Flint (AE 32) - Naval Cruise Book

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' h;% Vi mm ■■ ;;V ' % % m ' .%: ■. 3 C " " iSi ■ ' i:r:XtS::lM Vi ;i.. ' A « A. ■ ' -. " .i?sit - V.M ■ vili»ii : -«t SOUTH AMERICA I USS FLINT flE32 West Pac Deployment 26 Feb To :22=4$gt 15 Oct • •■?» •li IN MEMORY OF QMC WARREN HASKELL --- 9 APRIL 1945 - 2 SEPTEMBER 1980 ■■■■ ' «Si..-Mfc-« WESTPAC 1980 USS Flint AE-32 The USS FLINT was built by Ingalls Nuclear Shipbuilding, Litton Indus- tries, Pascagoula, Miss. She was com- missioned on 20 Nov 1971 in Charleston, South Carolina. On December 6 of the same year, Flint passed through the Pa- nama Locks to join the U.S. Pacific Fleet, making her homeport in Con- cord, California. The morning of February 26 1980 marked the beginning of the 6th west- ern Pacific deployment. WESTPAC 80 saw the Flint involved in RIMPAC 80, good liberty ports and pulling AFS AE duty off Gonzo Station in the Indian Ocean. Any cruise is what the crew makes of it, and the Flint had the best in the 80 ' s. Commanding Officer CDR R.J. HILLIS Robert ' J ' Hillis was born in Portsmouth, Ohio in 1935. He enlisted in the Navy during the Korean War and served as a Radioman in the heavy cruisers USS COLUMBUS (CA- 74) and USS HELENA (CA-75). He was dis- charged in 1957 and enrolled at Ohio Uni- versity, Athens Ohio, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. CDR Hillis re-entered the Navy through the Officer Candidate School at Newport, Rhode Island, where he received his com- mission in 1963. He was promoted to the rank of commander in November of 1977. CDR Hillis has served aboard the USS PORTAGE (PCE-902), USS BORDELON (DD-881), USS HAROLD J. ELLISON (DD- 864), USS BERKELEY (DDG-15) and the USS GRASP (ARS-24). He has served in the Office of the CNO, Staff of Commander Cruiser Destroyer Group ONE, Military Sea- lift Command, Okinawa Japan and attended the Naval War College before assuming command of the FLINT in December of 1979. . " " • ?®s Commander Hillis is always pleased to perform one of his nicer duties, re-enlistments. CDR B.N. KAYE Executive Officer CDR Kaye joined the FLINT in Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, releiving LCDR McWhirter as Exec. A change in executive officers is important to a crew. It is he who most directly affects their lives. The Cap- tain decides how the ship is to be organized and run, but it is the XO who runs it that way. His signature appears on the Plan of the Day, the detailed schedule by which each day ' s events are ordered. He is the fi- nal authority on leave, liberty and pay, which with the quality and abundance of food, most directly affects shipboard morale. It is the XO who creates or fails to create an efficient organization to handle all aspects of life aboard ship, from cleanliness through combat. One of CDR Kaye ' s many talents surfaced when he was the master of ceremony for the Wog Beauty Contest. (SN Grant, ET2 Metoyer, CDR Kaye) The XO is constantly touring the ship, ensuring a safe and cl ean enviroment. ID E P H aV E CaV T D MIS f N T LT. STEMP OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT LTJG SCATES FIRST LT. DECK DEPARTMENT LT. HUBBARD ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT LT. LEROY SUPPLY DEPARTMENT LTCDR DRIES AIR DETACHMENT IDIECir Hi.W i ■ ' Hf„ m mm