COMMANDER CARRIER STRIKE FORCE SEVENTH FLEET REAR ADMIRAL WILLIAM E. RAMSEY ~ William E. RAMSEY was born in San Diego, CA on Sept. 7, 1931. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1953, he subsequently advanced to the rank of Rear Admiral in April 1979. He attended flight training, becoming a designated naval aviator in March 1955. He was selected for the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, Maryland, in 1960. Upon graduation, he was assigned to the Flight Test Division at the Naval Air Test Center as a Carrier Suitability Project Pilot. In 1962, he was one of five test pilots in the country nominated for the Ivan C. KINCHELOE Award as the outstanding test pilot of the year by the Society of Engineering Test Pilots. In 1962, he was selected by NASA as one of the 34 pilots interviewed in Houston for the GEMINI Program; and in 1963, he again went to Houston as one of the final group selected for the APOLLO Program. Following a tour as Executive Officer in VA-66, he took command of the squadron in 1968 and led them on a Vietnam deployment in USS INTREPID (CVA 11). He was selected for the Nuclear Power Program in 1969 and attended the Nuclear Power School at Mare Island and the Nuclear Power Training Unit in Idaho Falls. In Jan. 1975, Capt. RAMSEY assumec the responsibilities and duties as the firsi Commanding Officer of the USi DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) During this tour, he took the " IKE ' through launch and christening, initia reactor criticality, dockside trials, builder ' s sea trials, acceptance trials, fina contract trials, shakedown training, Presidential Weapons Exercise, Posi Shakedown Availability, ORE, GULFE) ' 79 and initial deployment to the Sixth fleet in January 1979. He was awarded tht Legion of Merit and a Navy Commenda- tion Medal for his leadership anc command. In May 1979, he reported as Com mander. Carrier Group One, homeportec in San Diego, CA. He is married to the former Pegg^ Scott BOOTH of Coronado, CA. The^ have three sons; Tim, a senior at MIT; Blake, a midshipman at the Nava ' Academy; and Chris, an effervescent 13 year-old.
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-SBSS^ ' RIMPAC ' 80 was designed to be a special experience in many ways — tactically, technologically, professionally, and personally. There were, indeed, a large number of warships in the Eastern Pacific that month — over 40 of them, not to mention over 20,000 sailors and airmen. They were all engaged in RIMPAC ' 80, the seventh RIMPAC, a three week multi-national naval exercise. It involved five units from the Royal Australian Navy, four units from the Canadian Armed forces, two units from the Royal New Zealand Navy, twenty-eight units from the United States Navy, and for the first time, two units from the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force. All who participated in this major fleet exercise came away with a feeling of self-satisfaction of new achievements. 13
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