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Show Hide text for 1960 volume ( OCR) Text from Pages 1 - 371 of the 1960 volume: “ ■ ■ , - •- .- o t » v J ! • l» " ' ■ ' , ] 1 1 ; s £« Er THE UNITED STATES SHIP The story of a carrier PART Its concept Its components The story of a carrier Its concept Its components First in her class, modern and fast . . . tm HL " r ' " f , 07i guard against potential aggression . . . ready to fight for the principles that built her . . . M l« k W I — • — • : ...■ . equipped to do the job under all conditions ... J t prepared for sacrifice and for triumph . . . alert to her responsibilities W.JT. •.. ' VOLUME ONE: The Story of a Carrier Summer, 1959-Summer, 1960 In July, 1955, the largest warship ever built was christened by the widow of the man for whom it was named, the United States ' first Secretary of Defense, James Vincent Forrestal. In a very im- portant sense, the story of the Forrestal began with that launching more than five years ago, as with the traditional splash of champagne across the mighty steel hull, the ship acquired a purpose and an in- spiration as she acquired a name. . . . The United States Ship Forrestal. This ship, first of a new and powerful class of attack carrier, was to become a realization of Secretary Forrestal ' s greatest hope . . . Power for Peace. Her activities during her short history have indicated that she has pursued that purpose ... In 1956, dur- ing the tension-filled Egyptian crisis, she was called upon to increase American strength in that troubled area, serving her military role with distinction. Soon after her return to the United States, how- ever, she left for the Mediterranean on her first deployment with the Sixth fleet ... a cruise in which she served as a friendly am- bassador of good will in all of the countries which she visited, and as she has continued to serve in the years that followed. VOLUME TWO: Its Concept The Air Group Forrestal, however, was designed to serve as more than a symbol of strength and friendship. She was created, specifically, as a mobile airbase with the necessary physical characteristics to launch, maintain and recover today ' s supersonic jet aircraft. Forrestal, as a completely integrated airfield, has two runways permitting planes to be launched and recovered simultaneously, as well as the necessary hangars and repair shops for the storage of aircraft and their maintenance in fighting condition. This permits Forrestal, as a key member of the United States Carrier Task Force, to serve as a mobile, flexible and versatile weapons system that can be moved rapidly to any part of the world to enforce our national policy . . . whenever and wherever she is needed. As Secretary Forrestal has stated, " Peace, without power to enforce it, must remain an empty dream. " Forrestal has that power and proudly serves to maintain American standards and beliefs in a free world. VOLUME THREE: Its Components The Ship ' s Company But there are some who will claim that the story begins else- where . . . that the story of a carrier, the story of Forrestal, did not begin with the launching or the designer ' s vision, or the first jet that thundered aloft with screaming wings from her intricate launching system. The story perhaps began as, with a distinguished name and a tangible, achievable purpose, with the dream of peace and the capability of enforcing it . . . Forrestal came alive with men. These were the men who would enforce the peace with quiet courage, who would take on the less glamorous and thankless jobs to keep her in eternal readiness, the men by whose actions and words other countries would judge our country. The men who were called upon to breathe life and spirit into the iron machinery that moves this mighty ship were the beginning of her story and each day. and each year these men write new stories, building the legend that is Forrestal. This, then, is the story of a carrier . . . the story of Forrestal. It is the story of one year only, but in it are all the stories that have been written and will be written. We present the story of FORRESTAL with the understanding that it is not every man ' s story, but with the hope that each man will find in it something of the strength that this ship symbolizes, as well as vivid, pictorial remembrances of the shipboard activities, the ports and the friendly, curious faces of the peoples of other nations, memories that include endless days of hard work around the clock, mo- ments of solitude boredom and loneliness . . . moments, too, of exhiliration, dedica- tion, and hilarity. Perhaps in this story each man will find the unique ingredient that each man puts into the curious menage of men and machines that form the ship known as Forrestal. In July, 1959, this story begins. ... as FORRESTAL, just four years after her christening, finds herself back in the hands of the yard workers for extensive repairs. The super-carrier, in dry dock at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, was suddenly transformed from the graceful and towering ship that had just completed a successful tour of the Mediterranean area into an immobile pile of steel, larger and more immense when viewed out of the water . . . covered with coils of wire, great patches of rust and steel-helmeted men, as the yard workers took over. During the four months spent in the yard, FORRESTAL was refreshed and revitalized, through days of drudgery and hard work, as the passage- ways and decks bustled with activity, and resounded with the noise of chattering electrical drills. Acetylene torches with their showers of brilliant, fiery sparks blossomed everywhere in a purposeful pyrote chnic display. With a new coat of fresh, grey paint, FORRESTAL put paper work and the yard behind her. " With et cleetn " toottoxxi. . . 19 . . . and et " bright coat of p stiii.t 20 ■X ' ■fltanfe- i $s ■wsis -vsreiterTDorne again. ■ .- 21 22 ;ooci old p ier five! After her yard period, FORRESTAL returned to Norfolk, and tied up at Pier Five, to prepare for her cruise to Guntanamo Bay, Cuba. With the ship itself in peak condition, it was time for a similar refresher course for the men and planes of FORRESTAL. Into the bright and sparkling ship poured the supplies that she would need to sustain the six weeks training program in the Caribbean. In addition to supplies, CVA-59 played host to many visitors, official and non-official, as she prepared for the cruise ahead. Open Ho-u.se ett Oceana i jjjjjJF ' H 25 Grit:m.o Ba,y ... f " u.n stxid ■work With her holds carefully packed with every- thing necessary to maintain and sustain this home- away-from-home for four thousand men . . . every- thing from ice cream to engine parts for jet aircraft, from soda pop to paper clips, FORRESTAL left Nor- folk for Cuba and the sunnier skies of the Caribbean. While there, the men enjoyed the many opportunities for liberty on this pleasurable tropical isle. The sky and the water competed for " blueness " and off-duty hours were filled with impromptu beach parties and excursions of all kinds. ' £8 ■ ■ . ••■ " ' t U ; ' v „ « - 1 -. ■.• - ■.-. ■■ s -.: . .« . -i..vs 27 28 29 3Li -wets in. C-ulTdsl to do et jot . . . 30 k - I go to train tier men. into et smoothly molded f iglxting te etm . . . to learn and practice the techniques necessary to bring this mobile airfield into effective use. Through constant training and drill, a sense of team- work developed and the men were welded into a working unit, much as the yard workers had welded strength into the very seams of the ship itself just a few weeks before. The blue waters of the Caribbean reflected the constant activity of flight quarters, refueling operations, fire drills, per- sonnel inspections and the other train- ing efforts that were to bring the ship, the crew and the air group into operational readiness. From dawn to dusk, and often far into the night, FORRESTAL men learned and re- learned how to deal with the intricate machinery and equipment that move the ship and launch the planes. On the way home to Norfolk, a Captain ' s Inspection found the crew in top shape for the long cruise ahead. , w t - ■ -4WV - X% mkui£Lm M mr slistiDe -u.]p... sind tlxey ciid ! 35 Ixello stud gooci " fc ye FORRESTAL returned to Norfolk from the GTMO Bay Cruise to the accompaniment of its own band music and the cheers and waves, and not a few tears, of family and friends waiting on the pier to greet her. Dependents streamed aboard to welcome " the sailor home from the seas. " FORRESTAL spent the next few months partici- pating in squadron qualification and weapons eval- uation exercises off the Virginia Coast, as families alternated between smiling hellos and tearful good- byes. The pace of preparations increased to a fever- ish pitch and once more supplies were being piled box on crate on barrel in the deep holds. The final days before the Mediterranean Cruise came and went, and in January, once more families lined the pier for a last word and a last look until September. Ahead — long days at sea and the attractions of picturesque foreign ports while deployed with the Sixth Fleet . . . behind . . . loved ones, family, all the familiar things that mean home. 36 37 .!_. departs fox tlie 3VEecl 38 ■fef-gs 4 9 Of! " 2 ■ 1 a Turnover Conference • The Sixth Fleet Change of Command Ceremony : USS FORREST AL and USS F. D. ROOSEVELT relieve USS ESSEX and USS SARATOGA as members of the Sixth Fleet During the six months that followed, FORREST AL visited many countries and came to know and understand other peoples and other ways of life. Here are some of her more " colorful " recollections 40 41 42 43 is£ ::;;• £ . »i » • » • rti " Sig w •7H3 1 ft ■ II ' ' ; ' ' $ ifilH i a ua» -A.TIiElIsrS 5!v5Pii - 44 46 I_,EI]VE 48 49 o isrisrES 50 ■HH BBHB 51 Mm 53 " V 54 nuniiLj isr 55 Yes, FORRESTAL will remember all this and more. . . . beyond the intense excitement of strange places, there were things to learn and people to meet, memories that will continue beyond the first colorful kaleidoscopic impression. . . memories like I 3NTICE 4£li££iiv Little side walk cafes, small restaurants with superb food, picturesque harbors with yachts and fishing boats in odd contrast, the opulence of Carni- val ; these things and many more were Nice — but mostly people, people friendly and voluble, anxious to try their knowledge of English, openly pleased by the attempts of embarrased sailors to say " merci " or ask for the check in the most beautiful of languages .... Nice Tending to her " netting " " One of these and one of 57 3STIOE Yv i f ' : Taxi, madam et monsieur? ■ | r| " !f. I ■ SI! I U.I rr« ! tt » I 1 58 The bright lights of Nice Confetti counter attack 7 wonder what shutter speed he ' s using? " 59 JJCI General view of the city Capt. Brown and children. Istanbul . . . city of mysterious sights and sounds . . . gateway to the Black Sea lying on the banks of the serpent-like Bosporous, with its mina- rets rising in geometric perfection and losing them- selves in the haze of the city. Narrow streets, inhabited by antiquated trolley cars and outdated automobiles. The Covered Bazaar, just off the Galata Bridge, filled with gold and silver rings from the Orient. St. Sophia, standing sentinel- like over the city and still preserving the air in which she was built. The many shoe-shine boys with gilded boxes and their interminable search for an American cigarette. The Blue Mosque ... a sonnet in color, the blue tiles and the gold inlay merging and running into the rich colors of carpets. The Fire Tower with its spiral staircase leading the camera bug on an ex- hausting climb only to be met by the shaking head of a guard. The University of Istanbul with its western architecture looking strangely out of place. The Sunken Palace, the Mosque of Beyazit ... a taxi ride ... a few words in broken English . . . the slamming of one door and the opening of another . . . and then the comfort and reassurance of western- ized surroundings . . . the Hilton. ■ IST-A-lTBTJr-. I ' Vfi IMF . .— ■ Jk Public baths — outdoor style. 64 Just like the village green at home. The Istanbul Hilton . . . triumph of American hotelmanship V 4 ■ £ ill a ATHENS Here was born the civilization of which all Western nations are spiritual heirs ; the political de- mocracy of which our nation is the special guardian ; the philosophic tradition which gave us scientific thought; the architecture, literature and drama which still enrich our lives — Athens, city of re- minders of a dim past touching directly upon our daily lives. Athens . . . the royal city . . . capital of Greece . . . built by King Cerops in the early centuries before Christ. Ancient intellectual center of the Greek world and the metropolis of Hellenism. The Acropolis . . . mythical stronghold of the Gods ... a world in itself. No other Mediterranean city has so compact a nucleus of sights. Not only is the rock itself, rising 230 feet above the city, covered with great temples but the history laden Phyz and the Areopagus are close by. The Areopagus ... a jutting rock close to the en- trance of the Acropolis is the Mars Hill of sculpture, where Paul made his famous and eloquent address upbraiding the Athenians for their superstitions. The Olympic Stadium ... a structure built under Lycurgus about 330 B.C. for the Pan Athenian Games and rebuilt in modern times by the Greek. The Temple of Zeus . . . broken white columns lying majestically across a green field. Torn by time and age . . . but somehow maintaining their grace and eloquence in the face of nature ' s destruction. Acropolis — Citadel of Athens See how the columns swell to produce an optical Bj K 67 Beirut . . . commercial center . . . chief port . . . largest city . . . and capital of Lebanon. A city of confusion, primitive, archaic clothes, customs, and buildings off set by the modern ways of the western world. Hovels in front of the latest housing develop- ments; ox carts blocking the path of Fords; tur- baned men carrying trays on their heads, side- stepping Pepsi Cola trucks ; a thin ribbon of highway snaking its way over the mountains side by side with the ancient camel routes to the East; a nerve wrecking bus ride with little attention to the brake and constant use of the horn ; the many stops for sheep crossing the road ; a native on a camel, another stop and the clicking of shutters. The ruins of Baalbek, the snow-capped peaks in the background ; the buying of turbans, post cards, knives, and camel saddles; back onto the bus and a return trip just as nerve wrecking as before. The city, dusk and the neon sun-rise. The lights, the night clubs, another ride, Fleet Landing, the Constitution and the launch ride home. EII XJT ' They loved us in Beirut . . . A short climb into a world of ruins Keepsake from another age — Baalbeck 68 I " ... All the king ' s horses and all the king ' s men couldn ' t ... " Temple, church, fortress, tourist attraction- the history of Baalbeck " Follow the guide please . . . 