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CAPT JCSEPHJ B RTH
At the close of th1s deployment It 1S t1me to pause and reflect on some of our GXPBPIGHCGS and
d1scuss some of our accornphshments Let th1s book serve as a record of the cru1se and rem1nd us
when we page through It 1n the future of the hard work the ant1c1pat1on and all the good tlmes
we ve shared FORRESTAL S a People Shlp and her crew IS the s1ngle most 1mportanQ'fh
about her Every battle scar and award etched 1nto her 1ron bound h1de 1S attr1butable 1lm1
people who took her across the sea to w1n them , J
We were very successful th1s deployment We reafflrmed that we truly are 'N rs n New
by w1nn1ng the COMNAVAIRLANT Battle Eff1c1ency E The Atlantlc Fleet a ps Q ed out
three of our departments and two squadrons attached to our A1r W1n Ms mong e ca r1er
Operat1ons Department was awarded the Green E wh1le Engmal epartmen
Red E and AIMD won a Black E for us And Imlsu e,,1 Qcean o Jael-Iso v1lle t
R1ppers of F1ghter Squadron 11 and the Tr1 ents of Q16 A 4 mfa ln qughdron 3 are
proudly sport1ng the1r awards ""s far I? A
Probably our greatest s1ngle accompllshmad g the cr 1se as the re a4 our
broken shaft an event of cons1derable s1gn1fica ce 6RRESTAL'Sllon ,hm WLAII the long
hours and hard work on your part 1n acco n 1 1 1 , Stgwferygi k ow we re the best
and most ready carrler 1n the Fleet B!
Throughout the cru1se we ha the honor of ostgngg,-al ad o 15 g 1 hed v1s1tors and
I m proud of the way you all tu , o makrng o jf' 1 WKO EST emorable and as
pleasant as p0SS1b1G To name eac of t em 1nd FVNCQU y o d f1ll half of 71513510 ge but among them
were the West German M1D1St9f HS6 LEW' S59 bass dbr t ID mark and news med1a
representat1ves from both tlg I mmm 1can o sls IHC wb s 1ng the group from TIME
However the man hours of long W ork dl not go un ewarded For the th1rd stralght
year now we were able to squeeze a eo Day! 1nto our busy Operat1ons schedule The food b1ll
for that day 1n the sun wasfmore t afn 0 00 a reflectlon of a lot of healthy appetltes Even
though we weren t able if enjdafal lj e 1n ,port tlme we may have l1ked we made the best of what
we had We were the first ca er 1 years to V1S1t Barl Italy and we called tw1ce on Naples and
Taranto Itgy and Palm 541 am
A t rs progra a he ed w1den those hor1zons w1th 1nexpens1ve excurs1ons to Rome Pompe11
Caprfgndallsover t 001 and of Mallorca Wh1le 1n Palma many FORRESTAL fam1l1es were able
to enjoy the be u V e he Mzdlterranean 1sland thanks to our dependents charter fl1ght also
many crewm 1 1 e able to return home by means of the Early Blrd charter dur1ng the Barcelona
1n port pe 0 I is o even though we d1d put 1n numerous hours of hard work we st11l managed to
find t e t e to 1pe'lax and enjoy a l1ttle fun 1n the sun
ow deployments are hardest on WIVGS mothers fathers and loved ones who stay beh1nd
g her ome together the reun1ons are too br1ef the next part1ng all too soon None of us can
I Q pra1se you enough for all the support you gave us dur1ng the cru1se Now the tune has
0 an wrap lt up and start a new cycle and whlle It s good to change pace It IS also hard to let go
of th1s superb w1nn1ng comb1nat1on For me personally th1s has been a most reward1ng ex
per1ence I m proud to be a member of the FORRESTAL team
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