If IIIPST IDIIYII§II€N C€ 1 IfllCST BMC Coe acts as divisional " SEA DADDY " BMl Pena BM3 Tallie SA Krieg BM2 Germo BM2 Walker SA Barker BM2 Mundy BM3 Ramirez BMSN Vicchione SA Flannel SN Nelson SN Greathouse SA Thayer SA Brass SA Stoll SA Caperlon SA Smith SA Hellman SN Arnold SA Henderson SN Ordiway SN Green SN McCullough BM3 Adams SA Ramsey mans the phone distance Une during UNREP. LEFT: SN Ordiway signals " HEAVE AROUND " SIECCNID IDIIYIISII€N BM3 Lane mans the sound powered phones during sea detail (RIGHT) BM3 Robinson BMC Selvidge BM3 Dodson SA Walker BM2 Armstrong BM3 Page SA Irons BM2 Schmuck SN Strange SA Smith BM2 Daoust SA Cannon SA Megis SN Taylor SA Townes SN Jameson BM3 Straight SA Diette SA Misenas CW02 MILLER GMGl ROSS GMGl POTTER GMG2 JONES GMG3 WHITSON GMG3 MILLS GMGSN PRUITT GMGSN HOWARD GMGSA SCHMIDT GMGSN DOUGLAS [} ' .- . r GMGSN EASLING I mL SN KUEBLER GUNNER MATES GUNS GMG2 FRAMBES TRIES TO HIT THE TARGET WITH NON-EXPLODING ORDANCE Navy ships equipped with various guns have long been protectors against enemy aggresors. Navy Gunner ' s Mates operate, maintain, and repair all gunnery equipment, as well as handle all ammunition used on Navy ships. GMG ' S operate, maintain and repair guns, gun mounts, turrets, holds and sprinkler systems. They train and supervise instruction on small arms firing. l S GMG3 MILLS AND GMGSN EASLING PERFORM MAINTANCE ON THE 3INCH 50 PRACTICE LOAD- ER. nl- - ' (ABOVE) SN HINES (RIGHT) GMG3 WHIT- SON GMGSN Wetzlich GMGSN Lange GMGSN Landroche SA Pacheco GMGSA Aue SA Sayers SA Dennie SN Gronl SN Hines SN Andrews SA Curran " Did you hear the one about the four drunk marines " GMGSN Landroche. Where the ]-lELL does this goV " GMGl Potter J ' J t . Catching duty as a range instructor is just one of GMG2 Jones ' s job. 1 All members of the U.S. Olympic Line hauling team, lay to line four! Another one bites the dust. GMGSN Pruitt Everyone has time for mail call (P03 Kellog) ENS McLawhorn MMl Elliot E03 Coughlin AQ2 Kellog hh iQ Explosive Ordnance Disposal The men of Explosive Ordance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit ONE, Del 9 joined the FLINT at Pearl Harbor. During the cruise thc ' used their expertise in diving anrl munitions operations to benefit the ship and crew. The men in green provided training and could alway. ' find an answer for any question. (Even if it was " Gee, I don ' t know. " ) Would you believe that thus man knows 306 wavs to kill silently? (MMl Elliot) Underway, the EOD served as Master At Arms, lere AQ2 Kellog questions a group of suspects. I ' repanng for a swim takes careful plan- ning and execution. ' J ' Wf Ta Av ' tP MMC WILLIAMS MMl ROWCLIFFE EN2 MARTIN FN FLANAGAN EN3 SADLER FN DANKO ' What do you mean, your broke?? " i Brains amal gamated BTl ZALESNY 1 1 r 1 r= .«6r BT2 SARNE BT2 BROOKSHIRE BTFN TAMEZ BTFN BARRY BTFN RIOS BTFN LATTY Liberty Call, Liberty Call. •What, REENLIST? Ha! " E-DIVISION OUR FEARLESS LEADER w 1 it K. EMC HERRERO EEOl s- EMS FLORIDA EMS VINCENT EMS WALLACE EM:] l{()15I. St)N ■m .. .._ 4 " " " FN GUERRERO FN RHODES EMFN MORELAND EE02 APS ICl CARROL ICFN PITTMAN " Where did I put that FIREMAN? EM3 ENGLAND EM2 PAPENBROCK Alright, Who took the ladder? ■V g .