Flint (AE 32) - Naval Cruise Book

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— ■— ■ — ' « — " — -■■ m. m mmm m ■ • fn .- 9 ... mflTwmflmimm» B B ! ■ »!! ■■ . v. ■; y ; y; g ■ ! ■■■ ;» i » j w t-i ? The USS FLINT makes her way out of San Francisco Bay, bound for Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, the 6,500 mile journey, made in company with the USS WABASH (AOR-5), took 21 days. Almost at the entrance to Subic Bay, a typhoon warning forced us to delay our entry a day. WestPac In Our 200th Year The USS FLINT (AE-32) sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge on June 5th, 1976, to deploy with the SEVENTH Fleet in the Western Pacific. As the shadow of the bridge passed over the ship it seemed we passed through an invisible barrier. Men who were staring into our wake suddenly turned to face the horizon. Wives, children, lovers and friends were behind us now; ahead lay 7,000 miles of ocean and the enticing aura of the Orient. We were leaving at a special moment in histoy. Around us the nation was gearing up to celebrate the Bicentennial. America was turned inward, studying her past and re- examining her present, measuring herself against the yardstick of time. But the historical comparison was lost on us. Our problems were more immediate. Like how to squeeze a little extra space out of a locker, or a few more dollars out of a budget. We were getting accustomed to the ship that ' d be our home. There ' s a special relationship between men who ' ve served together at sea. It comes from the assurance that the other guy knows his job as well as you know yours. It builds into a quiet pride in the ship you never hear about until you come alongside somebody else ' s ship. Now the sea stories started up, new men listening eagerly, believing little but enjoying it all. We were becoming a crew. The way American sailors had done for 200 years, by going to sea. Ship ' s History: USS FLINT C he Gfrospective L ommanding Jjjicer, {Jjjicers and K revo request the honor oj your presence at the commissioning oj the Qylnileol Opiates G$lii{ 97mf {(A -3S.) 9ier (A, Q laval {Base, Charleston, of. @. on (2) alurday, the twentieth of flovemoer nineteen hundred and seventy-one at two o clock lAmjorm for V Laval GTersonnel QJervice LJJress c jlue FLINT was built in Pascagoula, Miss., by the Nuclear Shipbuilding Division of Litton Industries. She had two features that made her first in a new class of AE ' s: an Automated Propulsion System (APS) and a bulbous bow. Together they made her more maneuverable and yet more stable at her primary mission of replenishment at sea. APS is the nervous system of the ship ' s 600-pound steam plant. Electronic sensors monitor boiler temperature, lube oil levels and other information, then feeds it into a computer console. The engine plant can then be controlled automatically, either from the Enclosed Operating Space (EOS), the nerve center of the hole, or from the bridge. This allows for quick speed changes that used to be common only in ships smaller than the 564-foot-long FLI NT. APS also cuts down the number of men needed to stand watch. A Smoother Ride The bulbous bow is a steel tube that extends beyond the bow of the ship, underwater. It acts to break the waves for better stability during Underway Replenishments (UNREPs). And UNREPs are what FLINT is all about. With three UNREP stations to starboard and four to port, FLINT can pass ammunition or fuel to two ships at the same time. She uses a system of wires and winches called STREAM. STREAM stands for Standard Tensioned Replenishment Alongside Method. The wires strung between ships are kept under hydraulic pressure to keep them even despite the rock and roll of the seas. FLINT also carries her own air-power in the form of two HU-46 helicopters used for VERTICAL Replenishment. Fully loaded FLINT weighs 18,000 tons, is 81 feet wide and 167 feet high. She carries eight 3 750 caliber guns in four twin mounts. Previous Deployments USS FLINT joined the Pacific Fleet in December of 71, under command of Captain Philip R. Bush. The ship made its homeport at the Naval Weapons Station Concord and prepared for its first deployment, begun on October 13th, 1972. In December of 72 Captain Thomas S. Rogers relieved Capt. Bush and led FLINT through the rest of her line swing, then home on May 9th. On October 4th, 1973, FLINT began her second cruise. In November Commander John K. Ferguson relieved Capt. Rogers. She returned stateside April 9th. FLINT began her third deployment on January 2nd, 1975, returning home on June 5th. ' On September 19th, Commander Emanuel E. Wither- spoon relieved Cdr. Ferguson. Other Ships Named FLINT The first Navy ship to be named FLINT was a light anti-aircraft cruiser (CLAA-79), commissioned in August 1944. But the first FLINT was a wood-burning ferry built in the 1880s. In 1919 two new FLINTs were built, one a sea-going merchant and the other a ferry on Lake Michigan. Commanding Officer Commander Emanuel Earl Witherspoon, a native of Durham, North Carolina, graduated from Shaw University in 1958 and received his commission from the Officer Candidate School, Newport, Rhode Island. Commander Witherspoon ' s previous sea tours include duty aboard the USS VIGIL (AGR-12) as Operations Officer and First Lieutenant, The USS WASP (CVS-18) as Fire Control Officer, the USS CANBERRA (CAG-2) as Anti-Aircraft Battery Officer, the USS GUADALUPE (AO-32) as Executive Officer and the USS OKLAHOMA CITY (CLG-5) as Weapons Officer. Commander Witherspoon ' s shore assign- ments include two tours in Washington, D.C., first at the Naval Communications Station, and later at the Joint Chiefs of Staff where he was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal for his performance as Branch Chief and Message