El Paso (LKA 117) - Naval Cruise Book

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An LKA mphibious Cargo Ship) is designed to transport and land combat equipment and material, with attendant personnel, in an amphibious assault, imed with eleven assault boats and " state-of-the-art " cargo handling systems, the 576 foot, 20 knot EL PASO possesses a powerful capabiUty for ipporting amphibious assaults that is beyond the reach of all previous amphibious cargo ships. Her four " Mike 8 " boats, capable of landing 60 ton iiks, are the largest landing craft hoisted aboard a Navy ship. Her improved cargo elevators, enlarged helicopter platform and twelve booms (of iiich two can handle loads up to 70 tons) provide for rapid off-load of all types of cargo. Her automated engineering systems provide improved I lability to the ship ' s readiness posture. USS EL PASO was constructed by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company and was launched on 17 May 1969. The ship is named I- the city and county of El Paso, Texas. It is the second ship to bear this name; the first was PF-41, a patrol frigate commissioned in 1943, which !tv action in the Pacific during World War II. Since her commissioning on 17 January 1970, USS EL PASO ' s schedule has been a busy one. She has deployed to the Mediterranean eight times, linsited the Suez Canal both North and southbound and has been operational in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. She has visited numerous jrts in the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean Sea. " uss EL PASO has undergone four major overhauls; one commencing in July 1974, the second in September 1978, the third in July 1984, and 1 3 fourth in June 1990. An overhaul involves extensive refurbishing of the ship from keel to mast and is usually done at intervals of three to four ' ars. USS EL PASO has earned numerous awards during her proud history. She has won four Battle Efficiency " E " Awards, in 1971, 1978, 1983 and 86. In 1989, USS EL PASO received nearly every Departmental award for which she competed; the Engineering " E " (6th), the Damage Control ' C " (7th), the Amphibious Assault Award (7th), the Electronic Warfare Award (3rd), the AAW Award and the Navigation Award. In addition, the OMNAVSURFLANT Retention excellence Award was earned, which honors a ship for the best Retention Team within the Squadron. She has also un the Engineering " E " five times. Other awards include the Arleigh Burke Trophy for ships showing the greatest improvement in battle Effi- (!ncy, the NEY Award for food preparation, and the Golden Anchor which honors ships for excellence in Career Motivation and Career Retention ] ograms. In Oct. 1980, USS EL PASO was transferred to the Naval Reserve Force and served as a ready platform for both active and reserve personnel. Due I the demands of increased United States Naval Force utilization worldwide, EL PASO was recalled to the active duty fleet in Oct. 1982. USS EL IlSO completed a deployment to the Eastern Mediterranean in support of the Multi-National Peace-Keeping Force in Lebanon, for which she was i arded a Sea Service award, the Navy Expeditionary Medal, and the Navy Unit Commendation. Early in 1984, EL PASO deployed again to the : jrth Atlantic in support of United Effort Teamwork 1984. USS EL PASO again deployed to the Sixth Fleet in November 1985, returning in June 1986. From August through October, she participated in :iercise Northern Wedding 86 which involved operations in the fjords of Norway, in Esbjerg, Denmark and port visits to Kiel, Germany and iipenhagen, Denmark. After completing a successful Board of Inspection and Survey and Refresher Training in July and August 1987, USS EL PASO deployed for the iventh time to the Sixth Fleet in March 1988, returning to Norfolk in August 1988. While in the Mediterranean, she participated in NATO exer- Dragon Hammer 88 and completed a successful Operational Propulsion Plant Examination on the return voyage. In November 1988, USS EL ISO participated in Drug Interdiction Operations in the Caribbean. USS EL PASO deployed to the Sixth Fleet in October 1989, returning in April 1990. While deployed, USS EL PASO participated in numerous Tiphibious Operations in support of our NATO allies. After successfiilly conducting Refresher Training, USS EL PASO completed an Operational •opulsion Plant Examination receiving a two year certification. II James K. Pernini, Captain, USN Commanding Officer, USS EL PASO (LKA-1 17) C0MM iNDIMG Captain James K. Pernini, of Chicago, Illinois received his commission in June 1964. He then reported to USS SOLEY ;dD-707) for his first sea duty as CIC and Operations Officer. After attending Destroyer School, he served as Weapons Offi- cer in USS JOHN A. BOLE (DD-755). His subsequent sea duty billets have been with Amphibious Warfare Forces as Opera- Dions Officer on USS FRANCIS A. MARION (LPA-249); Executive Officer of USS FORT SNELLENG (LSD-30); Commanding Dfficer of USS SUMTER (LST-1181); and as Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans for Commander, Amphibious 3roup TWO. Captain Pernini assumed command of USS EL PASO on 01 March 1991. He reported onboard from the United States l aval War College, where he served on the faculty of the Joint Maritime Operations Department and as the Military bhair holder of the Admiral R.K. Turner Chair of Amphibious Warfare. His other shore duty assignments include a tour Lvith the U.S. Forces Caribbean Command in Key West, Florida; service in Vietnam as U.S. Advisor to the Vietnamese Navy Adjutant General; Aide de Camp to the Commandant, Twelfth Naval District; student at the Air Command and Staff Col- lege, Maxwell Air Force Base; and Commanding Officer of the Military Sealift Command Office in Okinawa. Captain Pernini ' s personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Merito- rious Service Medal with gold star. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern, a Master of Science degree if rem Troy State University, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. j Captain Pernini is married to the former Keren Elaine Ott of Cincinnati. They have two children, David Pernini and JKathy Rouleau; and are the proud grandparents of Alexander James. During the period of June 20 through December 20 1991 USS EL PASO was forward deploy ed to the European Theater of Operations as part of Mediterranean Amphibious Ready Group 2-91 (MARG 2-91). Other ships in MARG 2-91 were USS WASP (LHD-i), USS PONCE (LPD-15), and USS SUMTER (LST-1181), all under the command of Commander, Amphibious Squadron Four. Embarked in the MARG ships were the U.S. Marines assigned to Two Six Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), or 26 MEU (SOC). The mission of an Amphibious Ready Group is to be forward deployed fully " ready " to respond to any contingency. For instance, it was the MARG that initially provided aid to Kur- dish refugees being persecuted by Iraq as part of Operation Provide Comfort. When not responding to contingencies the MARG trains with Marines and Navies from Mediterranean littoral countries and supports the U.S. military presence mission by conducting port visits. This book contains a visual presentation of EL PASO ' s participation in MARG 2-91; I hope that you will enjoy i t! The deployment started before it began. That is, the crew worked long hard hours for months before leaving Norfolk, Virginia to ensure the ship was ready for sustained operations an ocean away from its primary logistic support base. The hard work paid off handsomely as the ship entered the Mediterranean fully trained and free of any mission degrading equipment casualties. We were well trained and eager to take our turn relieving the ships that served in the Med