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,USS GEAEiFi.i2E.Z12lQ132152SME- 2? it ,. rut
cl1c?siIfii5nedaYS of World War II for longef range Cruising and greater irepower, e ear y statistics ofthe shlP
include: . ,
K 1 l 'd - August 10, 1944
Liinchaed - February 183913545 w
Fegprrrglmisshsijogiuiddgnlgflagiljbrydock Company at Port Newark, New jersey completed the construction at the record
d . , .
paCe15Ti2ItS22SisWri1aime2d,'Sfor three members of a Navy family: COIII-mandef Hef1fY,Qhalf-U12 Geaflrlg H855-l926l, who
SaCj1ESerViCe from 1879 to 1909, .and whose daughter, Mrs. Thomas Foley, participated in-the commissioning eere-
mony. Captain Henry Chalfant Gearing Q1884-19441, who serveddlfrom l1?07Nto 194345 arifyldrliieutenant Henry Chalfant
'i - ' in action at the Battle of Gua a Cana in ovem er,
Gigginygeiig15QElZ,l1l5liIGWhbCorCeileaci1d used efficiently her original weapons: two ahead-thrown weapon mounts, depth
Chafges, tofpedoee, three twin .five-inch 38 caliber gun mounts, and five 40 millimeter machine gun mounts. Then,
in 1962, as part of the extensive Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization QFRAMP pfOgfaIIj, GEARING was refur-
bished and brought up-to-date with the latest Anti-Submarine weapons by Boston Naval Shipyard. One-of the five-
inch gun mounts and all the ,older armament were removed,. to be replaced with two above-water triple torpedo
launchers located forward of the pilot house, the Drone Anti-Submarine Helicopter QDASHD system, carried until
March 19685 and the Anti-Submarine Rocket QASROCQ, capable of delivering a conventional torpedo or anuclear
charge against a submarine some distance from the ship. I .
GEARING has spent her entire lifetime in the Atlantic Fleet. Casco Bay, Maine was her first homeport, and her
early' years kept her mainly in Arctic waters. In january, -1951, GEARING sailed to the Mediterranean for the first
time, returning to a new homeport of Norfolk, Virginia- Since that time she has averaged a Mediterranean deploy-
ment at least once every eighteen months. ,
From Norfolk, GEARING roamed to Northern ,Europe and the Red Sea as well as the "Med,,' and participated in
numerous exercises closer to home, including Operation Springboard, tan annual Caribbean eventj, Operation
Novorock with the Canadians, the joint Civilian Orientation Cruise, and two Atlantic Fleet Exercises. As a unit
of Destroyer Squadron Four, GEARING moved to a homeport of Charleston, South Carolina in 1959.
The 196O's'brought several "firsts" to GEARING. In 1961, while on a South Atlantic Cruise as flagship for
Deputy Commander South Atlantic, GEARING was called upon to intercept and apprehend the hijacked Portugese
liner Santa Maria. As the first naval ship 'in the area, GEARING became flagshi for the negotiator, Rear Admiral
Allen Smith. After FRAM, GEARING left her new homeport of Newport, Rhode Isljand to be the first American ship
to participate in the Cuban Blockade, and the first to intercept a Soviet Bloc vessel, the Bucharest,,outof
In 1965, GEARING patrolled for 40 days off the coast of the Dominican Republic as flagship for her new De-
ptroyer Souadron Twenty, during which time she was instrumental in rescuing one of two drifting Dominican ships
.rom ipiminent destruction on the coastal rocks. Later that same year, the ship was stationed off Karachi Pak-
- . . . . . I '
ilsltraenstor eleven days, ready to evacuate American citizens had the need arisen during that period of politican
.In -1967, GEARING participated in the initial missile syst t' l f h l f - , - -
Missile submarines, USS' WILL ROGERS, located offnCabaeSKCen1iedv,aFelBii?la.AmerlCa S Fleet Balhstlc
VMLHHHU as sne 10014 ' - U M DTT"wTiT
loaded with armament inecclluilliqnmeghahely Siler Commissioning in 1945,
running torpedo tubes. g as can depth charges and straight-
In vital statistics, GEARING boasts a length of
390 feet, a breadth of 41 feet, and design displace-
ment of 3040 tons. Her four Babcock and Wilson oil-
fired, express-type boilers, recently rebuilt, supply
Steam to turbines driving twin screws which can
develop up to 60,000 shaft horse-power, and speeds
in excess of 30 knots.
Even more vital than the statistics are the men
aboard GEARING. This has been a typical year,
during which the 240 enlisted and 15 officer husbands
and sons have been in homeport only 30 percent of
the time. The understanding and perserverence of
wives and families is instrumental in the outstanding
performance of, GEARING Navymen wherever the ship
has been called upon to serve.
If there is to be a dedication of this story of our
Mediterranean Deployment 1968, it must be three-fold:
First, to the Captain, Commander Leis, whose ex-
ample and leadership have been a continuing source
of inspiration, second, to our families and loved ones,
whose contribution has already 'been mentioned, and
third, to the officers and men. of GEARING, whose
professional, dedicated performance has truly been a
Hlabor of love." Though not often called that, it is
the only way to describe the cooperation and team-
work that have been evident throughout the cruise,
whether setting a new recordpduring refueling oper-
Iations, or tenderly passing orphans down the accomo-
dation ladder to the waiting boat. Those individuals
recognized below are just a few of the outstanding
Navymen who epitomized this "Labor of Love,"
. - Q. ,-
A. Condo, QM1 McManus, BT2
OC Division B Division
Over 240 enlisted personnel were unknowingly in
competition for the award of "Sailor of. the Cruise."
The six named here were nominated by- division and
department officers, and two were voted to share the
title. QM1 Condo and BT2 McManus are the recipients
of this honor by virtue of their consistent outstanding
devotion to duty, thorough professionalism, and con-
crete contributions to the command. The initiative,
loyalty, forehandedness, and dependability they dis-
played during the deployment served as a model for
others in formulating the shipwide espirit de corps so
vital to successful operations.
As career Navymen, they were untiring in their ef-
forts to transmit their experience and sense of tra-
dition, self-discipline, and responsibility t0 their
subordinates, so 'that they might be every bit as re-
sourceful, conscientious, and effective as the new
challenges of today's Navy require. Both ashore and
aboard, their deportment and military appearance have
been flawless. .
'Well donel' to all those who were nominated, and
to those selected.