Control Officer. A graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, Commander Witherspoon assumed command of FLINT shortly after graduating the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. Executive Officer Lieutenant Commander Ronald F. Melampy is a native of Mason, Ohio. He received his degree at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, and entered the Navy through the Officer Candidate School, where he was commissioned in 1962. Lcdr. Melampy has served aboard the USS TILLS (DE-748) as CIC and Communica- tions Officer, the USS WALLIS (DD-466) as Weapons Officer, the USS PEACOCK (MSC-198) as Commanding Officer and the USS MARS (AFS-1) as Operations Officer. Lcdr. Melampy, a graduate of the Naval War College, has served in the Foreign Military Sales Office of the Navy Department, and with the Commander Naval Forces Vietnam as a naval advisor, where he was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat " V " and the Vietnam Staff Service Award. While assigned to the Cruiser Destroyer Force Staff, Lcdr. Melampy was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for his work in establishing new homeports in Athens, Greece. The Department Heads Lieutenant Commander Michael F. Matth- ews, ENGINEERING m Lieutenant Thomas, C. Gannon, SUPPLY 1 Lieutenant David C. Lundahl, OPERATIONS Lieutenant Kenneth D. Luper, DECK (STANDING, left to right) BMC Robert McKean, SN Larry Young, SA Bryce Moosman, SN Don Porter, SA Ronnie Jenkins, SA Richard Skelt, SA Bruce Schleip, BMSN Marion Barnhart, SA Jerry Garcia, SN Kenneth May, SN James Jones, SA Donnie Miller. (KNEELING) SN Alonzo Abbot, SA Jack Glowacz, SN Kitiona Peneueta, SN Raymond Spears, SA Terry Ferrell, SN Orlando Paragas, SA Leslie Clark, SN William Clendenen, SN Robert Salas, SA Robert Barnhart, BM3 Dale Stones, SN Howe Compton. First Division First Division is responsible for general maintenance on the Main Deck and upkeep of the Flight Deck area and equipment. Spelled out, that means keeping all 564-feet of FLINT clean and seaworth, pre- serving decks and bulkheads by frequent painting, adjusting watertight hatches and scuttles, and discovering and eliminating safety hazards. But the Boatswains Mate ' s job doesn ' t stop there. It ' s he who rigs the complex of wires and pulleys FLINT uses to transfer ammunition, supplies and fuel to other ships alongside. Underway, they drive the ship, provide lookouts and man vital communica- tions circuits. Inport, they ' re the men who get us tied snug against the pier. They don ' t call us swabbies for nothing! (LEFT) Watching the winches for bird- cages (tangled lines) during underway replenishment. (ABOVE) Painting out the hull isn ' t like slapping a fresh coat on your kitchen wall. It ' s a tough, dirty job that takes plenty of muscle. (LEFT) Wielding a high-speed sander in the war against rust. Salt water quickly corrodes even painted surfaces and it ' s constant work keeping it at bay. (RIGHT) With a little imagina- tion and a life jacket, a hard winch becomes a comfortable perch. (STANDING) BMC George Czifro, SN Vincente Suarez, SA Ronald Jones, SA Bill Dwinnels, SN Charles Finiak, SN John Beatty, SN John Hart, SN Kevin Mullins, SN Randy Archer, SA David Maher, SA Billie Moore, SA David Schuster, BML Donald Clubb. (KNEELING) SA Larry Redding, SN Otis Varner, SR James Terry, SA John Bunch, SN Colin Mills, SA Jack Glowacz, SN Gerald Poulsen. Second Division Second Division is responsible for the 0-1 Level and the 0-2 winch deck, and like their brothers in First Division, they must maintain the cleanliness and watertight integrity of their areas. Second Division also runs the ship ' s various bousun ' s lockers, preparing lines, shackles and two-folds for general use. Perhaps more than any other rating on the ship, the man on the Deck Force feels the romantic lure of the sea. Long hours spent working against the powerful backdrop of the ocean, lonely watches in the moonlit night, the things a man never forgets. The art of intricate ropework is still part of the seaman ' s skills. (ABOVE) Reading Stars and Stripes dur- ing the lunch break. Work on the deck force is demanding but many men enjoy it because it ' s outdoors. (BELOW) If you can ' t move it, paint it. Second Division is responsible for 0-2 level winches. (ABOVE) Setting up the refueling hose for the next day ' s UNREP. (BELOW) Painting over the side in a bosuns chair doesn ' t always raise a smile when the sun gets hot and the paint ' s sticky. The Mission In a word the mission is UNREP - Underway replenishment. FLINT was built to answer the Navy ' s need for logistics support ships which could keep pace with today ' s modern task forces. Though her primary mission is to provide a mobile base for the transfer of ammunition to ships afloat, the additional requirements of customer ships mean FLINT must be ready to provide other types of fleet support whether it be refueling, ferrying mail or participating in combat training exercises. To meet her commitments FLINT has to maintain her replenishment gear at all times. But as in anything else, the most important ingredient is the men who operate the equip- ment. Men like the Boatswain ' s Mates, who rig the lines between ships, or Gunners Mates, who move the cargo quickly and safely. Because as the picture above shows, some- times it takes all hands pulling together to get the job done. H n The Navy ' s wildest ride, a highline transfer. 10 (LEFT) Sometimes fleet support calls for a measure of imagination, like this fresh water hookup between ships. (ABOVE) The boats- wain ' s mate has to pay attention to small details in rigging UNREP stations. (BELOW) Moving explosives is a job where safety and speed must strike a balance. 