Brown (DD 546) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1953

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After two days at sea, the elements began to work. The force encountered a tropical storm which roughed the "DD'S" considerably, although the "CVA" was hardly aware of the destroyers or storm.ln fact, one "airdale" was overheard to shout while the Brown was alongside, 'Shove off coxwain, your boat's loaded!"' c The storm was highlighted by a 47 degree roll causing damaged to twenty five feet of the port railing, which was mild compared to the chaos created in the crew's dining lounge. Also of note was the laik gf fresh water on this leg of the journey, many bathless days re- su e . Neverthless, on July 17th Subic Bay greeted us. Despite the heat, many enjoyed "San Miguel's" abundant hospitality. The next morning brought 'H farewell to the Phillipines as we left to carry out our special assignment. By now our force had swelled to eight destroyers and two carriers. We had join- ed the Phillipine Sea, another of our CV class carriers, and were proceeding to the Formosa Straits. The object, an air de- monstration for the Chief of Naval Operations to impress the chinese Nationalish leaders , whom he was conferring, that our Naval Air Force is a vital and powerful link in Formosa's defense. After receiving a well done from the "Chief", our divison set course for Sasebo, Japan, one of our Fleet Support Centers in Southern Japan. The lines were over and secured on July 26th for a 48 hour stay to allow provisioning and refueling. Leaving Sasebo on July 28th, we pro- ceeded to our next destination, the front lines on the East Coast of Korea. At the "bombline" our primary purpose was to assist the advance- ment of ground forces by utilizing shore fire spotters. Six 'days of bombardment showed the effectiveness of our five inch batter while blasting targets near Wonsan and Kosong. A challenge by two of the enemy's seventy-six millimeter guns proved ineffective. In short order, counterbattery fire was silenced by our observant fire control team. This was the initial skirmish with the "Red" forces in Korea on our second cruise. As the third of August rolled around, our relief arrived and DesDlV 132 headed for Southern Japan for anti-submarine war games. A break in asw operations on the weekend of August 9th and 10th provided an opportunity to enter Kobe, Japan. The two major Japanese cities of Kobe and Osaka proved excellent for liberty, having many variations in recreation and souvenir hunting. With our anti-submarine warfare completed, we set sail for Yokosuka, Japang anixiously awaiting two weeks liberty. On arrival, we joined the nest of the U.S.S. .Bryce Canyon, a large U.S. repair ship who assisted us with our upkeep. A While here, many of the 'facilities such as Navy Exchange, swimming pool, tennis courts, theatre, clubs, andathletic fields, were utilized. Much competition was given these activities by the interest taken in bargaining with the Japanese shopkeepers. 13

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