Lear ASM3 W. Maderski YN3 T. Mannion AW3 C. Mottern AD:i G. Patnubav AX3 T. Purcell AD3 M. Resnik 205 HS-lf AVV3 C. Russell AT.! R. See AW:! H. Sipila AK.i 1). Smith AE3 E. Stanley AZ. ' i D. Stanton AD:! S. Stone AMSH K. Thurow AXU C. VValdron. Jr. AK. ' ! J. VVertman AN .1. Brill AOAN J. Chrismontl AW3 C. Weber AT.-! D. While A03 W. Wisenbailon YN.i .1. Wurth U. M _J AOAN W. Anderson - t AN O. Cockerham AN F. Cnsnahan HN C. Haiighertv 206 AWAN n. Edwards i :: 3 HS-15 AN P. Fabra AN M. Gribble AMSAA K. Hall AWAN T. Haves AN D. Helling AN R. Jones AN R. Knox AOAN J. Lenox AWAN R. Nasco AN D. O ' Brien AN M. Peters AWAN R. Roach AN R. Russell AN R. Schafer AOAN F. Silas AN J. Stoeffler AN 0. Thomas AN S. West AN J. Zevgolis AA J. Antle AA M. Brown AA .). Campfield AA R. Conner AA A. Dionne AA R. Fernandez, Jr. AMHAA S. Judycki AWAA D. Lepper AA K. Myhre AA D. Sherman AA R. Smith 207 n VA-15 I the navv onl oper airci men alG m FIvi: VAl cove m u III I ens; A-7E CORSAIR II 208 VALIONS Attack Squadron Fifteen, one of the oldest attack squadrons in the navy, celebrated their 36th anniversay on 10 January 1978. Since its inception barely a month after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Attack Squadron Fifteen has flown six types of aircrafts and has operated from the decks of 11 different aircraft carriers, making 25 deploy- ments to all parts of the world. Commissioned as Torpedo Squa- dron Four aboard the USS RANGER at Grassy Bay, Bermuda, on 10 January 1942, the squadron saw its first action in North Africa during World War II. Flying the SBD " DAUNTLESS " , the VALIONS participated in OPERA- TION TORCH which includes strikes against enemy aerodromes, capital ships, and submarines, as well as covering the landing forces. In late 1943, VT-4 returned to its homeport in Boston, Massachusetts. In November 1944, the VALIONS were sent to Saipan and were attached to the USS BUNKER HILL {CV-17) engaging in strikes on Leyte and Luzon. Following World War II, VT-4 was deactivated for a short period, but was reformed at Alameda, California in May 1945. After a year of training, VT-4 moved to San Diego and was re- designated Attack Squadron Twenty Four. In 1948, a new system gave Attack Squadron Fifteen the name they hold today, VA-15. In March, 1949, VA-15 moved to Cecil Field and deployed aboard the CORAL SEA, for a sixth-month cruise. In April 1952, the squadron deployed again to the Med aboard the USS WASP. In 1953, they embarked on another Med cruise with the ROO- SEVELT, earning the COMNAVAIR- LANT " E " award for battle efficiency. In 1954, the VALIONS made a world cruise with the MIDWAY. In 1957. The VALIONS deployed with the FORRESTAL to the Med, followed by a NATO cruise for OPERATION STRIKEBACK. In 1958, VA-15 was onboard the USS FORRESTAL for their sixth Mediterranean cruise. In January 1960, they made their seventh. On 14 November 1960, an emer- gency call by President Eisenhower had the VALIONS loading aboard the USS SHANGRI LA. The mission was to act as a Central American deterrant force during rebellious times in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Cuba. VA-15 joined the Sixth Fleet for the 8th time in February 1961 aboard the ROOSEVELT where they earned another Battle Efficiency " E " . Just prior to their 1962 Med Cruise with the ROOSEVELT, VA-15 took the COMNAVAIRLANT award for the second consecutive year. Following a long rest, VA-15 again deployed to the Mediterranean aboard the ROOSEVELT in 1964. On 1 April 1966, VA-15 deployed aboard the USS INTREPID for Southeast Asia. While on station in the Gulf of Tonkin the VALIONS flew 4.777 hours and 2,888 sorties without a combat loss. The squadron logged 4,356 hours and 2,627 sorties aboard the IN- TREPID in May-November 1967 combat operations, most of which were flown over North Vietnam. Since 1969 the VALIONS have made seven Med cruises, and one South American cruise, five of which were aboard the USS ROOSEVELT. 209 VA-15 CDR K. Huehn CDR R. Smith LCDR T. Mitchell LCDR R. Moloney LCDR T. Vogel LT R. Chinienti LT M. Harris LT C. Nolan LT L. Richards LT.IO K. Brown LT.Jf) M. Tiroothousen LTJd J. Hodgkinson LTJG C. Johnston. .Ir. LTJG D. Magnant LTJG J. Sheehan LTJG R. Yakelev KNS P. Gary KNS J. Ihlpwhiir KNS J. MiComh 210 rW02 W Hinkel AVCM R. Lentz AKCS D. Daivs AQCS I). Lower AQCS J. Petritsch VA-15 AMHC D. Doole ADC R. Kukueka AOC W. Kremser AOC S. Locke AMSC C. Moles AZC J. Paul AQC G. Sallee AKC G, Swink YNl G. Alexander ATI E. Bagdonas ATI O. Booher AOl L. Bovd ADl R. Burkett AEl H. Chandler AMSl D. Cleveland AOl B. Cluev ADl L. Criner AEl D. Fries AMSl R. Gordav PR] R. Lange HMl J. Lawton ATI L. Pazzalia AMHl .1. McCurrv ATI M. Pierce NCI R. Bobinson PNl J. Selby AT2 E. Simpson ADl L. Stockes AMEl R. Tobias ADl R. Whitehurst •211 VA-15 AQl K. Wydra AMSli C. Adams AMH2 K. Barrinjjton AMK2 .1. Camardo PR2 B. Conaiser AKJ -J. Kciquilans; AT2 S. Franklin AT2 A. Healy AMS2 G. Humrichouser AE2 D. Oenagy A02 A. Maner AT2 A. Martinez A02 I). M.itt AMK2 D. I ' riiltitt AD2 ( " . Shain 212 VA-15 AQ2 VV. Thorsen MS2 R. Tingin AE ' 2 A. Wilson AE2 S. Rodgers AZ2 D. West AE3 G. Arroyc AD3 B. Bartkiewicz A03 B. Best AE3 A. Bewick AX3 J. Brown AEAN M. Campbell ET3 K. Cathcart AE3 R. Collins YN3 G. Coston AT3 S. Crockett I 213 VA-15 YN. ' i J. Curtis AQU R. Dykes AO;t .J. Fickes AE3 J. Forbes AO.! D. Hall AD3 K. Johnson AT3 W. .loyner AD3 W. Kamp AQ3 J. Lepinski AE3 C. Litteral HM3 a. Mixon AK3 M. I ' eterson AMS:! B. Hoot A lH:i .1. Templelon ATH I). Tvliitki A03 C. Woodall AN K, Rerser AKAN M. Hiuklcv AUAN W. Dalfin ADAN F. Dellacoma AN M. Knulfman AN C. Kvclvn AN K. Fuitz AQAN (;. (loodin AMSAN M. Criflilh ATAN T. Hammond AN Ct. Hralon AtJAN S. Hurl ARAN W, I.iebnilzkv 214 AOAN .1. MannuiK VA-15 A ' , 1 . ..... i ■ ' I PRAN M. Snawder AN B. Watkins AMEAN F. Navarro ADAA S. Behling AA S. Berber AA G. Bvgerg AMEAA ' M. Jones AMEAA T. Madill AOAA G. Nelson AA P. Rodriguez AOAA F. Smith AZAA A. Szabo, Jr. ADAA M. Vandevelde AR A. Badalativl AR P. Camardo AR P. Cooper AR L. Knox AR V. McCollum AR L. Miller AR R. Rivers AR A. Shoemaker 215 « lid llie S-3A VIKING m ss« it R-: Hi i[V! put ' A1 F« iipfi Caii iiG 111 216 WORLD FAMOUS HUKKERS 1 1 K AIR ANTISUBMARINE SQUA- DRON TWENTY-EIGHT (VS-28) was commissioned 1 June 1960 at the United States Naval Air Station, Quonset Point, Rhode Island. The