69 BEIRUT M " There ' s the hump! " ' Just to prove I ivas here " 70 Magnificent tavern— Temple of Baachus at Baalbeck Kit Keit OItjlTo Plevie w on Tooetrd in Beirut 72 v JEnR.TJSAUEXML mi it i? i i WY journey to the Holy Land 74 75 Perhaps the most famous of all seaside resorts, and certainly the most attractive, Cannes, located in Southern France, rightfully deserves its nickname as " playground of the rich. " Indisputably it is a land of pleasure — and of course, it can be expensive to the non-wary. As the jumping off point for the luxurious Cote d ' Azure, lazily stretched along the Mediterranean in an eternal sun, it is nearby other such resorts as Nice, Cap d ' Atibes, St. Tropez, Eden Roc . . . nearby, too, is the famous Monte Carlo, in the heart of Grace Kelly ' s mythical, magical Monaco, whose fairy tale towers and rococo buildings lend a touch of enchantment to the sparkling coast. Of Cannes we will remember ... the graceful mountain- protected harbor shining in the sun . . . reflecting white buildings in the depths of its blue, blue water . . . the nearby French Alps, snow capped above the hot beaches . . . the pleasurable ease with which money disappeared ... the sense of day and night activity so typical of the French Riviera . . . Cannes, home of the now international institution, the bikini, worn here with an almost brazen smile and the cer- tain assurance of belonging to this other world of fun and leisure . . . making an intriguing combina- tion that beckons to all who have known this part of France. Aerial view of Monaco Why buy postcards when there are things like this to take pictures of? Franciscan Monks pay a visit, and everybody had a good time. 77 C lvOSTES 78 Split ... A small fishing village founded in the dim past by Illyrans, remaining in the shadow ' of Salonam, and then bursting out as the capitol of the Roman province of Dalmatia. Torn by wars and political upheaval, drifting down through the cen- turies and finally coming to rest in the twilight of civilization under the crescent and star. We dropped the hook and were greeted by a hammer and sickle on the break wall. We went ashore with money, more than could be spent at side-walk cafes, bars, souvenir shops, hotels, or restaurants. The people paused . . . stared . . . and moved on. The children laughed . . . talked . . . expected chew- ing gum . . . were satisfied by candy. The band played for the people, the crowd didn ' t applaud . . . couldn ' t . . . only suppose to show such emotions for speakers . . . party speakers. They liked it though ... at least nobody left until the band did. The ruins of Diocletians Palace were extensive . . . almost the whole town was built within them. There was a lot to see . . . massive statues, ancient churches, crumbling edifices and more. It was our first look at Yugoslavia . . . many pictures were taken . . . and in turn so were a few cameras. One of Split ' s most impressive statues . . Cardinal Grugur Ninski in full glory. There is nothing liki a sidewalk cafe on a balmy day. 79 Nothing escapes the eye or the question of a child. Children are children the world over. Who knows what they expected to see, but none of the visitors could resist a look in the tail pipe of our jets. They just couldn ' t believe what they saw. but their guide did his best to The maps were almost as hard to figure out as explain everything. the narrow streets and multitude of squares. i They even had a basketball team in Split ... A darn good one too, as ours soon found out. We lost the soccer game but won the friendship of the Yugoslavian team. Pappy takes a break. 81 Yankee Stadium — Roman style Rome — magical city of contrasts— of spaghetti and ancient ruins, of vino and the Victor Emmanuel monument — Rome — St. Peter ' s and the thousand pigeons battling for attention in the huge people- filled square — the rich treasury of the Vatican filled with marbles, tapestries and the traditions of age- less centuries — the Forum — site of history almost lost to the huge, modern, industrial city that is Rome today— the entire city a monument to the past, to glories long departed, sharply contrasting with the starkly modern buildings, beautifully modern women, sidewalk cafes Italian style — the Catacombs, mysteri- ous, gloomy and old, in deep and dark contrast to the warm sunlight that touches this gay and busy city — the Colosseum that still echoes with the voices of the past as well as of the fiercely Italian guide — the ever- present camera in a city made for photographers and recorders of the past — this was Rome, a memorable stop, a picture postcard view of centuries caught into hours and days. " I carrabinieri " — Napoleonic silhouette in modern Rome. 82 La Fontanel di Trevi — where wishes can be bought for pennies. ■ ft 83 FtOl E Sunlight and antiquity The Statue of St. Paid The Castle of St. Angelo 85 Capri taxi " horsepower " A wistful vista •v F 86 ■ r The Pause that Refreshes— even on Capri " Now to see the sights 87 Genoa . . . Birthplace of Christopher Columbus and major port of the Mediterran- ean. A strange combination of modern and medieval merging at the intersections of the narrow, winding streets and main boulevards. Stairs and bridges, hemmed in by ancient buildings, carved doorways . . . wrought iron gates opening into majestic courtyards; crooked, devious alleys towered over by narrow brick dwellings bursting forth upon spacious grass-filled squares or stately Ren- aissance structures. The heart of the city, its picturesque ways and noble palaces, lying in the triangle : bounded by the harbor. Via Garibaldi, and Via Carlo Felice . . . traversed by crooked streets, statued columns, flowering ships, eternally flowing fountains, and the omnipres- ent sidewalk cafes. The store lined arcades and tunneled streets leading one on to a gaily decorated Piazza. The castle overlooking the city, standing guard over the age old harbor. The green of the mountains dipping into the blue of the mediterranean . . . and we set sail. Genoa — a new world rising in the old. I f ■■•r. , i 1 A Milanese sculpture — doing the Renaissance cha-cha-cha. No crabgrass here! 89 VENTOE Narrow, sunlit waterways, the gondolier with striped shirt and ribbon banded hat, each turn bringing to light an architectural masterpiece . . . this was Venice. --iSrfe mjmm P»% rzympT PISA And what can you say about the Leaning Tower? Except that it really does. p ®r. « imp 91 Introduction to the most famous of sports. " V .3L.B]SrCI-A. After the glamourous pace of some of the Mediterran- ean ' s larger cities, Valencia seemed quiet, slow and old . . . but its charm is to be found in the stately homes, elaborate balconies and exotic gardens that are portrayed in song and poetry as being the height of Spanish charm and beauty. And, of course, there was the bull ring, center of whirling color and noise, especially intense in this city of quiet eve- nings and soft skies. " The Moment of Truth " bull faces man and vice versa. 92 and sit and watch the world go by. Siesta — and a deserted silent street The gates to the city — pockmarked by Napoleonic bullets. The Barcelona waterfront . . . the city, seen from the harbor, an impressive silhouette in the distance. One of the many beautiful churches to be found throughout the city of Palma. 94 etnca. LIM-A. FORRESTAL ' s final ports of call, Barcelona and Palma, left her men vividly impressed with the beauty and charm of this gracious Spanish city and the sun-drenched isle of Mallorca in the blue Medi- terranean. Possessing equally large quantities of traditional latin mystery, here was everything to delight the eye, the ear . . . and every taste . . . magnificent cathedrals and imposing monuments and buildings . . . the wide and colorful Ramblas . . . the flower stands, awake before the city . . . the busy, hurrying crowds . . . romantic gas street lamps faintly illuminating darkened streets where one could hear the occasional plaintive voice of a guitar . . . pic- turesque squares . . . fountains lighting the night nto sparkling, colored waterfalls . . . the warmth of the hospi table people . . . the clicking, disciplined heels of a Flamenco dancer ... all these and more wove around the men of FORRESTAL a lingering memory that was Spain. FORRESTAL sailors view the impressive monuments that are found everywhere in Barcelona. ..r? mt 4k 95 For FORRESTAL tlcie :h£ecliterr£irieeiri -wets a, place of memory. . . of places visited and things learned to do ... of the many friends made whose names she won ' t remem- ber, whose languages she could not speak, but whose smiles and friendship will always remain . . . those who visited FORRESTAL are a memory, too . . . some came for only a few hours, others for days and months, yet each left behind something of himself that will become part of the ship for all time. . ... as RADM Truta of the Yugoslavian Navy inspects a Marine honor guard. People to people — RADM Dixon tvel- comes aboard Mr. Du- manic President of the People ' s Committee of Split .... VADM Anderson, COM- SIXTHFLT, and RADM Dixon, COMCARDIV IV, enjoy a conversation with RADM Sweeton of the British Navy during a FORRESTAL at-sea period. 96 FORREST AL sideboys honor a Spanish General arriving while the ship was in Valencia. RADM Dixon . . . on the bridge with Lt General Harteon of the Belgium Army, in Naples, Italy. Captain Sam Brown and Mrs. Brown, at the fare- well party given the departing Commanding Officer at the Hotel Ruhl in Nice. these sl e remem toers. CDR and Mrs. Satterfield seem to be enjoying the fun at the Executive Officer ' s farewell get- together in Valencia. 97 THEY REST WELL WHO REST FROM DUTY WELL PERFORMED TORREY. WILLIAM VINCENT, JR. AA 11 JULY 1960 SHAFFER. WILLIAM LEE SA 12 FEB. I960 PATTON, LARRY JAMES RMSN 3 FEB. 1960 PAULY, CARL (N) NW1 25 NOV. 1959 GILBERT. WILLIAM LENHART EM2 25 NOV. 1959 CAYTING. HAYWARD FELCH I_T 19 NOV. 1959 MOORE, WILLIAM GLENN. JR. LCDR 2 OCT. 1959 SCORSONE. FRANCIS JEROME AN 23 SEPT. 1959 LAKES, ROBERT LEE, JR. AN 18 JULY 1959 DODD, GEORGE (N) JR. EM3 7 JULY 1959 In our hellos and in our goodbyes, there has been a story, But perhaps after all, the story of FORREST AL is yet to be written. The story could lie in the next man to report aboard, the next message received, the next port whose harbor beckons a warm welcome. It could come out of the morning headlines, or the silent evening sky .... out of yesterday ' s news or tomorroic ' s history. It could come from any minute of any day of any of FORRESTAL ' s more than four thousand men, each endowed with the peculiar human quality that makes the world turn one way and then another. The story could come from the next alert, the next letter home, the next jet that lifts smoothly and thunderously from the deck, the next pilot that climbs wearily from his plane at the end of long hours of searching and watching .... his ivords may write that story. And when the story is written, you will read it differ- ently than the n ext, and interpret it in a way that is yours alone. For each of us, finding in FORRESTAL something of ourselves, each of us putting into this ship something that is uniquely ours to become uniquely hers, each of us, in a way that defies explanation and intrigues the imagination . . . each of us will write the story of a carrier. And that story has no beginning, and no end. THE UNITED STATES SHIP FORRESTAL The story of a carrier PART Its concept Its components K When the ancient Cretians ruled the Mediter- ranean, they boasted of their security behind a wooden wall — a wall of seapower. Today seapower is still the determining factor in a great nation ' s security, and America stands secure behind her iron wall of seapower — seapower with the added dimension of the sky. Gone are the days of mighty, heavily gunned battleships; today the big guns of the fleet are swift jet bombers, supersonic fighters; and the venerable " Workhorse " prop — crafts of many types ; carried where they are needed, when they are needed by powerful floating airfields: super- carriers of FORRESTAL ' s class. Today the domination of the fleet extends beyond control of the sea — the traditional mission of the Navy — to control the land areas surround- ing the seas, through the medium of airpower joined with seapower into a mobile, pinpoint accu- rate striking force capable of delivering a retalia- tory force tailor-made to any military or political situation. From close level support of Marines securing a vital beachhead to massive nuclear retaliation in all-out war, the airpower seapower combination of the carrier task force is prepared to deliver the punch. Here is America ' s security on the seas: iron ships, iron planes and iron men to operate them. like I told you — Folliculitis Keloidalis VBTF- LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHIC SQUADRON LCDR E. BEZORE, USN OFFICER-IN-CHARGE Detachment 42 - 60 of Light Photographic Squadron SIXTY - TWO is one of many such units provided to supplement each Air Group that is deployed upon CVA type carriers. By its augmentation with an air group its existence provides the military planner and tactical commander with a ready source and effective means of collect- ing intelligence and presenting it in usable form. This accomplishment is " achieved by aerial photographic reconnaissance and photographic interpretation which becomes a permanent source of strategic and tactical intelligence. Detachment 42 - 60 consists of three F8U - IP Photo Crusaders, four photo-trained aviators, one photo interpretation officer, and thirty-six enlisted men. This detachment is a select group of the Parent Squadron, which is located at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida, and is able to operate independently as a self contained unit. The detachment functions basically as any other embarked squadron, in that maintenance, operations, administration, supply and photo are performed as departmental routine. The personnel roster also includes a steward, laundryman, mess cook, compartment cleaner and police petty officer. VFP-62 62 and 103 have 7 , percent availabili UlLi, ' M " " W □ J r — 4 J p » " $ $M $M 4! Buzzards . . and more buzzards. THE NIGHTHAWKS LCDR T. H. HUTCHINSON OFFICER-IN-CHARGE 10 fl ca In January 1959 the basic group of officers and men comprising VAW - 33, DET 42 began to work as a team. Originally trained and qualified as an all-weather attack unit, the Detachment ' s mission was changed when the Squadron was redesignated Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 33 in June of 59. Working to become proficient in their new specialty of Airborne Electronic Counter Measure DET 42 was sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in June of 1959, for three weeks of intensive ECM training with units of the Fleet Training Group. In January 1960 the DET was loaded aboard FORRESTAL for Med. deployment. The versatile " Queen " serves a multiple purpose aboard FORRESTAL. It is a valu- able addition to the ship ' s long range AEW capability, through the use of passive ECM, or in strike support as an active, radar jamming aircraft. Pathfinding for low level weapons delivery is another role of the AD5Q. In addition to these jobs, " Crystal Rapid Transit Airlines, " has been responsible for the safe delivery of passengers ranging from Flag level to Airman to various destinations throughout the Mediterranean. ii VAW-33 The Crew floejt ft - • m L-Q- " ' ' .-.■ • i»; y. .- .• %y H .m-4S! ' iyc- " The ant hill 13 LT. FRANK S. HALL. USN OFFICER-IN-CHARGE CARRIER AIRBORNE EARLY WARNING 14 Detachment Forty - Two is one of nine such detachments of CARRIER AIRBORNE WARNING SQUADRON - 12 that are stationed aboard attack carriers and anti-submarine aircraft carriers of the Atlantic Fleet. The primary job of VAW - 12 is providing radar service to the fleet. This was originally planned as early detection of aircraft flying so low that ship- board radar could not detect them until they had closed to short range. The Detachment ' s air controllers can control other aircraft and can be used not only to detect other raiding planes but to guide the ship ' s own fighters to intercept them. Additional gear and new techniques have expanded this capability. Two radio receiver-transmitters permit relay of radio communications to distances far beyond the range of shipboard radio gear. Radar can be trans- mitted from the aircraft to the ship, thus expanding the area the ship may keep under radar surveillance. The AD5W " Guppie " is also used for radar and normal photography, search and rescue plane, and as a means of transportation in cases of emergency. Detachment - 42 is the last detachment to go aboard CVA ' s with the ADSW ' s. Subsequent detach- ments will use the WF - 2 ; with the very latest of modern electronics equipment. 15 VAWt12 Pilots of V AW - 12. Last minute adjustments. 16 Engine Maintenance. Replacing a radar dome. The Ground Force s COMMANDER W. P. KISER, USN COMMANDING OFFICER LCDR R. E. RUMBLE EXECUTIVE OFFICER Soaring seven miles above the earth ' s surface or skimming along at tree-top level are all part of the job in a special weapons squadron like Attack Squadron Eighty-One. Their orange-tailed A4D Skyhawks are a familiar sight around the ship as they streak across the fan tail during practice bombing periods on the ship ' s spar. Many of their flights are flown in areas far from the ship, and their training often times finds them winging over foreign soil on simulated bombing missions. Planning is an essential part of flying in a special weapons squadron and the pilots of VA-81 spend much of the time they are not airborne leaning over a map or twirling the dials of a complex computer. Close air support is another of VA-81 ' s missions, and the capability to deliver conventional weapons when and where they are needed by troops below makes this a very important and needed part of our striking power. The squadron ' s Skyhawks all have the capability for " buddy refueling " and daily her tankers take on the role of the FORRESTAL ' s airborne re- fueling station, ready to aid an aircraft which needs fuel in a hurry. VA-81 ' s skipper is CDR W. P. Riser, and this is the squadron ' s third trip to Mediterranean waters since her commissioning in 1955. 