Elrod (FFG 55) - Naval Cruise Book

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TITLE PAGE ELROD PERSIAN GULF CRUISE 87-88 EDITOR - MS3 RODRIGUEZ PRODUCERS - SM2 (SW) JARRETT STG3 MAGDELENO Coat Of z4imi. m Jhe. i-nijii. ct it it a ne iaLdic XEhxe cntation ofes axintt alor c tnxu 7 Sixodi. hen.oic actiom duxin Iht SattLe of H Vakt iJiLanJ in U tctmbe ' 94 ' - t wai duxinq tkii. battLt Inat :yv[ajox Lxod wai. killed and fox nii. actiom wai. fioilnumouiLu ataaxdtd tnt J [tdaL of c Honox. Jht aoLoxi of LrLut, xed, and QoLd (u LLouj) axe tnoi-e. of the. esNaou and the £lv axine Coxfxi.. jh.e cnevxon in the i-hitLd nai fifteen cxeneLLation± to xehxeAenl the numbci of daui the embattled £ axine neid Wake UiLand aaaimt a ua±tLu tufxciiox Q.ab.aneA.e invasion foxae. 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IJne blue backaround and tnixteen ilaxi xefixeAent the ::A {edaL of oH-onox awaxded to majox £Lxod fox nii hexoic action , on vVake Uiland. 3ne qold arxealn, hointed doujnuraxd, commemoxate nii. nonoxa Le death in action. TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. TITLE PAGE 2. SHIPS CREST COAT OF ARMS 3. TABLE OF CONTENTS 4.-5. LOOKING BACK 6. CO BIOGRAPHY 7. XO BIOGRAPHY 8. COMMAND MASTER CHIEF 9. GO ' S FOREWORD 10.-13. SUPPORT DEPT. 14.-19. COMBAT SYSTEMS DEPT. 20.-23. ENGINEERING DEPT. 24.-29. SHIPS CONTROL DEPT. 30.-31. AVIATION DEPT. 32.-34. D.C. OLYMPICS 35. SEA AND ANCHOR 36.-39. UNREP 40.-45. GRIT AND PRIDE 46.-47. ESWS 48.-53. HELO OPS 54.-59. FANTAIL COOKOUT 60.-65. ESCORT SERVICE 66.-70. ELROD SUPPORT 71.-73. CANDID PICTURES 74.-75. ELROD (HIMSELF) 76.-77. XMAS PARTY 78.-79. AUTOGRAPH PAGES 80.-91. LIBERTY CALL 92.-95. ELROD NEWS 96.-112. CREWS CANDIDS LOOKING BACK A. s the Guided Missile Frigate, USS ELROD (FFG-55), approached Buoy Charlie, her homeport of Charleston ' s Harbor entrance buoy, many thoughts of the past six months spent in the Persian Gulf lingered in the minds of the crew. It all started with a six week transit across the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Intense training was conducted daily to prepare for convoy operations to protect reflagged American ships. After a brief stop in the Azores (Portugal) for fuel and seven days in Palma, Spain, ELROD was ready to continue ahead to her upcoming transit of the Suez Canal. Immediately upon ELROD ' S arrival to the Gulf, the crew was put to work using skills in which they were drilled. ELROD spent 90 " ' c of her time in the Gulf at sea, conducting a variety of operations. Her first escort mission resulted in a mine being discovered by an ELROD lookout which led to the mine ' s immediate destruction. During the third mission ELROD observed the results of an Iranian small boat attack on a merchant ship and responded immediately to provide humanitarian assistance. During another assignment ELROD took part in the rescue of twenty crewmembers from a Korean mer- chant ship that had been attacked. One of the two SH-60B Lamps M K III Helicopters assigned to ELROD and a helicopter from the British warship HMS SCYLLA conducted the complete and safe evacuation of the merchant ship ' s crew. While ELROD was assigned to the Middle East Force, her helicopter detachment, HSL 44 Det 3, led by Lieutenant Commander R.L. Dick, flew over 1000 hours while in the Persian Gulf, more than any other ship that has been stationed there so far. From one end of the Gulf to the other, ELROD was on patrol or conducting escort missions. After three and a half months of this demanding assignment she was relieved to start her 7,500 mile journey home. On her way home ELROD had three good, hard-earned liberty ports. The first was Aquaba, Jordan, dur- ing which the crew enjoyed an all day tour up to the top of snow touched Jordanian mountains and experienced Jordanian Culture at its best. From Jordan ELROD transited the Suez Canal once again and proceeded to Genoa, Italy. In Italy ELROD and her crew enjoyed numerous tours and ski trips to the nearby Alps. Genoa, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, was an excellent place where the crew enjoyed Italian cuisine. After three days in Genoa ELROD proceeded to a port visit in Toulon, France. Toulon, located on the French Rivi- era, was very beautiful and exciting. Several members of the crew were able to take a two day tour to Paris and as in Genoa, other crew members went on snow skiing trips to the nearby Alps. After stopping in the Azores for fuel ELROD was ready for the last leg of their journey home, crossing the Atlantic once again. The ship made its turn toward the Charleston Naval Base as it passed under the Cooper River Bridge. The thoughts of the past six months faded as new ones came into mind. Dreams of spending time with friends and loved ones now raced through the minds of the sailors onboard ELROD. It was time to get back into circulation and put the memories of the Persian Gulf behind. c COMMANDING OFFICER PHIL W. BOLIN G MM I IDn?lG ommander Phil Warren Bolin enlisted in the United States Navy in 1969. A native of Ephrata, Washington, he served 2 ' 2 years in USS JOUETT (CG-29) achieving the rate of Personnelman Second Class. He then completed Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, and was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy in July 1971. Prior to his assignment to command USS ELROD (FFG-55), Commander Bolin served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations as Head, Officer Pro- fessional Development. For his efforts with officer career