during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Upon entering the Mediterranean, EL PASO and other MARG ships were dispatched to Italian ports to support the U.S. Ambassador ' s pro- gram for American 4th of July celebrations in Italy. We visited Genoa, Italy where our sailors and Marines helped co-host an American-style cook-out for over 400 dignitaries. Genoa was the first of what turned out to be a wide variety of exciting port visits. During our months in the Mediterranean we visited Haifa, Israel; Benidorm, Spain; and Almeria and Cartagena, Spain. I am tremendously proud to relate that EL PASO sailors and Marines were outstanding " Ambassadors-at-large " for the United States. Wherever they went they made good friends and positive impressions earning accolades of praise from local U.S. Consulates for their performance ashore. Of course, we also had much fun acting as our country ' s ambassadors of good will which the photos in this book clearly portray. Having the luxury of a crisis-free deployment, our schedule was well balanced between operational events and port visits. Operationally, after our stop in Genoa we were immediately sent to Turkey to assume a support role for Operation Provide Comfort. We executed our support func- tions to the Kurdish refugee operations for the first five weeks of the deployment before being released for follow-on tasking. Upon being released we immediately headed for Tunisia to conduct an amphibious trai ning exercise with the Tunisian military. Other operational tasking included: bilateral training exercises with the French Marines in Camp de Canjuers; participation in the major NATO exercise for the Southern Region in Europe called Display Determination; combined sea-control exercise with Spanish, Greek, and United Kingdom Navy units (we acted as Commander of the opposition forces, which was a great experience for the EL PASO); and bilateral amphibious exercise with Spanish forces in Camp Soto Mayer. We have tried to capture some of the flavor of our many operational experiences in these pages but I must tell you that the photos do not begin to show the hard work and superb professional performance of the young men who serve their country on board EL PASO. I ' ve watched them perform their demanding duties under arduous conditions and have been humbled by the example they set in their selfless devotion to duty in service of their country. As you can undoubtedly tell, I am tremendously proud of the sailors and Marines of EL PASO and of their many noteworthy accomplish- ments. Throughout this deployment they positively represented the very best our country has to offer. As you page through this chronicle of our journey I ' m sure you will see why I consider myself lucky to be their Commanding Officer. EXECUTIVE OFFICER LCDR Robert M. Rider, of Boulder, Colorado, was commissioned through the NESEP program at University of Louisville in December, 1976. After commission- ing, LCDR Ryder reported to USS WILLIAM C. LANE (DD-763) in September 1978 as Communication Officer and Navigation Officer. His second tour was on the USS JOSEPHUS DANIELS (CG-27), serving as Missle Ordnance Systems Officer. LCDR Ryder was assigned shore duty in November 1983 at Naval Weapons Training Group Atlantic as a Team Leader Inspector. After Department Head School, he reported on board the USS FARRAGUT (DDG-37) to serve as Weapons Officer. After successfully completing that tour, he received orders to the USS COCHRANE (DDG- 21) to serve as Executive Officer. On December 9, 1990, LCDR Rider assumed duties as the Executive Officer onboard USS EL PASO (LKA-117). LCDR Rider ' s personal decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Com- puter Science from the University of Louisville. LCDR Rider is married to the former Jeanne Ljnin of Fredericksburg Virginia. They have two daughters, Heather and Carolyn. LCDR ROBERT M. RIDER, USN EXECUTIVE OFFICER 6 COMMAND MASTER CHIEF Master Chief Kilburn enlisted in the Navy on 11 June 1969. Upon completing recruit training, " A " and " C " school, he reported to USS ALWYN (FF-1081). His next tour was with Amphibious Construction Battalion TWO in Little Creek, VA as a Boat Shop operator. He later transferred to the Naval Security Group Activity in Sabana Seca, Puerto Rico as the power plant operator. In November 1976 he reported aboard USS CORONADO (LPD-li) as " A " division Leading Chief Petty Officer. His next assign- ment was as a Diesel Inspector at Fleet Training Unit, Little Creek, VA. In March 1983 he received orders to RTC Great Lakes, Illinois as a Company Commander. He reported aboard USS SOUTH CAROLINA (CGN-37) in April 1986 as Command Master Chief. After a successful CMC tour, he transferred to SIMA Portsmouth, VA in September 1989 to assume duties as head of the Mechanical Electrical division. In June 1990, Master Chief Kilburn reported aboard USS EL PASO (LKA-117). Master Chief Kilburn ' s personal decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal, and qualification as an Enlisted Surface Warfare Speciahst. Master Chief Kilburn is also a Master Training Specialist. Master Chief Kilburn and his wife, Sheena Marie, have two children: Tracie Marie and Michael Robert II. MICHAEL ROBERT KILBURN ENCM (SW), USN COMMAND MASTER CHIEF MARG 2-91 heads for Mediterranean Tv ' yja t„ . - y tJH USS EL PASO LKA-1 1 7 8 USS SUMTER LST-1 181 USS WASP LHD-1 USS PONCE LPD-15 9 This is EL PASO ' S fantail, located on the back end, or stern, of the ship. A watch is stationed here who keeps a sharp lookout. Usually the only real contacts spotted on watch besides other ships operating with EL PASO is the occasional civilian freighters and oilers, like this one. ... Then, right when the booms, the boats and the " Great Atlantic " door to the Med. start getting too old there ' s Gibraltar, the 12 ! TRANSLANT Translant is short for transmitting the Atlantic ocean. EL PASO ' S Translant across to the Med took 13 days from More- lead City to the Straits of Gibraltar. The Bridge watch team, the Quartermasters, the ship ' s Navigator, and the Combat nformation Center (CIC) team are the stars on Translant. These are the individuals who determine the ship ' s course and speed. The bridge watch team also watches the seas to make sure EL PASO safely navigates the sometimes dangerous tlantic. Eight different sailors from First, Second and Third Divisions, a Quartermaster, an Officer of the Deck, a Junior Dfficer of the Deck, and a Conning Officer make up the watch teams. The watch teams rotate every 5 hours, so that each Derson has 5 hours on watch and 15 hours off. Training of the watchstanders is stressed during this long at-sea time, so ve have many drills and exercises. However, normal work does not stop, so sometimes the days never seem to end. This is the bridge watch team at work on the bridge. QM3 Emanuele and QMS Dorsey check the position of EL PASO against their navigational fix. 13 " Hey, didn ' t you do this before when you were A-Gang Officer?! " CHENG working on his tan in front of MILWAUKEE and WASP. " It just doesn ' t get any bet- ter than this. " A CH-46 helo playing hide-and-go-seek behind SATURN. Heading back for more Having successfully completed another VERTREP, this CH-46 helo takes home the empty pallets. 