18 THE CRUSADERS 19 Avionics Shop. Airframes Division. 20 The Line Crew. Power Plants and the Maintenance Crew. 21 VA-81 Last minute check. 22 What are we ever going to do with this thing??? Checking the " air brakes. Command Decision. £! •«- " - Personnel Staff. Ordnance. 23 VA-S1 Count Down. A session with the Skipper. Last minute instructions before the launch. 24 Pilots of VA- 81. COMMANDER DAVID S. STEAR. USN COMMANDING OFFICER LCDR JACK M. MANHERZ, USN EXECUTIVE OFFICER THE RAMPAGERS 26 THE RAMPAGERS RETURN! Formerly deployed aboard the ESSEX, for eleven months, VA - 83 RAMPAGERS come again to the SIXTH Fleet, this time aboard the giant FORRESTAL. Flying the mighty midget A4D ' s, affectionately known as Tinker Toys, this small group of highly trained men added their knock- out punch to FORRESTAL ' S strike capability. Through the superb efforts of every single man and under the watchful eye of skipper CDR Dave Stear, the " RAMS " excelled in each of the myriad tasks assigned to the versatile " Skyhawk. " Long before dawn and way after dark, the familiar Ram ' s head was airborne on a long strike mission, protecting the Marines on the beach-head, or even refueling a stray plane that had run short on his return to the FORRESTAL. The success of the " RAMS " clearly rests upon each link throughout the chain, and one that could only come from an outfit with each man performing at peak capacity. On the succeeding pages there appears a pictorial presentation of the RAM- PAGERS and the aircraft of ATTACK SQUADRON EIGHTY - THREE. 27 EI23 Avionics and Weapons Division. " Day in, day out. " Put em on . .. take em off. ' 28 VA-83 " Standing By. ' " Hmm . . . What ' s Dotvn There ? " 2123 VA-83 U5 FORREST Al imui " I want a working party down here on the double. " The Line Crew. V _ W . r ' . ' V " o " VA-S3 — ' " ' 4 til Air Frames and Power Plants Divisions. Pilots of Attack Squadron Eighty-Three. 4 O Hi SO) ' " Gimpy Foot " VA-83 VA - 83 " X " Division Captain Brown inspects the men of VA - 83. PIP " " Imi ' iii I In l a w f. m % 9 ■• ' « " « ' -.— ' I 4 % ' » : iN " Like this, see. " And one for the road . 33 VP-103 THE SLUGG ERS 34 CDR CARL C. DACE. USN COMMANDING OFFICER VF.103 Whether it be at two thousand or fifty thousand feet the Super- sonic F8U Crusader of Fighter Squadron 103 can be found perform- ing its task of air defense with deadly perfection. This, the Sluggers ' second Med cruise aboard FORRESTAL, found the Squadron flying the F8U-2, an improved version of the F8U-1 used previously. The Chance- Vought Crusader capable of flying at almost twice the speed of sound and at altitudes in excess of fifty thousand feet provides the necessary speed and handling character- istics so vital to the mission of high altitude intercept. To further the squadron ' s effectiveness for the high altitude mission, VF-103 was the first operational squadron to be equipped with the MK IV Full Pressure Suit. The " Moon Suit, " the same type that will be worn by U. S. Astronauts in outer space, provides the pilot with life-saving pressure in the event cockpit pressurization is lost at high altitudes. Led by Commander Carl C. Dace, Commanding Officer, Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED THREE, compiled an enviable operating record and functioned professionally as part of the FORRESTAL ' s Weapon System. 35 VF-103 LCDR EDWARD H. DOOLIN, USN EXECUTIVE OFFICER The Parachute Riggers and Power Plants Division. In the Fire Control Shop. The Ordnance Crew The Flight Deck Crew. 37 VF-103 % t Admin Division ' -- " :-: - 7 ■ •. : TTorZd. New glass for the bird. Para riggers repair pressure suit hard hat. 39 VF-103 The Airframes Division n N-- y JT- Chief s of VF - 103 M , = 4 Ubb The line crew 10,000 Mile Check Up. In the Ordnance Shop. 41 VF-103 The Avionics Division IS tor mm tttt WW!®!®: m ti.it »•••»,•. ' ' WJiSiS mmm l» tVttt Ml •»•».» »♦♦»»• lUIMXMIMI) imiftMt ' • 11 tl B II 11 •1 li ■ lYiYiViVi ' tYij ► . IMIIHII UK 11 • " . v •1 . ••. ' II ?. ' » ' II II I • yTiyTTiiiYiiy ,tltll lll|l II II •A ■ - 1 ii li . ii 1 IX | 1 •.I 42 COMMANDER EMMETT M. COOKE. JR., USN COMMANDING OFFICER APRIL I960 COMMANDER ALLIE W. CALLAN. JR. " . USN COMMANDING OFFICER MARCH 1959-APRIL 1960 VF-102 THE DIAMONDBACKS 44 " Milkvine flight, you have a ' Charlie Three ' , " called pri-fly, as four " DIAMOND- BACK " F4D ' s sped past the starboard side of the FORRESTAL in tight parade formation. What a familiar sight these last twelve months — VF - 102 coming aboard! Our " Fords " have been teaming up with the FORRESTAL for over two years, which have included two Med. Cruises, two Gitmo outings and never let us forget WESEG. Our maintenance crews have been working around the clock keeping the birds up. Our radar has been tops, our engines never failing and our pilots, " Level Ready. " We ' ve tried hard, all of us. We ' ve had a good aircraft— that old " SKYRAY. " It certainly could climb in burner. We were capable of carrying Sidewinders and rockets, and with our all weather radar, we packed quite a wallop. This was the year when we moved from our birthplace in Jacksonville to Vir- ginia Beach, when our liberties were few and far between, when we became experts at on-loading and off-loading the squadron, when canopies kept shattering, and the year when we knew how good it was to get home for supper. " Gear and hook down, state 24. " We all came aboard. 45 MIM02 ?;«?, . . , if Arfmiw Division Brief in the ready room ' And this is what makes it go. Avionics Division j Ni 492 HAVY VF-102 Pilots of VF - 102. The Line Division. f ■ ' . ' ■•■ ' ■ ' ■;• if " f-f:f ,f f f f f f .K) 4921 Shops and Hangar Division. And everyone had a shot before Med. Deployment. ' Can ' t hack it. " 49 The A3D-2 Skywarrior flown by VAH - 5, dwarfing all other aircraft aboard the FORRESTAL, with its 1000 mile plus range, a top speed of over 600 knots, and a bomb capacity of 8000 pounds, is the Sunday Punch of the Naval Air Arm. The largest carrier based aircraft ever built, these mammoth bombers and their skilled crews are ever ready to carry out long range, all weather, high or low altitude delivery of conventional or neuclear weapons. With a crew of three, pilot, bombardier navigator and gunner naviga- tor, the 70000 pound Skywarrior is equipped with optical and electrical bombing systems and is capable of delivering its destructive load in fair weather or foul. With the Skywarrior VAH - 5 has proven itself to be a highly efficient and effective operating unit of the FORRESTAL weapon system and demonstrated time after time its combat readiness and preparedness to carry out its part of the FORRESTAL ' s primary mission. 50 THE SAVAGE SONS CDR. H. MOORE. USN COMMANDING OFFICER 51 VAH-5 CDR A. W. SMITH EXECUTIVE OFFICER Brief before the launch. Para riggers and electricians. 52 y. ■ ' r . Pilots and crew members of VAH - 5. Part of the ASB Division. 53 Repairing a wing on the flight deck. VAH-5 ta. BOB V P fl 3 P €w ; iii; fc iN TTie Line Crew Power Plants and Maintenance Staff r-T ' ,-v ■ ' ' " 54 fflL Supply and Operations Depart ment. Airframes Division r ± The para riggers at ivork. The Admin Department Admin Office. Ordnance and ASB Division In the Ordnance Shop. The Supply Office. Hfr ' " l ' i 1 Bk " - . T :: " v ■ ft k- ?A_ J RMm. U v f v I 1 ■ ' " H ' jKs . % - ' : ■ Word from the expert. 57 Maintenance VAH-5 Supply holds inventory. Engine check When day is done ATTACK SQUADRON EIGHTY FIVE Attack Squadron EIGHTY FIVE, presently embarked on USS FOR- RESTAL, was formerly Attack Squadron 859 (Reserve) of Niagara Falls Naval Air Station, New York. Since activation at NAS Oceana, Va. in July 1951, they have participated in four Mediterranean Cruises while a member of Carrier Air Group EIGHT. An attack squadron with atomic capability, VA-85 has, in the past few years, taken part in operations aboard the carriers RANDOLPH, ROOSEVELT, RANGER, LAKE CHAMPLAIN, INTREPID, FORRESTAL and INDEPENDENCE. They have also conducted operations while land based aboard the Naval Air Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The aircraft flown by this squadron is the AD-6 " Skyraider " an all weather attack bomber considered one of the most versatile of all combat aircraft today. The " Skyraiders " capabilities consist of rocketry, strafing, bombing from almost any altitude or attitude, and refueling in air her faster sisters, the jets. CDR HOWARD C. LEE. USN COMMANDING OFFICER Pilots of VA - 85. 61 vA-as Avionics Crew. 3G? i - Oh no, that ' s not the -way you do it Chiefs meet 62 Hangar Deck check out. " ftifff Top gun team. Admin, logs vubs, and para riggers 63 VA-8S Power plants and airframes. 4 ' »! ' i ' 1 T» t! ■ T 4 Ordnance Creiv. Plane Captains. ««.- i : ■ i j 4C » - 1MiffeHMiriitiyfisiiiiiiiiijiMI B H 64 Captain Maori ' s birthday cake. The band played on The Chief and his boys 67 68 Operations A picture story of the unified efforts of all embarked personnel during a simulated strike. 69 Prior to flying a mission, pilots are briefed on the areas they are to strike, weather conditions, and task force dispositions . . . 70 after a final engine check 72 the planes move up to the flight deck . . Pilots, man your planes . . . 74 ogtowi 4-4 ' fdrresta and make ready for the launch . . . 76 p i 1 GO...! 79 . . . They ' re off and winging 80 -. g 82 with their charges off in flight the crew takes five. m Ub: Now 84 standby to recover aircraft . . . 85 " =5 33 1 -T -_ -ssc - 86 The ship recovers her birds. I I . -a. j1l_1 88 The LSO guides them in. . . 89 4803 NAVY W Some make it easy . . . 90 While others get a wave off and have to try again m 92 93 WFir 94 Once recovered, the maintenance crew tends their needs . . . 95 to be ready for another launch 96 THE UNITED STATES SHIP The story of a carrier PART Its concept Its components ONE WEAPON NEVER OUTMODED, EVER THE FINAL GAUGE OF VICTORY: MEN. Behind the awesome might of the FORRESTAL weapon ' s system: men; Officers, Petty Officers, Seamen, Marines, all ranks, all rates, all manner of skills and abilities, all races, creeds and colors — micro- cosm of their nation banded together by the strong brotherhood of duty; dedicated to the common cause of making their ship, their Navy a power for peace . . . To keep America ' s shores inviolate from alien boots. COMMANDER REAR ADMIRAL ROBERT E. DIXON UNITED STATES NAVY JANUARY I960 CARRIER DIVISION FOUR Robert Ellington Dixon was born in Richland, Georgia. He attended Richland High School and Mar- ion (Alabama) Institute prior to his appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy in 1923. Graduated and commissioned Ensign in 1927, he subsequently ad- vanced in rank, attaining that of Rear Admiral on July 1, 1955. Following graduation from the Academy, he re- ported aboard the USS RICHMOND, flagship of Com- mander Light Cruiser Division THREE, Asiatic Fleet. In November 1929, he was ordered to the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla., for flight training. Designated Naval Aviator on July 28, 1930, he was assigned to Scouting Squadron FIVE, aviation Unit of the USS MEMPHIS. During his Naval career Admiral Dixon has served on such famous ships as the LEXINGTON, the YORK- TOWN, the ENTERPRISE, the old SARATOGA, and the VALLEY FORGE. He flew in most of the major engagements of the Pacific during World War II and had command of the VALLEY FORGE during the Korean conflict. In addition to the Navy Cross with a gold star, the Legion of Merit with Combat " V " , and the Commenda- tion Ribbon, Rear Admiral Dixon has the American Defense Service Medal; the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal ; the American Campaign Medal ; World War II Victory Medal ; National Defense Service Medal ; the Korean Service Medal ; and the United Nations Service Medal. CHIEF OF STAFF CARDIV FOUR CAPTAIN JOSEPH H. KUHL Joseph Howard Kuhl was born in Town- er, N. D. He attended St. Mary ' s High School, Alton, Iowa, and Iowa State College prior to entering the Naval Academy in July 1928. He was graduated and commissioned Ensign June 2, 1932 and through subsequent promo- tions attained the rank of Captain on Jan- uary 1, 1951. After graduating from the Academy he was assigned to the battleship USS CALI- FORNIA until 1934 when he was ordered to duty aboard the SAN FRANCISCO. In 1935 he was ordered to the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla., and received his wings in 1936. While in the Navv, Captain Kuhl has served on the USS CALIFORNIA, the SAN FRANCISCO, the CHICAGO, the SANGA- MON, and the MAKIN ISLAND. His com- mands have been the THRUSH, the CURTIS, and the INTREPID, as well as being Execu- tive Officer of several air stations. Captain Kuhl has attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and the Marine Corps School (Senior Course) in Quantico, Virginia. COMMANDER REAR ADMIRAL ROY L. JOHNSON UNITED STATES NAVY DECEMBER 1958 TO JANUARY I960 CARRIER DIVISION FOUR Admiral Johnson was born in Big Bend, Louisiana in 1906, and entered the United States Navy in 1925. His selection for the rank of Rear Admiral was ap- proved by the President in 1955. Upon graduation from the Naval Academy he served on the USS TENNESSEE and the USS WEST VIRGINIA. Once designated a Naval Aviator, he served on the USS SALT LAKE CITY, and then re- turned to NAS, Pensacola, Fla., as an instructor. He later served aboard the USS ENTERPRISE with Patrol Squadron 12; in the Navy Department; then as COMCARAIRGROUP TWO. On the HORNET he was Air Officer and Executive Officer. Admiral Johnson is entitled to a Ribbon for the Presidential Unit Citation awarded the USS HORNET for " extraordinary heroism in action against enemy Japanese forces. " In 1955 he had charge of fitting out USS FOR- RESTAL, and becoming her first Commanding Officer at commissioning. He commanded FORRESTAL until May 1956, when he was ordered to duty as Director of the Long Range Objective Group, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. On December 2, 1958, he relieved Admiral Charles D. Griffin as COMCARDIV FOUR and Commander Task Force 60. Admiral Johnson was relieved as COMCARDIV FOUR on January 2, 1960. CHIEF OF STAFF CARDIV FOUR CAPTAIN JOSEPH D. BLACK The reporting aboard for duty as Chief of Staff for Commander of Carrier Division FOUR starts an eleventh year of carrier based operations for Captain Black. Most of these operational flying years have been in fighter squadrons and as air group com- mander. Other shipboard duties have in- cluded tours as Executive Officer of a CVE and of the CORAL SEA (CVA 43), Com- mander of the CURRITUCK (AV 7) and the HANCOCK (CVA 19). WESTPAC and Mediterranean cruises have been in equal numbers. Duties ashore have included tours on the Joint Staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and as Director of Air Warfare in OPNAV. A veteran of World War II, Captain Black has received the following medals and Commendation Ribbons: Silver Star, Air Medal with Star, Commendation Ribbon, Pacific Area with four stars, and the Philip- pine Liberation with two stars. -W ««MM« MMBPP r CDR R. S. ADAMS. USN AIR OFFICER 19 NOVEMBER 1958 TO 26 MARCH 1960 Operating aircraft from the giant, four-acre angled flight deck is a simple business. Planes take off from the bow or waist " cats, " they are recovered from the stern. There are a few complications, of course. What is done with the planes not involved in either action, or while they are waiting to be launched or just after they have landed? Why and when do they go from the hangar deck to the flight deck or make the return trip? Where they can be spotted so that they do not interfere with any other activity and yet are readily available when required. What happens if dur- ing a heavy launch one of the " cats " breaks down? Answering these questions — which makes the simple job of getting aircraft