programs while as- signed to the OPNAV staff, Commander Bolin is authorized to wear the Merito- rious Service Medal. At sea Commander Bolin most recently served as the Chief Staff Officer for commander. Destroyer Squadron Twenty-Four. Prior to that tour, he was the commissioning Executive Officer in USS CLIFTON SPRAGUE (FFG- 16). During his tour, USS CLIFTON SPRAGUE earned the Destroyer Squadron Eight Battle Efficiency Award for excellence in her first year of commissioned service. After graduating from the Surface Warfare Officer Department Head course in 1974, Commander Bolin served two department head tours. His first Department Head tour was as Weapons Officer in USS BLANDY (DD-943) followed by assignment as Chief Engineer in USS MANITOWOC (LST 1 180). Commander Bolin ' s first sea tour after commissioning included duties as a division officer in the Weapons and Operations Departments and as the ship ' s navigator in USS RICHARD E. BYRD (DDG-23). Commander Bolin is a 1980 graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California where he earned a Master of Science Degree in Management. In addition to the Meritorious Service Medal, he is authorized to wear the Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Star in lieu of second award and the Navy Achievement Medal. Commander Bolin was ordered to USS ELROD (FFG- 55) as Commanding Officer on 10 March 1986. Commander Bolin and his wife Anne have one daughter, Lauren, and they reside in Charleston, South Carolina. L EXECUTIVE OFFICER THOMAS R. MOODY lieutenant Commander Thomas Ray Moody graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor ' s degree in Political Science and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy on 12 May 1974. Prior to his assignment as Executive Officer, USS ELROD (FFG-55), LCDR Moody served two years on the staff of Commander, Destroyer Squadron FOUR as Training and Readiness Officer. LCDR Moody was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal as a result of his efforts on the staff. As sea, LCDR Moody served as Operations Officer in USS THORN (DD-988) and USS DAVIS (DD-937) and was a member of the decommissioning crew in USS DAVIS. LCDR Moody attended the Surface Warfare Department Head Course in 1982 and served for two years on the Naval Officer Candidate School (OCS) staff. During his tour at OCS, LCDR Moody earned a Master ' s Degree in Busi- ness Administration from Bryant College. Prior to his tour at OCS, LCDR Moody served as the Legal and Personnel Officer in USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) and was a member of SAIPAN ' S commissioning crew. LCDR Moody was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal while serving in USS SAIPAN. His first sea tour was as CIC Officer and Navigator in USS BOULDER (LST-1190). LCDR Moody is married to the former Gail Caldwell, a native of Waynesville, North Carolina and they have two children: Scott and Beth Ann. M. DONALD J. DUNLEAVY COMMAND MASTER CHIEF .aster Electrician Mate Chief Petty Officer Donald J. Dunlevy, son of Hubert and Edith Dunlevy of Pitts- burgh, Pennsylvania, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in February 1959. He has completed recruit training at RTC, Great Lakes, Illinois as well as Class " A " Electrician Mate, Class " B " Electrician Mate and Minesweeping Electrician Schools. Master Chief Dunlevy served aboard the following afloat commands: USS JENKINS (DD-947) and USS NICH- OLAS (DD-449) learning the basics of the Electrician Mate Rating, USS DETECTOR (MSO-429) as Electric Shop Supervisor, USS MEADOWLARK (MSC-196) as Electric Shop Supervisor, Commander Mine Squadron 10 as Boat Electrician for MSB-36 and MSL Detachment 1-73, USS AMERICA (CV-66) as a member of the ship ' s Safety De- partment, Mine Counter measures Unit " ALPHA " as Maintenance Control Chief and Launch Recovery Director, Plankowner of Helicopter Minesweeping Squadron FOURTEEN as Avionics Division Chief, Launch and Recovery Coordinator and Command Senior Chief Petty Officer, and USS CANOPUS (AS-34) as Ship Superintendent for repairs to Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarines. Master Chief Dunlevy ' s shore duty commands include the Fleet Maintenance Assistance Group at Little Creek Virginia and Fleet and Mine Warfare Training Center, Charleston, South Carolina as an instructor for Minesweeping Electrician Mate courses. He is authorized to wear Navy Achievement Medal with a Gold Star in lieu of a 2nd award, for training Republic of Indonesia crews concerning leased minesweeping vessels and successfully conducting extensive repairs to three Au- tomatic Degaussing Systems which were constantly in use as training aids, the Meritorious Unit Commendation for service aboard USS CANOPUS (AS-34), and five consecutive Good Conduct Awards. Master Chief Dunlevy is married to Alice Jeanette (Benthall) of Norfolk, Virginia and they have three children, David, Donald II and Kristin. They presently reside in Goose Creek, South Carolina. FOREWORD This cruise book is prepared as a remembrance of ELROD ' s first deployment; a deployment initially planned for the Mediterranean, but, due to world events was executed in the Persian Gulf. As you review the book you will see the faces of the crew and some of the events that took place during the deployment. You will have a hint of the friendships that developed and the hard work completed by the crew. The most important ingredient to the very successful cruise completed by this crew can not easily be shown by pictures. The