-Jjl Ski 1.1 Maybe if wc plugged it in ' Sorry Chief, no fuses. " MMFN AITKEN MMFN WINTERS MMFN MURRAY MMFN WILLINGHAM TLL TELL YA GUY .. f " 4s CHURNIN AND BURNIN " I ' M BAD, SO BAD " WHAT DO YOU MEAN THE SMOKING LAMP IS OUT? THE MUSIC MAN R-Division I MUST STUDY HARD AND PASS THIS D.C.P.Q.S. TEST FN SAN FORD HTFN DAALHUYZEN " Of course I ' m working Practice makes perfect m m n m n [ M 3 W , Oi NAYIIGAiril€N 051 Hamilton 052 Deaver 0S2 Miller 083 Rarey 0S3 Worthinglon OSSN Heyden Looking down upon the world (0S2 Miller) Operation Specialists Operation Specialist (OS ' s) operate and interpret information received from radar. Radar is an electronic de- vice to determine the presence and lo- cation of an object. Radar is invaluable in navigation and maneuvering as it is in searching for and following the movements of other ships. While un- derway, the Combat Information Cen- ter (CIC) is manned constantly by the OS ' s, meaning many long hours of watch demanding prolonged attention and mental alertness. " I ' ve heard of going out on a ledge, but this is ridicu Rarey) lous! " (OS3 ABOVE: It ' s the masked " Mad Chipper " and his faithful companion Cordy. LEFT: " Well, what do you say bud? " (OSSN Hayden) I want you to join the U.S. Navy (0S2 Sacks) If it doesn ' t work, fix it yourself. (KTSA Beaver) ET3 McCord ETSN Beaver •n Electronic Technicians The smallesl group of highly trained experts can be found in the Electronic Technician rating. ET ' s form the remainder of 01 di- vision. They are responsible for the maintance and repair of all radar and radio com- munications equipment aboard. Any time a piece of gear " goes down " , the ET ' s get up and work until the gear is operating correctly again. " A seldofnly seen sight. Herb squared away. (ET2 Metoyer) Dear Mom Dad, Having fun. please send money. (ET3 McCord) OC DIVISION RADIOMEN The Radiomen of Flint are ex- perts in the field of transmission of electronic signals. Their job re- quires that teletype and trans- mitters be manned 24 hours a day, thereby giving the radio- men long hours and occasionaly port and starboard duty. Look sir, its the new instruc- tions on flashlights. (RM.3 McNi- chiols, LTJG Obuchowski) What do you know. I ' m picking up KMEL. (RMS Leos) CIP.CIP.CIP.CIP. (RMl Bragg) RMl Beck RMl Denton RM.3 Leos And in the third race at Belmont (RM2 Bashor) LTJG Obuchowski SMC Warren SM2 Stewart SM3 MaHood I sure wish that they would make up their mind. SM3 Mahood helps beautify the ship. Okay lAW the book .- is " A " -. . . is SIGNALMEN The Signalmen arc Ihc eyes of the FLINT. The rating can be very rewarding, on the individual basis as well as the teamwork basis. A signalman is proficient in all re- spects of visual communications. Flashing light, semaphore and flaghoist are primary means of moving ships in a task organiza- tion. Visual communications are particularly vital to the Navy, es- pecially during radio silence. Each signalman, aside from being profi- cient in visual signaling, must be able to operate and maintain a vast array of optical equipment. The lar- gest bennic, is that a signalman spends his tunc on watch in the fresh air! PNCS Knouf J.N, HMC Smock ] ETC Fisher PCI Huckaby YNl Moreno NCI Ramble HMl LaRoche i f. ' Now wait just a mmute. What did I say? EXECUTIVE DIVISION Executive division is made up of many different rates. The types of work vary from correspondence, officer and enlisted