11 Helo ' s: FLINT ' S Answer To Airpower 12 The transfer of ammunition and other supplies by helicopter, called VERTREP, is becoming increasingly common. It ' s faster and safer than alongside methods, and extends the reach of supply ships. Helos can operate by day or night, adding a new dimension to at-sea replenishment. 13 (STANDING) GMGL Wayne Krause, GMG3 James Mimick, SN Wilfried Heppner, SN Wayne Stevens, FTGSA David Rath, GMGSN Thomas Kummerfeld, GMGSA Martin Dove, SN Kermit Threet, SN Michael Lessley. (KNEELING) SN James Snyder, GMGSA Robert Lanaham, FTG3 James Delamar, SN Namon Spears, FTGSN Wayne Olson, GMGC Charles Clawson. Third Division The men of the Third Division are care- takers of the FLINT ' S main cargo, ammunition. The division is made up of two different ratings, the Gunners Mate Guns, trained in the use of large and small caliber weapons and the Fire Control Technician, a combination electronics technician and radarman, to maintain and operate the ship ' s weapons computers. FLINT carries a lot of ammunition and it ' s up to Third Division to get that cargo from the replenishment stations to the holds. While automatic alarms constantly moni- tor temperature in the holds, they have to be backed up by Cargo Security Watches who make sure that cargo stays shored in place in any weather. In addition, the Gunners Mates are responsible for training the crew in the use of small arms, as well as caring for FLINT ' S four 3 " 50 caliber mounts and their associated fire control gear. Moving ammunition out of the cargo holds during UNREP. 14 (STANDING) GMG1 Ailetupe Samutua, GMG2 John Kleiber, SA James Johnson, GMG3 Richard Cratty, SN Clyde Klinger, SN Robert Strausbaugh, FTG3 Jacob Naeb, SN Ri- chard DeRoche. (KNEEL- ING) SA Dan Striegel, GMG3 James Sousa, GMG3 Robert Patashny, SN Narciso Cantu. (ABOVE) Tightening down the power cables that move the mount. FLINT ' S four mounts can be controlled automatically by fire control radar. (ABOVE RIGHT) Cleaning the inside of the breech block is like sticking your hand in a bear trap. When that breech closes it can sling a three-inch shell more than 6 miles. (RIGHT) " Well we got it out of there, so it has to go back in! " Sometimes, the guns seem to have a mind of their own. 15 (STANDING, left to right) SN Fred Salmon, EM2 J. P. Morgan, SN Jack Allen, EM3 Donald Laucella, SN Billy Lawson, MM3 Martin Osborne, EM1 Rolando Gonzales, SN John McLean, MM3 Terry Mooney, ENS Rockne Krill, MM1 Melvin Lindstrom, MMCS Dale Simpson. (KNEELING) SN Jerome Bowe, SN Michael Chapman, SN Alvaro Betancourt, FN Kelly Johnson, EM1 Eugenio Japson. ■ 1 .I It takes a machinist ' s mate to " get into ' winches. Stream Division FLINT is a replenishment ship whose primary mission is to transfer ammunition at sea. That puts the spotlight on STREAM. To maintain, repair and operate this gear is the task of Stream Division. The division is made up of three distinct ratings, the Boatswain ' s Mate (BM), the Machinists Mate (MM) and the Electrician ' s Mate (EM). FLINT ' S STREAM gear is controlled by a complex electrical system of switches and alarms which require the attention of a specially trained brand of electrician ' s mate. The machinist ' s mates work on the winches and booms themselves, insuring that the gear is mechanically sound, the wires properly wound and greased, and the station safe for use. Finally, it ' s up to the boatswain ' s mates to check the actual rigging and operation of the highline system between ships. 16 (TOP LEFT) Boatswain ' s mates in Stream specialize in rigging underway replenishment lines, a job where safety is the prime concern. (ABOVE RIGHT) The electrical system that controls the winches requires constant atten- tion. (LEFT) Just how many guys does it take to fill out a simple requisition? (BELOW) Checking Standardization of Tension (SOTs). The hydraulic forces to keep a 1 " steel cable tensioned are enormous. 17 " This Board of Inquiry (ABOVE) has been called to determine if the two, ahem, persons (LEFT) did willfully act in violatio n of Uniform Regulations. " It ' s More Than Ships At Sea r to? 1 «H3 1 [ ' , • ■ 1 1 - v They can take all the pictures they want. Tomorrow we put the khakis on. 18 " Hey Chief, lookit ' at lighthouse. I used to have one just like it near my castle in Scotland. " " Yes Scotty, I see it too. " Would you buy a used AE from these guys? This is Ens. Wooley after hearing the ship would spend an extra three weeks at sea. (ABOVE) Does this mean I ' ll be in the cruise book? How about my brother? (LEFT) Oh yea! What did he say after that. Nah, c ' mon, he didn ' t. 19 (STANDING, left to right) BTC Kenneth Grochowski, BT1 Joe Rush, FA Robert Mackley, FA Robert Byrd, BT3 Michael Dougherty, FA Kevin Thomas, FA Harold Smith, BT3 Gerald Gieffels, BT3 Kenneth Watson, BTC Fred Doyle. (KNEEL- ING) BT2 Paul Snook, FA Brian Holm, FN Melvin Langlois, FN Michael Grisamore. " B " Division The job of the Boiler Technician is to keep the fires burning and provide the ship with the steam it turns into power. In the brick and steel boiler, air and fuel are brought together at 2,000 degrees to vaporize water into 600-pounds of pressure. Every change in speed or drain on the ship ' s power means a BT ' s hand on the throttles to keep the mixture burning at just the right pace. Every BT has to qualify as a watchstander and that means he has to learn his way around the maze of pipes that seem to grow out of the deck like ivy on the side of a house. And when the ship puts out the fires and goes cold iron it ' s the BT who rebricks the furnace so it will burn clean and safe the next time. A BT quickly learns the workings of a grease gun. 20 (LEFT) Monitoring the boilers is a 24-hour job, and in the " hole " , mistakes can mean lives. (ABOVE) Seated below a blower, even the 120-degree