14 UNREP EL PASO completed many UNREPs (underway replenishments) during this deployment. We conduct UNREPs br fuel, stores, and even mail. We can also simultaneously conduct VERTREPs (vertical replenishments) by heli- ;opter. UNREPs can be dangerous evolutions, as the large ships are only about 160 feet apart for as long as hree hours. Personnel from all areas of the ship are involved to make every UNREP EL PASO completes a suc- ;essful one. •N Ross on the helm, SN Wilkinson on the lee-helm, and LT (jg) ' erkinson, Helm Safety Officer - EL PASO ' s " good hands people. " 15 " I told you, customer service hours are over! " Waiting to serve you Only in a photo! As usual . " How do you work this darn thing? " 16 Abmimntrattuv Warfare y Sr i ADMINISTRATIVE DEPARTMENT ■ The Administrative Department is on the ship to provide customer service to the crew on items concern- ing administrative affairs such as service record maintenance, reenlistments, discharges, transfers, pro- duction of EL PASO instructions, maintenance of all ship ' s files, and legal affairs. Top row (left to right): YNSN Joseph J. Johansen, MAC (SW) Austin L. Bentley, NCC (SW) William L. Dulaney, and YNa David A. Onnen. Middle row: YNl Donald V. Nash, YNSN Matthew D. Neunlist, PNCS (SW) Jiame Ibanez-Estevez, LT Thomas W. Quinn, and PN3 Daniel Pruyn 17 You ' d smile too if these were yours. Smile, Chief! " You mean I have to go to Orlando for 6 weeks and miss half the Med? " " He thinks he ' s the only QM2 on board. ' 18 The Quartermasters are the navigation team of the EL PASO. Responsible for theTiblJa-jiavigation oE tke ;, ship, the QMS plot the ship ' s position and course on navigational charts thereby ensuting up-to-date " tnfoi ' - A . , i mation on the location of the ship. From the latest technology of satellite navigation to the ancient sextant, - ; Qms utilize every means available to answer the countless questions of ' ' Where aije " We? ' ,T " Where Are vs going? " , and " When are we going to get there? " K.„y I Left to right: QM2 Mark R. Walker, QM2 William Gardner, QM3 Antoine K. Dorsey, SN Ryan P. Hirschi, QM3 Richard D. Emanuele, and QMC (SW) Gregory Bon- 19 EL PASO Honor Guard at Genoa, Italy on the Fourth of July 20 During the Mediterranean deployment the EL PASO Honor Guard spent many hours in training to make IL PASO and the U.S. Navy shine at many ceremonious events such as the Fourth of July celebration at the bnsulate General ' s Home in Genoa, Italy. The Honor Guard is led by ENS Taglavore, a former member of the brps of Cadets at Texas A M. Members of EL PASO ' s Honor Guard include: BT3 Brooks, BM3 Tredway, CPL Chase, PFC Gasca, PFC Armand, SA Winder, SN Arambula, SA Deluna, SA Kuntz, CPL Neul, MM3 ovelace, FC3 New, and SA Sussman. HONOR GUARD !■ fr m w M] n ■ Ri B Evi yl B F . Jr l y ' 41 P ■ n r IHjJI If fin m BI B ■ mi SJ m Looking good, guys! ENS Patirick B. Taglavore, Officer in Charge of EL PASO ' s Honor Guard 21 ? DECK 1 22 Our fearless leaders. Top row (1 to r) SA Sharp, SN Young, SN Murray, SN Degraffinreaidt, SN Beasley, SN Douglas, SA Vaccarrelli, SN McCormick, and SN Krapp. Middle row: BMl Pratt, SA Wolfe, SN Florino, SR Warnke, SA Lu, SA Kuntz, SR Polk, and ENS Taglavore. Bottom row: BM3 Owens, BM3 Waring, BM3 Boz- ickovich, BM3 Winn, and BM3 Garland. Not pictured: BM2 Worrell, SN W er, SN DeJose, SN Tazewell, SN Bunner, and SA Winder. FIRST DIVISION Fight ' n First Division! Best Darn Divi- sion on the EL PASO! With those words still ringing in the air, the tone was set as " El Barco Magnifico " set sail for the far away Mediterranean. Performing countless safe and efficient Battle Condition lA ' s, UNREP ' s, and cargo handling evolutions, First division consistently set the pace. Every sailor was crucial in these evolu- tions, from line handlers to the hatch cap- tains. And then there were the friendships as the cruise progressed- Haifa, Tunisia, DD-91, Benidorm, Palma- the men of Fight ' n First shared experiences that will not soon be forgotten. Every day onboard each routine was professionally handled. From lA ' s to each of the port o ' caUs, from beginning to end, MED 91 was picture per- fect. Fair winds and following seas to the men of Fight ' n First for making it so. 23 24 The Sand- man " LIBERTY CALL! ' " LIBERTY CALL! ?? 25 Throughout the 1991 Mediterranean deployment, Second Division Deck Depart- ment was responsible for the aft section of the USS EL PASO. Thirty-five boatswain ' s Mates expertly prepped, primed, and paint- ed ship ' s spaces extending from the Flight Deck to the Port Quarterdeck, from the top of the King Posts to the lower levels of Holds 3 and 4. This work was further enhanced by the artistic talents of several sailors from the division. Second Division has proven themselves to be the resident experts in the perfor- mance of evolutions. Our proper use and maintenance of boom equipment facilitated a rapid transaction of fuel during under- way replenishment and safe transportation of cargo, vehicles, and boats during 1 Alpha evolutions. Although the deploy- ment kept us very busy, we still enjoyed liberty in many Mediterranean ports; Haifa, Benidorm, Frejus, Thessaloniki, and Palma de Mallorca have left many memo- ries which will not soon be forgotten. Whether at play or at work. Second Divi- sion has given a positive image, extending American good will and support through- out the Mediterranean. We are Second Divi- sion, second to none! L-R Top: ABH2 Modeste, BMl Cantu, BM3 Seavey, BM3 Parks, Bottom BM3 Walters, BM2 McMasters, BM3 Broze, BM2 Woodcock " So that ' s how the booms work. " !S ' ' ' ib2 " Hey dude, like, like help me with this line. ' " Do I want to leave it here, or put it in the water? Hmmm ... " 26 " Flight Quarters, Flight Quarters. ' " I keep calling and they put me on hold. ' Our finest seaman, Kenneth Love. " Look! There! Up in the sky! It ' s a bird, it ' s a plane ... Not! It ' s a 70 ton vane. " 27 The Navy is looking for a fe good men, but they had to se tie with these guys. " Pow! Straight to the moon! ' " Have you ever had one of those days when you just wanted to . " Sir, can you sign some of my PQS? " 28 :f only one word could be used to describe rd Division ' s performance during the Medi- anean cruise, it would be " professional. " The swains, Bowhooks, and Engineers worked g hours maintaining equipment and keeping 16 LCPL-1, LCPL-2, and LCM-8 boats clean. s led to efficient amphibious operations, ining drills were conducted throughout the )loyment, culmination in an international phibious exercise called " Display Determina- a " : American, French, and Turkish ships ked together, drilling personnel in the areas maneuverability, transportation of cargoes, I beach assaults. Additionally, the Gator Divi- provided liberty launches and administra- boat runs in several ports. To everyone in »r Division, your tireless efforts were greatly )reciated in making this deployment a huge cess. " Bravo Zulu! " t 29 Boating is our business Bottom: SN Anthony, BM3 Zahradka Top: SN Owens, SN Ross ll|||. .. . HI .»» i ' • i. . ' Bottom: SA Reeves, SA Depina, SA Sussman Middle: SA Morefield, SN Torres, SN Riddiok Top: SA Swetland, Stringfellow, SA Morefield 30 Friends ... how many of us have them? Just Coolin • ' 11 , •••••• QSQSQTt. 1 1 - - V H H " So ... Sir, where is your uniform? " 1 IMR- f T. ■ , m Hb 195 •JkSSt . Ik 1 Ready for take off All Navy Professional Wrestlers I 31 L-R Ens. Pena, GMG2 Owensby, SA Dodsoi GMGl Dumond, GMGSA Postill, GMG Andrews, GMG3 Kelloff, GMC Chaney Fourth Division is the Weapons Department aboard the USS EIL PASO. As Gunner ' s Mates, we maintain and operate the 3750, 25MM, 50 cal. gun systems, small arms, magazine sprinkler groups, and all of the ammimition. We train the ship ' s self defense force and security alert teams in proper gim use. During the Mediterranean deployment, many gun shoot exercises were conducted, improving our accuracy and range. We remain ready and able to defend the USS EL PASO and sup- port the life and liberties of the United States of America. ENS Pena GMC Chaney GMGl Dumond GMGl Andrews GMG2 Owensby GMG3 KeUoff GMGSN McMillan GMGSA PostiU GMGSA Dodson GMGSA McNulty Gunnery Officer Leading Chief Petty Officer Leading Petty Officer Work Center Supervisor Small Arms Technician 3750 Technician 3750 Technician 3750 Assistant 3 " 50 Assistant Small Arms Assistant " When did we secure from GQ? " " Give me a target for my 35 cents " 32 " Mr. Pena says we can keep them " " Can I shoot it again? " Small arms training on the Flight Deck 33 Hi, Jt 34 35 TUNISIAN PHIBLEX Battle Speed! Battle Speed! Battle Speed! Airlifting weapons to the beach. Marines debark for assault on Tunisian shore. 