teamwork of the 214 men embarked in ELROD . . . this includes HSL 44 Det 3, our two plane helicopter detachment from Mayport . . . made this a successful cruise. Everyone completed assigned tasks and accomplished these tasks perfectly; and even more importantly, helped their shipmates complete necessary work. This teamwork ensured ELROD was safe . . . and that ELROD accomplished all assigned jobs. The reputation ELROD received is evidence of this teamwork. As important to the teamwork displayed by the crew was the support of the wives and families. Holidays at sea are difficult for all, but the holidays over this deployment will always be remembered because of the hard work of our loved ones. It is the people that make the Navy a special place and it is fitting that this book be dedicated to the crew and families of the ELROD. I sincerely hope you enjoy reviewing the events of the deployment as you read the cruise book. Enjoy the pictures and read the captions of the USS ELROD (FFG- 55) Persian Gulf Cruise Book (22 September 1987 to 22 March 1988). P.W. BOLIN, COMMANDER USN SUPPORT DEPARTMENT he USS ELROD SUPPORT DEPARTMENT - " SERVICE TO THE CREW " - is there motto. The services that this department provides range from providing parts to keep the ship going and firing to cutting a man ' s hair. The Support Department personnel are the pride of the ELROD in professionahsm and cooperation. The Department Head is LT WilHam M. Bunker and the Assistant Support Officer was LT Charles P. Frasher. LT Frasher also held the respon- sibility as Disbursing Officer and Ship ' s Store Officer. In February 1988 a new man to the department arrived relieving LT Frasher of his ausome tasks - ENS David K. Henderson. The department is divided into two divisions - S-1 (Support) lead by ENS Henderson and PNCS (SW) Kevin A. Doak and S-2 (Food Service) lead by MSC (SW) Timothy E. Martin. S-1 (Support) Division is made up of many and varied ratings: Storekeeper (SK), Ship ' s Serviceman (SH), Yeoman (YN), Personnelman (PN), Disbursing Clerk (DK), Postal Clerk (PC), Master at Arms (MA) and Hospital Corpsman (HM). These personnel are ones who make living on the ship more bearable by providing those things you become accus- tomed to on shore like mailing a letter, buying from the store, getting a haircut, getting parts to fix your equipment and checking on personal affairs. Without these people living on the ship would not be the same. S-2 (Food Service) Division includes both the Mess Management Specialist (MS) and the Food Service Attendants on temporary duty from other divisions. It is the responsibility of these men to provide over 700 meals a day to the crew which include breakfast, lunch, dinner and mid-rats. It is because of these personnel that the men gained all their weight from the cruise. Judging from the remarks of numerous riders and from other commands, ELROD ' s food is the best in the fleet. 10 iCi S-l DIVISION 1 1 ' f -., ENS HENDERSON " PNCS (SW) DOSK DISBURSING OFFICER PERSONNEL OFFICER P T ' i:i - 1 ■■ ■»■ r MAC (SW) LAWSON SKC (SW) FLUCK YNl (AW) SMITH SK2 FORD GUARDS THE BROW IN GENOA PNCS (SW) DOAK CATCHES A BREATH OF FRESH AIR SKC (SW) FLUCK ON WATCH ANCHORED OFF BAHRAIN MSI RICKERT MSC (SW) MARTIN MSI JACINTO MSI (SW) CARPENTER MSSN RODRIGUEZ MS3 HARRISON MS3 WELLMAN S-2 DIVISION S-2 DIVISION NOT PICTURED MSSN AUSTIN, MS2 DONAHOO 13 COMBAT SYSTEMS A TO THE RAIL!! 14 CS-2 DIVISION LCDR BORCHERS LTJG NEWELL STG2 BAILEY -! m MAGDELENO TMSN MARTIN Sonar Technician (ST) CS-2 DIVISION NOT PICTURED STGl AMOS TMl BLUE STG3 BOTELHO STGl BROWN STG2 ENVICK STGCS LAWERENCE STG3 PAYNE STG2 SCOTT STG2 WINT ERBORNE Torpedoman ' s Mate (TM) 15 CS-3 DIVISION Fire Control Technician ENS BAKER V Gunner ' s Mate (GM) FCC (SW) SMITH FCl HASSELL FCl FARRELL GMG2 (SW) McKEOWN FC2 FESTA V W M FC2 (SW) HUMPHRIES 16 FC2 McKINNEY FC3 KIRKWOOD GMM2 MOEHLING FC2 VANZANDT GMG3 BURGESS FC3 WHITE FC3 ANDERSON GMG3 WREN FC2 RICHARDSON CS-3 DIVISION NOT PICTURED GMMC PROSSER FC2 DUTIL GMMSN ROBINSON GMG3 KILPATRICK 17 ? CS-4 DIVISION Data Systems Technician (DS) M Electronic Warfare Technician (EW) ICC(SW) SCHNEKSER LT TEICHER ' M L ETl FAHS Interior Communications Electrician (IC) Electronics Technician (ET) DS2 BILLINGSLEY DS2 REID r EW3 KRAMER ET3 SUMMERHILL fi ET3 TUCKER EW3 HARM mm ET2 RAHN 18 IC2 PHILLIPS PREPARES TO GO UP THE STICK 19 ENGINEERING E ElMCr EilNIGr iLROD ' s Engineering Department consists of 37 men who maintain ship systems 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Gas turbine systems technicians, electricians, enginemen, hull technicians, and machinery repairmen combine their talented efforts to provided water, heat, equipment cooling, electricity, and of course, propulsion through the water. The bulk of the Engineering mission involves the manufacture and distribution of services. Electricity is provided by 4 Stewart-Stevenson 1000 Kilowatt diesel-generators. Sea water is transformed into fresh water at the rate of 8000 gallons per day. Air conditioning and equipment cooling is provided from three 80 ton air conditioning plants. Main propulsion is generated from the ship ' s two General Electric LM2500 gas turbine aircraft engines. The sleek, efficiency of gas turbine propulsion enables ELROD to accelerate from to 30 knots in moments. ELROD ' s ability to handle like a sports car is afforded through the controllable-reverse pitch propeller. By alternating the pitch of the propellor blades, the ship can literally stop on a dime. Maintenance of the