squadron constitutes a sea-based, all weather, day or night response force tailored to counter the growing threat of the enemy submarine. VS-28 is staffed by a team of professional ASW men who support and fly the Lockheed S-3A VIKING. The S-3A is a self-sufficient package that is able to detect, localize, track, and if necessary, destroy an enemy submarine. In an age of automated and supersonic weaponry, the S-3A, with its crew of four, remains an effective and essential tool in the Navy ' s anti- submarine forces. In the first ten years of operation, VS-28 was embarked aboard USS WASP (CVS-18) and USS INTREPID (CVS- 11) for a total of :?2 months participating in numerous ASW and NATO operations in the Caribbean, North Atlantic and Mediterranean. VS-28 earned its nickname, " World Famous Hukkers " , by its success in operating as part of those " Hunter- Killer " task groups. VS-28 was on station in the Caribbean during the 1960 crisis period in Guatemala, as well as in 1962 as part of the quarantine of Cuba. The Squadron also provided surveillance services for Project Mercury launches and the recovery of four spacecraft in the Gemini series. In 1971, VS-28 was selected to evaluate the All-Purpose Carrier (CV) Concept aboard USS SARATOGA (CV-60) as part of Carrier Air Wing THREE. Tests and exercises were conducted throughout the summer in the Mediterranean Sea. In 1967, VS-28 began the ac- cumulation of an impressive number of awards and citations with the receipt of the " E " for Excellence in Combat Rediness from Commander Naval Air Force, Atlantic Fleet (COMNAVAIR- LANT). In the same year, the Squa- dron was presented with the Arnold Jay Isbei Award from COMNAVAIR- LANT and in 1970 the Squadron earned the Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award. In December 1971, VS-28 was again awarded the Isbel Trophy for ASW operations aboard SARATOGA and in 1972 received their second CNO Safety Award. In June 1973, VS-28 deployed to the Mediterranean aboard USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) to further evaluate the CV concept. The Squa- dron was also land based for a short period of time at NA VDET Souda Bay, Crete. On 18 January 1974, Air Anti- submarine Squadron TWENTY- EIGHT moved to their new home port at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida. The Squadron transitioned to the S-3A VIKING during 1974 and the first part of 1975. Upon completing S-3A transition training, the Squadron was assigned to Carrier Air Wing SIX aboard USS AMERICA (CV-66). The Squadron deployed as a part of CVW-6 aboard USS AMERICA on April 15 1976 for a six month Mediterranean cruise. The 1976 deployment was highlighted by participation in the evacuation of Lebanon and numerous major fleet exercises such as Open Gate, National Week and Display Determination. In June and July of 1977 the Squadron participated in " Operation Quickdraw 77 " which was conducted off the coast of South America and included elements of the Brazilian Navy and Air Force: and COMPTUEX 5-77, a multiple surface and subsurface unit exercise in the Caribbean. During COMTUEX, VS-28 completed the flrst Quality Assurance Service Test (QAST) for nuclear weapons in the S-3A VIKING. The Squadron recently completed a second Med cruise aboard USS AMERICA. On September 12 1977. Air Antisubmarine Squadron TWENTY- EIGHT marked 15 years of operational flight without an aviation accident, representing a record achievement for Atlantic Fleet carrier based squadrons. In those years, the Squadron ac- cumulated over 55,000 flight hours and 11,999 carrier landings. 217 Vs-28 COR .1. Austin CDR .1. ( " .ocidman LCDR R. Brough LCDR K. Longewav LCDR M. Loy I.rnR .1. Martin LCDR H. Shackelford LCDR A. Wittig LT K. Brooks LT M. Charles LT C. Dodd LT J. Falkner LT P. Farmer LT T. Ford LT F. C.arrick LT L. (loreham LT K. Cross LT .1. lisager LT T. Lee LT T. McKee LT J. Milanette LT R. Rutherford LT A. Sack 218 LT C. Sandel VS-28 r LT D. Spannagel LT E. Watson LTJG J. Bente LTJG T. Campobasso LTJG B. Foerster LTJG M. Quiglev LTJG K. Locklear LTJG G. Mullen LTJG D. Samraons LTJG B. Smith LTJG D. Stone ENS M. Barbee ENS J. Hart ENS S. Rogers CW02 W. Scott MR A. Dinnel AFCM R. Currv ATCS W. Colder ADCS J. Jarrett AMCS C. Williams AXC M. Benner PNC J. Burski ADC E. Cook AOC J. Corbett ADC D. Erwin ADC R. Kimball AWC J. Roper AMSl S. Bowers AOl K. Burk ADl R. Camacho 219 VS-28 AKl P. Carroll PN ' l V. Carter AKl D. Chase MSI T. Cirilo SMSI L. Cool AZl L. Donaldson ADl R. Gaither AMKl R. Gref I ' Hl J. Gossett AXl G. Hall AZl B. Kennedy BMl VV. Kennedy AEl R. Lewis ATI .1. Morgan AOl D. Neitermayer AXl J. Niemershien ADl R, Obenauer AWl I,. Walker YNl R. Wilcox AMHl J. Willis AE2 C. Allen 220 VS-28 AMH2 A. Armenia AD2 R. Baker AE2 D. Bean ABH2 J. Brown AT2 B. Carter AW2 C. Coleburn AD2 R. Davis AW2 J. Demello AD2 J. Higgins AW2 J. Kaniecki AT2 K. Krostosky AE2 A. Lavton AMH2 C. Leadley AT2 A. Mayotte AMS2 .1. MacKenzie AX2 D. Morrison AME2 H. Newton PN2 R. Provost AME2 G. Reupke AE2 M. Rowley AX2 M. Seamon YN2 C. Smith AE2 T. Stephlet AZ2 M. Stracener AMS2 J. Vogt AT2 J. Weigle AX2 V. Wieniewitz AX2 M. Wood AXU J. Alexander AT3 J. Amnions 221 VS-28 PN:i K. Applebv AMH.t C. Arnold AT.i M. Baum, Sr. ASE3 T. Bertouille AT3 R. Brvant AM;i H. Byfield AX3 L. Cherry AMSH C. Coker AMS. ' i T. Colev HM3 T. Egan A03 .). Flores AME:i E. C.oforth AE.i K. Cionzalez ADS T. r.