36 The Tunisian PHIBLEX was the first exercise held during the deployment. The joint exercise was conducted with units of the Tunisian army. The ships of MARG 2-91 performed a combined air and waterborne assault on the beaches of Tunisia. Following the assault, the exercise con- tinued with USMC and Tunisian army units operating inland. The exercise was a resounding success, with our Marines gaining valuable experience with our Tunisian allies. Additionally, the exercise served to further positive U.S. pres- ence in Northern Africa. Marines get geared up and ready for attack. Assaulting the beach. Wow, you mean we really have to do some work?! Combined air and land assault. ift 37 ' P iff B . I 38 1. 39 MTV ON EL PASO Well, not exactly. During a routine visit to Haifa, Israel, the sailors of EL PASO were provided with a not so routine opportunity. Approximately fifty sailors and Marines volunteered to partic- ipate in a music video whose stage was set on the deckplates of EL PASO. The USO of Haifa coor- dinated the filming of a local Israeli song whose English lyrics were inspired by the EL PASO during a visit to Haifa several years ago. The song has become very popular in Israel and soon became a hit with the crew. The video may never make it to the playlist at MTV, but EL PASO ' s sailors and Marines have become local celebrities in Haifa, Israel. 40 Lt iL f m s 41 F H u HMl Green instructs a shipmate on prop- " Wonder what my HNs are doing? " LT Camp- er chest compressions. bell reviewing medical records. " Smile! " HMl Stone poses for the camera crew. MEDICAL Home brew? Kneeling (from left to right); HMl(SW) T. Green and HN M. Jones. Front row: HM2(SW) D. Clay- comb, HN E. Howard, HM3(SW) M. Harris, and HM3 Ladendorf. Back row: HMl(SW) J. Stone, LT J. Campbell, HN C. Gregory, SN A. Jones, and HN L. Pulley. " That ' s BULL and you know it Eric! " 44 IP " 1, 2. 3, oops, let me start over. " HM3 Harris administering medications. The ground pounding FMF corpsmen. 26MEU " Going to feel a little stick " " WYE me? " DCPO, HM3 Harris, at work. I Hi " .;. " What do ya know. " " The Shadow knows. " HM3 lying low. 1 Vlan? " ' Handy 45 46 47 ' How did he say this g:oes? " " Can you give me a hand zipping this up? " " Mmmm, looks good! ' " Mmmmm, it IS good! " " Did I win yet?! " 48 HUMP DAY OLYMPICS L PASO ' s Hump Day Olympics Cook-out was held onboard on September 28. The Hump Day Olympics were (jnething new to EL PASO ' s crew, but it was enthusiastically received. The Olympics are so named because they .i held on or about the " Hump Day " of the cruise - the midpoint. It seemed like every person on the ship partici- i tsd in at least one event. Divisions were consolidated into teams, with First Second Divisions winning the i irall gold medal. The events held were the K-Pok life vest donning race, pie eating contest, the Bolo throw, Sit- i race. Push-up race, Free-throw shooting contest, OBA Firefighter ' s Ensemble donning contest, Tug-O-War, in wrestling contest, and the Pro-Throw. A cook-out was held after the contests, with grilled hamburgers and I. dogs as the main course. Everyone enjoyed themselves on this Saturday afternoon, but the best part of the h ' was knowing that the cruise was half over. " Gee, this is HOT! " " Hey, look at them doggers jump! ' " Wow, .that ' s really hot! " I fv.f • I |l " Go ahead and throw it, Chief! " I 49 ENGINEERING DEPT One hundred-twenty engineers provided all the services a city public works would, plus make the city mobile enough to take it 2000 miles from home. Engineers provide heating, air conditioning, food service equipment, lighting, electrical power, sewage service, and potable water, as well as repairing anything that breaks. They maintain and operate two boilers and one main engine that move EL PASO through the water. Engineers live by two phrases: " We fix it ourselves " and " Whatever makes the Captain happy tickles the heck outta me " . Mr V LT BARRY MtJHA CHIEF ENGINEER Time to Make the Donuts! Ensign Tom Weston Damage Cksntrol Assistant LT Carlton Byrd RAE Officer and his Divo ' s 50 " m AT THEIR BEST Cabtree does more than just vves ' CI Kunkel moonlights at Bob ' s Sk " 3 Chief Smoke and Cheng ' s pet project MMl Bryan on Uberty in Haifa II DCl Miller and DC2 Jones on break MM3 Mceachin and BTl Lawrence on liberty 51 The men on these pages are the men from the main propulsion division. They are an integral part of the ships company and without them this fine vessel could not function. Although part of the ships crew, these men stand in a world all their own. For these men are the " SNIPES " . They work in " THE PIT " heat and humidity, unbearable for most is their norm. There are many tasks to per- form in the daily routine of a " PIT SNIPE " , from watching the fires in the boiler to repairing a main feed pump. Their environment is a dangerous one filled with many hazards, but these men are professionals and know the limits to their machinery. At times they are sweat soaked and weary, working virtually around the clock to master the beast of the plant. At other times they are simply standing a watch with thoughts of home on their minds, all while 600 pounds of super- heated steam roars through the lines around them and turbines scream their songs of power. These men are the unsung heroes of the surface navy, they are a proud breed of man and need little thanks for their work, for when the fires are lit, the lights are on, and their ship does its top speed, you can see a swell in their chest, a smile on their face, and a glint in their eye. " Where ' s that card? " 52 Dave, Chris, Jeff, and Polly, the best bartender in Benidorm. Brooks standing by as always Liberty call. Liberty call 53 Too cool " Gotta love it! " No! I won ' t share my tech manual! " Nooner commander 54 (left) Speedy ' s mad cause we ' re not in the pit. 55 That ' s the last time I put a cigarette out on main deck. Did he say 311 " or 11 ' 3 " ? Yes, I ' m doing PMS. If it doesn ' t work, get a bigger hammer. Unleaded only? This better be damn good. 56 rhe " A " doesn ' t just stand for Itxiliaries; it stands for any- ae, anyplace, anywhere and oecially anything. It requires a ]ique sailor to make it in A- ;.ng. We would like to take Ijre time to explain exactly lat we do but we ' re too busy rking on the diesels, refriger- )rs, air conditioners, anchor ndlass, steering gear, water aters, fork trucks, palette ks, chill water pumps, steam ips, ventilation filters, uUery, gallery, washers, dry- !3, dry cleaning plant, steam :esses, JP-5 system, ship ' s mistle. shore steam, capstans, rbage grinders, trash mash- i, valves ... A-GANG Front L to R: MM3 Vanderpool, MMFN Smith, FN Kelly, MM2 Hughes, ENFA Gatto, FA Robin- son; Back: ENFN Glenn, FN Sturm, MMl Bryant. ENFA Appleby, MMC (SW) Tavernier, ENS Koelsch, BTl(SW) Abbott, EN3 Sergent, BT2 Averill. Not pictured: ENl (SW) Kettyle and MM3 Coventry. 