plus heat doesn ' t discourage some storytelling. (BELOW) Preparing to light off the boiler. Every BT carries matches. Just in case. 21 (STANDING) MM1 Arthur Whitton, MM3 Fransisco Ril- lamas, FA Haywood Molette, FN Richard Vaughn, MM2 Gary Kaiser. (KNEELING) FN John Howard, FA Patrick Kennedy, FA Robert Lutomski, MM3 Dan- iel Montoya. Division (STANDING) FA Mark Munns, FN Timothy Haley, FA Ricky McElmurray, CW02 Thomas Hair. (KNEELING) MM3 Josefino Estores, FA Leonard Bright, MM3 Alvin Van Winkle. The Machinists Mates keep the engine room ticking the way a jeweler tinkers with watches. But that ' s where the resemblance ends. An MM works with pumps and fittings that can be as big as a man, using wrenches the size of a tennis racket and, sometimes, a ten-pound sledge is the only way to knock some sense into a frozen nut. Tearing apart a two-ton pump in the hole is like working in a steam bath. But it takes skill and patience to work with heavy equipment which has to fit down to the last thousandth of an inch. Machinists Mates also provide the ship with fresh water, distilled from the sea. 22 (ABOVE) Taking a break from the heat in the air-conditioned Enclosed Operating Space, the control center of the hole. (LEFT) Standing evaporator watch to keep the fresh water coming. (BELOW) Getting in close to take a look at the problem. A machinist mate works with complex, precision machinery. 23 m6 • « ■ - lU (BACK ROW, left to right) EM3 Thomas Wood, IC3 David Metzler, EM3 Joseph Johnson, EMFN Steven Strong, IC2 Scott Clark, IC3 Richard Mortimer, EM2 Manfred Brantley, ICC Ronald Runkles. (FRONT ROW) EM2 James Frayne, IC3 Rodney Sala, EMFN Jeffery She- pherd, IC2 Paris Doss, IC3 Edward lerardi, IC3 Casey Mann. Pictured here on the flight deck, where E Division musters for Quarters. ii E ' Division Checking out a sound powered phone on the bridge. The Electrician ' s Mates (EM ' S) and the Interior Communications Technicians (IC men) who make up E Division are responsible for maintaining shipboard electrical systems and internal communications and alarm circuits. For the EM, that means maintenance of the ship ' s battery charging station, without which FLINT couldn ' t use her fork trucks for instance. Underway, they stand watches in the Enclosed Operating Space (EOS), riding herd on the ship ' s generators to funnel power where it ' s needed. The IC man is tasked with keeping the ship ' s sound powered phone system in opera- tion, maintaining the 1MC, or general address system, and last but not least, for insuring that alarm systems are functional and dependable. 24 (LEFT) Regular inspections of all alarm systems are a standard practice for the men of the IC gang, whose work often deals with highly classified equipment. (ABOVE) Reading the acid level in the batteries is one way of making sure they have a full charge. (ABOVE) Trying to track down a short sometimes involves a bit of detective work. (RIGHT) Inspecting a fork lift before use. i ' mm 25 What ' s A Snipe? Ask an engineer what a Snipe is and he ' s like to put his hands on his hips, throw his head back and give you a look that could turn ice cream into cottage cheese. When you ' ve recovered enough to ask someone more responsive, you ' ll find out that ' s what they call a man who works in the engine room. But have you ever wondered where the word came from? Mr. Webster defines Snipe as a wading bird who lives mainly in marshes. The word itself derives from the ancient Danish, though the spelling, sneppe, later evolved into snype when the Angles and Saxons migrated to England. Mr. Shakespeare used the word in Othello to mean a " contemp- tible person " , but that was in 1604 and by the early 1900 ' s the term was used for workers on railroad gangs. Sometime in the early 1920 ' s the term was applied to engineers aboard Navy ships. But who coined the phrase, or why, is still a mystery. " v I Could it be the nickname " snipe " refers to a hole-dwelling marsh bird. EM2 " J " " P " Morgan is an outspoken proponent of this theory. 26 ETC Burch recalls reading a table of deck seamen of ordered to work down below on the first coal-burning ships. The man who signed the order was reportedly name Snipe. This correlates with other sources who say snipe was once synonymous with " black coal gang " , the men who fed the boilers. I ■ 27 (STANDING, left to right) HTC Fred Vance, HT2 Kenneth Welch, MRFA Shawn Hilton, HT1 Leonard Martin, HTFN Michael Josselyn, HTFN Richmond Huntley, HT3 Adrian Hernandez, HTFN Oscar Williams, HTC Joseph Pryor. (KNEELING) HT3 George Jenkins, EN3 Mario Cawile, HT3 Harry Oliver, HT3 James Anderson, HT3 Bruce Allen a R ' Division The men of " R " Division are tasked with overall responsibility for damage control and shipboard repair in both normal and emer- gency situations. The Hull Technician (HT) and the Machin- ery Repairman (MR) are highly skilled in the use of precision tools, welding technique and general damage control theory. One of their jobs is to train the rest of the crew in firefighting and other emergency evolutions, but their day-to-day work ranges anywhere from fixing a leaky faucet to " bailing out " a flooded compartment after heavy weather. Keeping FLINT seaworthy is a constant process of exposing and eliminating safety hazards, checking the readiness of fire-fighting equipment and keeping tabs on the preventive maintenance system. Suited up and ready to weld. 28 (TOP LEFT) There ' s no margin for error when fashioning a replacement screw on a lathe. The machinery repairman starts his job at the point others quit. (TOP LEFT) Demon- strating a little bit of teamwork during a lull in flight operations. The men must wear special fire-retardant clothing when dealing with aviation fuel. (RIGHT) Obviously, being an HT is something to smile about. (BELOW) Bending a plate of thick, steel sheet metal. 