America (CV 66) - Naval Cruise Book

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From its beginning to its end it was made possible through the efforts of ALL HANDS. . ■ ' ' • v. L-J:x;.?- " IE.fSt.SKWi " •■i ' . ' V . ' ' ■ jj- ' ' -■ USS America History AMERICA began her years of ser- vice 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. Mc- Donald, wife of the Chief of Naval Operation, 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 skip- pered 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 per- sonal choice of the late President John F. Kennedy. She is convention- ally 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 car- rier, the major distinctions being ele- vator configuration and modernized 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 posi- tioned. Moving the island housing Ship ' s Seal: History, Heraldry, Heroism 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 Unit- ed States Navy, John Paul Jones. The upper portion of the seal con- sists of a crest with an American flag was equivalent to moving a five-sto- ry 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 re- quired 23 minutes. Attempting to compare the giant size of AMERICA is easy. For in- stance, if the Eiffel Tower was laid on her flight 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 Build- ing is only 61.7 meters (202.5 feet) taller than the length of AMERICA. Enroute to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for her initial training, the car- rier ' s first catapult launch and ar- rested recovery were recorded by an A-4 Skyhawk flown by Cdr. Ken- neth 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 Medi- terranean deployment that she was awarded the battle efficiency " E " as the best Atlantic Fleet aircraft carri- er. 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 pro- tect the Task Force and aid LIBER- TY, only to find out from Tel Aviv that the attack had been accidental- 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 RICHARD over HMS SERAPIS. Jones defeated SERAPIS in a desperate fight and as his own ship was severe- ly 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 ly committed by Israeli torpedo boats and aircraft. The next day, AMERICA rendezvoued with the crip- pled ship south of Souda Bay, Crete where 50 wounded LIBERTY crew- men were transferred aboard to be treated by the ship ' s doctors and corpsmen. The Vietman Years AMERICA began her first real test as a fighting vessel on 31 may 1968 when she was 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 Commenda- tion for " exceptionally meritorious service, " The Admiral Flatley Safety Award and the Commander Naval Air Forces Atlantic Safety Award. AMERICA earned her second con- secutive Battle Efficiency " E " during this Pacific deployment. AMERICA entered the Norfolk Na- val Shipyard on 24 January 1969, just one day after her fourth birth- day for a ten-month, $26 million overhaul. During the shipyard peri- od, the ship ' s machinery and equip- ment underwent extensive repairs and modifications. Two major pro- jects undertaken were a moderniza- tion 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, Re- public of the Philippines, the 77,000 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 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 Re- voluntionary 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 na- tion ' s early history and is still a char- acteristic of the traditions and spirit of the United S tates Navy. ii 18 over Southeast Asia. One significant bombing sortie resulted in destruc- tion of the Thanh Hoa bridge, vital link in the Viet Cong supply line form North Vietnam. For this superb war- time performance, both AMERICA and Air Wing Nine were awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation on their return to Norfolk. Allied operation in the Med In July 1971, after a six month overhaul, upkeep and training peri- od, 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 re- cord was accident-free. AMERICA returned in December 1971 and six months later was en- route to her third combat deploy- ment to Southeast Asia. She was one of four aircraft carriers on Yan- kee Station the day that the Viet Nam Peace Agreement went into ef- fect. AMERICA 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 Com- mendation 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 Cy- prus. She finally arrived in Norfolk on 3 August after completing more than 8,600 launches without an ac- cident. Three of the squadrons em- barked 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) exer- cise " Northern Merger. " Naval and shore units from nine of the NATO countries 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 accomplish- ment of this deployment was the aid provided by the ship in the evacua- tion of American and foreign nation- als during the civil conflict in Leba- non. 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 safe- ty record. She returned from this deployment in October, 1976. South American goodwill cruise AMERICA rejoined the fleet 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 th is five-week period, AMERICA and other ships of the task group conducted exercises with units of the Brazilian Navy. This marked the first time in history that Brazilian aircraft operated from the deck of an American carrier. 29 September 1977 saw AMERICA leaving Norfolk for her sixth Mediter- ranean deployment. The cruise in- cluded intensive flight operation, 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. AMERICA entered Norfolk Naval Shipyard in June of 1978 for a three month yard period. Departing the shipyard on 19 June, AMERICA spent the rest of 1978 in training in the Virginia Capes and carribean operating areas. A heavy and successful training schedule in January and early febru- ary of 1979 prepared AMERICA and CVW-1 1, a west coast air wing on its first time aboard AMERICA, for de- ployment together. Departing on 13 March, the AMERICA began her sev- enth deployment to the Mediterra- nean. During the six month long deploy- ment, AMERICA operated under the command of Commander Cruiser Destroyer Group Two, RADM Gor- don R. Nagler, who also served as Commander Carrier Task Group 60.2 while under the operational control of SIXTH Fleet Forces. The AMERICA participated in Several major exercises including Dawn Pa- trol ' 79 and National Week XXVII. AMERICA also made several inter- esting port calls, including Alexan- dria, Egypt and Split, Yugoslavia. AMERICA returned to Norfolk from her Med deployment on 23 September 1979. In her fourteen years of service, USS AMERICA has been awarded the Navy Unit Commendation, two Meritorious Unit Commendation, the National Defense Service Medal, the Viet Nam Service Medal with four battle stars, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (Army level) and the Viet Nam Campaign Medal. Commanding Officers, USS America Capt. Lawrence Heyworth, Jr. 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 - 23 AUG 79 Capt. Rene W. Leeds 23 AUG 79 - 19 Capt. Meyer Commanding Officer Captain William F. Meyer was born in Hamler, Ohio, on July 21, 1932. He graduated from Ohio Northern University with a Bachelor of Sci- ence Degree in Civil Engineering and commenced Officers Candidate School on January 19, 1955. Com- missioned on May 6, 1955, he com- pleted flight training and was as- signed to A-96. In April 1958, he was assigned as flight instructor with VA-125. After a tour as special projects pilot for the Bureau of Naval Weapons at North American Aviation, he received re- fresher training prior to becoming Operations Officer of Reconnais- sance Attack Squadron 5. During this tour. Captain Meyer deployed to Southeast Asia aboard the USS RANGER and participated in the first deployment of the RA-5C aircraft. After attending the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia, Captain Meyer became Readiness Officer on the staff of Reconnais- sance Attack Wing ONE. In Septem- ber 1969, he joined RVAH-9 as Ex- ecutive Officer and subsequently as- sumed command of the Squadron. Captain Meyer then attended the Naval War College in Newport. Rhode Island, before assuming com- mand of Carrier Air Wing SEVEN. After assignment as Staff Oper- ations Officer on Carrier Division FOUR, he assumed command of USS CONCORD (AFS 5). After com- pletion of the Senior Officer Ship Material Course in Idaho Falls, Ida- ho, Captain Meyer was assigned as Chief of Staff for Service Group TWO. On 17 April 1978, Captain Meyer assumed command of the USS AMERICA (CV 66). In addition to various campaign and service awards. Captain Meyer wears the Meritorious Service Med- al, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal and Navy Achievement Med- al. Captain Meyer is married to the former Carol Reams of Ada, Ohio. The Meyers have two children: Cathy Elizabeth and Gregory Wil- liam. 21 Capt. R. W. Leeds Captain Rene " Sam " Leeds is the son of Mr. Mrs. William E. Leeds of Overland Park, Kansas. Captain Leeds received an Engineering degree at GMI in September 1956. He entered flight training in No- vember 1956 and received his wings in April 1958. His first fleet assignment was to VF-191 flying the Grumman F-11 Tiger on board the USS BON HOMME RICHARD (CVA- 31). In 1960 he served one year at the Naval Missile Center in Aerospace Flight Operations and then attended Post Gra- duate School for three years where he received a Masters in Physics. Captain Leeds rejoined the fleet in 1964 and served with VF-21, VF-121, and VF-11 flying the F4 Phantom II. During this peri- od he completed two combat cruises as Maintenance Officer of F-21. Returning to VF-121 in September 1967. Captain Leeds was tactics phase leader. Reas- signed to the east coast, he was Oper- ations Officer in VF-11 on board the USS FORRESTAL (CVA-59(. In early 1971 he was assigned as F-14 fleet introduction coordinator at NAS Miramar and was in charge of the training and logistics pro- grams for the F-14 build-up and introduc- tion. In October 1972. Captain Leeds as- sumed command of the newly commis- sioned squadron VF-1, flying the F-14 Tomcat. VF-1. commissioned the first Navy fighter squadron in 1925, was active through WW II and was recommissioned for the F-14. In April 1974 he was as- signed to the Staff of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Air Warfare as the F- 14 coordinator in Washington. In July 1976, Captain Leeds received orders as Commander. Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN on the USS KITTY HAWK (CVA-63). Captain Leeds next commanded the USS ASHTA- BULA (AO 51) from 25 August 1978 through 15 July 1979 and conducted the ship during her busy WESTPAC cruise. Captain Leeds assumed command of AMERICA on 23 August 1979 at Augusta Bay. Sicily during deployment to the Mediterranean. Captain Leeds ' awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, and numerous air medals and campaign ribbons. Captain Leeds is married to the former Sara Ann Scott of Forrestville. California. « 22 i. Commanding Officer USS America Change Of Command « 8Br--M n m k ii P 9 While anchored in Augusta Bay. Sicily an ageless ceremony marked with simplicity and tradition took place - the Change of Command. On 23 August 1979 Captain Rene W. Leeds relieved Captain William F. Meyer and assumed command of the USS AMERICA (CV-66). Rear Ad- miral Nagler noted the accomplish- ments of both men and the achieve- ments of AMERICA during it ' s nearly completed deployment. Captain R. W. Leeds became the 12th officer to command the USS AMERICA (CV- 66). J 24 p ,y » ?tli -%!if i I Executive Officer USS America I CDR John Michael WELCH arrived aboard AMERICA to relieve the Ex- ecutive Officer in July 1979. Born in New York in 1939, CDR WELCH is a 1961 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. A veteran fighter pilot, CDR WELCH saw action in the first U.S. aerial attacks in Vietnam. He flew over 200 combat missions in Southeast Asia. CDR WELCH ' S past duties include Commanding Officer of VF-33. aviation officer detailer, and operations officer for VF -191. Captain Fredrickson served as Ex- ecutive Officer of the USS AMERICA from 1978 through mid 1979. Com- missioned in 1957 through the Re- serve Officer Candidate program of Macalestor College in St. Paul, Minn, he served as a Surface Warfare Offi- cer aboard the USS SARATOGA (CV- 60). Captain Fredrickson entered flight training in Pensacola, Fl. and earned his wings of gold in May 1979. During his career Captain Fre- drickson has served aboard three carriers and in six squadrons. He has flown 137 combat missions in the F- 4. 2h RADM Gordon R. Nagler Commander Cruiser Destroyer Group Two RADM Nagler took command of CRUDESGRUTWO in 1978. Prior to this command he was Deputy Direc- tor, command control, and Commu- nications for the Chief of Naval Op- erations. Other tours of duty include command of the USS LITTLE ROCK (CLG-4), USS JOSEPHUS DANIEL (CG-27), USS MILLINIX (DD-944), USS FORESTER (DER-344), USS PEREGRINE (MSF-373— . and USS PC 581. RADM Nagler has served on the staffs of CINCLANT CIN- CLANTFLT, CINCPACFLT, COMINE- LANT, and the JCS. He has attended the Armed Forces Staff College, the U.S. Naval Postgraduate school. In- dustrial College of the Armed forces, and the Senior Officers Ship Materi- als readiness course. RADM Nagler has also served aboard the USS PHILIP (DD-498) as executive offi- cer, and the USS MCCAFFERY (DDO- 860) as Communications and ASW officer. RADM Nagler was also aboard the 1946 Richard E. Byrd An- tartic expedition of 1946 on the USS MERRICK (AKA-97). RADM Nagler was promoted to flag rank on 1 January 1974. He is married to the former Nannette Hol- land of Portland, Oregon and they have two sons. 27 fl i Department Heads USS America (CV-66) (LEFT to RIGHT) LCDR J. Slattery (Deck) CDR J. Yarborough (Air) CDR T. Barco (Dental) CDR B. Borchers (AIMD) CDR D. Sharp (CDS) CDR J. Karr (Safety) CDR P. Austin (Navigator) CDR H. Konkel (Engineering) CDR T. Inderhed (Air) CAPT W. Meyers Commanding Officer CAPT 0. Blackwell (Medical) CDR T. Whittaker (Weapons) CDR R. Parrott (Supply) CDR A. Ristad (Engineering) CDR D. Page (Chaplin) (KNEELING) CDR C. Wann (Executive Dept) LCDR J. Leahy (Communication) CDR C. Bubeck (Operations) CDR J. Welch Executive Officer 1 li ' s Schedule SEPTEMBER 1978 19 AMERICA DEPARTS NOR- FOLK NAVAL SHIPYARD 19-20 SEA TRIALS VACAPES OPER- ATING AREA 20-12 PIER 7 NOB NORFOLK VA OCTOBER 12-20 CARRIER QUALS VACAPES OPERATING AREA 20 LCDR Ziolkowski and LTJG Renshaw lost at sea when their S-3A crashed during CARQUALS. Two crew- members lost. 20-01 PIER 7 NOB NORFOLK, VA NOVEMBER 01-10 REFTRA GUANTANAMO BAY OPERATING AREA 10-13 PORT VISIT IN FT. LAUDER DALE, FL 20-28 PIER 12 NOB NORFOLK VA Rear Admiral Dunn Com- mander Carrier Group Eight, embarks aboard AMERICA for TYTl. 28-09 TYT-1 VACAPES OPERATING AREA JANUARY 29-03 OPS in West MED during transit to Naples, Italy. 01-05 Moored pier 12 NOB Norfolk, Virginia 05-23 TYT II and READEZ 1-79 in the Carribean operating area. 24 AMERICA Birthday Celebra- tion held on Flight deck 24-29 Port visit in St. Thomas, Vir- gin Islands. 25-27 Beach Party at Maggen ' s Bay for crewmembers. 12 FEBTYT III and ORE in Carribean operating area. FEBRUARY 1 1 Airman Randle Killed in Flight Deck Accident 5 MAR Moored pier 12 NOB Nc I Virginia. France APRIL 04-09 10-13 11 14-17 16 18-19 19-22 Inport Naples, Italy. Operations in the Tyhrrenian Sea. Two A-7E crash into farm- house in Southern Italy. Inport Naples, Italy. CAG 11 Change of Com- mand. Transit Strait of Messina. Inport Taranto, Italy. Morocco ( 17 DECEMBER 23 09 Ar IERICA returns to Norfolk 24 after a successful Type Train- ing period. COMCRUDESGRU moves aboard. 08-0 ' 9 CVW-11 fly-on; Virginia Capes operating area. 10-12 Moored pier 12 NOB Norfolk, Virginia. VADM Kinr V UfifcANl , with other senior •vofficer ' s bid AMERICA fare- i well 3 Transit Atlantic to Rota, Spain. AMERICA intercepts two So- viet TU-95 Bear D ' s east of Bermuda. AMHC Frederick C. Coleman dies. PASSEX with USS Saratoga. CHOP to Sixth Fleet at 0001 Z. RADM Shoultz, CTF Sixty, visits AMERICA. 24-28 Inport Rota, Spain. 29 Transit Strait of Gibraltar. 27 Tunisa PASSEX with U5S Dwight D. Eisenhower. Anchored in Augusta Bay, Sicily. 25-29 Multiplex 1-79 and open ocean Misslex 26 Successful terrier shot sinks hulk. r 30 an MAY 2 MAY 03 04-09 10-11 Inport Catania, Italy. Transit Adriatic Sea. Inport Split, Yugoslavia. Operations in the Adriatic and Ionian Sea ' s. 12-24 DAWN PATROL 79; a multina- tional exercise. 18 WADM Watkins, COM- SIXTMFLT, visits AMERICA 25-27 Anchol-ed in Bay of Taranto, ' " i st4 JULY 04 05 06 07 08 09-15 Cake cutting on Flight Deck to celebrate Independence Day while underway in West Med. Anchored in Pollensa Bay, Spain; Fun in the Sun day. Operatons in Balearic Sea. AMERICA hosts conference on National Week XXVII in Pollensa Bay. Operations in Baleraric Sea. Inport Raima de Mallorca, Spain. Dependents daylight transit to Barcelona, Spain. Inport Barcelona, Spain. Transit to Augusta Bay, Sic- ily. AMERICA hosts open ocean Misslex conference in Augus- ta Bay Phase I o!f National Week XXVII and DOM in southern 24-27 Phase II of National Week XXVII. 28 Anchored in Augusta Bay, Sicily. AMERICA wins CV prize in WFMWBR R. Sena- tor Birch Bayh visits ship. 29-30 Transit to Valencia, Spain. 07 SEPInport Valencia, Spain. SEPTEMBER 08-10 Transit to Rota, Spain. 09 Transit Straits of Gibraltar. 10-11 Inport Rota, Spain. 12 " West bound and Down, " de- part Rota Spain. 12-21 Transit Atlantic to Norfolk, Virginia. Blue water turnover with USS Forrestal. Chop to Sec- ond Fleet. 03 04 D 1 05-11 12 J 14-16 jenV 15 18-24 30 Inport Venice, Iply dependents daylight transit to Trieste, Italy. Inport Trieste, Italy. Transit Adriatic Sea. Exercise Tridente conducted with Italians. LT Talcott lost at sea in A-7E crash. Inport Alexandria, Egypt. C_RAEX in the Eastern Med. Soudha Bay, Crete Underway for We t Med 01 AUG Transit to Marseilles, France. 02-07 Inport Marseilles, France. 08-12 Operations in West Med. 13-17 Inport Genoa, Italy. 13 Captain R. W. LEEDS, PCO, arrives. 18-20 Operations in the Tyhrrenian Sea. 21-23 Anchored Augusta Bay, Sic- ily. 23 AMERICA Chan mand cere Leeds relie er. NOVEMBER 03-05 Moored at pier 12 NOB Nor- folk, Virginia. 06 Transit Elizabeth River to NNSY. ?6- _1 NNSY. I n Shipyard Overhaul: A Time Of Repairs And Renovation o o Q. O O Q. H 1 I T ' " M i IT i 1 Life in the shipyards is an ex- tremely trying time. The flight deck and hangar deck are transformed into shipyard storage areas and work spaces. The absence of aircraft gives the hangar deck a ghostly ap- pearance. Miles and miles of cables and hoses fill the overheads, some- times giving the appearance of spa- ghetti. The defening sounds of deck grinders and chipping hammers fill the air with noise and dust, and can be heard throughout the ship. How- ever, slowly but surely, the ship is repaired, overhauled, and brought back to life. 35 1 .4f JLdd ' • 1 11 , 1 " 1 1 K m pp i I. — ,— -- — . . ' iC -. i » « ' ■ fe 1 ■ o - -J - ■ ' • .,, 5 1 H ■ ' V-. JS 1 » i e " — ' AMERICA departs the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Ports- mouth, Virginia, with one more phase out of the way. She ' s completed four long months of intensive renova- tion, compartment rehabilitation and general work. We move now into a period of training that will transform a rusty crew and ship into a combat ready man-of-war. After a brief trip up the Elizabeth river to our home port of Norfolk, we ' ll get on with the business at hand: REFTRA at GITMO, Type Training, and then the Deployment. Shipyard Departure Photos by PH3 Thompson. PHAN Weibley Work-Up: GITMO REF-TRA Type Training From The First Launch, To The Last Trap And Through All The Multi-Ship Fornnations The AMERICA (CV-66) Develops All Its Operational Aspects For The Mission Ahead. General Quarters: Two words which mean a c ondition of increased readiness and bat- tle training. " All hands man your battle stations . , . Battle dress required. " To build and maintain a professional readi- ness ability, AMERICA men conduct extensive damage control training: consisting of repair party drills, fire drills, barracade rigging drills, and other training. 