rudder, controlling steering gear, and the two massive bow-mounted auxiliary propulsors all fall under the realm of the Engineering Department. Auxiliaries are the product of several pieces of equipment. High pressure and low pressure air are produced for ship services such as dry air for radar waveguides, missle strikedown, torpedo tube flask pressurization, shaft braking, main engine and diesel generator starting, and pnuematic tool operation. Sewage disposal, main and secondary drainage are all supplied and monitored by engineering. The entire engineering plant including all auxiliary services is monitored from the space-age Central Control Sta- tion. Given the remote operability of installed equipment, the CCS watch is a multi-eyed giant with control in all engi- neering spaces at any given time. The hull technicians operate the general workshops which serves as the ship ' s own " SIMA " . Tasked with more than Engineering repairs, the general workshop is credited with repairs to the fire control systems, missile launcher, gunmount, and the embarked helicopter. The hull technicians are also tasked with the damage control readiness of the ship. D.C. Training and an occasional readiness stand down keep the ship damage control consious. Interestingly enough, with the exception of main propulsion, the engineering operations do not cease at the end of the Middle East Force deployment. Services must continue. Water, heat, power, and cooling will continue around the clock, 365 days a year. 20 E-1 DIVISION LT PARROT CHIEF ENGINEER ENS STEAD MAIN PRUPULSION ASST. GSEC (SW) SYKES GSM3 COTTINGHAM GSE3 LEVERING GSM3 HARTMAN GSE2 BADGER E-1 DIVISION NOT PICTURED FN BOSTIC GSM3 BRUCE GSM2 LONG GSE2 PORTER GSE2 REYNOLDS GSE3 ROBINSON FN SHULTZ FN SMITH GSE3 WADE 21 E-2 DIVISION ENC (SW) DEPTULA ENl LARSEN ENl BLACKWOOD ENl (SW) BENNETT EN2 LEE EN2 BISHOP EN2 BUZZELLI EM3 HUGHMEYER EM3 THOMPSON E-2 HHH ■PI H DIVISION 1 1 i Fi l NOT r H 2 B PICTURED ■ H fll H EMI SEXTON EN2 WOLLRIDGE FN PETTUS EM2 BUCHANAN FN FIGUEROA FN JAMES EM3 DREYER EMS GILLMAN - 1 J- FN MOORE FN HAVENS 22 E-3 DIVISION «■ " HTl (SW) WHITELAW HT2 CHANCE HT2 GRAY HT2 PARDUE HT2 GRIM MR2 WHITE HT3 PARRIS 23 fe SHIPS CONTROL c P Inlwn Radioman (RM) " I ' " ; ° ' ' ' nM " ' Specialist (OS) ' Mate (BM) (QM) A XA.S the name implies, ship control does just that! Whether it be the transmitting or receiving of messages (RM ' s and SM ' s), the breaking of signals (OS ' s) or the actual mechanics of carrying out the assigned orders by the Bridge watchstanders (BM ' s and QM ' s). The men of ship control tie it all together, they break the link between combat systems and engineering, they give ELROD direction! Ship Control Department originally consisted of three divisions: SC-1 (Quartermasters and signalmen), SC-2 (Ra- diomen), SC-3 (Boatswainmates). On Feb. 9, 1988 the operation specialists (OS ' s) were moved from combat systems to ship control (SC-4). This moved transformed ship control department into one more in line with the customary " Operations Department. " SC-1 From the Cooper River to the Persian Gulf, SC-1 Division has navigated ELROD through rough seas, low visibil- ity and narrow channels. They ' ve hoisted signal flags, sent flashing light and " spoke " semaphore. Comprised of signal- men and quartermasters, they are uniquely trained onboard ELROD, each capable of assuming the others job. SC- 1 Division prides themselves as true professionals and tops in their fields. SC-2 " The voice of command " , SC-2 Division consists of Radiomen, its responsibility of the Ship ' s enternal communi- cations. Radio equipment is constantly monitored, " Tweeked " , tuned and interfaced to build flexible communication systems, to include: DAMA. Cudixs and naumals. Voice circuits are patched to the bridge and combat information center to ensure constant and reliable external communications. SC-2 Division receives, transmits, reproduces and routes thousands of messages a month, utilizing a " State of the Art " computer system to produce and maintain a highly accessible log of all incoming and outgoing messages. Even hundreds of miles out, SC-2 lets ELROD " Reach out and touch someone. " SC-3 SC-3 Division is the boatswainmates, the backbone of the ship. Its responsibilities are both diverse and extensive. From painting, preservarion and maintenance of the ships exterior to supplying watchstanders for the bridge. The men of SC-3 are responsible for the upkeep and manning of underway replenishment gear when ELROD needs fuel, stores or ammo. During anchoring and moorings they man sea and anchor details both on the bridge and forecastle. They ensure ili " motor whaleboat is ready to carry out any tasking day or night and are always ready to issue paint, cleaning gear and foul weather gear to the crew. SC-3 keeps ELROD looking 1!!! SC-4 SC-4 is made up of operation specialists. The " OS ' s " , while manning combat information center, efficiently and accurately collect, display, evaluate, and disseminate operational data. This data is used to insure safe navigation and, to properly and effectively defend ELROD against any enemy whether on land, sea or air. Today ' s OS ' s is greatly aided in his job with new and highly technical equipment such as naval tactical data system, long range radars, sonars computer generated consoles and worldwide satellite communications systems. But it is still the men that make all this work smoothly, without a wel groomed tem, the equipment would mean little. Their warfare roles