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OT Vvju cIm u ' ■ (Wil lll ' l! . -.i- I UNITED STATES SHIP AMERICA CV-66 VOLUME 1 1981-82 A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF A CARRIER DEDICATED TO OUR HOMEPORT VIRGINIA AMERICA j The Aircraft Carrier USS AMERICA is a unique namesake. The name embodies a great many precious intangibles such as democracy, freedom, integrity and trust. She represents an enormous investment of public funds as a small part of our national defense structure. Her name makes her special. Her crew feels special because of her great name. By the publication of this book we, the crew of AMERICA, hope to reduce to a few pages the vibrant and colorful life of America ' s carrier name- sake. You will meet our crew, see our home port and its attrac- tions. You will see us at work and at play both at home and abroad. As a ship, we are an instrument of America ' s foreign policy in peace time and a protector of freedom and democracy in war. We sincerely hope our peace time presence, prepared- ness and diplomacy will forever forestall our utilization as an instrument of war. However, let those who would take our free- dom or subvert our democracy beware. We are prepared to defend that which is near and dear to us all: Our Country and Our Ideas. It is with pleasure that we present one element of your front line of defense: USS AMERICA and her crew. II TABLE OF CONTENTS Title Page 1 Preface 2 Introduction 6 History 8 NNSY 30 PROM 44 CVW-1 Joins AMERICA 46 REFTRA 50 TYT I II 58 St. Thomas, V.I 70 4th of July 88 Tiger Cruise 96 Sailor 98 POM 1 102 Change of Command 106 United Effort 112 The Threat 116 Northern Wedding 120 Edinburgh, Scotland 124 White Cliff ' s of Dover 152 Portsmouth, England 154 Rock of Gilbraltar 180 TYT III 182 ORE 186 Mayport, Florida 190 Page 154 Page 220 Page 316 VAQ 135 Farewell 192 Homecoming 194 POM 11 198 Corrine 204 Christmas Party 206 Virginia State Capital 210 President 212 Governor 213 Mayors 214 Norfolk (Homeport) 220 Che,sapeake 244 Hampton 250 Newport News 258 Portsmouth 266 Virginia Beach 274 Williamsburg 292 Busch Gardens 296 AMERICA at work 300 AMERICA at play 316 Marines 332 Heritage 340 Awards 341 Staff 342 Credits 344 ir 1 1 « THE SPIRIT OF AMERICA Whether at sea or pierside, deployment or stateside, there is something that sets AMERICA apart, distinguishing her from her sister ships. It can be seen in the pride and profes- sionalism of her men. It is reflected in their teamwork. It results in AMERICA ' S high stand ard of excellence. It is the spirit of AMERICA. AMERICA ' S men take great pride in their ship and the nation whose name she carries. The sacrifices of going to sea are overshadowed by the desires of those on board to excel in their individual positions of responsibility and lead- ership, thereby representing well their ship. Navy and na- tion. Ashore and afloat, at home and in foreign ports, their reward is the reward of service, their recognition being a part of the world ' s flnest Navy and on the Navy ' s flnest shi|j. AMERICA ' S spirit is her spirit of teamwork. Forged to- gether into a team of over 5000 men. the embarked air wing and ship ' s company work together to hone their skills in every area of their mission. They daily combine their abili- ties to make the AMERICA team a successful one, capable of carrying out its mission to perfection. Their combined en- thusiasm, dedication and unity of purpose ensure this team is responsive, cohesive, and ready to meet challenge. The end result of these individual and collective efforts is AMERICA ' S high standard of excellence. It can be seen in each day ' s normal operations and in the high tempo of grad- ed exercises. It is evident as she prepares for deployment and as she discharges her responsibilities. AMERICA ' S high standards ensure that she is fully prepared to execute her abilities in the fulflllment of her mission. Pride and professionalism, teamwork, high standards. This is the spirit of AMERICA. ■ HISTORY OF AMERICA oczzzxx:cz ccxzzx The USS AMERICA (CV-66) is the fifth ship to bear the name AMERICA. She became the first war- ship so named to be commissioned into the fleet of the United States Navy. Her identity has been established by the officers and men who serve her. The first AMERICA was intended to be the greatest war- ship of the Revolutionary Navy. Her keel was laid in 1777, a seventy-four gun ship of the line. John Paul Jones was to be her prospective Commanding Officer, but was denied her command just a few months before her launching. Congress presented the ship to France to replace the MAGNIFIQUE which had been lost by grounding in Boston harbor. Thus, the first AMERICA joined the French Navy in 1783. All AMERICA ' S have served ably, from the schooner yacht built in 1851 to the U.S. luxury liner, S.S. AMERICA. The schooner yacht won the first America cup race. During the Civil war, the Confederacy obtained and pressed her into service as a blockade runner. She was later taken by Federal forces and served the Union as a blockader. In 1921, she was assigned to the U.S. Naval Academy. The twin-screw steamship AMERIKA, built in Ireland in 1905 for the Hamburg-American line, was taken into the U.S. Navy in 1917 as a troop transport and renamed AMER- ICA. By 1921, she was back in passenger service with the United States Lines, but retired in 1931. She was taken out of retirement in 1941 and put into service as an Army troop transport. The beautiful United States Line passenger liner S.S. AMERICA was converted to a troop transport to serve in World War II under the name WEST POINT. After the war, she was reconverted to a passenger liner for the United States Lines, and in 1964, was sold to foreign shipping inter- ests and named AUSTRAILIS. r- , ' yss Above (Left): The 1st AMERICA . . presented to France. 1783. Lejt: Steamship AMERIKA, 1905 ... a troop transport in WWI. Above: SS AMERICA . . . passenger liner and troop transport in WWII. efcral iMtu Udio 110 the m- ithihe IMol tmin Knr, I ' oiKd lioler- ' X i 2:x:?:z:z::c?o oc: ::z:::i ' J- Lejil Schooner Vacht AMtRlCA. 