El Paso (LKA 117) - Naval Cruise Book

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TABLE OF CONTENTS ommana History Commanding Officer Executive Officer Commanding Officer - Troops Executive Officer - Troops Departments Troops Port Visits and Operations Happenings Home COMMAND HISTORY USS EL PASO (LKA-II7) is assigned to Amphibious Squadron Eight, United States Aitantic Fleet. An LKA, Amphibious Cargo Ship, is designed to transport and land combat equipment and material, with attendant personnel, in an amphibious assault. Armed with 1 1 assault boats and improved cargo handling systems, the 576-foot, 20 knot EL PASO possesses a powerful capability for supporting amphibious assaults that is beyond the reach of previous LKA-type ships. Her four " Mike-8 " boats, capable of landing 60-ton tanks, are the largest landing craft hoisted aboard a Navy ship. Her imporved cargo handling system includes special elevators, an enlarged helicopter platform, and 12 booms (of which two are capable of handling loads up to 70 tons). The engine room can be operated by only five or six men because of her automated engineering system, as well as a main engine which can be controlled from the bridge. EL PASO was constructed by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, and launched on May 17, 1968. The ship is named for the city and county of El Paso, Texas, and is the second ship to bear the name, the first being a patrol frigate (PF-41), commissioned in 1943, which saw action in the Pacific during World War II. essio AND W PROUD OF IT . ! « i . ! 1 ' ASO V Since her commissioning on January 17, 1970 EL PASO ' s schedule has been a busy one. She has participated in a number of Caribbean exercises and has visited Europe, Central and South America, Cuba, Haiti, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. EL PASO has undergone two major overhauls, one commencing in July 1974 and the second in September 1978. Each overhaul involves extensive refurbishing of the ship from keel to mast, and is performed at intervals of three to four years. EL PASO has earned numerous awards during her history. She has won two Battle Efficiency Awards from PHIBRON SIX, once in 1971 and again in 1978. In winning the 1978 Award, EL PASO won every Departmental Award for which she competed: the Damage Control " DC " (2nd consecutive award), the Amphibious Assault Award (2nd); the Communications " C " (2nd); the Engineering " E " which was won for the seventh straight year in 1978. She also won the Arleigh Burke Trophy for ships showing the greatest inprovement in Battle Efficiency, the NEY Award for food preparation, and the Golden Anchor Award, which honors ships for excellence in Career Motivation and. Retention Programs. Captain Morgan M. France, was born 22 September 1935 in Oswego, New York. He holds a BS Degree from Holy Cross College, Worcester, Massachusetts, and MA Degree from Auburn University. Captain France entered the Navy through the Holy Cross College NROTC Program and was commissioned 12 June 1957. After a brief tour of duty aboard the USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DD-932) as Assistant Engineering Officer, he commenced Flight Training in the fall of 1957. Following designation as a Naval Aviator in December 1958, he served with Air Transport Squadron TWENTY TWO where he was designated a MATS Aircraft Commander and Transatlantic Flight Examiner. In June 1961, he was assigned to NROTC OTC Unit Auburn, Alabama as Freshman Instructor, serving in this capacity for three years. In June 1964, he reported to Anti-Submarine Squadron TWENTY SIX where he participated in test and evaluation of Anti-Submarine Tactics as a member of Task Group ALPHA aboard the USS RANDOLPH. This tour was followed by assignment to VT-9, NAS Meridian as a Flight Instructor. In November 1967, he reported to VA-42 for training in the A6A, followed by assignment to VA-65 in April 1968 where he served as Maintenance Officer and Operations Officer, completing one combat tour to Southeast Asia aboard USS KITTY HAWK. and a Mediterranean deployment aboard USS INDEPENDENCE. Departing VA-65 in November 1970, he reported to Commander Naval Air Force, U. S. Atlantic Fleet Staff as Assistant Attack Training Officer and Target Officer. In February 1973 he reported to Attack Squadron SEVENTY FIVE serving as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer, completing one deployment to the Mediterranean aboard USS SARATOGA (CV-60). In April 1975 he reported to USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62), completing two Mediterranean deployments as her Navigator. In July 1977 he was assigned to Commander Naval Air Force, U. S. Atlantic Fleet Staff as Flag Secretary Executive Assistant to the Commander. During his career, Captain France has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, one individual Air Medal plus 9 Strike Flight Awards, 2 Navy Commendation Medals with combat " V " in addition to numerous Unit and Expeditionary awards. Captain France is married to the former Kay DeVere Kellam of Norfolk, Virginia. The Frances have three sons, Morgan Jr, Mark and Kellam. They reside in Virginia Beach, Virginia. gr ioH e Captain Morgan M. France Commanding Officer Commander Alan B. Moser was born 19 February 1941 and is a native of La Grande, Oregon. He entered the Navy through the Officer Candidate School Program and was commissioned on 17 April 1964. Commander Moser holds a MA Degree from Pepperdine University; BS Degree from Eastern Oregon College