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Sf£MU)OMJ oP A-O ifJC E(tviPf EiNT ijseti ay ornem. MOBIUE HA-ZMAT LOCiCE l. Tb GRCTiSe OR LoQ£ ' AA V7} jt 3 OA THe SPOT. 57 Prior to MARG 2-91, a new divi- sion was formed on EL PASO. Its purpose was to be responsible for the maintenance, repair and opera- tion of all cargo winches, cargo ele- vators and hatch covers. The proud reputation of this new division is based on a record 100% operational capability of all cargo handling equipment in full support of the following operations; onload Moorehead City, Provide Comfort, Noble Shirley, Display Determina- tion, Hammerlock and offload Moorehead City. This new division, only six men from three rates, was handpicked because of their talents. This group has been appropriately named " Stream Team " for their ability to work together in support of the ship ' s mission, to put cargo ashore anytime, anywhere. L to R: BM3 Roberson, MM3 Lalonde, Booth EM3 Baranik, MMl(SW) Moss, MM2 Hess, EMFN STREAM TEAM 58 E-IC DIVISION EMC (SW) A. Blasa E Division LCPO Slectrical-Interior Communica- iis Division consists of 26 profes- dlaal Electrician ' s Mates and Inte- ' ir Communications Electricians. ?jey own, operate, and maintain ifctrical and IC equipment in near- jevery space. For the EMs, this tans everything from the SSTG ' s, JOGs, and MGs, to the various ) ' wer distribution, lighting, and mutilation systems throughout the ilp. In addition, they operate the lip ' s electrical tool issue and safe- ;;shop, providing service to the nw while keeping them safe. The icsphonic, vocal, and sound-pow- ild communications, as well as a Ege array of remote sensing and ilicating circuits which monitor i rything from lube oil pressures (magazine temperatures. They 1 provide the crew with WLKA- r . the crew ' s third favorite pas- .. le, after rack time and chow aie, of course. LT (jg) E. Martin Division Officer ICC R. Padgett IC Division LCPO [%hn Kneeling (from left to right): IC2 M. Scott, EM2 J. Millacci (shy), ICFN A. Taylor, LT (jg) E. Martin, EM3 J. Castellar, EMFA O. Blake, and ICl P. Kunkel. Standing: ICC R. Padgett, IC2 J. Campese, EMFA A. Blakemore, FA T. Jones, EMFN J. Lewis, IC3 A. Anthony, EM2 (SW) B. Komoroski, EM3 S. Pudloy, EMS R. Mease, EM2 J. Penn, FA S. Velasquez, EMFA J. Torrence, EM3 W. Thurman, FN D. Jordan, EMS B. II 59 N " I (V ' )- " ■ 7- ' ' ll ELECTRIC COMPANY If one ■Utility " is owned rent is 4 times amount shown on dice. If both • Utilities are owned rent is 10 times amount showr on dice. Mortgage Vol ue $75. ' 9 1935 PARKER BfiOTHEPS EM3 Mease, EMFN Lewis, and EMF Torrence get to the bottom of a ground. Dice-Man chillin ' in Medical with a couple of loyal buds. Downing the frosties in Frejus (from left to right): EN3 Herrera, ICFN Monoghan, ICFN Anthony, EMFN Chamberlain, EMFN Booth, and FA Jones. Right: " He did it! " Left: Three of E-IC ' s finest 61 REPAIR DIVISION From left to right: HTl Leadbeater, MR3 Riendeau, MRl Sturgill, HTFN Roberts, HT3 Douglas, LT(jg) Perkinson, HTFA Wright, LT Muha, HT2 Swift, HTFN Espinosa, and HT3 Bullock. " MASTERS OF METAL " R Division is responsible for the repair, maintenance, and manufactur- ing of the ship ' s structure, piping, and sewage system. R Division is divided into two rates, Hull Techni- cians and Machinery Repairmen. The HT shop utilizes heavy equipment such as a squaring shear, four foot cornice brake, tig and mig welding machines, and a plate roller. The MR shop is similarly equipped with lath- es, milling machines, and precision measuring instruments. R Division is a proud and highly motivated group instrumental in keeping EL PASO steaming. " It ' s good to be the king. ' HTl Leadbeater ' s reenlistment in Haifa, Israel " Eeaahh sonny! I can ' t heres ya ... you want what? " 62 The man, the legend, the " Bull " , HT3 Bullock I ht after this photo, SRB check recipient HT2 Swift was found i 5d to the office chair. Maybe that ' s why everyone ' s smiling? X4 KMOU) Sw; t fx K N Ou) tut ' 63 Top (1 to r): DC2 Jones, DCFA Gray, DC2 Brannon, DCS Kimble, DCCS(SW) Bod- kins, DCl Miller, DCFA Foresman Bottom: DCS Paradis, DCS Hernandez, DCFN Robinson, DCS Leidner Damage Control Assistant Ensign Tom P. Weston Right: DC division LCPO DCCS(SW) Bodkins and DCl Miller maintain nerves of steel during a DCA daydream The Damage Control division performs a wide variety of services for the crew. DC maintains the ship ' s HALON 1301, AFFF system. Range Guard, C02 hose reels, and DC lockers. They train the crew in the latest techniques of fire fighting, flooding, shoring, and chemical, biological, and radiological defense. They also run the largest 3M work center, EDCl, with 20 assigned DCPO ' s. 64 L to R: DCFA Gray, DCFA Foresman, DCFN Robinson L to R: DC2 Jones, DC2 Brannon, and DC2 Leidner X OLYMPICS, Almeria, Spain P-250 pump competition L to R: DC3 Kimble, DC2 Leidner, DCFN Robinson, DC3 Paradis, DC3 [femandez, DCFA Gary, DCl Miller, EM2 Penn EL PASO ' s fearless DC division is ever ready to respond to any emergency. Their dedication to the rating and commitment to the crew make EL PASO the most DC ready ship on the waterfront. Backed by determination and courage, the DC division strives for perfection through knowledge and training. " WE DON ' T BURN, WE GET HOT! " 65 C. E. B. PLATOON CQ v e AT eNG»lNEE.B.S Although every iinit in the 26th MEU is ranked with skill professionals, if you ' d like to meet a group of Marines who i not only skilled in their own occupation but also knowledges; in others; if you ' d like to meet a unit who ' s tough, motivat aggressive but not beyond possessing a keen sense of hunt and a fondness for liberty, beer, and females - come aboard USS EL PASO and meet the Combat Engineers of BLT 3 8. For six uninterrupted months these leathernecks have b( an integral part of the combat arm that has been Americ presence in the Mediterranean. From Marseille to the Mid East, Gibralter to Genoa these Marines have carried the torch the " World ' s Finest " flexing their muscles and showing th prowess to foreign militiamen throughout the Med. Who ' ll e forget that live fire assault on a fortified position duri MidEast exercise Noble Shirley? Or the amphibious assau against the hostile shores of Cap Serrat, Tunisia, and Sai Bay, Turkey? Or the 700 pounds of mines and explosives Camp de Canjuers, France? Yes, if you ' d like to meet these guys then read on. In the lu few pages you ' ll see esprit de corps, motivation, loyalty, a devotion. You ' ll see men mentally, morally, and physically p pared for combat ... you ' ll see the Combat Engineers of Batt ion Landing Team 3 8. 66 At left - Headquarts Qeft to right): SSGT Elsbury, 1st LT Simi, CPL McMuUin, and LCPL Kingston. Under Headquarts - 1st Squad: LCPLs Baker, Ceasar, Evans, Assoc. 1, LCPL Bubar, SGT Vogel, LCPL Marteney, Assoc. 2 and 3, CPL Beattie, and LCPL Ryaji. Above - 3rd Squad: Top row: LCPLs Griffith and Bellens. Middle row: Assoc. 1, CPL Howard, LCPLs Frazier and Schmidt. Bottom row: Assoc. 2, LCPLs Garley and Brown. Above left - 2nd Squad: Back row: CPL Lamb, LCPLs Wagner, Mclaughlin, Black, Stanley, and CPL Parsons. Front row: LCPLs Bryant, Fortner, and Costner. Above - 4th Squad: LCPLs Mcilrath, Kingston, Coon, CPL Scherrer, LCPL Reed, " Doc " Pidduck, LCPL Antaran, and CPL Wlble. 67 Above - The " Wailing Wall " is just one of Israel ' s many attractions. Below - LCPL Bellevens cleans his weapon during Operation Noble Shirley, where temperatures reached into the 100s at times. Above top - M. O. U. T. training in the MidEast Above bottom - Demonstrating the proper carrying of the " portable potty " is CPL McMuUin. 