1851 . . . the ' radical huK and saH de 3n t «cajnc the mo for |uture yacbts, , « mit iff m0i Her name . . . the personal choice of . . . President John F. Kennedy After more than 200 years, the name and ship were finally united in defense of the country whose name she so proudly bears. Her name was the personal choice of the late Presi- dent John F. Ken nedy. She is conventionally powered, but at one point, while still on the drawing boards, AMERICA was designated to be nuclear powered. Plans were changed be- fore the keel was laid, but some diagrams and component blueprints still bear the name USS AMERICA (CVAN-66). A modified FORRESTAL class carrier, her major distinctions being elevator configuration and a modernized island struc- ture. AMERICA is an enormous ship. For instance if the Eiffel Tower was laid on her flight deck, the Paris landmark would overhang a mere 5 feet. The carrier ' s length is twice the height of the Washington Monument and is only 202.5 feet shorter in length than the stupendous Empire State Build- ing. Her keel was laid in January, 1961 at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company. Three years later, Mrs. Catherine T. McDonald, wife of the Chief of Naval Oper- ations, christened AMERICA. After sea trials and accep- tance trials, AMERICA was commissioned on 23 Jan uary, 1965. Over six thousand spectators crowded the ship ' s han- gar deck to view the commissioning and hear addresses by Secretary of State Dean Rusk, Secretary of the Navy Paul H. Nitze, and the Governor of Virginia A. S. Harrison. I I Top (Right): AMERICA . . . under construction at Newport News Ship Building and Dry Dock Company. July. 1961. Middle (left): Mrs. David L. McDonald launches AMERICA. February. 1964. Middle (Right) Bottom (Left): Flight deck island and mast. Opposite page (Top): The newly commissioned AMERICA. Opposite page (Bottom): Preliminary sea trials. December. 1964. I 1 ZXI OCXX . f 11 AMERICA involves itself in historic events . . . AMERICA ' S first catapult launch and arrested recovery were recorded by an A-4 skyhawk, piloted by CDR. Kenneth B. Austin, ship ' s Executive Officer, while en route to Guanta- namo Bay, Cuba for her initial training. A short time later, she departed on her first deployment to join the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean. Above: Allied sailors visiting during NATO exercises, 1967. Below: St. Thomas. V.I., May 1965 . . . AMERICA ' S first overseas port call. 12 f ocx:::ciTrz:xx: ooi Top {Left Right): CDR K. B. Austin. XO . . . makes the first catapult launch and arrested recovery on AMERICA, April. 1965. Middle: LCDR Bailey D. Sterrett with the A-IE, smiles proudly after making the 1,000th arrested landing on AMERICA. April 1965. Left: Pope Paul VI . . . visits AMERICA, 1965. 13 On AMERICA ' S second Mediterranean deployment, she was awarded the Battle Efficiency E for the best Atlantic Fleet aircraft carrier. During this 1967 cruise, the Arab-Israeli war erupted in the eastern Mediterranean. At midday, 8 June, the technical research ship, USS LIBERTY (AGTR-5), was attacked by unidentified air and sea forces. Within min- utes, AMERICA ' S F-4B fighters were airborne to protect the task force and aid LIBERTY, only to find out from Tel Aviv that the attack had been accidentally committed by Israeli aircraft and torpedo boats. The next day, AMERICA rendez- voused with the crippled ship south of Souda Bay, Crete, where 50 wounded LIBERTY crewmen were transferred aboard to be treated by the ship ' s doctors and corpsmen. Above: USS LIBERTY, inadvertently attacked by Israeli aircraft. June, 1967. Right: Carrying USS LIBERTY wounded aboard. ♦ 14 Left: AMERICA crewmembers view effects of Israeli attack. Bottom: AMERICA corpsmen treat liberty ' s wounded aboard AMERICA. :zyczz :z: AMERICA conducts operations in South China Sea . . AMERICA began her first real test as a fighting vessel on 31 May, 1968, when she and embarded Air Wing Six com- menced flight operations in the South China Sea. For this war effort, involving not a single accident in more than 18.000 catapult launches and recoveries, AMERICA was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for exceptional- ly meritorious service , and her second consecutive Bat- tle Efficiency E . During closely guarded, secret conditions in Novem- ber, 1969, Lockheed test pilot. Bill Park, demonstrated some historical carrier landings aboard the AMERICA with Lockheed ' s U-2R reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of Virginia. The purpose of the landings was to demonstrate the plane ' s carrier suitability. A series of landings and waveoff demonstrations were made by Park. I flew standard approaches and took a cut for the land- ings with no problem , stated Park. The airplane demon- strated good wave off characteristics and I felt at the time that landings could be made without a hook. AMERICA entereii the Norfolk Naval Shipyard on 24 January, 1969, for a ten-month, twenty-six million dollar overhaul. During this overhaul, the ship ' s machinery and equipment underwent extensive repairs and modifica- tions. Two major projects undertaken were a moderniza- tion of the ship ' s weapons handling system and the instal- lation of an Aqueous Fire Fighting Foam (AFFF) system. On 10 April, 1970, AMERICA and Air Wing Nine de- parted Norfolk for a second Western Pacific deployment. Upon her arrival in Subic Bay, Republic of the Philip- pines, the 77,000 ton carrier became flagship for the Sev- enth Fleet Attack Carrier Striking Force. She then began operating on Yankee Station in the Gulf of Tonkin, where she launched strike missions over Southeast Asia. One significant bombing sortie resulted in destruction of the Thanh Hoa bridge, a vital link in the Vict Cong supply line from North Vietnam. For this superb wartime perfor- mance, both AMERICA and Air Wing Nine were awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation. » : ' ■ 16 Top: The schooner and carrier AMERICA sail together for the first time, 1970. Left: Swim call . . . Pollensa Bay. August. 1967. Opposite Page (Bottom): AMERICA refueling two destroyers on Yankee station. Opposite Page (Top): AMERICA ' S first Battle E is displayed by Captain D.D. Engen. UDN. Commanding Officer. April. 1967. 