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A BRIEF HISTGRY
The USS CEARING CDD-7101 is one of the best known ships of the Navy, not because of her war record fshe
has nonej, but because she was the prototype of what became known as the Gearing Class destroyer, a svelte product
of late World War II naval architecture designed for longer cruising range and greater firepower.
The keel was laid without fanfare on August 10, 1944, and working with speed which will never again be witnessed
in a shipyard, the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company sent the CEARING down the ways at Port Newark,
New jersey on February 18, 1945, in just 192 days.
For 17 years the CEARINC bore and used efficiently her anti-submarine and anti-air weapons-two ahead thrown
weapon mounts, depth charges, torpedoes, three 5-inch 38 caliber twin gun mounts and five 40 millimeter machine gun
mounts. In the early 1960's however, GEARINC and other ships in her class began to show signs of age and obsole-
sence, and in the extensive Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization Program she was reborn and saved from razor
blades for an estimated eight more years.
Today she sports only two 5-inch 38 caliber gun mounts but has been given a greater anti-submarine capability
in for form of anti-submarine rockets C.-XSROCj and drone anti-submarine helicopters QDASHQ in addition to two three
tube torpedo mounts forward of the bridge.
The 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. It was not until january of 1951 when she sailed to Mediterranean waters
for the first time, and she returned to a new homeport of Norfolk, Virginia. Always an active participant in allied opera-
tions she sailed nine times with the Sixth Fleet in the "Med" since 1951.
Out of Norfolk, midshipman training cruises highlighted GE.-XRINC'S career. Northern European ports and the
Red Sea alternated with the "Med" as cruise routes. In 1954 she became part of the Atlantic Fleet Hunter Killer Force
to participate in the now infamous annual affair known as Operation Springboard. Between 1957 and 1959 the GEAR-
ING exercised in Operation Novorock with the Canadians, the joint Civilian Orientation Cruise, and LANTFLEX 2-58
and 2-59. Port visits were concentrated on the East Coast of the S. and the Caribbean. As a unit of Destroyer Squa-
dron Four her homeport became Charleston, South Carolina in 1959.
In the summer of 1962 the FRAM I conversion gav-e CEARINC a new silhouette and she made Newport, Rhode
Island and Destroyer Squadron 20 her new home. From Newport she has visited the Mediterranean twice, Montreal,
Canada once, and the Caribbean three times. The Commander Destroyer Squadron 20 has been embarked aboard
the GEARINC since june 1964.
I Captain David M. Rubel
COMMANDER DESTROYER SQUADRON 20
On 21 Au ust 1964 Ca ta1n Davxd M Rubel took command of Destroyer Squadron 20 consrstlng of the ships
CEARINC QDE 7105 ZELLZSRS CDD 7775 N K PERRY CDD 8835 C P CECIL QDD 8355 BEATTY CDD 7565
M C FOX QDD 8295 and NORRIS CDD 859D The Commodore and hrs staff are embarked aboard the GEARING
Commodore Rubel was born 1n Fargo North Dakota on 2 December 1917 He attended grade schools rn San
Dxego and graduated from Herbert Hoover Hrgh School and the Boydon Preparatory School m San DlCg0 Captahn
Rubel was appointed to the Unlted States Naval Academy rn 1937 by Senator Johnson Cahfornla Whlle a M17
shxpman he was a varsrty Lacrosse player for several years He graduated and was commlssroned an Ensmg on
February 41 After graduatron Captam Rubel Jomed the destroyer USS GRIDLEY
He served rn varrous theaters of operatron durlng World War II OH the
destroyers USS GRIDLEY USS HOBBY and USS AARON WARD and
ln 1945 commanded the destroyer USS LAUB In 1946 he reported to Olllf
Task Force ONE for the conduct of the Atomlc Bomb tests at Klkllll After
servrce on the staff he was ordered as Alde to Commander 1n Chlef U S
Naval Forces Eastern Atlantrc and Medlterranean
From 1948 1950 Captam Rubel served on the Staff ofthe Secretary
of Defense In 1950 he commanded the destroyers USS GEORGE and USS
CHANDLER He partrcrpated rn two years of the Korean War In 1954
he was ordered to the U S Naval MISSIOH ln Peru and ln 1956 r6p01'fCd
