Forrest Royal (DD 872) - Naval Cruise Book

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' EAST i Pfli! 3 c u in 3 nj in : ro c OJ TO -i2 u )- 5; - o c S -t: -P 2 c " 5 0) — 6jO£ - u in g C iS — " 5 E o . o rt o ■= £ - .a »- - c uj tr-og u. g j= O • - CAPTAIN DONALD C. BAYLY, USN COMMANDER DESTROYER DIVISION EIGHT TWO Captain Donald C. Bayly was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and graduated from the Naval Academy in June 1945. Following the end of the war, he married Miss Marillyn R. Fonner of Hilo, Hawaii, and the couple estab- lished residence in Tsingtao, China, where Ensign Bayly was attached to the staff of Commander, Seventh Fleet. In June 1950 Lt. Bayly graduated from the U. S. Naval Postgraduate School with a Master ' s Degree in Aerological Engineering. After attend- ing Scripps Institution of Oceanography, he served several tours as a meteorologist before returning to line duties with various combatant ships including USS Great Sitkin (AE 17) and USS Rooks (DD 804). Following graduation from the Armed Forces Staff College in 1961, Captain Bayly was assigned to the Staff. Commander Second Fleet. In 1964 he took command of USS Basilone (DD 824) and in 1965 was as- signed to duty at the U. S. Naval Academy. While there he served as Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and earned a Master ' s Degree in Personnel Administration from George Washington University. COiM DES DIV 82 Staff LTJG Al Nakashian, USNR Staff Material Officer LTJG Ray De Castro, USNR Staff Operations Officer ?5J SMI Dionne, YNl Dalmas. SD2 Garcia, and RMl Woods COMMANDER CHARLES W. FOX, JR. Commanding Officer CDR Charles W. FOX. Jr. was born in the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Washington. D. C. on 3 July 1930. He is the son of Vice Admiral Charles W. FOX. USN, (Ret.) and Mrs. FOX of Kensington. Maryland In 1948 CDR FOX graduated from William Penn High School in Har- risburg. Pennsylvania. He next attended Bullis Preparatory School in Silver Spring. Maryland, before entering the United States Naval Academy in 1949. After completion of the four year course he graduated in June, 1953. CDR FOX ' S first assignment upon commissioning was in USS BEN- NINGTON (CVA-20). After a year ' s duty in BENNINGTON he was trans- ferred to another attack carrier, USS TICONDEROGA (CVA-14). where he served until 1955. CDR FOX then first served in the Destroyer Force aboard USS PARKER (DE-369) from 1955 to 1957. From PARKER he was ordered to the Fleet Sonar School in Key West. Florida, where he instructed in Anti-Submarine Warfare Tactics at the Sonar School for two years. After completion of his tour in Key West. CDR FOX served from 1959 to 1961 as the Executive Officer of USS HISSEN (DER-400). For his next assignment he was again called upon to instruct, this time at the newly created Naval Destroyer School at Newport, R. I. On coming back to sea duty he was assigned as Executive Officer of USS Joseph P. KEN- NEDY (DD-850) from 1965 to 1966. CDR FOX then completed postgrad- uate work at the Defense Intelligence School at Washington, D. C. Upon graduation from the school he was assigned to the Staff of the Com- mander in Chief. Atlantic as head of the Substantive Intelligence Unit. He was then ordered to command USS FORREST ROYAL taking command on 10 October 1969. LT DENNIS P. REJDA, USN Weapons Officer LT DONALD J. LIVINGSTON, USN Engineer Officer LCDR J. D. EDWARDS, USN Executive Officer LTJG CARLTON S. JONES. USNR Supply Officer »mt LT RUFUS L. TAYLOR III, USN Operations Officer FIRST DIVISION LTJG Larry J. Hart, USN BMl Ronald F. Schools FIRST LIEUTENANT LEADING PETTY OFFICER a m [ h BM3 Terry C. Mort BM3 Robert J. Schuize III I BM3 Lawrence G. Haley SN Pierce F. Simon SA Albert P. Zeigler SA Lynn Alexander L —- « j SA Ray T. Edelman SA David L. Wilson SN Thomas J. Mailloux SN Robert W. Battle SA John M. Zerbey SA Mark F. Clark SA Joseph Bolduc SN Dennis H. Zanetti V- t ¥. k BM2 Tim O. Graham BM3 Walter M. Boyd BM3 Robert Tates SN RichanJ F. Berite 1 SN Thomas Jarrell ' SN Ben Piazza SN John W. Hibbert SN David J. Hangen SA Charles Campbell SN Donald R. Skelly SN Louis C. Rodgers ■ SN Gary D. Brookshire SA Ted R. Warden SA Edward A. Marriuez BMl Charles D. Fair BM2 Wade D. Willingham bM3 Edward G. Fields ,- - BM3 Michael A. Seay , - ' ii " SN Melvin Gossett r- ■■ ■■■ c - SN Francis J. Weik III SN Manuel Gaines a SA Michael G. Walla V SN Kevin M. Brosnan SA Terry Messer SA Paul B. Noonan SA Leslie C. Beichler SA Dennis Moriarity A-ji LTJG Gary D. Seibert, USNR GMGC Norman S. Jones GMG2 James E. Winebarger GUNNERY ASSISTANT FTG2 Glen A. Dorn GUNNERY DIVISION ' i . GMG3 David K. Richardson GMG3 Bruce K. Camp GMG3 James Atkinson SN Richard L. Candea SN Lee W. Padgett 1 wl 4 y1- SA James B. Murphy FTG2 Charles W. Meaders FTG3 Francis M. Peck ' « FTG3 Charles E. Augenstein SN Marvin K. Walker SN Thomas M. Moore SN Henry G. Edwards, Jr. A S DIVISION LTJG Joel A. Porter, USN ASW OFFICER .t STG2 William T. Fore, Jr. SN Leroy A. Wiley W Is. STC Charles I. Craig TMl Richard A. Nentwig STl Vernon R. Masters Of- |s» ' ' ' 1 ; •« STG3 Mark D. Dixon SN William L. Parrish SN Richard W. Brown SN Thomas Deppman SN Joel Hyland SN Theodore J. Morrow 10 GMG2 Ben Turner r ' •■ ' " SN Ronald W. Ellsworth SN Gerald Verone id J: ) ' " . SN Timothy Hogan GMG2 Steve J. Owen GMG3 James fl. Wadatz SN Price E. Gallagher SN Stephen D. Early 11 ? " IX, LTJG Robert F. Gooding, USNR CIC OFFICER LTJG R. Carter Hall, USN EMO ENS Clifford P. Eng, USNR ASSISTANT CIC OFFICER i 01 DIVISION QMl Warren L. Taylor QMS Gary A. Bernard QMS Stuart M. Steider QMS Kenneth R. Carlisle ETR2 John A. Cerwick ETR3 Thomas G. Feting ETNS Larry B. Heaton ETRS Norris L. Wildhagen ETRS Thomas L. Bateman 12 ■■■imi ' - RDl John M. Adams RDC Ronald J. Weeks H RDl John R. Guillote 1 •of RD2 Thomas L. Haste RD2 John R. Brooks RD2 Gary J. Rachuba RD2 Philip M. Bloemers ,- ?5 ' ' ;1S s fc.