17 USS AMERICA (CVA-66) Weather Summary: Partly cloudy, winds south at 18 knots, max temp. 87, seas from the south. GOOD MORNINGI It ' s July 11, 1968 The America is: On Yankee Station The DAILY EAGLE la • newspaper printed each day at sea by tne USS AMERICA, commanded by Capt. F. C. Turner. USN. The DAILY EAGLE :■ printed oo (ovemment equipment ualng nonappropriated funds and at no coat to the Government In K:cordance with NAVEXOS P 35. Thle newa has been compiled by the Communications Department and edited by the Public Affairs Office. All comments and news stories should ba sent to the Public Affairs Office. VF-33 F41 1st to Make MIG Kill From America USS AMERICA (CVA-66), July 10— A Mig 21 was shot down today by an F-I4J Phantom ft-om Fighter Squadron 33. The Mig was downed by Lt, Roy Cash Jr., 28, of Memphis, Tenn, and his radar in- tercept officer, Lt. (jg) Joseph E. Kain Jr., 23, of Havertown, Pa. The enga gement took place 17 miles northwest of Vinh. The scene on the flight deck was one of jubilation when Phantom 212 made a low pass over the deck and cut in his after- burnersa The Phantom climbed away frcrni the deck at a US degree angle and made a series of victory i jlls. After the plane landed the crew was greeted by a crowd of handshaking and back-slapping well wisher.s. The thiip-ibs up sign of a job well done was a common sign of recognition of the pilots a- amp, long arte i- ' ig 102 attacked a barge in a river nine statute miles north of Vinh. (Gee AME.aCA IK VIiTI. ' ui, page 6) ; mood before the and of next year, we are not rushing our manned space flight (See U.S. SP.ICE, page 6) 18 Opposite Page: Ship ' s newspaper, Daily Eagle . . . features VF-33 MiG kill. Opposite page (Left): Crossing Equator. 1968. Opposite page (Right): Loading ordance off the coast of Vietnam. 1968. Left: AMERICA greets Sidney. Australia. 1968. Below: AMERICA on Yankee station, 1968. 19 Top (Left Right): T-28 makes last carrier landing, October. 1979. Bottom: An AMERICA first . . . Capt. and Mrs. T. W. Kaugher. USMC. July. 1969. 20 zzizx:: I r ciCCGOci:?oi: Below: AMERICA receives Admiral Flatley award, 1969. Middle Bottom: U-2R high altitude reconnaissance aircraft . . . traps aboard AMERICA during guarded secret conditions, November 1969. ' ' T — ' l Ti ' ' ' ' I ' ti 21 ::cx::z:z::zxxjoccxx. czzxxx:iOOcczxzxx ij M Tis xIAi St V 1 «r. .v O 1 • =. Above: AMERICA enters harbor at Sidney. Australia. November. 1970. Right: Judy Ford. Miss America. 1969 . . . visits AMERICA. 22 . In July, 1971, after a six month overhaul, upkeep and train- ing period, AMERICA left Norfolk for a third Mediterranean deployment. A particular emphasis of this cruise was joint operations with allied navies. These exercises were particu- larly successful and the ship ' s aircraft safety record was accident-free. AMERICA returned in December, 1971 and six months later was en route to her third combat deployment to South- east Asia. She was one of four aircraft carriers on Yankee Station the day that the Viet Nam Peace Agreement went into effect. 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 Commendation during this cruise. After a maintenance, upkeep and pre-deployment period, AMERICA sailed on her fourth deployment to the Mediterra- nean in early January, 1974. The ship was delayed from returning due to the deteriorating political situation in Cy- prus. She finally arrived in Norfolk on 3 August, 1974, after completing more than 8,600 launches without an accident. After a brief period of leave and upkeep in Norfolk, AMERICA returned to sea on 6 September, 1974, to partici- pate 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, AMERICA em- barked on her fifth Mediterranean deployment on 15 April, 1976. An early accomplishment of this deployment was the aid provided by the ship in the evacuation of America and foreign nationals during the civil conflict in Lebanon. Re- turning from this deployment in October, 1976, AMERICA spent a three-month shipyard period in Portsmouth, Virginia. Above: Miss America USO show aboard AMERICA. 1970. Left: The crew of Miss AMERICA congratulates each other after making the 66,000th trip on AMERICA. 23 F-18 . . . traps aboard AMERICA On 10 June, 1977, the ship led a five-ship task group that deployed to South America. During this five-week period, AMERICA and other ships of the task group conducted exer- cises with units of the Brazilian Navy. This marked the first time in history that Brazilian aircraft operated from the deck of an American carrier. September 29, 1977, saw AMERICA leaving Norfolk for her sixth Mediterranean deployment. The cruise included intensive flight operations, participation in the annual NATO National Week XXI fleet exercises and port visits to Italy, Spain and Yugoslavia. AMERICA returned to her Nor- folk homeport in late April, 1978. After a three month overhaul period and pre-deployment training. AMERICA again embarked Carrier Air Wing Elev- en, a west coast air wing, and departed Norfolk on her tenth extended deployment in March of 1979. She conducted oper- ations with assets of the Sixth Fleet and NATO, and returned to Norfolk in September, 1979. Shortly after returning. AMERICA conducted initial carrier qualifications for the F A-18 Hornet. In November, 1979, AMERICA once again steamed into the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for an extensive overhaul peri- od. This overhaul lasted more than eleven months and cost over three hundred million dollars. Installation of new com- bat equipment and overhaul of the engineering plant was paramount. Some of the major installations included the NATO Sea Sparrow Missle System, PHALANX Close In Weapons system. Tactical Flag Command Center and a so- phisticated Carrier Air Traffic Control and Display system. Naval aviation history was made aboard AMERICA on 14 January, 1981. Ensign Brenda Robinson, USNR, piloting a C-IA carrier onboard delivery (COD) aircraft, became the first black female aviator to become carrier qualified. After a series of qualification landings. Ensign Robinson made an arrested landing on the flight deck and received congratula- tions from the Commanding Officer, Captain Rene W. Leeds, USN. After successful type training in the Carribbean and an outstanding performance during the Operational Readiness Exam, AMERICA made final preparations for her eleventh deployment; her first dedicated to Indian Ocean operations. Left: F A-18 Hornet . . . initial sea trials aboard AMERICA, October, 1979. Top: AMERICA NIMITZ at Pier 12 . . . Between major deployments, March, 1977. Above: Shirley Cothran. Miss America, 1975 . . . rededicates AMERICA ' S CIA Miss AMERICA . 