38 General Quarters o CL o cr ■••Si X UJ a. 39 REF-TRA Refresher Training (REF-TRA), type training I and II off Guantanamo Bay, Cuba consisted of nearly round-the- clock flight operations and Drills. Here, all hands must prepare AMERICA for its furture assignments. The hours of drills and practice melted into days; the days into weeks. Before long the day came when the polished crew knew they had accomplished what they came to do. The fine-tunning was over and it was back to port for a couple of days rest. 40 Photos by AMERICAS Photolab AE2 Meredith 41 Photos By America ' s Photolab 42 I I Flight Operations Photos By AT2 Roark 43 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida A refresher training did have its easy days. After hours of hard work, the tropical vacation atmosphere of Ft. Landerdale was a much needed break. If one would just ignore the 70ft Whale Shark which came alongside our 60ft utility boat, the rest of the day was pure relaxation. Type Training II 45 St. Thomas, Virgin Islands ( 46 iSS IC 3 McGilvrey AMERICAmen relax from the intensive type training to enjoy the sights and sce- nery of the Virgin Islands; a tropical para- dise. in 47 St. Thomas (Cont.) Luxurious, yachts and sailboats, Coral World, sandy white beaches with coral reefs and crystal clear water all contribute to ST. Thomas ' Caribbe- an atmosphere. AMERICAmen took time off to celebrate the ship ' s 14th birthday, followed by a three day beach part of swimming and relaxing. 6 49 Departure . . . Once Again 50 i •-• 51 aiff Bluewater Flight Operations Provide Valuable Training While Enroute To The Med. Si Transiting Eastbound le Refuelings And Vert Reps Become A Normal Occurance 53 LTJG Sherman. 0S2 Kaminski Rota, 8i The Naval Base of Rota (Spanish Title), and the near-by town of Cadiz af- forded many a brief op- portunity to venture past the typical Americanized bars to experience a dif- llf f1 54 ] ta, Spain: Gateway To The Mediterranean the Jaf- past Med idil- ferent world, The Mediterranean offers one a world of a different pace, a different lifestyle, a " traditional " way of life. The cities of Rota, Cadiz, and Seville quickly showed AMERICAmen the rich traditional Spanish architecture, heritage and life styles. One senses the history after viewing some buildings dating back 3600 years, and realizes that from here Columbus set sail for the New World. Old men are seen sitting in doorways and in the parks sharing jokes and memories. The pleasant stillness is broken by the laughter of chidren echoing through the alleyways and squares. A lone cathedral bell tolls from the distance: as a sol- emn reminder of the faith that holds Spam together. Still, Rota is not a true liberty port, and many consider themselves lucky to take in some fresh air and walk on solid ground. Turnover with the SARATOGA, onload of supplies, and onward to assume the duties patrolling the Mediterranean. 55 Naples From the very start, you know you are in the heart ot Italy when you step foot in Naples. From the crack 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 English 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 bright- ly-colored laundry flapping in the breeze, resembling so many Italian pennants. There are the worlds 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 Milano. There are opportunities to take the tours to Rome and see the Pope; or to visit the nearby NATO Base Exchanges, to pur- chase stereo equipment There are flea markets. Americanized bars, and the plain but austere Ursine Castle. There is the Gallena Umberto. a shop- S6 Italy: Crossroads Of The Mediterranean ping center mall with a lovely stained-glass ceiling, the gather- ing spot for all walks of Neapolitan life. There are ferryboats and 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 it 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 visit Naples. 57 ' Naples (Con ' t) 59 Pompei I 60 Towards the end of August in 79 A.D. the city of Pompei was com- pletely destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. At least 2,000 of the cities 20,000 inhabi- tants never escaped their city, per- ishing underneath the crushing weight of falling rock and the suffo- cating, falling, wet ash. So complete was the destruction of Pompei that for centuries it lay buried forgotten by mankind. Since its rediscovery and subsequent sys- tematic excavations (began in 1860) archaeologists have been able to un- earth a large portion of the city. Thanks to the great depth of the ash, which covered entire houses, the Pompei that tourists see today is in excellent condition. Visitors to Pompei are able to view the remains of artwork and architecture of a Ro- man city in its prime. Even the chari- ot ruts in the narrow stone streets are clearly recognizable and serve as a stark reminder of a time when human and animal muscle provided the means of transportation. Perhaps the most startling of all the existing artifacts in Pompei are the casts of human figures. These casts were made by pouring plaster of paris into the perfect moulds made by the long since decayed bo- dies which were smothered by ash. The resulting figures seem life-like as they appear to be clawing at the vol- canic ash which IS choking away their life and the life of their city. While Pompei was truly a rare find for archaeologists and historians it was also a rare treat for all hands of AMERICA. It IS not often we can en- joy a real life fantasy of going back in time as many of us did by spending a day in Pompei - a city destroyed which still lives. -LTJG Cothron 61 Pompei (Cont.) Pompei ... A City Destroyed Which Still Lives. I 62 I 6J ROME, ITALY; ( Everyone knows where Rome is. Every schoolboy studies about It and " the empire " (as in Roman Em- pire, " not to be confused with the empire of Star Wars fame). But to read about Rome, or to see it in movies or television cannot com- pare to being in Rome. There is so much to see and do in Rome that one cannot partake of It all in one or two short days. But one can. in such a short time, capture the unique flavor of Rome, a flavor made by over 2700 years of history. The ancient, crumbling rums which lie around every corner seem to speak aloud of the greatness and glory that was once given to the city where " all roads lead to . . . " The beautiful architecture found in an- cient buildings such as the Panthe- on, the massiveness of the Arch of Constantine. and the sheer size of the Colosseum all contribute to the impression that Rome has on its visi- tors. An impression that is one of awe and respect for a city that could produce so much. Then there is the Vatican: the home of the Pope, the supreme leader of the Roman Catholic Church. The incredible display of art treasure contained within a mere 108 acres near the center of Rome IS certain to cause gasps of disbelief among all visitors. 64 i The Eternal City That so many beautiful works of art could be held within so small a place seems hard to believe. The spacious Piazza San Pietro (St. Pe- ter ' s Square) is also a sight that is truly wonderful to see. The visit Rome is to be reminded of the greatness of western civiliza- tion. It also reminds us as U.S. citi- zens that in everything from govern- ment to architecture we owe much to the Romans. The history of Rome, then, is our heritage as much as that of any Italian. It ' s for this reason, its heritage, that Rome is known as the Eternal City. if l.riij}tilri i Photos By AMS3 Grimes 65 Q. O O Q. a Many AMERICAmen observed the Easter Day services at St. Peters Cathedral, along with thousands of other specta- tors. Even the colorful Holy Guard added to the excitement of this unique experience. 66 i St. Peters, Rome Pope John Paul II - Easter Sunday I (Above) Pope John Paul gives the papal blessing from the balcony of St. Peter cathedral. (Left) Pope John Paul giving the Holy Communion. Photos by 0S3 Kaminski 67 Split, Yugoslavia: A City Rich In Culture, Timeless In Architecture, With Warm Friendly People I 68 I in AMERICA had the opportunity to visit this unique and charming city which is a rare occurrence for American warships deployed with SIXTH Fleet. Rare because Yu- goslavia IS a communist nation under the rule of Presi- dent Tito. However, because of friendly relations and prevailing good will between the United States and Yugos- lavia. AMERICA was allowed to visit Split and catch a glimpse of Slavic culture. Many of us were delighted to discover the fascinating sights by taking tours offered by the Special Services Office to such sports as the Medieval Turkish village. Moskova. or the breathtaking Karka waterfalls. Other shipmates were equally content to drink in the Slavic lifestyle by sampling some of the culinary specialities and fine local brew from their seats at a sidewalk cafe The people of Split are congenial, pleasant folk who enjoy an unhurried pace in their rustic fishing town. We were impressed by the cleanliness of the streets and plazas which reflected the great pride of the Yugoslavian people. Many of us were welcomed by smiling children who eagerly held out a pen and paper asking for our autograph. At first we were flabergasted. but we com- plied, which in turn pleased the children. We hope there are future visits to Yugoslavia in store for the AMERICAmen who succeed us. Our short stay was truly rewarding and we ' re sure the memories of Split, her lifestyle and her people, will live with us fpr many years to come. — Glen Kammski STG3 Smith 69 Split (Cont.) The breathtaking Karka waterfalls (above) and the medieval Turkish village, Moskva (far right) were part of the Yugoslavian countryside tours taken by many AMERICAmen. The massive stone walls are graphic examples of the fine architecture. The experience was complimented by the warm, friendly and inquisitive people. An AMERICAman (far right) pauses to rest and reflect on a full day of sightseeing. Photos by LTJG Sherman. STG3 Smith I 70 f I 71 72 PHAN Collins ' I 1 IC3 McGilvrey o 73 Catania, Sicily: Southern Italy With A Sicilian Touch A busy, commercial port, Ca- tania IS the second largest city in Sicily. It IS located on the eastern side of the island, at the foot of Mt. Etna. This snowcapped peak IS really an active volcano which constantly threatens the city. Cantania ' s inhabitants seem little afraid of the mountain. They be- lieve that If it erupts again, that they will merely rebuild their beautiful city as they have so many times in the past. They have done a good job too. u m O O o SI a. I 5 Photo by STG Smith Taranto, Italy Taranto is located on the southern coast of Italy, approximately 156 miles east-southeast of Naples. It IS one of the smaller cities visited by AMERICA, containing only 190.000 inhabitants. While having a history which dates back to 707 B.C., Taranto is probably more famous for its impor- tance during WW II. It was in the bay of Taranto that the bulk of the Italian Naval Fleet was sunk by British aircraft. This severely crippled the Italian Navy and they never recovered. Today Taranto is a busy industrial town and the largest steel and oil producing city in southern Italy. Though a long boat ride ashore deterred many AMERICAmen from going ashore, those that did were rewarded by a friendly people and a view of Italian life at its best. ■ 75 Munich And Garmich: Memorable German Tours JK M ■ ' iWjgpiTjjjiL , . .- li- ' v B Photos By ABH2 Yohai. ABE2 Spataro 76 a, TT Deutschland " a. During port visits to Venice and Trieste many AMERICA men were able to participate in ship sponsored tours to Germany. The tour to Munich and Garmich offered an authentic taste of German culture as well as the excellent German beer. It was surely a trip to remember. 77 No Liberty In This Port. " Training anchorages. " as they are officially known, are strange experiences for all hands. While providing a rest from exhausting flight operations, they do not afford the advantages of a real port call. A real port being defined as one where sailors have the opportunity to go ashore. Still, training anchorages are welcomed by most crew mem- bers as at least a break in routine. In Pollensa Bay in the Balearic Islands all hands were able to enjoy a dip in the ocean as swim call was held for the first time. Other pastimes during training anchorages included hotly contested motor whale boat races between Sixth Fleet ships, a little exercise on the flight deck, and of course catching up on that ever present PMS. 78 What Are These Men Doing? Does WEMWBR R Ring A Bell. Training Anchorages. 24 April Augusta Bay, Sicily 25-27 May Bay of Taranto, Italy - 27-29 May Souda, Bay Crete 4-5 July Pollensa Bay. Spain 7 July Pollensa Bay. Spam 26 July Augusta Bay, Sicily 21-23 Aug Augusta Bay, Sicily ' HtS ' w. 28 Aug Augusta Bay, Sicily I-. « V i A " • ■— " ' " ' ' " ' A Little " Training " On The Hanger Deck. Kli ' : MLt tf- «. v V Xj H Venice, Italy: City Of Canals Venice - A city uniquely wedded to the sea. this charming city is probably the most attractive sea- port in northern Italy. No other city of the Mediterranean has so long and so strongly appealed to the romantic imagination - the gondolas, roving artists and monuments make it virtually a liv- ing museum of the past. n 81 Venice (Cont.) Many cultural attractions lured AMERICAmen to Ven- ice, gondolas, barber poles, towering cathedrals, monu- ments laced with ornament and sculpture, and a city with the streets full of water. One of the many back streets illustrates the unique lifestyle and the romance or myster of Venice, probably the wettest city in the world. STGSN Smith I 82 83 Venice (Cont.) 84 i r:«1 hUnilU; G31 J!Mlttl " ! I ' ll ■ I :J ' k f % 1 ,- h-X. l: Sfe i - r m if; ill « ■ v E S ' S — A- ♦ • The city of Trieste has passed through a confused history of loyal- ties 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. This continued except for a ten year period after 1945 when Yugoslavia claimed jurisdiction over the area. What makes Trieste special for the history buff? Dukes and duchesses have lived in its villas and its castles, and the legendary Orient Express once stopped here en route from Paris and Milano on its way to Istan- bul. The Catedral San Guisto, the city ' s showplace, is actually two ba- silicas joined beneath one roof and is famous for its fine Byzantine mo- siacs. Today, Trieste is a fast paced ship- ping and trading center. Clean and modern it hosts peoples from all over the world. An Austrian and Ger- man influence is felt in the many beer houses of its sidestreets, where bratwurst and pasta are equal candi- dates for a hungry sightseer ' s pal- ate. What does Trieste have that sin- gles it out from any other Italian port that AMERICA visits? For starters, it boasts the largest square in Italy, the Piazza de las Li- bertas. Natives are also fond of pointing out the fact that every reli- gious creed from Greek Orthodox to Jewish can find sanctuary in its city limits. The native wine is said to keep you " young, beautiful and desir- able " , although that same 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. Trieste, Italy: The Orphan Of History 8b iry 87 cw • » N -. V ' Alexandria, Egypt: f Land qf RharadHf ' ' An VlV -4 i -J fciif- f; t ». fcif r,i f f p-- ■ ' ■ r 5 f Tf ' Alexandria, Egypt was our first and only visit to the African Continent. Tfiroughout history this country has always been the crossroads of many trade routes, and has a history as old as man himself. From beginning to end the color- ful seaport of Alexandria combined with the unforgetable tours of Cairo, Egypt and the Pyr- amids made this stop the highlight of the cruise for many. As you travel through and view the sights of Alexandria, you couldn ' t help but imagine the days long past. The days of Kings. Pharaoh ' s, and the millions of workers building the Pyramids. All hands working to- gether to build the tombs and places of wor- ship for their gods. Today only the ruins of this style of life remain, with Mosques towering sky- ward, the city of Alexandria reflects the lifes- tyle of the Arabic Republic of Egypt today and yesterday. iV N 4. ' - Vi u - ivV ' - ' -i - i ■ .h ' ' ' ' ■W B J ' ' ' ' - liyii. il! ;: ! ' " " 91 Palma de Mallorca, Spain: AH-Palma! What a truly delightful place to spend a vacation. The provincial capitol of the Bal- earic Islands, Palma lies on the south side of the 62 by 4 mile island of Mallorca, which lies 132 miles east of the coast of Spam. Palma has 225,000 permanent residents and probably half that number in tourists during peak season. Palma IS a world famous vacation spot, ca- tering principally to Europeans much as Florida does to Americans. All hands will remember Palma as the beginning of a much needed two week rest from intensive exercises and patrols, Palma was also the site of many happy reunions between AMERICAmen and their wives and girlfriends who flew into Palma from home. Other AMERICA crew- members took the opportunity to fly home themselves to spend two weeks stateside with their families. For those who missed seeing Palma, this page IS dedicated. For those who did Stay these few pictures should serve to remind us all of one of the best vacations spot we may ever get to visit. Maybe, next sum- mer . . . 94 A Delightful Vacation Spot , 95 Palma (Cont.) I I mmmui I 97 Barcelona, Spain: Rich In Culture Many AMERICAmen and their depen- dents got an additional ctiance to see Mediterranean ports during our visit to Barcelona, ttie second stop on the depen- dents visit. From its throbbing ramblas to its Montjuich and Tibidado vantage points. Barcelona could be compared to Los Angeles in climate and physical lay- out. Barcelona is the second largest city in Spam, with a population of two and a third million. It IS only 80 miles from the French border, in a fertile plain between the riv- ers Besos and Llobregat. Its history dates back to 230 B C. It IS known 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, it is considered to be one of the world ' s finest ports, with many tourist at- tractions, rich culture, historical monu- ments and modern art. Barcelona boasts of having exciting architecture, many fine museums and one of the best zoo ' s in Europe. The art Nouveau architecture Casa Mila ' Apt house by the architect Antoni 98 99 100 i Barcelona (Cont.) Gaudi IS essentially a surrealist ' s answer to the confinements of puritan styles. It shows an almost maniacal avoidance of all flat surfaces, straight lines and sym- mentry of any kind. The Spanish call the style " loco " which defies normal descrip- tion, but revere it nonetheless. Another of Gaudi ' s works, the church of the Sagrada Familia is also located in Bar- celona. This structure combines a Neo- Gothic floorplan with a romantic concept, free forms and is based upon nature or natural lines. The sight of this unique building with it ' s twisting, curving lines re- minds its viewers of something they might see in a dream or in Disneyland. Inspite of its diversity, Barcelona would not be the same without its Ramblas, a much imitated unique avenue lined with small newsstands, flower vend ers, sidewalk cafe ' s, chirping parakeets and numerous sidestreets. A walk down its length IS an addictive romantic adven- ture, with or without a partner. All hands of AMERICA were able to view this unique city and do some sightseeing. Life is easy there, though it goes on furiously else- where. 101 Marseilles - The largest seaport of France offered AMERlCAmen the special treat of being pierside once again. Marseilles was founded more that 2,500 years ago by traveling sailors and was initially known as the city which attracted men who follow the sea and women who follow sail- ors. However, many myths and leg- ends mix with reality to form the colorful history and atmosphere Marseilles has today, a sunny, friendly place with beautiful beaches and trench cafes. Several AMERlCA- men also took a quick tour up to Pans and the sights of Northern France enabling all hands to have a- taste of French lifestyle. 