68 Above - Beating the heat and having fun doing it (Tunisia) Above - LCPL Kingston asks for direc- tions from one of the locals. Left - " AHH ... ! What a relief! " 1 Right - " Hey, no one ' s perfect. " 69 The Hunter ,r W - 3LmL A ffi . iw i r ' " V ' - ' B j ' j Br ' ' % - The Hunted 70 Above - " Anything for $50. ' Above - Oops! How did that get in here? Above ing. " " I never thought I ' d see these two " mess crank- Above - C. E. B. Marines sit down to an excellent meal during the Marine Corps birthday ceremony. Above - At the Marine Corps birthday ceremony the oldest and youngfest Marines present, the hon- ored guest, and 1st LT Simi exchange some laughs. Left - " Yes, it does get cold in the Med, thank you!! " 71 Gone! 72 Pusher Boats of Amphibious Construction Battalion Two The crews of ACB-2 pusher boats six and eleven and their boats were assigned to EL PASO from the time we ft Morehead City to the time we pulled into Rota, Spain. The crews of the pusher boats spent many hours mak- g " liberty runs, " taking EL PASO ' s crewmembers into shore while EL PASO was anchored out. They also trans- jrted Marines and Marine equipment when EL PASO was participating in amphibious operations with the ARG. The pusher boat crews consisted of BM3 Dorn, EN3 Watt (not pictured), ENS Morrison, SN Tayag, SN lorthy, SN Marriano and their " Officer in Charge, " BM2 Taccovelli. BM3 Dorn (on right) - " How " boutcha, honey! " AZ Taccovelli - " What? Get the crew of pusher I and start making liberty runs?! " EN3 Morrison - " Hey, I said wake me up at chow. " SN Worthy - " Sweepers, sweepers SN Marriano - " What do you mean ' wrong color of paint " ? " SN Tayag - " I hate it when that happens. ' i 73 DISPLAY DETERMINATION 91 wtum EL PASO loads cargo into a French navy CTIC (LCU) I Turkish g mboat patrols AOA LCM 8-2 heads toward Turkish navy LST " ERTUGAL " during offload 74 In October of 1991, USS EL PASO participated in Exercise Dis- play Determination, a NATO amphibious assault exercise. The assault landing in Turkey occurred near GaUipoh, site of the world ' s first modern amphibious assault during World War I. Naval and air forces from the U.S., Great Britain, Turkey, France, and Italy participated in the exercise, with USMC and Turkish forces assaulting the beach. EL PASO ' s CIC team was given the unique opportunity to exercise French Navy landing craft from FS FOUDRE, and the joint U.S. French boat maneuvers were high- ly successful. French navy CTM (LCM) makes approach alongside EL PASO LCAC passes by French navy LPD " FOUDRE " during amphibious assault 75 76 -wmms FJt 77 -aaSw Kneeling (left to right): SGT Monsivais, LCPL Mikkelson, LCPL Collins, 1st LT Svet, LCPL Williams, LCPL Parker, and SGT Ruiz. Standing: CPL Adkins, CPL Baker, LCPL 78 79 Out for morning ski practice " You want me to climb where? " 80 SEAL TEAM EtGHT ALPHA PLATOON The Bad Boys Just hanging around 81 Eife - Hi ' iiiiiiliiiSi r FREJUS ■ „ " % • " Helo on deck! " " Helo away! " Helo inbound! " " Let ' s go, guys! 84 ii Flight Quarters ght quarters, all hands man your flight quarters stations. The smoking lamp is out aft of frame ninety- fkv. All unauthorized personnel stand clear aft of frame ninety-four. All hands topside remove covers. Hold all tish on station. Flight Quarters. " When this word is heard you will see doors flung open and sailors and n,rines popping out and running to their flight quarters stations to assist in landing the helicopter (helo) that ' s ds to land on EL PASO ' s deck shortly. When a helo comes to EL PASO to land it can have personnel who are vis- ing or reporting to EL PASO, supplies and special materials, or mail for the crew. The flight quarters personnel h.e many hours of experience on station landing helos and unloading cargo to ensure EL PASO has everything s ; needs to carry out her mission in the Med. 11 " See you later! " 85 MARSEILLE 86 87 COMMUNITY RELATIONS Throughout the Mediterranean cruise, EL PASO ' s crewmembers displayed their goodwill by volunteering for several community relations projects. Accompanying the volunteers was EL PASO ' s very own clown team. While in Haita, Israel, we found ourselves at the Naamat Day Care Center. While the clowns kept the kids busy, the real work was being done by some 38 shipmates. The project was split into three days. On the first day the men did repair work such as patching holes in the walls. The second day the walls were sanded down and painted. On the final day BM3 Broze and BMSN Ross painted a children ' s mural on a wall. In Marseille, France, 30 children from the Vitagliano Orphanage were invited to come aboard EL PASO where they were treated to hot dogs, ice cream, popcorn, balloons, games, prizes, and a cake. Following this, the kids were given ballcaps and given a tour of the ship. The next day a group of EL PASO ' s finest went to the orphanage to do painting and plumbing projects. Even though the kids did not speak English, their appreciation was apparent by the smiles on their faces. During the same port visit, 21 shipmates were invited into the homes of some of the local families. They were treated to a homecooked meal and taken on tours of the city and surround- ing area. Bonds of friendship were formed that will last a lifetime. Our last project of the cruise took place in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. EL PASO sailors and Marines adopted 30 senior adults for a day. With the help of the Sixth Fleet Cente r, the seniors came aboard EL PASO for a tour of the ship and a gala event including an outstanding luncheon and an afternoon of Bingo. Children form Vitagliano Orphanage with EL PASO sponsors. EL PASO crewmembers show their goodwill. 88 SA Morefield and SN McCormick patch holes at Naamat Day Care Center employees and children with EL PASO ' S " world famous " Naamat Day Care Center. clowns. EWSN Avila and three children from the Vitagliano Orphanage enjoy lunch ■ on EL PASO ' S mess decks. 89 rHESSALONIKI L to R: Captain Vion, Macedonian Provincial Governor, Ameri can Protocol Officer, Captain Pernini, Consul General 92 EL PASO DOES IT GREEK STYLE On October 18, 1991, while in Thessa- loniki, Greece, Captain Pernini and Consul General Blanford hosted local and National level Greek dignitaries aboard EL PASO. In attendance were the Thessaloniki Prefect, Eugenios Haitides; " C " Corps Commander, General Koukis; and Sotirios Kouvelas, spouse of Agricultural Minister Kouvelas. The MS ' s, led by MSCS (SW) Rhodes, pro- duced a spectacular feast for the guests. Among the favorites were American hot dogs and pastries. Another clear favorite was American beer. The reception was a resounding success in typical EL PASO style, further opening the doors of friend- ship and cultural understanding between the United States and Greece. 93 94 PALMA yi?. 95 DAMAGE CONTROL OLYMPICS While in Marseille, France and Almeria, Spain, EL PASO hosted a Damage Control competition against other ships of MARG 2-91. Events included hose rolling, P-250 operation, fire fighting ensemble dress-out, and pipe patching. Although the intent was for friendly competition and having a good time, valuable training was also accomplished. In both exercises, EL PASO ' s fire fighters were narrowly edged out for the gold. On your mark, get set, go! " Would you just look at these guys? " Our Illustrious judges " Was it head first or feet first? " 96 97 OPERATIONS DEPT Operations department is led by LCDR Phil Slcxjp. Here, EL PASO ' s highly trained technicians ensure EL PASO responds to all missions. Fire Controknen ensure EL PASO ' s primary weapons sys- tems, two MK15 MOD2 CIWS mounts, are ready. Electronic Warfare Technicians ensure that the SLQ- 32 Electronic Support Measures equipment is capable of detecting enemy radars and missiles, that the MK36 SRBOC " CHAFF ' Launchers are ready to decoy missiles, and that the SLQ-25 " NIXIE " Torpedo oountermeasures are fuUy operational. Electronics Technicians maintain all radars, radio, and crypto equipment. Radiomen monitor radio circuits and teletypes, receiving and transmitting vital message traffic. Signalmen transmit and receive messages to from other ships using semaphore, signal flags, flashing Ught, and other means. OPS Department Motto: " MISSION READY " . LCDR Phil Sloop Operations Officer (L-R) LT Emil Chuidian Asst. Ops LT Jim Pimentel, CIC Officer LTJG Joe Robert, EMO LTJG Steve Ellis Communications I wish I was in the Army. Callahan and Mt. 23. LT Pimentel,: future insurv inspector? 