- e RD3 Roger W. Brezina RD3 William B. Houser RD3 Malcolm W. Wood RD3 Ralph H. Beckman ' RD3 Leo W. Leonard RD3 Walter D. Herr RD3 John L. Karter SN Hugh Lam 13 LTJG A. O. Smith, USNR COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER V-v yS ' SMC Ramon L. Mitchell i - SMS Wayne B. Cope 4 i OC DIVISION SMI Denver W. Davis SM3 Roy W. Heitritter ENS E. Phillip Seitz, Jr. USNR ASSISTANT COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER SM2 Joseph E. Pittman Q . PNl Robert Miller f SM2 Charles H. Phillips 1 f ' ■vanur PN3 Neal Frey YN2 William R. Ediln YN3 Ronald F. Wise YN3 Richard A. Parkhouse SN William J. Tarabula 14 HMC Jesse V. Henderson HM3 Robert C. Borwege RMC John F. Deal RMl David A. Hardy t, RM3 Marvin E. Walling 3, RMl Gary E. Preast RM2 Bruce A. Worth RM2 Mason A. Gathwright P -e1 il i u ,» L RM2 Michael J. Rieman RMS Robert M. Sedita RM3 Ronald L. Lingle RMS Thomas E. Ogden - " k_ J RMS Daniel R. Graston SN John L. McManus PCS Timothy J. Cook 15 ' . .r n LTJG Carleton S. Jones, USNR SUPPLY OFFICER SUPPLY DIVISION SKC Jerry E. Foster - SKI Robert G. Morgan t) k J. DKl James D. Lowder CSl Raymond A. Herrin CSl Millard D. Smith SHI George H. Burke SDl Ralph L. Williams SK2 Robert 0. Ross i. - - : SK2 Michael J. Fara CS2 Talmadge R. Elmore CS2 Earl E. Mills SH2 Charles E. Sims 16 V O O t t C, ' ' SH2 Tommie Robson SD2 Florencio R. Fabella SK3 Willie D. Tucker SK3 Ralph E. Wilt CS3 David W. Record r i I j lM SH3 James R. Pewitt SD3 James H. Porter SN Alexander R. McAslan SN Norwood C. Zittrouer SN David E. Torrey ' :? iSiS i ' y ' - ' ' ' ' ' r 1 TN Virgilio A. Cajipe tN Orlando C. Navarro - ? TN Andrew R. Dacquigan SN Gary A. Warnock f SN Jorge Perez-Miranda r i TN Merino A. Buenaflor 17 « 1 ENSIGN William A. Pence BTC Howard G. Drake MAIN PROPULSION ASSISTANT BTl Jimmy O. Cagle BT2 Edward T. Cockrell M B DIVISION i BT2 Donald Silveria BT2 Terry L. Albertson BT3 John C. Radcliff BT3 Joseph O. Shanahan w -n. f BT3 Bernle R. Deland BT3 Roger D. Smith BT3 Jerry O ' Brien BT3 Ronald P. Stuckey " . ' BT3 Thomas L. Swope BT3 David L. Thompson BT3 James A. Vance BT3 John J. Weir 18 BT3 Barry A. Gartrell FN Glenn E. Achenbach FN Robert O. Blumershine FN Alan R. Johnson pr-c FN James M. Maier . FN Jerry R. Obenauer FN Eugene R. Pauley FN David L. Speakman FN George H. Stage FN Robert L. Van Airsdale FN Reginald C. Williams 19 I, MMC John R. Moore MMl Joe L. Moore MMl Edward L. Roberts MMl Joseph R. Foley •t MM2 David A. Belton MM3 Stewart D. Carpenter mM3 Bruce R. Rogers ?r!. MM2 Herbert J. Secreti, Jr. MM2 Patrick M. Looney MM2 Nicky S. Wood MM2 Randall E. Franks V K MM3 David A. Jaap MM3 Edward D. Link MM3 Terrell E. Crumpton MM3 Richard W. York MM3 Charles G. Childs 20 MM3 Gregot7 T. Smith MM3 Dennis R. Stowe FN Standley W. Faulkner FN Bruce W. Gilson li liV Ai in W 1 ® FN Edgar A. Sherard Y FN Norman L. Kernes FN John W. Campbell =% FN Ernie E. Deters FN Gerald E. Williams FN Richard L. Nader FN Kenneth T. Diehl V % FN Edward G. Provost, Jr. FN Eugene J. Arguelles FN William M. Burdette FN Joseph A. Zakrewski, Jr. 21 ,. . A JV ' . ' f- ' • i ' LTJG Albert L. Goldfinch, USN DAMAGE CONTROL ASSISTANT R DIVISION ICC Kenneth I. Tang DCl Billy E. Standridge ENl Jack D. Stokes EMI Rollin E. Goheen, Jr. SF2 Paul E. Patton ?Nv.- -VS ■ -.- --t? I J. MM2 Barry J. Schafer EN2 Alan E. Salsburg EM2 Norman E. Richards IC2 Danny D. Emily IC3 David A. Lammert EM3 Stephen M. Tracy 11 ' - DC3 Randolph W. Mills ENS Mason F. Creel MRS Milton D. Waggoner EMS Roger E. O ' Connell 22 hi i MM3 Ted J. Tomalewski, Jr. MR3 Joseph R. Yost SF3 Robert J. Gazda DCS Terry J. Hyatt FN James H. Jennette FN Thomas L. Anderson, Jr. FA James L. Baskins EMS Duane H. Cline t EMS John T. Schwaab SF3 Donald G. Simons EMS William P. Vernon FN Joseph R. Lattanzio FN George H. Ford, Jr. " ' ' 5 f. - FA Martin C. Sabatino 23 PORTS OF CALL As we were to find out, our many port visits were going to follow a basic pattern. At each stop there would be calls exchanged shortly after arrival by the Commodore, Captain and some of the local dignitaries. Sideboys and Honor Guard were usually paraded and they responded with brilliant performances. Social activities frequently included a buffet dinner aboard the FORREST ROYAL on the torpedo deck with the ship ' s combo pro- viding entertainment. The local American Embassy or a leading local government official usually hosted a cocktail party for the officers at each port and our combo often was called upon to per- form at these functions. Numerous athletic contests including soccer, water polo, soft- ball, basketball, swimming, track and field, volleyball and chess were often scheduled to provide some clean competition with the various countries. Although we frequently came out on the losing end, our efforts were towards victory and our participation in these various contests did much toward fulfilling the primary mission of spreading goodwill. The following pages illustrate some of the scenes in the various ports with the particular highlights of certain visits noted. In most countries the populace was quite courteous and hos- pitable which made each visit meaningful. The ports are presented in the order of call. DAKAR, SENEGAL The first stop after Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico and a long voyage across the Atlantic, was to be Dakar, Senegal one of the major ports of Western Africa. Here we found a modern city which came as quite a surprise since most of us were expecting to see a country in the early stages of development. Many of us were able to