ETR3 J. Kincaid
FTG3 D. Potter
GMG3 T. Schetzel
C53 B. Walag
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CDR ALFRED C. LEIS, USN
.Many long hours are spent bv the Captain on the bricl e Lee 1
track ofthe fast-changing tactical situation and ensuring Eh' Pfflg
ofthe ship for which he, and he alone, is ultimatelv resgonsliljlii Cty
Commander Alfred C. Leis, USN, has been our
Commanding Officer since july 1, 1967. Formerly
an enlisted quartermaster, Commander Leis was
commissioned in january, 1951, and has served a
total of 22 years in the United States Navy.
His background is varied, having taken part in
search and rescue operations during Z7 months
aboard patrol craft in the Pacific during the
Korean conflict, and having served as First
Lieutenant, Operations Officer, and Executive
Officer on the USS NEWPORT NEWS CCA-148j,
USS BRISTOL CDD-8575, and USS VESOLE CDDR-
In addition, Commander Leis has been assigned
posts as Aide and Flag Secretary to Commander,
Cruiser-Destroyer Flotilla Six, and Operations
Plans Officer on the staff of Commander, Cruiser-
Destroyer Flotilla Ten. Ashore, his assignments
have included positions with the Military Sea
Transport Service, Atlantic, and the Bureau of
Naval Personnel. Commander Leis attended the
Command and Staff Course at the Naval War Col-
lege in Newport, Rhode Island, and has also
served there on the staff in the War Games De-
partment. He came to GEARING from the position
of Executive Officer of USS YOSEMITE CAD-19l,
flagship for Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Force,
U.S. Atlantic Fleet.
Civilian training has also served to prepare
Commander Leis for his positions of respons-
ibility in the Navy. He holds degrees in Market-
ing and Management, and in International RC-
lations from New York University and George
Mrs. Leis is the former Barbara Blau, from 'the
home town of Commander Leis, New York City-
They now reside with their three children ID
Lieutenant Commander Ronald P. Zwart, USN,
became our Executive Officer in -September, 1967,
bringing with him a wide range of experience in
nearly ten years of active service in the U.S. Navy.
LCDR Zwart received his Bachelor of Arts degree
at Dartmouth College where he was a member of the
Navy ROTC program. Further education following his
commissioning as Ensign, USN, in 1958, included
the Defense Intelligence Course in Washington, D.C.,
and study in the Arabic language at the Defense
Language Institute, also in Washington. The latter
prepared him specifically for a two-year assignment
as Assistant Naval Attache at. the United States Em-
bassy in Cairo, United Arab Republic immediately
prior to reporting aboard GEARING.
At sea, LCDR Zwart has served aboard USS FAL-
GOUT CDER-3243, homeported in Pearl Harbor, where
he was successively Communications Officer, Com-
bat lnformation Center CCICQ Officer, and ,Operations
Officer, and aboard USS SOLEY CDD-707j homeported
in Norfolk, Virginia, as Operations Officer.
LCDR Zwart holds the National Defence Service
medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary medal, and joint
Services Commendation medal. In addition to his
duties as Executive Officer, he also acts as the
Ship's Navigator aboard GEARING.
Originally calling Darien, Connecticut his home,
LCDR Zwart now lives in Newport with his wife,
Renate, and their two daughters.
. AS Executive Officer, much of LCDR Zwart'S time is SPC? Slffmfi
through stacks of correspondence, instructions, notices and 1fCCf1VC
that are so Vital a part of any naval command.
LCDR RONALD P. ZWART, USN
The Engineering Department is made up of several divisions,
each descriptive of the type of work its members do. All the
'divisions include Firemen QFN'sj, the equivalent of Searnen in
the other departments, who later become designated specialists
in one area. E i . u
Some become Boilermen QBT'sj, and belong to ' ' B" d1V1S1OI1-
Their work is in the hot firerooms, tending the fires, watching
water levels and steam pressures, and providing the initial
power without which nothing else on the ship would work.
Others become Machinists Mates fMM'sj, in "M" Division.
They take the steam produced by the BT's and convert it to
propulsion power in the two enginerooms. MM's look after tur-
bines, reduction gears, propellers, and similar equipment.
The rest of the engineers tor "Snipes," as they are known
to the Outside world? belong to UR" or Repair Division, later
divided into "R" and "A" QAuxiliaryj divisions. These
include the Damage controlmen QDC'sj, who learn to patch
holes, fight fires, and generally control damage, Electrician
Mates QEM'sj who provide electrical power using some more of
the BT's steamg Internal Communications Technicians IC'
who work on sound-powered telephones, intercom and general
announcing systems, computer and indicator connecting cables,
the ship's gyro, and sometimes the Ship's Entert '
tem, and Shipfitters, specializing in pipe fSFP'S, and Sheet
metal 'fSFM'sj manufacture and repa.ir.
.All-in-all, the engineers often find themselves working out of
sight and even out of the minds of the rest of the crew. When
seen, 'they are usually covered with fuel oil during replenish-
ment at sea, or? with soot as they crawl out a boiler or Stack
They blow tubes all over everything and everybody' or dro the
eleCU1Cal load during a crucial communications eicercisep.Binr
they can do wonders fixing a 23 year Old plant with sealing
Zcgggglnd' Chswmg gum, balmg Wife, and a few well-chosen
LT EDWARD A. MONACO
LT HOWARD V. WEST ENS ROBERT J. SCHWEQIZEN,
Main Propulsion Assistant Damage CUHUOI Assls
MMCS J. Dunivant MMCS D. Long MMC J. Anderson MMC A Rudolph MMI T C t
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MM? D- Berry MM2 C. Clarke MM2 J. Neuman MM2 H, warms MM3 J, Baxter
ovoni are often found hard at Work
MM3 R. Butts MM3 R. Cameron Shipfitters Wagner and N
repairing some irritating problem.
'if . ..
lon L ' ' + of I addition to their other duties, lC's run the
31495 21 turn at the big board in Main Lontrol. H
projector for the irreplaceable nightly movies.
MM3 J. Gasiorowski MM3 R. Leslie MMS D- Mickels
MM3 R. Shillington MM3 F- Sl6'ViSOI1
FN Hancock findsa few minutes to get that letter
MMFN C. Mumford FN 5. Biozmoki FN A. Chapman
MMFN J- Hughes FN D. Lutz FN T. Myers
FA S. Stirewalt FA M. Pion
FA M- Newman FA A. Hancock FA D. Gordon
BTI B, Harris BT1 T. Waldtop BT2 A. Kitchens BT3 P. Bowyer BT3 T. Bateman
- d' b 'd Watches.
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BT3 J. Curtin BT3 K, Homstad BT3 R. Mahan BT3 J MC anus
BT3 R. Raudenbush BT3 P. Valentine
BTFN G. Maksimoski FN J, Jones
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main con trol!
Being a phone-talker is a rough life!