25 Super Carrier, AMERICA . . . transits Suez On a gloomy morning, 14 April, 1981, AMERICA departed Norfolk with her escorts. During this deployment, she be- came the first super class carrier to transit the Suez Canal in both directions. Just by transiting the Suez one way, AMER- ICA was able to save 900,000 gallons of fuel and reduce 3400 miles and eight sailing days, from the normal 12,000 mile route around the horn of Africa. Total transit time was ten hours and ten minutes for the 104.5 mile route. During her seven month line period, AMERICA operated with the navies of Greece, Great Britain, Australia and Spain, steamed over 60,000 nautical miles in two oceans and vis- ited three countries. Just prior to returning from her seven month deployment, on 12 November, 1981, the Navy Board of Inspection and Survey team embarked in AMERICA to conduct INSURV. The results of the inspection were deemed outstanding by the board. It was particularly interesting to note that AMER- ICA was the first carrier ever to pass INSURV. On 7 December, 1981, AMERICA was back to sea for seven days to conduct fleet carrier qualifications, and a Tiger Cruise . During this period, she hosted the fathers and sons of AMERICA men and recorded almost 1700 ar- rested landings. Following the CQ period, AMERICA entered Norfolk Na- val Shipyard for a four month overhaul period. In addition to the normal renovating that took place, she was fitted with two weather satellite receivers and a heads up display unit for the Landing Signal Officer (LSO) platform. AMERICA also spent a short period in drydock for the purpose of re- working shaft cintron seals and refurbishing a tail shaft. AMERICA departed Norfolk in May. 1981, following sea trials, for pre-deployment training. Her training was exer- cised in the Carribbean operating area and included a four (4) day port call to the tropical paradise, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Top (Right): AMERICA departs Suez Canal at Port Said. October. 1981. Above: VS-33. S3-A . . . makes contact on Foxtrot submarine. 1981. Right: Emotions arise as AMERICA departs on Indian Ocean deployment. April, 1981. 26 i Top (Left): AMERICA makes historic transit of Suez Canal, May, 1981. Top (Right): Perth, Australia . . . May, 1981. Above: Perth . . . morning after. Above (Right): King Neptune reigns during Crossing the Line initiation, August 1981. Left: Beer day . . . October, 1981. CCQC : s so:2:2::c2 27 Indian Ocean deployment concludes . . . AMERICA prepares for 1982 83 schedule. After an appreciated six weeks in-port Norfolk, AMERICA departed 22 August to participate in the joint NATO exer- cise, United Effort and Northern Wedding 82. The track across the Atlantic encountered many challenges with grow- ing complexity as real world Soviet interest grew in intensi- ty. The Carrier Battle Group entered the North Sea from the southern Norwegian Sea and provided air cover for a major amphibious landing on Jutland. Port calls in Edinburg, Scot- land and Portsmouth, England gave the crew a respite in a very hectic schedule. Accentuating the mobility, flexibility and versatility of the carrier battle group, AMERICA departed Portsmouth, Eng- land early to augment the SIXTHFLT in support of U.S. Marine presence in Lebannon. Once in the Mediterranean, AMERICA participated in another important NATO exer- cise, Display Determination . In two short months, AMER- ICA had participated in major allied exercises in the Atlan- tic, Norwegian Sea and the Mediterranean, once again prov- ing that she is always ready to serve in any theater of operations. Following AMERICA ' S short presence in the Mediterren- ean, she steamed for the Puerto Rican operational area to complete pre-deployment training and to receive an oper- ational readiness examination (ORE). After the ORE and a short fleet carrier qualification peri- od, AMERICA returned to Norfolk to stand down before a lengthy deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean. I I 28 Opposite Page (Above): Tigers aboard AMERICA observe transit of Elizabeth River enroute to Norfolk Naval Shipyard, December. 1981. Opposite Page (Below): Palma revisited . . . October. 1981. Left: Homecoming from I.O. cruise. November. 1981. Above: Pollywog initiation . . . August, 1981. CGC o o :zzzx AMERICA ENTERS Working jitogether... 19 SY American way X V NORFOLK NAVAL SHIPYARD 14 December 81 A noisy, grimy, gritty existence. That ' s life in a sliipyard and the Norfollc Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth is no exception. AMERICA closed out 1981 in the yards. Amid the noise and the dirt, the job of refurbishing this huge ship prevailed. Hordes of yardworkers swarmed over the ship like wasps in a honeycomb, darting in and out of the various spaces. In addition to the refurbishing, AMERICA was fitted with two weather satellite receivers and a heads up display unit for the Landing Signal Officer (LSO) platform. I|i drydock, the 21 foot high propellers (screws) and the 30 tont rudders sat high and dry. Renovating continued iighout the ship, from the flight deck where work on the Its was done, to underneath the ship as the work force I over reworking shaft cintron seals and refurbishing ' Ihaft. f ■M M . «W fc r ' T ' s-r-r m fimi m0i»itm w m i«y ' -tmtMikk »l t,i NNSY AMERKA IN DRYDOCK I 41 U--Mi INSY ' ■jf-T Ei . Jr 1 1 IH H H i fjilL; ' ' ' ■ ' ■ ■ ' -{Ji.- ri- .., H HHI H ' Bj ' MMnp »- fc. ' - - - - ' » ' ' -- rf , 1 - - - ■• 43 rCCMNKffr USS AMERICA has made Naval history on many occasions, however, on the night of May 1st, 1982, she hosted an event that was a first, not only for an aircraft carrier, but for a group of high school students, as well. On that night, AMER- ICA was the host for Chesapeake ' s Great Bridge High School senior prom. The prom location came about through the efforts of Dana Austin, an officer of the junior class at Great Bridge and the daughter of AMERICA ' S former Executive Officer, Captain Paul B. Austin. The prom turned out to be a big success and the seniors at Great Bridge said they would remember the unique experi- ence forever. ON AMERICA (VW-1 A¥ joins lERICA 47 CVWl Carrier Air Wing One has nine squadrons assigned flying seven different types of aircraft, each designed for a specific mission. The Air Wing is aboard during all overseas deployments and for some training cruises in waters near the United States. At all other times, it is based at the home air stations located on both coasts. VA-34 Attack Squadron. VA-34. flies the A-6E Intruder. The A-6E is a two-man subsonic, low-level, medium attack bomber which has the capability to deliver