98 COMMUNICATION The radiomen are very valuable to the EL PASO, providing long and short range communication via various radio telephone and teletypewriter cir- cuits. Also provided the crew with over 500 Mars callsXMars grams. S riding L to R- RMC Couick, RM3 Knight, RM2 Moore, RM3 Smith, R,2 Allen, RMSN Beining, RM3 Sexton, RMl (SW) Payne, RMSN Bloss- ei Kneeling - RM3 Davis, RMSN Fisher, RMSA Reynolds, RM3 Solone, R 1 (SW) Dennard. What radio station can I get today? m3:I$4E Trying to get the Domino ' s Guar- antee. Eenie Meenie Miney Moe (right) Learning the hunt and peck method, (left) Enjoying the Med sunshine. 99 Top L to R- SM3 Volkmer, SM3 Thibodeaux, SM3 Hughey, SN Denevan. Bottom SMSN Tuck- er, SMI (SW) Ferrio, SMI (SW) Ducheneaux, SMI (SW) Buchanan The EL PASO signal gang led by SMl ' s Ducheneaux, Ferrio, Buchanan were actively involved in all phases of amphibious communications and with other Allied Warships. SMS Volkmer, SMS Hughey, SMS Thibodeaux, SMSN Tucker and SN Denevan, accomplished a lot and learned many of the finer points of visual communications with much practice. During the cruise the signal gang said goodbye to a shipmate, SMS Murrill who was going home to Maine. zM SMSN Tucker is conducting a semiphore drill with the USS WASP ) SN Denevan is in the middle of a flashing light drill with the USS PONCE 100 OPERATIONS SPECIALISTS Operations Specialists primarily assist the bridge with the safe piloting of the ship. Aboard EL PASO they also control and assist in specific opera- tions such as inland water radar navigation, amphibious boat control, and search and rescue. Front row (from left to right): OS3 Ogo, OSSA Flurnoy, OS2 Wallace, OS3 Kelso, OS2 Barnett, and OSSA Canty. Back row: OSl Krol, OS2 Fulford, OSSN Johnson, OSSA Gaskin, OSSN Parker, and OSSA Richardson. Not pictured: OSCS (SW) Beneman and OS3 Carter. LT Jim Pimentel, CICO Look! Up in the sky! I " I, Robert J. Krol, Jr., 101 FIRE CONTROLMEN EL PASO is home to seven Fire Controlmen. They are responsible for the maintenance and preservation of two Close-in- Weapons-System (CIWS) mounts. These mounts are used for Anti-Ship Missile Defense. From left to right: LT Pimentel, FCl Koch, FC2 Parker, FC3 New, FC3 Christian, FC3 Lawrence, FC3 Callahan, and FCC Viohl. The gameboy kid strikes again! A cleaji mount is a happy mount MOUNT 23-1, TDU-0 102 ELECTRONIC WARFARE Four Electronic Warfare Technicians are assigned to EL PASO. They do numeroxis jobs ranging from photography inteUigence to missile decoying. .■xjm left to right: EWl Ledoux, EW3 Neunlist, EWSN Rover, and LT Pimentel. Not pic- EWl Ledoux and EWSN Avila hard at ' red: EWSN Avila. work. PMS! PMS! PMS! SRBOC ... loaded and ready Intel Asst, or Blackmailer? 103 OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT OE DIVISION Front row (left to right): ET3 Darren Cook, ET2 (SW) Scott Schroeder, ET3 Eric Hentley, ET3 Royd Steenstra, and ET3 Thad Stuart. Back row: ET2 Steve Kloha, ET2 James Gorman, ET2 " Joey " Avant, ETC (SW) Corbett, and LT(jg) JR. Robert. -- ' - Dr. Gorman kills another virus Our leader- LT(jg) J.R. Robert 104 Knock off ship ' s work That ' s OK by us! OE division is comprised of nine Electronics Technicians, whose primary mission is to provide corrective and preventative mainte- nance support to the entire ship by keeping the ship ' s " eyes " , the radar systems, and the " ears " , the external communications equip- ment, in maximum operating performance. These systems are espe- cially important at night and during our amphibious assault exercis- es when so much depends upon reliable communications and accu- rate control of boats to the beach. Our motto: " Proudly we serve " . One step closer and I ' ll ... fix it! I claim this . 105 LCDR RANDALL M. HANEY SUPPLY DEPT " KEEPER OF THE KEYS " SKC ANDRES G. VILLALON MSCS (SW) MICHAEL P. RHODES DKC (SW) MICHAEL J, LAURENTY DK3 JOHN G. ARAMBULA 1 06 ' ' CHRISTOPHER J. GLANDER DK3 WILLIE F. LEWIS JR SH2 WILLIAM T. STILLER SHSN TODD A. PASCOE SH3 CLAUDE J. BEARD SH2 CRAIG HINDS SH3 GREGORY A. MCGEE SH3 JOHN W. GUSTIN SH2 ROY LOVE I 5. SHI MICHAEL RECTOR CHIEF V, SKI FLORENCIO CU SK3 BRUCE WINDISH, AND SUPPO 107 FOOD SERVICE DIVISION Best in the Fleet BON APPETIT Mmm, mmm, good! 108 .--. w THANKSGIVING ' 91 109 Is that Tags with two girls?!! I have to work for CHENG?!! I should have gone aviation Oooh, that feels good! Just wait your turn! Tags and all his friends The skipper will never know! 110 iiau Ellis hard at work Where the hell are we? You ' re out of uniform, Hungry WARDROOM So this is why they go on liberty ice me, CHENG that your fuel and water it is cxjirect Anything for a SWO pin Another day in GSK 111 w m wit. v4V(r fc€ ceeAM 1 J 6 I tol-1-l-d you to buy it! What junior officers do best V George, George, and George Yeah CHENG, you look great (NOT!) 112 Boat officer training I told OPS we were on a CMS run 113 The Middle Stratum It ' s not just a job . No appointment, no treatment! ' tfMtM My old CO, John Paul Jones ... You have the right to remain silent I ' d rather have ice cream ' MMM This is GQ ready? 1 ( What can they do- put us on an LKA in the MED? 114 Boy, these Navy guys can party! k It ' s just coke- honest! Lovers, or just friends? What more can you say? 1 The chaplain resists (??) temptation 115 Special Boat Unit SBU-20 Looking good: SBU-20 TL ENl (SW) Scott Sawyer, TM MRl (SW) Phillip Navock, TR ETl Douglas Wells, BL OS2 George Finch, BM GMG2 Earl Martin, and BR OS2 Jonathon Voltmer. One shot, one kill Life ' s a beach on Tunisian shores. Laying down on the job i Installation of M-60E mount I 116 Yachting in the MED! " • ■W " . " s SBU-20: we ' re here to get you in and the meter ' s running Special Beach Unit-20. 117 BOB ' S PLACE Bob ' s Place was " our place " , a place where sailors and marines could always count on a hot burger or a cold brew and good company. A joint NAVY USMC effort, Bob ' s Place was the creation of 1st LT Bob Simi. EL PASO ' s First Class Mess, headed by SMl " MO-MONEY BUCK " Buchanan, along with countless volunteers, ra n Bob ' s Place in every Liberty port. There was never a problem manning 1 A to boom Bob ' s Place onto the pier! Why Bob ' s is so popular Bob ' s of Marseilles 118 r9 ' E Wi i m t " Welcome to Bob ' s - can we help you? " Mo-Money Mo-Money Mo-Money I just gotta eat at Bob ' s 119 CHIEF ' S MESS " Whoa! Who ' s that chick? " The prototypical BMC Enjoying a ride on the Captain ' s gig 120 Friends for life The dummies are hidden in this picture. See if you can pick them out. C Fink receives his retirement ballcap from ENCM Kilburn as HMCM sturn looks on. " I ' m not quite done! " 121 SIXTH FLEET VISIT Say cheese! Vice Admiral Owens chats with Operations Department. 122 Vice Admiral Owens addresses EL PASO officer as Captain Pernini looks on I CO and VADM Owens survey Hold 2. Commander of the Sixth Fleet plays Paper, Scissors, Rock with the CO. 123 EL PASO shines in the MED The following are a sampling of actual messages that EL PASO received during the deployment for outstanding performance. These " kudos " , known as " BZ " , are a direct result of the outstanding officers and sailors shown in the previous pages. Bravo Zulu, EL PASO! UftCLA FUH C e.u. TAUSJ SUBJl RtF! 1 . SfPxt wnOLE icrjv visn 2. I 41-11) r Htft MtlliH J. I LuOK lir.Or ' VISIT Ltr.