take tours of the city and saw firsthand how the predominantly Moslem population lived. The soccer team met their first taste of the foreign competition that faced them in practically every port. Our team lost the con- test but some valuable experience was gained for they were able to beat the team from the USS LAWE 5 to 2 the following day. xfc—jrwfci nyS iiw- %::% r J J. ■ ' ? I 28 NOVEMBER 1969---POLLYWOG REBELLION One of the oldest traditions in the navy is the lengthy initiation ceremony held each time a ship crosses the equator. FORREST ROYAL crossed at 00° ■ 00 ' latitude and 00° - 00 ' longitude (the Greenwich Meridian) at 0346 Z, 29 November 1969, enroute from Dakar to Luanda, Angola. Crossing at this point gave all of us the rare claim to the title of " Golden Shellback " . As is customary the day previous to the crossing, the pollywogs banned together in a rebellion against the shellbacks. Since there were 203 pollyv ogs as compared to 43 shellbacks, the revolt occurred with- out much difficulty. The pollywog victory was short- lived and was mild in comparison to the well-planned torture devised by the shellbacks for the followmg da y Naturally the major leaders of the pollywog revolution were given extra punishment for their heinious crimes by the impartial court of King Neptune (alias Commo- dore Bayly). T L 26 29 NOVEMBER 1969 ---GOLDEN SHELLBACK INITIATION Pollywog Reveille went promptly at 0500 and they were immediately herded upon the forecastle in the uniform of the day (skivvy shorts on backwards, T shirts and tennis shoes optional) and given their morn- ing shower (cold salt water from the fire hose) by the sadistic pirate, BT2 Albertson. After their shower, breakfast was in order and CS2 Elmore prepared one of his better rare dishes for the occasion. It was then time for the well fed pollywogs to com- mence their long journey toward their final goal of becoming shellbacks. Special highlights included a stint as the " Royal Dog " , haircuts from the Royal barbers BT2 Cockrell and TMl Nentwig, and the re- quired ritual of kissing the belly of the Royal baby (BTl Cagle). After these hurdles it was all downhill except for the visit to the Royal doctor (PN3 Frey), a trip through the " slop chute " and the final reward of a clean salt water wash down. What emerged was a joyful, though somewhat stench-laden Golden Shell- back. 27 hk m m i ■M j . 3r- 1 l i sn ■M ■ ' l kK- Twjr ,iv s ■ ' ' .If ■ ' «;g;; V.V r illSiilorftulifrclier iic inau Ve TORPOTSES. SHARKS, DOLPHINS. EELS, SKATE?SUCKERS, CRABS, LOBSTERS nOKU £A ' at an IS TtOVtlUBtn lS6a i - " a ppea red Qoit itn (0ur Q afCOommn U S S fi y?. J©X31 IKE " Be IT FWRTHSU imDERSTOOD: 7 Sy virtue of tde pmoeri to sfimv (fuc nonoT z re ipect to fiim wfu T isoBey His Com b.ii . pS f) »:i j iTH ' JM k OLUUKjOF THSOiACINC - - V x: - -- - ' % , ©Om N., v Mai One }fiinson Place BrmSTj.n, N Y 11217 Tt nfloaW MERMAIDS, WHALES,SEA SERPENTS, D ALL OTHER LIVING THINGS OF THE SEA GR3£ET3GN[G atitude 00000 and qiimk) 00° 00 ' HER 100 m£Sr ROYAt 00 872 r X r . J citecCin meJdJo fureSy coinmamC afC iny suSjectS ver Ee may 6e - «a _ yWp I W C " ' 1 M G 2P1455Z NOV eg Ff KlNn MEPTIJMF TOR: 14557 28 NOV 69 WIJ GP TO USS FORRFST ROYAL IMFO ALL SHELLBACKS BT UK ' CLAS WORD HAS REACHED ME THAT THE FORREST ROYAL IS HEADED TOWARD THE REALM OF NEPTUME AND MY INFORMATION INDICATES THAT YOUR SHIP IS SORELY INFESTED ITH SHORE RIDDEN SCUM KNOWN AS POLLYWOGS, WHILE 1 WOULD BE GLAD TO SEE YOUR EXEC AGAIN AND RENEW OLD ACQUAINTANCES WITH THE LOYAL SHELLBACKS IN YOUR SHIP, 1 MUST EMPHASIZE THAT ANY AND ALL POLLYWOGS WILL BE TREATED WITH SEVERE PENALTIES FOR ASSUMING TO ENTER MY DOMAIN. S NEPTDNUS REX | RULER OF THE RAGING MAIN BT »r » ♦t sW ' v ' t i jT LUANDA, ANGOLA After thoroughly cleansing the ship of the re- mains of our shellback initiation ceremony, we arrived in our second African Port, Luanda, An- gola. Upon entering the harbor we fired a twenty- one gun salute to commemorate Portuguese In- dependence Day. Many speed boats gave us a feeling of welcome and served as our escort of honor by circling the ship as we went to our berth. Luanda was a rather large and modern city with wide spread Portuguese influence evident in many ways. The many American families here made us feel at home as they hosted members of the crew to dinner at their homes and provided us with tours of the city. Luanda after dark was definitely a pretty site with the well lit fort over- looking the entire city. We found the many night clubs to our liking and again it was hard to realize we were actually in Africa. i ' 1 ■■;v m j i mi 32 j 5 ' Jmm ' ' ■• I I r mm d " 5 UNDERWAY ACTION SHOTS 33 PORT LUIS, MAURITIUS (TURNOVER) After successfully surviving the " cape-rollers " , which is an old seafarer ' s name for the large waves one encounters when approaching the Cape of Good Hope, and a brief refueling stop at Lourenco Mar- quez, Mozambique, we arrived in Port Luis, Mauri- tius. The island of Mauritius was formed by volcanoes and slopes gently from the coast to a fertile plateau from 1000 to 1800 feet with several short mountain chains. The majority of the people are Indo-Mauritians, descendants of immigrants from India, and practice the Hindu religion although the Moselm and Roman Catholic faiths have a large following on the island. One of the newer nations, the Mauritians are follow- ing a democratic form of government but keep close ties with Great Britain. Port Luis is the capital and has a population of 90,000. One of our main purposes here was to relieve the USS RICH (DD-820) while the USS LAWE relieved the USS FURSE (DD-882) which enabled them to depart for the United States and made us now offi- cially members of United States Middle East Forces. ■ » » «M y ,,j EJ2 U It was evident to all that the happiness displayed b the two ships we relieved would be on our faces i a few months under similar circumstances. With a of the relieving procedures completed and a farewe to the USS LAWE we were ready to begin our Middl East operations. t ::j. : " ' . ■rz. tiiji . -iirssier saES: ■:x,ii ; I X, 34 I B tP I WHHHQHBfliKBnVf ' ;■ I V Governor ' s Mansion .4 " Mauritius Dodo (Extinct) An Old Sugar Cane Mill . . . fc.SiTf ' ; 4 35 FISH CALL While enroute from Port Luis, iVlauritius to Port Victoria, Seychelles Islands, we came to all stop one afternoon and allowed our anglers to have open season on the Indian Ocean. Unfortunately the fish were not very cooperative although FN SABATINO managed to hook a two pound species of the ribbon fish family. The other participants did not fare as well, however, the pleasant change in routine was welcomed by all. vmL. FN Sabatino with prize 36 TT. LIVIIMGSTOIM . . . Please call the Executive Officer. 37 CHRISTMAS IN THE SEYCHELLES Our first port visit after joining the Middle East Forces was to the tropical paradise of Port Victoria in the lovely Seychelles Islands. With a year around temperature of 75°F to 85 F day and night, these islands possess an ideal climate. The scenery reminds one of our Hawaiian Islands, however, the Seychelles still remain unmarred by commercialism. It was a good place to spend our Christmas for the people were very hospitable. The Welfare and Recrea- tion Committee sponsored two parties at an attractive Beau-Vallon Beach where the beer flowed freely and plenty of good food was available. The five days spent here were much more relaxed than those in the pre- vious ports. All holidays must end and we heaved in the anchor the morning of 26 December and once again were underway. 38 1 39 I " OLD - RELIABLE ' 40 CHILDREN ' S CHRISTMAS PARTY- MA YPOR T While we were celebrating the holiday season in the Middle East, Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. Cagle and some of the other wives held a Christmas Party at the boathouse on the naval station for the children. Santa was present, gifts were distributed to all, and refreshments were served. The smile on a childs face helps make Christmas what it is, and the smiling faces of these children brought happiness to their ROYAL fathers in the Indian Ocean. 41 DJIBOUTI, FRENCH SOMALILAND ' s --.. -tif : ' j . ' ;«« ' ii£i ' . " - 42 JIDDA, SAUDI ARABIA From Port Victoria we headed northwest to Djibouti, French Somaliland, where we were to welcome in the year 1970. We crossed the equator again on this journey, however, this time it was without any ceremony since everyone on the ship was now a loyal subject of King Neptune. Djibouti is typical of scenes from movies about the French Foreign Legion — yell ow, flat and hot. The major religion is Moslem and the mam language IS French. France has Air Force, Army, Marine, and Naval bases located here and it was primarily the French Navy that handled our visit. After five days we left Djibouti enroute to Jidda, Saudi Arabia. Jidda is one of the major ports in the Red Sea and is located about forty miles west of the Moslem holy city of Mecca. Here we wit- nessed the arrival of several ships loaded with Moslem passengers from throughout the Middle East who were to participate in " The Hadj " by making a pilgrimage to Mecca. We were entertained quite generously by the American families and companies in the area. Since we had the distinction of being the first ship to moor at a newly constructed pier, SN Rodgers painted a lasting memorial of our visit. J5S TORREST ROYAL (DD 873 ' I V 5 " ' 0 " OOR AT THIS Pl l 6-11 TAN. n?o 43 BOMBAY. IXDIA In a six day visit to Bombay, India (18 - 24 Jan- uary), the FORREST ROYAL continued to maintain an American presence m the Middle East and to visit countries on a people-to-people basis. We were hosted by the Indian Navy during our stay. Our soc- cer and volleyball teams lost to Indian teams, how- ever, our basketball team posted its seventh straight victory 31-30 over the Indian ship INS INGRE. The visit, however, centered mainly around the city of Bombay and its many varieties of culture. Suits, sport coats, material, wood and ivory carv- ings, inlaid tables, jewelry, hubbly bubblies, scitars, and sareas were among the more popular items pur- chased by the crew. Nearly half of us were able to take a three hour tour of the city. Bombay offered diverse entertainment such as caberets. movies, and snake charmers. We were introduced to the eastern architecture of spires and turrets and received a summary of India ' s complex culture and history. FORREST ROYAL left Bombay many pounds poorer and many pounds heavier for a five day visit to Mas- sawa, Ethiopia for Imperial Ethiopian Navy Days. r ' j.T Mount Mary Church 44 Bombay University The Hanging Gardens A Typical Bombay Laundromat The Taj-Mahal Hotel Journey to Halj All Mausoleum Hgi ' l ' ' S Snake Charmer and Cobra i - H f ir ' Scitar Anyone? " 45 Mongoose vs. Snake Final Score: Mongoose - 2; Snake - Secretariate . . . Bombay Old Woman ' s Shoe in Nehru Park Typical Bombay Street Shop Bombay Shoreline along Marine Drive 46 IMPERIAL ETHIOPIAN NAVY DAYS Imperial Ethiopian Navy Days: Whats that? This was the reaction of many FORREST ROYAL crew mem- bers when told they were to participate in the annual celebration given by the Imperial Ethiopian Navy (I.E.N.) Ethiopia maintains a small but effective Navy and takes great pride in showing it off each year to their Emperor and to foreign navies. The French, British, Russian, Sudanese, United States Navies were part of the festivities, which took place 2 ■ 6 February, this year. We represented the United States. After several weeks of