service records, operation and repair of the ship ' s entertainment sys- tems, medical services, mail, 3-M and reenlistments. " X " division includes all Personnelmen, Yeomen, Postal Clerks, Journalist, Electronic Technician, Ca- reer Counselor and a Interior Communi- cations Technician. In the division, all rates work together as a well coordinat- ed team to furnish the high quality work that exemplifies X division. The POD is the responsibihty of the entire division. (YNl Mor- eno) Taking a break from .3-M coordinator, ETC Fisher re- laxes at the ships party. ' You have got to be Kidding! " (HMC Smock) I ru. PNSA Sanlini. X Div Whiz Kid Hev man. let ' s make a deal. " (NCI Rambie) " If you don ' t stop buggmg me, I ' ll send your You want a what ' ' record to Adak. " (PN3 Montag) (YN3 Dempsey) IC2 Spargur J0.3 Dove HM3 Stevenson I ' m JOSN Blaklev PNSN Calcote I PNSA Santini LCDR Dries LCDR Kramer LT Hart LT Cornell LTJG Olivier CW02 Miller 7W ' ' i! Another Way To Fly AIR DET Officially known as Helicopter Combat Sup- port Squadron Three, Detachment 104. the " Air Del " jomed the Flint for the WESTPAC cruise by way of San Diego Calif. The main duty of their two CH-46D ' Sea Knight ' helos is vertical replenishment; an integral part of Flint ' s mission. Busy both ashore and afloat fixing and flying their machines, the ' Air Dales ' were always ready for the numerous passengers, medivacs or any of the many oth- er jobs found for the Det. AEC Rauch shows us his idea of what an 18 year old body should look like, (minus the hair) I Looking for blood! (AD.3 Walters) ii msH ' AEC Raurh AEl Prater f AD2 Nefford [ AMH2 White ■ ' ' AZ2 Ball AD2 Wright AT2 Rhode AE2 Marsh ADS Walters AME3 Stencil AK3 McKinnie AMS3 George 11 ADS Hempfield AMHAN Hilts AMSAN Hobe Time out for mail call (AD2 ■ ' Gator ' Wright) Is It a bird, a plane, no, its only a blackshoe. (AMSAN Hobe) You can never tell what sort of people you ' ll meet on an AE. (AEl Prater) If ou ihmk the oil looks bad. you ought to try the coffee. (CW02 Miller) M LTJG Bloomquist EMI Morgan MM2 Reyes BMSN Pearson. BMl Bonney BM2 Harmon EM2 Hayes BMSN Greene. MMl Mapalo EM2 Aaserude BM3 Faircloth MMFN Potts. EMI Mendros MM2 Thielman EM3 Lopez SR Poole. BMSN Pearson, BM3 Harmon, EMS Williams, BMSN Davis. (BELOW) BMSN Lupercio (BOTTOM) MM2 Hill. EM3 Hayes (BELOW) EMS Mclarsney. J JMWfcg . Ufe g PI P Hn d Hfl fe 1 u ' H Hi ET3 Beaver catches up on some Z ' s. (BELOW) LTJG Obuchowski dresses down for the occasion. SMS Hopps takes time to pose for a picture. OSS Raray, or LTJG Rarey? ' siLiPiPiiy $-11 DIYISICN SK3 Arellano. DKl Pucan. SKC Chambers, SK3 Sercy. (BELOW) SH3 Mello. SK3 Terry. SH3 Mello, Works on EMC Herrero. ir2 4|firi % ' 1 IDIIYIISII€N MS2 Roy (ABOVE) MSC Corpuz, MSI Ramos, MS3 Dupzyk. MS3 Dupzyk MSI Arzadon, MS3 MS2 Roy, MS3 Wil- MS2 Davis, MSSA ' Auld. son. Oshields. in i MS2 Davis and MSI Santos. MSI Santos preparing to prepare dinner. MSI Arzadon and MSI Santos cooking hamburger and steak during the ship ' s haze gray picnic- cookout. THIS IS A DRILL, THIS IS A DRILL MAN OVERBOARD MAN OVERBOARD DRILLS CARRY WITH THEM A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF PERSONNAL FEELING. EVERYONE IS AWARE THAT THE NEXT TIME IT COULD BE THEM, OR THEIR BEST FRIEND. EVEN WITH A MAN IN THE WATER SAFETY IS STILL THE NUMBER 