weapons with pinpoint accuracy deep into hostile territory, in the worst weather, day or night. VA-34 is based at Naval Air Station. Oceana. Virginia. They call themselves the Blue Blasters . VA-46 Attack Squadron. VA-46. flies the A-7E Corsair II. The A-7E is a single seat, single engine jet aircraft with a primary mission of locating assigned targets and delivering an ordnance payload on target. VA-46 is based at Naval Air Station. Cecil Field. Jackson- ville. Florida. They call themselves the Clansmen . VA-72 Attack Squadron. VA-72. also flies the A-7E Corsair II. having the same mission as VA-46. VA-72 is based at Naval Air Station. Cecil Field. Jacksonville. Florida. They call themselves the Blue Hawks . VAW-123 Early Warning Squadron. VAW-123. Hies the E-2C Hawkeye. a twin engine turbo-prop aircraft designed to provide units of the fleet with early detection and warning of approaching enemy forces. Its destinctive radar and communications equipment pro- vides strike and traffic control, area surveillance, search and res- cue guidance, navigational assistance and communications relay. VAW-123 is based at Naval Air Station. Norfolk. Virginia. They call themselves the Screwtops . 48 roo« VF-33 Fighter Squadron, VF-33, flies the Navy ' s newest fighter-inter- ceptor F-14A Tomcat. The F-14A is a two-seat, twin engine, all weather aircraft capable of flying twice the speed of sound. Its mission is to intercept and destroy enemy aircraft in order to e stab- lish and maintain local air superiority. VF-33 is based at Naval Air Station, Oceana, Virginia. They call themselves the Tarsiers . VF102 Fighter Squadron, VF-102, also flies the Navy ' s newest fighter- interceptor, F-14A Tomcat, having the same mission as VF-33. VF- 102 is based at Naval Air Station, Oceana, Virginia. They call themselves the Diamondbacks . VS-32 Anti-submarine Warfare Squadron. VS-32. flies the S-3A Viking, the first completely computerized carrier based jet, anti-subma- rine aircraft. It has the all-weather capability to search for, localize and destroy enemy submarines. VS-32 is based at Naval Air Sta- tion, Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida. They call themselves the Maulers . :5i liS-ll Helicopter Squadron, HS-11, flies the SH-3H Sea King helicop- ter. The SH-3H is a gas turbine powered helicopter used for anti- submarine warfare, rescue and assistance missions and transfer of cargo and personnel between ships at sea. HS-11 is based at Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida. They call themselves the Drag- on Slayers . VAQ135 Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron. VAQ-135, flies the EA-6B Prowler. The EA-6B is a four-seat jet aircraft with a primary mis- sion of providing electronic warfare support to the fleet by detect- ing and jamming enemy radar signals. VAQ-135 is based at Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island, Washington, They call themselves the Black Ravons . 49 51 r Kr ' - ' Jl MM 103 L m m r JJ m- 1 i 54 I I REFTRA 4L a 1 4. 55 72 lO ' ,. REFTRA I % 1 •r ' 59 60 RHi 62 TYT 1-2 MA 64 65 i W 67 68 TYT 1-2 •v. ' .% ' ..? : (St T homaf f iraitv Os lands ' AMERICA visited St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands from 20-25 June, 1982, during pre-deployment training. The ship lounged gracefully in the clear, aqua water of the Carib- bean as our crew went ashore to explore an island steeped in the history of the area . . . where the great English admiral, circumnavigator and buccaneer. Sir Francis Drake, watched his fleet on parade from his bench high above the waters of Meagan ' s Bay and . . . where it is rumored that Bluebeard had buried his treasure. America ' s paradise in the Caribbean crown and pur- chased from Denmark in 1917, St. Thomas is the second largest of the Virgin Islands. During the day, streams of tourists debarking from the cruise ships tethered to the pier in the inner harbor, join AMERICA men in search of bar- gains in this duty free port. At night, the sounds of Reggae and good old rock ' n ' roll echo through the cobblestone alleys as revelers celebrate the balmy, tropical night. Soon, too soon, AMERICA gathers her liberty launches like a mother hen gathers her chicks and glides slowlw r,f 71 I i [S emof 73 iStTik omof 74 ,i 75 76 7 1 emaf 77 W ' r ' - 81 82 » v . fjfl L„ l H J L a . 83 ' 85 86 mm ' ' i ii? i -i. ' •♦ .-! f SlS S ay Kj - I i ■-■L •, y..jsa . % iwi -— » ' — 4 fl ll - ' S Ssw • ' • Jg; . ' ■i ri 87 ceXe ld s ' ! ' ■-« ,t»» :,hP» ' ° ' o,c.«» ' sS:: :r;S :: to ' ,eO :e VJ »» CS ' 89 . ;- ::! ' c- ' ;■• . H j ' . 1 1 1 ■! j i ' j| • r LiB s iHi 92 rmER cmmBE How do you explain what happens on an aircraft carrier at sea to someone who has never been there before? One way is to bring them alongl That ' s just what AMERICA did 22-24 July, 1982. Male dependents and fathers of crewmembers were invit- ed on a two-day Tiger cruise to the Virginia Capes operat- ing area where AMERICA was scheduled to conduct carrier qualifications. The Tigers , upon arrival, were divided into twelve sec- tions for accountability. They also received safety instruc- tions and a schedule of events in order to prepare them for three days aboard the warship. During the cruise, the Tigers were given tours of the ship and were briefed on the responsibilities of each depart- ment. The tours also included points of interest throughout the ship. For example, the Tigers were able to watch var- ious jet and prop aircraft launch and recover on the carrier. As is usually the case, the Tigers left the ship upon its return to Pier 12 with a clear understanding of and apprecia- tion for the work their fathers and sons were doing. 3 1 I X 1 1 — j i:pi,.- ' ' 3 B j VL tf;;-— JP i • K k l A . 97 r : t«SCJN. v-r ' yy. ■ ' tlct-j ; -«ii - »t ri • w fcr ff - ¥ A SAILOR REUNITED I 99 DINING OUT AND A MOVIE 101 K ' ' T PIER 12 Prepare for Overseas Movement. AMERICA ' S crew and civil- ian contractors busy themselves with many projects in order to prepare the ship for a North Atlantic NATO cruise. Many supplies are brought aboard and needed maintenance is per- formed. Time spent with family and friends is among the priorities. 