-.i BT fcllbl l■ ( l 9 OE ?.iS f 4H VIS ooS Ol 4(i CIAT nE«K Hit r-IJL ' r, P4 Mt.. ii ' JU il. TE £ cut- in A fiOA or6 e. I ' 61 A W, IT IT OF II EL P»3 CQ PLI " En. LE TFO 3iJP 3, anO IV NOT KTIC ' JLA Ffjn TNE X JULY ENOi. J -■ ' v EL Cu " Tha Afio ru S ELL CI«II 4 1 I FRO " LUNSUL GEnEKAL LECGIO TJ S t S3 El " » U nTlbuS E M T A R Y I S n T :) T Mt 3TK PURT CKEn HAVE BEE P, I .I3 jPLENOI UIH CtLt .3. PfcES KASO 3 T THE VI TriE ' JSS AS TO 01 PRESTL. IN 30 n r.tNO - JULY 3 - Z Jul 9 (N0TAL5 ESSAGE ON POST 3 EFFORTS GENOA IS Vtt»Y «1UCH ESS THAT, WITHOUT YOUR EimGaGE i OUR SUGGESTED XCEuLtM COOPERATION, YOUR N SUCH A SUCCESS, H ro THANK YPU, YOUR OFFICEPS ASSISTANCE GIVEN TO US IN SHATIJN A TRULY " EMQRABLE ONE TIGc n UEnUA mas TRULY HEEk VISIT. SIT «AS ALL TOO SHORT. «E EL P«Su S RETURN TO GENOA ANT HER fotukE sixth fleet " oi " »0R sui»Ei»e jrs as acin " cs ou ' I g our pwjt haifa, SOAT CRes| LC -«(S " ERE KEYS TO SUCCtSS ' . ifLL DONtI FOR COMglyiHfUTl (n FOL IU«MA«IZE8 COKVUMTY " PLATIOMS »R0JECT o£RFCSWS SY T»- 1 J.MTB OURIM! HAIF», IS PVBTl .-ELP FAINTED iv ' l ' EP4ISED TWE EXTERIOR HF THE BUILDING AT Twg NAA«AT 1»Y case CE ' Te9, A TEA " OF SEVEN ELF CLOdiNB KEFT THE CHILDREN E TERTAINEO . WILE OTHER SHIRWATES CONDUCTED T E REF»IR8. 3. OUR GLASSES ARE RAISED TO THE INITIATIVE OF EL PASO. AS SAG COMMANDER AND COORDINATOR EXTRAORDINAIRE, YOU TOOK THE OFFENSIVE AMD HELOEO ALL FORCES INTO A FIERCE AND AGGRESSIVE FIGHTING UNIT, WHEREVER ' 9LUt TURNED, GOLD i AS THERE. WELL DONE, 4. GOLD FORCES PRESENTED A FORMIDABLE FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH PAGE " 3 RUFRSGGaSSB UNCLAS RELEASASLE TO NATO AS NATO RESTRICTED THRQ ' jnHOUT. YOU CAN ALL BE JUSTIFIABLY PROUD OF YOUR P4RTICI°ATI0N AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS. COMGOLD SENDS. SU8JI BRAVO ZULU tMARG LF«F 2-91) MSGIO GENAOMIN CINCUSNAVEUR PB DEC FMKS 1. AS YOU PREPARE TO DEPART THE MEDITERRANEAN AFTER An EVENTFUL DEPLOYMENT, I WANT TO CONGRATULATE YOU ON A JOB EXCEPTIONALLY WELL DONE. YOUR SUPPORT FOR MEDITERRANEAN OPERATIONS, THE SOUTHERN REGION EXERCISE PROGRAM AND THE PAGE P2 RH0LSGG6979 UNCLAS OEVCLOPMENT OF NEW AMD INNOVATIVE WAYS TO MEET SHORTFALLS IN FORCES MAS TESTED YOUR VERSATILITY ANO FLEXIBILITY, ?, FROM YOUR INCHOP WITH SUPPORT OF FOURTH OF JULY CEREMONIES OFF ROMF ANO TURNOVER WITH MARG 1-91 IN TURKEY, YOU ARRIVED ON STATION HEADY FOR ACTION, YOUR PARTICIPATION IN DISPLAY DETERMINATION 91 WAS A SIGNIFICANT FACTOR IN THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE MOST IMPORTANT EXERCISE IN NATO ' S SOUTHERN REGION. THROUGHOUT DEPLOYMENT YOU HAVE WORKED WELL " ITH ALLIES, TRAINED HARD ANO TMPRESSFD EVERY ONE OF THE HIGH LEVEL VISITORS YOU HAVE HOSTED, AS THE NAVY MARINE CORPS TEAM TRANSITIONS TO A SMALLER OVERALL FORCE, THE PROJECTION OF NAVAL PRESENCE DURING HAMMERLOCK I5EM0NSTPATED THE VERSATILITY ANO VIABILITY OF 4 CONTINUED MaRG PRESENCE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN WHILE EXERCISE SAFE HAVEN HIGHLIGHTED THE ABILITY OF MARINE FORCES TO EXECUTE A NEO FROM OTHER PLATFORMS. 3. I COMMEND EACH INDIVIDUAL FOR HIS PERSONAL CONTRIBUTION, HARD WORK AND DEDICATION, DURING THIS DEMANDING PERIOD I HAVE KNOWN I COULO COUNT ON YOU TO BE READY FOR WHATEVER CHALLENGES CAME YOUR WAY. YOU HAVE ENHANCED DETERRENCE ANO STRENGTHENED STABILITY IN THE MEDITERRANEAN, AS YOU SET COURSE FOR HOME AND WELL-EARNED HOLIDAY REUNIONS WITH LOVED ONES, 0 SO KNOWING YOU HAVE SERVED PAGE 1 3 RH0LSGG6979 UNCLAS WITH THE CLASSIC PRIDE AND PROFESSIONALISM OUR COUNTRY MAS COME TO EXPECT OF THE NAVY-MARINE CORPS TEAM. YflU ARE THE BEST OF THE BEST, FAIR WINDS ANO FOLLOWING SEAS AND HAVE A WONDEHFUL 1992, ADMIRAL HOWE SENDS. 124 ' SUB J J S AVO ZULU MSGI0 GENADMIN C0M9I 9HKS r. TO THE OFFICERS APPRECIATION ANO PRO YOU HAVE DONE IT ALL PAGE 1 2 RUFRSGG962a CnNTlNGENCY OPERATIO JULY FETE, FROM A MA IMPORTANT EXERCISES THE WAY IN THE OEVEL TACTICS, YOU MET EV PROUD OF, 2 ' . t WISH YOU FAIR HOLIDAY REUNION WITH BT NNNN XTHFLT MB DEC AND HEN OF MARG LF6F 2«gi, MY PERSONAL FESSIDNAL ADMIRATION FOR A JOB WELL DONE, DURING THIS DEPLOYMENT, FROM CRITICAL UNCLAS NS TO SUPERBLY HOSTING A FANTASTIC FOURTH OF JOR NATO EXERCISE TO NUMEROUS EQUALLY WITH OUR ALLIES, FROM THE ROUTINE TO LEADING OPMENT OF INNOVATIVE-,NEW MISSIONS AND ERY CHALLENGE HEAD ON AND YOU HAVE MUCH TO BE WINDS ANO FOLLOWING SEAS AND A MOST JOYOUS YOUR FAMILIES, VADM OWENS, SMRJ 9MKS T»KF 5- 5| . AN 4 " OPnFE cnNpri OETEP FORCE HAVE 0AGF iMPHi . c THIS SENnS IT «JMMN ► " «RG 2-91 WELCOME HOHE I. AS YOU RETURN TO YOUR FAMILIES AND LOVED ONES, I WANT TO T4TS OPPORTUNITY TO SECOGNIZE THE SUPERB ACHIEVEMENTS OF MARG THE t-ANY ACCOLADES THAT YQU HAVE RECEIVED ARE RICHLY DESERVED F A DIRECT REFLECTION OF EXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP, DEDICATED SSinNALISI AND ASTUTE PLANNING. THE FIRST DEPLOYMENT OF WASP, rTING A MAJOR SEA CONTROL EXERCISE, EXERCISE DISPLAY MINATIQM 91, BILATERAL EXERCISES WITH TUNISIAN AND SPANISH S, ANO TRAINING IN FRANCE WERE ALL FLAWLESSLY EXECUTED, YOU HNrE AGAIN OEMOMSTRATED THE TREMENDOUS CAPABILITY OF OUR " ? RUC0SGG6259 UNCLAS PIOUS FIRCES. ONGRATULaTIONS on a job hELL DONE, YOU HAVE MORE THAN EARNED TIME i " ITH YOUR FAMILIES. MERRY CHRISTMAS, RADM GRANUZZO . BRAVO ZULU SMBJ • 9GTn OMKS owIRR THE A ynil H WISH rPM " 0 9T HIMNM wflcume wome genaomin comphibron twelve 1. congratulations on the successful conclusion of marg 2-91, n«l tijelve mas been superbly represented 8y your performance as mPHThIOIIS POESENCE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN. BE PROUO OF THE SERVICE AVF GIVEN ynuR COUNTRY. AS YOU RETURN TO F4MILY ANO FRIENDS, WE ynii A JOYIUS REUNION AND WILL DESERVED HOLIDAY STANODOWN. nORF TICKLE SENDS. IIRJ PE HMKS l riEPl OVM PPFSE»ir HP mjR PFLATin t;00n HI 9 ' . • F . f«AlL 5A HT B0B8 NNNN RFORMANCE OF DUTY YOUR TRANSIT HOME MARKS THE CONCLUSION TO A SUPERB ENT. THE OUTSTANDING MANNER IN WHICH YOU MAINTAINED OUR NAVAL E IN THE -iAKE OF nPFRATION OESERT STORM EMBODIES THE VERY BEST AVYi? TRADITIONS. YOU HAVE STRENGTHENED OUR REPUTATION AND MSMIPS 1ITH nuR ALLIES ANO HAVE BEEN EXEMPLARY AMBASSADORS OF LL-. COME HOME TO A MUCH OESERVEO REUNION WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS, FELY. REASON SENDS. 125 HOMECOMING 126 On December 20, 1991 EL PASO set Sea and Anchor detail in the early morning hours. Little grumbling or complaint was noted, however. Sailors and officers put their Dress Blues on and cheerfully took their stations. Upon passing buoy CBJ, time seemed to freeze. EL PASO seemed to crawl through the channel rather than make 10 knots. Everyone carried roses for a special someone that would be waiting. And a banner on the signal bridge speUed out EL PASO ' s Mission. Finally, Pier 7 came into view. Everyone on the ship seemed to be topside. An incredible crowd was assembled for us. A roaring, cheer- ing crowd. " Moored, shift colors. " USS EL PASO, the pace-set- ter for MARG 2-91, was finally home. 127 Thank You From the cruise book editor: This book of memories would not have been possible without the assistance of a group of hard working volunteers from around the ship. Thanks to all divisional representatives for their efforts. Special thanks to the following personnes who volunteered their own time to assist in designing the rest of the cruise book: OSSN Gaskin, YN3 Johansen, SN Franklin, BT3 Benefield, OS2 Wallace, SN Anthony, EWSN Avila, Ens Taglavore, and finally, a special thanks to Ens Phil Koelsch, who helped me in damage control and figure out where to start (over). BT3 Benefield, Engineering LT Jim Pimentel EDITOR-IN-CHIEF YN3 Johansen Color Layouts SN Fiorino, Deck Ens Taglavore, Photos OSSA Gaskin, Layouts 132 EWSN Avila, Photographer Ens Phil Koelsch, Damage Assessment and Planning " I don ' t know when " is the answer I ' ve given at least a mil- lion times to " When will the cruise book be here? " Well, finally it ' s here. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of completing this cruise book, and hope that you enjoyed reading it. TOP GATOR: USS EL PASO LT Jim Pimentel 1991 Cruise Book Editor 133 m WeOsworth Publishing Company Marceline. Missouri 64658 USA Barry Brown. Janaf Office. 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