1 CONCERN. ' ' fcw MOTER SHALE BOAT CREW, STAND BY. THE COXSWAIN, BM3 DAOUST DIRECTS THE LOWERING OF HIS BOAT. LEARNING BASIC DECK SEAMANSHIP MIGHT HELP S A P U G H SAVE A SHIP- MATES LIFE. BMC COE DEMONSTRATES THE PROPER WAY TO COIL THE LIFELINE. MIDDIES THE MIDSHIPMEN SUMMER CRUISE AFFORDS AN EX- CELLENT OPPORTUNITY FOR THE PROSPECTIVE NA- VAL AND MARINE CORPS OFFICERS TO RECEIVE HANDS ON TRAINING. IN- STRUCTION WAS HELD BOTH IN CLASSROOM AND ON THE JOB. MANY TOPICS WERE TAUGHT IN A rLA.SSHuOM ENVIROMENT. HERE, LT. STEMP HOLDS A COURSE ON SHIP ' S OPERATIONS. THE SIGNAL BRIDGE WAS A FAVORITE HANGOUT FOR THE " MIDDIES " . m HARD WORK AND STUDY (LEFT) WAS THE MAIN OBJECTIVE. BUT (RIGHT) EVERYONE HAD TIME TO CATCH A ' •NOONER " sipcicir§ This one will ring his bell, GMG2 Whitson. Keep your eye on the ball, SK3 Holman. (BELOW) SN Freeman shows the correct position. tl eJl pV-irfiir f mi Going down for the count! LTJG Olivia vs MMC Williams. PN3 Calcote firing the M-14. Friends before the fight, SN White, ET.3 Beaver. SA Jett and SR Ramsey play a little hoop. ENTERTAINMENT .i»s TIANS THUr u i n Entertainment while at sea is limited, but not absent, Reading comic books, shooting baskets or watching KBOM-TV or the twenty hundred movie on the messdecks helped to pass the time. IC2 SPAGUR and JOS DOVE manned the close circuit television station (KBOM), while EM 2 CROMER ran the evening movie. mm PORTS OF CALL SASeiBO II IPIIillllllPIPIINIE§ CIEICIL 1 |PM n r ■ A iL-, J -- mk ii f K m r • ' 4 " - , i ■ ' ■ S |y IHAWAII in€Ne ii €Ne PEARL OF THE ORIENT Partying Down Flint Style With the end of WESTPAC 80 only a few weeks away, FLINT arrived at Guam. During the 2 weekends inport, the ship held a party at Gab, Gab beach. Every- one had fun enjoying the activities provided. Volley- ball, football, snorkling, and soaking up the sun and suds were just a few that kept us busy. It was a time to enjoy a last few moments with friends before our return to the States. W R chairman, ETC Fischer was the parly organizer. Local beauties weren ' t too hard to The sun. sand and friendship; how could a guy go wrong? -«• ••fc.i - -»■ ••■ ' ' • " The new Isl LT takes time to get to know some of his men. (GMGSN Pruilt. LT Scales, BM3 Harmon. GMG.3 McAvov) A few friends at a secluded spot on the beach typUfied the party. The few occasional showers didn ' t dampen the mood of the party. FN Sanford :-eis up fm lin HTFN Daalhiizyen pivp.uv, him up. This was just one of the marvelous views that greeted each day of fun. siiNeAV P€IPIE Davy Jones arrives onboard to inspect the crew to see if all are worthy of becoming shellbacks. (LCDR Kramer) 44 TRADITIONS V The boisterous ceremonies of " Crossing the Line " are of such ancient vintage that their derivation is lost. Neptunus Rex, the J mythological god of the seas, was appeased by the seaman, and marks of respect were ADl Kennedy ensures that the mail bouy watch (AK3 paid those of his underwater domain. McKinme) stands his watch properly. The color guard awaits Davy Jones. The royal Bow-Wow waits for the arrival of King Ncptunes Royal Advance Party. (RMl Beck) ' A " THE BEAUTIES " n No dale, no liberty. (CDR Kaye, AEl Prater ) Right: RMl Tarpley AVERY DIFFERENT TYPE OF HELL The crossing the line ceremonies of todays modern Navy have retained much of the