include; helo control, target motion ananlysis, fighter intercepts, electronic warfare and over-the-horizon targeting. From special projects to protecting shipping in the Persian Gulf, SC-4 is ready to lead the way!!! 24 SC-1 DIVISION QMCS (SW) CANTY SM2 McGRATH SM2 (SW) JARRETT QMS GOUDY SC-1 DIVISION NOT PICTURED SMI (SW) FRAZIER SM2 BROXTON QM2 RACKLEY QMSN DICENSO 25 SC-2 DIVISION RM3 MILLER RM2 WIEGAND RMS KOCH SC-2 DIVISION NOT PICTURED RM3 NEALY RMC SHAUGHNESSY RMl FERGUSON RMl MILKS RMSN SANDERS RMSN BLACK 26 SC-3 DIVISION SN MUNN -.. » BM3 MINALICK BM3 STUFFLEBEAM SN PIGGIE SN CRESS f J f " SN DOLAN SN THOMPSON SN BAKER SN CONTRERAS SN WOODHAM SN GOSSAR SN WALLACE BM2 PETERS SN DELEGARZA BM2 RECTOR SC-3 DIVISION NOT PICTURED SN ATKINSON SN AVERETT BM3 COTTON SNDYE SN JENKINS SN MORRISON SC-3 DIVISION NOT PICTURED BM2 REIDER SN REYNOLDS SN RIGSBEE SN ROBINSON BMSN SMALLS SN BROWN 27 SC-2 DIVISION ENS LEA OSC (SW) OVERCASH i; 0S2 SMITH U ENS MORGAN OSl (SW) OSl (SW) PERSICO OSl (SW) BONNER 0S2 RIVERA CATHERWOOD 0S2 BROWN 0S3 SPANGLER OSS KAHN 0S3 FOLSOM SC-4 DIVISION NOT PICTURED 0S2 GLENN 083 GROUSE 0S2 HEATHER 0S2 LEWIS 0S2 MELA OSSN WELLS OSS FOGG 28 STUDY, STUDY, STUDY TAKING A PICTURE OF A PICTURE BEING TAKEN 29 " SKI " WINS THE BEST LEGS CONTEST. 30 AVIATION DET HSL 44 DET 3 T, he Aviation Department maintains and operates two SH60B helicopters onboard USS ELROD. Originating from HSL-44 in Mayport, Detachment 3 joins the crew for workups and deployments. The department is comprised of 6 pilots, 4 aircrewmen and 12 maintenance personnel. The Aviation Department consists of the following ratings: Aviation Machinist Mate (AD), Aviation Electrician ' s Mate (AE), Aviation Structural Mechanic (AM), Aviation Electronics Technician (AT), Aviation Antisubmarine War- fare Operator (AW), Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Technician (AX), Aviation Maintenance Administrationman (AZ). These personnel perform scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on the aircraft and related systems. The detachment flew over 1500 hours during this deployment setting a LAMPS record. Nine phase inspections were conducted at sea in order to keep the aircraft and its weapon systems safe for flight and mission capable. The aircraft greatly increases the ship ' s ability to prosecute submarines at great distances and assist with Antiship Surveil- lance and Targeting. The helicopters ' also transfer personnel, mail and cargo and are capable of medical evacuation, search and rescue and communiations relay. 31 STAND DOWN SEA AND ANCHOR I V ' yT 35 UNDERWAY REPLENISHMENl 36 38 39 ■ p ■1 H ;al rWi %B T 1, 1 IH 40 ' rf- 111 44 45 rC2 N.C. DUTIL EMI R.L. SEXTON FCC G.M. SMITH MAC A.C. LAWSON OSl R.J. PERSICO Know all men b OSC F.D. OVERCASH ETl FAHS 0S2 P.J. BROWN ENl T.W. BENNETT PNCS K.A. DOAK having successfully completed tljj standards and having demonstri and competer: USS ELM has qui ENLISTED SURFAC and is authorized to wear the Enlistee Jn witness whereof this ce eal affixed hereunto o se presents that EWl M.J. PIN A MSI A.D. CARPENTER SH2 T.L. RING SM3 R.C. JARRETT SMI V. FRAZIER tablished personnel qualification the requisite professional skills ilhile serving in D FFG-55 l d as an .ARFARE SPECIALIST liface Warfare Specialist Breast Insignia ate has been signed and a s 22 day ofMARCHl988 COMING IN FOR A LANDINGt aCOBRAS in the PERSIAN GULF. HELO OPS RELIEF !! -•NOW SET THE REFUELING DE- TAIL ONE OF THE MANY OPERA- TIONS WITH THE MSO ' St AIR PET ON THE FLIGHT DECK DUmc S£ lyhJ f ICHOK 50 HELO RIDES 5(t AW2 MOSER INSTRUCTS HT2 GRAY AND SH2 CALHOUN ON FLIGHT PROCEDURES BEFORE TAKEOFF. MWAN BAUCH ENJOYS HIS 30th FLIGHT OF THE DAY A LOOK AT THE USS ELROD 300 FT. UP 51 THIS DAY SHALL LIVE INIFAMY ONE THOUSAND HOURS PILOTS AND CREW CELE- BRATE 1000 HOURS FLYING TIME DURING PERSIAN GULF CRUISE ON JANUARY 6, 1988 52 aMSI RICKERT, MSC martin, MSSN WELLMAN and MSI CARPENTER FIRE UP THE GRILL. kCHOW ON THE SUN DECK. -iMSl CARPENTER AND MS3 HARRISON COOKING UP A STORM FANTAIL COOK OUTS 55 HAMBURGERS BAKED BEANS BMSN GOSSAR " ROCK " AND SN ATKINSON CATCH A FEW RAYS QMSN DICEN- SO TAKES A BREATHER A CHANGE OSl PERSICO, STG3 PAYNE AND PNSN CRESS AWAIT THEIR BURGERSt SM2 McGRATH AND RM2 FERGUSON SHARE SOME STORIES 58 OF PACE WHERE ' S THAT RADIO STATION? ELROD ... IN THE NEWS Iran threatens to strike first I ' t r A-VN Inited Press Intemstlonal The Associated Press The U.S. frigate Elrod, bottom, follows the { carrier Gas Queen In a convoy of reflag|;ed Kuwaiti tanlcers. NICOSIA, Cyprus — Iran ' s pres- ident. All Khamenei, said Saturday that Iranian forces would carry out a pre-emptive strike against U.S. ' naval units in the Persian Gulf if Washington endangers Tehran ' s regional interests. " I declare that in order to con- front the U.S., we will not wait for it to strike at us first, " Khamenei was quoted as saying by the official Islamic Republic News Agency. " If we feel that the U.S. is bent upon continuing its provocative and mischievous acts or may try to endanger our interests in the Per- sian Gulf, we will certainly strike. " Khamenei also heads the Supreme Defense Council which decides war policy. He was addressing a group of 500,000 mili- tary volunteers in Shiraz in the southern Fars province, according to IRNA, monitored in Nicosia. In Bahrain, U.S. military sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said American forces lo.ated 13 mines in the northern gulf in the past lOdays. The mines were in a main ship- ping channel southwest