()ssell AMH:i H. C.reene PR3 F. Haas AW3 I). H.)kens(.n AEM T. Horvath YN3 S.Kritsonis ADM T. Lee AMHH B. Lemmon AMHH (;. Lewis ATM D. Logan AD.! J. Lovell DK:t D. Neal AW3 C. ReiH AE3 L. Rothwell. .Ir AO:l ( ' ,. Roy AK3 S. Sanchez 222 AE3 V. Shelton VS-28 AT3 D. Showalter AME3 B. Smith AK3 R. Stampa AMH3 M. Stevenson AMH3 R. Stewart AD3 D. Thompson AD3 P. Tomlinson AMSAN S. Adams ATAN J. Beall AMEAN K. Border AMMAN E. Behnke ADAN A. Berry AXAN M. Biscotti AN E. Britt AXAN S. Burnett AMSAN C. Cremona ATAN A. Diamond AN T. Dozier AWAN F. Eldred. Jr. AN M. Epstein 223 VS-28 AWAA T. Billings AS G. Cabrera ADAA L. Carnago ATAA T. Crane AA W. Daniell B AMSAA J. Dannaldson ADAN J. Decker AA D. Fry ADAA L. Gabriel, Jr. AA J. Hamm, Jr. AA A. Kirkendall AMSAA T. Maddox A A M. Magpusao AEAA R. McMahan ATAA T. Meszaros AA M. Scott YNSA T. Spooner ADAA J. Spriet ADAA R. Suarez AMSAA A. Thompson AA R. VanSice SR E. Armstrong SR. R. Delano AR F. Forcucci AR D. Guibord 224 SR. M. Rummelhart ( VS-28 PRAN D. Folkvord AN J. Frampton ATAN B. Franks AMHAN R. Gilliland AMMAN F. Griggs AN M. Groner AXAN M. Hedge AMHAN A. Jackson AMHAN D. LaClair ATAN C. Massey AN T. Maston AEAN R. McElvaney AEAN D. McFarlene AMSAN K. McPherson AN F. Navarro, Jr. AMHAN L. Pace ATAN G. Paige AWAN C. Petersen DKSN M. Rector AN J. Rice AOAN R, Robinson AWAN S. Rocks AWAN R. Saul ATAN J. Settle, Jr. ATAN D. Sipe AOAN J. Snoboda AWAN D. Stoddard ADAN J. Travis AOAN G. Woodruff AA M. Baker 225 L le M v l B yi l M i 1 N AV Y Hj RF-8G CRUSADER VFP-63, Detachment 5 Light Photographic Squadron Sixty-three (VFF-6;i) is based at Naval Air Station Miramar, San Diego, California. The Squadron consists of the shore based parent command and five detachments which deploy to both East and West coast carriers. Flying the RF-8(1 CRU- SADER, the mission of VFP-63 is to provide aerial photography and aerial photographic intelligence in support of fleet operations. Light Photographic Squadron Sixty-three, Detachment five ( ' FP-(i.S UET 5) was officially formed on G July 1971. The normal complement of the detachment is five officers (4 pilots and 1 photo intelligence officer) and approximately 4. ' enlisted personnel. The detachment first deployed on 12 November 1971 aboard USS CORAL SEA (CVA-43), completing three WestPac deployments aboard the carrier. During its final deploy- ment aboard CORAL SEA, DET 5 played a important role in the rescue of the merchant shi|) MAV.AOL ' EZ by providing photographic reconnais- sance of the Cambodian mainland and of Koh Tang island. Reassigned to CVW-6 aboard I ' SS AMERICA (C ' -6HI. the deta chment embarked on its first Mediterranean depK)ymeni in April, 1976. The squadron is com- manded by CDR D. L. SCHNEIDER and the officer-in-charge of DET 5 is LCDR. G. C PAIGE. 226 .CDR G. Paige I.T B. ( ' .abler I.T E. Gregorv LT C. MrMullin ENS S. Knapke VFP-63 f ISC R. Krause AMSC H. Mitchell AMSC J. Wright ADl R. Barnhart ADl G. Goff AMEl M. Martin AEl C. Monforf ADl R. Quinn IS2 S. Allen AE ' 2 F. Aranda AK2 R. Banila PNJ P. Blunt AMH2 R. Knight AZ2 R. Mason YN2 R. McClain PH2 L. McNair AT2 R. Moulden AT2 R. Nalevanko AME2 M. Wuesthoff Am R. Collin AE3 A. Garcia AE3 W. Miller, Jr. AE3 D. Schubert PR3 R. Smith AE3 N. Voigt AN L. Cunningham AN W. Dennehv ATAN R. Fischer AN J. Lach AA L. Benns 227 VA-87 A-7E CORSAIR II 228 GOLDEN WARRIORS ' II The A-7E Corsair II, designed and produced for the Navy by LTV Aerospace Corporation ' s Vought Division, is the most accurate single- seat, light attack aircraft in the world today. Specifically configured for close air support and interdiction missions, the A-7E features all outstanding characteristics of earlier Corsair II models — low altitude maneuverabili- ty, loiter time on station up to two hours and extended range capability, inflight refueling, ease of maintenance and a combat-proven, highly accurate navigation weapons delivery system (NWDS). The fully-integrated NWDS includes a central digital computer. LTV Aerospace delivered the first A-7E to the Navy in June 1969. It was equiped with Doppler, forward-looking radar, heads up display (HUD), projected map display, inertial measur- ement set, armament station control unit and an air data computer. The aircraft can sustain 5G turns at 45n knots (8:14 km hr) with 60 percent fuel, 1,000 rounds ot ammuni- tion and two Sidewinder missiles. The A-7E operates with equal ease from land bases and aircraft carrier decks. Ordnance loads up to 15,000 pounds (6,800 kg) are carried on six wing pylons and two fuselage missile stations. A rapid-firing M-61 20nim cannon provides self-|)r()tecti()n. The A-F was first flown in combat in May, 1970 and was proven to be a formidable threat to enemy supply lines, while accurately supporting friendlv troops on the tactical batt- lefield. " DIMENSIONS: Span: ;?8.7a ft; Length: 46.13 ft; Height: 16.06 ft; Wing Area: 375 sq. ft. WEIGHT: Empty: 18,546 lb; max- iminn fuel 18,333 lbs; combat weight: 29,575 lbs. ARAMENT: One m-61 20mm 4-6000 R.P.M.. capacity: 1000 rounds. Combination of rockets, bombs, mines, flares, etc up to 15,000 lbs. RANGE]: Normal mission radius 500 miles CEILING: 40,000 ft. 229 VA-87 CDR W. Catlett CDR L. Dunton. Ill LCDR R. Karris LCDR [). Weiss LT R. Christensen LT S. Goad LT R. Owen LT V. Rodgers LT M. VV ' oolev LTJG D. Bryan LTJG K. Kelly LUJG C. Hammond, Jr. LTJG G. Jones LTJG M. Moffit LTJG L. Smith LTJG R. Temple ENS M. Anderson ENS J. Werner CWO:t J. Howard AFCM J. McQiiaide ADCS G. Cahee AMCS R, Carr ADCS J, Parker 2:K1 AMHG J. Baltzlev f h W ' ■ ■ " , VA-87 ATC D. Brvan AWC C. Cowan ADC L. Edgar AQC J. Ethridge AMEC J. Helm AEC J. Horner AMSC A. Perras AZl K. Batchelder AMEl C. Browder PRl S. Chapman ATI L. Curtis HMl R. Cruz AOl J. Dalrvmple ATI J. Dunn ADl V. Escalona AMSl R. Fox ATI J. French AEl R. Griffin AMEl P. Masse AEl N. Miller K. Foley 231 VA-87 PNl (!. ()leKari .. Jr. AKl B. Pair AKl O. Ricks AOl K. Schukraft AMHl P. Sheaffer ADl n. Sousa AMHl R. Smith ADl C. Stniud AKl R. Van Meter AQl J. Whited AQl R. Zilliox AZ2 R. Anthonv AT2 P. Brailhwaite AT2 .1. Breiva PN2 R. Caro AD2 A. Cate PN2 VV. Cartwright AT2 I.. Hailing AK2 I). Hard AZ2 C. Morrison AMH2 K. Motsenbacker AE2 .1. Pridemore A(j2 A. Reed A02 L. Rodgers A02 L. Voller AK2 R Willen AT.! R. Kahr. .Ir AMH:i R. Brndshaw MSM .1. Campbell 2.12 A(j:( K Branm.n VA-87 AT3 R. Castleberrv AMS3 R. DuBois AQ3 R. Forshee AD3 D. Hammond AMH3 J. Johnson PR3 J. Kaasa AMS3 R. Leypoldt AMS3 H. Lowman AE3 .1. Plumley AT3 K. Renner AE3 P. Sheard AE3 M. Slade AE3 E. Steele AE3 V. Thomas AD3 B. Wilhelm AQ3 E. Wilkes AMSAN J. Barger AN D. Bass PRAN T. Beavers AMHAN B Berkehiie ADAN D. Brown 233 VA-87 AMEAN S. Campbell AMSAN K. Collins AEAN B. C.irhin. .Ir. AN I ' . Curtis ADAN M. Klemins AOAN P. Korester AMSAN R. Gardner AKAN E. Kelly AMSAN (1. Lawrence ADAN D. Loglia AN J? Moody AEAN l{. Moore ADAN .1. Morrow AOAN D. Mover ATAN D. Olmste.id AN T. Orr ADAN A. Pachelo AMEAN R. I ' elletier AEAN R. Pressley AMEAN J. Sims TM VA-87 AMHAN V. Watkins AN J. Wright AKAA R. Bergeron AA P. Cordero AA D. Garrett AMHAA A. Hartford ATAA J. Long AA C. Lusk AA E. Maxey AA E. McFerrin AA L. W, Moore AEAA R. Morrow AOAA J. Nelson AMSAA M. Nutley ATAA J. Rauco AMHAA V. Richmond AEAA J. Stamper AR R. Pierce AR D. Sandore AR L. Widmar 235 236 I BULLSEYE