to the Offrce of the Chlef of Naval Operatlons 1n Washmgton for duty 111
the Plans and Pohcy D1v1s1on He served as Executnve Offlcer of the heavy
crulser USS DES MOINES the flagship of the SIXTH Fleet from 1953 59
He was statroned at the U S Naval Academy pr1or to reportmg rn uly
1962 as the Chref of Staff and Arde to Commander Cruxser Destroyer Fl0Ul
la SIX He commanded the USS NORFOLK prror to assuming command Of
Destroyer Squadron TWENTY
Captam Rubel holds the followmg decoratlons and awards Navy Cl'055v
onze Star Commendatlon Medal Presldentarl Unrt Crtation Asratrc P216
fxc Campaxgn Medal 12 Battle Stars European Afrrcan Mrddle East Cam
p rgn Medal Amerrcan Campargn Medal Amerrcan Defense Servrce Medal
World War II Vlctory Medal Natnonal Defense Service Medal Chma Ser
vrce Medal Korean Servlce Medal Unxted Natrons Servlce Medal Navy
Expert Plstol Shot
He and Mrs Rubel the former Shlrley Joann Cane of Northfield Mill
nesota have two chxldren Carol Lynn and Wllllam Rrchard
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Commander James W. Martin
Commander Martin was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, February 23, 1926. He was graduated
from Lowell High School in 1942 and entered Holy Cross College, Worcester, Massachusetts, in Feb-
ruary, 1943. He enlisted in the Navy in March, 1943 and was called to active duty in july 1943,
at which time he was ordered to Holy Cross College under the V-12 program. In November 1944,
he reported to the U. S. Naval Reserve Midshipman's School, Fort Schuyler, New York, where he
received his commission in March 1945.
After attending General Line Officers School, Hollywood, Florida and 82 Gunnery School, Wash-
ington, D. C., in july 1945 he was ordered to USS SAN FRANCISCO ICA-381 in the Asiatic-Pacific
Theater where he served as Division Officer in the Gunnery Department and junior Turret Officer.
In April, 1946, he was released to inactive duty and returned to Holy Cross College from where he
received his Bachelor of Science Degree in june 1948. Commander Martin returned to active duty in
January, 1951 during the Korean Conflict. From january, 1951 until September, 1952, he served
as Gunnery Officer on board USS MALOY CEDE-791j. From October, 1952 until November, 1954,
he served as Operations Officer on the Staff of Commander Destroyer Division 602. In November,
1954, CDR Martin was ordered to duty as Aide and Flag Lieutenant to the Commandant, First Naval
District with Headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts, where he served until july 1957.
During this tour of duty, Commander Martin transferred from the Naval Reserve to the Regular
Navy. From August, 1957 until june, 1958 he attended the U. S. Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
as a student in the Command and Staff Course. From july 1958 until December, 1959, he was Exe-
cutive Officer of USS NORRIS QDDE-859j. In january, 1960 Commander Martin was ordered to
duty as Commanding Officer, USS SELLSTROM QDER-255 Q, in which billet he served until 24 june
1960 when SELLSTROM was decommissioned and transferred to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. Com-
mander Martin assumed command of USS THOMAS 1. GARY CDER-3261 on 4 August 1960, where
he remained until being ordered to the Staff, U. S. Naval Destroyer School in july 1961. In july
1962, he was ordered to the Staff, U. S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island which was his
last duty station prior to reporting as Commanding Officer, USS GEARING QDD-7101 in july 1964.
Commander Martin has been awarded the following medals: Naval Reserve, American Theater
Campaign, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Campaign, World War II Victory, Navy Occupation with Asiatic
Clasp, China Service, National Defense and the Phillippine Liberation.
In 1953, Commander Martin married the former Lois A. Renahan of Malden, Massachusetts.
They live with their five children at 42 Dudley Avenue South, Middletown, Rhode Island.
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Lieutenant Commander Rodgers was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 12, 1930.
He graduated from Lafayette College in 1952 and received his commission via OCS in january 1953.