and is a graduate of the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. Commander Moser served his first tour of duty as a Commissioned Officer aboard USS CARTER HALL (LSD-3). While assigned as Communications Officer, she made a 10 month deployment to the Western Pacific. In September of 1967 he was assigned to the Naval Destroyer School, Newport, Rhode Island, as a student in the Department Head Course. Upon graduation he was assigned to USS HIGBEE (DD-806) as her Engineering Officer, where he completed two six month deployments and participated in PUEBLO Operations of the coast of North Korea. In November 1969, Commander Moser reported to the staff of Naval Destroyer School where he served as an instructor in the Weapons Department. Following this assignment, he served as Aide Flag Secretary to Commander Naval Forces, Viet Nam, until the withdrawal of U. S. combat forces from Viet Nam in March of 1973. In December of 1973 he reported aboard USS JOHN S. MC CAIN (DDG-36) as Executive Officer, completing a six month Western Pacific Deployment during that tour of duty. Commander Moser was assigned to the staff of Commander, Navy Recruiting Area EIGHT, Treasure Island, San Francisco, in June 1975, where he served as Enlisted Program Officer. Prior to reporting to USS EL PASO (LKA-117) on 22 December 1979, he attended Naval War College at Newport, Rhode Island. During his career. Commander Moser has been awarded two Navy Commendation Medals; the Navy Achievement Medal; the Navy Unit Comendation; Navy Expeditionary Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Korea); Vietman Service Medal; Sea Service Ribbon; Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal, First Class; Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross); Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; and the Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Civil Actions). Commander Moser is married to the former Suedean Rae Dunn of Ontario, Oregon. The Moser ' s have two sons, Jeffrey and Mark, and a daughter, Kimberlee. They reside in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Commander Alan B. Moser Executive Officer Commanding Officer MAU Service Support Group-34 Major W. R. HAPGOOD, was born 23 January 1934 in Harrisburg, Pennslyvania. He began his military career in the United States Navy on 17 July 1951 as a Seaman aboard USS WEDLEIGH until his discharge on 22 July 1955. Major Hapgood found himself joining the United States Marine Corps on 13 October 1955, as a private, and was later to enjoy an impressive combat record during the Vietnam war. From 1 August 1965 through 7 August 1969, Major Hapgood participated in numerous operations against the Communists forces in South Vietnam as both an Infantry Platoon and Company Commander with the 9th Marine Regiment. He was cited numerous times and awarded the Bronze Star with " V " twice. In the years since the war. Major Hapgood has served as the 1 I, CO., D 1st Bn 25 th Marine USMCR Manchester, New Hampshire and received his bachelors degree at the University of New Hampshire, additionally, he was the G-4 Logistic Officer with H Q Co., HQ Bn, 3rd MARDIV, the Community Motor Maintenance Officer MTMCO 2nd Maintenance B attalion 2nd FSSG until his present assignment as the Commanding Officer of MAU Service Support Group 34 with deployed forces afloat. Major W. R. HAPGOOD Commanding Officer of Troops Captain R. R. FERRIS Executive Officer of Troops Captain R. R. FERRIS was born 2 December 1945 in Alam, Georgia. After graduation from high school he joined the United States Army in June 1964. After boot camp at Fort Ord, California, Captain Ferris saw duty in West Germany as a Communicator Specialist and in Vietnam as a Company RTO and grenadier. Captain Ferris graduated from the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina in May 1974 and reported to OCS on 9 June 1974 as an Officer Candidate in the 88th OCS, Quantice, Virginia. Upon being commissioned and additional schooling at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, he was assigned to Battery B 1st Battalion, as a forward observer and later became the Executive Officer of Battery ' s " A " and " C " in the 1st Bn lOth Marine, and the Commanding Officer of HQ Battery 12th Marine. Upon returing to the United States in December 1978 Captain Ferris was assigned as a student to the Motor Transport School, Camp Johnson. He then served as the Commanding Officer of H S Company, and Transport Company 8th Motor Transport Bn 2nd FSSG prior to being presently assigned as the Executive Officer of MSSG 34. 10 f ■ ' i -■. • ' -y THE DEPARTMENTS DECK ENGINEERING OPERATIONS SUPPLY ADMIN NAVIGATION MEDICAL DECK DEPARTMENT LCDR Tilden First Lieutenant LT Baker Assistant First Lieutenant LTJG McKnight First Division Officer LTJG Jackson Fourth Division Officer CW03 Chadwick Ship ' s Bos ' n The Deck Department, headed by LCDR Averill E. Tilden, is the backbone of the EL PASO. The primary mission of the Deck Department is three-fold: (1) Performance of normal deck evolutions, (2) movement of embarked personnel, vehicles and cargo ashore in support of an amphibious assault; and (3) close-in gunfire support in defense of the ship. Timely accomplishment of this mission is achieved through the proper training of assigned personnel and the meticulous care and maintenance devoted to the equipment. Deck department consists of five divisions which operate independently of each other yet are able to form a cohesive bond capable of efficiently and