102 Marseilles, France: Pierside Once Again 103 Marseilles, France: Pierside At Night . ' . •€. - . - .u-t ' ' T.- ' V. ' • -W-H-. JrY Genoa The Proud lOh GENOA THE PROUD Genoa will long be remembered by the Sixth Fleet as one of the most active and populous cities in north- ern Italy and a gateway to places most carrier sailors never see. A wave of AMERICAmen flooded Italy ' s largest port city looking for a ticket to France, a shopping bargain, a phone call home, or a tasty Geno- vese meal. Many AMERICAmen savored a mild Genovese sauce known as ■pesto " , a tomato-based topping seasoned with basil. During World II, this Italian city was the object of constant bom- bardment, because of its strategic position. In existence long before the birth of Christ, this city of pomp and cir- cumstance IS said to be one of the most beautiful on the Mediterra- nean. Many of it ' s beautiful palaces were built in the sixteenth century when Genoa was noted for its lavish- ness. The famous Plaza De Ferrari con- taining the Academy of Fine Arts and Doges Palace is said to be the most attractive sight in this area. 107 Genoa earned it ' s name as a result of being occupied by Genvensis, ergo Mercator, or thie merchants Being occupied by these merchants has made Genoa one of the most industrious of commercial ports. Even the streets, some of them no wider than 10 feet, put one in mind of the days of carts, horses, and merchants carrying all kinds of pre- cious gifts to and from the market place. Probably the most interesting his- torical fact, of which the Genovese often boast, is that Christopher co- lumbus was a native son of their city. Heading north from Genoa, some AMERICAmen treated themselves to Monte Carlo or Nice, on the Frnech Riviera. The home of perfume, beau- tiful women and gambling casinos, these resort towns offered ideal temperatures and a high cost of liv- ing With a history as rich and interest- ing as this city has, how could the citizens of Genoa help but be proud. -JOSN Linteau Genoa (Cont.) Valencia, Spain: A City Of Sunshine And Oranges. Located on the eastern coast of Spam. Valencia is the third largest city in Spam with a population of 700,000. Valencia lies m a fertile and productive area and is famous for its oranges produced north of the city. Valencia is also a prosperous com- mercial and manufacturing city. It ' s most famous product being the Lla- dro sculpture. Large numbers of these beautiful and delicate figures found their way aboard AMERICA during the brief stay in Valencia. Besides shopping for Lladro, prin- ciple attractions in Valencia proved to be going to the many beaches and sampling the fine food. Famous, of course, for their delicious or- anges, Valencia also specializes in that delicious Spanish dish " Paella. " no ' 111 ' .M ' West Bound And Down n Air Department: Getting Our Planes In The Air Fuels, aircraft handling, catapults and arresting gear all play a very im- portant part on the AMERICA team. All are a part of the COMNAVAIR- LANT 1977-78 Battle " E " winning Air Department. Under the direction of Command- er W.T. Inderlied the Air Department is primarily responsible for launch- ing, recovering, handling and fueling aircraft onboard. It is comprised of 14 officers and over 500 enlisted men. including ABH ' s, ABE ' s, ABF ' s, IC ' s, EM ' S, BT ' s, AK ' s and YN ' s. Within the Air Department there are 5 divisions: VX, V-1, V-2. V-3 and V-4. VX Division IS responsible for run- ning the administrative portion of the Air Department. V-1 is the flight deck handling division. It ' s main ob- jectives are to insure that the air- craft are all put into spot, and to maintain and operate crash and sal- vage gear. This gear includes MB5 fire truck with AFFF and PKP and salvage equipment, two TAU fire trucks with AFFF and PKP and the NS-60 crane. This crane is capable of lifting 60,000 pounds and has a different sling for each type of air- craft. All are either manned or in op- erating condition during flight oper- ations. The elevators are run when there is traffic to bring up or send down. Last but not least, the opera- tion of the MD-3 tractors which are used to tow aircraft and start air- craft by means of a Huffer. l-2 IS responsible for the operat- ing and maintenance of four combi- nation air and hydralic powered catapults, two of which are located on the bow and the other two on the waist, five arresting gear engines, with four of them in use at all times and the fifth which is used in case of an emergency that requires the rig- ging of the barricade to be used, pi- lot landing aid television and frensel lens optical landing system. V-3 operations five SD-1 spotting dollies, aircraft elevators, elevator and divisional doors, and they man the four Conflag stations which are located on the 02 level overlooking the hangar deck. Conflag systems are used for fighting fires on the han- gar deck. V-4. the final division of the Air De- partment. IS responsible for the de- livery of clean, clear, water free, JP5 fuel to aircraft, boats, tractors, gen- erators and in an emergency, the ships boilers. They are also responsi- ble for the managing of 1.677.678 gallons of JP5. two pump rooms, and four filters, which are used to purify the JP5. In addition, V-4 oper- ates the aviation gas system (AV- GAS). -JOSN HUSBANDS 114 wfrt-iTJt , tnnm t 115 116 Hours and hours of flight operations, both day and night - 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. All hands working together to ensure that this goal is met in the Air Department ' s professional manner. W- " M 117 Officers CDR Routh LCDR Peterson CW02 Gaither LT Lanier CDR Inderlied ABFC Ray LT Breslin ABCM Barnes LCDR Douglas ABEC Pitt ABFC Storm CW02 Vernon ABEC Demint LT Logan ABFC Turner LT Martin ABHC Hering Div. Officers Chiefs ABEC Demint LT Sellers CW02 Vernon LCDR Logan LCDR Douglas ABEC Pitt ABCM Barnes LCDR Proes : i 118 Air Bow Cats Front row (L-R) ABE3 Terres ABEAA Shafer AN Bridges ABE3 Hughes LT Sellers ABE2 Marrocco ABE2 Myers ABE2 Taylor ABE3 Nimmo Center row (L-R) ABEAA Smith AA Ross ABEAN Wargnier AN Saucier ABE2 Jereb AN Carwile ABE2 Gowans ABEAA Foster Back row (L-R) ABEAA Hicks, ABE3 Torres. ABE3 Lemley. ABE3 Turner. ABEAN Bent. AN Wilkins. AN Dougher- ty. AA Moeller. AN Contini Admin Vla Sup D.C. 2nd Front row (L-R) IC2 Villacampa AA Violette ABEl Mead ABE3 Terres SN Edquilang Center row (L-R) ICl Colbath ABEAA Grant ABE3 Roberts ABEAN Phillips ABE2 Train! ABE3 Denny ABEl Jenkins ABE3 Boone ABEAN Bilak AN Grieman Back row (L-R) ABEAN Griffin AN Farchone IC3 McGilevery C C Trethaway ABE2 Donaldson ABE3 Cooper ABE3 Gray IC3 Fuss IC2 Johnson FN Luberda 119 U ' O Air v-i FRONT ROW (L-R) ABH2 Stump, CW02 Gaither, LCDR Barrett. ABHC Bechard, LCDR Peterson. AMEC Crawley, AN Lundy, ABHC Starling, ABHC Brown, ABHC Fretwell, ABHC Hering. SECOND ROW AN Stanley. AN Krugen. AN Spina. ABH3 Fleckin- stein. AN Ballard, ABH3 Helbert, ABH3 Baldwin, AN Shullo. ABH3 Vaughn, ABH3 Cormier, ABH3 Kaminski, ABH3 Drater, AA Hayes, AN Nelson, AN Taylor. THIRD ROW AA Shipman. AA Nichols. AN Williams. AA Velarde, AN Dill, AN Case, AA Banks. AN Estep, AN Smith, AN Etienne, AA Monte, AA Jackson. AA Prescott, AA Fomish, AA Vandiver, AA Frazier. AA Claro. FORTH ROW ABH3 Poedtke, ABH3 Waterhouse, AA Leeper, AN McGlone. AN Tanzini. AR Duvall, AR Griffin, AA Bouyer. AA Smith, AA Mullis. AA Benfield. AA Jouben. AA Dimpter. BACK ROW ABHAN Williams, ABHAA Smith, ABH2 Jackson, ABH2 Loomis, AA Switzer, AN Ferguson, AN Maynard, AN Bowen, AA Cooper, AA Shaak, ABHAA White. AN Tomasmi, ABH3 Trantum, ABH3 Cam, AN Dietch, AR Fletcher. AN Husbands. AN Rodri- que, AN Johnson, ABH3 Sloan, ABH3 Moyle, AME2 Webster, ABH3 Kolhagen, AN Spam, ABH3 Moffitt, AA Smith, AN Duplis- sey, ABHAN Nutter, AN Haupin, ABH3 Shea, ABH3 Contreras. AN Riley, ABH2 Manning, SN Fazio, SN Lutz. ABH3 Cody 121 ' W9. ' m - -■ Crash Salvage Crew Back row (L-R) AA Saliva ABH3 Boudreaux ABH3 Bell AA Troncoso AA Wilson V-3 Bottom row (L-R) AN Hickman ABHAN Miller ABH2 Wankowski ABH3 Smith ABHl Bramhall ABH3 Hiller AA Ray AN Vaughn AN Moore AN Banaban Middle row (L-R) AN Ellis ABH2 Thompson AA Buie AN Mitton AN Vazquez ABHC Hardy ABH3 Carter ABHAN Pegram AR Hayes AR Garner AA Lewis AR Fletcher AN Dupplissey ABH3 Kolhagen AN Johnson ABHAA Smith AN Dietch ABH3 Cam ABH3 Muttit AA Smith ABHAN Williams ABH3 Trantum AN Husbands ABHAN Nutter CW02 Gaither AN Rodnque ABHC Hering ABH3 Moyle AN Spam AME3 Webster ABH3 Sloan li I: I 122 Air Arresting Gear Back row (L-R) ABEAA Gorman ABEAN Davies AA Gates ABEAN Haggert ABEAA Reeves EM3 Allen ABE2 Yohai ABE3 Schuchardt AA Bittner Front row (L-R) ABEAA Bolton ABEAA White ABES Viele AA Kennedy ABE2 Martin AR Partin ABEAN Owens ABEAA Yochem Second row (L-R) ABE3 Ehrman ABEAN Costa ABEAA Becerra AA Seahorn ABE2 Vanswoll ABES Hulett ABEl Rudy LCDR Logan ABEAN Fields ABEAN Bahl ABEAN Gawlik Third row (L-R) ABEAA Salas ABEAN Murphy AA Snyder ABEAN Orner AA Conley AN Jeske ABE2 Stewart ABES Coulter AR Mumford ABES Maszczak ABEAN Bergamini 123 II f I t V-4 BACK ROW (L-R) AA Dunn. ABFAN McQuilken. AA Wilkens. ABFAN Wilcox. ABF3 Lemono- vich, AA Burton, AN Fetter, ABD3 Emery, AA Steele, AA Anderson. ABFC Storm. FORTH ROW (L-R) ABF3 Bradley, ABFAA Lahanko. ABFAA Bryant, ABFAA Kennedy. AR Dunn, ABFAN Suctiman, ABF3 Williams, ABF3 Martinez, ABF3 Foreman, ABF3 Newkirk, ABF3 MacEachen. ABF2 Stapleton, AA Beaumont, ABFl Lewis, ABFl Engle. THIRD ROW (L-R) ABF3 Danver, ABF3 Robinson, ABFAN Blohm. ABF3 Trueblood, AA Paul, AN BAker, ABF3 Foreman, AN Mack, ABFl Altord. ABF3 Page, LT Lanier, LT Breslin, ABF2 Ludwig, ABFAA Lanche, ABF3 Perez, ABF3 Griggs, YNSN Mclver, AA Jsblonski. ABFAA Ormond, ABFC Turner. SECOND ROW (L-R) ABF3 Maiers, ABF3 Beichler, ABF3 Mastebergen, ABF3 Studley, ABF2 Bailey, ABF2 Sweet, ABF2 Parente, ABFAN Pauley, ABF2 Yaklin, ABF2 JOrdan, ABF2 Linton, ABF3 Berggren. ABFAN Andrade, AN Nelson FRONT ROW (L-R) ABFAN Bickford, AR Lacey, ABFAA Jones, ABFAN Donlon, AN Able. ABF3 Tereszcuk. ABF3 Dux, ABF3 Bugs. ABF3 James. ABF3 Newman. ABF3 Clarke, ABF3 Williams. ABF2 Bush, ABF2 Trant. AN Nay, 1J4 « TOP ROW (L-R) ABEAN Slue ABE2 Martin ABE3 Atherton ABE3 Parr ABE2 Ficher EM3 Watson ABEAN Welker ABEAN Miller ABEAA Gnffin AN Hayes SECOND ROW (L-R) ABEAA McKay ABEAN Duda ABE2 Villanneua ABEAN Brandom ABES Breen ABEAA Gunn ABEAA Diehn IC3 Norton FN Willoughby ABEAR Addison AN Raggett AN Mithcell THIRD ROW (L-R) ABEAA Duncan ABEAN Brown ABEAN Vandermark ABE2 Spataro ABEl Mead LCDR Proes ABEC Demint ABE2 Brewer AN Sianni ABE3 Wray FRONT ROW AR Janeczek ABEAN Setting ABE2 Knightly ABE3 Wright AR Locklear ABE3 Watkins AR Melei Waist Cats 12S Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance , 12b A, 1 » ■ 1 % f .■ AIMD The Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department. AIMD, consists of the IM-1 Administrative, IM-2 Air- frames, Aviators Equipment and Powerplants, IM-3 Avion- ics and Armament, and IM-4 Ground Support Equipment divisions. The department ' s mission is to provide inter- mediate maintenance support of all aircraft carried on- board. AIMD also provided organizational level support for USS AMERICA ' S very own C-IA COD, " Miss America " . Whenever the wide-ranging resources of this depart- ment are brought to bear on a particular problem, one cannot help but think of our motto: " You break It, We Fix It! " AIMD, USS AMERICA, has established an enviable record of performance this cruise, that will be the stan- dard of the future. 127 128 AIMD 129 I Top Row (L-R): AT2 Mcrae. ATI Grote. AA Diminguez. ATI Anderson, AA Wright. ATAN Tarrant Bottom Row (L- R): AT3 Fauni, AT2 Dutra, AZAN Stys, AT2 Goldie. ATAN Anderson, AT2 Haynes 130 AIMD IM-3 Front row (L-R): AT2 Lumpkin. AT2 Kincer. AT2 Clingman Back row: AT3 Davis, AT2 Stelma. ATI Hill, AT2 Grandstaff, AT2 Heller, AT2 Helm, AT2 Kaiser 131 Top Row (L-R): LT Newland. PRC Smith. AEl Campbell, Sanderson, Swartz, Kuss, Peterson. Steveson. Leon, Salter Second Row (L-R): Dennison, Luciano. Bastidas, Norton. Cristonson, Diamond. Kenney. Bean. Kelso. Bomgardner. Slater Third Row (L-R): Newstrom. Nickelous. Garlejo, Walker 132 AIMD Front Row (L-R): CWO Shealy, PRC Smith, AEC Smoke, CDR Borchers, LCDR Gnnnell, LT Newland. LTJG Norman Second Row (L-R): LT Corrigan, AZCS Moe 133 AE2 Piatt. AE2 Stockton, AT3 Harris. AE3 Collins. AE3 Keller. ATS Strickland. AE3 Revels. AQ3 Shields, AE3 Seaborn, AE3 Webster, AT3 Rider, AQ3 Gerkin. AQ3 O ' Brien. AQ3 St. Ours. AQAN Dirgo. Vanstenbridge (Texas Instruments) AQl Oliver. AEl Hooper, AEl Schliep, AEl Rich, AEl Hamilton. AQl Lyon. ATI Barron. AT2 Newport. AE2 Olaveson. AE2 Ashley. AQ2 Lucas. AQ2 Johnson. AE2 Franklin, AE2 Williams. AE2 Bracy. AX2 Rowland, Bill Spencer (Vought), Manny Morello (Grumman) 134 AIMD AE3 (MS AT2 AX2 Top Row (L-R): A. Yanchyshyn. ATI Spieth, AZAN Satterfield. AZ2 Baca, AZC Leinwachter. CDR Borchers, LCDR Grinnell, AZCS Moe, LT Corrigan. AEC Smoke Middle Row (L-R): AMHl Robinson. AZAN Meyers. AMSAN Little. ADAN Polaco. AQ2 Hendershot. ATAN Pietri. ATI Moeller, AMS3 Krauchuck. AZ3 Escamilla. AS2 Swanner Bottom Row (L-R): AZAN Garlinger. ATAN Colby. AOl Cox. AZAN Dalton. AZAN Adair. AZl Remulla 135 standing (L-R): P03 Thorn. POl Stevens. AN Tabor, P03 Coolidge. P03 Donovan. AN Russell, P03 Phillips ioli Front Row (L-R): ASl Schult7, POl Tarde, P02 Floyd Back Row (L-R): P03 Hinkley, AS3 Higgms. AS3 Boucom. AN Andrews, AN Hardigan H6 lips Bottom Row (L-R): P03 Porter, POl McKiever. POl Bernadino. AN Mullins, POl Pageau. POl Moore, AN Swartz Middle Row (L-R); P03 Rodriguez, P02 Lynn, AN Breeze, AN Johnson, P03 Lancaster, AN Maldonato, P03 Krott Top Row (L-R): AN Lange, P03 Lavinski, AN Meyers, P03 Haberer AN Kelly, AN Lavell wcoi " . 137 Combat Direction Systems CDS IS made up of specialized modules interacting to keep abreast of the possibility of attack. Through inputs to the Watch Officer, rapid decisions are made ensuring ship safety. Detection and Tracking uses radar and a computerized program to track aircraft within a 250 mile radi- us. With IFF (Identification Friend or Foe) they determine identities. Air- craft that do not respond to IFF in- terrogrations, are passed on to an Air Intercept Controller (AlC). AlC ' s vector fighters to intercept and identify unknowns closing the ship. After intercepting they pro- vide, if necessary, escort out of the area. Otherwise, the intercept is broken off. Surface tracks all ships within 30 miles, providing the bridge with courses, speeds, and closest point of approach information. They make required recommendations to avoid risk of collision, and during downed aircraft or manoverboard emergen- cies pass a bearing and range to the position every 15 seconds to aid in recovery. SSSC (Surface Sub-surface Sur- veilance Coordination) is responsi- ble for locating and identifying all surface ship and submarines outside 30 miles from the ship. This is done using aircraft, intelligence reports, reports from other units in com- pany, and through correlation with EW information. Electronic Warfare monitors nu- merous frequencies, intercepting data and determining the type of emitter. This information helps de- termine identities of nearby con- tracts, and bearing information for lost aircraft or specific surface units. They also have deception capibility for use in a wartime environment. AMERICA IS the only earner with Sonar capable of both active and passive search. In conjunction with ADP and TSC, they form the AWSM (Anti-submarine Warfare Module). They brief and debrief the ASW pi- lots. They also evaluate inputs from the various acoustic sensors (le.. sonobuoys. sonar echo quality etc.). Working through ASW is the ASAC (Anti-submarine Air Controller). He determines search sectors for the helos. If contact is gained, he vec- tors available ASW aircraft to the area. He makes recommendations to help localize the contact, and keeps the pilots informed of other aircraft nearby so as to ensure air- craft and personnel safety. These combined efforts assist in a safe, knowledgeable decisions being made, and confirm the constant awareness maintained during times of peace. 1)8 139 C-4 f -Wmiii Front row (L-R): 0S2 Bluemner, 0S2 Cusyk, 053 Palomo. 0S2 Tappan. 0S3 Martin, 0S2 Campbell. 0S2 White. 0S2 Higgins, 0S3 Pallares Second row (L-R): LT Logan. 0S3 Spencer. 0S3 Klingensmith. 0S3 Drexler. OSSN Clark. 0S2 Grubbs. 0S3 Potil. 0S2 Davis, 0S2 Murr. 0S2 Hughes, 0S2 Hardesty. AA MacKenzie Back row (L-R): 0S3 Hardin OSSN Young, 0S2 Diaz, 0S2 Kaminski. OSSA Bradley, OSSN Fitgerald, 0S3 Morgan, 0S3 Perkins. 0S2 Conway. OSSN Lewis 140 CDS C-3 Front row (L-R): EWC Blair, LCDR Culwell. SN MacDonald, 0S3 Adams. YNSN Harris EW2 Thomas. EW3 Snider. EW3 Lombard, EW3 Rader Back row (L-R): EW2 Hutcherson. EWl Sparks, EW3 Orr. EW2 Dahl 141 C-2 Front row (L-R); DP3 Roxer. DPI Ramos, AXl Richardson. AW3 Swayne. AWC Roberts. AW3 Lewis, STG2 Schiro Second row (L-R): AWAN Farmer. AW2 Driver. STGl Bloom. AWl Weaver. STG3 Williams. AWl Amerman. STG2 Murphy. STGSN Laponsie. STG3 Grygo. STG3 Dewey. DPI Warren Back row (L-R); LCDR Kirkendali. AXl Helton. STG3 Flowers. STG3 Smith. AW3 Schira. AX3 Hess. STGl Strout 1 142 CDS c-i 5TG2 Front row (L-R): OSl Lambert, OSSN Kight, 0S2 Davis Second row (L-R): 0S3 Harris. 0S3 Corace, OSSN Veneziano, OSSN Ball, OSSN Berks Back row (L-R): OSSN Stokes, OSSN Young. OSSN Knebel. OSSN Keller 143 Communications Department For any Navy vessel to accomplish it ' s mission it is mandatory that it be able to maintain open communica- tion channels between itself and higher authority, as well as other members of the operating forces. The personnel of the communica- tions department are divided into two divisions: Radiomen (CR) and Signalmen (CS). Radiomen (RM) rely on sophisticated electronic equipment while Signalmen (SM) uti- lize visual forms of communications for intership messages. The CR Division ' s mission consist of processing thousands of mes- sages a year. Radio Central and Mam Comm are manned twenty- four hours da day, seven days a week. Through AMERICA ' S Satellite Communications (SATCOM) link, and high frequency transmitters and receivers, messages can be trans- mitted or received from anywhere in the world. In addition to their normal duties. Radiomen perform a service which contributes greatly to the mo- rale of the crew by handling " E-Z grams. " These are class " E " mes- sages which are sent like telegrams to keep us in touch with our families while at sea or in foreign ports. Be- sides message processing. CR Divi- sion maintains voice communica- tions with the planes as they per- form their missions. Despite the busy schedule of this cruise, CR Divi- sion found time to win the intramu- ral Softball championship. Despite the need for Radio, Visual Signals offer the twin advantage of speed and security when using line of sight communications. Signalmen of CS division use three methods; Semaphore, Flaghoist and Flashing light. Semaphore requires two hand held flags using twenty-eight posi- tions. Flaghoist signaling, utilizing the sixty-eight flags and pennants singulary or in combination, makes this method the most rapid. Sema- phore and flaghoist are used chiefly during daylight hours. During hours of darkness Flashing- light is used to send and receive messages. Utilizing the forty-six in- ternational morse code symbols (DOTS and DASHS) this method is used effectively both day or night. 