off and on the flight deck a maze of complications — is the job of the Air Department. For the job five divisions — V-l, V-2, V-3, V-4, and V-6— are provided. These are the people required when " Flight Quarters " or " Flight Quarters for respot, pilots not required " is sounded. These are the people required when in the early hours of the morning the rest of the ship ' s company can grumble and roll over in their blankets, upon being disturbed by, " reveille for flight quarters personnel. " These are the persons who know the hazards and the discomforts of wind, rain, propellor and jet blasts on the flight deck and who fight a constant traffic problem of aircraft and people on the flight deck. This department is the one which looks after the ship ' s end of keeping the main armament system " up. " Keeping it " up " and operating smoothly, launching the heli- copters, and sending off with lightening speed interceptors from the four steam catapults. Their ' s, too, is the job of recovering aircraft quickly so the pilots will not have to worry about their fuel supply. To them falls the complex, varied, never-ending, and often hazard- ous task of the Air Department. In the Air Department are also maintenance shops, damage control teams, office personnel, and many other technicians whose skill and know how in aircraft affairs contributes immeasurably to the smooth performance of FORRESTAL ' s air operations. Assignment to the Air Department means full days and often nights but it also means doing an essential job in an important part of America ' s defense system. It means a lot of satisfaction and a lot of pride in a job well done. ..» , CDR T. J. TAYLOR AIR OFFICER 26 MARCH 1960 TO PRESENT 10 CDR G. E. LAMBERT, USN ASSISTANT AIR OFFICER ' Z3Ut0 ™r £ LT. J. A. ADAMS. USN JR. DIVISION OFFICER ISiiA ' T .mi J - LT. JAMES H. SCOTT. USN DIVISION OFFICER V-l At sea, an hour before reveille, the 1 MC sounds : " Flight Quarters, Flight Quarters. " The day has begun for the flight deck crew. A day of long hours that will end only shortly before another day begins ; a day filled with constant battle against tight time schedules and the danger which always lurks in the background. The wind-swept, jet-blasted flight deck is a wor ' d to itself, demanding canny skill and almost limitless endurance of the men who man it. Continuous prob- lems arise over the spotting of aircraft for launch- ing or servicing, requiring careful planning and con- stant alertness. This is the environment in which the men of V-l Division work. The flight deck itself is divided into three work- ing areas: forward, beam, and aft. Within each of these areas, a petty officer is responsible for all ac- tivities. These " Fly " PO ' s — the people who run the show, direct where planes will be spotted, the order in which they will be fed for launching, to which cats they will go, and all other facets of the flight deck operation. Crash and fire responsibilities also belong to V-l and are handled by Repair Eight. V-l ' s activities do not end with operations di- rectly related to the flight deck. With cleaning re- sponsibility for almost all ship ' s catwalks, light traps and the flight deck, V-l has care of approxi- mately 105 spaces. Did you see the look on that guy ' s face? He walked away from this one. Follow the leader. Nothing like throwing your weight around. r A get-to-g ether. 1 3 Who ' s next???? We know you ' re watching us. Ground floor, watch your step please. NAV VAHS Building blocks It ' s all over for another day. Mule men. Take two giant steps forward. 15 36,000th Landing celebration. ■ ' fy V LT BRYAN C. RUDY. USN DIVISION OFFICER O. " 1 ■ ■ ! i. FORRESTAL ' S flight deck is 1,036 feet long; some of its aircraft require almost 10,000 feet of run- way for take off or landing. Making up the difference is V-2. With 180 feet of track space on each of the four steam catapults, V-2 catapult operators can hurl a jet off the flight deck with 140 miles per hour flying speed. With any one of the six hydraulically operated arrest- ing cables, a landing plane traveling over 120 knots can be brought to a smooth but firm halt. Ask any of the V-2 recovery specialists how to get a big jet on the deck and they will tell you it is done with mirrors which is about as tricky as the magic it implies. The mirror landing system takes most of the guess work out of recovery as far as the pilot is concerned. A system of lights and mirrors provides a constant beam for the returning aircraft to follow down the deck, where the arresting gear " traps " it. Operating this mass of machinery efficiently is a big job, but not V-2 ' s only one. Such powerful and in- tricate, equipment is prone to develop internal difficul- ties on occasion. When it does — whether it is a down " cat " or a malfunctioning arresting cable — versatile V-2 crewmen go on the job around the clock, often performing ship yard type repairs under at sea condi- tions. LT E. E. GOODWIN. USN JR. DIVISION OFFICER 16 On your mark Go! Get set Cable check Getting your tail in a sling u n VA-81 u55 FOHRESTAL NAVY MlMi Off the hook Retrieving the bridle 19 LCDR G. D. MARKOVITS. USN DIVISION OFFICER Few cities can boast the traffic problem presented by FORRESTAL ' s three yawning hangar bays. Few traffic departments could cope with such a problem with the ease that V-3 does. The hangar bays look big, and are, but today ' s jet aircraft are big too, and they have to share their hangar space with boats and vehicles and still leave room for people to move around. Solving this problem is V-3 ' s main function. When an aircraft sitting topside needs maintenance, V-3 will whip it off the elevator, wheel it to an accessible spot and replace it quickly with a plane ready for launch. The casual observer, carrying a load of trash from the forecastle to the fantail or trying to find the end of the chow line, is likely to think that the three or four planes nestling together are lost. But V-3 knows where they are, what they are and how to get them from there to where they are needed in the least possible time. That ' s taken care of by hangar deck control, the nerve center of V-3 operations. But just knowing where to put a plane, or remem- bering where it went, is only part of the job. Some- body has to put it there or go back to take it out. That ' s V-3 too, as personified by the huddle of strain- ing men deftly shoving the giant aircraft from place to place at the command of the plane director ' s shrill whistle. Elevator Operato) w Waiting for the Next Plane Mule Team A jet engine is of little use on the hangar deck. Another plane on its ivay to the flight deck. 22 Plane director jockeys plane into position. VV ' - : 23 Fueling operations begin Hose being carried from the cat-walk to an aircraft. CWO-4 HERMAN D. COOTS. DIVISION OFFICER USN Oases are generally marked by green palm trees ; on FORRESTAL oases for thirsty airplanes are marked by red jerseys, the red jerseys of the fuels crew of V-4. And the high performance jet aircraft aboard are always thirsty, requiring long and frequent " drinks " of JP5 and such exotic fuels. Taking care of these re- quirements, and the complicated array of. pumps, hoses, gauges, and other impedimentia attendant upon fueling planes is the chief responsibility of V-4. These super-service station attendants are most conspicuous on the flight deck where they can be seen lugging long hose lines looking like jungle pythons to waiting aircraft — the jets can be refueled through their in-flight probes even while turning up. But behind this busy scene are hundreds of pipes which twist and turn like fantastic pretzels through the bowels of the ship to pump rooms and storage tanks where V-4 men are on duty tending the equip- ment which sends many gallons a minute racing top- side to keep the all important planes flying. It ' s a big job — one A3D can carry 15 tons of fuel — but V-4 ' s up to it, neglecting none of the facets of their service station-like work — well, only one, they don ' t wipe windshields. 24 W Opening up the fuel line. Fueling an A4D V0 Service with a smile Fueling a helicopter. Hey, somebody give me a hand with this thing. Manning the pumps. Service attendants. 27 Repair and maintenance are the watchwords for V-6 Division, responsible not only for furnishing- air- craft and electronic gear repair support for the at- tached squadrons but also for the care of FORRE- STAL ' s numerous transportation vehicles and other rolling stock. Among the various services offered by this jack of all trades division to the air group are Liquid Oxy- gen, Power and airframes shop, parachute rigging, aviation support equipment facilities. V-6 is also responsible for Primary Flight Con- trol (the tower) which works in close coordination with flight deck personnel to preserve the safety and effi- ciency of air ops. The only aircraft FORRESTAL can call its own also comes under the watchful care of V-6, the faithful little TF. This plane, of course, performs the essential function of bringing mail aboard at sea periods. It also serves the transport personnel and high priority cargo, and during in port periods it is based nearby to pro- vide flight time for pilots assigned to the ship ' s com- pany. V-6 maintains a high quality technical library as a reference source for its own personnel and main- tenance personnel for the squadrons. From the giant A3D Skywarrior to the tiniest " mule " tractor, if it needs repair, V-6 has a man for the job. LCDR P. A. WILLIAMS. USN V-6 DIVISION OFFICER LTJG C. M. ROWLEY. USN JR. DIVISION OFFICER The office force Pre flight check What goes up must come down, one way or another. TF team 29 [fJilUlllllliliiiifllFNilllllll 30 Bt J LT JAMES B. GILSTRAP. USN OFFICER-IN-CHARGE A helicopter is an aircraft capable of evoking a strange variety of emotions. To the casual observer there is always something amusing in its antics, much like those of a nervous hummingbird. But to a downed pilot floating in a large unfriend- ly ocean, the approach of a helo is a moment of great relief. To the crew of a destroyer operating for days without mail, the arrival of a helo bearing several sacks is like Christmas all over again. For men serving aboard a ship without a Chap- lain of their faith, a Holy Helo bearing the Chaplain of another ship to bring them services is a messenger of faith. The helo then is a craft of many missions and many responsibilities, most of them bearing directly in some human drama. It is a craft for which great affection can grow, such as the affection of FOR- RESTAL for her helos, craft flown by th e on board detachment of HU-2. Keeping two helos in the air constantly during flight ops, running shuttle flights between other ships and the beach, carrying mail, cargo and passengers, demands much time and attention in flight time and in maintenance which must be performed during the night hours after the craft are secured. A full and busy life is assured for the men of FORRESTAL ' s HU-2 detachment, working in the knowledge that they are performing a job of the high- est importance and gravest responsibility. Hovering angel comes home to rest. ft % • Tdrrestal This is one net that a pilot in trouble doesn ' t mind being caught in. Engine change. 33 Holy Helo Holy Hello CDR W. H. SHAWCROSS, USN NAVIGATOR Where are we? Navigation knows the answer to that question all the time. The Navigator and his assistants also know where FORRESTAL is going and the way to get there. All of these duties are inherent in the department ' s title. There are more, however, to be carried out by the capable staff. The department ' s quartermasters must man the wheel whenever precise ship handling is necessary: entering port, fueling alongside an oiler, negotiating a narrow strait. Distinguished visitors coming aboard or other occasions of ceremony call for the Navigator ' s attention as the ship ' s authority on protocol and naval tradition. 37 After-steering port side. 661 | §99 Division Now you see them ; now you don ' t — that ' s " T " Division. The " T " stands for Transportation, which is what this in port-existent division furnishes for FORRESTAL. Formed when the Special Sea and Anchor Detail is called away, " T " Division moves into action, bring- ing vehicles from the two storage ramps, removing covers, and making FORRESTAL ' s shore bound rolling stock ready for the voyage to the beach. On the beach division personnel — 19 drivers, one mechanic, and one CPO; from the Air Department, CarDiv FOUR, and the Marine Detachment — perform an important service for the ship, furnishing her private vehicular system. The first official act of " T " Division on arrival at the fleet landing is not directly connected with mo- bility, however. Before an automobile moves they must set up their home, a folding dispatcher ' s shack, that also acts as their service station. With the shack up, the dispatcher installed, and vehicles on the move, " T " Division is in business again. " T " Division ashore in Istanbul. Erecting the dispatcher ' s office. Transferring vehicles from the ship to the landing barge. Moving FORRESTAL is the job of M Division, on whose capable personnel the ship depends for main- taining- the main propulsion units with the bewildering maze of attendant pieces of lesser equipment. Doctors to the body, both for preventive and re- cuperative medicine are the men of R Division for whom Damage Control is a way of life. Damage Con- trol means repair and maintenance constantly per- formed and for this the many shops of R Division are ideally suited ; wherever the body seems a little sick, R Division is on the job. This then is the domain and the responsibility of Engineering, keeping life in the old girl. Carrying out this assignment, of co urse, is hardly as simple as telling about it — it means long hours of hard work, intensive training, and lots of know-how. It takes what the men of Engineering have. Visitors to FORRESTAL are always first im- pressed by her tremendous size, and by the size of everything connected with her: her massive anchors, huge flight deck, yawning hangar bays. CDR WILLIAM J. HUSSONG. USN ENGINEERING OFFICER To further this impression, countless statistics are reeled forth about weights, lengths, widths, and sizes until senses are almost staggered. FORRESTAL is a huge piece of metal — and moving her in water is big business. It is part of the business of the Engineering Department, charged with seeing that FORRESTAL is not just a big hunk of metal sitting helplessly in the water, but rather a swift attack carrier capable of speeds in excess of thirty knots — ready to supply a man made wind across the flight deck for air ops or to speed rapidly from a strike point to escape enemy detection. Engineering ' s other tasks are related to this job of keeping FORRESTAL mobile. FORRESTAL is like a living thing, the impressive outer shell is just a body, and unless the interior organs are functioning, no life is present, nothing is going on. Many of these organs are formed and serviced by Engineering. E Division looks after much of the nervous system, being responsible for internal communications — from the 1 MC to the telephone system — and much associ- ated electrical equipment. Auxiliary steam and electrical equipment — the little stuff which drives the little cogs which are neces- sary to turn and assist the big wheels — are the charge of A Division. Steam is the main concern of B Division, boiler tenders par excellance, and steam is the lifeblood of FORRESTAL, necessary for turning her big propulsion units and driving her powerful catapults. ( LTJG JAMES W. REDMOND, USN ENGINEERING ADMINISTRATIVE ASST 40 want this back. THOMAS J. McGINTY, LTJG. USN ASST. DIVISION OFFICER J. SPARACINO. ENS, USN ASST ' DIVISION OFFICER Apparently no one can do anything about the " 10% who don ' t get the word. " But if anyone could, it would be E Division, charged with maintaining interior communications system. With 2,300 telephones handling as many as 13,000 calls a day, the 1 MC loud speaker system to pass such happy words as " Mail Call, " and such equally neces- sary ones as " General Quarters, " and all other means of interior ship ' s communications in their care, the personnel have a busy life. But not too busy to handle a few other " minor " duties — such as tending the 115 volt circuits supplying such varied users as coffee messes and the ship ' s run- ning lights. From the Distribution Shop, located in Number 6 Switchboard Room, E Division personnel control power from the ship ' s generators, both 400 cycle and emergency diesel, and the distribution net- work in general. Not a light bulb burns out without coming to E Division ' s attention; air-conditioning systems with electrical malfunctions receive prompt attention. Every job, large or small, makes its demands upon the ability and ingenuity of E Division ' s well trained crew, doing their important task of insuring that " the word " is passed along — oh yes, they also show movies. Gee I wish Mom could see me noiv . I ' m betting on him to show. Who are you trying to snoiv? Just too many wires. 