After five months at NAS Glenview, Illinois, he reported aboard USS MEREDITH CDD-890, for
duty as CIC Officer. In 1956 he reported aboard USS DES MOINES QCA-134D for a 2 year tour,
serving as 3" Battery Officer, Fire Control Officer, and Air Defense Officer, respectively. During this
tour, DES MOINES was flagship of the U. S. SIXTH Fleet and participated in the jordan and Le-
From September 1956 until January 1957 LCDR Rodgers attended the Postgraduate School for
Naval Intelligence in Washington, D. C. Upon graduation in june he was ordered to the USS MAT-
TABESSET QAOG-525 as Commanding Officer. MATTABESSET was permanently deployed to the
SIXTH Fleet with her homeport in Naples, Italy, and operated throughout the Mediterranean and
Northern Europe during his two year tour.
In August 1959 he reported to the Office of Naval Intelligence at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C-
and was assigned to CNO Flag Plot, as a CNO Briefing Officer. The highlight of this tour was the
Cuban Crisis, an operation that was historic for all participants.
In August 1963 he reported aboard USS GEARINC QDD-7105 at Cagleari, Sardinia as she was
ending her first SIXTH Fleet deployment since FRAM Conversion.
In 1954 Lieute
They live with their two sons in Middletown, Rhode Island.
nant Commander Rodgers married the former Sally Taylor of Washington, D. C-
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ASW DEPARTME T I
Anti-submarine warfare, or ASW, is the primary
function of the GEARING. The ASW Department
includes the torpedo, ASROC, DASH, and Sonar
Divisions. These various weapons together give the
ship both a long and short range ASW capability
in conjunction with the sonar gangis ability to ac-
quire and maintain contact with underwater targets.
Each of the ASW weapons involves the delivery
of a torpedo, but the variety of the delivery methods
is significant. The torpedo gang fires its torpedoes
directly off the ship's torpedo deck just forward of
the bridge, while the GMM's fire their torpedoes
by means of an anti-submarine rocket. The DASH
men utilize remotely controlled drone anti-submarine
helicopters to carry their "fish,'.
All men in the ASW Department must be highly
skilled technicians, as the ship's equipment for these
defenses is primarily new and complicated computer
and control systems. With a nuclear capability in
the ASW field, the GEARING plays an important
and serious role in our nation's defense.
D ash Officer Assistant ASW
LTJG R. G. POTTER
Terre Haute, Indiana
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The First and Second Divisions of the Deck Department tend to be mutually
tagnoistic-the deck force ffirst divisionj is responsible for keeping the decks swept
down, while the gunners mates and fire controltechnicians fsecond divisio-nj is respon.
sible for littering the decks with spent brass.
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evolutions such as mooring and anchoring operations, underway refueling, transfers
and replenishment at sea. While resting between these operations the "deck apes'l
keep the sides and maindecks perpetually rust free. When anchored out, the 26 foot
motor whale boat is operated by the deck force as our liberty launch.
The gunners mates and FT's maintain and operate our air and surface defense
weapons, two twin five inch 38-caliber gun mounts and related fire control system.
The weapons "E" on the director and the proficiency "Ev on Mount 52 are indi-
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The Engineering Department, responsible for the ship's power, propulsion and
repair, is divided into two divisions. "M Division under the leadership ofthe Main
Propulsion Assistant, is further divided into "B" Group, which operates and main-
tains the boilers and fuel supplies, and "M" Group, which operates and maintains
the shipis propulsion machinery, evaporators, and ship's service generators.
"R" Division, directed by the Damage Control Assistant, establishes and main-
tains an effective damage control organization, and repairs hull and auxiliary machi-
nery. Within the structure of "RH Division are 3 groups, "R" Group. which main-
tains all the damage control equipment and keeps the hull in a good state of repair.
"E" Group which maintains all electrical and interior communications equipment,
and "A" Group, which cares for all heating, refrigerating, and air conditioning equip-
The Engineering Department is a 24 hour a day outfit working with equipment
much of which is as old as the hull itself. In spite ol' this they are always in a state
of readiness to answer all bells from the bridge.
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OPER TIONS DEP RTME T
The Operations Department, often referred to as "the eyes and ears of the ships,
is divided into OC and OI divisions.