29 (BACK ROW, left to right) FN Kenneth Miller, EN3 Ricardo Dimaano, ENFN David Smith, FN Bruce Mazur, MMC Lawrence May, MM2 Willis Basset, FN Philip Sholly, MM 1 Johnnie Bellington. (FRONT ROW) EN1 Roberto Gutierrez, EN3 Herman Baker, ENFA Michael Fink, ENS Rockne Krill, EN3 Paul Aragon, EN3 Gordon Hultgren. Pictured here against the powerful backdrop of the anchor windlass. U A r Division The men of " A Gang " are responsible for all diesel motors, auxiliary generators and air-conditioning systems aboard FLINT. The job calls for the Engineman to be skilled in different kinds of machinery repair and operation throughout the ship, earning them the nickname " fresh air " snipes. In the event the ship loses fire in the boilers, it ' s up to the engineman to light off the stand-by generators. Or when Flint is an- chored out, running liberty boats ashore, enginemen serve as boat engineers. Under- way, they stand watch on the bridge, operating the Engine Order Telegraph, which relays speed changes to the engine room. And on a hot day, you have to thank enginemen when there ' s plenty of ice cubes on the Mess Decks. Paying out the refueling hose before flight ops. 30 (ABOVE) A flip o f a switch starts the refueling process, but work with high-grade aviation fuels requires exacting safety procedures. For example, the pilot " samples " the fuel to verify its purity. (RIGHT) " Getting into " the job of checking out the boat engines. Being a member of the boat crew is often a dirty job but it makes for a lot of fun if you ' re the first man to go ashore in a new port. (BELOW) Fine tuning an engine in the shop. (BELOW RIGHT) You ' ve got to crouch to see into an air conditioning unit. Shipboard vibration often cause leaks that A-gang has to repair. 31 The Sea Her great expanse runs to the rim of your vision, Wave caresses sand, sun slithers into darkness, Her scent is heavy with salt And the musk of mens imaginnings. But her price can be read in the rusted hulks Of ships and weather-lined faces of her lovers. 32 • ,± " H ■»-.«„ ; BB HI « T I. - " ■•» 41 33 To break up the the monotony of the long transit stateside, the ship scheduled a series of boxing matches on " Steel Beach " , the flight deck. After a rousing set of bouts, contestants and spectators alike enjoyed a cookout and the warm tropical sun, which healed some bruised bodies and egos. " Smokers " 34 . . . It ' s How You Play The Game The FLINT team had lots of spirit and the support of the CO (Number 23, left) but unfortunately, they didn ' t have a winning record. 4 Going up for the jump shot with an open court. 35 The Seventh Fleet Band, Orient Express, added live music to the party ' s fare. An Island Party w He sells sea shells by the sea shore. He sells sea . ' ••■■ In the volleyball games, no quarter was given. 36 - Everyone managed to find their own brand of fun, be it having a beer, playing Softball, enjoying the barbecue or water skiing. ■4 m U 37 (STANDING) EMC Lawrence Apperson, MM3 Paul Lopez, IC3 Thomas Schuster, EM3 Samuel Scroggins. (KNEELING) FN Robert Lopez, EM3 Michael Simpson. -APS- APS is short for Automated Propulsion System, the complex of electronic circuitry which controls the workings of the ship ' s boiler plant. The men of APS Division have a special place in running the Hole. They are specialists who must be competent in all areas of engineering know-how because they are the men who must maintain and operate the " Console " (shown at left) which controls the rest of the engine plant. They are trained in the repair and opera- tion of the console at APS school, but the real learning process begins when they return to the ship and start troubleshooting a system with more than 5,000 circuit cards which control thousands of separate functions to produce shipboard power. How NOT to adjust delicate electronic components. 38 Navigation The men of Navigation asked to have their story told with on-the-job pictures rather than group shots. Like in the photo directly above, (I to r) QMSN Tim Benoit, QM3 Ken Knight, QMSN Bruce Fitch and QMC James Kennedy gather at the navigation desk, where the quartermasters lay out the ship ' s course. QM3 Bob Lowe (ABOVE LEFT) shoots bearings during sea detail and QMSN Dale Kiesow brings charts up-to-date while puffing conten- tedly on his pipe. QM3 Jeff Peterson (BELOW, LEFT) mans the helm while QMSN E. Mark Smith handles speed changes on the lee helm. ETC Jerome Burch looks on. 39 (STANDING, left to right) SKSN Michael Amos, SHSN Ronald Whitehurst, SK1 Michael King, SK3 Zdenko Munko, SK2 Alex Koulakoff, SH1 Howard Burgett, SK1 Gregory Anderson, SHSN Nonito DeJesus, SHSN Maynard Fenton, SH3 Ronald Hudson, SN Robert Lopez, ENS Thomas Ferant. (KNEELING) SK3 Armando Lim, SK3 Robert Periquet, SN Louis Dartez, SH3 Mario Laurel, SN Howe Compton. Getting into an " administrative huddle " . S-1 Division Three ratings make up S-1 Division, the Storekeeper (SK), the Ship ' s Serviceman (SH) and the Disbursing Clerk (DK). SK ' s are responsible for keeping the ship supplied with spare parts, tools and thousands of other items without which she couldn ' t function. The SH ' s provide personalized services to other crewmen, serving as barbers, laundry- men and operators of the ship ' s store. And last but certainly not least, the DK ' s act as the ship ' s paymasters, keeping track of pay and leave records for the crew. Finally, during UNREP ' s and other evolu- tions, S-1 Division mans vital phone circuits. 