43 Information Please Are you sure you know what you are doing??? The trouble is light here. Division Office 66 99 LTJG JOHN R. PENDERGRASS. JR., USN DIVISION OFFICER It ' s the little things that count, they say, and A Division will go along with that. They look after the " little " things, like the ship ' s whistle, the anchor chain windlass, ship ' s boats diesel engines, little things like that. Which means their work is more complicated than would first be imagined . . . the little things range over a wide and bewildering varied field of types, sizes and operations. Someone in A Division has to know what they are supposed to do so he can make sure they do them correctly. Permanently implaced items are not the only things that draw A Division ' s attention. Pilots go without worry to the air-scarce upper reaches of the atmosphere, breathing A Division generated oxygen. The crew enjoys fresh frozen strawberries thanks to A Division cared for storage freezers. Even catapults receive attention from A Division; they are responsible for cutting in the steam, and they have frequent jobs cut out for them when the unpre- dictable monsters act up. A Division is the place for a man with mechanical aptitude and a love for machines — providing he doesn ' t mind good hard work and performing a variety of jobs certain to tax his ingenuity and skill to the utmost. That ' s the kind of men A Division needs — and has. ENS J. D. BATCHELOR, USN JUNIOR DIVISION OFFICER 46 Dhnsion Officer checks muster report Training session Leading PO ' s take a coffee break. The machine shop. 47 Things have to be checked . . And double checked. Checked 48 Love may make the world go round, but FORRESTAL is more practical. She demands steam, and lots of it. Steam is what she gets, in abundance ; B Division sees to it. Down below, way down below, are the ship ' s boilers, eight of them, two decks high, covered with dials and gauges, and pipes and valves, and handles and meters, and nozzles and all sorts of things which men of B Division must look after constantly in the 100-120 degree heat of the boiler rooms. Steam, of course, is just vaporized, heated water. Where does the water come from? Out of the ocean, of course, there ' s lots of it out there, but it ' s no good for FORRESTAL ' S purposes until B Division gets through with it. The Division ' s condensers can produce 200,000 gallons of pure, potable water a day from salty sea water — pure water good for man and catapult alike, and it even tastes good. Steam is fuel, so is oil. And because the two are related, B Division gets to look after the fuel pumped into FORRESTAL, testing it for purity, watching its stowage to keep the ship trimmed on an even keel, or just keeping track of it to know how much we have. " Where it ' s dark as a dungeon and damp as the dew, " runs a folk song about coal miners ; but B Division men might feel the song belongs to them. It ' s way down there and pretty damp in that temperature, but the boiler rooms are a place where a man who knows his job is always in demand — and pride in doing their job well is one of the dis- tinguishing marks of B Division people. 66 99 LTJG G. B. GOETEMANN. USN DIVISION OFFICER ' ENS D. E. MCCOY. USN JUNIOR DIVISION OFFICER Changing of the watch Taking a reading Throttle man Two heads are better than one. 51 There is always time for an occasional " sea " story. Got alight? 52 Taking a reading on the water tanks. Standing a watch in the engine spaces. 53 Have steam ivill travel 66 im: 99 1 ( LTJG WILLIAM P. DAWKINS, USN DIVISION OFFICER f LTJG J. P. SWOPE, USN JUNIOR DIVISION OFFICER M stands for motion, and so does M Division . . . they ' re the men who move FORRESTAL at its " in ex- cess of 30 knots " speed — or allow her to creep gently to anchorage. The domain of M Division is strictly defined: from the eighth deck up Division personnel have charge of all machinery of the propulsion unit. The domain is well defined but extensive, and its equipment massive. Included in the machinery given to the charge of M Division: each of the four main engines, which encompasses the attendant gear and gadgets for each, a high pressure turbine, low pressure turbine, main condenser, reduction gears, a shaft with 22 foot propellor and a set of tanks, pumps, valves and throttles thrown in for good measure. Put all together and they are capable of causing a very big splash under FORRESTAL ' S fantail, pushing the massive carrier through the waves with the grace of an ocean liner. Behind the whole business: M Di- vision, serving as the " limbs " and motive power of the FORRESTAL body. Behind almost every modern operation today lies electricity. For FORRESTAL ' S tremendous capacity for the absorption of electrical power the electricity comes from M Division maintained generators, eight of them capable of producing 1,500 kilowatts apiece, lighting about 19,000 light bulbs and 25,000 radio tubes, among other electrically powered items aboard. Enough electricity pours from M Division ' s generators to supply a city the size of Pittsburgh. FORRESTAL is a city that never sleeps, an oper- ating ship with an almost restless need for motion. Supplying the power for ship and machinery is M Di- vision ' s job. 54 55 It takes dials . And wheels And wheels and dials to run a ship. 56 66 99 LTJG LAWRENCE E. PELTON, USN DIVISION OFFICER ENS B. A. MACEWEN. USN JUNIOR DIVISION OFFICER R Division is responsible for the Damage Control readiness and material up-keep of the ship ' s hull and fittings. To carry out this function the R Division has four shops and a Damage Control security watch sta- tioned throughout the ship. The Damage Control Watch, in Central Control, consists of a petty officer and mes senger. The watch coordinates the use of firepumps, bilge pumps, and maintenance of water-tight integrity. The Damage Control Shop issues all damage con- trol equipment, cares for all fire fighting installations, and keeps doors and hatches in repair. The metal shop makes all metal and structural re- pairs to the ship and handles other work which in- volves welding or metal work. The Carpenter Shop ' s main function is repairing the wood work on the ship ' s boats. Plaques, cabinets, picture frames or anything else made of wood aboard was probably built in the carpenter shop, where mas- terpieces of improvisation are the order of the day. The Pipe Shop is on call 24 hours a day to main- tain the ship ' s piping systems. If you fail to get fresh water, if your head is stopped up, or if you spot a leaky valve, a call to Central Control will bring a Pipe Shop expert to the scene and a remedy to the problem will not be far behind. All R Division personnel have received extensive training in Damage Control, the repairing of battle damage and fire-fighting. They serve as the nucleus of the ship ' s Repair Parties during battle. Welders at work Repairing hose it can be done, they will do it. Precision Concentration 59 The pipe shop. The carpenter shop 6] This ship must run on paper. 62 v V g» Recent years have seen a virtual revolution in naval warfare and activities, with radar, radio, nuclear power, missiles and other scientfiic wonders becoming increasingly important. No matter how many gadgets come upon the nau- tical scene, however, as long as there are ships and men to man them the ancient and traditional art of the deck divisions will be in demand. Supplying the men who know this art from be- ginning to end is Gunnery Department, charged par- tially — as the name implies — with responsibility for maintenance and operation of the ship ' s weapons and ordnance systems, and partially with such seafaring domains as high-lining, at sea refueling, and line handling. Whenever FORRESTAL needs supplies or fuel, especially while operating in the Med, away from shore bases, Gunnery ' s Divisions man their stations on the elevators and sponsons to tend the lines connecting CVA-59 with cargo ships or tankers. The same opera- tion, in reverse, is performed between FORRESTAL and her escorts whenever the smaller ships come along- side for logistical support. FORRESTAL ' s secondary anti-aircraft weapons, her 5 " 54 rapid fire guns and their related fire control systems belong to Gunnery, requiring many hours of maintenance, training, and practice of their crews. FORRESTAL ' S Marine Detachment is assigned to Gunnery, performing duties as interior guards, gun crews, landing party, and honor guards — all with the traditional efficiency and polish of the Corps. The giant anchors, their massive chains, and foc ' s ' le home are the responsibility of Gunnery also . . . the foc ' s ' le being one of the show places of the ship, being used frequently for Divine Services and other meetings. Every person arriving aboard FORRESTAL, from Admiral to seaman apprentice, comes aboard courtesy of Gunnery, responsible for the accomodation ladders, quarterdecks and brows . . . special source of pride with Gunnery, the forward Quarterdeck, adorned with fancy work, a bust of James V. Forrestal, for whom FOR- RESTAL was named, and ship ' s trophies. Often unsung but vastly important to the appear- ance and proper maintenance of FORRESTAL, Gun- nery ' s side cleaners. In port periods are their busiest time as they go over the side in punts or strung from spider rigs with rollers and brushes to keep the old girl ' s haze grev makeup shiny . . . and thev even build their own craft, like this year ' s RUST SEEKER III, a large barge designed to replace piers and camel barges not available at Mediterranean anchorages, but very necessary for side cleaners. Another group of people who work hardest in port are the boat crews of Gunnery, the men who keep up a constant boat shuttle from ship to beach from the moment the hook drops until it cranks upward again, carrying passengers and cargo. The duties of Gunnery are many, the skills re- quired to perform them varied ; in their performance a vast amount of pride, for though the work is gen- erally routine, it is the routine of shipboard life, which is something set apart from all other activity; and in the performance of shipboard routine, in knowledge of seamanship, Gunnery Department personnel excel. i CDR THEDODORE G. DEFAYE. USN GUNNERY OFFICER LCDR PAUL B. TRAVIS. USN ASST. GUNNERY OFFICER 64 1st Division LTJG U. J. FELSTINER, USN DIVISION OFFICER A rumble that shakes FORRESTAL, a prolonged note on the bugle: 1st Division has just carried out one of its primary responsibilities. A thirty-five ton anchor rests on the bottom and FORRESTAL is in port for a while. Caring for the two massive anchors is 1st Di- vision ' s biggest job — about as big as the impressive size of the anchors with their 360-pound-link chains, chains as long as FORRESTAL herself. It takes a heap of painting, greasing, washing and hosing to keep an anchor working properly; it takes skill to drop the hook just right at just the proper moment. It takes the kind of work and know-how 1st Division is renowned for. The anchors ' home is the foc ' s ' le, and it is 1st Di- vision ' s home as well. The foc ' s ' le, indeed, is one of the show places of the ship. Not only are visitors amazed at the size of the anchor and its chains, but they are impressed with the picture of sea-worthy neatness which the well tended area presents. Sunday finds the foc ' s ' le a busy place. At this time it is converted temporarily into a ship ' s chapel for both Catholic and Protestant services. Conferences and memorial services are also held here, a tribute to the high standards exercised by 1st Division in main- taining their most important space. But 1st has more than anchors and foc ' s ' les to worry about. Line handling is an old and honored nau- tical art, one in which 1st Division personnel are necessarily proficient, for when CVA-59 ties up dock- side she depends on 1st Division to snug her down. All of this with a high-line detail and the stand- ard shipboard work of a good deck division make up the routine and responsibility of 1st Division. ffl$. !■:-• Si ► fmSr 67 Today ire work over the side First division ' s knot board. Any hour of the night or day may find 2nd Di- vision personnel tending- lines on elevator number one while fueling destroyers, taking on fuel or replenishing. This is tricky business, rigging high lines for the transfer of arms and cargo, slinging the big hoses between two pitching ships through which the black fuel oil will run. Tricky business but all in a day ' s work for the men of 2nd Division. When not engaged in line tending, 2nd Division must look after ther equally pressing duties such as manning their General Quarters Stations in the 5 54 mounts and magazines. During this current Med Cruise, 2nd Division visibly demonstrated its versatility and ingenuity by converting CVA-59 into an AK complete with modi- fied " house-fall rig " — a type of high line with 2,500 pounds capacity usually employed by regular cargo ships — in replenishing the destroyer WEEKS. In port the division is equallv busy with things nautical and traditional. FORRESTAL ' s " lobby " , the port quarterdeck, with its bust of James V. Forrestal, numerous trophies, and rope fancy work is in the care of this busy group of men. And there is always practice and study in the arts of seamanship which the division is famous for. Life in 2nd Division is a liberal education in all of the countless aspects of deck seamanship. The 2nd Divi- sion sailor can lay just claim to the title " Typical Navy. " LTJG A. J. STEINTHAL. USNR DIVISION OFFICER (i - y • for, ENS W. H. LUESING, JR.. USr JUNIOR DIVISION OFFICER nd IDi vision IMBHMUi Operation high line m $ . ' Lines, lines, and more lines. Keeping " squared " away Faking down the line 71 High line crew in action. Fueling preparation. There ' s always something to he done. 73 Rigging for fueling Operating with a fast attack carrier task force places large demands on the fuel stock of all the ships involved, especially the smaller destroyers and escort vessels. To keep all the ships operating at top speed and efficiency, frequent refuelings are necessary, and when refueling stations are called away the men of 3rd Di- vision are on the job. Manning the refueling rig on elevator number three, 3rd Division personnel are able to pump 1,000 gallons of black oil a minute to destroyers alongside. From the same station they man the lines and hoses as the big fleet oilers come alongside to transfer their liquid stores into FORRESTAL ' s massive reser- voirs, providing fuel for the carriers own hard driving engines, and deliver jet fuel for her aircaft. On occasion 3rd Division has manned the 800 pound capacity wire high line, usually operated by 2nd Division, in augmenting the bigger " modified house- fall rig. " In port, 3rd Division assumes responsibility for the after quarterdeck, and for rigging the accommo- dation ladders which carry the crew members to their liberty boats. No less essential though less glamorous, is 3rd Division ' s responsibility for trash and garbage dis- posal. Incinerator crews work ' round the clock dis- posing of the mass of waste accumulated by the float- ing city in a day. Of course when there is nothing else to do, there ' s always paint that needs chipping, or a deck that needs swabbing, or — well you name it and if it has to do with a ship, 3rd Division can handle it. rd IDi-vision. I ( LTJG C. D. SMITH. USN DIVISION OFFICER ENS. J. P. OLMSTEAD. USN JUNIOR DIVISION OFFICER 74 Floating service station for escorts. Prepare to break away. 76 Side cleaner ' s fleet. V 1»!