Radio central is the home of OC division. The Radiomen with the assistance
of the men of the signal bridge keep the GEARING .in touch with the outside world
by means of voice radio, coded word, radio teletype, flashing light, semaphore, and
pony express Q yes, even today The quartermasters, keepers of the time, logs, and
ship's position are also part of OC division. F
OI division inhabits "Combat" in the performance of its duties. Radarmen and
Electronics Technicians operate and maintain equipment which aids the Officer of
the Deck on the bridge in keeping abreast of the tactical and navigational situation,
Electronics countermeasures gear operated by radarmen enables us to detect and
analyze electronic emissions from outside sources, to boost our defenses.
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SUPPLY DEPART E T
"Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow...the replacement part you ordered six
months ago probably won't be here," is often said to be the fight song of the Supply
Department. This unearned, igominious reputation of Supply reflects the average
GEARING sailor's need for a whipping boy, something upon which to unload all
his pent up hostility.
Fact is, we are fed, paid, given laundry, barber, ship's store services and sup-
plied with thousands of replacement parts and consumable items over each fiscal
year by an organization unrivaled in efficient management of the process of dis-
While in the Mediterranean, lights were on in the Supply Office nearly 24 hours
a day, not only keeping the ship combatready, but also providing the ship's company
with the opportunity to buy foreign merchandise
at extremely low prices fsay, does anybody want
to buy some French wire baskets? I have a couple
of extras, see, and...j
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Melrose, M ass.
W. Y. POORE, SN
Colonial Heights, Va.
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Mecklenburg, N. Y. Brooklyn, N. Y. J. Fredonia, N.
"No, I do NOT want any cameos, piano,
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R. BLANKS, SD2
E. T. HAYNES, SD3
D. F. TEASE, SH3
I. C. RUBEL, CS3
T. V. MOFFITT, CS1
R. G. GASPAR, TN
M. M. ZARRA, TN
W. R. CLARE, SN
O. POWELL, SN
R. M. LAFLUER, SN
J. S. CORBIN, SN
D. A. DECARLO, SN
W. G. HULL, SN
L. PADRO, SN
New York, N. Y.
R. DE LAS ALAS, TN
W. C. HULL, SA
The word was passed, "All lines clear," and
the USS GEARINC was underway. The day was
8 Se tember 1964 and the crew was fille with
mixed, emotions-some of the men were looking
forward to the new and exciting adventures to be
found on forei n soil, and others were saying a
silent rayer that their families and sweethearts
would ,be safe and cared for during our absence.
The first month was spent entirely at sea in
oint U.S.-Canadian operations in the North At-
lantic and NATO operations in the Norwegian sea.
We missed etting a blue nose for crossing the
Arctic Circle gy less than 60 miles.
During this underway period the "boots" were
transformed into capable and reliable seamen. The
daily routine was a concentrated dose of general
quarters, refuelinlg, and highlining. The frinlge winds
of Hurricane Et el and other rough weat er com-
mon to the North Atlantic in the autumn rovided
the new sailors a chance to et their sea llegs, and
for the old salts to get theirsgback into shape after
a summer of calm seas.
Although spare time was almost nil, the er-
sonal boredom of this time at sea was broken
periodically b popcorn, movies, and bin o on the
mess decks. Vfllhen we weren't refueling oniundays,
there was time for prayer and meditation at divine
services, conducted by a chaplain delivered by the
"Holly Helo" from the carrier.
any egos were boosted Qand some deflated,
by the bear growing contest, won by Jim Renner,
QMSN, over a lot of good competition.
Operations Masterstroke and Teamwork were
our prime concern, however, and as we crossed
the Atlantic to join the Sixth Fleet in the Mediter-
ranean we reflected that this was but a preparation
for the real thing if it should ever be necessary,
and at the end we knew we were repared. As we
passed the rock of Gibraltar headlln for our first
port, the Spanish vacation paradise ciPalma, Mal-
orca, we also knew we had earned our liberty.
DA YS AND A WAKE UP.
There must be some white paint here somewhere!!
All hands fall into quarters for leaving port
Lets just wait gee
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the mail buoy???