HUMMERS i Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONP] HUNDRP]!) TWP:N- TY FOUR is a major element of the airborne early warning (AEW) forces of the U. S. Navy. P ' lying the E-2r " Hawkeye, " the squadron demon- strates its versatility in performing its missions of airborne early warning, data link reporting, interceptor control, strike control and search and I rescue missions. The airborne early warning capability of the Hawkeye evolved from the modest beginning of AEW during World War II. Aircraft which pioneered the development of carrier- based AEW were the TBM-HW " Avenger " and the AD-oW " Skyraider. " Its immediate predeces- sor was the E-IB " Tracer " aircraft. Since the formation of VAW-2 on (i July 1948 at the Naval Air Station. Quonset Point, the VAW community has grown rapidly in scope and has become of paramount importance as weaponry and aircraft have increased in speed, range and destructivene.ss. This increased growth led to the expansion of VAW-2 into VAW- 12, the largest carrier based squadron on the East Coast. VAW- 124 was commissioned on 1 September 1967 during the fleet-wide reorganization of the VAW-12 struc- ture. The functional Wing, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Wing TWELVE, was established and VAW- 124 was the first East Coast E-2A squadron to he formed without having previously existed as a detach- ment of the original VAW-12. In early January 1968, VAW- 124. nicknamed the " BLILLSEYE HUM- MERS " was assigned to Attack Carrier Air Wing SEVEN and four months later deployed aboard USS IN- DEPENDENCE (CVA-62) for a Mediterranean cruise with the Sixth F ' leet. After nine months in the Mediterranean and participating in seven major Sixth PMeet and NATO exercises, VAW- 124 returned to Norfolk, X ' irginia. In January 1970, VAW- 124 was assigned to Attack Carrier Air Wing NINE aboard USS AMERICA (CVA-66) and deployed for Southeast Asia on 10 April 1970. Upon arrival on 26 May 1970, via the South Atlantic and Indian Ocean, the BULLSEYE HUMMERS commenced its first SF ASIA operation on Yankee Station. The Squadron remained in SEASIA until November and returned to NAS Norfolk after completion of an around-the world cruise. In January 1971, VAW- 124 became part of Attack ( arrier Air Wing EICiHT and commenced type training in April 1971 in preparation for a Mediterranean deployment with the newly modified E-2B. VAW- 124 deployed to the Mediterranean Sea aboard USS AMERK A on 6 July 1971. Following extensive operations in the Eastern and Western Mediterranean. the squadron returned to Norfolk. On 5 June 1972, VAW-124 departed with AMERICA for an extended Western Pacific cruise. After seven line periods and 147 combat days, ' AW-124 was present in the Cult of Tonkin when the Vietnam peace agreement was signed on 28 January 1973. Departing NAS Norfolk on 3 January 1974 for its third Mediterran- ean cruise, VAW 124 was well prepared to demonstrate the value of the E-2 s(|uadron. .Squadron assets were utilized effectively for radio relay, providing Tactical Data System information and " Hummer Controlled AjJijroaches. " Overall, many improved concepts of ATDS employment were refined. At the end of fiscal year 1974, ' .- W-124 was recognized for 42 months of accident-free operations. When U.SS AMERICA and her squadrons returned to Norfolk, Virginia on 3 August 1974. VAW- 124 closed out its F1-2B history and commenced transition training for the E-2C. When the squadron ' s first E-2C aircraft ws received. VAW-124 began preparation for still another Medi- terranean deployment. On 27 July 1975. VAW-124 joined in forming Attack Carrier .Air Wing SIX. As part of the CVW-6 team, the BULLSYE HUMMERS completed their fourth Mediterranean deploy- ment in October of 1976. 237 VAW-124 CDR J. Condon CUR .}. Slaughter irDR H. C.ohmann LCDR K. Heames LCDR D. Walker LT J. Major I.T D. Muehlen LT B. Murphv LT R. Ross LTJG R. Fuhrman LT.JG H. Jarrett LT.K; .1. Jonas LT.ir. .1. Ledvard LT.K; U. Mullis LT.ir. P. Shaw LT.K; K. Shellev LT.IC, K. VVyke KNS .1. Anderson KNS P I ritiilskv ENS L. Virgallito CVV04 r. Tarter AVCM R. Martin ADC T. Harden AOC B. Harlen 2.(8 VAW-124 ADC A. Martin AEC G. Quam AKl A. Baladad AEl D. Bickford AMHl C. Blair AMHl F. Coleman AEl D. Culver YNl J. Keenan ADl W. Lewis ATI D. Miller AMEl J. Mooring AMSl C. Nelson, Jr. AMHl D. Park ATI G. Richard AZl R. Ricketson AEl D. Schliep BMl H. Thomas PNl L. Walton ADl R. Williams AD2 J. Aanensen AT2 P. Belay AT2 D. Brown AT2 D. Clark AT2 B. Dean AE2 D. Dicenso AMS2 M. Duffy AT2 R. Gengenbach AMS2 B. Hughes AM2 N. Magtibay AT2 L. Maier 239 VAW-124 AT2 C. Norton AD2 V. Patterson AT2 C. Powers AMSli T. Armstrong AD;} J. Baillargeon AT.! B. Black AT.! W. Britton AT.i A. Brvant AT.i K. Bryant YN.i H. Cunningham An:i M. Donoho AT.) ,]. Hackman AT.) R. Harbuck AT.) ( " i. Hernandez at;) O. Jones, Jr. AD;) A. Malone AT:) D. Miller AMH.) I). Natale AMH.) H. Noll AMS3 J. I ' arris AZ.) I). S.-huler AK.) K. Shrfwshory AMH.t M. .Silverhorn AMH:) T. Simning AT2 B. Speilman AT:) J. Spiller AO;) R. Strange AMH:) K. Woodrum AMSN D, Alvarez 240 AZAN B. Bungay VAW-124 m " ■ Hi I AMSAN R. Copeland ADAN D. Cote AN R. Crevier ADAN D. Dasilva PNSN T. Driscoll PRAN M. Edwards AN M. Fernandez AKAN W. Fuller, Jr. AMSAN F. German AMEAN D. Girard AZAN T. Giuchici AEAN C. Hench ATAN R. Hoffman AMEAN J. Keating AMEAN S. Lugtu ADAN A. McCrarv AEAN R. Nolan, III ATAN R. O ' Neal ATAN O. A. Pender AEAN M. Ryan AMEAN D. Wisber AMHAA D. Borst ATAA R. B. Carter AA H. Gates SA J. Moore AMSAA J. Van Acker AR T. Abbey AA L. Etheridge AR J. Rogers 241 242 . ROOKS Tactical Electronic Warfare Squa- dron ONE THIRTY SEVEN was commissioned 14 December 1973 and tasked with providing the United States fleet with state-of-the-art electronic warfare support for strike aircraft, ships and ground forces. The squadron has deployed to the Western Pacific where it provided continuous support during the 1975 evacuation of Saigon and to the Mediterranean where it provided electronic warfare support for the 1976 evacuation of Beirut, Lebanon. CDR R. M. McDIVITT, the squadron ' s first Commanding Officer, saw the " ROOKS " through their first build-ups and qualification aboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65). He was relieved by CDR J. K. C.LYUM on 2 ' A November 1974 while the ship was dei loyed to the