- In port periods usually mean rest and recreation for most of FORRESTAL ' s crewmen— but not for the hardworking men of the 4th Division. Responsible for the fleet of small boats, their work has just be- gun when the hook is dropped. The boats in 4th Division ' s charge are small, but the fleet is large, and its purposes varied. It consists of seven utility boats, two officers ' motor boats, the Captain ' s gig, and the Admiral ' s barge. In port, at anchor, each boat must have a crew aboard of three men — coxswain, bowhook, and stern- hook — and the boats are constantly busy shuttling liberty bound crewmen and guests to and from the ship. At sea the boats rest, but the 4th Division doesn ' t. The craft require constant maintenance, painting, varnishing, and polishing. There is always something that needs looking after to keep the all important craft in top shape and at peak operating efficiency. The boats are not 4th Division ' s only concern. They also have a refueling station on elevator four, sometimes handle high line operations and (from the fantail) take care of the sled used by the embarked squadrons for aircraft and bombing practice. Always busy, in port or at sea — that ' s 4th Division. til Division Repairing the rail Away all boats ENS WILLIAM B. KAYE. USN DIVISION OFFICER ENS J. W. FERRIS. USN JUNIOR DIVISION OFFICER VT (abte-jod 1- 1 o ' i • • r £ l ' ' At " . " ' y ifi ' " J " %t - Bringing the boats on to the elevator. Let ' s wait for a tractor. How are we ever going to get off this thing. 79 Forrestal ' s liberty fleet. 80 Uniform of the day: undress blues and tennis shoes. ' What goes up ... . If you think I ' m going to lift this thing by myself .... must come down IDi vision While FORRESTAL ' s main armament, both of- ensive and defensive, is considered to be her far rang- ing, hard hitting aircraft, she carries on board a potent sting of her own in her rapid fire, 5 " 54 guns. Keeping these weapons in good order, and man- ning them during air defense and general quarters is the job of 5th Division. These weapons are the most modern of rifled de- fensive and offensive automatic weapons. With such a rapid rate of fire, each gun carries with it a fire- potential as great as that of a World War II destroyer. Projectiles are handled only in the 5th deck ammo loading room ; from there to firing the process is auto- matic. Such modern armament is naturally complex. It takes a great deal of studying and experience as well as routine maintenance to keep them performing well. Such are the daily tasks of 5th Division as they go about their work of keeping the secondary teeth of FORRESTAL in good biting condition. ENS J. B. KRUMSIEK. USNR DIVISION OFFICER Men carrying out a tradition that is old as the Navy itself . . . the sea story. The gun mount. Inside a gun mount The spit and polish Navy Checking the manual 83 Good grief they ' re ticking. am r y I_T J. W. OLSON. USN DIVISION OFFICER 1_T D. B. JONES. USN JUNIOR DIVISION OFFICER Arming an AD6 The powerful striking power of FORRESTAL ' s aircraft is in the ammunition they carry, from 20mm cannon shells for strafing and close support to the heavy bombs for use against a variety of targets. Keeping a constant supply of these lethal items flowing from the magazines to the hangar deck is the job of G Division, ordnance specialists for the entire ship. You name it, if it can be exploded or fired, G Division knows how to handle it and what it should be fired from. To keep this stream of ammo moving G Division employs a system involving twenty-one bomb eleva- tors, a puzzling variety of carts, and lots of plain old fashioned man power. During a strike exercise, the bombs, bullets, and rockets make the long haul from the eighth deck magazines to the underside of waiting attack aircraft on a rigid time schedule. But G Division ' s work started long before the strike exercise began. During the night, while others slept, they were at the important business of fusing and assembling the weapons, checking each working part to insure against a malfunction, and mixing up a batch of gooey napalm. FORRESTAL carries a knock out punch for any aggressor — tending the fist of that punch are the personnel of G Division. Division Office You just can ' t get away from paper work. UDT Personnel 85 Rockets arrive on the flight deck via elevator. ' Piece " talk This is the age of the guided missile, with strange and complex weapons being developed for every pur- pose and mission conceivable. On board FORRESTAL, the experts in this mis- sile age belong to GM Division, the part of the ordnance group charged with testing and assembling the fiend- ishly accurate " Sidewinder " an air to air anti- aircraft missile ■ and other air launched rocket weapons, as well as maintenance of associated test equipment. During prolonged strike exercises, GM Division puts brain and brawn together to keep a steady stream of properly prepared and assembled missiles flowing to waiting aircraft, performing their vital role in main- taining the FORRESTAL weapons systems at peak efficiency. A relatively new division, manned by men bearing a fairly new rate, GM Division can look to an ex- panding future as more and more guided missiles come into use, and as FORRESTAL continues to be an ever ready launching platform for the latest, the best, and the most devastating of military instruments. Securing rockets to mule. n — A Missile Mechs. Division office 89 CWO-4 HENRY A. LANTELME DIVISION OFFICER Each of FORRESTAL ' s eight 5 " 54 anti-aircraft guns has its own fire control system. Assuming the responsibility for the maintenance and operation of these complex systems is Fox Division. Each gun fire control system includes its own director, radar and electronic computer. In action, this system detects a target, tracks it, computes its course and directs the guns on it. This method is equally effective against high speed jet aircraft, tor- pedo boats, or even an object the size of a sea gull. In addition to these eight separate but similar systems, Fox Division has charge of the Target Des- ignation System. This system utilizes the ship ' s search radar to give the Gunnery Liaison Officer in Combat Intelligence Control an overall picture of the possible targets in the ship ' s sectors. From this composite view, the Gunnery Officer can pick out the most threatening targets and direct the appropriate guns to bear. One unique feature of the Target Designator System is its use of a television camera and seven television type receivers for clarifying its view of the battle scene. More peaceful uses for the Mk. 56 Gun Fire Con- trol Systems are found by Fox Division who also aid in Radar Navigation and balloon tracking for Aerology. The eyes and ears of the gun crew 7 may get decorated for this " 90 The right button at the right, time. Fire control station on the 09 level. I ' m not sure but I think I saw it move 5S«» - r Mfl % .--• @ Are you getting any ball scores? A id the)i somebody comes up and says ship over Tuning in. --- " .;, ■ n m ' l LCDR EDWIN C. BARTLETT. USN DIVISION OFFICER A ' ! rs LTJG WILLIAM F. MURPHY, USN JUNIOR DIVISION OFFICER • r: ' f: V- f- WW 1 - Hidden away in the ship in working spaces closely guarded by alert Marines, where even the ventilating system ' s air undergoes a lovalty check, are the men of SWU. They emerge on occasion to hustle canvas draped shapes of odd and intriguing — not intriguing enough to have anyone ask any questions, of course — shapes through dimly lit passageways to canvas shrouded loading stations where they are attached to aircraft. SWU is the outfit behind the noncommital state- ment, " FORRESTAL has nuclear capability. " By the very nature of their job — which does require extensive security and loyalty clearances for each man — not too much can be said about them. They are called upon to be electricians, mechanics, ordnancemen, physical technicians, and nuclear physi- cists — while being as quiet as churchmice and as tight lipped as clams. Secrecy and efficiency are the bywords for the men who put the sharp edge on FORRESTAL ' s striking power, making her the potent deterrent to aggressions, the powerful champion of world peace which she is. Their ' s is a job calling for the highest loyalty, the utmost in dependability, the deepest of devotion to duty. It is a iob calling for long and irregular hours of highly skilled work; a job for which adequate recognition can never be given by those outside the inner circle. Nevertheless, the men of SWU fill the bill, meet the requirements, and donning their necessary cloak of anonymity go cheerfully about their business. 94 All chiefs and no Indians According to this 9,5 Morning muster CAPTAIN BERNARD GROOMS. USMC From the Halls of Montezuma to the fleet landings of Cannes, Naples, Beirut and many other Mediter- ranean countries come the troops of FORRESTAL ' s Marine Detachment. Assigned the primary mission of interior guard duty, MarDet personnel can be found on the alert throughout the ship or watchfully tending strange canvas shrouded objects through dimly lit passageways. Of equal importance, however, are their duties as showmen for the ship, which they perform as the carrier ' s Honor Guard for the reception of disting- uished visitors. MarDet was seen displaying the mil- itary precision and polish which is a part of the Corps ' 184-year-old tradition at many receptions and cere- monies during this year. MarDet personnel also assume the sometimes exasperating duty of attempting to mold a select few FORRESTAL sailors into a combat ready landing party of foot slogging white hats ; and for good measure supply a platoon to accompany the party ashore, should the situation demand a landing. During General Quarters, the Marines have sta- tions in the handling rooms of the 5 " 54 magazines. Fastest gun in the West You close one eye and squeeze Field practice on the fan tail Yeah, yeah. I know, but it says right here that . . . 97 Now close one eye 98 ., t FORRESTAL men are not the only ones who bene- fit from Medical ' s skill and equipment. The Department stands ever-ready to care for emergency cases trans- ferred from smaller ships in company by high line or helo whenever a distress signal comes through for assistance. A symbol of reassurance and comfort to all the men aboard, Medical ' s conspicuously clean and neat sick bay area with its red crosses on the deck; an assurance of the concern of FORRESTAL for the well being and welfare of the men who man her. CDR R. E. LUEHRS, USN MEDICAL OFFICER FORRESTAL has often been described as a float- ing community; she is just that, a community of over 4,000 persons with all of the requirements of a normal community of the same size — complicated by the fact that she is a sea-going warship and as such not only has special duties to attend to but also problems aris- ing from isolation from any support except what she can furnish herself. She is well equipped to do the job; and her fine Medical Department is one of the reasons she can do it so well. The core of Medical is her crew of hard working, highly skilled, professionally competent personnel, both doctors and enlisted corpsmen. But even their abilities would be over-taxed if their equipment were not also of the highest caliber. One of the most important tasks of the depart- ment is the maintenance of the physiological and psychological fitness of the flight crew personnel which includes 130 pilots. For this job, there are two Flight Surgeons with the Air Group and one Flight Surgeon, the Senior Medical Officer, with the ship ' s company pilots. FORRESTAL ' s Medical Department operates its own hospital of 84 beds, with all the attendant special services which such an operation requires. All except the gravest cases or those requiring extremely pro- longed care, can be handled with ease by the staff and facilities of this modern sick bay. In addition to the two regular wards, Medical boasts a fine operating room, isolation ward, pharmacy, clinical laboratory, X-ray facilities, and all of the equipment and paraphenalia essential to modern med- ical diagnosis and treatment, from tongue depressors to electrocardiograph machines. The Medical staff must be prepared to take care of accidents — to which carrier crewmen seem particu- larly prone — epidemics (which are uncommon, for very good reason), appendectomies, and hundreds of other illnesses and medical emergencies which sailors are capable of springing without a moment ' s notice. Caring for illness after it happens is not Medical ' s only task. Illness is easier to handle before it attacks than afterwards. Preventive medicine bulks large in the minds of FORRESTAL ' s Medical Department. Im- munizations and vaccinations stand high on the list of preventive measures emploved to good advantage by Medical — one of the good reasons FORRESTAL has little to fear from epidemics. Pest control — the destruction of such little " varmints " as rats and roaches which seem to find their way aboard even the most modern and vigilant of ships — is another important factor in the battle against disease before it begins. And the inspection of food and food preparation methods helps to hold down serious outbreaks of disease aboard. For the first time, FORRESTAL carries an Ameri- can Board of Surgery qualified Surgeon who teaches, advises, assists and performs required surgical pro- cedures. LTJG CARL B. SIMMONS. USN H DIVISION OFFICER 100 Inside the operating room Thinking things out. I wonder what he is going toput in there next. 101 — w Little things mean a lot ' A stitch in time saves nine " I could just lie here and give blood all day 102 Grin and bear it The trouble with these things is I ' m not entirely satisfied with this situation. ■ ■■■ . r 104 itf i w.m CDR S. W. JEDLOW. USN The smallest Division aboard, Dental performs the large task of keeping- FORRESTAL crewmen ' s mouths in top shape. This task covers the whole range of modern dental techniques, from prophylaxis to prosthetics. Included in this broad scope of oral activities are operative dentistry, oral surgery, peridontics, and prostodontics. Four dental off icers working in the most modern treatment areas are assisted by nine enlisted technicians in carrying out the heavy work responsib- ility of the Division. One of the highlights of the year for dental was the rearrangement of the lab spaces. Design for the work was drawn up by dental personnel, and all work was performed by FORRESTAL ' s shop personnel while the carrier was underway for the Med. With com- pletion of " Operation Tightsqueeze, " more efficient use can be made of dental ' s closely limited working area. In addition to providing more economical space use, the rearrangement saw installation of increased lab- oratory facilities to make FORRESTAL ' s prosthetic lab one of the fleet ' s finest. The new space and equip- ment have combined to aid greatly in cutting the backlog of denture construction. The prosthetics lab is now able to produce more than 80 dentures a month. The men of FORRESTAL are not the only patients calling for dental ' s care. Crewmen from the smaller ships of FORRESTAL ' s escort are frequently brought aboard for treatment and necessary attention. Dental personnel also are assigned to the Dental Guard dur- ing in port periods to attend personnel from ships in the area which lack FORRESTAL ' s facilities. Many people come to FORRESTAL for dental care, few FORRESTAL men go ashore for the same purpose. They don ' t need to. Except for extremely serious or unusual cases, the Dental Division is capable of giving as excellent care as could be had from the best equip- ped shore installations. A well trained, professionally capable staff, the most modern facilities: FORRES- TAL ' s Dental Division. f , I_T. B. W. NORVARK. USN DIVISION OFFICER 106 My, would you look at that Th is is going to hurt me more than it tvill you Noiv don ' t move. } 1 1 1 if i pn « 107 -Jtoffnj ' This is a drill, this is a drill ... " Dental police petty officer Now this is a shot I took in . 