FN G- Walker BTFA R. Dunbar BTFA R. Hawkes
Sometimes you've got to get some fresh aim BTFA H M
CKMHGY FA M. Meoenem FA M. Peters
EMC J. Hiser EM2 G. Bedford MM2 E. Koster 152 D, petty EM2 D Ritter
EN3 R- Smith EM3 R. Steigerwalt
IC3 R. Sweet IC3 R. Trauthwein
The log room yeoman quickly learns to fill out forms of all sorts -
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N B. Kangas
SFMFN L. Churchill EMFN D. Green EMF
The fueling hose gets an extra turn or two when tying down - better
to be safe than sorry!
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FN J. Gibson FN M. Mars
SN N. Read
FA K. Copenhagen FA J- NOVOUI
LT JOSEPH L. WEHNER
LTJG JAMES STOKES LTJG GORDON R. MORRIS
C0mmunications Officer Electronic Material Officer
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.The Operations Department is divided into the OC and Ol
Divisions. The OC Division is essentially the communications
division, for its members include the Radiomen fRM'sj, operating
from the connnes of Radio Central, and the Signalmen CSM'sj,
perched atop the bridge. Together, they and their equipment pro-
vide the ship with the information necessary for smooth and
coordinated operation. Then there are the Yeomen QYN'sj and
Personnelmen fPN'sj, who keep our service records "squared
awayf' provide us with news of what is and will be happening on
board and elsewhere, take care of ship,s'paperwork, and drink the
ET's coffee. Also in'OC Division are the Hospital Corpsmen
QHM'sj, who listen to and' try to cure complaints ranging from
pneumonia to hangoversg toothaches to fbelieve-it-or-notj seasick-
ness. Last, but not least, are the Quartermasters QQM'sj, who
keep the time, fill in the ship's logs, and help with navigation.
We'd be lost without them!
Ol Division consists mostly of Radarman CRD'sj, who sit in
the cold, dark Combat Information Center and watch "television"
-the radar repeaters. They keep the bridge informed of what is
going on at and above surface in the immediate vicinity, and
recommend appropriate action. Next are the Electronics Tech-
nicians, who maintain and repair the radar QETR'sj and communi-
cations QETN,sj equipment broken by those nasty RD,s, RM's,
and QM's, and who end up repairing tape recorders, radios, and
other assorted private possessions as well. Finally, there is every-
onels friend the Postal Clerk CPCD, who picks up and delivers mail
as often as the ship's schedule will allow.
ENS WILLIAM i Officer gets in a hand with the sextant as the ship
WHITE J R055 The Executive l . . 1 -d u
CIC Officer FNS :DAVID transits the Atlantic, filf ffom Uavlgauona 31 S
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51142 D. Crawford
YN1 D Holm RM1 R. Ratte RM? R' Baron
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Better check that chart agarn - the storm was supposed to be 300 mrles from eff?
RM2 S. Grannis RM2 M. Vasquez YN2 B Young SMS M B d
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Radarman Wagner plots an air Contact on the vertical plot in Combat Informa
QM3 J. ' .
Dime' RMS F. Ducatte RM3 W. Hnes
SM3 L. Johnson
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3 L. McClellan
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QMSN R. Olsen
U QMSN R. wuberdmg SMSN W' Jones
RMSN J. Coble
. . . SN J- Walker
. SN F, Sc1b111a
SMSN M. Slough QMSN G. Womack SN E, Cassl
Where are We?
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There igs always another letter, a report, or form to be typed by the yeomen and personnelmen
p m shzp s offzce, as PN3 Chase can attest.
ETN3 J. Lanham
i . ETR3 S. Pataska
H0Spita1 Corpsman Archuleta prepares another rn a long Sefles of
vaccinations and innoculations. '
Radarman Coy tries to get every word from the CI-Net into the log.
Quartermaster Condo Works far into the night to keep the charts up to date
ETNSN P. Bennett E -
TNSN E' Dauabflda RDSN G- MGQHS RDSN G. Sokoll RDSN D. Sprung
RDSN J. Wagner SN J. L
Ochel' SN J. Martinez SN L, Pessin SN R- Regatdie
LTJG MICHAEL MC ENNIS
The Supply Department provides several very necessary services and forms the vital link be-
tween the rest of us and the spare parts and supplies which are hidden in the recesses. of this
ship's storerooms or are held by some warehouse halfway around the world!
Several rates are represented in the department, which is not broken into divisions. The-Store-
keepers QSK'sQ are the ones .to ask for those spare parts, which they can usually find in their
hiding places on board. If the parts are not aboard, the SK's are also the wizards of numbers--
Federal Stock Numbers, repair codes, manufacturer's part numbers, circuit symbols, dollars and
cents which come from volumes and volumes of columned numbers, or from the SK's heads.
Ship's Servicemen perform a variety of tasks, most of which are appreciated by the crew as
direct benefits. The SH's can be found running the Ship's Store, washing, drying and pressing
laundry, and raffling off foreign merchandise. The Commissarymen QCS'sj break out cases and
cans and boxes of food, and prepare the 700 meals a day for the mess decks. The Stewar s Q s
and SN'sj provide the same services to the officers, some cooking, some acting as ' 'table navi-
gators," and others seeing to it that the mess in most staterooms is kept clean.
The most appreciated item supplied by the Supply Department is distributed twice a month and
' th ' ht ' nt to
is colored green. The Disbursing Clerks CDK'sj are in charge of dispensing e rig amou
each and every man. D
'Th S l D t t 'des man services, but occasionally everybody gets an opportunity
6 uppuy epar men provi y .
to show his appreciation--during the "all hands" working parties that bring the stuff aboard!
HSOCK it to me,,, Q as long as jfs my pay you've got there!
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SKC E. Moseley CS1 J- Hig8S
SH1 J. Nuger SK2 R. Harden
Shjp'S barber Longo is kept busy just keeping the crew in trim,
About a cup of pepper and it will be just right!
CS2 A. Holmes SD2 D, Regaspi CS3 A. Gillespie
There's always the clean up man,
SK3 D. Johnson SH3 B. Moskovitz SK3 D. Saegef
SN J. Bartlett SN R. Burl TN G- BUY3 TN B. Dakis SN P. Koncevic
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The Gearing White Knights!
TN P. Maglaya SN A- Salmon SN M' Schen
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Accofdmg KO this, you've been paid a whole SN W. Dhefl TN M' TGSOUO
Yeaf ill advance! "
Ulf! have to write one more number, I think V11 go crazy!"