successfully completing all assigned evolutions. First Division, led by LTJG Terrance E. McKnight and BM 2 Charles V. Murrin, was tasked with all deck evolutions forward of the ship ' s superstructure. This included the maintenance and perservation of one 70 ton, one 40 ton and four 15 ton booms as well as two cargo holds, numerous winch decks and all of the forward underway replenishment gear. Second Division, led by ENS Michael A. Kahrl and BMl Jay P. Sines, maintained all deck spaces and equipment aft of the superstructure. Much of the equipment and evolutions are similiar to those of First division. Third Division, led by ENS John R. Parrish and BMC Gaines E. Mathis, was responsible for the operation of EL PASO ' s 12 small boats which included four LCM 8 " s, five LCM 6 ' s, two LCPL and one Motor whale boat. These small craft were used in amphibious assaults as well as for liberty party runs which EL PASO was tasked with on numerous occasions. Fourth Division, led by LTJG Bernard L. Jackson and GMCl Charles Ross, maintained the ship ' s four twin rapid-fire gun mounts, magazines and associated sprinkler systems, enabling EL PASO to sustain a high degree of readiness. Bos ' n Division, led by the Ship ' s Bos ' n, CWO 3 William C. Chadwick, was responsible for the preservation of the ship ' s hull and the stowage and issuance of paint, paint supplies and the ship ' s cleaning materials. The administrative details of the department were handled by the Assistant First Lieutenant, LT Clinton B. Baker and the Deck Yeoman, ■yN 3 Quinton E. Gaston. ENS Kahrl Second Division Officer ENS Parrish Third Division Officer BMC Mathis Boat Chief BMC Webb Deck Chief 12 FIRST DIVISION DAOl BM3 AUis SN Arndt BMSN Campbell SA Hardman SN Jacobs SA Jones. B. SA Kieser BM2 Martinez SA Pauley k ' 4 BM2 Ricci BM3 Sjolseth BMSN Reader NOT PICTURED BM3 Brown, D. SN Cowen SA Jones, R. BM2 Murrin BMSN Julin BM3 Sturm SA Kane SA Vance SN Lawson SA Wyatt SA Ledford SA Mason SN Walker 13 DBOl SECOND DIVISION SA Comstock SN Gansz SR Howze BM3 Johnson SA Moore SA Pope BM2 Smith SA Storo SA Tribble BM3 Wills SN Wright, D. NOT PICTURED YN3 Gaston SR Sherlock SN Williams, C. SN Ellis, D. SR Harrington SA Stevens SN Woodward SA Savannah BMSN Williams, R. SA Young BM2 Pferdeort SR Whisman 14 THIRD DIVISION DCOl BM3 Cooky BM2 Cramer BMSN Ellis, J. SR Fluhr BMSN Gonzales BMSN Hamelin BM3 Klein SA McCoy BMl McPherson SN Myers ABH3 Sams BM3 Swink 15 DCOl BM3 Thomas THIRD DIVISION NOT PICTURED SA Heitman SA Heyd ABH3 Starks GMGl Patterson BM3 Zysk DDOl FOURTH DIVISION GMG3 Douglas SN Ginn GMG3 McClintock SN Obregon GMG3 Pilson GMGl Ross GMG3 Stonier V 16 BOS ' N DIVISION NOT PICTURED BMSN Dukes SA Snider SA Ezell BMSN Julin BM3 Oliver UNDERWATER DEMOLITION TEAM 21 Front Row: L to R, GMGC Ferguson, LTJG Tezza, BMl Restrepo, Third Row: GMT2 Schwarz, ENFN Ladow, Renton, Second Row: SM3 Campbell, 0S3 Hill, FN Lacy, BM2 Breining, A03 Cutler, SKSN Detraglia, RM3 Case, GMG3 Farrell, MM3 Pratt, OS3 Wells, EM3 Kuntz, BM3 HM3 Pelletier, EM3 Vrooman. s m,h 1 - w r JX ' T V ' : fll k ' 4 ' « ■ 17 m ( ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT The one hundred and eight EL PASO Engineers are tasiced with the maintenance, repair, and in some cases, operation of eight landing craft, deck winches, material handling gear, helicopter refueling equipment, five large elevators, steering gear, two ship service diesel electric generators, in addition to all hotel services which include ship ' s lighting, heating, water, laundry, galley, air conditioning and sanitation. Two of the fleet ' s largest boilers provide twenty-two thousand shaft horsepower to propel the vessel over twenty-one knots. As members of EL PASO ' s largest department, the Engineers have consistently lived by the idium " Work Hard, Play Hard " . Not only did EL PASO Engineers set the pace among the other deployed units for propulsion reliability, damage control readiness and an unbeatable " Can-Do " spirit, but they also paced their shipmates, organizing the famed " Suez Canal Run " , and sponsoring the " Hundred Miler Club " . After all, when you ' re good you know it. And they know it! LCDR Sagi Engineer Officer CW02 Hesler Auxiliary Officer LT Naeger Damage Control Assistant ENS Barnhart Boilers Officer O LT Dunn Electrical Officer LTJG Bell Main Propulsion Assistant M 20 AUXILIARY DIVISION ENC Einert ENFN Casey ENFN Giordano ii EN3 McClure ENFN Armstrong ENFN Aygarn ENFN Cortwright ENl Da vies FA Hemovich EN3 Larson ENS Beckly FA Dunning ENl Luhman FA Miller FA Parlow FN Perna 21 ii A " A AUXILIARY DIVISION EN3 Rumbuc ENFA Sanftleben ENFA Sibert MM2 Tauscher 66-n99 BTC Desautell i f FA Morado BTFN Atchison r BTFN Morris BTFA Ward FA Watkins BOILER DIVISION BTFN Elson [ - « BTFN Mummert BT2 Kiesel FA Snyder 4 BTFN Wood 22 ELECTRICAL DIVISION ti-C?? EMC Brown EM3 Albright IC3 Cash n rHk r H r . M ' V EMFN Dlutowski EM2 Kellner EMFN King EMFN Lee 1 r H 1 1 ■■ E 1 r 1 jk p 3 FA Martin EM2 Pearson FA Reed IC3 Schmardei NOT PICTURED " A " " E " DIVISION FA Arnst EM3 Clark IC3 Collins FA Creel EM3 Edwards EMFR Ford EN FA Butler ENFA Esenwein EN FA Hayes EN FN Irving MR3 Joseph EN FN Maag EN 3 Uebel EMFN Wilson 23 an r95 M MAIN PROPULSION DIVISION MMC Perry MMl Bryan MM3 Davis MMFN Hammerquist MMl Hankins FA Catlett MMFN Chapman MMFN Gough MMFN Grimes I lit MMFN Lovell 1 . MMFN McClurd MM3 Terry MMFN Waters MMFN Watts 24 REPAIR DIVISION ctn 99 FA Arsenault YN3 Bailey HTFA Bulgart i HT2 Gruneisen HTFN Healy J HTl Higgins R ' HTl Exon