108 CDR T. B. PURVIS. JR., USN SUPPLY OFFICER Four thousand men and a 1,036 feet long ship use a lot of everything — everything imaginable — in a hurry. Ask the personnel of Supply Department, they ' ll vouch for it. Seeing that lots of everything — imaginable and sometimes unimaginable — ■ is on hand when needed and in the quantity required is Supply ' s main function, with concern over the preparation and serving of food — as well as its procurement and storage — not far behind in importance. Whatever the item, from a typewriter eraser to a jet engine, Supply must be able to order, stock, ac- count for, and distribute it. This takes a heap of figuring, paperwork and know-how. It also requires a lot of work and so forth to keep some 4,000 officers and men well fed. Figuring how to serve seven tons of food daily so that it looks and tastes like something more palatable than the bare statistic is no game for amateurs — but then the cooks, bakers, butchers, and other specialists of Supply ' s commissary department aren ' t amateurs, and the job gets done with amazing efficiency and tasty results. Sailors, of course, enjoy pay call second only to no other call — Supply supplies the cash. In addition, all other fiscal matters for the crew are handled by the Disbursing Division of Supply from travel pay to bond allotments. And after being paid, of course, sailors love to spend the hard earned cash — if possible in less time than it took standing in line to draw it. To help them string the process out, Supply ' s Sales Division offers a number of shops dispensing everything from " ged- unks " to thousand hour clocks at rock bottom prices. And an aircraft carrier is a good place to get clothes dirty fast, whether you are a sidecleaner or a journalist. The answer to laundry and dry cleaning problems thus raised is furnished by Supply — and for free too. If there is a single title to be put upon the many activities performed by Supply for FORRESTAL and her people it is simply this: Service, efficient, capable and devoted. If you need it in the performance of your job, Supply will get it for you — if your Division can afford it, of course. no It all starts with the requisition chit. Then the stock number must be checked. It ' s back here somewhere LT S. C. BOHL, USN DIVISION OFFICER -1 From a typewriter brush to a swab, a memo pad to several thousand reams of paper, S-l Division sup- plies FORRESTAL ' s daily need for all general stores and ship ' s technical repair parts. Under S-l ' s charge are all the duties attendant upon procuring, receiving, storing, issuing and ac- counting for the multitude of items required for the general housekeeping and routine work of FORRES- TAL. A collective on-hand inventory of S-l ' s material shows a range of 75,000 different items, while the total number of articles approaches one-half million. Every quarter the ship ' s allotment is $165,000.00 and where it goes and what is done with it is controlled by S-l. At sea replenishment calls for the exercise of still another S-l talent; as supply personnel turn railroad builders, laying the numerous roller conveyors and bridges which speed on-loaded supplies from gigantic piles on the hangar deck to the proper store rooms below. The personnel have a great responsibility. One of such a nature that it can only be carried out by the coordinated effort of every man in the division. Need- less to say, in addition to the many material stores they have at their disposal, they also have such in- tangible items on hand as patience, perseverance, and persistence. S-l makes known its desire to be of assistance to all ship ' s personnel with the following motto: " You want it, we got it; if we haven ' t got it we ' ll get it; if we can ' t get it, they don ' t make it; if they don ' t make it, WHO NEEDS IT? " Head office The technical libra ry You put it on the shelf. Then somebody comes along and asks for it. And you have to go find it again. Day of reckoning 1? Instruction lecture V T " ry 4 Now what in the ivorld are you doing in there ? Rud-a-dub-dub four men in a tub. LTJG R. H. ROBERTSON. USN DIVISION OFFICER Take one ton of potatoes, six thousand fresh eggs, six hundred pies, one thousand chickens and a thousand pounds of fruit; blend skillfully and tastily; and you would be well on your way to performing S-2 ' s round the clock job of feeding the 4,000 large appetited crewmen of FORRESTAL. This recipe, of course would only do for one day ' s supply, and that for only a small portion of the 11,000 meals served daily aboard the super carrier. Butchers, bakers, chefs and restauranteurs to FORRESTAL, S-2 performs a task which would stag- ger many of their civilian counterparts: supplying healthful, appealing meals created en masse for 4,000 men from a selection of food which — though offering suprising variety — is necessarily limited by storage and replenishing schedules. With a 21-hour feeding system still looked upon as something of a new idea, S-2 has continued to branch out its activities to increase and improve its services by offering a soup and sandwich bar for those too rushed to eat a regular meal. The importance of the stomach is no less to a Navy than an Army, and S-2 takes pride in its prime part in the care and feeding of FORRESTAL men; a pride justified by the enthusiastic — somewhat noisy- endorsement of the crew given on the mess decks at meal times. 116 Let them eat cake. Mass production. Well I don ' t know Marty, what do you want to do? W The only people on the ship with more dough than they know what to do with. Checkmate. Well where would the sandwich be without us? The " 21 " Club. Body Building 101 119 " Our major aim is service, " claim the sailor- merchants of S-3 division. To carry through this aim, S-3 operates a variety of activities providing goods and services to the crew, making life aboard the super- carrier more pleasant and enjoyable. S-3 is FORRESTAL ' s corner drug store, barber shop, department store, and tobacco shop. It is the laundry, tailor, cobbler to a community of 4,000 men. Under its charge and supervision are six mer- chandise stores with an inventory of over a quarter of a million dollars. From these stores FORRESTAL men buy an average of $100,000 worth of goods per month, choosing from over 5,000 regularly stocked items ranging from the necessities, like tooth paste, to luxuries like perfume for the ladies at home. Through its retail outlets S-3 dispenses, in an average month, over 30,000 candy bars, 125,000 pack- ages of cigarettes, and 26,000 cookies. The laundry processes approximately 45,000 pounds of wash per week and presses 3,700 per week. The drying cleaning plant processes over 2,100 garments per week while in the same period the tailor and cobbler shops repair over 200 and 100 items respectively. The barber shop gives over 3,700 haircuts in a week ' s time. But S-3 ' service is more than a matter of statistics, impressive as they may be. It is a matter of that elusively in- tangible but highly essential quality, morale. Without high morale the most mighty weapons system would be useless; S-3 is on the job, offering service to the crew, doing its part in maintaining the morale which is a mark of FORRESTAL. JJJ » , ft, LCDR H. C. DUESSEL. USN DIVISION OFFICER Everybody thinks they have to have pressed shirts. 120 The cancer king People seem to be walking more noiv a days. Let ' s see now that would be about 10 francs. It should be there somewhere. A new store goes into commission. Iron man The Goodie Gang. 1 ' II MM Mllll MM I II Ml in M I II III I ,M M 1 1 1 M 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 MlllllllillV, Minimum ' nun Minimum Minimum I ENS W. E. HORNER Jr. USN DIVISION OFFICER Money is money is money is money . . . but the care and handling of it requires expert attention, the sort of attention the money and the money problems of FORRESTAL men receive from S-4, Disbursing personnel. S-4 maintains military pay records, computes pay for pay-days, discharges and reenlistments, and han- dles pay records for men who transfer to the Fleet Reserve for retirement. The fiscal section prepares checks for the payment of foreign currency, and is responsible for the ren- dition of fiscal returns. The public voucher section prepares all public vouchers for payment of shore patrol expenses, per diem, travel and transportation of dependents. This section also makes final payments on foreign dealers ' bills when the ship is deployed. The allotment section answers questions regard- ing pay, registers allotments on bonds, savings, de- pendents, insurance, loans to the Navy Relief, and loans for the repayment of a home through a mort- gage loan. And disbursing, of course, also exchanges foreign currency upon arrival in various countries as well as preparing and distributing W-4 withholding tax forms. They serve the men who serve the fleet. The public voucher section 124 It ' s all very simple . . . you just go to the pay window, ask somebody about your record., Exchanging foreign money And then they check it. 125 Officers and gentlemen, properly enough, expect to live like officers and gentlemen, ashore or afloat — so do the men of S-5 expect them to. And everybody ' s expectations in this category are lived up to with the efficient staff of stewards of S-5 on the job. Of course, this takes a little doing, the sort of doing in which a good steward — the FORRESTAL kind, of course, the two types being synonymous — takes pride. At the core of S-5 ' s operations are the three ward- rooms where some 300 officers dine daily in pleasant surroundings with expert attention which would attract a Parisian headwaiter ' s acclaim. But this is not enough. The wardrooms, not to be outdone by the crew ' s 21 hour mess, keep, in ad- dition to the regular seatings, their galleys, pantries, sculleries and Coffee Mess open twenty-four hours a day, in port or at sea. To satisfy that longing for the good old American pasttime the midnight snack, which is likely to strike after a four hour bridge watch or a tour as boat officer, a Sandwich Mess is run, making available for purchase juices, milk, and fav- orite sandwiches cooked to order. S-5 ' s service stops short of breakfast in bed, but no one really notices it; the attractions of the ward- room are enough to pull the heaviest sleeper out of his rack. FORRESTAL ' s officers can live like gentlemen of the old school — thanks to S-5. a ENS J. P. LARSON. USN DIVISION OFFICER Wardroom two at dinner time The XO and " Big T " preside 127 128 52 ,3i 3r— -■ B MBPE " For a fact, FORRESTAL is an " operating " ship spending at least half — or more — of her time at sea conducting training activities and battle exercises with other ships and services. The men behind this busv schedule in many re- spects are the personnel of — logically enough — the Operations Department. Operations has the vast responsibility of gather- ing, evaluating, and disseminating varied bits and pieces of information of an intelligence nature and of formulating broad pictures from the tiny scraps. From this information, the various departments and divisions concerned can base plans and predictions and conduct daily routine in accordance with con- ditions prevailing. These pieces of information come from a wide range of sources: a teletyped dispatch from Washing- ton, the tiny voice of a radiosonde transmitter aloft by balloon, a code transmission from SIXTH Fleet, the picture of FORRESTAL ' s environment provided by the sweeping, all seeing eye of the radar, and many others. Putting them together in a logical, proper, and understandable order is the business of Operations. In addition, Flight Ops, the major activity of the ship — aside from maintaining itself — are the res- ponsibility of Operations. They must arrange the day ' s flight schedule and then follow its execution in detail, always ready to shift planes, missions, or times to meet new and changing circumstances. One of the most important of these circumstances, liable t o change with very little notice, is the weather. OA Division of Operations keeps track of this fickle item, making reliable predictions enabling FORRES- TAL to find the most suitable area for air operations. Keeping a weather eye on planes outbound on and inbound from missions is the task of still another Operations Division, 01. Operating the Combat In- formation Center, Carrier Controlled Approach, and Surface Combat, 01 Division is responsible both for maintaining a complete and accurate picture of the ever changing situation surrounding FORRESTAL in the air and on the sea and for controlling air traffic in the immediate area, as well as guiding planes into a landing under conditions of reduced visibility. Maintaining communications with other ships and the outside world is essential in the gathering of intel- ligence data. Handling this task are men of OS — visual signals — and OR — electronic signals, who insure that FOR RESTAL will never be out of touch. A constantly developing part of intelligence gath- ering is Aerial photographic reconnaissance, conducted by OP Division. In addition, the Photo Lab crew is responsible for all photographic coverage aboard ship from a complete film record of daily flight ops to a picture of a seaman for a home town newspaper release. Maintenance and repair of the electronics system upon which much of Operations activities depend is under the charge of OE Division. Using their superb technical skill and ingenuity to greatest advantage these men are on call 24 hours a day to keep the in- valuable equipment functioning properly. Responsible for knowing about FORRESTAL ' s en- vironment and planning what she ' ll do about changes in it: Operations Department. 130 CDR V. E. BINION, USN OPERATIONS OFFICER 12 MARCH 1959-28 MAY 1960 CDR J. M. NIFONG OPERATIONS OFFICER 28 MAY I960 LCDR KAY L. KYLE. USN OP DIVISION OFFICER " Watch the birdie, " the standard old photogra- pher ' s phrase has a strange twist aboard FORRESTAL . . . here the photographers, not the subjects, watch the " birdie " — CAG EIGHT ' S forgiving the term in relation to their aircraft. For every day during flight ops, photographers from OP Division are on the catwalks busy recording for posterity every launch and recovery, catching the good ones and the bad ones, the happy and sad, with the one witness that never lies, the camera. Covering flight ops seems enough — it probably is — but OP has many more responsibilities. Aviation Intelligence and Aerial Reconnaissance are one of their prime reasons for existence and about a quarter of their working time is devoted to these vital activities. In addition, ID and portrait photography, shots of damaged material and endless on-the-spot coverage of many events leave little time left over. Into this breach — to keep OP ' s people from becoming bored — jumps PIO, working hand-in-glove with the Photo Lab to insure that nothing of news worthiness about and aboard FORRESTAL is lost. One picture is worth a thousand words and OP Division is prepared to get the pictures that speak the loudest and longest for any occasion : a reception, tour, awards presentation, change of command, VIP visit, or a little lost sea gull. The list is endless, as is OP Division ' s ability to cope with the situation. But lest we forget, the click of the shutter on the camera is not the end of Photo Lab ' s work, rather it is the beginning. For the film must be developed, printed, catalogued, distributed, filed, and variously cared for, resulting in many hours of technical activity in the darkroom and paperwork from the typewriter. Somehow, though, OP Division personnel manage to wade through it all; and even those events we ' d all like to forget about get recorded on film. 132 Main office ' Pappy " checks the prints Can ' t decide which camera to use I know that picture is here somewhere 133 Air intelligence keeps OP busy Rats — 1600 feet, and all double exposures Keeping an eye on developments 134 And this part is called the birdie Checking the storeroom inventory Don ' t smile — this is for your I.D. card Quiet, genius at work 135 LTJG WILLIAM D. HARRISON. USN DIVISION OFFICER " ON THE FLAG BAG . . . " This word means turn to for men of CS Division, whipping- up another signal to the halyards. CS people are responsible for knowing all about one of the most ancient of nautical arts, visual signals. Even in this day of radar, radio, and many other electronic gadgets, there is nothing more dependable for swift passing of the word between ships than visual signals — that is if they are handled by depend- able men like those of CS. CS must pass along continual course and speed changes during a day of flight ops by means