145 Front row (L-R); SN Eligio, SMI Boggs, ENS Orr Middle row: SMSN Biehle. SMI Wells. SMSN McLaughlin. SMSA Davis Back row: SMC Osborn SM2 Darr. SM2 Mitchell, SM2 McGrath, SM2 Kinnard, SN Ketron, SMSN Malthzan. SM3 Winters 146 i ?y l mT-i- t ♦t-f ' 9» t f. 1 Bottom Row (L-R): RMCS Weigand, RMCS Belvin. RMC Wise. LT Barker. LCDR Jaques. LT Crognale. LTJG Stanwood. SMCS Hash LTJG Orr Top Row (L-R): RMSN Hill. RM3 Michon. RM2 Venanzi. RMSN Cook, RMl Cass RMl Cupp, RM3 Johnson, RM2 Prewitt. RMSN Sullivan RMl Garza. SM2 Darr. RMl Ellis, SM2 McGrath. RMSN Steele RM3 McRae. RMSN Pickur, RM3 Petonic. RMSN Brown. SM3 Elgio SMI Shoemaker, AA Jenkins. SMSN Davis, RM2 Alger, RMl Grayson 147 DECK DEPARTMENT Ram or shine, sleet or snow, AMERICA must be re-fueled, the li- berty boats must be painted, and maintained, boat booms must be rigged, liberty boats must be put in the water and driven to port and then back to the ship, and more im- portantly someone must rescue men overboard from the water and return them to safety. These are all the responsibility of an elite group of sailors called Boatswain ' s Mates. The Boatswain ' s Mate, whether he is the beginner doing cleaning or whether he has advanced to coxs- wain, has a very important job on- board AMERICA. Often, their jobs go unrecognized, and taken for granted as the normal operation of the ship. More often than not the Boatswain ' s Mate works long hours, often in the middle of the night, while the major- ity of the ship IS asleep. Because of the great emphasis on safety onboard AMERICA, very sel- dom does anyone actually fall over- board, but when it does happen this highly skilled group of men get down to business and get the job done wit a minimum of difficulty. A job like this requires expert boat handling and swimming ability because boathandling on the high seas, espe- cially small boats, is not a job for an amateur. One would think that because the mooring lines are heavy, bulky, and hard to handle that a Boatswain ' s Mate would be a big hefty s ailor like a weight lifter, but in actuality, some of the smallest sailors on the ship are Boatswain ' s Mates. They kind of put you in mind of Popeye the Sailor, he was a Boatswain ' s Mate you know. In the Boatswain ' s Mate rating, there is a closeness between the personnel that is rarely found else- where on the ship, but then with the jobs they have to do it ' s no wonder. With all the responsibilities of the Boatswain ' s Mate, you would think they never have time for fun. but this IS not the case. When liberty call goes down, the Boatswain ' s Mate has a more than ample amount of fun. So we have the case of fun at work, fun at play, or hard at work and hard at play. Being a Boatswain ' s Mate requires the ability to get along with co-work- ers, and onboard AMERICA they do work together like brothers. AMERI- CA ' S Boatswain ' s Mates know exact- ly what is meant by an all hands evo- lution. -JOSN Linteau 148 149 1st Div. Front row (L-R): BMC Turman, AA Jenkins. SA Simmons, SA Mardenborough 2nd row (L-R): SN Hendnckson, SA Deano, SA Alexander. SA Marquez. SN Thomas. SA Polito Back row (L-R): SA Fuentez. SA Jurczyk, unknown. SN Engram. SA Falls. BM3 Keith, SA Hill ISO Deck 2nd Div. Front row (L-R): BM2 LaRue, BM3 Kearney. SA Bonner. SR Wilson. SN Morse 2nd Row (L-R): SA Ferrell, SA Robinson, SN Liskow. SA Davido. SN Keggleman. BM2 Nelson Back row (L-R): SN Eber- hardt, SA Salazar, SN demons, SN Tate, SN Poehlke. SA McAndrews, SA Owens. SN Hardimon 151 152 Deck ' 153 II I : Front Row (L-R): BM3 Kloos. BM3 Robb, BM3 Conry. BMl Thompson SA Deano. SA Evans. SN Eldred. SA O ' Toole, SA Koontz, Ens Batey Middle Row (L-R): SA Switzer, SA Jones. SA LaCramer, SA Davido. SA Schumaker. SA Parkhurst. SN Hiers Back Row (L-R): SA Cabello. SA TunstaN. SA Daniels. SA R. Porath. SA W Porath. SA Adams. SA Condon. SA Dunn. SA Hall 1S4 I Deck 3rd Div. 155 Dental Department ff Smile When You Say That " The Dental Department has a pri- mary mission of prov iding oral health care to the personnel of ship ' s company, staff, and em- barked air wing. In addition, emer- gency treatment and appointments by request are given to the accom- panying task group ships during a major deployment. The secondary missions is in support of the Medical Department during general quarters and mass casualty evolutions by ac- tive participation and assistance at the battle dressing stations through- out the ship. AMERICA ' S Dental Division nor- mally consists of four dental offi- cers, and eleven enlisted personnel, two of which are prosthetic lab tech- nicians. Captain T.N. Salmon served as the Dental Officer and was re- placed on 1 July by CDR M.T. Barco. Over 9000 patients were treated during this past year in the four room operatory dental clinic. All as- pects of dental treatment are avail- able to patients aboard except for major orthodontic (braces) and sur- gical cases. Dentistry is not the only role the Dental Division contributes to the ship. Being a member of the AMER- ICA team means dedication to the overall mission of the ship. Officers and enlisted personnel have been to both firefighting and damage control school. A viable RMS and Damage Control program is also in effect. The officers and men of the USS AMERICA ' S Dental Department take pride in having served their country. Navy, and families during this 1979 Mediterranean deployment. ISb Left to Right Rear Row: AN J. M. BOOZ DT3 M. R. ROLLINS DT3 R. K FISCHER LT T. R GRAEF DTC J. W. FENDT CDR M. T. BARCO Mid Row: CART T. N SALMON DTI R R KING DN D P. BENTON DN J. P. LOPES DT3 C. G. ABRAMS LT J. J. JOACHIM Front Row: DN R. D. EAVES DN G V. ABEL DT3 P. G ROSENBERG : 157 Executive Department: Service Is Our Business As the USS AMERICA is critical to national security, so is the impor- tance of the Executive Department ' s )ob of maintaining an orderly, well- informed, well trained and content crew. The Executive Department, one of the most versatile depart- ments onboard, consists of thirteen different work centers, all with diver- sified jobs from Personnel to Special Service. For instance. Executive De- partment contains the Captain ' s Of- fice, which handles all incoming and outgoing official correspondence concerning the ship, officer service records, and all paperwork concern- ing these records. The Personnel di- vision handles the more than 4500 enlisted records and problems asso- ciated with them. Also under Execu- tive Department ' s chain of com- mand IS the Education Services Of- fice which offers courses for college credits, military tests, and rate fram- ing manuals. The Career Information and Assistance Division handles re- enlistments and military career in- formation. As with any group of this size, a proficient legal, disipline and Master-at-Arms force are employed to maintain order and peace m ac- cordance with command policy as well as counseling in domestic af- fairs. Of course there are the postal clerks too. who handle and sort over 14.000 pounds of mail daily. The Special Services division, which im- plements a variety of sports pro- grams, maintains its own equipment and schedules intramural sports events. Also under the directorship of Executive Division is the Public Af- fairs Office, handling all aspects of media communication ranging from shipboard television and radio sta- tions to the gathering and dissemen- ation of the news via the AMERICAN SPIRIT. The Word Processing Cen- ter, which was the first established onboard an aircraft carrier, types and controls all ship ' s instructions, port brochures, family-grams, and news paper articles. They also keep a record of all hands onboard AMER- ICA as to where they work and other pertinent information valuable to various offices within the Executive Department. The Print Shop is where it all comes together for dupli- cation and layout work concerning all print associated communica- tions, such as the newspaper, the plan of the day and special an- nouncements. Last but not least, there is the Indoctrination Division where all new recruits to the AMER- ICA go to get their initial briefing of what the ship is like, some firefight- ing experience and training, and an exclusive crash course on military rights and responsibilities. -JOSN LINTEAU 1S8 159 Go ' s Office Left to Right YNSN Gaynor YN3 Furr YNl Swartz YNSN Jones CW02 Kretzschmar WPC 160 Left to Right YNSN Kates YNSN Clark YN2 Maiden IT Dote YN2 Cinquegreni YNSN De Santos (not shown) Chaplain ' s Office First Row (L-R) CDR Matuszewski CDR Page Second Row (L-R) YNSN Fellows YNSN Hall YNSN Candelana YN3 Hamilton f 0 P HPI H SJ 1 . 1 r j _ f Exec. Print Shop Left to Right LISN Nunn LISN Tharp LISN Glowacki LISN Toomalatai LI3 Martin KMn) Personnel First Row (L-R) PN3 Adams PNSN Holmes PN2 Reid PNSN Moore PNSA Walker PN3 Gregg Back Row (L-R) PN3 Wheeler PN3 Edmond PN3 Zelner PN3 Charpenter PN3 Angulo CW02 Davis PN2 Huttenlocher PN3 Dioneff PNl Acuff PNCS Benton PNl Ostrem Admin k (L-R) LT Dote YNSN Stappas CDR Wann LCDR Deda YN3 Wu YNl Wemyss 161 Discipline YNSN Ingram LNl Ross YN3 Rose YNSN Murphy LT Rasmussen Legal LNl Casterlin LN3 Sconiers LT Bartiett LTJG McDougall I 162 I M Exec. X-2 MAA Front Row: (L-R) AA Johnson AA Martin Back Row (L-R) MAI Bernhardt ENl Myers ABHC Hockenberry OSl Bartley i I Front Row: (L-R) AMHl Drake AMS3 Villaflor BMl Rerko ASl Lizada Back Row: (L-R) AD2 Schwarz MS2 Alambera P02 Gerrero RM2 Ramerz AMHS Bandor A02 Stenroos AOl Holloman MM2 Heidrich P03 Englehart : Front Row: (L-R) BM2 Menz AMS2 Krona GMG3 Hicks MS3 Parker Back Row: (L-R) A02 Windrow AMH3 Catfey P03 Brown AZ2 Webster 0S2 Neivelle AMS2 Feliciano FT3 Wyman ABEl Howell 163 Human Goals Office standing (L-R): YNCS Roe OSCM Johnston MSC Ford QMI Gray Seated: LTJG Sherman CIA Front Row (L-R): YN3 Barrett YNSN Strom YN3 Piehl Back Row (L-R): NCI Kilmer NCC Simmons ABFC Ritterman NCI Slocumb 1M i Exec W vi S; « PAO " ■ Pl Front (L-R): DTC Fendt , 1 SMCM Duncan Back Row (L-R) AN Husbands AA Mygeto J02 Hoffler LTJG Crognale JOSN Shead y M SN Rodriguez ICFN Asta m 165 Eng Department 166 KEEPING THE BOILERS HOT It has been said, the USS AMER- ICA with her crew of more than 5000 men is similar to a small city. Just as your local city has a need to be sup- plied with power by your local power company, so does AMERICA need to be supplied with power. AMERICA ' S power IS supplied by the ENGINEER- ING DEPARTMENT. 622 men work together in an all hands evolution to provide over 1.950 tons of refriger- ated air enough to supply more than 1000 homes. To move the more than 80.000 tons of AMERICA through the seas. Engineering De- partment provides her with over 200.000 horsepower, or enough to power 800 automobiles. Also includ- ed in their duties, is providing refrig- eration for food storage, steam for cooking, enough power to supply 500 large freezers, and 1000 tele- phones. When and if AMERICA has prob- lems with a major leak in the ship, or fire breaks out. or the boilers break down, it IS this group of specialists that are always called upon to con- trol the situation. Working long hours is customary in the Engineering Department. To make matters worse, the tempera- tures often exceed 115 degrees far- enheit in the engineering spaces. Despite the long hours and heat. AMERICA ' S Engineering Department takes pride in providing the power to move one of the world ' s largest war- ships. The engineering workforce con- sists of Boiler Techs and Engmemen who keep the boilers running, Ma- chinist Mates and Machine Repair- men who repair the boilers. Electri- cians who keep the current flowing. Interior Communications men who keep the phone service going, and Hull Techs to handle repairs to the ship. Engineering Department, keeping the boilers hot to provide power for AMERICA. -JOSN Linteau 167 AFFF Shop HT2 Morrison HT2 Arny FN Kelly HTFN Reed HTFN Robinson HTFN Simmons HTFN Valentine HTFA Donnelly FR Ryan II Carpenter Shop HTFM Trapp HTFN Goodwin FA Sharp LTJG Barker HTFN Brock Top Row (L-R): BT3 Hup BTFN Fischer BT3 Szafran BTFN Hamilton Bottom Row (L-R): BT3 Stone BT3 Severino Shipfitter Shop HTl Ashman HT2 Payne HT2 Hurley HT2 Rhoads HT3 Dalton FN Baker HTFA Monahan HTFA Sanders HTFA Ulch FR Hntt 168 Eng R-Div. Office LTJG Barker ENS Hoeking HTCM Beinkampen HT3 Reichardt HTl Mercer HTC Davis HT3 Romero HT3 Crump HTFN Coster HTFN Simpson HTFA Cannella HTFA Coburn HTFA Preston FA Kasaiko FA McClamma HTFR Robinson FR Mills HT2 Washum HTFN Zemmer HT3 Mason FN Novak Pipe Shop HT2 Stroub HT2 Armas HT2 Gipson HT3 Kibodeaux HT3 Duerr HTFN Clifford HTFN Henson HTFN Draucker HT3 Todd HTFA Jackson HT2 Grainger HT2 Lord HTC Allen DCPO ' S HTl Cooper HT2 Stevens HT3 Carney FN Scofield FA Meritano HT3 Gagnon HT3 Henderson lf 9 02 H2 Plant MMC Walsh MMl Hill MMl Jacobitz MM2 Romei MM2 Serervizi MM3 St. Clair MM3 Hall MM3 Bradbury MM3 Hughes MMFN Stuart I 1 Aux Machinery Rnn. MM3 Sites MMFA Dumonceaux MM3 Johnson FA Manning ■ " ' " " " m f T I Hs tfNPlfl tT j jt ' ul nz B 1 a m L tnE Kta Machine Shop MR3 Sellers MR3 Summers MR3 Tworek MR3 Mabbitt MR3 Mistich MRFN Lyons FN Kratz MRFN Mactough FN Karmolinski MRFN Cozad MMFA McDonald Boat Shop EN 1 Wade EN2 Long EN2 Panfil EN2 Tyrrell EN3 Holdew EN3 Drazba ENFN BING ENFA Warrew ENFA Baxter ENFA Haley ENFR Pychner I ' O 2 Main Machinery Rm. L-R BT2 Tye BTFA Finnemore BTFN Ellingson BTl Ross BT2 Vest FN Oman FA Thompson BT2 Capone (Top) A Div. Office ENS Hednck ENC Tuckler MMl Thorp MM2 Nicholas MM3 Twyman MM3 Pudsey MMFN Bryant FR Wilson BT2 Mynes BT3 Evans BT2 Gall BT2 Fetters . 171 AC R Shop Ml I2 Alexander MM2 Sheneman MM2 Kinney MM3 Genestreti MM3 Lumbert MM3 Ibanez MM3 Jimenez MM3 Martz MM3 O ' Neill MMFN Jones MMFN Swanson MMFN Hemminger MMFN Selensky Hydraulic Shop MM2 Golt MM3 Hakel MM3 Tabusco MM3 Landrum MM3 Transfiguracion FN Baker MMFN Lalla FA Femmer FA Reedy FA Fuller FA Dane Hotel Services Shop MM2 Hodgkins MM2 Dowling MM2 Royce MM3 Wood MM3 Lucas MM3 Sala MM3 Christlett FN Thiel MMFN Page MM3 Magoon MM3 Alexander MMFN Quertermous MMFA Brock MMFN Parks MMFR Peterson B-Div. L-R BT3 Wagner BTl Braunshausen BTFN Porter BT3 Kirwin BT3 Vore L-R BTC Senior BTCS Bishop LTJG Laughlin LTJG Nerheim Bottom L-R BT3 Gehris BTFN Hamilton Eng, i 171 T 1 Main Machinery Rm. MM3 Bixby MM2 Buchanan MMFA Prescott MMFA Richardson MM3 Lukich FA Satterice MM2 Duncan MM2 Lancaster Ml I2 Brown 2 Aux Machinery Rm. MMl Kieran MM3 Castle MMFN Langlois MM2 Corcoran MMFN Osburn MMFA Hoffman FA Taylor MMFN Pyatt FR Hamm MMFN Daniel 1 ll r P- a BIM 9 1 r fHI H PwlflHM t v TH j ' Bv B t { . . k ' t ■v . 1 Ji p ■ 1 ad to 1 C 2 Main Machinery Rm. MM3 Spring FA Ellis MM3 Douglas MM2 Schimming MMFN Martin FA Deran MMFN Rogers FA Hensley FN Ellison r4 4 Main Top row (L-R) BT2 Donaldson FN Patton BTFA Albertson FA Gregory FN Fridy FR Snyder BTFN Sherman BTFA Bourget FN Massey Bottom row (L-R) BTFR Swam FN Abascal 1 Main Machinery Rm. Top row (L-R BT2 Crossland unknown ETC Southerland FN Stiles BTFA McGee BTFN Robbms Bottom row (L-R) BT3 McDowell BTFA Jarosz BT3 Hostetter BTFA Whittis 3 Main Machinery Rm. Top row (L-R) BTFA Smith FA Flink BTFN McCroskey BTFN Nicholson Bottom row (L-R) BT2 Hampton BTFA Erchard BTFA McCallion BT3 Clague 175 Medical Department ■Medical Alert! Medical Alert! Away the Medical response team to . . . " As these words echo from the IMC Medical Corpsmen grab their lifesaving equipment and rush to the scene of an emergency in order to aid an injured shipmate. The Medical response team is only one facet of a department which cares for over 5.000 men during a cruise. Minor problems are treated at sick call by one of several doctors or corpsmen X-rays are taken on- board when needed and well trained corpsmen also administer immuni- zations ( " But I swear I just had my tetanus shot last year, why do I need another? " ) despite the many pro- tests. Medical also educates crew- members on the dangerous dis- eases found in some ports. In Alex- andria. Medical warned all hands of the dangers of eating and drinking local food. Those who failed to heed Medical ' s advice the first time usual- ly ended up visiting them later. 176 177 TOP ROW (L-R) HM3 Spitz, HM3 Callisti, HM2 Downs, HM Priest. HM3 Hines, HM3 Finn, HM2 Abroguena, HM2 Mclean. HM2 Amidar. HM3 Blair. HM Cesarini, MIDDLE ROW (L-R) HM3 Parker. HM3 Lopez. HM3 Volk. HM3 Callahan, HM3 Morris HM2 Shaw, HM2 Fliflet. HM2 Hammond. HM3 Jones HM3 Costephens. HM3 Kelso. HM2 Hanrahan. HM3 Marshall. BOTTOM ROW (L-R) HM3 Nierenhau- sen. HMl Bevins, HMl Paul. HMC Wilson. LT Johnson. HMC Young. HMl Sespico, HMl Bundy. HMl Oakes, HM3 Lewis. FRONT CENTER (L-R) LCDR Sessions, CAPT Blackwell, LT Lane. 178 U » ' Medical LT Lane (standing) HMC Wilson HM3 Lopez HM2 Fliflet HM3 Kelso HM3 Callisti HM3 Marshall Hl I3 Nierenhausen HM2 Hanrahan HM2 Shaw 179 YOU CANT GET THERE FROM HERE Where are we? In the middle of the ocean; who knows? Well, there ' s a special group of people who make it their business to know exactly where we are at all times. They ' re called the Navigation Department, and headed by the Navigator, they keep us on course. By computing celestial time (time computed by watching the move- ments of the sun. moon, and stars) and approximate distance from the previous port, combined with the as- sistance of a gyro compass, they can tell us with no uncertainty where we are. Working longer than normal hours, the navigators keep the Offi- cer of the Deck informed on when to lower the anchor for liberty or busi- ness, how much chain to use, and what kind of bottom the water be- neath us has. Thanks to all hands in the Naviga- tion Department we know that we can get there from here. -JOSN Linteau The Navigator, CDR Austin 180 Navigation Department Ici- ' l - ' K . 