40 A (TOP) Correcting pay records is often a tedious job, requiring great care and a good grasp of figures. (ABOVE LEFT) SK ' s stock the shelves with supplies. Before and during WESTPAC, SK ' s have to turn to in getting the ship stocked up. (ABOVE RIGHT) Figuring the " take " after a week of operating the ship ' s store can keep an SH burning the midnight oil. (RIGHT) Hard at work preparing the monthly budget report. Bk 41 (STANDING, left to right) ENFN Dennis Herndon, MS3 Patrick Garret, MS2 Frank Reyes, MSSN Donald Robbins, EMFN Ken Simmons, MS3 Tom Wright, MS3 Steve More, MSSN Jerry Leovic, FTGSN Gary Goodrich, MS2 James Stamm. (SEATED) MS1 Fausto Arzadon, MSC Eduardo Medina, MS 2 Pedro Alcantara, MS3 Leovino Allanique. S-2 Division The men of " S-2 " Division don ' t like the word cook used to describe their job. For while feeding the 350 officers and men of FLINT is a job in itself, their job only starts when the food goes in the oven. A Mess Management Specialist has to be knowledgeable in the art of drawing up a menu which will satisfy both the taste buds and nutritional requirements of men from all parts of the country. In addition, they must know how to store foodstuffs and produce without spoiling, and accurately forecast how may men will be eating on any given day so they can serve everyone with a minimun of waste. And they do have to know how to cook, for the yardstick of their skill is mom ' s home cookin ' . They call this service with a smile. 42 (ABOVE LEFT) When the meat comes out of the oven the job is hardly over. MS ' s man the serving line, and the crew isn ' t bashful about commenting on their work. (ABOVE RIGHT) You have to break eggs to make batter. (BELOW) The night baker is a favorite of any man with midnight munchies. Making a little garnish to dress up the serving line. Sometimes small details count for a lot. 43 A line of wooden barges stretch as far as the eye can see. An old man and a pack of dogs are the only attendants. An example of Japanese ingenuity, the curbside rear-view mirror. Quaint wooden houses can be seen in its reflection, skyscrapers in the background. Port Call: Japan FLINT visited three cities during her cruise through the Japanese Islands. First was Sasebo, a quaint, sea-side city on the isle of Kyushu, and an important base for the old Imperial Fleet. From there we sailed the Shimonoseki Straits to Iwakuni, passing small islands covered by a single factory, connected by an incredible network of large and small craft. Next we headed for the Bungo Suido (straits) and Yokosuka on the big island of Honshu, a scant 40 miles from metropolitan Tokyo. Travel in Japan is easy, by train, bus or car. Visitors soon discover how friendly the Japanese can be if approached the same way. Two thousand years of history have molded Japanese society. If you could pick out one golden rule it would be respect for others. The sailor who discovers this has glimpsed the real Japan. 44 (LEFT) FLINT crewmen on liberty in Sasebo. Notice the spotless streets, typical of , Japan. (BELOW) Picking up a few things on the way home. A Japanese sailor flirts with some schoolgirls. A group of boys im- provise on a torn-down set of monkey bars. When they ' re young, Japanese children have more freedom than their American peers. 45 Busy Fleet Street, where sailors learn the art of haggling. FLINT Visits Kaohsiung Walk down a street in Kaohsiung, past noisy factory shops, the sound of smithy ' s hammer over- whelmed by the horns of cabs and the whine of motor bikes. Everyone seems busy and quite unconcerned with you until you stop to look at an item in a store window. The owner comes out smiling, and chances are his English is better than your Chinese. You point and he barks out a price you both know is too high. " No way, no way " , you say with your head and hands and start away but change your mind and quote a price much lower than his. Now it ' s his turn, gesturing about how unreason- able you are and coming down from his original price. You grab your chin, looking thoughtful, but think better of it and name a figure not far from his. It ' s up to him to split the difference and close the deal. If it happened any other way, someone would lose face. A sailor on liberty learns by meeting people. He sees the contrast between cultures and if he ' s wise, he doesn ' t compare them but tries to understand. Many of us were thoughtful as we left Kaohsiung. We ' d shopped and walked and seen as much as we could. But there ' s always so much more to learn. (ABOVE) Kaohsiung lies on one of the busiest sealanes in the Orient. In its harbor mingle ornate junks and modern super tankers. (LEFT) The men of 01 Division at Quarters for entering port. The harbor entrance is so narrow you think you can reach out and touch it while passing through. (ABOVE) A group of schoolchildren on their way home. Note the uniform for boys and girls. The school day is long, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and discipline is exacting. (RIGHT) Taiwan is modern in many respects, but it is still China, preserving traditional modes of dress and lifestyle. The Taiwanese are very industrious and often find it simpler to use people power instead of machines. The skyline of Cebu, a provincial port with a Spanish flavor, a bustling, modern city in touch with its traditions. Threshing rice is a small factory outside Cebu City. Liberty In Cebu Cebu City lies in the middle of the Philippine archipelago. It is the center of inter-island trade as well as second largest city in the nation. Discovered by Magellan in 1521, Cebu was the starting point for Spanish expansion in the Far East. Now the churches she built are the only visible reminder of that long dead empire. Modern Cebu is a sprawling port, its docks crowded with foodstuffs to be loaded on tramp steamers that double as passenger vessels. Wood products are also a popular export item. The Cebuanos welcomed us with open arms and the chance to explore the island lured many men from the cit y to outlying farm villages. It was a chance to step into the heart of the country, a panorama of rice and sugar fields, grass huts and caribou-plows. As FLINT left Cebu we understood why she ' s called " Queen City of the South " . 