of the flags and pennants. At night, the flag bag is secured and messages are sent by flashing white or infrared light. When close alongside another ship, one of the oldest means of communication known to man is em- ployed, the semaphore. In this way messages are exchanged between modern warships just as they were in older times. CS is further responsible for knowing the posi- tion and identity of all ships in company of FOR- RESTAL — in order to get the right message to the right ship. Complete knowledge must also be available of all flags, pennants and call signs of US and foreign ships and flag officers. And if a sea gull of Lebanese registry dips in salute to FORRESTAL, CS must know just what honors and ceremonies are appropriate for this, as well as for more probable occasions. On the flag bag 136 Receiving messages Arranging the fleet 137 The Message Man Instructions by the chief I feel like a fool, standing here waving my arms around. You can even pick out the- 139 LT P. T. JOHNSON, USN DIVISION OFFICER ENS D. M. McCRAKEN JUNIOR DIVISION OFFICER 1 Aircraft carriers, of course, are designed to carry aircraft, and there is no point in doing that unless the air craft are doing something. Seeing to it that they do something — and often — is the job of OC Division, responsible for Air Opera- tions on board FORRESTAL. This sounds simple enough, but like most simple sounding things it is, in practice, most complicated and complex, depending upon a variety of circumstances and factors, all of which OC must keep constant tabs on. Among other things, OC must keep constantly informed of the tactical movements of FORRESTAL, of problems affecting the launch and recovery of in- dividual aircraft, of questions of aircraft control, of the status of particular planes and the availability of pilots to man them, and of the position of all air- craft aloft. OC personnel must also have at their fingertips knowledge of weather present and predicted, fuel states of various aircraft — together with their num- bers, missions and pilots ' names — ship ' s position, location of nearest land and airports, and other odds and ends. All of this information, of course, is needed for the scheduling of air operations and for supervising their conduct — in keeping up with the status of all factors affecting operations and making changes de- manded by changing conditions of weather, position, and aircraft availability. These are normal, routine duties of OC. In the course of a day ' s activities, however, some other little items crop up from time to time such as getting a flight for a man with emergency leave, ferrying VIP ' s from place to place, arranging a spot for a wayward TF with mail for fleet units in the other end of the Med. If it has to do with doing with aircraft, OC Div- ision is on the job. Marking location of plane 140 Keeping track of data on airborne planes On the repeaters Desk watch 141 k V Do it yourself booklet. LT FREDERICK W. FINN. USN DIVISION OFFICER W01 C. J. SKJOD JR. DIVISION OFFICER Some may believe an ET ' s life is one of rest, recreation, and coffee breaks. They are not ET ' s themselves, nor are they one of the 100 pieces of electronic gear aboard FOR- RESTAL which OE Division cares for. If they were, they would know better. For these 100 items of electronic wizardry, re- peaters, Tacan, Loran, Teletypes, facsimile, radio dir- ection finding equipment, television cameras and sets, are the charges of the 44 ET ' s of OE Division, and they demand 24 hour attention. The 32 antennas mounted on FORRESTAL ' s mast require constant routine maintenance ; and occasionally even these sturdy objects (the largest weighs 1,600 pounds) must be removed for repair by one or more ET ' s. The ET is to a great extent responsible for FOR- RESTAL ' s safety. Communications must be established with all airborne planes and helos, and ship ' s radar must constantly show a complete survey of the operat- ing area. Through knowledge of equipment and perser- verence in repair activities, the ET ' s make certain that the communication and contacts are maintained. Completing a repair job does not mean the end of an ET ' s task; ahead of him lies a somewhat larger job: filling out the necessary failure reports, main- tenance forms and equipment records required. 142 Well, I ' d say . . . Dear Mom. On the set. I wonder what will happen if I The central nervous system of FORRESTAL weap- ons system is manned by 01 Division, responsible for Combat Information Center. Two separate units of 01 watch the Air and Sur- face Combat picture. LT. W. E. SOUTHALL, USN DIVISION OFFICER Tracking and plotting s The Air Controllers in Combat Information Center keep tabs on the air picture, maintaining communica- tions with aircraft and other ships as well. From numerous radar screens the composite and separate sector pictures of the air space around FOR- RESTAL and activity in it is transferred to large plexiglass boards which line the walls of CIC. (A special requirement for 01 men, the ability to write legibly and quickly, backwards.) From this information, a constant check can be made on the position of each of FORRESTAL ' s own aircraft, identification of potential enemy craft made, and traffic control of incoming aircraft established. From behind the bridge, Surface Combat keeps its eyes on the surface picture, collecting, evaluating, and disseminating vital combat intelligence data af- fecting the movement and activities of FORRESTAL in any situation. Working away in their dark little rooms, with the subdued voices of talkers forming a constant, tensely calm, background to their activities, the men of 01 who rarely see the light of day are as well informed of all factors affecting FORRESTAL as anyone aboard — because they are; and because they can use ef- fectively their information, FORRESTAL is a sentient, effective weapons system. kV- r Rt At the plotting board on the bridge. Passing the word Fire control stations 145 The boys who write backwards 146 f Just like watching television . . . but no commercials. Log watch 147 LCDR G. G. RUSSEL COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER 0)1 the speed key LTJG JAMES LILLIBRIDGE. USN DIVISION OFFICER A ship at sea seems an isolated, self contained little community. But if it were truly so, its effectiveness would be sorely limited. Hence, there is a constant need for instantaneous, reliable communications with the outside world, other ships and aircraft. Supplying- this need for FORRES- TAL are the Radiomen and Telemen of CR Division. By use of voice, teletype and " CW " (code) trans- mission and reception CR keeps in continuous touch with FORRESTAL ' s surroundings and with other ships and stations thousands of miles away. Through Main Communications, hundreds of mes- sages are transmitted and received daily, ranging from highly classified intelligence reports and operations orders concerning the ship ' s movements (though real messages received are never so numerous as rumor about these same movements), to messages reporting births to families of crewmen aboard. In the teletype room, a bank of busy machines chatters constantly throughout the day and night pick- ing up broadcasts beamed from higher headquarters, weather information for OA Division ' s predictions, and even world and national news to be fed to the Antenna and WFO R-TV for dissemination to the crew. FORRESTAL cannot afford to be without contact with the outside for even a minute. Her sensitive and alert ears and voice are powered and maintained by the equally alert and capable men of CR Division, busy twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year keeping FOR- RESTAL in touch. 148 The teletype machine Receiving messages In the " rat " room Signed, stamped and . . 150 Button, Button, who ' s got the button? LCDR EDMUND T. CLARK. USN 1 ■ ' ' ■ 1,1 It ' s going to be c i dandy day for picnics. i 152 Rain, hail, sleet or snow cannot stay FORRESTAL from her appointed rounds — but knowing what the weather will be like along the line can guide the ship to the most favorable operating area. OA Division knows. The ship ' s Aerologist, backed by his staff of enlisted specialists, gathers and com- piles data from many sources to accurately determine weather conditions which will affect FORRESTAL and her activities. Cloud formations, winds, air and water tempera- tures are all vital to the successful conduct of CVA- 59 ' s missions. Radio and teletype reports, observations made by FORRESTAL pilots aloft, the tiny voice of the radiosonde transmitters of the Division ' s own weather balloons all contribute to the composite weath- er picture from which the Aerol ogist makes his predictions. On the basis of the predictions, the ship ' s course can be set to operate in those areas which will pro- vide the most favorable conditions ; pilots can plot the most trouble-free flight paths. The weather is always news, too, and OA Div- ision keeps the ship ' s personnel informed through regularly published bulletins as well as through tele- vision round-ups printed in the ship ' s daily newspaper. Critically studying charts overlayed with be- wildering symbols of highs, lows, occluded fronts and dozens of other atmospheric phenomena, OA Divis- ion keeps a " weather eye " on aerological activities around FORRESTAL. Ml - 0 153 Weather ' data — picked out of the air I still think we should use a weather vane Looks like snow in Norfolk 154 JHaum X MY. ' ' - » 4 XteO " ULtl " V Napoleon said, " An Army travels on its stomach. " — that was prior to the invention of the typewriter. To- day the services move on reams of paper. And behind the paper — orders, POD ' s, records, news releases, odds and ends uncountable, including memoranda on the reduction of paperwork — are people. FORRESTAL ' s " paper people " are lumped to- gether mainly in X Division, forming the Executive Officer ' s staff for the performance of multitudinous tasks of wide scope. X Division itself is subdivided into numerous of- fices and shops — Captain ' s Office, Admin, Personnel, Chaplain ' s Office and Library, Print Shop, Legal, Mas- ter at Arms Force ( " Sheriff ' s " Office), Special Services, Postal, Information and Education, and Public Infor- mation. Each of these sub-units performs its own special- ized role, contributing to the smooth functioning and high morale of the FORRESTAL weapons system. The Captain ' s Office takes care of upper echelon administration, looks after correspondence requiring the CO ' s personal attention and serves as guardian of format for all official correspondence. Admin tends to similar duties for the Exec, publishes Notices and Instructions and puts out the POD. The Chaplain ' s office oversees the spiritual and moral well being of the crew, arranges tours and supervises the library. From the print shop emerge innumerable publica- tions from op orders to The FIFTY-NINER. Disciplinary matters and the crew ' s personal legal problems are the realm of the Legal Office. Acting as police for the floating community to insure compliance with regulations is the Master at Arms Force. With a multitude of functions too great to in- numerate, Special Services is directly responsible for many programs and activities designed to increase and maintain high morale. The always welcome " Mail Call " is the respon- sibility of Postal, authorities on all mail matters. Education and training runs FORRESTAL ' s campus, making available academic and professional courses and administering GED tests. And Public Information spreads the word about FORRESTAL and her men to the world through press releases and keeps the crew informed through the Antenna, The FIFTY-NINER and port of call books. LTJG B. J. P1GG. USN ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT Personnel officer, leading Chief and Petty officer 156 Education and training office. Public Information office The Master at Arms force X © ■ -Iff} I 5602 Y v f « . •v The Captain ' s office More of the Post Office Legal Office 159 CHAPLAIN A. M. OLIVER, CDR. USN PROTESTANT CHAPLAIN CHAPLAIN E. L. RICHARDSON LTJG. USN CATHOLIC CHAPLAIN Special Ser-vices Captain ' s crew In the Chaplain ' s office 161 CHANGE OF COMMAN DING I OFFICER APRIL, 1960 CAPTAIN ROBERT E. RIERA Captain Robert E. Riera was bom in Pensacola, Florida, November 30, 1912, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph V. Riera. He graduated with the U. S. Naval Academy class of 1935, and has been a naval aviator since January, 1940. At the outbreak of World War II, Capt. Riera was a student at the U. S. Naval Acad- emy Post Graduate School. In September he was assigned as Executive Officer of VB-23 aboard USS LEXINGTON where he subse- quently served as Executive Officer of VB-16. From October 1943 to November 1944 he saw service as Commanding Officer of VB-20 aboard USS ENTERPRISE, and was Com- manding Officer of CAG-11 aboard USS HORNET until April 1945. In May 1947 Capt.. Riera was assigned as Commander CAG-1 aboard USS MIDWAY. Following a period of study at the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, he served as Operations Officer on Commander Carrier Division FOUR Staff after which he became Executive Officer of USS CORAL SEA. His most recent assignment, prior to assuming command of FORRESTAL, was as Commanding Officer USS GREENWICH BAY, employed in seaplane tending off the U. S. Atlantic Coast as well as in the Persian Gulf. For action in the Pacific during World War II Captain Riera was awarded the Navy Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Legion of Merit with Combat V de- vice, Presidential Unit Citation (USS HOR- NET) and Navy Unit Commendation (EN- TERPRISE). His campaign and service medals include the American Defense, Amer- ican Area, Pacific Area, World War II Vic- tory, European Occupation and Philippine Liberation. Capt. and Mrs. Riera, the former Miss Mary Baer of Nashville, Tennessee, have four children, Mary Porter, Anne Gay, Robert E. Jr., and Mrs. W. J. Reidemann. The family ' s permanent home address is 219 51st Street, Virginia Beach, Virginia. (Captain Riera ' s mother is deceased. His father is living at 318 W. Strong St., Pensa- cola, Florida.) COMMAND COMMANDER J. M. TULLY, JR. Commander J. M. T ally, Jr., USN, who was born of a military family, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in June of 1941. Upon leaving the Academy, the Com- mander served at sea aboard the USS CLARK (DD-361) and the USS TAYLOR (DD-551) before assigned to NAS Pensacola as a student aviator. In April he was desig- nated a Naval Aviator and received his orders to VF-98. From here Commander Tally went to VFF 19, OPNAV, and to the Air Command and Air School. At this point he took his leave of the States and spent a period as Assistant Naval Attache to ALUSNA, in Mexico City. Returning from South of the Border, he went to the Armed Forces Staff College and then on to NAS, Corpus Christi, Texas, for advanced flight training. Finishing his schooling in the Lone Star State, Commander Tully joined VAH-5 as their Executive Officer and later as the Commanding Officer. In December of 1959 the Commander re- ported to BuPers as Commander, Sea Detail- er, a post he held until reporting aboard FORRESTAL. Commander Tully is married to the former Ruth Edwards, of Coraopolis, Penn. Mrs. Tully presently resides in Alexandria, Virginia, with their three children — two girls and one boy. 2 J, 1 EXECUTIVE OFFICER COMMANDER J. M. TULLY, USN JUNE, I960 163 CDR. R. E. LUEHRS, USNMC CHAIRMAN YEAR BOOK COMMITTEE LCDR. K. L. KYLE, USN EDITOR G. C. JONES, J01, USN _ CONSULTANT WILLIAM M. BOWEN, J03, USNR LAYOUT, PHOTOGRAPHIC, AND MANAGING EDITOR T. STRATTON TURNER, SN, USNR PHOTOGRAPHIC COORDINATOR HUNTER S. CHARLTON, SN, USN COPY EDITOR R. F. SEGHERS, PHCA, USN PHOTOGRAPHIC ADVISOR T. T. FERRIER, PHI, USN PHOTOGRAPHIC ADVISOR PHOTOGRAPHIC PRODUCTION P. H. FAULKNER, PHC, USN J. R. WAGONER, PH2, USN J. S. CARY, PH3, USN E. B. JOHNSON, PH3, USN M. C. COOK, PH2, USN T. L. MARKLEY, PH3, USN S. THOMAS, PH2, USN R. G. STARK, PH3, USN J. T. HARDEE, PHAN, USN T. E. HENRY, PHAN, USN R. B. HANDY, AN, USN J. R. JAMES, PHAN, USN C. K. WALLEY, SA, USN W. B. DAVIS, AN, USN W. J. RICE, PHC, USN J. E. SHRIVER, PH2, USN M. A. AKINS, PH3, USNR J. H. LILLEY, PH3, USN W. T. RILEY, PH3, USN A. 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