Western Pacific and at anchor in the harbor of Hong Kong. During the ENTERPRISE cruise, VAQ-137 was twice recipient of the " Golden Tailhook " award for carrier aviation excellence, was able to contribute its specialized knowledge towards Carrier Air Wing FOUR- TEEN ' s tactics formulation and is justifiably proud of its non-stop support efforts during Operation Frequent Wind, the earlier mentioned evacuation of Saigon. The squadron returned to its homeport, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in May 197.5 and succeed- ed in winning the " (lolden Prowler " award, symbolic of the Navy ' s finest EA-6B squadron, during the Prowler Stream, intra-conununity professional competitive exercises. In November 1975, word was received of the squadron ' s assignment to Carrier Air Wing SIX aboard USS AMERICA (CV-66). In less than two weeks, a detachment of ROOKS was aboard AMERICA for aircrew carrier qualification and integration into the new air wing. On 19 December 1975, CDR George Miller assumed command of the ROOKS and the squadron ' s efforts were directed towards preparation for a Mediterranean deployment. Following initial qualification and readiness examinations, the six-month AMERICA cruise saw VAQ-187 utilized in a stand-off role during the evacuation of Beirut, as the air wing expert on electronic countermeasures tactics and as an active support arm during " Display Determination, " a lOO-ship, six nation NATO exercise. During the cruise, a ROOK aircraft also succeeded in obtaining the U.S. Navy ' s first photographs of the Soviet KIEV class aircraft carrier and its embarked VSTOL fighter aircraft. On 1 March 1977. CDR Ralph F. DeWALT assumed the duties of commanding officer in ceremonies at NAS Whidbey Island. VAQ-187 has since directed its efforts towards preparation for a second Mediterranean deployment aboard USS AMERICA. The squadron is presently complemented by over 180 officers, enlisted technician and administrative personnel. During the remainder of 1977 it well be tasked according to the demands placed upon USS AMERICA when deployed and Commander, Medium Attack Tactical Electronic Warfare Eing, U.S. Pacific Fleet, when operating from NAS Whidbv Island. 243 VAQ-137 CDR R. DeVValt CDR R. Sullivan LCDR C. Bruce LCDR R. Harrison LCDR J. Kennedy LCDR L. McClothlin LCDR J. Moore LCDR .1. Nichol LT D. Fandrei LT R. Smith LT T. Tiernay i LTJG C. Camealy ■■ L ' rj(j T. (jarnder LTJG C. Haas L ' I ' .K; •). Hulsey LTJG T. Plunketl LTJG J. Talarskv KNS W. Crouch CWOM D. Baker 244 ATCS J. Payne AKCS VV. Reid ADC J. K(« 7.er ATC J. Bridges ATC D. Clark S-J VAQ-137 I n ii 1 wi " M -i i, tL II ATC D. Creamer ADC V. Foor AEC L. Hale AEC G. Hart ADC N. Jones AMSC J. Louden CPO J. Higgles AMSC E. Weaver AMSl D. Anderson AEl J. Artz ABHl R. Blake ADl M. Brewer, .Ir. ATI J. Burnev AMSl L. Clark AMEl S. Davis ADl J. Eidemiller AMSl R. Findlay AZl W. Freeman AMHl D. Fox ADl P. Garrett PNl J. Gasch YNl D. Gist ATI D. Guernsey AMSl R. Lyman, AEl R. Osland ATI T. Rogers AMHl F. Seper AEl A. Southard .ATI R. Weidler AMHl T Westlund 24,5 VAQ-137 ATI .J. White ATI M. Wujcik ADl C.Zurniih AT2 W, Bieleleld PR2 P. Calvert AR2 R. Claire ATi J. Coe AK2 E. Cruz AT2 ( ' .. Daigle AQ2 D. Faulkner AT2 C. Francis AT2 VV. Oarner AE2 J. Ciarrison AD2 R. Cues AT2 R, Mine AMH2 F. Joquiana AD2 D. Lee AE2 K. Martin AZ2 M. McC.lumphy AT2 n. Mclntvre 246 AT2 .). Rivers VAQ-137 AT2 D. Schlipf AT2 J. Spence HM2 J. Statkus AT2 C. Sweney AD2 D. Thaves AT2 R. Tripoli AT2 L. Zakinii AT2 A. Zangara PN2 M. Zellmer AMHH K. Barber MS3 E. Barrett ad:! N. Bills AMH3 P. Bonar An:! B. Bridgewater AE:! S. Carlson AMH3 C. Castillo AT:! D. Christenson AMS3 W. Coward AT:! R. Croan AOH R. Darnall AE:! I. Drakulich AMS:! M. Kalvey at:! p. C.earhart at:! p. Ceiser AZ:! J. Gifford at:! .J. Granly AD:! ' . C.reenfield AMS:! D. C.uenzler YN:i K. Haddenham AMH:! A. Hancovsky VAQ-lUT AMS:i L. Harris AT:) V. Hoover PR3 R. .lackson AO:i (I. Kollman AT.} G. Lavallee ATA R. May ADH T. McBride AK.f H. Muirhead AMK:i P. Mullins ATS J. Nagv ATS .1. Nielsen ATS M. Nitzel ADS R. Nollan ADS A. Nord. -Ir. AES T. Phiibeck A__ MH VAQ-137 AZ3 R. A. Phillips ATS G. Peols AME3 C. Ritchie A03 D. Sargent ATS C. Schramm ATS B. Smith ATS R. Stone ATS R. Taitano PN3 M. Wahl AT3 L. Wansley ATS R. VVenzel ADS A. Wheless ATS T. Zehr AMSAN I.. Alsup AMHAN R. Armstrong . i 249 VAQ-137 ATAN -1. Anderson AM KAN T. Berge AMHAN N. Bovden. .Jr. AMKAN R. Diefert ARAN L. Fuller AMHAN M. Harrison ASMAN I). Holland AKAN T. Hoopes ADAN I). Howland AMSAN J. Hulbert ATAN K. Lavere. Jr. AMSAN M. LeVeck AN D. LeWellen PNSN K. I.ockwood AN I). I.vither AE3 I. Mackee AN L. Marin AOAN W. McClradv ATAN R. Newhard 250 PNSN R. Page AN V. Pierce VAQ-137 ATAN J. Ross AMSAN M. Rumsey AZAN V. Simmons AN R. Skinner AN C. Summers, Jr. AN P. Thime AEAA E. Champnev MSSA D. Gebhart ' AA L. Grisham AA T. Jett AA R. Sperrv AMSAA A. Othe AR E. Allen SR R Cramer SR K. Daniels AR N. Dulduiao AR D. Jones AR M Sanders Mr E. Kabarrubias 251 F-MA TOMCAT 252 GHOSTRIDERS f The " Ghostriders " were originally commissioned in the summer of 1948 at NAS Alameda, California as Fighter Squadron One Ninety-Three flying the F8F " Bearcat " . In 1950, the squadron transitioned to the F4U " Corsair " and made its first Korean cruise with CVW-19 aboard the USS PRINCE- TON, providing air support to the United Nations ground forces and attacking various enemy ground transportation targets. The squadron made a second combat cruise aboard the USS PRINCETON in 1952, during which it received the Korean Presiden- tial Unit Citation. In 1953, VF-193 reformed with CVW-19 at Moffett Field, California nying the F2H " BANSHEE " , and won the Battle Efficiency " E " during 1954. Following two deployments and a transition to the F3H " DEMON " in 1957 , came an award for Aviation Safety and Ground Safety for 1956. In 1958, while embarl ed aboard the USS BON HOMME RICHARD to WESTPAC, -VF-193 became the first operational fleet squadron to success- fully destroy a target drone with the Sparrow III missile system. VF-193 returned to NAS Alameda and was awarded the CNO Safety Award for 1959. In 1960, the squadron received the Battle Excellence Pennant, and deployed aboard the BON HOMME RICHARD later that year. They also won the Air Group Nineteen Safety Award for 1961. It was in 1963 that the squadron