HT2 Kretz FA Madden HTFN Monyahan HTFN Page HTFN Rebman I FN Reeder HTFA Schneller HTFA Sero HT3 Youngblood 25 i ' ii WORK HARD 99 (( PLAY HARD " 26 n • in . ;f» ' %i id u ■■■ ' OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT LCDR Lee OPERATIONS OFFICER The Operations Department, headed by LCDR Richard P. Lee, is the eyes, ears and voice of EL PASO. Combat Information Center (CIC), led by LTJG Gilbert J. Kirlc and OS I David B. Tweedy, maintains a constant radar vigil to identify other ships that are approaching EL PASO, to guide the ship ' s safe navigation during poor visibility and to coordinate the tactical weapons response during hostile situations. The Communications Division, led by LT David G. Geoffrion, LTJG Reuben L. Wright, and RMC Dwayne A. Buffington, maintain EL PASO ' s link with the " outside world " . While at sea all messages (urgent naval correspondence) are processed through the Communications Center. On peak days the " Comm Gang " handles more than 15 outgoing messages a day requiring accuracy and speed in transmission, as well as approximately 400 incoming messages. The Signal Bridge, led by LTJG Duffy, SMI David E. Colbird, and SM2 Stephen T. Cole, act as EL PASO ' s " eyes " ; maintaining a constant visual lookout during all kinds of weather to identify ships and aircraft in the vicinity of EL PASO and to communicate with other units by flags, flashing light and semaphore. The Electronics Repair Division, led by ENS Russell A. Carmichael and ETl Scott A. Benjamin, keep the Operations Department humming by providing the expertise in maintaining the various radios, radars and secure communications systems aboard EL PASO. The Operations Department is a vital component of the EL PASO team, providing the capability to hear the " call " in " You call. We Haul . . . Nooooo problem! " ENS Carmichael, EMO LTJG Kirk, CIC LT Geoffrion, COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER LTJG Duffy, SIGNAL OFFICER %l3f " LTJG Wright, ASST COMM. OFFICER RMC Buffington 28 ELECTRONICS DIVISION OEOl ET3 Alcocer ETl Benjamin ET2 Harris ET2 Leverett ET3 Peiffer OPERATIONS INTELLIGENCE DIVISION OIOl 0S3 Lyens 0S3 Rosado NOT PICTURED OSSA Longshore OSl Tweedy OSl Witt YNSN Womack 29 COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION OCOl I RMSN Barber RMl Barnes RMSN Battle RMSN Brooks RM2 Fowler 7. RMSN Richards RMl Howe RMSN Teal RM3 Mims RM2 Woolley RM3 Patterson NOT PICTURED RMSN Holiday RMSN Sundquist 30 SIGNALS DIVISION OSOl NOT PICTURED SM3 Hill SM3 Kubilus 31 OPERATIONS AT WORK AND PLAY 32 SUPPLY DEPARTMENT Service is the key word whenever and wherever the Supply Department is encountered. Led by LT A. F. Mitchell, III it includes a bank, a general store, several quality restaurants, a laundry and an extensive parts department. LTJG Paul T. Jensen, as the ship ' s Disbursing Officer, provides the paychecks and check cashing services that ensure the availability of monies to spend in SHSA Ralph Peak ' s Ship ' s Store for souvenir and sundry items. The Mess Management Specialists are led by MSCS Franklin McAllister in providing the officers and crew of EL PASO with the gourmet treats they have come to enjoy and expect. He has been ably assisted by the Enlisted Dining Facility Master-at-Arms, SK2 Michael Congdon, in the setting of tables and subsequent cleaning of the silverware and dining Although faced with several severe water shortages, SHI Benjamin Anderson worked diligently under the direction of LTJG Jensen to provide complete laundry and dry cleaning service to everyone, sailors and marines, twice a week. Under the guidance of SK 1 Robert Putman, the Supply Support Center, located in the heart of the s hip, provided the myraid of parts required to keep all functions of the ship operating, while SKC Bill Minton ensured that all parts used were promptly reordered and replaced. The Supply Department has gained a well deserved reputation for providing service to the crew — first and foremost. LT Mitchell LTJG Jensen MSCS McAllister SKC Minton X 34 SHIP ' S SERVICEMEN AND SHIP ' S STOREKEEPERS SS03 SS01 SHI Anderson SHSA Eisenauer SN Fahey SHSN Martin SA Peak SK2 Gogan SK3 Jones SKSN Orum ■m ■ NOT PICTURED f 1 :1 SK2 Congdon SH2 Holmstedt SK3 Valdez SHSN Haynes SKI Putman 35 SS02 MS MSI Burgett MSSN Graham SS04 DK MS2 Graves MSSA Hockar MS3 Johnson MSSN King MS3 O ' Mara MSI Purdie MS3 Robinson MSSN Williams NOT PICTURED MSSA Bailey MSI Parong DK3 Wilson DKSN Brown DKl Juachon 36 -iA-.- iyj " . y ( Y w -a P " A b L SUPPLY AT WORK AND PLAY 38 ADMINISTRATIVE DEPARTMENT LT Kennedy Admin is the executive department and provides a wide variety of personal and administrative services. Included in Admin is X-Division, which consists of the Ship ' s Office, Personnel Office and Command Career Counselor. These offices are under the supervision of LT Tom Kennedy. The Chief Master-at-Arms, Command 3-M Coordinator, Combat Cargo Officer, and Ship ' s Chaplain are under the direction of the Executive Officer. The Personnel Office and Ship ' s Office, led by PNC Bob Crown and YNC Rich Richardson provided a magnitude of services to the officers, men and families of EL PASO. The primary responsibility of these offices was the preparation of all command corespondence and directives, maintenance of service records, legal, and processing of requests ranging from leave to dependents ID cards. PNC Crown accepted the job of editor of EL PASO ' s Newsletters, and with the support of the office staff, insured EL PASO ' s families were kept informed. PC2 Lockey operated a full service post office and exerted every possible effort to insure the best possible mail service. His efforts aided each of us in maintaining our communications with home. The CMAA, MAI Melvin Wilson and Career Counsellor, NCI Rich Reyes, provided guidance to many of the crew. While involved in different occupations, each provided " personal " service designed to assist crew members in their career progression. EMC Vinnie Canlas, as the 3M Coordinator, insured advance preparations were made for repair availabilities. This was instrumental in EL PASO ' s maintaining her high state of readiness throughout the deployment. 