preparation FORREST ROYAL arrived at Massawa, Ethiopia the morning of 2 Feb- ruary, fired a 21 Gun national salute, and moored astern of the Russian destroyer BLESTYASHYI. I.E.N. Days officially began that afternoon. His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia, arrived in Massawa and all ships present went to Full-Dress Ship. Seldom are so many gaily decorated foreign men-of-war in one port at the same time. Rear Admiral Edward R. King, USN, Commander Middle East Forces broke his flag aboard that Monday and FORREST ROYAL thus became the flagship for our Admiral and his staff. The following day was mainly devoted to the exchange of official visits by dignitaries — Admirals, Commodores, and ships Captains were kept very busy with the numerous ceremonies. The day was com- pleted by graduation exercises at the Ethiopian Naval Academy with the Emperor as guest of honor. We provided a 24 man drill team that marched in review as part of the graduation ceremony. Captain Fox gave each member of the drill team a letter of commendation for their performance. Wednesday, 4 February 1970 was Sea Dog Day and it began with 0500 reveille to insure that adequate preparations were made. Sea Dog Day was the Ethiopian Navy ' s day at sea to perform for the Emperor. The visiting war ships also participated by passing in review and observing the days events. FORREST ROYAL was underway promptly at 0730 and followed the French ship COMMANDANT BOREY to sea. At 0915 HIMS ETHIOPIA (the Ethiopian Flagship) steamed out of harbor and all the visiting ships turned to pass in review. FORREST ROYAL manned the rail, fired a 21 Gun salute, and passed close aboard the HIMS ETHIOPIA. It was then time for the Ethiopian ships to perform and they executed maneuvering drills, bombarded a deserted island, and landed marines. Their air force also put on a display by making simulated air strikes on the deserted island and flying overhead in formation. The visiting ships then formed up on the HIMS ETHIOPIA for the return to port. HMS CHICHESTER and FN COMMANDANT BOREY were to starboard, USS FORREST ROYAL and USSRS BLESTYASHYI were to port with the two Sudanese patrol boats, EL FLASHER and KARTUM astern. The day was concluded with a reception for Flag-Officers and ship ' s Captains aboard the Russian Ship. The high point of the visit for us was the following day when the Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie I, visited FORREST ROYAL. A twenty-one gun salute, eight sideboys, and full honor guard constituted the honors rendered to His Imperial Majesty. During the brief tea - reception held on the torpedo deck, the ships officers were introduced to the Emperor. The visit was a success and the FORREST ROYAL left a very good impression of the United States __ Navy. ' His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia Arriving " 47 , " •■ I «_ ' . (■■•!..••„, ' " I ! __SSi HIMS ETHIOPIA u- v Emperor Inspects RD3 Malcolm Wood Waiting for H.I.M. Ship ' s Combo Provides Entertainment 48 Side Boys Take a Break Honor Guard Passes in Review Mrs. KING and Captain FOX Partake of Buffet During SEA DOG DAY 49 R 10064 0Z FEB 70 FM CCMDESDIV 82 TO USS FORREST ROYAL INFO COMIDEASTFOR CCWCRUDESLANT COMCRUDESFLOT 12 CCMDESRON i6 CCMDESDIV 162 BT UNCLAS E F T PERFORMANCE DURING ETHIOPIAN NAVY DAYS 1. FORREST ROYAL PERFORMANCE, APPEARANCE AND TRULY PROFESSIONAL RESPONSE UNDER EXTREMELY TRYING AND COMPETITIVE CIRCUMSTANCES DURING lEN DAYS 2-6 FEB WAS OUTSTANDING IN EVER Y RESPECT. 2. IN PARTICULAR I CCMMEND YOUR ENTIRE CREW FOR PERFECT EXECUTION OF: A. THREE 2 1 GUN SALUTES; ONE DURING FOREIGN FLEET REVIEW FOR H. I.M. B. FOUR DAYS SIMULTANEOUS COLORS, DRESS SHIP AND FRIENDSHIP LIGHTS COORDINATION. C. QUARTERDECK HONORS FOR OVER HAILE SELLASIE, SENIOR FOREIGN FRANCE, U.S.S.R. AND U.S. D. ON BOARD OFFICIAL SOCIAL FUNCTIONS INCLUDING A TEA FCR A BREAKFAST AND A LUNCHEON FOR SENIOR FOREIGN OFFICERS. E. TWENTY FOUR MAN PLATOON PARTICIPATION FOR I.E.N. NAVAL ACADEMY GRADUATION CEREMONIES. F. LIBERTY 3. I WAS INDEED PROUD TO TURN OVER MY THE PERIOD AND PLEASED TO RECEIVE THE AND FOREIGN DIGNITARIES. 4. VERY WELL DONE. BT 50 V.I.P. S INCLUDING H. I.M. OFFICERS OF ETHIOPIAN, U.K. FLAGSHIP TO COMPLIMENTS RADM. OF SO KING MANY H,I.M. FOR U.S. UNDERWAY TRANSFER We did not anticipate doing any underway re- plenishment by highline when we began the deploy- ment, however, while enroute from Massawa to Bahrain we participated in two such exercises. We exchanged movies with the USS LAWE (DD-763) and two days later received some stores from the USS VALCOUR (AGF-1). This was a pleasant change from routme independent steaming and provided some good training in seamanship. While we were highlining the movies the chiefs were busy repainting CPO quarters (see photo tower right) in preparation for the coming administrative inspection in Bahrain. 51 Remains of Ancient Mosque n BAHRAIN After our successful stay in Massawa we went to Bahrain Island for a two week upkeep period. This island is located just east of Saudi Arabia in the Persian Gulf and is rich with petroleum deposits of which they export large portions. The people are pri- marily of the Molsem religion and most of them speak English. The British let us use their large naval base, HMS JUFAIR, and proved to be most accommodating to us throughout our visit. During our stay in Bahrain we had our administrative inspection, received some new crew members and pur- chased a considerable amount of stereo equipment. Arrangements were made through a local priest for a tour of some Danish archeological diggings on the island. From this experience we learned Bahrain had a long history as a trading nation and at one time was one of the centers of civilization. We saw a portion