of Iranian- held Farsi Island. The Pentagon announced in Washington that the 19th convoy of U.S. -flagged Kuwaiti tankers sailed out of the gulf Saturday through the Strait of Hormuz. The convoy left Kuwait last Monday. The United States has reflagged 11 Kuwaiti tankers as part of its program to protect commercial shipping from the 7-year-old Iran- Iraq war. Iranian and U.S. forces have engaged in three major armed con- frontations in the gulf since the Navy began escorting the tankers through the gulf in July. In the first confrontation on Sept. 21, U.S. helicopters attacked an Iranian landing ship that was caught laying mines. Four Iranian crewmen were killed and 26 wounded. Rockets from U.S. Army MH-6 helicopter gunships sank an Ira- nian speedboat and disabled two others after a U.S. helicopter was fired on near Farsi. Six Iranians were captured, but two died of wounds after being rescued. Four U.S. destroyers bom- barded oil platforms at Iran ' s off- shore Rostam oilfield on Oct. 19. U.S. officials said then the attack was a limited reprisal for an Iranian missile attack three days earlier on the products tanker Sea Isle City, one of the reflagged tankers. The Sea Isle attack wounded 18 crewmen, including the tanker ' s American master. Khamenei said Saturday that Iran holds the upper hand in its " confrontation " with America but is closely watching developments in the region and is determined to counter " dangerous " U.S. policy. Iraq said meanwhile that its planes blasted Iranian troop posi- tions along the northern front Saturday and threatened " mass extermination " of Iranian troops if they launch a long-expected major offensive. Iran is reported to be massing about 20 divisions, at least 200,000 men, for a major land offensive east of Basra, which is in southern Iraq. U.S. officials said a week ago they expect Iran to attack within six weeks, but they believe Iraq would be able to defend itself. 60 U.S., Britain rescue victims of Iranian raid MANAMA. Bahrain (AP)— U.S. and British navy helicoplers plucked 20 crew members from a lumber-laden South Korean freighter in the southern Persian Gulf after Iranian gunboats set it ablaze Friday, shipping and mili- tary officials said. Eight hours later, Iranian gun- boats attacked the 9,566-ton Saudi Arabian tanker Nejmai El Petrol in the same area, accord- ing to shipping sources and the London-based Lloyd ' s Shipping ' nlelligcnce Unit. The sources said a U.S. helicopter radioed that it was going to help the Saudi vessel. Iranian gunboats attacked South Korea ' s 19,682-ton Hyun- dai 7 at 4 p.m., about 20 miles northeast of the emirate of Shar- jah. marine salvage executives said. A British Defense Ministry spokesman in London said the frigate HMS Scylla heard a dis- tress call sent by the Hyundai 7 RMe Mo and dispatched helicopters to the A British Royal Navy helicopter hovers over a an Iranian attack in the Persian Gulf. U.S. hel- rescue, burning South Korean cargo ship Friday after icopters helped rescue the 20 crew members. The British helicopters rescued 9 crew members from the Hyun- dai, and the U.S. Navy picked up II, ii- said. The crew Koreans, wen la. where tv " nse Ministry t- ' cs, all South ' " i 1 to the Scyl- li hem were treated for seiious iiiju- ' ics, the spokesman said. The rest of the crew was ' enjoying typical Royal Navy hospitality and Christmas dinner, " the ministry said. Lt. Col. Chuck Manker of the Navy command in Tampa said a helicopter from the guided-mis- sile frigate USS EIrod gave " hu- manitarian assistance " to the Hyundai 7. He confirmed 20 j people were rescued. CBS producer Bruce Dunning was aboard a chartered helicop- ter that flew near the freighter, about an hour after the attack. " The superstructure was engul- fed in flame and smoke. Obvi- ously they had aimed for the crew compartment and the bridge, " Dunning said. He said the ship had several See Gulf. pg. 2 PL Cos Anfleles Slimee . -Jk ' ., ■■► •Mm Sii MViV Crewmen of U.S. Navy frigate EIrod display ter. Shortly afterward, copter in background Christmas greeting to a passing media helicop- helped rescue South Korean freighter crew. Gulf Convoy The tanker Ocean City leads the 21 st convoy out of the Persian Gulf r londay. The convoy also consisted of the U.S. Navy guided missile frigate Ford, the tanker Gas Princess, the Charleston-based guided missile frigate EIrod, the guided missile destroyer Chandler and the tanker Helsbv. A Merry Christmas in the GuH LAMPS MK III Team Rescues Merchantmen The USS ELROD (FFG 55) with HSL-44 Det-Three embarked was on patrol in the Central Persian Gulf at 1550 local on 25 December 1987. Intercepted com- munications from an unidentified news helo stated a merchantman had been attacked by Iranian gunboats and was on fire and out of control. By 1 608 the decision to launch had been made and the alert SH-60B (Magnum 442) was enroute to the burning vessel. After verifying the area was clear of hostile vessels, the helo commander closed the ship to evaluate the extent of damage and assistance required. The initial fly-by revealed the entire superstructure of the Korean merchantman HYUNDAI 7 to be ablaze with twenty crewmen huddl ing under an overhang on the forecastle. Because of the approaching darkness, the condition of the crew, and the raging fires, LT Hogg, the pilot of Magnum 442, elected to conduct a helo rescue. The crew of Magnum 442 quickly sprung into action. British Lynx Teams with Seahawk While in the initial hover, LT Curth, the co-pilot, began coordinating