18: NAV CDR Austin LCDR Riley ENS Reeve QMSN Bell YNSN Bell QM2 Berglung QM3 Chapman QM3 Dix QMSA Herriman QMl Hunley QM2 Jerrell QM2 Manzari QM3 Martinez QMSR Mosley QMSA Mullenax QM3 Oliver QM3 Philbin QM3 Rieseck QM3 Roman QM3 Rowe QM2 Scheeler 0M2 Tyrrell QMSN Venezia QMSA Williams 183 ■ I Operations Department: A Versatile Department The Operations Department is charged with planning, coordinating, and executing all operational com- mitments of the ship. To accomplish this major task the Operations Offi- cer requires the support of a Mete- orological division (OA): an aircraft control division (OC); an intelligence information center (OZ CVIC); a special intelligence division (OS); a photographic division (OP): and an electronic repair and maintenance division (OE) to maintain the ship ' s equipment. OA Division provides professional aerographers who (and quite accu- rately) forecast each days weather. Their professional expertise is in- valuable to the commanding officer in planning the ships events. They also provide the crew with a remind- er of " home " through their IMC an- nouncements of the weather around our country. OC division works out of CATCC (Carrier Air Traffic Control Center). These men have the extremely im- portant job of controlling aircraft during launch and recovery. If this sounds easy just ask any AC-man about Case III recovery ' s. GE division is in charge of all the electronics aboard AMERICA. This may sound like a big job and it is. The personnel of OE handle even the most difficult of these jobs in an effi- cient and professional manner, en- abling AMERICA to maintain its ca- pabilities to fight, a nd to communi- cate. Photography is the speciality of OP division, which is made up of photomates working out of two photo labs. The lab located in CVIC provides processing and production of intelligence photography. The mam photo lab provides photo- graphic support for the entire ship. OS division represents the Naval Security Group aboard the ship. They provide special support for the ship. In the ship ' s intelligence center one Will find OZ division. Mission planning, airwing briefing, graphic aids (from CVIC ' s drafting shop), and all types of intelligence informa- tion are provided to support almost any kind of contingency. Last of all is OX division which han- dles the all important administrative planning and corrdination that is such an integral part of Operations Department. Included in OX is Strike Operations. The two officers in Strike OPS are responsible for creat- ing each day ' s flight plan whenever the ship IS conducting flight ops. 184 lava; ■ntei m ■phic ' ma- nosi han- ilive ll I! y OZ Div. Front row (L-R) DMSN Rhoades IS2 Davis 152 Dunham DM3 Plaisance DP3 Hendnckson 153 Parkhurst ISSN Gallagher Standing (L-R) ENS Cothron IS3 Radich 152 House ISSN King DP3 Okseniak ISSN Mumma 151 Cook 153 Polio IS3 Smith IS3 Blain 152 Evans DMSN Brown ISl Chauvin 185 Officers Front row (L-R): CDR Kilby, LCDR Weller, LCDR Miller, LCDR Kellett. CDR Bubeck. CDR Sulli- van. CDR Risseau Back row: LT Lal- londe, LT Johanson, LT Stowe. ENS Raw- lins. ENS Parron. LCDR Lee. LTj.g. Besnoff. LTj.g. Ke- ever, LT Wadding- ton, LT Hussey, CW02 Fleischer. ENS Thompson ntelligence Officers ENS Alford ENS Cothron CDR Sullivan LT Johanson LCDR Weller II 186 Operations Electronic Maintenance Officers Seated (L-R) LT Stowe ENS Rawlins LTJG Besnoff ENS Parron Standing (L-R) ETCS Freeman ETC Krueger DSC Nye OA Div. - Meteorologist Front row (L-R) AN Gates AG2 Riley AG3 Mejias AG3 Chiellini AG3 Perry Middle row (L-R) AG2 Hart AGS Stetson AGl Glaes AA Miracle AGAN Alttiouse AGAN Palaikis Back row (L-R) AA Donotrio LCDR Miller AGC Boeger AGS Gillardi 187 OE-Div. Bottom Row (L-R): ETSN Rice, ET3 Koch, ET2 Boone, DSl Griesmeyer, ET2 Bodekor, ET2 Myer. ET2 Kopiw Second Row (L-R): DSSN Miller, DS2 Molinatio, DS2 Oneil, DS2 Kulka, DS2 Doe, DS4 Muller, DS2 Farley. DS2 Eakin DS2 Butt, DS2 Jennings. DS2 Willkie Third Row (L-R): ET3 Wilson, ET2 Peterson. ICFN Pierce. ICFN Asta. DS2 Harper. ET3 Ryea, DS2 Hickey, ET3 Jones, DS2 Stark. DS3 Holliday, ET2 Thieman. ET2 Wilma, ET2 King, ETSN Thompson, ETl Farrow, DS2 Bollinger Back Row (L-R): ETl Gwaltney, DS2 Ginsburg, DS2 Bialecki, DS2 Velosky. ET3 Gilbertson, ETl Topetcher, ET2 Matthews. ETl Leach, ET2 Dewolfe, ET2 Hurlbut, ET3 Tyler. ETl Graham OC Div. Front Row (L-R): AN Falcatan. AC2 Soss, ACl Davis. AC3 Towns. AC2 Story. AC2 Cabage. AC2 Neville Sec- ond Row (L-R): ACC Oliver. AC2 Kar- sten, AC2 Noehring AC2 Lefvre. AC2 Carter. AC3 Whiteman. AC2 Mathis. ACAN Payne ACCS Wilson Back Row (L-R): AC2 Jones, ACC Ewert. AC3 Holland. AC3 Lee ACl Thomas l fff rztijC if Op ' s Op Div. Front Row (L-R) PH3 Gilley PH3 Clark PHAN Engels PHAN Danowski PHi Stinson PHI Whitehouse PHAN Stevens AN Myogeto PHAN Butler Second Row (L-R) PHAN Guider AN Martin PHI Hutchinson PHAN Barton LTJG Keever PHAA McDougall PHI Smith PH2 Barnes PHAN Collins ] li Back Row (L-R): PHI Johnson, PHAN Thorsvik. PH3 Thompson, PHAR Dunavent. PHAN Weibley. PH3 Burke, PH3 Mahanna 184 Safety Department Keeping The World We Live In A Safe Place To Be The Safety Department, though small has a big job An aircraft carri- er with Its many aircraft, weapons, and heavy equipment can be a dan- gerous place to live and work. The function of the Safety Department is to remind all hands of this danger and be alert for any problems which could cause injury to themself or their shipmate. Thank you safety Department, for helping to keep us safe and sound. LTJG Shaw i! BMl Rush HTl Terry ISO Above photo (L-R) BMl Rush EM3 Smith CDR Karr HTl Terry AOCM Ricketts CDR Karr CDR Karr 1S1 Supply Department SUPPLY DEPARTMENT: KEEPING US HEALTHY. WEALTHY. AND WISE One could hardly do otherwise but look at the duties of the Supply De- partment with awe. The many jobs of this Department make it one of the most versatile onboard AMER- ICA. Just about anything your heart could desire can be found within the realms of Supply Department. Probably the biggest job of the Supply Department is preparing meals for the crew. Talk about pleas- ing everybody, with 5000 men aboard it is virtually impossible to cook what everyone likes. However the S-2 Division of Supply manages, with a variety of ethnic dishes, to please most of the crew most of the time. Then too, for the All American Sailor, there is always the hotdog and hamburger. In addition to the job of feeding the crew. Supply department is re- sponsible for making sure the crew gets paid (ON TIME), sending out al- lotments, and keeping pay records balanced. Disbursing also sells for- eign currency for the men to spend when on liberty Supply Department ' s S-3 Division operates two soda fountains, two walk-in stores, and two luxury stores. The soda fountains contain a variety of candies, chips, can goods, and of course different types of so- das for a thirsty crew. The luxury stores contain clothes, tape record- ers, dungarees, stationery, gifts, etc. For grooming the Supply Depart- ment operates and maintains three barbershops as well as Laundry and Dry Cleaning services. Maintaining the more than 200 Of- ficer Staterooms Is also a part of the job of the Supply department. Another important duty of Supply IS the job of hosting dignitaries brought aboard AMERICA from the various countries visited. Preparing meals in a banquet-like fashion and showing proper hospitality is very important to the impression AMER- ICA leaves behind in foreign ports. Supply Department contains more than sixty storerooms contain- ing enough food to feed the 5000 men aboard AMERICA for a month. Also, they maintain well over twenty storerooms filled with aircraft parts. Maintaining the Crews Lounge and Game room, which contains various games to help entertain and relax the crew, is also done by the Supply Department. All Hands in the Supply are happy to be of service to the crew of AMERICA, and through their many services help keep us all healthy, wealthy, and wise. -JOSN Linteau n 19. ' K 193 1 Top Row (L-R): AMSl Nelson. Lt. Evers. BMl Moss Bottom Row (L-R): PNSA Brown, PNSN Wheeler. Bm2 Lamb ' 1 194 i Top (L-R): AN Cozad, unk, FN Hebert, unk, unk, SN Donofrieo. AA Dougherty, AN Lopez, unk, FN Demaris Bottom Row (L-R): AA Ward, P03 Bray, POl Vasquez, Senior Chief Stallings, P02 Bumbasi, MSSN Long, AN Gaynor 195 S-1 Front Row (L-R) SK3 Anderson SK2 Holmes SKI Peoples SKC Drazic LT Gibbons SKI Wilcoxon SK2 Fobes SK2 Embrey MSSA Dunsmore Second Row (L-R) SK3 Bodin IM3 Rode SA Ginter SK3 Gnggs SKSN Streeter SA Smith IM3 Carter SN Vito SK3 Draughon SA Luhcs SKSN Gongales SA Johnson SKSA Lavigne Back Row (L-R); SN Garrett, SK3 Brown. SKSN Jackson, SK3 Chaille. SK3 Cox SK3 Carranza, SK3 Boyd, SKSN Ryan, SN Young, SK3 Briere, FN Mitchell S-7 Front Row (L-R) DPSN Polk DPSA Polk DPSN Hamilton LTJG Mcland DPI Pope DPSN Berry DP3 Taylor DPSN Watts Back Row (L-R) DPSN Tolentino DPSN Johnson DP3 Sworen DP3 Seevers DPSA Kimicata DP2 Brunson SN Martin DPSN Gordon DPSA Carpenter 1% . Supply S-2 Front Row (L-R): AOAA Taylor, MSSN Rathbun. MSSN Barnnette. MSSN Waller MSSA Warthen. MSSN Long. MS3 Bohna, MS3 Putnam. AA Wilson Second Row (L-R): MSSA Jeter, MSSN Kane. MS2 Vanta, MS2 Crump MSI Banzuela, MSC Viray, LTJG Evans. MSC Furry, MS2 Avates, MS2 Lavarias MS2 Read. MS2 Martucci, MS3 Boucher. MSSN Jankowski Third Row (L-R): MSSN Harmon. MSSA MacKinnon. MSSN Shultz. MS2 Flores MS2 Bongawil. AA Service, BTFN Kapocsi, MSSN Sammons. MS2 Arce MSSA Murphy. MSB Smith. MS2 Maraya. MSSN Neal. SA Harron, AMMAN French MSSR Hipler. OSSA Grace, AR Shane, MSB Frantti, AN Murphy, MSSA Hagerty Back Row (L-R): MSB Gladue, BTFA Linner, MSSA Villa, ADAA Foster MSSN Glover, MSSA Morell, AA Shiska, MSSN Daneker. AA Lewis, MSB Connolly MSB Cecil, MSB Breh, MSSN Fullerton 197 It S-6 Front Row (L-R): AK2 Maganja. AKAN Hoey. AN Hudson, AN Shield, AKAN Wessels, AN Van Allen. AN Gullock, AKAN Nelson Second Row (L-R): AKl Sacman, AKl Tilos, AKl Russell, AKl Baladad, LTJG Shanley LT Blount, AKl Whipple, AKC Rangel. AKC Hanford, AKl Arquero, AKl Serrano Third Row (L-R): AK2 Farrales, AKAA Nickol, AK3 Milligan, AK3 Dacanay. AMMAN Dellava, AKAN Tamayo, AK3 Toledo. AK3 Therriault, AKAN Farley, AKAN Vermillion, AKAN Pickier, AK3 Wormel, AK3 Mahoney, AN McNeil Back Row (L-R): AK2 Navarro, AKAN Rosser, AK3 Barker, AK3 Marcus. AK3 Freeman AK3 Green, AKAA Wiggins, AK3 Colaizzi, AK3 Tennials, AN Lee. AK2 Giilam 1 Fto k Fas 198 Supply S-5 Front Row (L-R) MS3 Rockwell MS2 Coderre MS2 Rogers ENS Wilkinson MSC Key MSC Presto MSI Mallari MS2 Dollar Second Row (L-R) MSSA Payton MS3 Shewbert MSSA Flicop MS3 Hall MS2 Lansang MSSN Newman MSSN Mosley MS2 Norberte MS2 Edquilang MSSN Jacobs Back Row (L-R): MSSN Schrumpf, MSSA Collins, MSSA Thornton, AEAN Raia MSSA Evans, AA McElaatan, PRAR Oaks S-4 Front row (L-R): DK3 Edwards. DK2 Newcum, DK2 Sabin, DKC Pureza. DKl Fagela, DKl Tarifa, DK3 Bueno, DK3 Bowie, DKSN Edwards Back row (L-R): DK2 Colorado, DKSN Gottigan, DKl Sanchez, DK3 Cloe, DKSN Corpin, DK3 Garcia, DKl Deleon 199 Top row (L-R): unknown, PHSN Lyons, EW2 Hutcherson, FN Rowland, AN Daws, unknown, unknown, MS2 Lee, RMSN SteeL unknown Bottom row (L-R): ABH3 Poedyke, AN Smith, unknown, unknown, DPSN Johnson, A03 Cunningham Top Row (L-R); FA Waiknes, MMl Frit . FN Dalton Bottom Row (L-R): ABFAN Johnson, SN Harns. HTFN Rtckaway. SN Delude 00 Top row (L-R); AA Rhynes, SA Satterfield. SN Darbone. Langell Midshipman Miller, AN Scott. SN White, SA Murry, FN Allen, AN Tanzini. SN Hogg, SN Stone Bottom row: 0S2 Maxwell. Rudy, AA Porto, SA Black, Unknown, SN Lenz, AA Walker, AN Turner Top Row (L-R): FA Gorto, SA East, AN Davis, AN Adams Bottom Row (L-R): SA Williams, unknown, SA Gamacho, FA Rodenhauser, AN Austin 201 S-3 Front Row (L-R): SH3 Joyce, SH3 Cady. GMMSN Morlock, SH2 Vanderploeg, SHI Long. SH2 Combs. SHC Bradford. LTJG Konrad. SHC Emilio, SHI Demus. SH3 Dillon. SH3 Olson. SH3 Baines Second Row (L-R): SH3 Lawson, SH3 Holloman, SHSN Pellegrini. SH3 Kueefski, SH3 James. SH3 Bedua. SHSN Libby. SHSN Wright. SHSN Gallagher. SH3 Jordan. SHSA Beggs. SH3 Lusung. SHSA Zidar. SH3 Morgan, SH3 Brown, SH3 Ramos, SHSN Voyta Back Row: (L-R): SH3 Leek. SHSN Magaha. SHSN Sheets, SN Fasano, SH3 Yinger, SN Hubbard. SN Dykes. SHSN Norris. SA Togia. SHSN Charzanowski, SH3 Brennan, SHSN Shenton. SH3 Morris i02 Supply S-8 C ■k u» ■f IPr " J " »- ' •. .•vlt. Back Row (L-R): Landrigan. Lenz. unknown, unknown. King. Sheets, Robinson. Segarra. Gaynor. Donaferro, Schnell. Dale. Langille Second Row (L-R): Stefanich. Gail. Cunningham. Mullins. Cozad. unknown, Cummings, unknown, unknown. Porto. Hogg. Udell, Monahan, Allen, Camacho Keck. Murray. Burkhart Front Row (L-R); Johnson. Thornhill. Garle)0. Reyes. Javier, Banaban. Moss, LT Evers. ABEC Hicks. Rodenhiser. Rodriguez. Maxwell, Payson. Wheeler i 203 Weapons Department WEAPONS DEPARTMENT The USS AMERICA is. first and foremost, a warship. Even during peacetime she must always be pre- pared to meet any challenge and to carry out any mission The men who take care of AMERICA ' S means to accomplish this work together in Weapons Department. Storage, assembly, loading, main- tenance, and security of all ship- board weapons is the special and im- portant job of this department. Five divisions and the Marine Detach- ment make up Weapons Depart- ment. G-1 and G-3 divisions are the caretakers of all weapon magazines where the weapons are stored. G-2 division helps maintain some maga- zines and also takes care of the spe- cial elevators used to transport weapons to the flight deck from deep inside the ship. The guys on the fight deck are in G-4 division. Their job is loading planes with the proper weapon. Moving weapons from magazines to the flight deck is no easy task, but the men of Weapons accomplish their duties with precision and speed. With all hands working to- gether. Weapons Department can move over 50 tons or ordnance in an " average " day. There can not be anything " average " about this group of men who do such a tough job so well. 204 V. 20S Officers i A. M ■ ' i 4 ' ?! Front Row (L-R); LTJG Ramsey, LCDR Work, CDR Whittaker, CW03 Groover, CW02 Nichols Back Row (L-R): LTJG Bertrand, LCDR Davis, LCDR Kautz, LTJG Slack 206 1 Chief Petty Officers Weapons Front Row (L-R): AOC Lane, Ulrich. FTCS Kozlowski, FTMC Shear. AOC Bryant. Back Row (L-R) GMTC Rhodes, FTMC Brenneke. GMTC Quigg 207 G-1 t- Front Row (L-R): AN Pelican, GMG2 Rominger, AOAN Lewis. GMG3 Haddox. AOAN Moore, LTJG Bertrand, AOC Bryant. AOl Braden, GMGl Jenkins, AA Benjamin, AOAA Nixon Second Row (L-R): AA McDowell, A03 Ayers. A03 Stegall, AA Durham. GMGSR Decker, GMG3 Shafer. AA Lewis. AA Tripp Back Row (L-R): AA Knight. AR O ' Connor, GMGSA Guthrie, GMG2 Bethea, AN Strasser, AN Chase, A03 Gonzales, AN Bircher, AN Hylton, A03 Pendleton, AA Zarr 208 Weapons w Front Row (L-R): GMTSN Mills GMT3 Bouldin GMTSN Haithcox SN Houston GMT3 Demate GMTC Rhodes GW02 Nichols LTJG Ramsey GMTC Quigg GMTSN Hochberg GMTSN Rostek YN3 Batz GMTSN Ozuna Back Row (L-R): GMTSN Cahill, GMTl Thurman, GMT3 Johanson, GMT3 Reese, GMTSN Cushman, GMTl Stitsch, GMT3 Grice, GMT2 Thodal, GMTSN Rothmund, GMT3 McMillan, GMTSN Collins FOX Front row (L-R): FTMSN Larson FTMl Bryant FTM2 Gee FTM3 Gribbins FTMC Shear FTMC Brenneke FTM3 Reis FTM2 Dow FTM3 Harrigan Second row: FTMl Heyman FTMSN Roy FTM3 Miller FTM2 McLeod FTM3 Boothe FTM2 Szymiahs FTM2 Anderson FTM2 Baldwin FTMl Segers Back row (L-R): FTMSN Mathieson, FTMSN Miller, FTM3 Dill, FTM2 Nygard, FTMl Piatt, FTM2 Lamb, FTM2 Roode, FTM2 Watson i 209 G-2 Front Row (L-R): A03 Slater. SN Garcia, A02 Berrios, AN Anton, ENS Darby, AOCS Ulrich, AOl Wilson. AN Colantuono, AN Carter Back Row (L-R): A03 Stube. AN Green, A03 Steuerson, AR Rosato, AN Garza, AA Dinn, GMMSN Luxemburg, MM3 Whitlock, A02 Kocher, A03 Cast 210 Weapons GM Front Row (L-R) GMMSN Dobben. GMM2 Johnson. GMMl Lamarque. LTJG Slack. GMMSN Henry. GMM3 Moeller. GMM3 Sherman Back Row (L-R): GMM3 Stone. GMM2 Church. GMM2 Caskey. GMM3 Saucedo. GMMSN Shaw, GMMSN Burke 211 t t i t A : V i ill 1% A, rl iL Jk ' ri " [ G-4 Front Row (L-R): A03 Gonzales, A03 Shepard. A03 Day. A02 Morgan. AOl Jenkins. AOC Lane. CW03 Groover, AOl Heiman, AOl Durkin, A02 Kuster, A03 Clemenko, A03 Petty. A03 O ' Brien. A03 Kirk Second Row (L-R): GMMSN Lemonds. AN Mincy, AA Bowie. AN Konikson, AN Truskowski, A03 Worth. AOAN Pelican. AOAN Byrd. GMMSN Tressler, GMMSN Powers. GMMSN Baker. AN Rodriguez Back Row (L-R): AN Jones. GMMSN Som- mers, AN Edy, AN Maggiore, AOAN Woodason, AN Dunston. AA Henderson. AN Ronciglione i 212 Weapons f i f 1 G-3 Front Row (L-R): A03 Fields. AOAN Coles. AOAN Baker. TMl Mitchell. GMMSN Robertson, AGAR Siek. A03 Vandergraph Second Row (L-R): A03 Schagetz. AOAN Smith. AN Richards. AOAN Young. AOAN Hieley, AOAN Bumgarner. A03 Simpkins Back Row (L-R): AOAN Baugh. AOAN Auteri. AA Palm, A03 Garza, AOAN Muse, AOAN Hudson. AN Izzo. TMSN Nagum i 213 J Marine Detachment: _ a T V » P J»% " sS I Sharp IS the word to describe AMERICA ' S Marine Detachment, which goes with us every- where duty calls. Whether they ' re conducting drill, guarding prisoners, or protecting one of the many security spaces assigned them, they always perform their duty sharply AMERICA ' S Marine Detachment (MARDET for short), has many functions onboard To begin with, their primary function is to provide security for the ship internally. M-16 ' s loaded and ready for business. Marine ' s keep a watch- ful eye so there is little need to worry about intrusions upon our ship If ever there is an intrusion on any part of the ship these very able men. without hesitation, close off all exits from the ship They deny passage to everyone, whether going off or coming on. until the intruder is found Always on the standby. MARDET is ready to provide strict security such as during a payday or Disbursing alert. When the word is passed that there is an infringement upon our pay of- fices, without a moments delay, you can hear the words. " Make a Hole " When that is heard, almost anyone on AMERICA knows to do just that: MARDET is not slack in carrying out their f J. ' The Chosen Few ii it •■■ ? instructions concerning these matters. The Detachment also provides Orderly ' s for the Capta in of the ship, the Admiral, and other personnel as required. These Orderly ' s receive and carry messages from the officer ' s for whom they work, as well as provide constant security in the way of protection. The ship ' s Brig is also run by the Marine Detachment, providing corrective action and confinement for offenders of the Uniform Code of Military Justice Although their primary function aboard the AMERICA IS one of security. MARDET also pro- vides a very colorful Honor Guard. Their Silent Drill Team, which performs various marching and M-14 Rifle drills, is similar to those of the Presidential Honor Guard. Even with all the various duties, the other functions of the Marine Detachment, they al- ways find the time to be more than well- groomed. Through their uniform haircuts and spit shined boots, all hands in the USS AMERI- CA ' S Marine Detachment are clearly a shining example of the Marines and the military ser- vices of today. -JOSN Linteau 215 First Row (L-R): LCPL Jones. LCPL Foster. LCPL Linden. LCPL Ballard. CPL Rusinek. SSGT Daily. SSGT Smith, CAPT Hayse. CAPT Regan. First SGT Pugti. SSGT Jones, CPL McNabb. CPL Moore, LCPL Sims. LCPL Roy. LCPL Paul, LCPL Savory Second Row (L-R): LCPL Worthen (Holding National Colors), LCPL Zimbolski. PFC Miller. PFC Woods. PFC Ward. RFC Workman. RFC Freck- leton. PFC Brown. LCPL Davis. PFC Gilmore. LCPL Ashenfarb. LCPL Thomas, LCPLTritchler, PFC Unk, PFC Cannon, LCPL Inserra, PFC Doleberry. PFC Unk, LCPL Barnes, Holding Marine Corps Colors Third Row (L-R): PFC Stevens, PFC Jorden, LCPL Bridges. LCPL Barron. LCPL Black, PFC Brown, LCPL Sherman, LCPL Brunson. LCPL Wiseman. PFC Hool. LCPL Bergan, LCPL Martan. LCPL Thompson. PFC unk. LCPL Pennel Fourth Row (L-R): PFC Miller, LCPL Mar- shall. PFC Long, PFC Landacre, LCPL Munroe, PFC Gillen. LCPL Smith, LCPL Isley. LCPL Billey. I CPL Harrison. LCPl Aiken. LCPL House. LCPL Mershon 216 Marine Detachment I 217 » Mardet Color Guard RADM G.R. Nagler Commander Cruiser Destroyer Group Two Capt. H.L Turk (Chief Of Staff) LCDR J.W. SPEER LT. RA Route (Flag Sec) (Flag Lt.) Lt. Smith, LCDR. H.W Turner LCDR R. G Carter LCDR J.M. Powell »« j:i 0S2 Doutie, RMC Ramsey, LCDR Katz, CWO Hensley. 0S2 Deffel, OSl Harris (L-R); CDR Sherman, LCDR Weber. Capt. McGlasson, Seated; Capt. Perenboom, LCDR AMERAULT CDR Gambacorta ISl Orr 225 226 Bottom Row (L-R): AK2 Thomas. YNC Rummer. HMl Bundy, PRCS Edwards, PNl Walton Top Row (L-R): LT Lane, LCDR Scrapper. LT Davis. LCDR Lyons LT Rowe. LCDR Vanderwest, ATC Cantu, AZl Leonhardt, YNSN Goodlander, DK3 Edwards 227 CVW-11 I c I ) . ■ . ' ' .remfXryor- - ' v., .f .-4fH7iK r:yi ,A.zvf rzir in:yi - 230 The Black Lions Fighter Squadron TWO HUNDRED THIR- TEEN ' s distinguished history began on 22 June 1955 when the squadron was commis- sioned at NAS Moftett Field. The now famous BLACK LION insignia consisting of a lion sur- mounting the constellation LEO against the dark night sky was chosen to depict the cour- age and tenacity necessary to perform the squadron ' s dual and demanding missions of night all weather fighter and special weapons delivery The squadron was initially equipped with the McDonnell F2H3 BANSHEE The BLACK LIONS joined Air Wing TWELVE and departed for the Far East onboard USS BONHOfVlf E RICHARD (CVA-31) in August 1956 After their return from cruise, the BLACK LIONS became one of the first Navy squadrons to receive the F4D SKYRAY At the time the F4D was the holder of several world speed and climb records Deploying on USS LEXINGTON (CVA-16), the BLACK LIONS commenced the first of two WESTPAC cruises with the " Ford " Their re- turn from the Far East in February 1960 marked the last deployment of the SKYRAY to the Far east Home again at Moftett Field. Fighter Squad- ron TWO HUNDRED THIRTEEN swapped the F4D for the McDonnell F3H DEMON in March 1960. By November 1960. the BLACK LIONS were aboard USS HANCOCK (CVA-19) for their fourth deployment Returning in June 1961, the squadron was shifted to NAS Mira- mar February 1962 found the BLACK LIONS bound tor WESTPAC onboard USS HANCOCK (CVA-19). The deployment was highlighted by participation in the initial support operation In Laos After completion of the next cruise on HANCOCK, the squadron was assigned a unique version of the PHANTOM, the F4G An 18 month training and evaluation period fol- lowed, during which time the BLACK LIONS pioneered and standardized much of the Tac- tical Data System operations in use today The BLACK LIONS ' first deployment in PHANTOMS, which commenced in November 1965 aboard USS KITTY HAWK (CVA-63). was a combat deployment in the Gulf of Tonkin In addition to continued operation evaluation of the Tactical Data Systems, the squadron ac- cured another " First " in the evaluation of the Approach Power Compensator System This deployment marked the first utilization of the F4 as a conventional bomber Returning on 19 June 1966. the BLACK LIONS traded F4G ' s for the F4B During their turnaround training period, the BLACK LIONS ' operating proficiency and ac- complishments were recognized by the re- ceipt of the Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award In November 1956 they were aboard KITTY HAWK heading for the Gulf of Tonkin. Among the many accomplishments were the destruction of a North Vietnamese " Colt " air- craft, strikes against Haiphong. Hanoi. Van Dienm Than Hoa. and the first United States ' strike against the MIG Base at Kep Late June 1967 found the BLACK LIONS back at Miramar readying themselves for their third consecutive combat cruise in less than two years During this period, the sec- ond consecutive Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award was presented to the BLACK LIONS Leaving San Diego in November 1967. the BLACK LIONS arrived on the " Line " the 23rd of December, remaining there until 21 Febru- ary 1968 to set a record for consecutive days on Yankee Station During this period, the squadron flew an unprecedented 1633 hours in 917 sorties. May 1968 marked the anniver- sary of the fourth year of PHANTOM oper- ations without an operational accident - a pe- riod during which the squadron accomplished 20.000 hours and 6.000 earner landings This IS a record unequalled by any operations! squadron The BLACK LIONS received their third consecutive Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award at ceremonies on the NAS Mira- mar Parade Grounds shortly after returning to San Diego in June 1968 After enjoying their first Christmas at home in four years, the BLACK LIONS departed San Diego onboard KITTY HAWK for their four consecutive deployment in the Gulf of Tonkin Despite the cessation of bombing in North Vietnam. Fighter Squadron TWO HUNDRED THIRTEEN maintained a high tempo of flight operations both in the Gulf of Tonkin and the Yellow Sea. flying 1897 sorties for 3741 flight hours and expending nearly 1000 tons of ord- nance. 