of this history as we visited an old Portuguese fort which was built upon the remains of seven previous cities. The earliest of these dated back to nearly 3000 B.C. At a place called Bar-Bar we witnessed the actual un- covering of an ancient well and visited some ancient mound graves. The tour was an enlightening lesson in history. , Cache of Stone Cannonballs at Old Portuguese Fort Live Corpse in Ancient Grave 52 m LANDING FORCE INSPECTION ' " 4 1 " 53 Hold That Hat Commodore BAYLY Makes Put-out at First Base Dugout Scene Between Innings BTl CABLE Slides Home Captain FOX Connects for Base Hit as B- LCDR EDWARDS Follows Through on Line Drive 54 EM2 Richards Reenlists in Bahrain New Crew Members: Standing Left to Right FN LYES, CSC FARRELL, MIVIC MADISON, BTl DUNCAN with BT2 MARCEAU kneeling « • . y 1 RICHARDS With His $9,414 VRB » ' » " «1 16 March 1970 Advancements in Rate CS2 Elmore Serving Another Steak Order SN PIAZZA Helps Himself 55 KARACHI, PAKISTAN After our two week stay in Bahrain we visited Karachi, Pakistan. We were hosted by the Pakistanian Navy and enjoyed a most cordial relationship with them. Their open friendli- ness made this one of our most pleasant stops. Karachi is a large city similar in many respects to Bombay. The different dominant re- ligions, Hindu in Bombay and Moslem in Karachi, give the two cities distinct characteristics in spite of their other likenesses. As in Bombay, shopping was a top priority for the FOR- REST ROYAL sailor. Wooden items from Woobird Sons Inc. were the most popular items although several camel saddles and whips were also purchased. There were no organized tours but most of us were able to see a good deal of Karachi by taxi or one of the numer- ous other modes of transportation. While in Karachi fishing trips were arranged and several members of the crew took ad- vantage of this opportunity. The soccer and basketball teams played here with the soccer team losing and the basketball team preserving their undefeated record by adding two more victories. 56 bUGUSH SSL .ji« iiM SLJ 57 " iRi© _ A LASTING FRIENDSHIP One of the high points of the cruise in the area of international relations was our association with HMS CHICHESTER that began in Massawa and lasted through both visits to Bahrain. LT REJDA and MMC MOORE becanne better acquainted than the rest of us since they were fortunate enough to nnake the trip from Massawa to Bahrain aboard HMS CHICHESTER. While LT HOSKYNS-ABRAHALL and Chief Elec- trician O ' Brien traveled with us. The mes- sage sent by Captain FOX to them after our final departure from Bahrain expressed our overall feeling for this fine ship. 58 R TO PI C ' ET 1. 15 1 1?4Z y f R T - L ' SS P " OR RE ST ROYAL mS CHICHESTER FO CO FvF FG 2. ET CL A S 0 J THE OCCAS AREA I 1 ' , ' OULD FOR THE KIND OUR FIRST ME VISITS TOGET DE CORPS AND SHIPS IS A D HOSPITALITY. HIGHLIGHT OF TO HAVE BEEN FRIENDSHIP A AY YOUR RET WE MEET AGAI ION OF ROYALS ' DEPARTURE FROM THE G UL h LIKE TO SALUTE YOUR OFFICERS AND MEN NESSES THEY EXTENDED TO MY CREW FROM ETING IN MASSAWA THROUGH OUR SUBSEQUENT HER IN BAHRAIN. THE EXTRAORDINARY ESPRIT RAPPORT THAT DEVELOPED BETWEEN OLR TWO IRECT RESULT OF HM S CHICHESTERS UNPARALLELED OUR ASSOCIATION MUST BE CONSIDERED T wr ROYAL ' S DEPLOYMENT AND I AM PROUD INDEED A WITNESS TO AND PART OF SUCH MUTUAL ND RESPECT. URN TO THE U.K. BE SPEEDY AND SAFE. MAY N. MAY OUR FRIENDSHIP ENDURE. CDR FOX. l iri M n 5 m At . l- v; Vv,. ' ■-; Hik ' lJtAl ?.ijt .V;i ■: f • a c f jH ,_ c V 1 nLk w . 1 •■ • . ■ i ■ ■ .i ... .; : -r . :; ■ -■ ' ' -i I •t ' , ' ' R.t ' ' it — IB U Rejda Surfaces For Air SN Padgett Prepares to Dive ADVENTURES AT ANCHORAGE After leaving Bahrain and a brief fuel stop in Djibouti, French Somaliland, we anchored off Sumatra (an island in the southern por- tion of the Gulf of Aden) for three days while enroute to Mombassa, Kenya. While anchor- ed we put divers over the side to inspect the hull, caught a large number of fish (including the shark in photo to the left), and held a wrestling match on the helo deck. On the way to Mombassa we crossed the equator again. We had three pollywogs to initiate due to the new crew members who joined us in Bahrain, and after a brief but effective initiation ceremony MMC Madison, BT2 Marceau, and FN Lyies joined the ranks of the bonafide shellbacks. SD2 Fabella Inspecting the Catch 60 ' Pop " Simms and His Red Snapper Boyce vs Blumershine Steider vs Ediin Sabatino vs Vernon Pauley vs Clark 61 MOMBASSA, KENYA We arrived in Mobassa, Kenya on 26 March and remained six days including Easter. It proved to be our best liberty port of the cruise. Taken in almost immediately by the open friendliness and courtesy of the Kenyans, we spent our short visit touring Tsavo National Park, fishing, skin-diving, shopping and relaxing at Mombassa Beach. The tours were the single most memorable event as we had two-day tours and one-day tours. Nearly fifty per cent of the crew took advantage of this wonderful opportunity to see African wildlife in its natural habitat. Some of the animals we saw were the elephant, giraffe, zebra, lion, rhinoceros, hip- popatamus, baboon, impala, wart hog, water buffalo, heartebeest, water buck, dik dik, grand gazelle, ornyx, ostrich, stork, and many other birds. The view of the park from high atop " Poacher ' s Lookout " , with the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro in the background, was most impressive. The tremendous progress of this young, growing country was evident as we traveled through it. Since we emphasized see- ing Mombassa and Kenya, there were not as many official functions as in the previous ports. We left Mombassa with eager anticipation towards turover which was drawing near, however, there was a defi- nite feeling of contentment at having been fortunate enough to spend a week in such a friendly country. African Elephant Gazelle, Mother and Baby Lion and Lioness 62 ■•S " ■ " ■ ' ♦ V , ■ " -,«i; ' J -S- i,, ' ' ' f m ' ■ m ' m . V l,m{k ii fell.