After twenty-eight days at sea, the GEARING ulled into Palma,
de Mallorca, one of the Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain,
for our first liberty port. This port, Palma, one of the world's most
famous resort towns, proved to be a lively ort of call. The entire
crew spent their liberty hours sight-seeing gre interestin sights of
this port, buying Spanish souvenirs for themselves or sneir loved
ones back home, and visiting "Blood Alley" and "jimmyis". Surely
these names will remain with all of us for many years to come.
Ialwas here that many saw their first bull fight, an adventure for
The city of Palma, with a population of some 150,000, stands
at the head of Palma Ba , on the southern coast of the Island.
The incomparable beauty olrthe Island has made it known through-
out the world as the Island of Light, the Golden Isle, the Tranquil
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Lake, and the Pearl of the Mediterranean. Atpart from its beauty, l A
its attractive beaches, its mountains, unspoile folklore, hospitable Q 'X
people, and splendid tourist services, Mallorca boasts yet another , +
advantalge-the climate. While we were in port, the weather was - "t' ' h C 1,
unbeata le, with an average temperature of about 72 0, -'DBX ' ty g
Operating schedules have to be met, so on 12 October 1964, ' kg Q42 ' " T I
amid a how ing thunderstorm, we departed Palma and sailed for . P at I it ar 5,
Naples, Italy, leaving many new-found riends on the shore. il
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Think we could get back out?
A full scale exibition of Spanish pageantry...Cost but a few pesetos.
Think we can hitch a ride?
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Luigi, the barber, provided service with atmosphere.
We arrived in Naples amid heavy winds and
rain. During our stay, however, the weather was
nothing short of outstanding. Naples, the third lar-
gest city in Italy occupies one of the most magni-
ficent sites in all of the Mediterranean. As a liberty
port, Naples gave many of us the opportunity to
visit the ruins of Pompeii, Mt. Vesuvius, and the
Isle of Capri, while others took this chance to take
a tour to the ancient city of Rome.
It was during this in-port period that many
GEARING crew members devoted their time and
effort in the re-decoration of an orphanage HS Part
of the ship's people-to-people program.
We departed Naples exactly the way we ar-
rived-amid heavy winds and rain.
Our second Naples visit was our last opp01"
tunity to buy Christmas presents for mailing home.
With the shopping season at full tilt great bafgains
were found and most presents and cards sent home
had an Italian styling.
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The Pompeii tour is a "must" for visitors to Southern Italy.
Through 15 foot seas in the Bay
of Naples the GEARING made
it to safety behind the breakwater.
Minutes before the GEARING ar-
rived, this Dutch freighter did not.
Passengers and crew were highlined
to safety by personnel from the
destroyer tender USS Shenandoah.
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Cameo makers never failed to fascinate potential buyers.
This vendor sold everything from oil paintings
SFAX, TUNISIA 26 OCTOBER 2 NOVEMBER
From the very start, Sfax, Tunisia spelled adventure.
GEARINC was the first American warship in over 15 years
to visit Sfax and we were as curious about the Tunisians
as they were about us.
In a city in which cameras were not permitted, GEARING
sailors explored thoroughly in order not to forget the fas-
cinating sights. Best remembered of all was the ancient walled
Casbah where you could shop side
by side with the veiled Moslem
women. Tunisian beer was quickly
found to be quite potent. Souven-
iers were cheap and plentiful. The
tour to the ruins of Taparura pro-
vided some impromptu camel rid-
'The hospitable Tunisian
government, obviously knowing
what goes on in the mind of the
average sailor, staged a folk fes-
tival of exotic local dances at the
town auditorium. This event
proved less revealing than was
anticipated, although top gradetal-
ent made the day a very educa-
In return for their favors, the
CEARING staged a three day open
house aboard ship. More than
8,000 curious Tunisians now had
a chance to find something out
about us, touring the ship while
a tape recorded "welcomeaboard"
talk was played back over the
IMC in French and Arabic.
The climax of the visit was
our presentation of Operation
Handclasp materials to the school
children of Sfax.
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And making headlines in Tunisian newspapers
was just a part timejob.