shifted to the F-4B " Phan- tom " and was redesignated " Fighting 142 " . In 1964, on the USS CONSTEL- LATION, the squadron received awards for professionalism in combat. VF-142 made her second Vietman combat tour aboard the RANGFIR in 1965, amassing over 2500 combat hours with the distinction of making the first successful strike against a MIG-17 for the squadron. Following the cruise, they were awarded their second Navy Unit Commendation and another Battle Efficiency " E " . In 1969, the " Ghostriders " transi- tioned from the F-4B to the F-4J, and deployed to the Western Pacific onboard the CONSTELLATION. Another Battle Efficiency " E " was awarded them upon return. In 1971, the squadron deployed on its sixth Vietnam combat cruise aboard the USS ENTERPRISE. In 1972, VF-142 made its seventh Vietnam deployment and in early 1973 flew continuous strike missions and were engaged in intense combat operations until the cessation of hostilities on 24 January 1973. In September of 1973, VF-142 flew twelve aircraft to the East Coast to begin carrier qualification onboard the USS AMERICA in preparation for its first peacetime cruise in 10 years. In 1974, they transitioned to the F-14A " TOMCAT " . In April 1975, the " Ghostriders " changed home ports from NAS Miramar to NAS Oceana, Virginia, and three major cruises with the AMER- ICA 253 VF-142 CDR R. McFillen CDR F. Lewis LCDR J. Cook LCDR P. Cruser LCDR .1. .Johnson LCDR J. Mvrick LCDR A. Rucker LCDR J. Seddon LT K. Baker LT S. Brown LT C. Bueker LT J. Gilbert LT G. Grehawick LT M. Jones LT .1. M Henrv LT K. SlaybauKh LT D. Snodtjrass LT L. Stampe, Jr. LT J. White ■Zr,4 LTJG R. Douglas LTJG J. Hart LTJG R. Lindsay LTJG D. Smith LTJG S. Smith VF-142 . iSi " i i J LTJG G. VanDuyne ENS G. Mansfield CW02 S. Patchin AVCM S. Jaworski AVCM J. Robertson AQCS B. Vivian, Jr. AOC T. Chapman AMHC G. Haman AQC W. Lucas ATC R. Scales AMEC K. Schmidt ADC .1. Strandridge ADC B. Tabor NCI P. Berryman MSI A. DeVera AMSl C. Hood ATI R. Palmer AMSl D. Puckett AMSl C. Markus AZl P. Minnix PNl D. Sharp BMl D. Walker ADl J. Wilson YNl B. Abston AK2 R. Burrell AZ2 K. Copeland AE2 H. Elliott AMH2 J. Garcia AT2 G. Hilton YN2 R. Hutton 255 VF-I42 AMH2 P. Karlson AMH- ' K. Larson AK ' 2 R. Mahoney MS2 K. Maneja AMH2 C. Marlow AT2 B. Morris AQ2 A. Reitemever AT2 M. Ritcher AK2 M. Storer PR2 B. Ulerick AD2 J. Aldrich AD2 V. rirUh An2 I). Wilkinson AME2 R. Wisotzkfv MS3 M. Allen AQU V. Badow AMS:i .1. Booker AMS:! R. Brandt AMH. ' f M. Browninj; AT.-f C " . Carey 2f.fi VF-142 AQ3 J. Catlin, Jr. AMH3 A. Chruch AMH3 K. Corrie ATS R. Edie AQ3 J. Edwards MS3 G. Giron ADS C. Goodwin AMH3 T. Griner AE3 J. Jacobs AE3 T. Kanost AE3 R. Roger ATS M. Majocha AMH3 L. McLeod MS3 G. Mielenz ATS M. Gates AGS J. Richardson AMHS S. Rosales PN3 M. Shamberger AES B. Thompson ATS H. Williams 257 I VF-14-2 AEAN L. Anderson AMMAN H. Beacraft AMMAN R. Brown AEAN (;. Buchanan ADAN D. Buffer AMMAN T. Cassanello AOAN F. Chant; PNSN M. ( " hrvsczanavicz AMSAN J. Culville AN R. Engen AMMAN .. Fvffe AN D. C.erth AMMAN J. Gridley AEAN C. Houston AEAN B. iMKold 258 VF-142 AMHAN J. Jurutka YNSN J. Mattinglv ADAN M. McCardle AOAN F. McConnell AQAN D. Peterson ATAN M. Phillips AN P. Rutherford AN S. Turner AN T. Wickman AQAN J. Yocklovich AA D. Brown AKAA 1,. Cohorn AKAA T. Duffield ADAA D, Hamilton AA R. Mulligan ATAA S. Nicklas ADAA .1. Persinger AR J. Wrigley 259 K Foley VF-143 P to aiif squa of 01 mov depli toll 1913 Auji Avia consi lions the; 19:; " Toi " Dos F-14A TOMCAT 260 Pukin ' Dogs In June 1971, the " Dogs " deployed to WESTPAC aboard the world ' s largest warship, the USS ENTER- PRISE flying 1,117 strike and combat air patrol missions in Southeast Asia until February 1972. The squadron again sailed with the ENTERPRISE to Vietnam on 12 September 1972. During this last cruise to Vietnam, the squadron flew 1375 combat sorties, delivered one and a half million pounds of ordinance and amassed 3700 flight hours before returning home on 11 June 1973. In September 1973 , the " Dogs " moved to Oceana, Virginia and deployed aboard the USS AMERICA to the Mediterranean on 3 January 1973. VF-143 returned to Miramar in August 1974, having won the CNO Aviation Safety Award for the second consecutive year, as well .as nomina- tions for the Battle Efficiency " E " and the Admiral Slifton Award. On 1 April 1975, after completion of F-14A " Tomcat " transition training, the " Dogs " moved once again to NAS Oceana, Va. Flying the F-14, VF-143 deployed aboard the USS AMERICA for a six month MED cruise in April 1976 and participated in operation " Fluid Drive " , the evacuation of American citizens from war-torn Beirut, Leban- on. On 29 September 1977, the " World Famous Pukin Dogs " began its third cruise aboard the AMERICA to the Mediterranean ending on 25 April 1978. Fighting 143 was originally com- missioned as an NAS Alameda based squadron, VF-871, in 1949. Going on active duty status in July 1950 VF-871 took the F4U-4 " Corsair " to war in Korea in early 1951. The squadron joined the " jet set " in 1953, transition- ing to the F9F-2 " Panther " and receiving a new designation; VF-123. 1956 brought the F9F-8 to VF-123 and the squadron deployed the " Cougar " in 1957. In 1958 the squadron was designated as VF-53 and received the all-weather F3H " Demon " . On June 20 1962, the squadron received its present designation of VF-143. With this designation came the F-4 " Phantom 11 " which so greatly contributed to Fighting 143 ' s achievements. In February 1963, VF-143 deployed as the first F-4B squadron aboard the USS CONSTEL- LATION. The squadron earned the Battle Efficiency " E " award in preparing for its second WESTPAC cruise in May 1964. During this cruise VF-143 participated in the first retaliatory strikes against North Vietnam during the Gulf of Tonkin incident. While aboard the USS RANGER in 1965 and 1966, VF-143 participated in massive strikes against North Vietnam. On 14 June 1966, VF-143 logged the first night kill of the war with a Sparrow missile. Flying from the USS CONSTELLATION on 26 Oc- tober 1967, VF-143 downed a MIG-21 in a high altitude air engagement. Deploying in 1968 , the " Pukin Dogs " received the " E " once again. In August 1969, the USS CONSTELLATION deployed in the F-4J to WESTPAC flying combat missions until 8 May 1970. . 