1st LT John Breckinridge, as CCO, insured all off-loads and back-loads of troops and equipment went smoothly. He was the primary liasion between EL PASO and the embarked troops. Father Nacauilli joined EL PASO for the deployment and provided religious services, counseling, and a variety of seminars to assist the officers and men in coping with both spiritual and secular problems. The efforts of the Admin personnel, and the courteous, efficient personal service they provided, significantly contributed to the high level of morale enjoyed by the officers and men of EL PASO. 1ST LT Breckinridge LT Nacauilli EMC Canlas PNC Crown y i 40 tfc-V?? X " DIVISION XPOl YN3 Bostic YNSN Dockery SR Eash SN Hengel jr , - ,y NOT PICTURED YNC Richardson YNl Bray PN3 Arnett SGT Lattig ASST ceo 41 NAVIGATION NNOl Navigation is made up of Quartermasters who can literally " see by the stars " . They answer that time worn question - " Where are we? " Navigation is tasked with keeping a continuous 24 hour watch while under way and at anchor. Using a combination of age old navigational tools and modern electronic devices, they accurately determine the ship ' s position and plot her course. The QM ' s, under the leadership of LT Kennedy, QMC Gray and QMl Dingman, charted EL PASO ' S path to the North Atlantic, on to the Indian Ocean by way of the Med and Suez Canal, returning thru the canal and continuing operations in the Med, and finally, back across the Atlantic Ocean and Home! In all, EL PASO logged more than 36,000 miles on her voyage - with the QM ' s maintaining their constant vigil to keep her on course. LT Kennedy A bl QMl Dignman QM3 Richardson QM3 Black NOT PICTURED QMC Gray QMSN Schepleng QMSN Whittle SN Anguiano 42 NAV ADMIN INFORMALS 43 MEDICAL DEPARTMENT HMOl The Medical Department consists of one primary care medical doctor, an independent duty Hospital Corpsman, a Laboratory Technician, an X-Ray Technician, a preventive medicine Technician, and a General Duty Corpsman. Together, they form a comprehensive team capable of handling most medical problems encountered on EL PASO. The medical department also stands ready to handle the health care of civilians during a large-scale evacuation. During the 1980-81 deployment, only two non-emergency medical evacuations were necessary; all other diagnoses and treatments were accomplished on board. Preventive Medicine programs in hearing conservation, heat stress, and shipboard sanitation helped to improve the overall health of the crew, while First Aid and casualty-handling training kept the crew ready to deal with crisis situations. LT Harris HM2 Axelrod HMl Bayerletn HM3 Bender NOT PICTURED HM3 Peck HM3 Shapley HMl Rubio 44 •RC MARINE OFFICERS CAPT Martin Operations Officer 1st LT Taglieri Embark Officer ( ;M W " f ft ■T ' 4S K ' 4 W ' Wj M 1st LT Rakaska Sycor Officer 1st LT Frakes Communications Officer 1st LT Hovatter Motor Officer 1st LT Valentine Supply Operations Officer 2nd LT Lee Supply Officer CWO-3 Allen Maintance Officer 47 1st SGT L.B. Vinson Group 1st SGT MSGT M.A. Robbins Operations Chief GYSGT E.R. Hendrix Group GYSGT SSGT E.L. Turner Jr Motor Chief SSGT F.C.D. Lehr Embark Chief SSGT G.J. Crawford Intel Chief 48 Left to right, SSGT Turner, LCpl Dixon, Cpl Yagle, Cpl Jones, LCpI Herb, Cpl Samuels, Cpl Reiser, LCpl Oburn, LCpl Miller, Cpl Bortner, LCpl Simpson, Pfc Brooks f- f f f Left to right, SGT Prine, LCpl Johnson, LCpl Caivano, LCpl Wallerstein, LCpl Vanhorn, LCpl Stroughton, LCpl Hintpn Left to right, LCpl Potter, LCpl Mullins, Pfc Drew, LCpl Wallace, Pfc Cramer, Cpl Brown il}4r LEFT TO RIGHT: SSGT Lehr, PFC Dittrich, SOT Scott, SOT Kleinbeck, CPL Medeiros, PVT Maynard, CPL Andrade, CPLE Griffin 1 C ' ' -i LEFT TO RIGHT: CPL Carlson, SGT McKnight, CPLE McHale, CPL Starks, CPL Nelson, CPL Williams, CPL Hubbard, SGT Stover, L CPL Woodley LEFT TO RIGHT: SGT Edwards, L CPL Dalton, PFC Dalton, PFC Bradshaw, CPL Roffers, L CPL Charles, CPL Conley, PFC Alexander, CPL Moon 50 LEFT TO RIGHT: L CPL Miller, L CPL Daugherty, CPL Brennan, CPL Geipel, SOT Dennis, CPL Derreberry, L CPL Williams, CPL Colem an, L CPL Leonard, CPL Fogleman LEFT TO RIGHT: SSGT Crawford, L CPL Sessoms, PFC Jones, CPL Butler, L CPL Collins, L CPL Pasco, L CPL Greene, L CPL Steedley, L CPL Broughton, L CPL Otto, L CPL Wilder lllil 1 1 LEFT TO RIGHT: CPL Williams, L CPL Moser, L CPL Thankersley, L CPL Greenlee, L CPL Clingerman, L CPL Young, PVT Schwoch, L CPL Wilson, PFC Suddeth, L CPL Dahl •4 ■ t A -wS I. i- . . ISZV H Hko H 51 Left to Right: SGT Bosco, L CPL Cook, CPL Jelks, L CPL Salser, CPL Bragg, SGT Dinkel, CPL Hochstrasser, CPL Bushen, L CPL Griffith, L CPL Fuentes. Left to Right: L CPL Smith, SGT Kaufman, L CPL Johnson, CPL Cooiong, CPL Woyke, CPL Cox, CPL Crablje, L CPL Carey, L CPL Garcia, L CPL Rico. -%i? t? ft 52 Left to Right: CPL Butcher, L CPL Walterschied, CPL Begay, L CPL