231 r ' Commanding Officers: CDR Terry Applegate. CDR Monroe Smith Officer roster: LTJG Anderson. LTJG Black, LTJG Clark, LT Davis. LCDR Degruy. CW02 Edenfield. LTJG Eyre. LTJG Feist. LTJG Forsha. LT Gerard. LT Jones, LTJG Lane. LCDR Letter. ENS Lotz. LTJG Loveless. LTJG Luechauer, LT Malone. LTJG McClung. LCDR McFilin. LT Moore. LT Nise. LCDR Parker, LTJG Parker, ENS Parmacott, LT Prendergast. LTJG Roadifer. LT Schwart z. ENS Sidrow. LT Sophy. LCDR Zahalka !j „.A. " " • " " • L-R: LT Moore. AFl Steinman. AF2 Dalida. AF3 Honne. AN Hyun, ATAN Horn. AFl Miles. LT Lane 232 A Back Row (L-R): AQC Crawley, AMH2 Meier. AE2 Reifers. AMH2 Barrett. ABAN Olson, LTJG Feist Front Row (L-R): AT2 Cook. AMH3 Paiz, AMH3 Morales, AD3 Rice (L-R): AMHC Chambers, AOC Reese, AQC Crawley, ATC Waits, AFC Clay, ATC Stewart, AQC Kobierski, AQCS Mostoller. ADC Wiseman. AMHC Thompson 233 Back row (L-R): LT Moore. A02 Naten, A03 Kittle, AOAN Smallwood, AMMAN Himphill. AOl Rodgers. AOAN Glover. ADAN Chavez. A02 Castro. AOl Clark. AOC Reese Front row (L-R): AOAN Scott, A03 Dean, AOAN Davis, AD3 McClain, AOAN Egee, AOAN Fienhold Back row (L-R): LT Loveless, ADl Mason. ADAN Brown. ADAN Wilson, ADl Hanson, ADS Gapuz, ADS Vos. ADC Wiseman. LT Prendergast Front row (L-R): AD2 Santos, ADAN Lopez. ADl Jackson. AD2 Singer. ADS Curt, ADAN Mc Feley 234 VF-213 (L-R); AMHC Thompson. ATI York, AZ3 McKnight. ADl Krowocheck. ADl Parker. LT Gerard (L-R): LTJG Black, ADAN Brown, BMl Blair, AA Guzman, AMH2 Fernando, AN Crenshaw, AA Howard, LT Roadifer 235 I Back Row (L-R): LTJG Forsha, MMSl Turner, AMS3 Phillips. AMS3 Acosta. AMSAN Jackson. AMHl Moore. LT Prendergast Front Row (L-R): ADAA Tapia. AEAN Garer. AMH3 Loman, ATS Home, AMSAN Saunders (L-R) LTJG Anderson. AMEl England. AMEl Lunsford, AMEAN Slate, AMEAN Roden. AMEAN Mc- Donald, AMEl McKlure. AMES Montoy.i, IT Prendergast nf VF-213 L-R: AMHC Thompson, ATI York, ADl Krovicheck. ADl Parker, LT Gerard L-R: LT Schwartz, AQCS Mostoller, AZl Garcia, AZ2 Belile. AZAN Like, PRl Allen. AMHC Chambers. LCDR Malone, AZ3 Turner, AK3 Graves, AK3 Penton J 2)7 Back Row (L-R): LT Moore. ABC Clay. ABAN Meara. ABAN Eichman. AB2 Stagi. ABAN Breland. ABl Duke. ABAN Davis. LTJG McClung Front Row (L-R): ABAN Olson. ABl Muth, AB2 Croiteau, ABAN Madsen. AB3 Lenzer Back Row (L-R): LT Moore, AQC Kobierski. AQ2 Logg. AQ3 Bunker. AQl Oliver. AQ3 Jagiella, AQ2 Koppes, LT Lane Front Row (L-R): AQ3 Lotemple. AN Moon. AQAN Puta. AQ3 Kern 2)8 VF-213 LT Anderson, AN Wilhelm, PRl Allen, PR3 LaGrua, PRAN Griffin. LT Prendergast 239 Back row (L-R): LT Prendergast. AMMAN Baldwin, AMH3 Phillips, AMS3 Byers, AMMAN Stewart. AMM3 Aguas. AMS3 Thornton. AMS3 Gardner, LTJG Luechauer Front row (L-R): AMM2 Sliwa, AMS3 Gulley. AMH2 Mamilton. AMH2 Gibson, AMMl Martin. AMMl Vergara, AMSAN Konz, AMSl Blackwell :40 VF-213 Back row (L-R): SN Island. YN3 Mallett, PN3 Ransome, LT Roadifer, Front row (L-R); CDR J Monroe Smith, PNl Manalo. SN Broadway. YNl Wells. LT Sophy I 241 Back Row (L-R): ATC Waits, AN Stacey, AD3 Perkins. AN Mayfield, ADAN Loofburrow, AN Woodcock, AN Lewis. ADAN Rogers. AAVollhiem. AMSAN Grant. AMSAN Larry. AA Williams. LT Feist Front Row (L-R): AMSl Home. ADAN Jose. AD3 Indiongco. AD3 Ayers, AMMAN Fritschle, AN Cramer, AMS3 Davis, ADAN Spratti, AA Evans 242 243 The Aardvarks Fighter Squardron ONE HUNDRED FOURTEEN ' s roots began with the commissioning of Bombing Squad- ron FIVE BRAVO (VB-5B) on 2 July 1934 at Naval Air Station Norfolk. Virginia. These were the days of open cockpit flight in such sturdy lit- tle airplanes as the bi-wing F4B-4 and the BF2C-1. In the summer of 1935, the squadron established resi- dency on the West Coast and on July 1937. changed its designation to Bombing Squadron TWO (VB-2). F4B-4 remained the unit ' s mainstay until it was replaced by the " new " SB2V-2 in March 1938. Bombing TWO went to war in 1942 aboard the carrier USS LEXINGTON flying strikes against the enemy m the SBD " DAUNTLESS " dive bomb- er. The USS LEXINGTON was lost during the battle of Coral Sea in May of 1942 and VB-2 was officially de- commissioned on 1 July 1942. On 10 October 1942. Bombing Squadron ELEVEN (VB-1 1) was com- missioned by the same Command- ing Officer of the old VB-2. Equipped with the SB2C-10 " HELLDIVER " . the squadron, while aboard the USS HORNET, compiled a war record of two enemy aircraft downed; seven- ty-five aircraft destroyed on the ground; and thirteen war ships da- maged; eight enemy merchant ves- sels sunk; and striking power deliv- ered against airfields, factories, docks and harbor installations at Naha. Takao. the Pescadores. To- shien. Manila. Hong Kong, and Kow- loom. At the end of World War II, VB-1 1 returned to the United States and was temporarily based at Naval Aux- iliary Air Station Santa Rosa, Califor- nia for training. In February 1946, the Squadron was ordered to Naval Air Station Kanului, Hawaii. On 15 November 1946, at Naval Air Station Kanului, the Chief of Naval Operations redesignated VB-11 as Attack Squadron ELEVEN ALPHA (VA-llA). The Squadron re- turned to stateside duty in Novem- ber of 1946 and was based at Naval Air Station San Diego. A round-the- world cruise was made in 1947 aboard the USS VALLEY FORGE. In July 1948, VA-1 lA was redesig- nated as Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED FOURTEEN (VA-1 14) and on 15 February 1950 became Fight- er Squadron ONE HUNDRED FOUR- TEEN (VF-114). Upon the designation as a Fighter Squadron, VF-114 received the F4U aircraft. It was stationed at Naval Air Station North Island of training until 5 July 1950 when it deployed aboard the carrier USS PHILIPPINE SEA shortly after the outbreak of the Korean Conflict. During the months in Korean waters, the Squadron flew more than eleven hundred offensive and defensive strikes against the North Korean and Chinese Commu- nist Aggressors. Following Korea, the squadron transitioned to jet fighters, flying the early F9F " PANTHER " . Having prov- en their capability in jets. VF-114 was assigned the additional mission of all-weather day and night jet inter- ception. The airplane to perform this mission was the F2H " BANSHEE. " This was the first in a line of McDon- nell fighters that would culminate With the all-weather fighter inter- cepter, the F4J " PHANTOM II. " The squadron received its first F3H " DEMON " in 1957. This was a faster, harder hitting airplane than the old reliable " BANJO " and had the added capability of launching air-to-air guided missies. ONE HUN- DRED FOURTEEN completed two successful ' DEMON ' cruises aboard the carrier USS SHANGRI- LA, Especially noteworthy was the 1959 deployment during which the squadron flew almost 2000 hours and made 1300 arrested landing and returned home with its original fourteen planes The year 1961 was one of pride and achievement for VF-114, for it was selected as the first Pacific Fleet fighter squadron to receive the F4B " PHANTOM " With this extraordi- nary airborne weapons system. ONE HUNDRED FOURTEEN achieved true all weather interceptor capabi- lity. The introduction of a second of- ficer in the PHANTOM II. a Radar Intercept Officer, not only increased the efficiency of the mission, but provided an essential link between a complex radar and navigational sys- tem and the pilot flying the airplane at speeds in excess of twice the speed of sound. As a component of Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN (CVW-11). Fighting ONE HUNDRED FOURTEEN intro- duced the thunder of the " PHAN- TOM ' S MACH 2 " flight to the West- ern Pacific, flying from the deck of the USS KITTY HAWK, from Septem- ber 1962 to April 1963. The summer of 1963 was an eventful one for the " Aardvarks " of VF-114. In addition to a Mid-Pacific Cruise and three short carrier exer- cises, the squadron was chosen to participate in a Presidential Weap- ons Demonstration for the late John F. Kennedy in early June. October of 1963 saw VF-114 de- ployed aboard the USS KITTY HAWK for a cruise in the Weatern Pacific. The scheduled eight month cruise was extended for one month due to strife in Southeast Asia. In late July of 1964. the squadron returned home to Naval Air Station Miramar. The " Aardvark " of VF-114 com- pleted five combat cruises in South- east Asia. During the October 1965 - June 1966 cruise CVW-11 and USS KITTY HAWK received the Navy Unit Commendation for combat excel- lence. The November 1966 - 1967 cruise was a fruitful one for the " Fighting Aardvarks " . for they were credited with shooting down three North Vietnamese planes, and were again awarded the Navy Unit Com- mendation. During the November 1967 - June 1968 cruise, the squad- ron was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation. During the December 1968 - September 1969 cruise they spent forty-five days off Korea in re- sponse to the North Korean shoot- down of an unarmed EC-121 over the Sea of Japan and were awarded their third Navy Unit Commendation of the Vietnam conflict. Soon after their return from the Western Pacif- ic, the squadron transitioned to F4J ' s. the latest model of the " MACH 2 PHANTOM " , and com- menced preparations for the next deployment. During the November 1970 - July 1971 cruise " Aardvark " aircrews flew one thousand, seven- hundred and sixty-nine combat sor- ties and delivered over one thou- sand three hundred and seventy- seven tons of ordnance on targets in Southeast Asia. In August 1971 the squadron received the Battle Effi- ciency Award from Commander Na- val Air Force. U.S. Pacific Fleet for the overall performance of aircrews and combat readiness of squadron aircraft in the combat environment. On 17 February 1972 VF-114 de- ployed to the Western Pacific a month early due to a renewed com- munist offensive at that time. In the first part of the 1972 cruise the " Aardvarks " dropped over six hun- dred and fifty tons of ordnance and downed two more North Vietnam- ese aircraft bringing their total kills to five for the Vietnam conflict. Upon returning home in Novem- ber, the squadron commenced ex- tensive inter-Air Wing Training and deployed again to the Western Pacif- ic in November 1973 - July 1974 for the first peacetime cruise in eight years and the first sailing of the CV concept; combing Navy Fighter At- tack and ASW aircraft. On 21 May 1975. after a RIMPAC 245 exercise, the squadron set sail for the Western Pacific. The deploy- ment was highlighted by an excur- sion through the Sea of Japan bring- ing them within close proximity to mainland Russia. Immediately upon returning to San Diego on 15 De- cember 1975. the squadron com- menced transition training in the Na- vy ' s latest fighter, the F14A ■ ' TOM- CAT " . On 1 January 1977 the squad- ron officially completed its transition cycle and " spread its wings " to the fleet. The " TOMCAT ' s " variable sweep wing, internal guns and Phoe- nix Missile system has added a new dimension to fighter aviation throughout the free world. After SIX months of extensive work-ups with the USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63). under the command of CAPT. E. J. HOGAN. Jr., VF-114 de- ployed to the Western Pacific in Oc- tober 1977 - May 1978. The squad- ron successfully completed three missile shoots, two escort missions of Russian Bear and Badger aircraft, 705 arrested landings and a War-at- Sea exercise with the USS MIDWAY. Japan, Korea, Philippines, Thailand, Officers And Chiefs and Singapore provided quality goods as well as enjoyable entertain- ment. On May 14, 1978 the fighter crews flew off the carrier and arrived safely back at Naval Air Station Mira- mar once again united with their loved ones. In January of 1979 the Squadron embarked on the USS AMERICA (CV 66) to complete works-ups prior to deployment. On March 1979 the " Aardvarks " and squadrons of CAG- 1 1 departed with AMERICA for a sev- en month Mediterranean Deploy- ment. Back row (L-R): LT Nesby, LT Sudweeks, LT Fenzl, ENS McLain, LT Karr Middle row (L-R); LT Maher, ENS Cruickshank, LTJG Struth, LTJG Shanley, LCDR Stillwagon. LT Feuillerat, LTJG Zelibor, LTJG Hamric, LCDR Allen. LCDR Honour, LTJG Hann Front row (L-R): LT Tyson, LT Brown, LTJG Kiggins, CDR Christensen, CDR Frost. LCDR Bjerke, LT Aldrich, LCDR Sears 24f. their VF-114 I I AV WEPS DIVISION Back row (L-R); AOC Arms. A03 Nelson, A03 Reed, A02 Stem, A02 Seaberry. A02 Maccioni, AZ2 Groner. A02 Summer, AQl Maxie, A02 Lightfoot, AQl Towie, A03 Sepeda, AQ3 Stark, A02 Skaggs, AE3 Price. A03 Nuzzi, AT3 Lovell, LT Brown. AT2 Chambers. AT2 Price Front row (L-R): A02 Weatherbee. A03 Royse. AEl Nelson, AE2 Nash, AT3 Bouchane, AE2 Bartz, AE2 Markowski, AE2 Martin. ATI Davis. AQl Blake, AQl Valdez, AQ3 Hardy, AQ2 Hill, AE2 Boyd, AE3 Royce, AQ3 Loyer, AE2 Blackburn, LTJG Hamric 247 Back row (L-R)- AN Williams AD2 Banner, AE3 Norman. AE3 Havlu, AE2 Montgomery, AMH2 Ignatowicz, AMS2 Davis AD2 Ross AN Overton AD3 Bunn, AMS2 Frednckson, AEC Newton, AMH3 Gavin. AD3 Snider Front row (L-R): AMSAN Anderson, ATI Heintz, ADAN Thompson, AMS3 Arneson, ATAN Willig, ADAN Murphy, AN Miller, AN Kasperek, AD3 Ross, AA Neal. Ml 248 VF-114 Back row (L-R): AMH3 Tongol, ADAN Catbagan. AD2 Heckman. AMH3 Todd. AME3 Sloan. AD2 Anderson, AMSAN Ballard, ADS Bivins. AMSAN Hizer. AM2 Fridsma, AN Hutt. AMS3 Dorsey. AD3 Bailey. ADl Scott, ADl Suyao Front row (L-R): AMH2 Revilla, AMHl Payoyo, AMH3 Deguzman. PRl Hayes. AMEl Rogers, AMSl Deskins, AMH2 David, AMS3 Vilpando, AME3 Phillips. AMH2 Hillbrand. ADl Walker, AMS3 Walkett, AMS2 Trembley. AMH2 Stone, AMS2 Kveseth }k . 249 STAFF DIVISION Back row (L-R) PNSN Maloncon, AMEC Eggar. AZ3 Mohawk, YN3 Ridgeway, AZ2 Vanhoose, AZ3 Sobolik, AD2 Kilgore AK3 Mitchell. ATI McNeal, AMCS Zyvith, AFCM Martinez Front row (L-R): YNSN Still, PN2 Montillano NCI Baker, AKAN Godsey, AN Walker, AK2 Pulido, AKAN Tennial, AZl Peneda, AMHl Beechcroft. ATI Maynard. . ' SO fi , H VFP-63 " Eyes Of The Fleet " Light Photographic Squadron Sixty-Three The mission of Light Photographic Squadron SIXTY THREE is to provide the Operational Commander with Aerial Photographic Reconnais- sance assets. Since VFP-63 is the only active reconnaissance squad- ron in the Navy today, three plane detachments are attached to both east and west coast carriers. Cur- rently there are five sea-going de- tachments plus the homeguard squadron operating out of NAS Mira- mar in San Diego, California. Detachment FOUR formed up offi- cially on 1 October 1978 and be- came part of the Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN team. Work-ups with the USS AMERICA began on 02 January 1979 and ran until 13 February 1979. After a brief rest on the west coast the detachment was back on board 13 March 1979 for the Medi- terranean deployment. Detachment FOUR was made up of five officers and about 45 enlisted men headed by LCDR Jim Alderink as Officer in Charge. The aircraft are RF-8G Crusaders, a single seat, after burner aircraft with four camera sta- tions. The primary mission is high speed, low level overland photogra- phy with secondary missions of Sur- face-Sub Surface Coordination (SSSC) and Air-to-Air photography. The types of overland missions as- signed are pre-strike and post-strike photography, route reconnaissance, amphibious area support photogra- phy and mosaics. Throughout the deployment De- tachment FOUR flew SSC, overland low-level routes and special projects tasked by COMSIXTHFLT and am- phibious units afloat. We remain the " Eyes of the Fleet. " 253 (L-R): AMSl King AEAN Penrose AMEl Lipphardt ADl Palm AT2 Byrd ADAN Gibbs (Kneeling) AMS2 LaFara Aviation Technicians (L-R): ATS Kitchens ATI Byrd AT2 Boone ATI Garrett Administration (L-R): YNl McClain PN3 Richardson 254 Maintenance Control Front Row (L-R): ADCS Fisher ATI Gereaux Back Row (L-R): ADl Fetter ADl Palm Photo Line L-R: PHI Flack PH2 Gatz PH3 Anderson PH3 Cannon PHAN Valey k Power Plants AD3 Prerost ADS Ward 255 Line Shop Front row (L-R) ABH3 Kratochvil ADAN Gibbs AN Blevins AMEl Lipphardt Back row (L-R) ADAA Ellott AN Young !