104 CHANGE OF COMMAND CAPTAIN DENIS T. SCHWAAB I RELIEVES CAPTAIN JAMES F. DORSEY, JR . On 30 July, 1982. as AMERICA sat alongside Pier 12 of the Norfolk Naval Station with Hangar Bay 2 bedecked in signal flags and bunting. Captain Denis T. Schwaab relieved Captain James F. Dorsey. Jr., as Commanding Officer of this mighty warship. It was a time-honored scene, one that had been played out countless times in the Navy ' s past 207 years. In AMERICA, it was the fourteenth time such a cere- mony had been held. It was just a little after 11 a.m. (1100) when CAPT Schwaab said I relieve you, sir and CAPT Dorsey replied: I stand relieved. Thus, the mantle of responsibility, author- ity and accountability passed between these two men like a baton in a relay race. The guest speaker for the occasion was Vice Admiral Thomas J. Kilcline, Commander Naval Air Force, U.S. At- lantic Fleet. Also present, was Commander Carrier Group EIGHT, Rear Admiral Jerry O. Tuttle. Following the change of command, Mrs. Dorsey and VADM Kilcline pinned new shoulder boards on CAPT Dor- sey, frocking him to the rank of Commodore. A reception followed in the wardroom. 106 mo .J. H EM V t? | 1 ,sf„ 1 1 T I H H 1 hP R vS I 109 110 i R fr K 1 i 1 F WA W A 1 J H If ' W 1 1 T l J I 1 lili 112 In late August, with AMERICA In the vanguard, thirty three ships and nearly 100 aircraft of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet and Canadian forces got underway to participate In the exercise, United Effort ' 82 . During the transit from our eastern coast to European waters, we tested the capabilities of our forces and lived on the cutting edge of the future as we pioneered the use of new techniques for battle and oper- ational deception. A ■ 4 i 114 i ,-ft 115 THREAT 116 ■ ' ' •ft — M 117 118 THE THREAT : m ' ,M .:€£ ' M v « pM ' i f0 mmi 119 1 ' J I i 1 y ■ V •AVy M» NORTHERN WEDDING 122 G 123 Scotland! The very name conjures up pictures in the mind of misty-covered laltes where the glassy surface may be broken by the ripple and wake of a creature reputed to live there. When AMERICA entered the Firth of Forth on 16 Septem- ber, anchoring off the small village of Kinghorn. we found Scotland to be all we had imagined it to be. In Edinburgh, we walked the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle, overlooking the city, to the Palace of Holyrood House which is nestled below the cliffs just outside the city. Holy- rood House is the summer residence of Great Britain ' s reign- ing monarch. There was time for a leisurely P MH A taHlta downtown and a ni hectic p4se, Piff Frl BS IWenW the many bargaii H Scottish woolens to bellund. B h Wm m i dB . } Tours took us to St. Anci was born and AMERICA ' S golfers play a few holes. Americans and Scots both speal we had to listen carefully to underst. jumpers, elevators became lif. =-. « .-i became crisps. Speaking of fo od, nowhere in thi in you find greater fish and chips than those found in Scotland. As darkness fell and we started back to Grafton for the boat ride back to the ship, we looked fondly back to the center of Edinburgh. Here on its hill, like a beacon bathed in -• ignificent glow of the spotlights illuminating ' ' fi ' nvi ' i ' ii rru F7 ' r7JiTViiaiiiii ' ■ n if. i . w Si ■tMIt 1 JSSm . 1 -111 ... , y — JH liSTJ 1 ;. .--i 1 V, - • ' i ' 1 1 • ' ' ■ i fe 1 I ' il li • •• v g A H i • - f 1 . tf n| y m ' . iH i L B - M ■- . . ? r » 4 ; 4J ■ ■ . .Jb: . I ♦ 129 G V ( Jt .1 r t5 1 - ' r wHrV iA A. i L - » - 4 ' jj w ■ » 1 J 1 1 ' ii . Sf ' f . t Jrl J w ■ [ 134 1 , B l k f Ij 1 B| [ M ' ' %| IP ' B L flfe E s hi A ZM M ■ - ■ 1 ' • ' •. ■.■—-. u 135 136 I t 138 41 139 1 til ■ III iii Hpa3 d i (■■■I llHl iy la! ! •HI ? 142 jswa ws ' - 144 146 mm «4ft 150 4 » ' inn - - Z K. ' y! . m 1 V J LONDON PORTSMOUTH Portsmouth, England is similar to our homeport of Norfolk. It is a major British town . . . the modern Navy and symbols of years past exist side by side. Among the new cruisers and destroyers, some tested in the action off the Falkland Is- lands, are the majestic, ancient ships-of-the-line. AMERI- CA ' S sailors toured the HMS Victory, Charles Dickens ' birth place and visited magnificent Stonehengc . . . among other places of interest. While in Portsmouth, AMERICA ' S crew had an opportuni- ty to visit London. People from all over the world — even those who haven ' t been there — have heard about the unique features and traditions which contribute to its majes- tic character. AMERICA ' S officers and men visited many andmarks, including the Tower of London, Westminster Ab- bey, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Trafalgar Square. The traditional English pubs and night life were enjoyed by many. All too short, our port call to Portsmouth as well as our visit to London was over. We were informed that we were needed in the Mediterranean, and so . . . with only three days in port . . . we weighed anchor and set forth. »j 155 f »• ' ' -. jh,:. ji M ' • fi- ll • S T7 LUdXLLUJ i mmMi lr Ir l Lhl i jirff-L Jlf a ■ It a I [JEaHliJlJiMj 111 lU IL iiii lill i u « i« 4Ai )feft yi W - 0, :a 4i PR «.» • • i, l«J ))■ ,! M m • Lujjj : 11 vi iiJL Jii 2?%H i i 4 rV n hHr il«5W a. T 166 II 173 175 t ■ •- . iW| ■ -=? H t ► ' ■ • r i - ••«,-V ■ •y jp ! . 177 AMERICA ' S RUGBY CLUB With few experienced players and only six practices on the hangar bay. the AMERICA RUGBY CLUB ARRIVED IN Scotland expecting a practice session or two. They played two matches the first day. The team woke up the next day so sore they could hardly move, but the word was out in Edin- burgh about our hard-hitting, hard-partying style of play and soon we had more offers for games than we could han- dle. Games in Edinburgh included the HMS Plymouth. Mor- ray House. Police Department and Dunsfermine clubs. The next stop was Portsmouth, England for a match against the Heathens, a new club who presented us with the club flag and treated us to dinner of fish-n-chips. The highlight of the trip was a five hour bus ride to Wales. The curious townspeople lined the hills surrounding the field to watch the Yanks play their national sport. After the game, AMERICA ' S team enjoyed a healthy party with the Brits and their fans. It was back on the bus the next morning, an early farewell to the British Isles. Ti :- -■ ' ' fci ' r ' 1 OCTOBER 1982 8 OCTOBER 1982 ' ' ' il ' ps f » OF GIBRALTAR 20-23 OCT 8 182 f 185 ORE AMERICA and her embarked Air Wing underwent an Oper- ational Readiness Evaluation (ORE) from 25 - 27 October, 1982. The objective of the ORE is to test the combined war- fare skills of the carrier and its air wing. All varieties of carrier combat operations are tested to include: anti-surface, anti-air. anti-submarine and strike warfare, etc. Also tested were the ship ' s defense systems and capabilities as well as the ship ' s ability to effectively control fire and flooding as a result of battle damage. AMERICA and the Air Wing ' s performance during this important evalua- tion was rated as OUTSTANDING. 