additional rescue assistance from HMS SCYLLA (F 71) and her embarked Lynx helo. With darkness rapidly approaching, LT Hogg decided to transfer the first two rescued crewmen to the SCYLLA which was closing the location at best speed and was 1 5 miles closer than ELROD. LT Hogg elected to make an athwartship landing on the modified Leander class frigate. Only through ex- lOliicial us Navy Pholo) (From left) LT Greg Curth, A WAN Robert Bauch, AW2 Charles Crissman, and LT Neil Hogg were instrumental in the successful Christmas Day rescue mission of 20 crewmen from the Korean merchantman HYUNDAI 7 in the Persian Gulf ceptional crew coordination and pilot skill was the landing on this unfamiliar ship safely accomplished. Magnum 442 returned to the blazing vessel two more times to rescue nine more crewmen while the Lynx rescued the other nine. By 1658 the entire crew of the stricken vessel was onboard SCYLLA and receiving medical aide. The sound judgment, skill, and professionalism of the LAMPS MK III team prevented a tragedy on the high seas. SOFTAL Ccongratulates the crew of Magnum 442 for this outstanding rescue effort. THIS IS THE LIFE!! HI MOM 63 UNIDENTIFIED AIRCRAFT, THIS IS U.S. WARSHIP aFOC ' SLE mine WATCH «0S1 (SW) CATHERWOOD AND OSl HANVEY RECEIVING RADIO MESSAGES FROM THE PERSIAN GULF. i -•ENSIGN BROWN AND OSl PERSICO HARD AT WORK IN COMBAT. J aTHE 50 CAL. TDT AND STINGER PARTY ON THE 0-3 LEVEL. LINDA L. JONES OMBUDSMAN USS ELROD FFG-55 I am married to BMCS Jones and have been a navy wife for over 17 years. We have 4 children: Marci, Christie, Michelle, and Jimmy Jr. I am a brownie girl scout leader, which ELROD is currently its sponsor. I ' ve been involved with my children ' s school as homeroom mother and on the school improvement team. I ' ve attended the ombudsman training academy three times, Om- budsman Orientation, and also op- erations information. All of these courses have given me updated and useful information to help me do my job. As your Ombudsman, I am here to be your liason between the com- mand and the family, to help you as a referral source to many agencies, to be a sounding board when you just need to talk. The USS ELROD support group is also another place to get support and to give support to our guys. They do a lot of fun things such as Christmas parties, homecoming preperations, pot luck dinners and fund raisers. We have learned to make earrings and are currently get- ting involved in making a ELROD quilt to represent all men of the USS ELROD. 66 WHILE OUR GUYS WERE AWAY 1 s I WmmL s ' r i 1 1 y 1 1 i ,fll KAREN MILLER GLUING HATS ON CLOTHESPIN SAILORS. POOL PARTY! WHILE THE LADIES ARE HARD AT WORK PLANNING CHRISTMAS! LETS PLAN CHRISTMAS!! IN JULY?? 67 KRISTA ENVICKa «SALLY AND DONALD PAR- ROT y - .,. ▼BREAK TIME i CHIN SUN SMITHa ▼PEGGY SMITH -JE VAUGHN BLEVINS BLEVINS MSL " Support Our Boys In Blue " Rt. 3, Box 505 • Falkville, AL 35622 • (205) 796-6217 ANNE BOLIN GAIL MOODY SPAGHETTI DINNER DARLA SMITH AND LINDA JONES JAMES D. JONES AND BETH ANNE POT LUCK PICNIC ESBIE LAWSON JUDY DOUGHERTY 70 WILLIE DEPTULA i U E 3 5: Bn : m JOURNEY INTO THE SUEZ CANAL 72 I ' LL GET IT FIXED CHIEF - -•WHY ARE WE OUT OF FOR- MATION? -•PERSIAN GULF SUNSET 73 MAJOR HENRY T. ELROD, USMC (DECEASED) M. .ajor Henry T. Elrod, U.S. Marine Corps, was born on September 27, 1905, in Turner County, Georgia. His residence is listed as Lone Star Gardens, Thomasville, Georgia. Shortly thereafter, he attended the University of Georgia and then Yale University until his father passed away in 1927. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in December, 1927, and was appointed a Marine Second Lieutenant in February, 1931. Following over a year at the Marine Corps Basic School in Philadelphia and at the Marine Barracks there as a student aviator. Lieutenant Elrod was ordered to the Naval Station, at Pensacola. Here he served as a company officer at the Naval Station, and as student aviator. In February, 1935, he won his wings and, as a Marine Aviator, was transferred to Quantico, where he served with a Marine Aircraft unit until January, 1938. In addition to his other duties, he was Squad- ron School, Personnel, and Welfare Officer. In July, 1938, Elrod went to San Diego for duty at the Naval Air Station and served as VF Squadron YM Material, Parachute, and Personnel officer. For VF Squadron 4M. In this squadron, the precursor of Marine Fighter Squadron 211 (VMF211), Captain Elrod flew Grumman F-3F biplane fighters. In Janaury 1941, VF Squadron 4M was transferred to Hawaii and was redesignated as VMF 211. Captain Elrod was assigned as Executive officer. Later that year VMF 211 began flying the new Grumman F4F Wildcat. This monoplane was powered by a single Pratt Whitney engine developing 200 horsepower. The aircraft were armed with four machine guns and 200 pounds of bombs. On December 4, 1941, Captain Elrod flew onto Wake Island with 12 aircraft, 12 pilots and the VMF 211 ground crew. Hostilities in the air over Wake Island commenced 8 December 1941. Captain Elrod was killed in action defending Wake Island against the invading Japanese on 23 December 1941. He was post humously promoted to Major and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. During the defense of Wake, Captain Elrod repeatedly displayed conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty. On the 12th of December he single-handedly attacked a flight of 22 enemy planes and shot down two. On several flights he executed low altitude bombing and strafing runs on enemy