Attkisson, L CPL McMurray, CPL Floyd, L CPL Rosenberg, L CPL Smith, L CPL Hayes, L CPL Young. LEFT TO RIGHT: SGT Barbosa, HM3 Johnson, Pfc Bogar, LCpl Flint, LCpl Portalatin, LCpl Young, HM3 Wright, LCpl Miller, HM3 Thomas, HM3 Matlosz, LCpl Green LEFT TO RIGHT: SGT Colson, Cpl King, SGT Berger, Cpl Sutherland, Cpl Crawford, Cpl Stockton, Cpl Zukowski LEFT TO RIGHT: SGT Parham, LCpl Roach, Cpl Collins. LCpl Foley, Cpl Arrington, Cpl Knight, LCpl Johnson, Cpl Battisti, SGT Yoder 53 .r- ' " r- w M ■■ M . • .3 !1HH m m 3 [ r " ' M 1 PH ;5, XL- B - LEFT TO RIGHT: Cpl Beauchemin, Cpl Gallagher, LCpl Questelles, LCpl Call, LCpl Gray, LCpl Deveney, LCpl Strickland, LCpl Lutat, LCpl Riley, LCpl Carmichael, LCpl Mudd, LCpl Antoine, LCpl Bruneault LEFT TO RIGHT: Cpl Hubbard, Cpl Clarest, LCpl Sheeter, SGT Butts, LCpl Thome, HM3 Williams, LCpl Byers, LCpl Brusco, LCpl Finegan LEFT TO RIGHT: Cpl McQuade, LCpl Morris, LCpl Sanenz, LCpl Crump, Cpl Johnson, Cpl Steuernagel, LCpl Washington, Cpl Owens, LCpl Fenwick, LCpl Shrader, SGT Miner, LCpl Fitch, Cpl White, Cpl Woodard « ' -. 1 r 111 L f A 1 1 il P J 1 F ai ■ ■ .1 jpCi ' .jaB? J fLSi H£n M m9% fk ■ ' i . ' ' I 56 57 58 59 FJORDS OF NORWAY TEAMWORK 80; for the crew of EL PASO it meant many long hours of ardous work in the Fjords of Norway. These hours were made up of off loading the Marines and their equipment. After the long hard hours of strenuous work, the men of EL PASO could relax by enjoying the beautiful scenery and soft sunsets. 1 i 60 ANTWERP, BELGIUM Our first liberty port, Antwerp, Belgium greeted the Marines and Sailors of USS EL PASO with old-world charm and hospitality. Amsterdam provided an excellent shopping excursion as well as a golden opportunity to visit this noteworthy old-world port. For some of us it was a chance to go to Paris, to see the original Mona Lisa and Eiffel Tower. For others the hot spot was Amsterdam, filled with spectacular scenery including beautiful canals. Some of the crew got to see both. Our adventures in Antwerp came to an end after 7 days and we again headed out to sea with tales of excitement and good times. 62 PORT OF LISBON The EL PASO crew visited the port of Lisbon, Portugal during mid-Ocotber 1980. No operations were scheduled during the week-long stay so liberty was plentiful for those who indulged. Handmade woolen sweaters could be purchased for very reasonable prices and were one of the best buys of the cruise. Several inexpensive tours to local wineries provided a chance to taste many vintages. The Portugese people were very friendly, making our Lisbon visit pleasant and enjoyable. SUEZ CANAL TRANSIT On October 27th, 1980, at 0130 we, the officers and men of EL PASO, heard the Boatswain ' s Mate of the Watch pass the word: " Now Station the Special Sea and Anchor Detail " . For many of us it meant an early reveille and the starting of a long day. We were getting ready to start our transit through the Suez Canal. This was not only the first transit of the Suez Canal by EL PASO, but the first ever by an LKA. Patiently, we waited to raise the anchor and hear the magic word; " Underway " . We were finally on our way. We slowly headed for the canal. As the clocks showed 0530, we entered the canal. The morning is hot as many of the crew and embarked Marines gather topside to see the strange, new sights. The view is that of a desolate land, flat desert and buildings. The hour of 1230 rolls around and some wonder why we are anchoring in a place called The Great Bitter Lake. The answer is simple - we must wait for the ships headed north to pass by. There are two southbound and northbound convoys daily. Once again, we patiently waited to get underway. At 1330, we weighed anchor with only 30 nautical miles to go. We were almost through the 89 mile canal. For those of us on the Special Sea and Anchor Detail our 17 hour transit was almost over. At 1730 we slowly entered the heavily travelled Red Sea and for those of us on the Special Sea and Anchor Detail our day ended as we heard the Boatswain ' s Mate of the Watch pass the word: " Secure the Suez Canal Transit Detail. Set the normal underway watch. On Deck, Condition 4, Watch Section 4 " . It was a day that many of us shall never forget. y; . ' i f INDIAN OCEAN SCENES ■4tt ■Mf- SHELLBACK DAYS A DAY YOU WILL NEVER FORGET Entering the domain of King Neptune brought fear and anxiety to the lives of the Polywogs; delight to the Shell- backs! As the night became day, the Polywogs quickly began to mature - and by mid-afternoon had blossomed into full grown Shellbacks! 68 SHELLBACK DAY SH m Bl n P m ■ ' B|LK ' ' ' T ' %i iri Hj W m 4l 4 - ' 4V i i f1 W-i " ' %J ■ 3 " liM H «Il ' ■ B ti •, • T . - 1 70 .yt - .4 » ■ MOMBASA, KENYA The land now known as Kenya has been the home of many different types of people. Headhunters, cannibals, African Tribes, Arabian seafarers and European explores once inhabited the land. Swahili is the offical language of Kenya but English is widely spoken. The food was new and strange, such as grilled leg of Impala or Muteta soup. Tsavo National Park held many natural wonders - a gigantic zoo where zebra, giraffe, elephant, caribou and the like could be seen in their natural habitat. Night life was also very good with assorted casinos and night clubs. Everyone seemed to find his own area of interest. The EI PASO Choir sang at the Sister of the Poor, a retirement home in Mombasa. Shopping in Momba sa, one could find many bargains, including a wide range of wood carvings, such as Masai warriors, bowls