tradi- tional discomforts and are picturesque. Al- though physical discomforts are not severe, the inflictions usually only affects one ' s pride. Those who survive the initiation become " SHELLBACKS " , the Sons of Neptune. The Jolly Roger flies high above the Flint J£ £« H g always, there is one person in the crowd who likes what he gets served. (SN Freeman) A wog breakfast certainly isn ' t the breakfast of champions. Tfyr What did you expect. Hurry up and wait " Hail Davy Jones, Hail Davy Jones! Rolor-rooter, Wog style. (Above) Some men were born to lead. (CW02 Miller) Since you guys liked It so much, you can go to ihe back of the line and start (Below) Don ' t worry, you can have over. seconds! -, mr ' and just when you thought you ' d been through it all. (below) Doc Miller disenfects the oral cavietv of a lowly Wog. This Wog has given up to King Neptune and assumed the position of the dying cockroach. 67 UNREP " Underway Replenishment WESTPAC 80 taught us alot about our- selves. At the beginning of the cruise we found most of our Deck Force inexperienced. But with RIMPAC 80 we soon learned what it meant to UNREP. We had more ships along- side during RIMPAC than the entire last cruise We learned how to be flexiable, as our ship went from AE to AFS. During the Indian Ocean cruise we learned how much material is needed to keep our Navy at sea. But of more importance, we learned to work as a team! ril gel It this time. (GMG3 Whitson) " SF ' I Fill her up, check the oil and forget the tires. You want this where George? (SN Strange. BTFN Mor- eno. HM2 .Arm. ' trong. BMC Sclvegc. SN Dictte.) Pena. a good Boalswauimate would have already had Ihi. ' ; done! (BM2 Pena, BM.3 Straight. LT McMullcn. SA Freeman) 68 ■»-Arr ■ Jm - 4» ir, € ' Helo One Zero picks up load and away port. ' VERTREP " Not Just Another Job VERTREP has really developed m the U.S. Navy over the past 10 years to become the Navy ' s prime source of logistics in many areas. Our mission in the Indian Ocean was an example of this. The Flint ' s helicopters trans- ferred over 5238 tons of cargo and 1194 pas- sengers durnig WESTPAC. Although Flight Quarters lasted long hours, there was always a few mo- ments to relax. (HT2 Bell) Everyone wanted to get into the act as a H-.5.3 from the USS EISENHOWER lends a hand. don ' t mind being friends with you Sten- cil, l.iul I wish you would use some de- odorant. (AME Stencil. AD. ' ? Hcmpfield) 69 A J Waiting for the next bout, LT McMullen Friends before the fight. (SA White, ETSA BEA- and CDR Hillis swap stones. VER) SMOKERS Boxing has been a popular sport for quite some years. In the spirit of competilion. the first smokers was proposed. After a pre-fight physical and weigh in, the contestants were out fitted in the necessary ap- paral. A larger audience was on hand, much larger than ex- pected. This spectator sport was by far, one of the best re- ceived on FLINT A left to the jaw of SA White, courte- sy of ETSA Beaver. Some people will do anything t take a break. This is going lo hurl you alol more Ihan it ' s going to hurl me! SA Downs expects a few words of advice from SN Doug " " W You can never tell what sort of people will show up al the fights. LT Olivier on the deck. SA Drake standing SA Downs puts a left into his opponents ' midsection. Consul and family arrive via