ships, on one of these runs he became the first man to sink a major warship with small caliber bombs delivered from a fighter aircraft. When his plane was destroyed by hostile fire he organized a unit of ground troops into a beach defense and repulsed repeated Japanese attacks until he fell mortally wounded. While protecting his men who were carrying ammunition to a gun emplacement. On November 8, 1946, his widow was presented with the Medal of Honor, posthumously awarded to her husband for his heroic actions during the last bitter days of the defense of Wake. His widow is now Mrs. Elizabeth Carleson. CHRISTMAS IS THIS THE LOOK OF A GOOD OR BAD REINDEER -•REINDEERS WAIT FOR THEIR NEXT FLIGHT AUTOGRAPHS 78 AUTOGRAPHS 79 LIBERTY CALL E Ixcept for the boxing match at the London Pub, it was a week to remember. The beaches (especially the beaches) were straight from a book. Of course, the majority of the people spoke nothing but Spanish. Auspicious enough, there were a few English and Scotish people around to help out those who were a little rusty on their Span- ish. I think the money, pesetas, which most of the guys started calling potatoes, was the most confusing. It was around 120 potatoes per the U.S. dollar. Ray Jarrett found out the hard way by paying a man eight dollars for a hamburger. But, " It was a good hamburger " he says. Beautiful weather allowed for everyone to get a few good days of sight seeing. Of the six thousand, yes, six thousand bars I think the guys must of hit all but one! There were buses leaving on the hour to city ' s of Magaluf, Playa de Palma, and the big shopping center Plaza Gomi- t la, which was where the Carousell Pub was. Alot of the guys made phone calls home from there. Some of the tours offered were the Spanish Fiesta Banquet; an evening of dining and socializing with the locals ' on a ranch with roasted pig, chicken and wine. Some went for the Medieva Jousting Banquet; held at the Bellv- er castle which was built in the 14th century by Jamine II as a royal resi- dence and is the best preserved cas- tle in all of Europe. They spent an evening set back in medieval times feasting on chicken, potatoes, bread and wine, with a live Jousting match to follow. Throughout the city were rem- inents of old Spain. Now a major tourist attraction, Palma attracts millions every year, from England to Greece and every now and then an American sailor. Much of the crew spent their time just sight seeing and shopping, which alone could take days. I can ' t go without mentioning the Mopeds everyone and their brother seemed to own. Have you ever seen a traffic jam full of Mo- peds? Oh, and the taxi ' s were fun too. They got you wherever you needed to go in under two minutes. I think all the cab drivers bet on how many miles each driver could put on his car in a night. The ship had a wonderful view as well. Over looking the Miguel Rossello ' Marina, was the entire city at a glance. Beyond that, the mountains, and then the October sunset. PALMA was definitely a port to remember. BAHRAIN AQABA, JORDAN -n Aqaba, located off the Red Sea east of the Suez Canal, the crew enjoyed very numerous things dur- ing our two day visit. The first day there the crew went shopping, to the beach where they enjoyed water skiing, and to the local bars for a cold one. On the second day a tour was ar- ranged for all those who were off, at no charge. They were taken high into the snow touched mountains to ride camels and see the sight of a city built into the side of the mountain thousands of years ago. All in all it was an excellent port visit. EL- ROD ' s crew got a good taste of the Middle East and Jordanian culture. Jr aUSS ELROD ' S Jordanian sight seeing task force pose for a rare group photo. m 1 H ■ j itl H 1 K I i : H H ■ ' J ' - ' ■ ■ 1 1 p IF ■ nB |i Wkj -f:. L. ys B - — j0 f M GENOVA ITALY u. pon our arrival to Genova, the birth- place of Christopher Colombus, the crew was able to venture deep into Genoa to enjoy the good shop- ping opportunities and to find some true Italian food. Genoa, located on the Mediterranean coast is a major port for European shipping. ELROD and her crew, like in Aqaba were able to go on tours to other Italian cities and were also given the opportunity to go snow skiing. Many crew mem- bers went off on their own to oth- er parts of Italy via train and bus, to enjoy the taste of the Ital- ians. ►Crew members show Italy some American customs. ■«0S3 Weels shows Italy the American " Jet " look ►Climbing the Leaning Tower of Pisa. « • • • • • • • • • • ® • • • • • • • • • • • • PERSIAN GULF ESCORT SERVICE Good afternoon, this is the Captain. We have a slight schedule change. 95 SN Dolan where did that contact go MSl Jacinto says Merry Christmas the best way he knows how TMl Blue hard at work 96 FCl FARRELL AND 0S2 SMITH BREAKING A SWEAT SN CONTRERAS WONDERS WHAT AM I DOING HERE YEAH, WERE COOL STGCS LAWRENCE POSES FOR A PHOTO 97 LT FRASHER WHAT ' S MY PASSWORD? READY, AIM, 98 SN CRESS AND AN ROUSER WORKING TOGETHER FCl FARRELL, FC2 FESTA, GMM2 MOEH- LING, 083 KAHN ON LIBERTY IN AQABA, JORDAN ONE, TWO, THREE, PULL!!! HMB • SN BAKER SCANS THE HORIZON FOR CON- TACTS PETTY OFFICERS LEVERING AND WADE PRACTICE FIRE] FIGHTING SKILLS STG3 BOTHELO POSES IN FRONT OF THE EI- FEL TOWER IN PARIS 100 PERSIAN GULF SUNSET THE GANG OUT FOR A COLD ONE IN BAHRAIN 101 J ' t- .. WHERE DO YOU WANT THIS MISSILE? A PRETTY FACE IN PALMA THE FAMOUS BUS RIDE IN BAHRAIN 102 ENl BENNET AND EMI WASHINGTON « . 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