187 Maypoft, I hi. rvy. ' ,-vi i ' tfvwwraEto jr OFFICERS CLUB AND BEACH 191 The world famous Black Ravens of VAQ-135 play an important role In both offensive and defensive operations of CVW-1. The EA-6B Prowler is packed with electronic jam- ming equipment with which it can provide a cloak of pro- tection to strike aircraft on a bombing mission or to the Battle Group against the formidable Soviet bloc missile threat. The Prowler ' s jamming pods can electronically Uam , in an active mode, a wide variety of radars from wound based search and missile guidance radars to air- borne radars and seaborne radars associated with search and tracking and guidance for missiles. Passively, the Prowler can silence its electronic arsenal and function in a listening mode to assess and locate airborne, seaborne and land based electronic emissions. The presence of the Black Ravens aboard America was a significant boost to the Battle Group ' s survivability and effectiveness in all scenarios. AMERICAmen bid them a fond farewell on their early depar- ture from the Air Wing on 29 October 1982. HOMECOMING 4 NOVEMBER 1982 L 1. 1 • a PS Sap MB w .£ 1 T - ' IK tf H ' 1 Prepare for Overseas Movement. AMERICA dili- gently prepares for a lengthy deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean. The usual hustle and bustle takes place on and around the ship . . . stores loaded, repairs made and mainte- nance performed. The officers and men cherish the last few weeks with family and friends ... six months is a long separation. 198 V I 4i i n % . ' •4 I! M I POM 203 As a promotion for the 1982-83 cruisebook, Corrine ' s per- sonal appearance on 2 December included aerobics les- sons for crewmembers, TV ads and signing posters. AMERICA men are familiar with Corrine ' s face smiling down from posters saying, remember, I ' ll be lookin ' for you ... in the cruisebook. REMEMBER ■ ■ ■ 111 Be Lookin ' for W YOU in the Sfl| next f Cruisebook f g diMu . A J A L CMIRIIST 206 Bi I . --• I A. Kir ' »»a Ml -A 1 : ' ;V WMr sr,v «: n fc y ■ JI- ■HI K f «Kiai j( • -.■ ■ - ' ■ ■ y . • - ' ■ ■ • 1 • ' . ' t . 209 RKHMCND 1 There have been few dull moments in Richmond ' s life as a city. Indians and settlers fought over ground on which it now stands. Patrick Henry made his Liberty o r Death speech in St. John ' s Church and in 1780 the capital of the state was moved to Richmond. At that time, Virginia extended all the way to Mississippi. British soldiers plun- dered it brutally in the Revolution when it was captured by Benedict Arnold, then ... in the British service. In 1782, it was then rescued by Lafayette, and later in the same year Richmond was incorporated as a town, although it was called a city in deference to its status as a capital. As capital of the Confederacy from 1861-1865, it was constantly in danger, and in 1865, the city was evacuated and set to the torch by retreating Confederate soldiers and townspeople. However, Richmond did survive and now as Virginia ' s capital, it proudly exemplifies the modern South and es- teems both the oldest monuments and the newest skyscrap- ers. It is a city industrially aggressive, yet culturally aware, respectful of its own historical background, yet receptive to new trends in architecture and modes of living. 211 t State Capitol Building 212 i CHARLES S. ROBB GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH 0 VIRQINIA Office of iht Governor TO: The Crew of America There Is no more important or difficult task than the defense of our nation. The men and women of the United States Navy, mony of whom live In our Cofmonwealthy moke doily. In- valuable contributions to the oreservatlon of our freedoms and the strengthening of our well being. I would like to add my own message of personal congratu- lations to those of you who serve on the USS America for the long hours, the difficult assignments and the dally tasks you undertake routinely and selflessly to keep us strong and free, I hope that the coming yeor may be a successful one for you and for your families, and for the great ship on which 1 know you ore so proud to serve. Warmest regards. Ct..Jl, . QJU, Charles S. RoDb (£ilu 111 ' lu-rnlk tlirninin VINCENT J. THOMAS MAYOR OF NORFOLK 214 ' ft.tiuiT Septeaber 22, 1982 Crew of AMEfUCA PPO Haw York 09511 Detx cr«wiiaab«ra I On batiAlf of tha City Council and the people of Norfolk . I salute the thousands of nen and wooen who make up the fanlly of VSS AMERICA. HorfoU Is proud of Its role as capital of the United States Havy. and we are happy to be hone to so aany Navy people and their fanllles. Pra« the establlshaent of our city in 1683 until the present, Norfolk and her cltlxens have continuously been linked to the sea. Those of you servlnq on board the USS AKERICA can take Justified pride in knowing you are a suijor coeiponent of the peace-keeping force of the world. We wish you fair skies and saooth sailing on your 1982-83 cruise. Sincerely yours. Vincent Hayor SIDNEY M. OMAN MAYOR OF CHESAPEAKE Stpttjubtt I. NJf Cl£« oi -WEEICA USS AtHRKA C f-6tf FPO New Votk OtSil COwCRATULATIOMSf I m exdXed abciit fcuA 19K-tS Oumtbeek wluch taUl jociu on Vixgtjua ai youA hotpcxt. Vt ant extiontti pvmd oj tach oruf cvciy one ei you eJw make up tht (torn to Auppff%C thi btatU iut. iiu.p. Tfui CuiUebOi?!: mUI be a iptejudid Vtcbatc to dit ciiictcnt tvivici eJ de £li b-i tach cj uou. Owi veAif Beit (Uuficj to uou f,ot luippattit aid tuid good heaixh. WiXh k lldcit e.cta i, J t AimH mm JAMES L. EASON MAYOR OF HAMPTON 216 THE CITV OF HAHPTON To th« Crow or tho USS AMENICAi On bohAlf of tha City of Hampton, I cDn9r«tulAt •ach of you on th« publication of the 1982-83 Crul» book taaturlnq your honvport of VlrqinlA. tt ti «n honor for ua to b« Included in thlc n»at Inpreialvo edition. We In Hampton are proud of the job you are doln? in »eint lnlnq the liberty of the United Statea. and ve atand ready to aaalet you whenever you are »n our City. May the conin? year bring you continued aucceas Ln all your ondeavora. Youra truly. fpaaaa L. Eaaon Jlowplt CC. Sttrfjir JOSEPH C. RITCHIE MAYOR OF NEWPORT NEWS TO TMh CRIiW 0 USS AMriRlCA: On behalf of the NcMpori News City Council and the citi- lens of our City, we extend to each of you our congratulations for your continued dedication and professionalism in seeing thnt the national security of our great country is protected. The USS America is a superb example of a mighty ship that requires a concentration of diverse skills, working as a team, to keep this sophisticated vessel operating around the world. iiach of you regularly makes sacrifices and demonstrates a commitment and devotion to duty that keeps this nation great, and we thank you for that. Our best wishes for many successful voyages! lO.t JhJc Joseph C. Ritchie Mayor, City of Newport Ne ' I t ' ili j o[ piiri twii until SeptCBber 7. 