helo. Discussing the hot spots of Cebu. (American Consul, PNCS Knouf. CDR Kave) A FLINT WELCOME While visiting the City of Cebu in the Re- pubhc of the Philippines, the Flint wel- comed aboard local dignitaries and the American Consul from Cebu. Accompaning the Consul was his family and children from a local orphanage and their sponsors. All were treated to an enjoyable tour of the Flint and refreshments served in the ward- room, before the return trip via helicopter courtesy of the Airdales. Does everyone have to wear one of these? (CDR Hillis. American Consul) A dciux tour of the Flint from the owner. PNCS Knouf shows everyone Ihal he knows how lo handle women. I ' ll lake a Big Mac DIPLOMATS Economy Size The Consol ' s visit br ought the patter of little feet to the passageways of Flint. After spending five months on WESTPAC, the sight and sound of chil- dren was a very welcomed change. We were charmed and reminded of our children at home. On future WESTPACS we hope to revisit our young friends. You guvs are sort of young to be enlisting aren ' t you? ' (ENFN Knudsen. EN3 Griffith) 73 The ship ' s band provided much of the entertainment tHimisimI ■hniiv ii|) wait " syndrome, except here vou get during cookouts. (ET2 Mcloyer, ICFN Pittman. FN . j, , ' ■ Qunell, BTFN Seymour) ' ' COOKOUT On The Steel Beach A crew at sea puts in tremen- dously long hours, sometimes up to 60 or 70 hours. Cookouts were our answer to the needed break. Ev- eryone who wasn ' t on watch could be found on the steel beach, soak- ing up the sun, tunes and some good out-of-doors cooking. Some of the main courses included hot dogs, chicken, steaks, hamburgers and all the trimmings. " Pop " Arzadon treats YNl Moreno to something special „ Pure relaxation, kicking back and enjoying the jam. MS2 Roy keeps a watchful eye on the cold sodas. YOU ' VE BEEN ON WESTPAC TOO LONG WHEN Concord sounds like just another liberty port. you can drink the milk and think it ' s fresh. you remember your wife ' s name but not your kids. you remember your address but forget how to get there. you wonder whether KBOM is an affilate of ABC, CBS or NBC. Diego Garcia sounds like an exotic liberty port. you hear of groups in the top 10 that weren ' t around when you left. everyone gets a thrill out of Miss Piggy. you look forward to the Sunday Bingo games on the mess decks. you get all of your clothes back from the laundry at the same time you start using hamburgers as scouring pads. the ship passes liberty call and you wonder what that means. you decide to repaint your car haze gray. you think GONZO Station is just another naval station. you remember the make of your car, but not the color. its the same sports season when you get back as when you left. Subj: Westpac Farewell AS THE USS FLINT DEPARTS THE WESTERN PACIFIC AND SAILS EAST- WARD YOU SHOULD VIEW THE LAST ONE HUNDRED AND NINETY ONE DAYS WITH A FEELING OF PRIDE AND ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR HAVING LEFT A MORE READY SEVENTHFLT. YOU HAVE CONTINUED YOUR PROUD TRADITION OF PROFESSIONALISM, INNOVATION AND OVERALL SERVICE TO THE FLEET, WORKING LONG, ARDUOUS HOURS WHILE PARTICIPAT- ING IN NUMEROUS VARIED EVOLUTIONS. YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS HAVE BEEN COMMENDED BY YOUR CUSTOMERS AND COMMANDERS ALIKE. PARTICULARLY NOTEWORTHY