48 peps, ujuiun Washing the rooster is a family affair, with father and son doing the work as mom watches. The scene is typical of the villages outside Cebu. (TOP) This young girl was frightened by the fair-skinned strangers but the children o the left followed us " Joe ' s " to the edge of town. Olongapo City: Homeport Away From Home The city of Olongapo hosts the Navy ' s most extensive overseas base in the Pacific. Whether you measure it in terms of square feet shipyard facilities or variety of recreational activities, the Naval Station at Subic Bay is home away from home for deployed ships and their crews. While the base itself boasts such outdoor sports as swimming, sailing and golf to name just a few, most men spend a lot of their time in Olongapo and her outlying communities. Between the Filippino people and the Navymen who visit Subic Bay there exists a special relationship. English is widely spoken and American music and fashions are so widespread it ' s easy to forget you ' re in a foreign country. Then a mama-sahn will walk by, balancing a tray of mangoes on her head, and you ' ll realize that Olongapo is only one small city in the midst of an essentialy pastoral province, struggling to pull itself into the 20th Century. But oh what a city it is! 50 f (ABOVE) A row of Christmas trees looks out of place on the street. The Filippino people are overwhelmingly Christian and religion is an important part of day-to-day life. (LEFT) A file of jitneys make their way through the busy downtown section of Olongapo. (BELOW LEFT) " Hey Joe, buy some bar- becue! " The streets of the city are crowded with open air stands selling all variety of Philippine dishes. (BELOW) Two girls on the way to the market. 51 (ABOVE) Inspecting the wares at Olon- gapo ' s meat market. This young man is considering the purchase of a pig ' s tail, a delicacy item. (BELOW) In any language, youths feed their imaginations on comic book heroes. (BELOW RIGHT) An artisan, carving rattan furniture, a major export item. 52 (ABOVE) A group of young boys ham it up for the camera. (ABOVE RIGHT) A club along Magsaysay Drive, commonly called the Strip, where signs invite sailors inside for a cool San Miguel. (RIGHT) A traffic policeman near the Bus Station to Manila. (BELOW) Starting out for liberty. fl 53 An Adventure In Hong Kong It was still monsoon season in China when FLINT anchored in the mouth of the Canton River near Hong Kong. Clouds shrouded majestic Victoria Peak, grazing the tops of skyscrapers, lending an air of mystery and the promise of adventure. Hong Kong is the hub of the Asian trade routes. Chinese merchants, famed for their trading skills, import and export a staggering selection of goods. Industry is everywhere, in tool-making, electronics or tailor shops, in busy banking houses, jewelry stores and hotels and don ' t forget waterborne traffic ranging from fishing junks to passenger ferrys to luxury hydrofoils. The streets of the city are crowded with people and cars, open-air markets and re- freshment stands are everywhere, haggling an expected part of the ritual. After 4 months training around the Orient, FLINT crewmen were ready for Hong Kong. A busy street in downtown Hong Kong. The entire city is built on hills that slope to the sea. A walla-walla (water taxi) makes for shore. This impressive city of shops and skyscrapers depends on water travel for its life. In the harbor, merchant ships anchor in herds to be unloaded by barges or overhauled by repair crews. Ferrys and hydrofoils are numerous as cars on a freeway. 54 9 P (TOP) Doubledecker busses lend a British flavor to the island and are a practical way to see the sights. (LEFT) King Neptune pays the Royal Navy a visit on its birthday. Miss Hong Kong, Lam Leung Wai, (BELOW) also graced the party. She arrived in style, on a golden junk. 55 (STANDING, left to right) ENS James Wooley, RMSN Gregory Anderson, RM2 Jerry Smith, RMSN Kenneth Evans. RM3 Santiago Urieta, RM3 " J. J. " Ellison, RM2 Robert Cauthorn, SMSN William Walsh, RM3 Jack Mackintosh, RMSA Robert Hall, RM2 George Peck, RMC Richard Desmarais. (KNEELING) RMC Gregory York, SM3 Michael Dane, RMSN Donald Rhives, RMSN Paul Lawrence, RMSA Don Mason, SM3 Exico Good- low. Reading through the day ' s message traffic. OC Division The task of OC Division is to communicate with the FLEET by using both radio and visual signals. It ' s the job of the Radioman (RM) to operate and in some cases maintain the highly technical communications equipment which connects FLINT to the Navy ' s world-wide network. Theirs is among the most highly classified ratings on the ship, owing to the sensitive nature of the equipment they use and the information which passes through the " radio shack " . The other half of OC Division is the Signalmen (SM), who are skilled in the use of hand signals, semaphore flags and flashing light. When FLINT is maintaining radio silence or when operating in formation with other ships, the SM comes to the fore, employing his art of silent speech. 56 (LEFT) Preparing to haul up a signal flag. During drills flags are strung together and quickly hauled down to test recognition. (ABOVE) Radiomen suited up to go aloft and check antennas. (BELOW) Reading off a message in semaphore with a powerful signal light in the foreground. 