and other knickknacks, done in ebony and teakwood. Kenya proved to be a valuable and memorable experience for all hands. I ll November 4, 1980 Marked one year for the 52 American Hostages held by the Iranians. EL PASO held a special ecumenical prayer service at 0900, on November 2 for the release of the hostages. Captain Morgan M. FRANCE, Commanding Officer, USS EL PASO, in hand with Majorl William R. HAPGOOD, Commanding Officer Embarked Marines threw a bottle over the Fantail from the Flight Deck, containing a prayer and signatures of the men aboard EL PASO, in hope that it would land on the beach of a Middle East Nation or be found floating in the water by a ship from a Middle East Nation. ' w - i f t i. ■»r As you all know there have been many headlines concerning the hostage situation lately. Since their capture it has not been an easy time for all Americans. Their seizure and captivity has been contrary to international laws and agrreements of international diplomatic immunity. The fact that they have remained in custody so long has angered Americans and instigated cries for revenge and military action. Of course recommendations for courses of action come easy to those that do not bear the responsibility for the lives of those involved. And the situation has been made more difficult since we are dealing with a country M a state of chaos. It is not our position as men in the service of our country ' s defense to judge the pactics which have been used to return the hostages to safe custody. We must remain ever ready to react efficiently and professionally when and if called upon to support any contingency in their behalf. But out of the maze of headlines surrounding the hostage situation there is one underlying thread in the fabric which we must never lose sight of: The value of one human life is held in high esteem by the American people. Although we could have easily crushed Iran with our armed might, we have used restraint in hopes that the lives of these courageous hostages could be saved. Today we gather to ask God to show that we as a nation have chosen the right course and that He prevail upon the warped minds of those ,0 hold no value for human life and digrnity to release the hostages unharmed. As men in the front lines of service to our country we should gain strength from the courage of our fellow American hostages. For they too serve in the front lines of American defense. Some hostages are members of the Marine Corps. We all know the old saying, " there but for the grace of God go I. " We should all pray today that we will be prepared to show the courage of the hostages and their families if ever we are called upon. For we and they have a common bond, we both serve in the front lines of democracy and, in doing so, share the risks while sacrificing the comforts enjoyed by those who stay at home (in the bleachers, not on the field). Those in the foreign service and we in the military risk our personal freedoms daily to protect the freedom of others. We and they are a special breed essential to all societies that wish to endure " those who dare " . Today as we pass from the Gulf of Aden into the Indian Ocean we on USS ELPASO may very well be the closest American unit to the hostages at this point in time. We come to this service today to aisk Almighty God that our prayers for the release of these courageous men and women, held hostage in a distant foreign land, be answered and that our personal sacrifice of the companionship of those we love to come to this distant place will not be in vain. ft is not the critic who counts, or how the strong man stumbled and fell, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotion, and spends himself in a worthy cause; and if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly; so that he ' ll never be with those cold andjtteid souls who know neither victory, defeat or a sense of accomplishment. 74 PERSIAN GULF, THANKSGIVING r 75 On the morning of 17 November, the quiet, tropica! paradise ; of Diego Garcia was assaulted by 213 Marines and Sailors of | MSSG 34. Personnel from Headquarters element, Communica- i tions. Maintenance, Operations, Medical, Motor Transport and : Shore Party successfully landed and participated in a 3 day ; exercise on an island inhabited by 1200 Seabees, Air Force j personnel and Sailors. This was the first time in Diego Garcia ' s I history that a battalion sized landing force used the island for : training. At first, the atmosphere was one of curiosity for the ; " islanders " . Many had never seen a tank or an Amtrack but i their curiosity soon changed to a feeling of confidence as they i watched their Marine counterparts function smoothly and j efficiently in oppressive heat around the clock. | It wasn ' t all work and no play though. Everyone was allowed i the chance to stretch their legs a bit. There were picnics, I Softball games. Navy Exchange visits as well as swim call in [ the lagoon. DIEGO GARCIA WELCOME TO FANTASY ISLAND 77 s A R D I N I A f ■ ' ' ■■ ' 78 ( .-. - ,. 79 PALMA DE MALLORCA deMm H J4 wf MHMmiMMiM IMUMUUMtUUU f MtlMtlMUUlU I } The port visit to Palma was marked by the celebration of Christmas and visits by many of the crew ' s families. It was a most enjoyable time for all hands. 