They came by the thousands Qand while
they battled to get aboard we were grateful
to get ashore,
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Bellamine of the Province of Sfax...
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barrier was hurdled
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receive gold and silver trays, a gilt from
t e school children of Sfax.
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The first sight of snow on our cruise
was the morning of 7 November as the
Maritime Alps to the northwest of the city
appeared shining in the light of dawn. We
had completed a journey which took us from
the warmth of Tunisia northward through
the Strait of Messina to meet the cold rains
of the northernmost reaches of the Medi-
The great size and industrial complexity of this, Italy's
chief seaport was a psychologicaljoltg the GEARING having
been the center of attraction in Sfax, was now reduced to
the insignificance of being just another ofthe scores of visit-
But the American sailor's adventurous spirit was not
deterred. Leave takers ranged as far north as Switzerland
and Southern Germany to take advantage ofthe first skiing
of the season. Shorter trips to Venice, Florence, Piza, Porto-
fino, and Rapallo were made by enterprising tourists. For
the majority who stayed on in Genoa, the historical attrac-
tions and busy night life occupied most of their time.
Most remembered will be the hillside funiculars, Colum-
bus' birthplace, the Texas Bar, and the immortal Lisa at
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Ancient cloisters of Santa Eulazia Cathedral
While there were few genuine tourist attractions
in Barcelona at that time of year, the general con-
sensus was that we should have stayed longer.
The prices of everything in this Spanish port
averaged 30 per cent lower than anywhere else
in the Mediterranean. For the first time since leaving
Newport we were able to hail a cab without fear
of being taken to the cleaners.
Barcelona is a modern city, with broad avenues
and many fine parks. It is characterized by strik-
ing new business and shopping districts which ex-
tend outward from the port area and the old sector
with narrow streets and bargain shops.
We stayed too short a time to fully explore
the town and see the surrounding countryside, but
what we saw we liked and remembered well.
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N.S. Savannah docked a few piers away.
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While waiting for the boat, the Marco Polo Gla-
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could waves break over the roof in rough weather?
GEARING dropped anchor in Theoule, her first visit
to a French Riviera port this year. Theoule is a small, sum-
mer resort town situated on the southern coast of France,
about 4 miles west of Cannes. We arrived after the tourist
season was over, so our visit was a little more subdued
than visits to French Riviera ports usually are.
Highlights of this port visit were a visit from the mayor,
a Christmas party for the children ofthe town and a fashion
show fFrench stylej for the crew. We celebrated Christmas
day here and were surprised by a visit from Santa Claus-
it was good to know that good, old St. Nick didn't forget
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the crew as we took optimum opportunity to celebrate the
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The city of Cannes, ideally situated in the heart
of the French Riviera, is one of the most fashion-
able resorts of the world. From Cannes we were
within bus distance of Golfe-juan, Nice, Villefrance
and Monaco. Many of us took this opportunity
to visit the reknowned "Monte Carlo".
A tour to Paris was scheduled and many GEAR-
ING men visited this fascinating city for the Hrs!
time. While in Cannes, we also had a chance to
visit the French Alps Qvisible from our anchor sitej
and do a little skiing and relaxing.
During our stay in Cannes, we were greeted
by the arrival of 1965 and celebrated it French
style. Cannes was one of the highlights of our Med
cruise and also signified the end of it. One more
stop in Valencia, Spain for turnover and we'd be
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that we would buy. Few did but the turnout was unprecedented.
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VALENCIA? SPAIN 16-18 JANUARY
Our two day stop in Valencia for turnover
gave each duty section a chance to get ashore
or one day. Generallg' speakingl there was
not time to see the sig ts or muc of the city
either. But just to toast Europe and the Med
a farewell until we return again.
On the last day ashore thoughts were al-
ready of the arrival home and of the good
things waiting just 11 days hence.
Finally after stocking up on Fine Valencia
oranges we departed for Newport, Rhode Is-
land, on 18 january, and after a fairly calm
and uneventful Atlantic crossing along the
southern route, CEARING reached home at
0900 30 january 1965.
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ARRIVAL NEWPORT ' 30 JANUARY 1965
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OF HOME AGAIN
So, with this scene
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