261 VFl4;i CDR .J. I,usk CDR P. Cooper LCDR .1. Bowen LCDR .1. Crawford LCDR L. Dawson I.CDR R. Scott LCDR .J. Trevathan LCDR K. Volland LT L. Beer LT J. Branum LT ■]. Brooks LT M. Canavan LT M. Emmert LT C. Henrv LT L. Kraker LT D. Little LT D. Shiilfer LT D. Turpin LT C Woodward LT.IC. D. B. stirh LT.ICi M Bowers LT.IC. R. Kddv LT.IC. M. Kfda ' k LT.IC. H. Maskerv. Ill 262 VF-143 LTJG G. Quist ENS J. Barrett ENS T. Parafiorito CW03 D. Beyer AMCS E. Boyd ADCS F, Bridges AQCS J. Colby AECS A. Dudeen AEC D. Austin AMEC J, Clemens AOC P. Hoppe PNC N. Rimbocchi ADC P. Sinkovitz ADC J. Smart AMHl H. Anderson AMHl T. Diaz AKl C. Glaria PRl R. Green AMHl G. Groman AEl D. Hermann AMEl H. Johannes YNl D. Keimig AME2 K. Lewis AEl J. Lundsten AOl J. Miller DKl R. Nave AMH2 R. Peavy AQl G. Smith ATI M. Smith AMS2 E. Bravo 263 VF-143 AMH2 J. Campbell AMH2 .1. Edwards AEI D. Fischer AQ2 D, Fowler AKi K. Gapud AE2 S. Gove AQ2 J. Mackav BM2 .1. Marks AME2 D. Martin AT2 G.McCurmick A02 W. Moore MS2 S. Obispo AD2 R. Plan HM2 R. Ruzek AMH2 S. Sanders AD2 D. Trisler AT2 J. West AMH2 R. Acevedo AMK2 L. Banks 264 AMH.i R. Baker AMH3 R. Raskin ipv ' 1 n fiW? ' VF-143 AMH3 M. Bowser A03 R. Brown AMS3 O. Buzzaird A03 H. Cardwell AMH3 D. Carrel A03 D. Chafin AT3 G. Christiansen. Jr. AE3 M. Cook A03 S. Dest AQ3 L. Dygert PN3 P. Fajardo AE3 M. Felizzi AD3 J. Fitzpatrick A03 M. Fry YN3 J. Grimes PN3 D. Hicks AQ3 M. Hill AZ3 D. Holovac AD3 H. Hunter AT3 D. Jumper AQ3 A. Kienzler AMH3 J. Loenig AMH3 J. Landwehr AE3 D. Market YN3 J. McDonald HM3 L. McGhee AMS3 K. Morton AMS3 T. Nalencz AE3 M. Nash YN3 D. Nehring 265 VF-148 AT.-? J. Opitz AMH.i M. Osborne AQ.f R. Pelton MS;i R. I ' etlv AMH,? D. Richev AI).i .1. Rutkowski AE3 M. Scott AT. ' ! A. Speth AT.S S. Wadowski, Jr. AO:i T. Walker AQ:? R. Weaver AK:! S. White AMS.S D. Young AN P. Adams ARAN R. Baeshore AMMAN R. Bailev ADAN R. Beach ADAN B. Bouvjer ADAN M. Dennev ADAN .1. High AOAN I.. Holden .■ (JA.N S. .leczmionka AQAN M. Kakaris AOAN D. l.ee AMHAN I, I.indgren ADAN S. I.uebe AN M Mnmmino AEAN C. McClure A AN S. Miller 2H6 ADAN D. Morgan VF-143 AZAN W. Morlev AMHAN J. Murphv AEAN A. Nugent ATAN D. Risius AMHAN R. Saver ADAN W. Schumm YNSN C. Testa ATAN H. Ward, Jr. ADAN J. Webb ADAA M. Angelo ATAA M. Burke AA C. Chan AQAA M. Cockburn AMHAA A. Conner AOAA M. Espinosa AMEAA D. Kvle ADAA T. Male AA B. Rubin AA P. Russo AKAA J. Shell AR W. Leach AR M. Raiff 267 1 VA-176 I i A-6E INTRUDER 268 THUNDERBOLTS Attack Squadron 176 was commis- sioned on June 2, 1955, to fly the AD-1 " SKYRAIDER " . VA-176 first de- ployed aboard the USS RANDOLPH in 1956 and spent the next ten years deploying to the Mediterranean. The " Thunderbolts " were present with the U.S. Forces during the Suez Canal Crisis of 1956, the Nicaraguan turmoil of 1960, and the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. In 1965, VA-176 sailed to South- east Asia on board the USS IN- TREPID via the Mediterranean and the Suez Canal, entering combat for the first time in May 1966 with a daylight strike into South Vietnam. During this deployment the squadron received world-wide publicity when LT William Patton chalked up a con- firmed " MIG " kill and LT James Wiley scored a second possible kill with their nearly obsolete A-1 propeller-driven aircraft. Attack Squadron 176 received the SEVENTH FLEET COMMEN- DATION AWARD for outstanding performance in the Western Pacific. In 1967, the squadron joined the USS SARATOGA and departed the United States on their last cruise with the A-1. Shortly after returning, VA-176 began its transition to jet a%iation and the A-6A " INTRUDER " . The squadron began the transition to their new Grumman A-6A Intruders in 1968, at NAS Oceana. In August 1969, VA-176 joined its fourth seagoing home, the USS FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT. Five deployments to the Mediterranean and the Sixth Fleet between 1969 and 1975 were made aboard the ROOSEVELT. In Julv 1975, VA-17b .-eceived the COMMANDER, NAVAL FORCES ATLANTIC BATTLE " E " For achiev- ing the highest degree of readiness of all A-6 squadrons for the period 1 July 1974 to 30 June 1975. Also, during 1975, the squadron was awarded the " Golden Mike Award " for the finest internal communications program among all squadrons in the Atlantic Fleet. The " Thunderbolts " transitioned to the more complex A-6E a ircraft in late July 1975 and embarked aboard USS AMERICA for refresher training in October 1975. VA-176 supported the evacuation of American citizens from Lebanon during the Mediterranean cruise of 1976. During the last 14 months while under the command of CDR M.A. Howard, VA-176 logged more at sea time than any other A-6 squadron in the Navy. They participat- ed in six major exercises including a seven month Mediterranean deploy- ment beginning in September 1977. VA-176 has exceeded five years of accident-free flying in the A-6 during which the squadron had deployed to the Mediterranean five times and accumulated over 23,000 flight hours. Attack Squadron One Seven Six consists of 37 officers and 271 enlisted personnel. The squadron complement of aircraft includes nine A-6E and four KA-6D tankers. 269 VA-176 COR M. Howard CDR M. Ortega LCDK T. Beard LCDR S. Seiden LCDR T. Wilson LT C. Brown LT B. Davidson LT L. Rmerson LT Ci. George LT .]. Hawkins, Jr. LT P. Mansfield LT M. Metcalf LT H. McMorrow LT T. Morandi LT K. Pedone LT R. Rhodes LT R. Taylor LT A. StambauKh. Ill LT.K; S. Allen LTJG C. Carlson LTJG T. Devke LTJG B. Elliott LTJG P. Fishchbeck 270 LTJG M. Hallenberk VA-176 LTJG G. Justice LTJG R. Karamier LTJG R. Montgomery LTJG J. Staehling LTJG M. Tolf LTJG R. Wiedenhaefer ENS J. Tavlor CW03 S. Thomas AQCS R. Donnelly AOCS R. Ellis AMCS R. Johnson ATCS C. Perry AEC S. Finowski ADC A. Jackson AEC A. Johnston AMEC E. Kiger ATC L. Meek AQC C. Quinn NCC E. Smith ADC R. Sprouse AOC R. Strong AMHl C. Bailey AOl R. Baldwin ADl G. Barbey ADl D. Barlar AMHl E. Brewer AMSl F. Bruning ATI D. Cigich ATI B. Crawford AMHl J. Day 271 VA-176 ADl D. Dodwell AMKI V. Kvans YNl R. Freitag ADl K. Cates AMSl T. Hawkins AZl G. Howell AKl I,. .lohnsDH AQl R. Mathews AQI V. Melloh AKl V. Murray PNl E. Olbes AMSl A. Ong AKl R. Padilla I ' rl R. Piltslev AMSl I ' . Howeil AMKI VV. Rdot AZl D. Sharp AMSl J. Simpsiii) SMSl J. Tailor AQl J. Wacek 272 VA-176 ABHl W. VVheedleton AMSl K. Williamson ATI T. Young AEl W. Zdrujewski AE2 W. Arndt