80 GIBRALTAR TANGIERS F n PETTY OFFICER SAILOR OF THE QUARTER Above: PNSN Michael R. Johnson, Sailor of the Quarter for period of 1 JUL 80 - 30 SEP 80. Above: BMl George C. McPherson, Petty Officer of the Quarter for period of 1 JUL 80 - 30 SEP 80. The selection of the Petty Officer and Sailor of the Quarter their supervisors and makes recommendations to the is a difficult task. With so many outstanding personnel on Commanding Officer regarding the potential selectees. EL PASO it is virtually impossible to make a final Final selection is a tribute to the professionalism, dedication selection. A board consisting of Chief Petty Officers to duty, appearance and overall performance of the selectee, reviews records and interviews the candidates as well as 83 LIFE ON EL PASO Introducing . ■m » » -i» US» £1 PASO LKA sll? Lover - St0. Sutry- TtUer ' r ' iud ; WiH Party Qrgitfiiner Discreet Piacftfr ■ Jud e Fini Wines Sea Chanty bin ■ Freedom Fighter Gentleman Rover - Tnlematicnal Traveler M. M. France, Captain, U. S. Navy Commanding Officer Fathered by Neptune, mothered by Medusa. Has raced the Dolphin, hunted with the Killer Whale and flown with the Osprey .A ringtaiUd, beady-eyed, poker playing, high rolling son of a hurricane; and a crewmember of the greatest ship to sail the Seven Seas Dip your colors and startd clear of the greatest Sea Daddy off them all. 84 X 4 NAVY SHIPS HELP FIGHT FERRY FIRE 86 NAPLES, Italy - Two hundred fifty Navy men from four 6th Fleet ships came to the aid of Italian firefighters recently when they battled flames, flooding and cold weather to save a large Italian commercial ferry that had caught fire at a pier in Naples. Rescue and assistance teams were from submarine tender ORION, amphibious assault ship SAIPAN, amphibious cargo ship EL PASO and tank landing ship NEWPORT. When the Navy teams arrived, they found that the 6500-ton ocean-going ferry had taken on a heavy list. Firefighting water pooling on the upper decks had caused the ship to keel over precariously. The teams rigged portable pumps to dewater the ship as fast as possible. They also conducted firefighting and damage assessment operations on the ferry. Team members were hampered by temperatures that dropped into the low 40s, but food service personnel from the ORION continously circulated among the members, both on the pier and on the ship, passing out hot coffee, soup and sandwiches. ORION, which was berthed at a pier near the ferry, was able to provide the largest number of firefighters. Each of the other -ships, which were moored out in the water, shuttled crews in by boat to help the rescue effort. By the next morning, the ferry ' s list had been reduced and stabilized, and the fire had been put out. Capt. Richard N. Charles, commanding officer of ORION, and senior officer at the scene, praised the spirit and performance of all the Navy firefighting crews involved. He added, " They were certainly ready to jump in with the right equipment and the right training to help out when our assistance was requested. " The master of the ferry thanked all casualty control personnel and said that without their aid the ship would have been lost. He complimented the Navy men on their professional attitudes, leadership and performance. ORION is homeported in La Maddalena, SARDINIA SAIPAN, EL PASO and NEWPORT n Norfolk. The above article appeared in the Star and Stripes, Navy Times and Chinfo. NAPOLI A fire on a ferry, an earthquake, last minute Christmas shopping, and a repair availability; otherwise an uneventful period. FLIGHT QUARTERS Gold Team Blue Team Fueling Team Firefighting Team 88 Motor Whaleboat Team UNDERWAY REPLENISHMENT 89 FLIGHT QUARTERS 90 ENLISTED SURFACE WARFARE SPECIALIST Qualifying to wear the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) Pin is a major step for the enlisted man. An indepth knowledge of Surface Warfare and the capabilities of his ship must be demonstrated by the member prior to his designation. During the course of the deployment 26 EL PASO personnel qualified for this prestigious award. Commodore Paulson presented the pin and certificates in a ceremony held on the bridge while enroute home. ' « «• Mr r ' ' ■ 1 j j 92 WHERE WE WENT: ' P Aug 27 U W from Norfolk, VA. Dec 7 Aug 28 Morehead City, NC. Dec 11-14 Sep 18-Oct Trondelag Fjord, Norway (TEAMWORK " 80 " ) Dec 16-22 Oct 4-10 Antwerp, Belgium Dec 23-Jan 5 Oct 13-19 Lisbon, Portugal Jan 7-19 Oct 20 Rota, Spain Jan 20-30 Oct 27 Suez Canal Transit Nov 4 Entered King Neptune ' s Feb 2-5 Domain Feb 5-7 Nov 6-10 Mombasa, Kenya Feb 7-12 Nov 16-20 Diego Garcia Feb 24 Feb 25 Suez Canal Transit Naples, Italy Capo Teulada, Sardinia (PHIBLEX 2-80) Palma de Mallorca, Spain Naples, Italy (Repairs) Tunis, Tunisia (PHIBLEX II-80A) Gibraltar, United Kingdom Tangiers, Morocco Rota, Spain Morehead City. NC HOME, NORFOLK, VA. 93 MOREHEAD CITY ONE LAST CHORE AND A WAKE-UP! m •1— pp « fi H JJ ' f JNfc ' n ■ 1 . g pii B . ' ' HP iW 4P SSi -5 " ' " ' . gg ,— - 94 HOME NO MORE WAKE-UPS STAFF: LTJG KIRK, 1st LT TAGLIERI, PNC CROWN, RMC BUFFINGTON, PN3 HENGEL, YN3 MILES, YN3 GASTON, SN B. JONES, SGT SCOTT ART (map): EMFR FORD TIFFANY PUBLISHING COMPANY Nortolk. Virginia Copyright 19S6 .;-i -HUNI REGIS kBORBAi T - 5 -5 IC ( VV h P uIBl anoto CUl poiywogs, mermaids, sea serpents, whaus, :RS AND OTHER LIVING DENIZENS OF THE SEA V r FltttQ: ' 7i,(i „fU 00000 aiif Uffuf e 44° 20 ' 00 " itoiun O ; yf fewfy l tiHf futfef4 wno mnu • nottotttt u ii irrienr tAat 01 INOREO SHELLBACKS AND HE HAS BEEN DULY INITIATED INTO THE itfrtent 0) el• of •§ ' ' ljellltacka ftmrfioinei ' iHi fitn iH tn« fH r o nrff u I ' ln iHi rrihertfo fihu Hinrffftf nr uihu •, t YOP OUR ROYAL DISPLEASURE. ui.i:r of the 7(aging JMain o. «S Q iO i V Q. A J)


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