57 - -» (Left to right) OSSN Alberto Silvas, OSSN Michael Nelson, OSSA David Hamrick, YN3 Donald Michael, OS3 Kenneth Zetwick, OSSA Robert Williams, OSSN Christopher Martindale, ET2 Ricky Martin, OS2 Siggie Halldorson, OSC Melvin Taylor, ENS James Wooley. Picture taken by OSSN Lee Clements. O-I Division The job of O-I Division is to maintain and operate the ship ' s radar, help in plotting courses, maneuver in formation and man ship-to-ship radio circuits during tactical exercises. In a way they are the eyes of the ship, but the Operations Specialists ' (OS ' s) who watch the " scope " depend on the technical skills of the Electronics Technician (ET) to keep the radars tuned no matter how bad the weather. ET ' s also repair the ship ' s antenna system and work closely with the radiomen, doing both preventive maintenance and specialized troub- leshooting on all communication gear. Together, the Operations Specialists, Electronics Technicians and Radiomen com- prise Operations Department. 58 (LEFT) A sound-powered headset and a grease pencil are the tools of the trade when on watch in the Combat Information Center (CIC). (ABOVE) ET ' s employ a variety of test equip- ment to diagnose problems in the radio and radar equipment. Often the tests are as complex as the equipment itself. (ABOVE) Hunched over the Dead Reckon- ing Tracer (DRT) during battle drills. The DRT is used to plot the relative motion of surface ships. (RIGHT) Information about " contacts " is fed into CIC over phone circuits and plotted on the status board. 59 (STANDING, left to right) PC3 Terry Dawkins, ETC Jerome Burch, PN3 Ralph Tate, PN3 Bob Duvall, NC1 Tom Hemmer YNSN Richard Brown, HM2 Lance Adams, PNSN Charles Kimsey, HM3 Rick Prevost, YNC Salvator Castro, PN1 Fred Davis. (KNEELING) PC2 Skip Kain, HM2 Don Simmons, HM1 Jim Sprouse. U X ' Division " X " Division gathers the ship ' s adminis- trative and service functions under one roof. The postal clerks find their popularity soars after an especially large mail call, but the hospital corpsmen who care for the crew ' s day-to-day medical needs find themselves greeted with suspicion when it ' s time to give shots. Personnelmen handle all aspects of the crew ' s service records, affecting such areas as promotions, reenlistments and above all, leave orders. Yeomen on the other hand work closely with the officer corps in much the same way as personnelmen work with enlisted matters. The ship ' s career counsellor is part of " X " Division, as is the 3-M Coordinator, who helps organize the ship ' s repair priorities. Finally there is the ship ' s journalist, who helps the command communicate with the crew and the public. 60 (ABOVE LEFT) A corpsman " on station " during under way replenishment. On small ships like FLINT, they ' re the doctors in an emergency. (RIGHT) The postal clerks put on a happy face while selling stamps. (BELOW) A conference on the personnelmen side of the ship ' s office. 61 The Longest Day The morning of December 21st dawned on an already awakened and excited crew. The very machinery of the ship seemed to hum with the expectation of our imminent homecoming. Sea detail was scheduled to go very early but most men were on station before the word was passed, straining for a sight of the coastline through an early morning fog we didn ' t doubt would clear up. The wind was fierce and cold, made worse by the fact that just three days earlier a man could still take off his shirt and catch a tan on deck. Then the Captain came over the address system and announced that poor visibility would prevent the ship from entering port on schedule. A groan went through the ship. After seven months separation even the slightest delay hurt, and men revised their estimates of when the fog might lift. In a way it was ironic. After her 21 day transit to the Philippines, FLINT was turned back at the entrance to Subic Bay because of a typhoon warning. But during the rest of the cruise we didn ' t miss a commitment or arrive late for a port visit. Except for that last, longest day. 62 USS FLINT Kit i € And For Those Who Waited . . . It ' s cold on the pier at the Naval Weapons Station. Sometimes it seems an especially evil wind blows up Suisun Bay whenever a large number of people gather there. They began arriving singly or in family groups, the wives, children, lovers and friends who ' d seen their men off on that now distant day in June. Those who ' d been through the experience before tried to reassure those who were new to the experience. Slowly, the groups of people came together, for warmth and companion- ship. The news of the ship ' s delay sent a ripple of concern through the crowd. Already diapers needed changing and children pulled on their mother ' s coats wanting to know when daddy was coming home. Base authorities were sympathetic but helpless to do very much. A warehouse was opened up but it provided little except refuge from the wind. Throughout the morning and into the afternoon they waited, until the grey silhouette of FLINT squeezed through the final bridge. The cold was forgotten as the ship drew slowly closer to the pier. The crowd gathered near the foot of the accomodation ladder waiting for the signal that finally came, then surged up to the ship to be reunited with their men. There were some tears, more laughter and a large measure of love thrown in. But the scene wasn ' t much different than the reunions of families have been throughout the centuries since men first took to the sea. It ' s just in the nature of the calling. 63 The Staff Lt. (jg) David L. Williams, Officer in Charge 1 r ' V ¥ Si __ fl J03 Thomas C. Abate, Editor; Layout and Design, Writing and Photography tn» 100 OSSN Lee Roy Clements, Photographer QMSN Bruce A. Fitch, Photographer The Staff would also like to thank MM3 Terry Mooney for his photos of Japan and OS3 Paul Cogswell, who played Design Devil ' s Advocate. Ill 62 64 WALSWORTH Marceline, Mo., U.S.A. t •mm rmtimuii 4 J ! flj. Ji juii! HW«tf PP. " - hmh . '

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