The Weapons Department is.what makes our ship a De-
stroyer and iiomjust another ship. Moist of what can be seen
'above the 'waterline is the responsibility of.tl1QSC People-
Nearly every seaman starts out in First Division. Those
who remain-inithe division may advance to become Boat-
swain's Mates fBM'sj, the oldest rate in the Navy. Also called
the "Deck Force", the division is responsible for the preser-
vation of most of the main deck, as well as the ship's-sides
They handle lines for mooring, raise and lower. the anchors
when necessary, rig special highlines for replenishment, and
are generally handy to have around. The BM's in addition per-
form an important ceremonial' function - using the Bo's'n's
Pipe to render honors to dignitaries or pass the Word under-
Second Division includes the Gunner's Mates-CGMG'sj and
Fire Control Technicians QFTG'sQ who work together to keep
the gun mounts ready for action and to provide fast, accurate
target acquisition and tracking when necessary.
ASW Division is concerned primarily with Anti-Submarine
Warfare., It includes the Sonarmen CSTG'Sj who detect under-
water objects such as fish, whales, porpoises, air bubbles
and even submarines. Torpedomen CTM'sj handle their end of,
the 0P?fati0H, and ASROC GUr1nCr'S Mates keep the Anti-
Submarine. Rockets ready for use.
The entire .use of weapons has become quite automatic with
computers, fire control radar, and similar equipment, but the
modern weapons team must still feed in the correct information
and keep the sophisticated electronicsin Working Order for the
projectiles, torpedo, or rocket to find its target.
LT K ENTON WARNER
Weapons Officer I
LTJG EUGENE E. CRAGG
LTJG JUSTIN J. O'HARA
LTJ G ROLF R.
ENS RICHARD s. STON,
BMI P. D'ArrigO
BM2 J. Reighn BM3 W. Crinnian 6
BM3 F. Ruderick BMSN L. Dorsey SN
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fire this thingy,
ASROC is on its Way!
Brockington SN J. CHN
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The gang at forward fueling station poses for
A penny for your thoughts, Reignh
SN G. C1
A ark SN S. Dispenza SN M. Ellis
SN M. Hart
P' Kam SN S. Kovanda SN J, L3II1bI'6Chf
SN P. Longo SN V' MCCMOH SN R- MOFUSOU SN L. Schwartz SN p Seaberg
SN C. Thibeault SA P. Adams
Dorsey slips a bag of movies onto the highline.
SA P. Aldous SA C. Cooke
Watch it - that's a real torpedo in there! 514 J- Fisher SA T' Simons
GMG2 P. King
GMG1 J. Cranford GMG2 J- my
GMG3 R. Baxley
The Word was short sleeves today, Reighn!
FTG3 W. Druhan
GMG3 D. Fronczak
STG3 L, McBeth FTG3 D. Potter GMG3 J. Saudargas FTGSN D, Hafdgl-Ove
No, Brockington, the lookouts are
on the bridge Wings.
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The color guard does the honors at sunset over Mt. Etna ICI y
The motor Whaleboat is suddenly essential when the ship anchors out.
TM3 J. Pack
STGSN P. Hansen
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, Now if somebody will just do something, We'11 have a movie!
Hold on to that fish, Parsons!
Schwartz and Ruderick prepare the helo sling for So that's what a pelican hook is!
SN S- Connolly SN J. Gardner SN J. Koller
SA K. Parsons
Port Mahon, Menorca
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Plus brief stops at:
Porto Conte, Sardinia
Pollensa Bay, Mallorca
After leaving Newport on April 4, 1968, GEARING,
along with other ships of Destroyer Squadron TWENTY,
commenced the nine-day transit across the Atlantic
Ocean. After two choppy days the routine settled down
to steaming in formation, with plenty of exercises to
prepare our reactions for the coming deployment.
GEARING carried several radio-controlled drone air-
planes which were used as targets for air gunnery
exercises. The transit was smooth with one exception:
a man overboard from another ship caused a'reversal in
course. He was picked up unharmed after twelve hours
in.the water. .
Easter weekend found-us at Malaga, Spain to relieve
USS CONWAY QDD-S075 and officially begin duties with
the United States.Sixth Fleet. The city, celebrated IH
the famous song 'Malaguena', is a popular year-round
resort on the Spanish Riviera. The deep Christian
heritage of the people was evident as Easter S11I1ClaY
was a full-scale religious holiday, complete Wlth
costumed processions through the streets.
The bullfight season begins on Easter,-and some of
us saw our first bullfight amid throngs of avid Spaniards.
Others travelled to nearby Torremolinos to enjoy SUD,
Sand, and the best night life around. Several of US
hired one of the quaint horse-drawn carriages, little
realizing that nearly every Mediterranean port has a
similiar tourist attraction conveniently located rleaf
The bullring at Malaga stands out among the high rise
l artments and traditional fOWHl'1OUSCS of this Spanish
l resort area.
One man, one bull face each other as the centuries-old drama of
the bullfight is re-enacted once more.
Parts of Malaga still retain the "old World"
atmosphere of a Spanish village.
Personal attention is. given to
showing visitors the ship.
Spanish children receive a holiclft treat in one of
Malagfs many beautiful parks.
The delicious spaghetti dinner on Mt. Etna featured mush-
rooms and peas instead of tomato sauce.
Volcanic rocks and ash making up the last thousand feet were
conquered by foot.
The beautiful open harbor at Giardini, Sicily
became the setting for a week's visit by GEAR-
ING. Giardini is on the site of the ancient, Greek
colony of Naxio, buried by an eruption of Mt,
Etna. The survivors built Taormina on the thou-
sand-foot cliffs to the north of Giardini. Today,
Giardini is a beach resort for the holidays or for
retirement, and Taomina retains the flavor ofa
Sicilian village at festival time.
As the only ship present, GEARING enjoyed
the warm hospitality to its fullest, and we were
able to return the favor. A number of visitors
toured the ship, including the mayors of the two
towns, and over 75 orphans from nearby insti-
Ashore, we swam and skin dove, visited the
many cafes of Taormina, and shopped in the
village of Castel Mola, perched on a pinnacle
1,000 feet above Taormina. Tours were arranged
to Mt. Etna, 40 miles away. When the bus could
go no farther, a dusty, bumpy "jeep" ride was
available for those who dared to try for the top.
Getting there turned out to be half the fun! The
smell of sulfur, the feel of warm rocks underfoot,
the sight of a thousand-foot-deep crater over-
flowing with smoke and steam while another one
rumbled and tossed out lava and ashes, are all
impressions we will long remember. Back on
board ship, the nights were aglow with the red
lights from two active lava streams visible from
Found on top ofa mountain.