WAS YOUR ABILITY TO CHANGE YOUR DESIGNATED ROLE AS AN " AE " TO THAT OF AN " AFS " DURING YOUR INDIAN OCEAN DEPLOYMENT, PROVIDING CONREP AND HEAVY-LIFT SUPPORT TO FLEET UNITS. DURING YOUR SUBIC INPORT PERIODS YOUR VERTREP SUPPORT TO OTHER INPORT UNITS WAS NOTED WITH PLEASURE. DURING A PERIOD WHEN SOME WOULD BEGIN TO " WIND DOWN " , YOUR SUPPORT OF AN INCHOPPING AND OUTCHOPPING CARRIER BATTLE GROUP DEMON- STRATED YOUR SUSTAINED LEVEL OF PERFORMANCE. AS YOU ANTICIPATE A WELL DESERVED REUNION WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES, I PROUDLY EXTEND TO THE ENTIRE FLINT CREW MY SINCEREST APPRECIATION AND BEST WISHES FOR A SMOOTH AND SAFE VOYAGE HOME. WELL DONE. REAR ADMIRAL J.A. LYONS JR. Subj: Westpac Farewell DURING YOUR DEPLOYMENT TO THE INDIAN OCEAN AS A MEMBER OF TASK GROUP 70.9, YOU HAVE CONSISTANTLY PROVIDED EXCEPTIONAL LOGISTIC SUPPORT. IT WAS A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH A SHOP THAT UNFAILINGLY DISPLAYED PROFESSIONALISM AND A CAN DO SPIRIT. WELL DONE. REAR ADMIRAL FULLER. Subj: Welcome Home ON BEHALF OF ALL UNITS IN SERVICE SQUADRON THREE IT IS A DIS- TINCT PLEASURE TO WELCOME HOME THE PROVED PROFESSIONALS OF USS FLINT. ALL HANDS CAN BE JUSTIFIABLY PROUD OF THE MOST IM- PRESSIVE RECORD COMPILED DURING DEPLOYMENT. THE STEADY IM- PROVEMENT IN TRAINING, MATERIAL READINESS AND RETENTION HAS BEEN PARTICULARLY GRATIFYING. THE PROFESSIONALISM OF FLINT ' S UNREP AND CARGO HANDLING TEAMS AS WELL AS THE SUPER PREFOR- MANCE OF YOUR ENGINEERS IS ESPECIALLY NOTEWORTHY. ALL HANDS CAN BE JUSTIFIABLY PROUD OF THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO FLINT ' S SUC- CESSFUL DEPLOYMENT. PLEASE CONVEY MY HIGH ESTEEM TO ALL FOR A JOB WELL DONE AND MY BEST WISHES FOR A JOYOUS HOMECOMING. WARM REGARDS, COMMO- DORE WILSON. BZ COMMANDER NAVAL SURFACE GROUP WESTERN PACIFIC COMMANDER TASK FORCE SEVENTY-THREE COMMANDER LOGISTIC SUPPORT FORCE SEVENTH FLEET FLEET POST OFFICE SAN FRANCISCO 96601 FROM: Commander Naval Surface Group Western Pacific TO: Commanding Officer, USS FLINT (AE-32) SUBJ: Letter of Commendation REF: (a) American Consul, Cebu, R.P. Itr of 12 Sep 1980 1. It is with pleasure that I recognize and add my appreciation for the exemplary performance disclosed by reference (a). The officers and men of FLINT proved to be most hospitable hosts and true profession- als. 2. Please convey my personal congratulations to all personnel involved for their outstanding efforts and results. WELL DONE. BZ iP€iriPiiJiPiPii (TOP LEFT) RMSA Knowles (TOP RIGHT) OSSN Heyden. " I HATE WAITING! " (LEFT) GMGSA Lange sleeping on the job. (ABOVE) I love needleguns. EM2 Aaserude and BM2 Germo ON WATCH BM3 Lane PN3 Calcote RM3 Edwards, " I ' LL Hang the next person that touches my patch panal. " E02 Coughlin, I ' m Popey the 1 SMSN Wood, " work, work, work " NEATO IPIH€ir€ C ' CNiriEST WINNIEIR •Vk ' xtS ' -•Sii. 85 H€MIEC€MIIN G •A, AT HAST! West Pac comes to an end as we pull into port. On the pier loved ones stand with welcome home banners waiting to reunite with their special Flint Sailor. » ' 87 STaVIF If WIESTIPAC ' §€ J03 McElmurry Editor, Photography, Layout, Copy. J03 Dove Asst. Editor, Photography Layout, Copy. EM2 Cromer Layout, Copy 0S3 Worthington Photography. RMl Beck Photography

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