AD2 ,1. Connor AD2 J. Cooke AD2 W. Cornelius MS2 A. Corpus A02 R. Crandall AT2 L. Fisher AZl .1. Humble A02 L. Johnson A02 T. Kreischer A02 D. Lepard AMS2 J. Libengood AD2 J. Long AT2 P. Lvnch AQ2 K. Mills AQ2 M. Roemmich AMS2 A. Seacrist AME2 T. Teel AMS2 L. Thompson A02 W. Webster AQ2 E. Williams ASM2 F. Ainino AQ3 C. Archer AQ3 T. Armoh AMS3 D. Ashbraugh AE3 H. Baker 273 VA-176 AMH:i J. Bates AK.! H. Black Aq:i I). Brown AUii H. Burton AQ3 M. Cantrell AU3 H. Chciiniere AD:) (i. Coleman. Jr. AO.S M. Constable AO.i S. Corhett PR.S K. Cummings PR:! K. Donner AK:i S. Dudek MS:i T. Dutkiewicz AT) T. Eaton AQ:i D. Edwards YN:1 M. Eman AD:) I.. Followill AME:) K. (lardner AQ:) K. (lassert AQ;i C. (Iciodwin AQ:i K. Harnrove MH .1. Hayden AMS:i .1. Havnes AMH ' i H. Hopkins AME:) I) MnpiHT AE;) .1. Hughes AQ:) a. Hux AE:) ' ! ' . .la... lis AD:) C. .lacquemain 274 AQ:) VV. Kellogg VA-176 PR3 R. Martin AE3 J. Mattice AQ3 P. McClellan AZ3 J. Mince AD3 S. Montgomery AD3 D. Nace. II PR3 J. Niemi AZ3 T. Osborne A03 M. Pavne AE3 J. Powell A03 R. Pruitt HM3 M. Raad AQ3 R. Reynolds YN3 M. Sachs MS3 R. Sinclair AD3 D. Sorsen AD3 D. Thomas AVV3 T. Tiller AZ3 J. Valentin AE3 W. Wait AT3 G. Waldridge 275 VA-176 PN3 D. Walter A03 W. VVerff, Jr. AT.i C. Williams AMSAN M. Abrams AQAN R. Amato AN J. Bailey AQAN R. Becker ADAN M. Billips AMSAN K. Bdswell AN W. Brew II YNSN A. Curtis ATAN S. Krland ATAN H. Estes AN O. Ford AEAN R. Hampton AN I.. Harrell AZAN A. Hill AMSAN I). Miller SN v. Obermark SN n. Palmer 276 AOAN n. Sheets VA-176 AEAN R. Simmons AMHAN R. Sterback PNSN P. Storev ATAN L. Straub ATAN C. Waite AA R. Anstine AMHAA R. Barnett AA H. Dibble SA M. Fulgencio AA W. Howard AMF.AA P. lies AKAA M. .Jones AA D. Mixer AMSAA D. Panzegraf AA S. Randolph AMSAA R. Riley AA S. Schutz SR T. Ingram AR .). Ledger AR S. Sheffield AR D. Morales 277 CDR F. Herron, VS-28 CDR H. Konkel, Engineering I.CDR D. Adcock, CDS LCDR D. Campbell, . VAQ-137 LCDR J. Kirkendall, CDS LCDR J. Mazach, VA-15 LCDR P. Reed, VS-28 LCDR VV. Waterman, VAQ-137 LT J. Bellflower, VS-28 LT J. Comfort, Comm LT L. Glenn, Engineering LT C. Hathawav, VS-28 LT J. Williams, AIMD LT E. Young, VS-28 LTJG J. Babione, VAQ-137 LTJG T. Blake, Engineering LTJG A. Bocchino, Engineering LTJG M. Griggs, VS-28 LTJG P. Strvjek, VAQ-137 LTJG R. Theobald, Engineering ENS E. Baumgartner, VS-28 ENS S. Fellers, Engineering ENS L. Fujii, Navigation ENS L, Laughlin, CDS ENS E. Schiller, VS-28 ENS T. Schreiber, VS-28 ENS T. Sherman, CDS CW04 H. H innant, Engineering HMCS J. Bankston, Medical MMCS O. Vinson, CCG-8 AZC W. Kleinwachler, AIMD MMC R. Walsh, Engineering HMC R. Young, Medical SSGT L. Adams, MARDET AMEl H. Bousquel, VAQ-137 AOl J. Braun, Weapons MMl K. Campbell, Engineering ABEl D. Chaney, Air MAI A. Cocal, Executive AOl P. Durkin, W ' eapons GMTl M. Durre. Weapons ABFl P. Engle, Air AKl H. Goza, Air AOl D. Heiman, Weapons MMl T. Kiernan, Engineering BMl L. Lee, Deck EWl R. Sparkes, CDS PHI W. Stinson, Operations ABEI R. Wade, Air YNl R. Whitworth, VS-28 These personnel reported atoan during the course of the cruise i p, f» 1 _p : - r 3 " bf ' Jtt. f o f m f r O r yUi- AMS2 K. Bohannon, VAQ-137 ABE2 D. Brewer, Air A02 W. Caudill, AIMD BM2 M. Croswell, Supply HM2 R. Garcia, VS-28 A02 T. Hodgins, VF-142 DS J. Howe, Operations ETR2 T. Hurlbut, Operations AT2 B. Lawson, VAQ-137 ABF2 R. Lewis, Air ABE2 V. Marrocco, Air DS2 J. Molinatto, Operations AE2 D. MORRIS, VF-143 BT2 J. Murdock, » V Engineering 55 w f 1 V 1 A02 T. Olney, VF-142 AD2 C. Oglela, VA-176 AT2 S. Petersen. VA-15 HM2 H. Purvis, Medical PR2 J. Stockberger, VAQ-137 GMT2 E. Thodal, Weapons SH2 D. Williams, Supply AT3 G. Anderson, VAQ-137 A03 L. Avila, Weapons PH3 R. DeWayne, Operations CTT3 R. Harvey, Operations RMS R. Higgins, Comm CPL A. Isherwood, MARDET ■xj A03 E. Joyner, Weapons DS3 D. Kulka, Operations ABF3 L. Majers, Air AQ3 K. McCurrv, AIMD AT3 D. Nelson, VAQ-137 ETl P. Leach, Operations AT3 J. Peed, VAQ-137 SK3 R. Starkey, Supply AT3 O. Strieby, AMID GMT3 D. Willis, Weapons AQ3 J. Vinci, VA-176 . = , , ,, , . ETR3 B. Wilma, ' X ' y r- " Operations AN G. Allen, Air ABFAN G. Blohm, Air ARAN E. Bologa, Supply f e M ? t. T t. . y. L - ICFN G. Bonar. Engineering AEAN J. Botero, VAQ-137 SKSN J. Boyd, Supply SKSN W. Briere. Supply AN R. Contreras, Air AKAN R. Dayton, Supply AN L. Garcia, AMID ABHAN M. Klenz, Air AOAN E. Lopex, VF-143 ABFAN S. Martinez, Air AOAN R. Pendleton, Weapons ADAN C. Pumphrey, VAW-124 SHAN J. Sumter, Supply EMFN K. Woodring, Engineering 279 Portraits on 278. 279. 280 by PHI W Stinson AN D. Wright, Air ADAN G. Yost. VAW-124 AN L. Young, Weapons ABFAA R. Allen, Air GMTSA P. Anton, Weapons ABFAA J. Andrade, Air AOAA C. Auteri, Weapons ATAA J. Banks, Weapons PFC M. Billie, MARDET FA W. Bing, Engineering AA C. Bointnott, VF-14,3 PFC W. Bridges, MARDET AA L. Brown, VAQ-137 PFC J. Brunson, MARDET AA K. Butler. VF143 MSSA J. Cummings, Supply PFC R. Davis, Weapons GMTSA S. Demate, Weapons ABAA B. Holbrook, VA-87 PFC H. House. MARDET SA H. Jones. Supply SMSA T. Maltzahn, Comm PFC J. Pennell, MARDET HA R. Pockette, Medical AA L. Rodriguez, VA-I76 PHAA J. Rohr. VFP-6:l ABFAA S. Rose. Air ISSA D, Smith, Operations ABFAA M. Smith. Air FA J. Stack, Engineering ABFAA T. Suchman, Air ABFAA S. Tereszcuk. Air AA E. Thompson, VAQ-1.37 PFC K. Tritschler. MARDET AA R. Willoughty. Air m y a ( p © f o ' :T7 ' I V A MEDITERRANEAN MOSIAC was produced by members of USS AMERICA ' S Public Affairs Office and Photo Lab. The principal writers were JO. ' i Glenn H. JOCHUM and J03 Dean 0. POIRIER. While most of the photographers were by PH3 Robert DeWAYNE, PH3 Clarence GRIFFIN and PH.S Ken FOLEY, the entire Photo Lab was responsible for processing and printing of photographs. The book ' s editors were LTJG David L. RILEY and JO.S Glenn JOCHUM. Additional contributors are credited as applicable throughout the book. The book is printed by offset on 20-lb enamel stock by WALSWORTH Publishing Company of Marceline, Missouri. The predominant typeface used is the Century family; the typeface used in the book ' s title is the medieval Rodgevdch. If this book were to have a dedication it would most likely be extended to the excellent USO organization that served as home base for AMERICA and her task group during the 1977-78 deployment. 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