W lgws of flying lava and smoking craters were Worth thC
GEARING d ' . . , .
ominated the harbor at Giardini, as seen from the two thousand
foot pinnacle of Castel Mola.
.ng Orphans ' '
for his musical taiiietsillsclnated as Scherr finds a new audien
This is one working party with plenty of volunteers-
b tween the ship and
shuttling the smallest youngsters e
the motor whaleboat.
Semetlma the only view available st ru teuzist attrac-
tion is the one through the tour bus window, ss at
one ef Bsreelorws two bullrrrrgs.
After more than two weeks underway, during which ws
operated with ships -frem England, Italy, and Greece in
Operation "Dawn Patrol," the sight of-the Columbus
statue marking the port of Barcelrrrxa, Spain was 4 wel
eelorrs eembirred the essyeguing, inexpensive Spmish
way ef life with the advantages ef me big city. It is gn
eld city, supposedly feunded by Hercules, and offers
marry contrasts between the old and the new
GEARING meered just a block frenz the fmeus replica
ofthe flagship of Columbus, SANTA MARIA. Threngs of
curious Spaniards and visiting tourists sword br hours
err the pier observing activity sn board, the meet popular
time being evening colors, when hundreds watched our
guard of the day do the horrors. Many were able ra tour
the ship on designated afternoons. A
Meanwhile, we were discovering the city. Literally
hundreds of blue uniforms were present at the Plaza
Msnumerrtal de T-ores fer the Spanish rlatiesxl spurt, A
pspuler 'leur included this must lsmuus ofa bullriugs sud
follewed it up with Flamenco dancing in the evening.
Others shopped-slang the Rambles, 1 tree-lined boule-
vard with dszens ef outdoor shops and cafes. An serial
trsmuray over the herb-er provided breathtaking views of
eemed one. As the secsndelargest city in Spain, Bu? dre city. Cathedrals, ancient and modern, cliffzep lorri-
llcatierrs and msussteries, amusement perks, huge pizzas
and Eureprfs largest lsuntaiu all provided educational or
entertaining diversions, The ten-day stay was svez all
At times it appeared that there were more sailors than
Spaniards at the Plaza de Toros.
The authenie replica of SANTA MARIA shows how times
have changed for travellers on the sea.
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attraction ourselves. K
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Kingsway, the busiest street in downtown Valletta, Malta,
is thronged with shoppers from morning to late evening.
One of many historicall f '
P 1, C Y 9-SC1nating stops on the tour of the island is St.
au s atacombs, near the ancient capital, Mdina.
A twelve-day "tender availability" and USS
SHENANDOAH provided the reason for visiting
historic Malta. The tiny island is overflowing
with ancient temples and ruins, Roman and
Phoenician buildings and aquaducts, fortifi-
cations and churches built by the Knights at
St. john of jerusalem during their tenure, and
British shops and parks of the last 150 years.
One of the most popular tours in the ' 'Med" is
the one showing and explaining the many au-
thenic historic sites Though no longer a British
colony, the Maltese Islands retain much of the
For us, Malta was a working stop, as we saw
to it that necessary repairs and assistance were
received from SHENANDOAH. There was still
time, however, to take the tour, or to explore
the city and island on our own. It was refresh-
ing to be among people who could speak Eng-
lish, even if a little more refined than the
American variety. '
Often it is faster to hire a local "dgaisa" than to wart for the next
scheduled liberty boat.
With the fortified city of Valletta as a backdrop, GEA
RING enters Grand Harbour,
The bigger they are, the harder they fall.
Gravity plays amazing tricks.
Chaplain DeRuiter takes the traditional ride to the sea,
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After an initial impression that the tiny island of
Menorca would have nothing to offer the sailor CXPCII-2
enced in the Ways of Barcelona, the ten day visit turned.
out to be one of the most refreshingly memorable of our:
cruise. The island has a long history of friendship for
American sailors. The son of a Menorcan became ther
first Admiral in the United States Navy, Admiral Far-
ragut. Port Mahon was a familiar "home port" for suchi
naval sailing ships as the DELAWARE, and the CON-
STITUTION Cnow in Boston harborj. Riding those,
ships in the early nineteenth century were this QOQIUUYS'
midshipmen, who received the bulk of their training 00
the high seas before the Naval Academy was founded if
Annapolis. . d
American sailors of today found the island still oliCfC
enjoyable liberty hours. Most popular were the beaChE5v
and. rightly so. Menorca is literally surrounded 3'
breathtakingly beautiful coves, with crystal clear blue an
torquoise water up to several hundred feet deep. Mani
of us brought bought or rented "scuba" gear and eXp10fi
the underwater terrain. The rest of us whiled aW2Yhbei1i
hours nearer the surface or on the golden S8115 Off
Conveniently located across the street from our mooring-
the local gin mill!
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f ln the evenings there were restaurants and sidewalk r - 1 y ' ii I
, yialcswith excellent cuisine, both local and continental. -lls A Q 4 i i up ,mst 't ' ,f' 1,
l .imeclami that Mahon is the home of that celebrated A QM yal ,.
fsaladldresslng, "Mahon-aisse," or umayonnaissegl' but 'eis f t t
5 :len if only a legend, today's Menorcan chefs still turn 'ssl i if 31 M - '
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I mend h p or visiting, or to enable the crew bl t. A 1. .d h. b 7 6 Ore
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j ,Omg 21 Qcal soccer Held tested the physical fitness of
Ofus Cincluding a few not-so-Ht officers lj.
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i generally gush of Sixth Fleet task group operations, and
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vacation. One' thls Was one port that provided a real
. ' ' them around
We met many friends in Port Mahon-sometimes showing
the Ship was all one sailor could manage.
FoURT1-1 or-2 JULY
During the years of the Mediterranean
Squadron with headquarters in Menorca, a
cemetery developed for burial of American
Navymen who died while serving on the sail-
ing ships of the day. In later years, English
and German seafarers'-were also buried here,
but eventually the grounds fell into dis-
A few years ago the cemetery was red-
iscovered. American Navy ships sent work-
ing parties to restore it, and this practive
has become traditional. GEARING'followed
the tradition with a group of volunteers who
spent a day cleaning and fixing up the his-
toric grounds.. Then on the Fourth of july, a
memorial service was held by Destroyer
Squadron Twenty, Chaplain Peter DeRuiter.
Modern midshipmen stood on the same ground
which nineteenth century midshipmen had
stood on as they helped to dedicate it so
many years ago.
The sound of taps floated across the Men-
Chaplain DeRuiter leads the memorial service with the
honor guard and the Annapolis midshipmen
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Military and civilian dignitaries came aboard for a reception
buffet on the torpedo deck. A typical American picnic was on
In a few hours the Walls of the American Ceme-
tery were white-washed and the grounds policed
.glibc color guard stands by the wreath the
aptam laid on an American sai1or's grave.