■ .: m -: . - . ! iOAPM 63 ' : ' ■ Ostrich (Male and Female) Tour Pulls Into Ngulia Lodge for Lunch View of Waterhole from Ngulia Lodge Tsavo National Park from Poachers Lookout BM3 Schultz Adjusts Lens for Photograph of Fish Nyerere Avenue, Mombassa 64 Malagasy Citizen with His Rickshaw MAJUNGA, MALAGASY REPUBLIC i le ' UBLioue n i.c«CKe ;i iiiii lUBLi ml d. IL. 11 After an extremely enjoyable stay in Mombassa we paid a visit to Majunga, Malagasy Republic. We were the first American warship to come there since 1967 and received a hearty welcome from the local citizens. The United States Ambassador to the Malagasy Republic, several leading Mala- gasy officials, and members of the embassy staff were guests of the FORREST ROYAL for a buffet. This was one of our most successful buffets of the cruise. Majunga is the second largest port of the Mala- gasy Republic. The main language of the country is French and their ties with France are very evi- dent. We were here three days and departed the morning of 5 April for Diego-Suarez which had been selected as our turnover port. We had nearly completed our Middle East mission and to most of us the past four months had quickly passed. Majunga Town House 65 DIEGO-SUAREZ - TURNOVER The long awaited day of turnover finally came fo USS VESOLE and USS BORDELON steamed into our As they anchored in the harbor, nearly everyone ca feeling of almost everyone was no black mark again for our experiences had been both enjoyable and edu ever, as the main theme was " We are going home. " The four days spent in Diego-Suarez were filled w visits to other ports. The French were again very ac us. We played a soccer game with the French mar Andrew R. Daquigan putting on an outstanding per The turnover procedure went very smoothly from commander, to the actual exchange of gear needed naval efficiency governing the entire operation. On Friday 10 April, we departed Diego-Suarez an bique. Before we left we received a message from R. King, USN, congratulating the two ships for their While enroute to Lourenco Marques, it seemed w Apollo 13 had another mission in store for us. We four days in that beautiful city, but due to the gene to deploy in the middle of the night on 15 April for r us and USS WILLIAM C. LAWE on 8 April when the turnover port of Diego-Suarez, Malagasy Republic, me topside to send them a hearty cheer. The happy st the cruise and important mission recently fulfilled cational. All of these thoughts were secondary, how- ith the customary diplomatic courtesies of previous commodating and did their best to properly entertain ines and hosted a jiu-jitsu exhibition with our TN formance. Capt. LOWELL ' S relief of Capt. BAYLY as task unit for the cruise. There was a spirit of cooperation and d headed home by way of Lourenco Marques, Mozam- Commander Middle East Forces, Rear Admiral Edward fine performance. e were well on our way home, however, history and arrived in Lourenco Marques planning on spending rator trouble with Apollo 13 it was necessary for us the Mauritius Islands as part of the Apollo 13 con- tingency recovery forces. This was all necessary be- cause of a possible need for recovery in the Indian Ocean. After two days steaming at high speeds and the Apollo difficulties had been corrected, we were again turned around for Lourenco Marques where we met those crew members who had been left be- hind due to our sudden departure. This brief inter- lude brought us another acknowledgement of praise for our prompt response to the call of duty from Rear Admiral W. S. GUEST, USN, Commander Manned Spacecraft Recovery Force, Atlantic. The experience certainly changed our routine, but as it turned out only delayed our return to the United States by one day. 67 fe v r , SHIFTING THE LOAD 68 I N C M I l l G JR NR 1724 R 080845Z APR 70 FM COMinEASTFOR TO COMDESniV EICIHT TWO USS FORREST ROYAL USS WILLIAM C. LAWE INFO CIMCLANTFLT COMCRUDESLANT COMDESROM SIX COMDESDIV ONE SIX TWO BT UNCLAS E F T N03000 BON VOYAGE 1. AS YOU DEPART FROM THE MIDDLE EAST YOU ON THE COMPLETION OF A MOST SUCCES THE MIDDLE EAST, ALL THE OFFICERS AND LAWE MAY TAKE PRIDE IN THFIR SIIPURB EF 2. YOU HAVE MAINTAINED A HIGH STATE OF OPERATIONAL CO " MI TTMENTS , DESPITE THE I AM FULLY AWARE THIS CAN ONLY BE ACCO SHIP AND EXERTED EFFORTS BY ALL HANDS 3. DURING MY INSPECTIONS OF ROYAL AND OF THE SHIPS AND PERSONNEL WERE TWO OP 4. ALL OF YOUR PORT VISITS HAD A " OST POPULACE AND CIVAL AND MILITARY C FICI BY YOUP BANDS, THF SPIRIT OF YOUR ATHF CHILDREN ' S PARTIES, THr OFFICIAL FUNCT AS THF CONDUCT OF ALL Pi ' SONNEL, HAVE U.S. IMAGE IN EACH PORT YOU VISIT. 5. I WISH TO EXPRESS MY PTRSONAL APPRE THE OPFICERS AND " EN OF COMDESDIV 82, THEIR OUTSTANDING EFFORTS DURING T F E I WISH YOU GOOD SPEED, FAIR WINDS AND TO CONUS AND A HAPPY REUNION I ' MTH YOUR RADM ED R. KING, USN. BT FORCE, I WISH TO CONGRATULATF SFUL EVTFNT rn DEPLO mfnt IN " EN OP COfDESDIV 82, RQVAL AND FORTS IN THF MIFit lF FAST. READINESS, FULLFILLING ALL LACK OF NOP ' " AL LOGISTICS SUr PORT. rPLISHFD BY STRONG LPADFR- LAWF, THP GfNFPAL A PrAOANCE THT REST I HAVE CRSFPVFTI. FAVOPABL ' IMPACT ON THF LOCAL ALS. THF FINr MpsiCAL PrnrpPMAMCPS LFTIC TFA««S, THE « ' ANY IONS, PUf ' LIC VISITING, AS WFLL CONTRIRUTFD MUCH TO IMPPOVE TME CI ATI ON AND CONGp ATI ' LAT I ONS TO ALL FORREST ROYAL AND W.C. LAfE FOR NTIRE TOUR IN THE MifiPLr EAST. A FOLLOW I Nf SEA rOR YPUR RETURN LOVED ONES. R 201930Z APR 70 FM CTF ONE FOUR ZERO TO COMDESDIV EIGHT TWO USS BORDELON USS FORREST ROYAL U ' S W C LAWE INFO CINCLANTFLT COMCRUDESLANT COMCPUDESLANT REP NORVA COMSECONDFLT BT UNCLAS E F T APOLLO 13 CONTINGENCY SU 1. ONCE AG- iN THE SH|pS THEIR READINESS AND " ERS THE URGENT CALL FOR SUP OF APOLLO 13 IN THE INDI 2. ALTHOUGH AN ACTUAL RF I AM CERTAIN THAT IT WOU HAD THE NEED ARISEN. PLE CONTRIBUTED TO APOLLO 13 SIGNED- RADM W. S. GUEST RECOVERY FORCE, ATLANTIC BT TOR: 210545Z APR 70 PPORT OF THE DESTROYER FORCE HAVE PROVEN ATILITY, YOUR IMMEDIATE prsPD SF TO CRT OF A PC-SIRLE CONTIGENCY LANDING AN OCEAN WAS MOST ORATlFYir ' G. COVFRY IN YOUR A FA WAS NOT RPnuiRFi , LD HAVE BEPN JUTilCOUSLY E ' FFCTfd ASE EXTEND A ' " ' ELL DONE TO ALL WHO CONTINGENCY SUPPORT. USN, COMMANDER MANNED SPACECPAFT CO....XO....OPS.... wtr .pi .. rr .