■ Air Frames Front row (L-R) AMH3 Hartman AMS2 Repp Back row (L-R) AMSl King AMS2 Lafara AMH2 Tripp LTJG Poole 2Sb I Aviation Electricians Front (L-R) AEAN McNazbb AE3 Avila AEl Cosby Back row (L-R) AE2 Barrett AEAN Penrose AE3 Poole Intelligence Specialists ISC Tolman ISAN Chaulkley LTJG Lowe Para Lott RRAN Fortin 257 VA-195. Con ran tt lorr Sno lies i MS Hall anii ioi md squ h Wl (» If ton :on Kr: f(3i ilie 258 Dambusters Courage, A Tradition III Attack Squadron ONE NINE FIVE boasts a proud and exciting history. Commissioned as Torpedo Squad- ron NINETEEN at Los Alamitos, Calif, in August 1943. The squadron re- formed in November 1946 as Attack Squadron TWENTY ABLE and was re- designated as Attack Squadron ONE NINE FIVE in August 1948. VA-195 was home ported at Moffett Field, California, until moving to the new jet base at Lemoore, California, in January 1962. As a unit of CVG-19 during World War II, VA-195, flying the TBM " Avenger " , was a part of Admiral Halsey ' s force which " hit hard, hit fast, and hit often. " In a short five month period, the squadron partici- pated in the Battle for Leyte Gulf and the landings at Guam. Paulua, Moratai, and Leyte. During this same period VA-195 helped soften up the enemy by carrying out strikes against the Carolines, Philippines, Bonin Islands, Okinawa, Mindanao and Formosa. VA-195 and her sister squadrons, flying from USS LEXING- TON, put tremendous pressure on the enemy and thereby contributed much to an earlier Japanese sur- rencer in the Pacific. In May 1947, the squadron transi- tioned to the AD-1 " Skyraider " and continued with the training of new personnel and maintaining squadron readiness. As a result, VA-195 was ready to deploy in USS PRINCETON in November 1950 when the conflict in Korea erupted. During this cruise the squadron earned the well-known nickname DAM-BUSTERS. On 2 May 1951, " Skyraiders " of VA-195, deli- vering aerial torpedos, made low- level runs and destroyed the strate- gic Hwachon Dam in North Korea. Destruction of the dam had pre- viously been attempted by many other squadrons, both Navy and Air Force; however, it was finally ac- complished by the DAMBUSTERS ' aerial torpedos. Attack Squadron 195 transitioned from propeller to jet aviation in July 1959 with the receipt of the A4 " Skyhawk. " As the Vietnam crisis flared in the fall of 1964, the squad- ron was deployed with the SEVENTH Fleet on its fourth consecutive cruise in USS BON HOMME RICH- ARD. VA-195 flew reconnaissance escort sorties over North Vietnam and northern Laos in anticipation of hostilities which followed. During the next five years the officers and men of VA-195 operating various models of the A4, made back-to-back com- bat cruises logging more combat flight hours and sorties than any other squadron in Air Wing NINE- TEEN. This was accomplished while operating from the decks of USS BON HOMME RICHARD and USS Tl- CONDEROGA. In the spring of 1970, the squad- ron went through another face lift- ing as it transitioned from the faith- ful A4 to the Navy ' s newest and highly sophisticated light attach jet, the A7E " Corsair II. " Now a unit of Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN in USS KIT- TY HAWK, the squadron deployed in the fall of 1970, marking its fourth consecutive decade of involvement in far-flung conflicts. On the next cruise the DAMBUSTERS carried out a tradition which originated with the Hwachon Dam in Korea. VA-195 was tasked with the first combat deliv- eries of the data link version of the TV-guided Walleye weapon. Success was sweet on 19 July 1972 as the DAMBUSTERS delivered a single Walleye down the throat of a cave storage area causing complete de- struction. Later that same day they dropped the Ninh Binh railroad bridge, also with a single weapon. VA-195 ' s performance during the ' 72 cruise was truly exemplary, set- ting new records in flight sorties, ordnance delivered and days of combat operations. Deploying in USS KITTY HAWK in November 1973 the squadron was a unit on the first multi-mission carrier of the Pacific Fleet. This WESTPAC cruise was highlighted by a 68-day deployment to the Indian Ocean to further evaluate the CV concept. A second WESPAC cruise under the CV concept was completed in De- cember 1975 and saw the DAMBUS- TERS operate extensively in and around the Philippine Islands. The Dambusters deployed again in 1977 on their third Westpac cruise in KITTYHAWK. Returning to NAS Le- moore in May 1978, the Dambusters began a short 6 month turnaround cycle in preparation for deploying to USS AMERICA in Airlant and a Medi- terranean cruise in March, 1979. 259 Officers TOP ROW (L-R) LT Cart LT Whitney LT Harris LTJG Lowe LT Miller LT Decker LTJG Hibler LT Fitzgerald LT Taylor LT Martin LT Mayer CW02 Smith LTJG Zorychta BOTTOM ROW (L-R) LTJG Hayes LCDR Statskey LCDR Mahew CDR Bowes CDR Phillips LCDR Gates LCDR Langbehn ! 260 :, TOP ROW (L-R) AMS3 Quarles AMSAN Roarabaugh AMSAA Evans AMSAN Leatherman AMMAN Gaffey AMSAN E gan AMMAN Alexander ADl Jones AEAN Shelton AA Kreitner AMSC Sheperd MIDDLE ROW (L-R) AMSAN Logan AMSAN Willingham ATAN Moel AD3 O ' Neill ADAN Blevins ADAA Martinez ADAN Salazar AT3 Sanchez AMS3 Coito AN Meyer BOTTOM ROW (L-R) AEAN Barrus AD3 Mopkins AT2 Espejo A02 Powell AMM2 Summers AMM2 Meister AMH3 Clifton VA-195 TOP ROW (L-R) AMSC Hopper PR3 Barnoski PR2 Perry AMM3 Grant AD3 Thomas AMS2 Young AN Semon AME3 Hubbard AMEAN Meideman PR3 Stewart AMS3 Maloney AD3 Kilgore AN Dixon ADAN Scogins AME2 Shaw AMM3 Martin AMEC Ison ADC Melton MIDDLE ROW (L-R) AME3 Thomas PR3 Schoeneman ADl Johnson ADl Andres AME3 Norris AMM3 Deboer AMS3 Mall AMS3 Klaus AMSl Rogers AMEl Lingard AMS3 Rogers BOTTOM ROW (L-R) AMH2 Caccam AMSl Batayola AMSl Limones AMM2 Cantero AMS3 Escalante AD2 Summers AMSAA Vincent AD3 Hurd ADAN Lasat AMH2 Moselina AD2 Secary 261 Front row (L-R)- AN Resare, AKAN McClelland, AZAN Lopez. AK3 Werhane, AZ2 Manlove, AZ3 Dorman Middle row (L-R): MS2 Holden. AZl White, MS3 Irvin, YN3 Toliver, PN3 Davis, YN3 Slater. PNl Pence. AT2 Davis PN2 Keim, YN2 Rogers. NCI Williams, AZl Montoya Back row (L-R): AQC Lindsey, ATCS Yount. PN2 Campbell. AK3 Hunt. YNAN Trasp, ADl Hanzl, AEl Carsrod. AN Strickland. AMSl Omapas. AMH3 Brown. AKAN Childross. MS2 Lavars. MSI Malabanan. AZ2 Huggins. ADl Boutin. ATI Anderson, AECS Smith. AMCS Bannister. AQCS Sanger 262 VA-195 Front row (L-R): A03 Powell. AE2 Vinson. AT3 Hathaway. AT2 Yocham, AE2 Harting. AT3 Sawyer. ATAN Wakefield. AT2 Roark. AQl Bailey. ATI Price. ATI Wagner. AQ2 Lucas Back row (L-R): AQ2 Cutts. AEl Davis. AEl Priest. AE2 Holland, AQ2 Wortheim. AEAN Young. AQ3 Roque. A02 Robson. AE3 Johnson. AE2 Kappen, AE3 Lester. AE2 Yasutake. AE3 Shear. AE3 Starr, AT3 Jackso. AT3 McKnight, AE3 Barrus. AT3 Brincefield. AT3 Marben. AQl Linaweaver, AQ2 Rupp, AE2 Ashley 263 This Page Is Dedicated To Our Friend And Shipmate LT Talcott Whose Life Was Lost 15 " June 1979 ' i ' ■M ' . f-; ' ' ii " V w; . a ' f v.ta Front row (L-R) A03 Randall A03 Anderson AOAN Lemieux AOAA Bales AOAN Delacruz A03 Distefano AOAN Benefield Back row (L-R) AOAA O ' Toole AOl Ray AOAN Duelfer AOl Taylor AOAN Sparks AOAA Azevedo A03 Sas A02 Karau A03 McKoy AOAN Watson 265 VA-192 r A7E Corsair II Jbh i World Famous Golden Dragons Attack Squadron ONE NINE TWO flies the A7E Corsair II and is home based in Lemoore California. The World Famous Golden Dragons are known for quite a distinguished and colorful history. Originally a WWII Presidential Unit Citation award win- ning fighter-bomber squadron, the Golden Dragons flew F-8F Bearcat aircraft. A transition was made to the F-4U Corsair m 1950 in which then VF-192 helped film the motion picture " Flight Surgeon. " The " World Famous " title came to the Golden Dragons in 1953, when flying the F-9F-5 Panther the squadron helped film two movies, " Bridges of Toko Ri " and " Men of the Fighting Lady. " Over the next ten years the WFGD ' s cycled into the F-9F-6 Cou- gar, the FJ-4B Fury and A4D-2 Sky- hawk. During the Viet Nam War years, A-192 was a squadron of distiction winning two Battle Efficiency Awards and four consecutive Chief of Naval Operations Safety Awards. The first Golden Dragon Corsair ll ' s were re- ceived in 1970, )ust prior to one of six combat cruises to Yankee Sta- tion. The squadron participated in the thick of the action, including pa- trol of the " Loatian highway " and the mining of Haiphong Harbor. West-Pac cruises aboard USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) have kept the Drag- ons operationally busy since 1972. Attack Squadron ONE NINE TWO today continues to display the excel- lence of its proud past. The Golden Dragons returned from a West Pacif- ic deployment in May of 1978 and immediately began preparation for the squadron ' s first Mediterranean cruise. The men of VA-192 worked to become completely operationally ready for the USS AMERICA (CV 66) in a short turnaround period. Train- ing included detachments to Fallon Naval air Station, Nevada, for weap- ons training where the Golden Drag- ons won the Carrier Air Wing ELEV- EN Bombing Derby. Carrier refami- liarization was then accomplished in December aboard the USS ENTER- PRISE. (CVN 65) Early January 1979 found the Dragons moving aboard the USS AMERICA for final training prior to cruise. The high motivation and out- standing efforts by the men of ATK- RON 192 put the Dragons at the top of the airwing during druise work- ups and the Operational Readiness Exam. In mid-March, the AMERICA embarked for the Mediterranean. March waned like a lamb but the Golden Dragons continued to roar. Superb maintenance allowed VA- 192 to excell in carrier flight bourse, carrier arrestments, ordnance deliv- ery, aircraft availability and oper- ational safety. The World Famous Golden Dragons smoothly carried out the myriad assignments given to an A-7E squadron while enjoying the summer sun and sea of the Mediter- ranean 1979. The summer days shortened and the AMERICA re- turned to Norfolk while the Golden Dragons returned to family and friends in California - home again! The LTV single-piloted A7E Corsair II can be considered the work horse of modern carrier aviation. War at sea strikes, land power projection, close air support, combat air patrol, surface search and surveillance, coastal mining, or mission tanker - you name the task and the Corsair II performs it. Due to the diverse na- ture of the attack mission, an A-7E squadron must be manned by highly trained, knowledgeable personnel. There is a wide variety of skills and expertise amoung the maintenance personnel who keep the Corsairs operationally ready. Long hours and a challenge on the horizon are not strangers to the A7E community. There is truly substance behind the saying, " There ' s no slack in light at- tack. " 267 1 ::; BOTTOM ROW (L-R) AT3 Spivey, AOAN Wil- son, A02 Jarrett, AQ2 Kelly. AQ2 Adkins Line Trouble Shooters AV-ARM TOP ROW L-R AT2 Terry AOAN Taylor AOAN Lemaster AE3 Trombetti AE3 Walden AEAN Simmons ATS Healy AE3 Myers AEAN Krueger AOAN Rutledge A03 Bowman SECOND ROW L-R AD3 Larsen A02 Allen A02 Girdner A03 Harris AT3 Brown A03 Pursel A03 Mcelroy AT2 Murray AQAN Vega ATAN Rivera AE3 Tromborg AOAN Yeary A02 Brooks A03 Avery THIRD ROW L-R AOl Lambert AEl Hall AOl Madden AOCS Hamby AQC Vaughn AEG Reed AEl Meadows ATI Weber AEl Wilson TOP ROW (L-R) ADAN Scott AMSAA Evans AMSAN Lynn AN Soto AN Whitehead AN Birkin AN Bartkus AN Lyttle AMS3 Zacharewich AEAN J ackson MIDDLE ROW (L-R) AA King ADAN Bedsaul AMHAN Cazares AQ2 Grille AE2 Jacquay AMHAN Rigdon AMH3 Faulks AN Yourdan BOTTOM ROW (L-R) AME3 Velazquez AD3 Sammons AMHl Boyce AMHC Langley AMHC Bastible ADl Cochran AT3 Cross AE3 Dangelo AMSAN Brogan 268 Admin Maintenance I ' TOP ROW (L-R) AN Maya YNl Wagoner AMHAA Barnack AMEl Pickard AMSl Williams AKAN Dagdag MS2 Painter AZ3 Megginson AZ3 Fitzpatnck AQCS Weese Yn2 Pouliot AZl Niehus PNC Tamares AA White SN Khenman AQCS Coulter AMEAN Hayward AT2 Roark AMSC Stephens ATI Owens AZAN Daniels ADl Harterson PN3 Smith PN2 Nicholson AOl Niles YN3 Washington NCI Gist AZ2 Pracht YNl Greeno BOTTOM ROW MIDDLE ROW 269 TOP ROW - LEFT TO RIGHT AMSl Stephanik AN Quesnel AMSAN Quesnel PRAN Embalsado AMMAN Blank AD3 Montgomery AMH3 Sealy AME3 Langford AA Adair AMS3 Struchen ADAN Norton AMEAN Ferrin ADAN Pesquierra MIDDLE ADl Williams ADl Givens PR2 Clark ADAN Padua AD2 Morris AMH3 Wentzell AD3 Malsbury AA Peed AMSAN Dundon AMH3 Haugh AMSAN Kenna AME2 Peralta AMSAA Sanders AD3 Gooch AMMAN Limas AMMAN Riley AME3 Johnson AD3 Rojas BOTTOM AMH3 Curtiss AMSl Ariens AMEl Boyette ADl Rettig AMS2 Pirkle ADC Rowell AMSC Miller AMSl Slater 270 H I ' g P ' - v ' MBffl dflLiQf y ' ri yij jKS! ' immmifmmmilglgfffffim VA-192 LEFT TO RIGHT MS3 Greenlee ATAN Callaway AE3 Keller AEAN Javier AMSAN Roque MS2 Ziznewski AKl Whipple MS3 Ingram 271 27: The Lancers Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron ONE THREE ONE has been through serveral transitions since its beginning in 1946 when the squadron was commissioned at Wil- lor Grove, Pennsylvania, as Reserve Patrol Squadron NINE THREE ONE (VP-931) During the Korean conflict, VP- 931 was called to active duty flying the 1 Lockheed P-2V " Neptune " . In February 1953, VP-931 was re-des- ignated Patrol Squadron FIFTY SEV- EN (VP-57) and retained on active duty. July 1956, found VP-57 moving to NAS Whidbey Island and being re- designated Heavy Attack Squadron FOUR. " HEAVY FOUR " now had a new aircraft, the Douglas A-3 " Skywarrior " and a new mission - long range, all-weather nuclear strikes. In the ensuring years, the A-3 un- derwent continuing modification. As the aircraft and squadron ' s primary mission was eventually changed to electronic counter measures sup- port, " Heavy Four " was re-designed Tactical Electronic Warfare Squad- ron ONE THREE ONE and moved to the Alameda Naval Air Station in No- vember 1968. On 1 May 1971, TACELRON ONE THREE ONE returned to NAS Whid- bey Island, officially " standing up " on 1 October 1917, to become the second operational squadron to fly the EA-6B " Prowler " . The " Lanc- ers " deployed to Southeast Asia in support of the military effort against North Vietnam. For it ' s outstanding performance during the period 3 Oc- tober 1971 to April 1973. TACEL- RON ONE THREE ONE was awarded Commander, U. S. Naval Air Forces, Pacific ' s Battle Efficiency " E " as the outstanding Electronic Warfare Squadron. The June, 1974 the " Lancers " again deployed to WESTPAC, making their first peacetime cruise in eight years. Aboard USS CONSTELIATION (CVA-64) as part of Air Wing NINE, VAQ-131 took part in Indian Ocean exercises, and was aboard " Connie " when she became the first Attack Carrier to steam the Persian Gulf. This cruise ended on December 23rd, 1974. when the squadron re- turned to Whidbey Island. The squadron transitioned to the new " EXAP " version of the EA-6B in 1975. The " Lancer " join CVW-3 on USS SARATOGA from 6 January to 28 July 1976. As the first EA-6B squadron aboard the " SARA " , VAQ- 131 contributied extensively to the appreciation of electronic warfare in CVW-3, USS SARATOGA and TASK FORCE SIXTY. The squadron was a key participant in four high visibility NATO exercises during the cruise. As a result of their superior perfor- mance during Fiscal Year 1976, the Association of Old CROW ' Oustand- ing Unit Award was awarded to the " Lancers " signifiying their achieve- ment of the outstanding electronic warfare unit in the United States Navy. The squadron ' s next deport- ment was to the Western Pacific with Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN aboard the USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) from 25 October 1977 to 15 May 1978. In June of 1978 the Lancers begain transitioning to the latest of the EA- 6b, called " ICAP " completing that transition in September of 1978. 273 Power Plant ii ' II Main Control tj VAQ-131 QA 1 I A Air Frame 275 I VAQ-131 277 VAQ-131 i 279 Aircraft a- , - ' ' i 280 Entire Squad VAQ-131 . ' 81 A roi Ep tiC Le 1 on ; thi sai pir toi I Sqi k On coi ye; an I nar an the ski[ 4 The Green Lizards i ATTACK SQUADRON NINE HVE was commissioned in 1943 In San Diego, California as VT-20. a torpedo bombing squadron flying the TBM AVENGER. During WW II the squad- ron served aboard the U.S. carriers Enterprise and Lexington while par- ticipating in battles at Okinawa, Leyte Gulf. Formosa, and the sec- ond battle of the Phillipine Sea By the conclusion of WW II VT-20 had sank 154,000 tons of enemy ship- ping and damaged another 212.000 tons. In 1945 VT-20 was retired and re- commissioned as Attack Squadron 10 Able. In August 1948 Attack Squadron 10 was redesignated with their present designation of VA-95. On 12 August 1950 VA-95 was de- commissioned. But, after only two years, it was reactivated in the Kore- an War aboard the USS PHILLIPINE SEA, flying the F-6F Hell Cat and de- ployed the Mighty Mouse rocket. It was sometime in this period that the squadron received it ' s nick- name. A nameless prankster placed an Iguana, a small green lizard, m the stateroom of the squadron ' s skipper The news of this escapade soon spread around the ship, result- ing in the CAG giving VA-95 it ' s nick- name of " the Green Lizards. " After the Korean War the squad- ron continued training until 1965 when It made its first WESTPAC cruise aboard the USS RANGER. By 1965 VA-95 had transitioned to the A-1 Skyraider and it was this aircraft that the squadron successfully flew during the Vietnam conflict. In late 1968 VA-95 transitioned to the A-4 Skyhawk and conducted their next deployment aboard the USS JOHN F KENNEDY. The squad- ron flew 2171 day and night sorties without loss of aircraft or pilot. In May of 1970 VA-95 was deacti- vated again. However, in March of 1972 the squadron was reactivated to fly the Navy ' s newest all-weather attack jet, the Grumman A-6A In- truder. After a year of preparation VA-95 deployed aboard the USS CORAL SEA for a WESTPAC cruise. In 1973 the squadron deployed for a second cruise aboard the CORAL SEA. Upon their return from that cruise VA-95 won the COMNAVAIRPAC and CNO Safety Awards. In 1974 VA-95 boarded the COR- AL SEA again for a WESTPAC cruise. During that cruise the squadron par- ticipated in Operations Frequent Wing and Eagle Pull. Both of these were in support of the Saigon evacu- ation during South Vietnam ' s fall to North Vietnamese forces. Also dur- ing that cruise, VA-95 struck targets in Cambodia in support of the U.S. rescue of the Mayaguez. In 1976 VA-95 transitioned to a newer model of the Intruder, the A- 6E, and conducted another WEST- PAC cruise aboard the CORAL SEA. During that cruise the squadron won the first Task Force 77 Challenge Cup Trophy for bombing excellence. VA-95 returned from that cruise in October 1977 and conducted var- ious training evolutions for the re- mainder of the year and through 1978. Shortly after News Years Day 1979. VA-95 flew from its homeport of Whidby Island in Washington state, across the country to Norfolk, VA to board the USS AMERICA with other squadrons of CVW-1 1 for a de- ployment of the Mediterranean. 283 Chiefs Seated (L-R) ADRC Weller ATC Keen ADC Hof AFCM Monlux AMSC Burkey ADCS Millis AQC Williams Standing (L-R) AOC Goforth AMCS Rhodes AQC Valerga ATC Barnes AMHC Niemann AQCS Henderson AMEC Richey Kneeling (L-R) AMSAN Demge AMSAN Nelson AMS2 Cooksey Standing (L-R) AMSAN Garces AMSl Bianco AMH3 Pope AN Husson -v . - 1 Phase AD2 Sheffel AN Robinson AMSl Philips AMMAN Garrett i»A I " nk wm , Front Row (Kneeling) L-R LCDR Ron Mrowczynski LCDR Gray Maxwell LCDR Terry Anderson CO CDR Dick Toft XO CDR Pat Havert LCDR Chris Overton LCDR Larry Martinsen LCDR John Mittell Middle Row (Seated) L-R ENS Pat Donovan CWO 4 Hagood Ziegler ENS Mark Boudah LT John Scott LT Mike Doughty LTJG Al Paddack LTJG Gerry Vandam LTJG Matt VanVackenburgh LTJG Russ Davis LCDR Art Critser VA-95 Troubleshooters Kneeling (L-R) AQl North AMS2 Guijo Standing (L-R) AD2 Powell AZ2 Cavender AQ3 McKenny ATAN Giese AMH2 Gramlich AE2 Marriott Back Row (Standing) LT Frank Baker LT Bill Hilton LTJG Chris Butler LTJG Jim Butler LT Butch Lanzer LT Don Klindt LT Bob Browne ENS Al Banks LTJG Dennis Pickett LT Jim Zortman LTJG Steve Speight LTJG Tim Rivers LTJG Rick Price LTJG Gray Boyce Not Pictured LT Pat McCartney LT Bud Hunsucker LT Harvey McDonald LT Rick Hess 285 51BS7 » iV:i X-iSjA , wm - AT Shop Kneeling (L-R) ATC Keen AN Brown ATAN Allingham AT3 O ' Rourke AT3 Pannell Standing (L-R) AT2 Baty AT2 Maxey ATI Evans AT3 Soletski AT2 Morgan Air Frames NAM ' Kneeling (L-R) AMS2 Guijo AMS Schonhorst AMSl Belknap AN Barkoozis AMS3 Rosa AMSAN Austin Standing (L-R) AMSAN Daniels AN Jones AMSl Sims AN Robinson AN Gismondi AMS3 Athey VA-95 Material Control Kneeling L-R AZ3 league AN Petit AZAR Collins Standing (L-R) ENS Boudah AN Obeshaw AZl Campbell AZ2 Shults AK3 Darling Not Pictured: AD3 Carey AZAN Chase AZAN Davis 1st Lieutenant i 5 Ba7 (L-R) AN Valdez ABH2 Nottingham ADAN Davenport ATI Yaste AOAN Jacobs AN Ingram 287 Ordanance Kneeling (L-R) A02 Cherry A02 Finch A03 Stoke A03 Light AOAN Sapiesko A03 Tucker A03 Ingram Standing (L-R) A03 Perry A03 Murphy AOC Goforth A03 Jokinen AOAN Hurlbut AOAN Jacobs AOAN Gardenhire A03 Wright A03 Prough AOl Scott Not Pictured: AOl Freeman AOAN White A03 Heatherly AOAN Kaminski AOl Dalhouser A02 Beach Trouble Shooters Kneeling (L-R) AQ2 Waylonis AQ2 VanHandel Standing (L-R) AQC Valerga AQ2 Macy AQAN Ayres fKQ2 Dipzinski AQ3 Clark LTJG Paddack 288 i nee ' Sko •R) :h t Kit lenhife I un le «rly iinski user HANN VA-95 Electrical Branch Back Row (L-R) AEl Warrie AE3 Smith AE3 Yokel AE2 Jager AE2 Sutterfield Front Row (L-R) AEAN Hausam AE2 Schwab AE2 Floyd AE2 Wycott AE2 Gronvold Not Pictured; AECS Blackburn AN Wells Line Crews standing (L-R) Kneeling (L-R) AN Killion AD3 Bockholt AN Husa ADRC Weller AEAN Closson ADAN Shelton AEAN Kosmach AD3 Bestick AN Johnston ADRl Baskett AN Mace ADAN Oberman AN Conner AD2 Greenwald AN Totty AD2 Retry AMMAN Hale AD2 Roberts AMHAN Gann Not Pictured: AMMAN Reinke AD3 Wilson AA Rudd ADAN Sigler AMS3 Thompson AD3 Thomas ADl Mikeworth AD2 Bailey AA Ingram AD3 Dinenny AN Shilzony AD2 Brown AN Nicolet ADAN Gibbs LTJG Pickett AD3 Beecher LT McDonald ADAA Noah AN Hergenroeder 289 Admin Personnel Kneeling (L-R) AFCM Monlux PN3 Simpson YN3 Lewis PNl Dawson Standing (L-R) LCDR Maxwell YN3 Magno PN2 Delaney YN2 Rabb SA Konopka NCI Plantz YNl Lewis LTJG Van Valkenburgh Not Pictured: YN3 Ivey Corrosion Control Quality Assurance m 5 aS7 m VSiii KilSS ,n Kneeling (L-R) AMSAN Demge AMSAN Nelson AMS2 Cooksey Standing (L-R) AMSAN Garces AMSl Bianco AMH3 Pope AN Husson (L-R) AZ3 Humphrey ATI Poirier AG2 Hudson ADl Hanson AOl Parow AQl Riepe AMHl Hyndman n£ 151BS7 290 15 B27 . Power Plants (L-R) AD3 Bockholt ADRC Weller ADAN Shelton AD3 Bestick ADRl Baskett ADAN Oberman AD2 Greenwald AD2 Retry AD2 Roberts Not Pictured: AD3 Wilson ADAN Sigler AD3 Thomas AD2 Bailey AD3 Dinenny AD2 Brown ADAN Gibbs AD3 Beecher ADAA Noah VA-95 AME PR Kneeling (L-R) AME3 Harris AMEl Warmanen AN Hopkins AME2 Dix PR3 Lunsman PR3 Quiles Standing (L-R) AN Seely AME2 Covelli PR3 Allman AME3 Borland AME3 Boone 5 BS7 291 VAW-124 T if I ONI ttie sur cyi kej sat 292 The Bullseye Hummers N The " Bullseye Hummers " of Carri- er Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE HUNDRED TWENTY FOUR fly the Grumman E-2C " Hawkeye " . De- signed as an all-weather aircraft, the " Hawkeye " and the men that oper- ate it are capable of a multitude of missions. Typical command control missions for the E-2C are air inter- cept control, surface search and surveillance control, search and res- cue, and strike control. The " Haw- keye " and its five man crew is a ver- satile member of any airwing. Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE HUNDRED TWENTY FOUR was commissioned on 1 Sep- tember 1967 during the fleet-wide reorganization of the VAW-12 struc- ture. The 1979 Mediterranean Cruise is the squadron ' s seventh such deployment and sixth aboard USS AMERICA. The " Bullseye Hum- mers ' s also have made two West- Pac deployments aboard USS AMERICA. In 1978, VAW-24 was awarded the COMNAVAIRLANT Bat- tle Efficiency " E " recognizing it as the best E-2C squadron in the Af- lame Fleet. Shortly there after, the " Bullseye Hummers " received the COMNAVAIRLANT Silver Anchor Re- tention Award, and in June 1979, were awarded the Chief of Naval Op- erations ' Annual Safety Award for their outstanding sefety program and record - over eight years of acci- dent free flying. Commander Jimmy R. Slaughter is the Commanding Of- ficer of AW-124 and the Executive Officer IS Commander L. N. Oden. The men of VAW-124 are dedi- cated professionals who have an en- viable record of accomplishments and they add to it d aily. Thier motto, " Airborne early warning is our busi- ness, and nobody does it better " , is an indication of their attitude and espint-de-corps. 293 Officers " • -A- THE HUMMING ONE HUNDRED TWENTY y S FOURTH Top row (L-R): LTJG Anderson. LTJG Virgallito, LT Jonas, ENS Phillips, LTJG Pritulsky, LTJG Maloney, LTJG Winslow, Middle Row (L-R): ENS Litwin, LTJG Cullier, LT Fuhrman, LT Shelley. LTJG Leveskas, ENS Jesup. LT Ledyard Bottom row (L-R): LCDR Saylor. LCDR Jogan. CDR Slaughter (CO). CDR Oden (XO). LCDR Turner. LCDR Walker 294 VAW-124 Avionics Top row (L-R): Pritulsky. Coywe. Hahn, Hoffman. Ricfiards. Brougfiton Middle row (L-R); Riddle. Nolan. Flora, Marquis, Williams, Justice, Atterson. Kozdrow Front row (L-R): Black. Zurita. Revels. Primrose. Jones. Britton. Watson, Dean, Hernandez, Flafierty 295 Maint Mat Control BDic: THE HUMMING ONE HUHD " ! TWENTY V fO " ' Top row (L-R): AK3 Morris, AZl Ricketson, AZAN McNeely Bottom row (L-R): AK3 Hutchinson. LTJG Collier. AEC Rielly. AMCS Schmoock. LTJG Jesup. AZ2 Gunkle Top row (L-R) Rohr Knodel Armstrong Spedaliere Thomas Bottom row (L-R) ENS Litwin Dostal Cywinski Tolley Cunningham LTJG Leveskas 2% VAW-124 Line Division il ' , ,.f -3! . Top row (L-R): LTJG Winslow, Mayle. Lancaster, Shepard. Hicks, Jutzi Bottom row (L-R): Defreitas. Myers, Sherwin, Chester, Gilson, Lacasse, Wyatt 297 m ■• t -Q. Top row (L-R): Stark. Brown, Keating. Branch. Yost. Fineout. Gibbs, McCrary. Ethridge Middle row (L-R): Maloney. Brown. Woodrum. Cope- land. Gates. Gilson, Untied, Grocker, Arnold. LTJG Ledyard Bottom row (L-R): Pumphrey. Boggess. German. Harvy, Aanesen. Mooring. Hughes, Borst. Whiteknight, Vanacka A C Div. Top row (L-R) Culper Popp Brown Bottom row (L-R) LT Jones Blair ADG Hardin 298 VAW-124 - ■ jj- J-iS M ■ im% , , ,-.,- r- - ,„? HUM.M 0« WO-tO ( _ - i: 1 299 0127 NAVY I S3-A Viking ; iit vwr . -rtr . c j»rgr:; ,T ' i- njj j -j ingT- 300 J The Screw Birds Since commissioning in April 1960, Air Antisubmarine Squadron THIRTY THREE, a unit of Antisub- marine Warfare Wing Pacific and Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN, has made eight major deployments. Six de- ployments to WESTPAC were made aboard USS BENNINGTON (CVS- 20), one aboard USS TICONDER- OGA (CVS-14), and one aboard USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63). The Squadron won the COMNA- VAIRPAC Battle Efficiency Award for 1962. 1963, and 1969. VS-33 was runnerup for the COMNAVAIRPAC Battle Efficiency Award and CNO Safety Award for 1974 and nominat- ed by COMASWWINGPAC for the Ar- leigh Burke Award. From 1963 to September 1975, the Squadron flew the Grumman S- 2E G " Tracker. " In November 1968, VS-33 returned from its third deployment to the Vietnam War Zone where it took part in shipping surveillance, gunfire spotting, and ASW operations. It was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation for action during this deployment. In March 1971, the Squadron de- ployed to WESTPAC aboard USS Tl- CONDEROGA for a four month ASW operational cruise, including such varied enviroments as the Philippine Sea, South China Sea, and the Indi- an Ocean. After returning from WESTPAC VS-33 participated in sev- eral major fleet ASW exercises, in- cluding RIMPAC " 71 " , " 72 " , " 73 " , a joint USN Canadian exercise in May 1974, and Exercise Varsity Knight in 1976. In June 1973, VS-33 joined Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN as part of the first Pacific Fleet CV Car- rier team. In September 1975, VS-33 com- menced transition to the S-3A " Vi- king " completing the change over of ten " Viking " aircraft arrived on 2 March 1976 and VS-33 rejoined Car- rier Air Wing ELEVEN on 1 July 1976 following the transitition period. VS- 33 deployed with Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN on 25 October 1977 aboard the USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63), the squadron ' s eighth WESTPAC deploy- ment and one that stressed ASW. VS-33 also deployed with and uti- lized the Navy ' s first US-3A. the C.O.D. version of the S-3A. On 15 September 1979. VS-33 completed its nineteenth year of major accident free flying. The Squadron has accumulated over 96,000 consecutive major accident free flying hours, and recorded over 22,600 arrested carrier landings in achieving the best record for all car- rier based squadrons. VS-33 has 40 officers and 220 en- listed personnel assigned and go by the name of " Screwbirds. " A proud outfit, they set an all time record for deployed S3-A squadrons in May 1979, by flying an unprecedented 858 hours in 17 flying days. Over 800 of these hours were flown in support of Exercise Dawn Patrol, where the " Screwbirds " were cred- ited with a number of early detec- tions and " kills " ir support of friend- ly Blue forces. Demonstrating the reliability of the Viking and its systems, even after a heavy operation period, the " Screwbirds " on the morning of May 27th launched eight aircraft, and. in a salute to the America and squadron maintenance personnel assembled below, flew by in a double diamond formation, then proceeded on mission, CDR T. S. TODD commanded the squadron until 17 July 1979. when the " Screwbirds " welcomed CDR R. P. MILLER as their present Skipper. The VS-33 " Screwbirds " are home based at NAS North Island. San Diego. California. 301 CORR PHASE (Standing L-R): AMS3 Perdiguerra. AMS3 Brown, ATI Gillham, AMSl Wing. AA James. AMS3 Diaz, AMS3 Lowe Kneeling: AMH2 Ellescas, AMH3 Wheeler, AT3 Sadin, AMSAA Awana OPS COMM AWAN Otto. AW2 Knapik. YN3 Billingsley, SN Williams 10 I Officers And Tech Reps Left to Right: CDR Miller LTJG Crites LT Pepersen Walt Remsen LTJG Walstrom LCDR Moos LCDR Kane ENS Jennings LTJG Quinn LTJG Janiec LT Mariani LT Wells LT Hoiser LT Goulding LTJG Tillery LT Laughlin LT Herman LT Dempsey LT Anthony LT Clifford LTJG Howell LT Winter LTJG Baker LTJG Slater CDR Todd LTJG Heffer LTJG Knock LTJG Kirchman LTJG Manzi LTJG Thompson LTJG Lopez LT Roy LTJG Winkler Roy Marshman LCDR Potter John Englert Frank Ragsdale Ted Stratton LT Mastin LCDR O ' Hara J03 AV Standing (L-R): AME3 Carrier AME3 Laven AMEAN Thompson AME2 McNatt Kneeling; AME3 Stouffer PR2 Abell PRAN Jarosz QA AXC Johnson AEC Perez AXCS Stanley AE2 Dickinson AA Kempler AME2 Walters )04 AE Standing AE3 Byrum AE2 McCullough AEAN Ford AE3 Richer AEC Pomy Sitting: AE3 Enriquez AE3 Inglehart AEAN Wilsey AE3 Harris VS-33 AO AOC Hiyler A03 Rosko A02 Coley AOAN Darden AN Ward AT AX (L-R): ATI Beadle, AXl Gibbs, AX3 Majeau, ATI Schwartz, AT3 Walters, AT3 Rios, LTJG Thomson (Branch Officer), AT3 Sadin, AT2 Knapp, AT3 McHenry, AXAN Abbey, AT3 Somnnerkarn, AT2 Terry, AT3 Maxon, AX2 Miller P P (L-R): ADAA LaBoube ADAN Trevino ADl Carter ADAN Machouel AD3 Mertz AD2 Sutton ADR3 Smithson ADAN Hitszman 305 I AF (Kneeling L-R): AMSAN Sherman, AMMAN Dellava. AMSAN Dolski. AMHl Walker Standing: AMSAN Brantley. AMSAN Maloney, AMS 3 Wheeler, AMHl Durden, AMMAN Gray, AMM2 Reeder, AMSl Matheson, AMH3 Christy, AMMAN Smith. AMS3 Davis, AMS3 Perez. AMS3 Davis ADMIN (L R): YNl Towers, YN3 Briggs. PNl Dammingo. PN3 Lewis 306 ' AIRCREW (L-R): AWC Smith, AW2 Duhig, AWAN Clark. AW3 Jackson, AWl McDowell, AW3 Webb, AW2 Butts, AW2 Knapick, AWAN Otto. AW3 Cotter 1ST LT (L-R): SN Martain, AX2 Miller. AN Tegarden, AEAN Ortiz 307 The Wyverns HELANTISUBRON TWELVE, the lewest Helocopter squadron in the leet is tasked aboard the AMERICA «ith a variety of missions. With the best close in ASW support capabili- ties in the fleet, the Wyverns provide short range protection to the carrier from hostile submarines. The SH3H ' s flown by HS-12 have a vari- ety of sensors, capable of being used by themselves or in conjuction with the other ASW assets onboard. Tasked with planeguard. the Wy- verns provide survival protection to the fixed wing aviators who might be unfortunate enough to have to eject from their aircraft. During this cruise the aircrews of HS-12 have rescued 3 downed pilots from the clutches of Davey Jones. Along the same lines HS-12 provides MEDE-VAC services for the carrier and any small boys who may require advanced medical assistance. Lastly, the venerable Sea Kings are used as logistics vehi- cles to ferry men and material be- tween units in the battlegroup. HS-12 was formed on July 15, 1977 and is based out of NAS North Island at Coronado. California. It has a complement of 24 officers, 144 men and is commanded by CDR K. S. HULL. 309 Officers TOP ROW (L-R) LT Ronacher LTJG Zawisza LT Fackrell LT Squires LTJG Brunskill LTJG Robertson LCDR Messman LT Acuff LT O ' Keefe LCDR Bond BOTTOM ROW (L-R) LCDR Fears LT Poling LT Roulstone LTJG Roatcap LTJG Timm CDR Hull CDR Cannon LCDR Dady LCDR Peterson LCDR Waldbeesser CW02 Kauffman TOP ROW (L-R) YN3 Mannery AXAN Carter AA Midkitt AA Brown BOTTOM ROW (L-R) PNl Olson YNl Legaspi AMHl Peters AFCM Postma AMSC Roberts PN2 Skelton ABHl Powell 310 HS-12 TOP ROW (L-R) AX3 Stallworth AA Trujillo AA Mather ATAN Misuela AN Howard ADl Waterford ABH3 Trevino BOTTOM ROW (L-R) AN Graham AA Curtis AA Marmolejo AMSC Robertson AOAA Walker AA Harrington AN Kunst 311 ' t Front row (L-R): AWl Nicolay. AWl Hansen, AWC Stuthers. AW2 Roberts, AWCS McAndrew, AW2 Toole. AW2 Mills. AW2 Anderson, AW2 Marmolejo Back row (L-R): AWl Barnett. AW3 Poston. AW3 Sharlow. AW2 Bradford, AW3 Batey, AWAN Wheeler, AW2 Earnhardt 312 HS-12 Front row (L-R): AEC Vickers, AZ2 Loeser. AEC Faria. ADCS Washburn. AECS Stewart. AMCS Miller. AK2 Swett. AZ3 Purvis Back row (L-R): AEC Oberlander. AMHl Matzen. ADC Parish. AD2 Reveles, AZl Cui. AMHl Galyen, ATI Massey, AZ3 Henry 313 Front row (L-R): ATI Brandt, AE3 Acton. A03 Reim, AX2 Nicholson, A02 Quinones. AE2 Franco, AE2 Wrob- lewski, AXl Switzer, AOl Ryun, AEl Artis Back row (L-R): AXl Weddle, AEl McCaig, AE3 Childs, AE2 Devera, ATC Hume, A02 Ware, AE3 McDonough, ADl Moore 314 HS-12 Front row (L-R): AMHl Mclntyre, ADl Whidby, ADl Danhoff. ADl Austin, ADC Ruiz. AD2 Anderson. AMHC Stevens. AMSl Shellman. AMS2 Claus Back row (L-R): AN McKenzie. AX3 Scherer. AMS3 Cobia. AMMAN Reveal, AMS2 Looney, AE3 Ellis, PR3 Kmner. AD3 Barendse 315 - . Mmoriam 20 Oct 1978 LCDR Ziolkowski LTJG Renshaw . 11 Feb 1979 AN Randal 17 March 1979 AMHC Coleman 15 June 1979 LT Talcott Arrival Homeport: DTG 318 Finally, staff Editor Assistant Editor Layout Draftsmen Copy Journalist LTJG Thomas R. Sherman LTJG Tony Cothron LI3 Martin U3 Williams JOSN Linteau Word Processing Center Photo Lab YN2 Cinquegreni YN2 Maiden YN3 Clark YNSN Kates YNSN De Santos LTJG Keever ENS Dunn PHC Long PHI Wtiitehouse PHI Stinson PHI Smith PHI Johnson PH2 Barnes PH3 Gilley PH3 Clark PH3 Burke PH3 Thompson PH3 Mahanna PHAN Thorsvik PHAN Weibley PHAN Collins PHAN Barton PHAN Stevens PHAN Butler PHAN Guilder PHAN Danowski PHAN Engels PHAA McDougall PHAR Dunavent AN Martin 1 Special Thanks To The Following People Who Voluntarily Gave Their Time And Used Their Skills To Help Complete This Book. LTJG Doug Campbell PHI Smith PH3 Clark PH3 Gilley PHAN Collins PHAN Stevens PHAN Barton 0S2 Kaminski 0S2 Higgins DS2 Eakin STG2 Murphy STG3 Dewey STGSN Smith AE2 Meredith AT2 Roark IC3 McGilvery YNSN De Santos YNSN Kates YN2 Cinquegreni 320 Shipyard Supplement - COH- ' 80 Sept. 1979 - Oct. 1980 ive ok, Note to reader: Due to the unforseen delay in publishing this Cruise book a special (COH-80) supplement has been added. This section illustrates some of the highlights and major events of the last year. 321 FA-18 Carrier Qual ' s - 30 Oct 1980 322 USS America (CV-66) In Drydock, Portsmouth, Va. 323 Overhaul USS AMERICA remained at Pier 12 Naval Operating Base, Norfolk until 15 October 1979. Although scheduled to com- mence major overhaul in November there were still significant operations to complete. First, during the period 15-23 October AMERICA hosted a highly successful dependents association of Naval aviators seapower demonstration cruise off Jackson- ville. Florida and then proceded south to conduct training command carrier qualifications in the Gulf of Mexico Key West Operations area. Both were highly successful as noted in the following quote by VADM Kinnear. COMNAVAIRLANT; " Your recent support of the Jacksonville dependents cruise and TRA- COM CARQUALS was superior in all respects . . . Provided our young naval flight students with a first hand look at a real Fleet Pro. " After another short stay in Norfolk AMERICA was back at sea on 30 October. This time our mission was to be the platform for sea trials for the Navy ' s newest aircraft the McDonald- Douglas F A-18 Hornet. Operations went smoothly and the Hornet made its first carrier arrested landing on 30 October. With five long high tempo years of operations since major overhaul computed AMERICA now headed up the Elizabeth River to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a And 124 wi k dr ha m an a wc I m; mc wh aii( pai " Blizzard Of ' 80 " While At Norfolk Naval Shipyard la. well deserved re)unvination period. AMERICA entered Norfolk Naval Shipyard for major overhaul on No- vember 6th, 1979. At a cost of over 300 million dollars and over 1 30,000 ship ' s force manhours combined with the 366,000 yardworkers man- hours, this year ' s long overhaul draws to a close. These manhours have proved to be very rewarding in improving the capabilities of the ship and giving a sense of satisfaction for a job well done to all who have worked so hard. Many improvements have been made for the crews safety, such as modernization of the AFFF System which IS pre-eminent in cases of fire, and implementation of the Fire De- partment which consists t K y I ' f f of seventy-two men headed by ttie ship ' s Fire Marshall. For the comfort of the crew, AMERICA ' S Mess Decks both forward, and aft were improved with an updated scullery system, modern serving lines, self-service beverage and ice cream dispensers, a fast food service line, as well as renovation of 26 berthing compart- ments (or over 2,180 bunks). AMERICA ' S war fighting capability, has been significantly improved. With the replacing of the old Terrier missile system with a more ad- vanced and up-to-date system. NATO Sea Sparrow, as well as the Navy ' s first operational installation of the new Phalanx gatling gun close in weapons system. Significant im- provements have also been made to the ship ' s electronic suite with the installation of the new SLQ-17 elec- tronic counter measures system be- ing a prime example. In addition to new equipment the ship ' s eight boil- Miss America And Capt Leeds ers and four steam catapults were overhauled. Rudder ' s. Propeller ' s, and anchor ' s were removed and the bottom completely restored and preserved. All equipment is now again in place and AMERICA is ready to resume her role as a capital ship of the line now updated to make her the most capable carrier afloat. During her stay in the yards. AMERICA was sometimes under- standably not in total livable condi- tion. For this period of time AMERI- CAmen were afforded comfortable accomodations at the Naval Ship- yard Bachelor Enlisted Quarters. Re- creational opportunities, included a swimming pool, basketball, tennis courts. Softball, pool tables, weight rooms, picnic areas, and meals served in cafeteria-type surround- ings. AMERICAmen participated in a va- riety of events during the past year. Some in conjunction with the city of Portsmouth, like the Freedom Festi- val Parade in which the Command- ing Officer Captain Leeds served as Grand Marshall of the Parade. Chari- table functions such as the service- mens YMCA dances AMERICAmen serving as Disc Jockeys, and bicycle repair for disadvantaged children, as well as escorting orphans to the var- ious recreational parks m the vicini- ty Other events while AMERICA was in the yards included a visit from Ad- miral Thomas B. Hayward. the Chief of Naval Operations. Admiral Hayward. himself a former CO. of AMERICA was pleased with what he saw onboard especially m the area of our " people " program AMTRAC and promised that he would do ever- ything in his power to improve the quality of life in 12b the Navy. A visit by the current reigning Miss AMERICA, Cheryl Prewitt, and her entourage was a real highlight for the whole crew. There were pool tournarhents, ten- nis tournaments, boxing champion- ships, USS AMERICA sponsored Fish Camp, and several " All Hands " Pic- nics. And lets not forget the touch football officials clinic, all the First Aid Training, Culinary Institute train- ing, visits by the COMNAVAIRLANT Damage Control Team, and of course the reduced ticket rates for local recreation facilities. Even with all the work accom- plished, and the fun that was had AMERICA still managed to set new standards for the fleet. For instance, the average number of fires on carri- ers during a shipyard overhaul is 2.4 fires per week, AMERICA averaged 1.3 and NO major fires. This over- haul IS the largest of it ' s kind ever attempted at the Norfolk Navat Shipyard, setting several shipyard records. One of the new sponsons installed on AMERICA, is the largest unit ever manufactured indepen- dently in the shipyard, then later transported and instal- All Hands Picnics 327 Underway Again " Post Repair Trials (PRT) 1-26 Sep ' 80 led on the ship. So once again it ' s time to get to the more serious business at hand, the real business of the Navy and the USS AMERICA which is national security, and diplomacy. It is no doubt that a better equipped USS AMERICA together with ALL (5,000) HANDS can accomplish our mission of maintaining peace throughout the Free World. 328 me 10 get to ■ " •and, cfiisnaiioiK " It k 00 JSS m4 :% ? » it ' ir ' k 1 «! : ' t :_■ ' ' ' W,; '

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