The governor of Casablanca is piped aboard with full honors
as were other dignitaries.
Captain Robert M. Pond, Commander, De-
stroyer Squadron Twenty greets the Casa-
blancan governor as Commander Leis looks
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exinedwyfomen, Arab students, French families, a
so 0fOCC'0jbased American shore sailors were
me Offhe visitors aboar
Only three days after leaving Port Mahon, GEARING,
with the "Commodore," Captain Robert M. Pond,
Commander, Destroyer Squadron Twenty embarked,
pulled into the harbor at Casablanca, Morocco. Our
three-day visit was essentially one of honors and pro-
tocol, with a full schedule of ofhcial calls and social
functions. The ship was open for multilingual visitors,
and they came in great numbers. English, French,
Arabic, Spanish, and even Greek were heard on the
quarterdeck, and all were greeted with "Welcome
Aboardl' pamphlets in their own language. Occasionally
translation was a problem, but smiles and outstretched
hands of greeting needed no interpretation.
A fine tour to the Moroccan capital of Rabat was
offered on two days, and many of us took advantage
of the opportunity to visit the tourist attractions, and the
everyday life of the people of this Islamic country was
in evidence everywhere. For many this was our Hrst
glimpse into a non-Western culture, and even. the bus
ride through the countryside was an education in socio-
logy. We were soon experienced in the accepted practlce
of bargaining for everything, from the price of a rug or
blanket or brassware gong to taX1 fare.
d ship in Casablanca.
uCasbailqLiiSag'OWRilfD2lt were highlighted by visits to
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lB0th groups that toured Rome were able
iioreceive the blessing of Pope Paul VI
iin English as Well as Latin, Italian,
Spanish, French, and German.
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Dark, narrow stair4streets just a few steps
lrom theufashionable Via Roma in Naples
were familiar sights to GEARING visitors.
In a very short time we saw ancient and modern wonders of
Rome, from the Coliseum to the present government buildings.
No Mediterranean deployment would be complete Without a stop
at Naples. This southern capital of Italy has become an institution
among Sixth Fleet sailors, and although the city has long ago learned
every trick in the book and then some, nearly everyone wants to try
his hand at exploring and conquering it for himself. There is something
for everyone-street vendors who will sell you sunglasses or tapestries
of the Last Supper, those who try to "show you the town," restaurants
featuring pizza, ravioli, spaghetti, and other Italian specialties, historic
castles, forts, churches and museums, and, of course, the opera.
A large number of Sixth Fleet ships were in Naples with us, so that
it was possible to arrange tours to Rome, Capri, Ischia, and Pompeii.
The two and three-day Rome tours were outstanding, and those of us
Who could take advantage of them saw literally hundreds of historic
spots from before the time of Julius Caesar to the present. The Vatican
Was a high spot, particularly the Sistine Chapel and museum.Both groups
visited the summer residence of Pope Paul VI in a beautiful setting
high above a lake and surrounded by lush forest. The Pope himself
appeared to give his blessing to the thousands gathered, hoping for
at least a glimpse of the Roman Catholic Pontiff.
-T-he crowd at Trevi Fountain - one coin for a return? to Ruiuc,
- - who lcnOWS.
two for a happy marriage, alld three
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Everyone wore lifejaclcets as the liberty boat made its way ashore, not to
return until the next morning.
At long-last we reached the French Riviera, the resort town of Bandol, between Toulon and
Marseilles, with the finest beaches in the area. It was an amazing week.
We anchored in the harbor, a 15-minute boat ride from Fleet Landing, which was in a pro-
tected cover near the center of town. However, the weather in the harbor was chilly for August
10-16, and the wind made things rather choppy. As a result, the capacity of the motor whale-
boat was cut from 15 to 9 passengers per trip on rough days, and twice boating was cancelled.
Once, when the ship was taking 1'5-degree rolls while at anchor, the boat, a small liberty
party, and the beach guard shore patrol were stranded ashore overnight. '
Nevertheless, during the 6-day stay about 450 curious Frenchmen and others on holiday
toured the ship. A number were given a picnic supper while waiting for their return trip ashore.
Those sailors who got ashore, meanwhile, found excellent restaurants, a long sandy beach,
and the island of Bendor to explore.
A Afew sailboaters ventured out into the
choppy harbor, while stacks of refuSC
awaited our return to deep Water away from
shore to be dumped over the side.
LTJG Olldara calls for instructions
while acting as Beach Guard at
Fleet Landing in Bandol. 4
When not soaking up the Riviera sun, Frenchmen on
holiday take in a modified game of bowling.
f Naval ROTC Midshipman as
We were grateful for the hnguisticlilbliiiilisccdulld handle tried to come aboard
many more potential visitors than t C
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Commanding Officer Leis takes the gig
4 ashore for some well-deserved relax-
ation--and to become a movie star!
Whether on a guided tour or just exploring alone, the visitor finds the
Parthenon to be awe-inspiring in its ancient grandeur and grace.
As the final liberty port of the cruise,
Athens proved to be the most ','Arneri-
Can" of cities in some ways, the most
unusual in others. We were greeted at
Fleet Landing by a large display of
flags, which turned out to be not for us
but in preparation for the passing of the
Olympic Torch that evening on its way
to Mexico City. The ships in the harbor
had ringside seats for a fireworks dis-
play after the ceremony.
In Athens itself, we found broad boule-
vards, U.S.-size automobiles and traffic
jams, and refreshing beaches to assuage
the disappointment of the Riviera. Some
chose to explore independently, others
took advantage of several excellent
tours that gave an insight to the long,
important history of Athens and Greece. .
The mighty Acropolis, topped by the Parthenon, dominated the city and was the most popular at-
traction. In the evenings a ' ' sound and light" presentation brought the mins to life once more:
Longer tours ranged to Corinth and the Oracle at Delphi, perhaps the most beautiful spot in
0ur stay in Athens was also the culmination of over a month of work by a Navy camera crew
which had been filming a television documentary on destroyermen ever since we had left Naples.
Starring were four Gearing navymen, including Commander Leis. Parts of their liberty hoursein
Athens were taken up with the filming of the final segments of the program.
r When we finally said ' 'Goodby" to Greece, it was with mixed feelings. Our next liberty port
would be Newport, but that was still nearly a month away.
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From the top of Mars hill, next to the AcrOpOl1S, Qngthgfuilnmgggi Sjlihggite
of the city of Athens, including the modern O1YmP1C a '
of the ancient one. .