1982 J. E. JOHANSEN MAYOR OF PORTSMOUTH 218 Cr«w of Aacrtca, As Mayor of the City of PortHBouth and on behalf of the City Council. It i a groat pleaxtre for us to coucnd all of you Mho so sciivvly dedicated your tiae and efforts to iaprovlng thv quality of life in our koasunlty during your stay in Portsaouth. Our City could not survive without the spirit of voluntcmsB which brings to us an additional dlmeniion of public service delivery. Volunteerisn tn Anerlca ha! been known to total billions of dollars per year, if such services were rembursed. An old core city such at PortsBouth Must depend on the thousands of individuals who serve so well in a variety of prograas and activities. This is a solid foundation upon which we can build • future for the generations to coae. Again, we are deeply grateful to all of you who gave your llae and efforts to the City of Portssouth for the betteraent of this coaaunlty. Best of luck In all your future endeavors and aay 1982 continue to be a wonderful rejr tnr ou: ' • ■ . •ifiY A.V K Mayor V I H 3E»C -I. LOUIS R. JONES MAYOR OF VIRGINIA BEACH 1 1 ' i i l ll£3 Sepl«mbcr 24. 1982 Dear Crew ot Amfrica; 00 behalf o( ihe Virginia Beach City Council, I want to stnd warm urcetingi to each of you, 1 know thai many ol you live in ogr City and have families here. We understand the sacniicc ol separation, and we join in the excitement that your families experience when you return from a cruise. Virginia Beach is proud to have several military bases within its boundaries. We are prouder still ol the contributions that each of you have made in our niitional defense. Our City continues to benefit from your contributions as does our Nation. Sincerely, A; P. ] -.n Americas Homeport. . . norfolK VIRGINIA 1 Norfolk! AMERICA ' S homeport celebrated its 300th birthday in 1982 and like AMERICA. Norfolk is closely tied to the sea and to the Navy. Norfolk, once a sleepy little seaport, has continued to grow into the major city of today and is the scene of many naval advances. Among these are the Battle of the MONITOR and MERRIMAC in 1862 . . . paving the way for steel-hulled ships; the start of the voyage of the Great White Fleet in 1907 ... a major event in the United States policy of showing the flag around the world; and . . . Eugene Ely ' s flight of the first airplane ever to take off from the deck of a ship. He landed at what is today the Norfolk Naval Air Station. Tidewater is rich in diversions and in things nautical. In Virginia Beach, there is the Maritime Historical Museum as well as miles of beautiful ocean front. Additionally, the Beach boasts plenty of night spots, a wax museum, the Thoroughgood House and Mt. Trashmore. Portsmouth, home of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, is proud of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, the Naval Regional Medical Center and the Seawall. Newport News sports the Mariners Museum, the Victory Arch, and the Newport News Shipbuilding Company where AMERICA was built. Hampton is known for NASA Air and Space Center as well as Langley Air Force Base and gorgeous beaches. No matter where AMERICA sails. Norfolk will always remain . . . homeport. 220 PIER 12-mB nORFOLK 221 Sk •« 1 d - -■ THE MADISON ■ A ;-i%- ' -ip- ■ - M .-v.M-Nr- .— V ? ' ' jCBC3fl3p3iSft ' ' »- w -T ' 1 ift id 3 « 1 i-- ' ■ ■ fl n ' K .v J ■ - r- ' ' ' liMfl l ■M- i ' t BS ' . :-- i--. ; ' ■•i:;r ' -;;r.- I fc - ' -. 5«.7i • •i-4 ,i= . - . ' . : i ■■• ' • ■• • ■ . 227 n K 300th Anniversary Celebration - (.IIU 228 :1 Ocean View 232 233 Ocean View §K)re Drive MariNa mmi SEPT 2-b HOME OF OCEAN VIEW OPEN BILLFISH TOURNAMENT 234 -—A —- •. «i- -■ - - . - = r.:.J: V:-J I 235 I I 236 MILITARYCIRCLE I 237 Horfolk International Airport Zoo 239 .;. W ' i ,WO )tfV MICHArL J.MUUJS; I 5 ntm ' 5: i i i- «r rl m ' m I HB 1st MONDAY 1 EACH MONTH 1 -% 1 n K 241 i orro .Jk.. 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AMERICA ' S cruisebook was selected as one of the ten best in its category in the nation. It was the only cruisebook chosen. Above: Captain James F. Dorsey, Jr.. Commanding Officer and CDR Lawrence M. Clarke. Cruisebook Chairman, receive PICA award from Delmar Publishing representative, Mickey McCay. 0 ' u:j c i (;hff h ' nje U f ■ jc ' fo t25;oLy 71) (I hi RECOQNmON OF EXCELLENCf FOR PRINTING AND DESIGN VdmdiV Pnnimi] Company United States Navf Participants United States Ship America Below: Printing Industries of America National Award of Merit presented to USS AMERICA for 1980-81 Cruisebook. 341 CRUISEBOOK IT. R.P. Vannatter Sales Manager 343 CREDITS Without the major photographic contributions of the following peo- ple, this cruisehook would not have been possible: LCDR J. LEENHOUTS PH3 E A. McGARRY CW02 W. WELCH PH3 J. K. MUNROE DPI R. J. WETZEL PHAN F. V. BAKER PH2 R. D. BUNGE PHAN R. H. COLLINS PH2 D. L. SIGLER PHAN R. E. WILLCOX PH3 D. L. HENRY PHAN R. L. ZECHES PH3 J. T. MARRIOTT We would also like to thank: FHC A. J. KINGUETTE. IS I T. LABHON. PHI D. L POWELL PHI R. J. SEMON, PH2 S. R. WALTERS. PH3 P E. DELIO. PH3L. DUBLIN. PH3S. M. HARRII t(,TON. PH3D. A. SPOTS. PHAN R. E. BRENNER. Additionally, thanks is extended to VF-W2 TARPS Personnel and CVIC for the THREAT photography). Our appreciation is extended to the Virginia Beach Tourist Bureau, the Ma ;ors of the Tidewater area, and Busch Gardens for their cooperation . And a special thanks to the Williamsburg Foundation for their gracious hospitality) and assistance to our Cruisehook photographer, and to Mr. Mickiy McKay of DELMAR for his advice, guidance, artistic contri- butions and assistance to the cruise book staff. iiiimh ■ - ■» jsStt

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