-. -;..-. " Ami - LOURENCO - MARQUES One of the most modern ports of our deployment was Lourenco-Mar- ques, Mozambique. Mozambique is a province of Portugal and is one of the more advanced areas of Africa. We visited Lourenco-Marques three times, however, never remaining more than one day. It is a scenic city rivaling many of those in Amer- ica for beauty and progress. Due to the brevity of our visits the numbers of calls and social events were limit- ed, but we all enjoyed the good li- berty and night entertainment of this fine city. We left for Luanda, Angola on Sunday 18 April and rounded the Cape of Good Hope at approximately 1900 on Tuesday 21 April. This time we were definitely homeward bound. Tjmbila Players and Dancers J HOTIL DE LA ' kP isnF E w Lourenco-Marques Street Market Splicing the Main Brace 70 TIMES AND FACES TO REMEMBER " Officer ' s Call " OC Division at Quarters Busy People During Payday RD3 Brezina Receives Pay W The Colorful FORREST ROYAL Soccer Team SN Battle Prepares to Score Goal 71 LCDR EDWARDS and DCl STANDRIDGE Inspect the Mess Decks RM ' s GATHRIGHT and RIEMAN check over message CS2 MILLS receives Inoculation BT2 SILVERIA presents his compartment to the Captain. SN BEICHLER Issues can of paint GM ' s CAMP and RICHARDSON inventory small arms 72 QMS BERNARD plots our position ' Pop " cuts RMl HARDY ' S hair Oil King, BT3 SWOPE, checks sample s — ■ « BTl DUNCAN working as duty baker IC2 EMILY rewinds crew ' s movie PNl MILLER and ship ' s office personnel 73 SN TORREY making another sale in the Ship ' s Store SN WARDEN checks the progress of his laundry Mess decks during lunch time The happy winners of the Ship ' s Store raffle PC3 COOK prepares outgoing mail The Cruise Book Staff finishing their job. 74 CRUISE STATISTICS MILES STEAMED 40,310.7 DAYS OUT OF HOMEPORT 187 DAYS UNDERWAY (62%) 116 DAYS NOT UNDERWAY (38%) 71 AMOUNT PAID IN PAYROLLS $339,660.52 CIGARETTES SOLD (CARTONS) 6,000 COKES CONSUMED (5 73,000 M M ' s (bags) 11,200 ROLLS OF FILM 1,800 MEALS SERVED 585 MEAT CONSUMED (LBS.) 34,000 BREAD CONSUMED (LOAVES) 12,000 COFFEE CONSUMED (GALLONS) 5,000 MILK CONSUMED (GALLONS) 30,000 BUTTER CONSUMED (LBS.) 2,000 PAINT CONSUMED (GALLONS) 500 BRASSO CONSUMED (CANS) 365 SHIP ' S STORE SALES $55,000 FEED WATER DISTILLED (GALLONS) 1,811,688 FRESH WATER DISTILLED (GALLONS) 1,112,044 FRESH WATER TAKEN ON (GALLONS) 262,370 FUEL USED (GALLONS) 2,116,690 75 jUX. y X f « x t oo£;evelt roads 1 ■ - =-=- - =:_;:u n.j-- J DAKAR, W tf -t K imTic » 7 EQUATOR OCEAN J AFRICA ETBIOPTA INDIA rR.SOJAAI-lLlvj INDIAN oceah PORT VICTORIA, i 6EYCttET.LES IS. 2 LOUR£N iq 02AMSlQ £ pF _! ' J I ' ; capt or V GO0DHOBfi-:; ' i ' ORT r.oui5, i aURITIU IS. ARRIVAL MAYPORT ' W - : kj 78 r jm A 79 U. S. S. Forrest royal (DD-872) F.P.O., New YORK, 09501 1 May 1970 From: Commanding Officer, USS FORREST ROYAL (DD872) To: Officer ' s and Crew of the USS FORREST ROYAL (DD872) Subj: Letter of Appreciation As we complete a most successful deployment to the Middle East I would like to take the opportunity to express my deep personal appreciation to you for the hard work, devotion to duty, and exemplary personal conduct that made our cruise such an unqualified success. During the past six months we have had the unique opportunity to visit many cities and countries not normally frequented by ships of the United States Navy. You were in contact with people of different ethnic origin and different religious as well as political beliefs. As unofficial ambassadors of the United States you were often under critical scrutiny. By your outstanding personal conduct and demonstrated friendliness toward the people of these evolving and less fortunate countries you have significantly improved the image of the United States and the United States Navy. The legacy you leave behind in the Middle East and Indian Ocean is one of mutual friendship and understanding. While recognition of our efforts by our seniors has been pleasing, the most personal satisfaction to me has been the privilege to observe you become a team in the truest sense. Your contribution of hard work and " can-do " attitude has done much to elevate the FORREST ROYAL to the highest standard of readiness. More than this, the elan and comraderie shared by each of you has produced an invaluable team spirit which is the most vital and important element in any fighting organization. I feel particularly gratified to be your Commanding Officer and a member of your team and shall always have fine memories of my MIDEAST Cruise with true professionals. Again, I would like to commend your outstanding contribution to the splendid achievements of the FORREST ROYAL. Your devoted attention to duty and your scrupulous regard for the best interests of our nation and the United States Navy have established high standards which will leave a lasting impression. May I offer you a hearty well done and my utmost appreciation for your loyal and exemplary performance of duty. 80


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