The Enemy '
A destroyer operating with the United States Sixth
Fleet is called upon to perform a myriad of tasks. So
may utilize practically every capability the ship pos-
sesses' others are endured as suspense-filled periods
GEARING is primarily an anti-submarine vessel, so
the most common adversary encountered during the many
exercises is the submarine. The sensors, abilities, and
even weapons of a United States submarine are pitted
against those of a destroyer. The tried and true tactics
of Anti-Submarine Warfare are rehearsed over and over,
while new ASW concepts are tried under realistic con-
watching, or providing services for other Sixth
' Certainly the heart of the Sixth Fleet is the aircraft
carrier. Much of the deployed destroyer's time is spent
operating with one of two attack carriers, acting as an
ASW scr en, "life-guarding" While the carrier carries
out flight operations, or participating in the large-scale
exercises that are scheduled from time to time. Mean-
while, the carrier provides air protection, mail and trans-
portation services, and occasionally even fuel.
The five-inch guns on board GEARING are used both
against surface targets and for short-range Anti-Air
Warfare. Sometimes the practice targets are cloth "sle-
tives" towed by aircraft. A safer, more practical target
is the drone aircraft, launched from any ship of at least
destroyer size. Exercises in this,
well as surface and shore-fire
bomllafdment, are provided from time
Arg? Mediterranean is not an
u lcan sea, though we do main-
result it. ll Fleet there. As a
unit if IS not uncommon to sight
.S O other nations, including the
potential enemi e s. Both
tam the Sixt
imie take advantage of close. prox-
It . .
fomlyifgatheriny intelligence in the
0 Plctures, written observation
experience. The very
tions of SO many different na-
Warshion Phe Sea with merchant and
ohh PS IS 21 tribute to the freedom
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the ' Ei which IS a cornerstone in
NavY' Sion of the United States
and Of GEARING.
The Real Thing
It can happen any time. It is the reason
for all the precautions and the one event
everyone .hopes will never happen.
The first indication is the emergency
signal flashed and radioed by the carrier.
The crew notices the surge of speed as we
are dispatched to the scene. Then the word
is passed, and everyone knows. The jet that
streaked overhead not five' minutes ago is
down, and we- are investigating.
,Nobody is tired anymore as a solitary
helo is seen criss-crossing over a smoke
flare. Every eye is focused on the water, as
though concentration could restore that de-
bris measured in inches instead of feet.
Enough is collected to confirm the obvious,
And the next flight pattern brings landing
aircraft crews directly over the grave of two
of their number.
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SEARCHING . .
AT SEA :
REACI-IIN G ....
From lifeguard station the ship begins its approach
on the oiler.
The fire hose starts across in record time.
lt's manpower that keeps the fleet moving!
Forward fueling station strains to be First with fuel coming
through the line.
Normal operations in the Sixth Fleet call for spending
time aalongsidev about once every two days, The
some Ommon form of at-sea replenishment is fueling
mfzffoflr teams at the forward and after fueling stationg
gimme expert at doing the job -quickly and efficiently,
B the time we left the Mediterranean, every time
Y ht a new record for speed in getting
'd b ug .
ilongsittitchjetd and receiving fuel.
SCS . .
hoN0t0n1y fueling, but every form of replenishment is
tickled while underway, sometimes to the detriment of
C ' ' an
such luxuries as sleep and ' Holiday Routine. Food and
' came from "reefer" and car o shi s' real or
Supplies P ,
"practice,' shells and powder came from the ammunition
ships, and movies, spare parts, and observing personnel
were traded with anyone interested.
Although speed was emphasized in order to be pre-
ned for any eventual wartime situation, safety was not
orgotten. Lifeyackets were mandatory for all topside
nnel involved with the replenishment operations,
iind bystanders watched from safe positions. The result
was a minimum' of 1n1ur1es, and no call of "man over-
board" even though much of our alongside time was
tnight or in choppy seas.
We Win ?77
here it iS! Receiving fuel forward-did
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Q S hunks!
Nearly anything can bg transferred by highline, from a
torpedo to a Commodore.
We later lowered the time to 3 rninutCS!
, 75 ,
GEARING sailors man the rail as Sixth Fleet
Sixth Fleet ships spell out the goal of the U. S. Navy for the future in the Mediterranean
The shipfs 5-inch 38 caliber guns fire the first known 20-gun salute in honor of
twenty years of Sixth Fleet operations in the Mediterranean.
in review for flag officers aboard USS
june 20 marked the end of two decades of the United States Sixth Fleet oper-
ations in the Mediterranean Sea. To mark the occasion, most of the current fleet
units put on a traditional American-style celebration, complete with a parade! fu
A full day of activity began with a 20-gun salute, the first recorded even- '
numbered gun salute in history, one for each year of the fleet's existence. Then
both aircraft carriers, USS SHANGRILA and USS INDEPENDENCE, launched
their squadrons which then put on an impressive air demonstration. GEARING
acted as plane guard for SHANGRILA, and thus had a ringside seat for the per-
formance, which included helicopters, propeller and jet aircraft, air-to-air and
air-to-surface missiles, all closely timed to present a thrilling half-hour.
After the carriers recovered their aircraft, an exciting operation itself with
interlocking flight patterns, the other units of the fleet prepared for the surface
demonstrations. GEARING assisted in a flawless fueling exercise with the oiler
NEOSHO, While other units tracked submarines, fired guns and ASW weapOI1S,
and flew drone helicoptors.
Observing all the activity were Flag Officers o e .
. , . da Ch-
Countries who rode the Sixth Fleet flagship, USS LITTLE ROCK- C Y
axed with a "pass in review" for all participating units. Two columns headedi
- ' ' ortan
by the carriers, cruisers, and destroyers, continuing through Var1Ol1S SUPPb h
amPhibious ships, and ending with two Sixth Fleet submarines, paSSCd Yt e
flagship, rendering full honors to the assembled dignitariCS-
f th United States and NATO
Academy First Class Midshipmen included: David M. Lumsdenf, Annapolis, Mary
land, Edwin A.
Platt Woodbury, New Jersey, George W. Mather, Wilmette, Illinois, Robert L. Ledbetter, IH,
Norfolk, Virginia, David B. Maher, Jr., Camarillo,.California, Stephen T. Linder, Bradfordwoods,
Pennsylvania, David W. Parsons, Cary, North Carolina, and jerry D. Kolman, Morrowville, Kansas.
During the course of the cruise two groups of midshipmen
came aboard for six weeks of active duty for training. The
operating schedule and liberty ports visited made it possi--
ble to show them a good representative sampling of de-
stroyer life. Eight First Class Midshipmen from the United
States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland embarked
while the ship was in port at Valletta, Malta, and remained
with us through various operations and the ports of Port
Mahon, Menorca, and Casablanca, Morocco. In addition to
their regular training at watchstanding, navigation, and de-
stroyer characteristics, they were on hand for the Fleet
Anniversary Parade Exercise, and participated in cere-
monies in Menorca and honoring visiting dignitaries in
Casablanca. In Menorca, the twentieth-century midshipmen
learned of those of a hundred years and more ago, who
trained there instead of at Annapolis. , ,
Hardly had the first group left the ship in Naples, Italy
when a second group arrived. These included seven Naval
ROTC midshipmen from schools throughout the United
States, and two Danish midshipmen from that country's
equivalent of Annapolis. Through six weeks ofrather
strenuous fleet exercises, intefrupted only briefly by a
port call Bandol, France, these nine also went through the
paces of a modern Naval Officer, standing watches on the
bridge, in CIC, and below decks in the engineering spaces.
Both groups learned quickly, and soon found themselves
taking on many of the responsibilities that will be theirs
in one more year upon their commissioning. And we learn-
ed, also, in the process of teaching and showing them what
had become almost second nature to us. lt was good to See
it anew as though for the first time.
AT SEA . .
Academy midshipman Ledbetter takes his turn 21S
Junior Officer of the Deck on the bridge.
NROTC and Danish Naval Academy midshipmen included: Niels Faye, Snekkersten,
Denmark, Michael V. Clark, Corvallis, Oregon, Roger Graeme Austin, Mt. Kisco,
New York, James Wright, North Hollywood, California, David Miller, Marshfield,
Missouri, Claus Fjord Christensen, Struer, Denmark, Richard L. Yoder, Norfolk, Vir-
ginia, Keith E. Rodwell, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and James R. Pate, Lawrenceville
. ..M1DsH1PMEN, CLASS OF ,69
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In Menorca two Academy midshipmen carry the wrC
h I d Pendence DQY Ceremonies at the American Cemetery
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near Port Mahon.
Bef - - . . .
werzfe finishing their tour of training, midshipmen
C0PterfranSfeffCd by boat, highline, and even heli-
f-Cdaily task for PC3 Moyers is the sorting, cancellation,
and bagging of outgoing mail and packages.
A helping hand ensures that the 1
precious cargo lands safely on deck.
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After over two weeks Without a deliveryghe "All things come to him who Waits."
Volume of mail can be overwhelming.
T1-IE GEARING NAVYMANAT SEA
A minor drama occured when an adrift lifeboat
was sighted. As a hazard to navigation it had
to be sunk. This took all the skill of our sharp-
shooters, Cranford and O'Hara, plus hundreds
of rounds of ammunition!
The resourcefulness .and imagination of a Navyman are beyond measure.
Hence the appearence of a crew of Yul Brynners, the constant Vigilance of
CIC, and the dedication of the mail buoy Watch.
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some find Sea ClufY hard to take- Wonders never cease-not one, bufvtwo Chlefs 11f0fkmg
THE GEARING NAVYMAN-ASI-IORE
Sightseeing. . .
Making friends. . .
Relaxing. . .
Drinking. . .
.Returning to the ship-a familiar sight
We are a destroyer named GEARING
And we kn
While lt s fun to deploy g
It s a definite joy
Now that finally westward we re steering
ow that we ve been quite endearln
There were Dawn Patrol, FLAPEX and SPECQPS
And more frequently plane guard for fllght o s. ,
TURN wEsTwARD 1
M600 hours 10 September 1968, GEARING turned her bow towards the
hingsun, knowing that it would not deviate from the westward course
lirilreaching Newport, seventeen days later.
3 Qnll' OHC Stop occurred on the way to NCWPOYU 21
brief 8 hour turnover period at Pollensa Bay, Mall-
lg Orca- GEARING and the rest of Destroyer Division
201 arrived first, but it wasn't long before the stacks
ififhe relieving destroyers could be seen on the
IESZOH- A cheer went up as our relief, USS BAS-
, h0ugllEfDD'fl24D came alongside. When we left a few
imOSthater, it was to transit the Strait of Gibraltar
5 Shi C Atlantic, while BASILONE and her sister
a P? headed on into the "Med" to take our places
S Sixth Fleet units.
E bfgeaed lay a ten-day crossing, marred only slightly
. muteP gS1stent storm system that forced a change IU
econgm Ut not arrival date.. En route .a hlgh-Speed
tion he? Em and an Qperationalu Readiness InspeC-
arrived lie P388 the time, and with flying colors.W6
had beennglxlewport w1th the knowledge that the Job
Well done!" .
SSMEX were various, P ,
All-night UNREPS hilarious
But now H, M and M will be topis.
To the planners we just have to say,
That your hard work was clear every day. Q
Operations were planned il
With a fine lrish hand, A
Even weather was handled ire: gaf.
We'll remember with greatestaffection
The tabs that provided direction. 3
The events were diverse, A 7'
Their descriptions were terse g 3
B the wa where's the latest correction? A
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And ,we're grateful to all, we confess, Y.
Who gave spare parts and tech aid and, yes,
Though we stayed on the line, r ft
Teamwork helped all the time-
That's the secret of Sixth Fleet success!
As we sail for the broad ocean deep,
We've a new high-speed hurdle to leap.
Since we've missed not a day
We're now happy to say,
"Event 2759 will be sleepin
-Farewell message DTG 140815Z'SEP 68. H
by CDR A. C. Leis r A as
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September 27, 1968--the day everyone has been counting
down to. A light rain is falling, but nobody notices. Every
men is on deck, straining to catch the first glimpse ofa loved
one, or just to see the familiar, surprisingly welcome sight of
the piers at Newport.
Then, suddenly, we are there! The band is playing some
song: there is a hustle to get that first line across. The
whistle blows, and somebody has won a motorcycle for the
closest guess in the anchor pool. Then the endless wait
while lines are doubled up, and men struggle to get the brow
across Success! We are home at last!
Nautical miles travelled: 39,900.7
Fuel consumed: 2,894,543 gallons NSFO
Fresh water distilled: 2,738,340 gallons
Days at sea: 122
Days in portfat anchor: 55
Visitors on board: 1100
Spent ashore: about 530,000 -
Spent aboard: 551,000 of which 524,000 was for
Mail received: 14,800 lbs.
Mail dispatched: 8,000 lbs.
S6 near and yet so far-a picture of frustration!
At last, the ulf is bridged. Six months is a long time
but it's all forgotten now!
Editor-LTJG Gordon Roy Morris
Writing Assistant-ETR3 Regardie
Tech. Assist-SN Pessin
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