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Page 12 text:
CDR. J. D. WATKINS, USN
Commander James D. Watkins, USN, former Com-
manding Officer of the nuclear powered attack-type
submarine SNOOK CSSN-5925 is currently serving as
Executive Officer of the world's first nuclear powered
cruiser, LONG BEACH.
Commander Watkins was Commanding Officer of
SNOOK when, in 1965 and 66, she became the first
nuclear submarine to visit the Republic of Korea and
Yokosuka, Japan. His service on SNOOK won Commander
Watkins the Legion of Merit award and the Navy Com-
mendation medal and also earned the Navy Unit Com-
mendation for the ship during a 1965 deployment to the
The LONG BEACH Executive Officer, born in
Alhambra, California, claims Pasadena, California as his
home of record. He attended the University of California,
at Berkeley, for one year before entering the Naval
Academy in 1945.
He was commissioned an Ensign in the Academy
class of 1949 and reported aboard the destroyer
FECHTELER CDD-8703 for his tour of duty. In January
of 1951, Commander Watkins entered the U.S. Naval
Submarine School at New London, Conn., and in July of
the same year reported aboard the submarine VOLADOR
CSS-4901 where he served until 1953.
Commander Watkins then joined the staff of the
Commander, Submarine Division 52, in November 1953,
where he served as Division Engineer until 1955.
From 1955-58 Commander Watkins attended the Navy
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Post Graduate School, lVIonterey, Calif., as a student in
lvlechanical Engineering, Nuclear Power.Having completed
work for his lVlaster Of Science degree in this field,
Commander Watkins completed an additional six months
of study at the Oak Ridge School of Reactor Technology,
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tenn. Then in September
1958 he reported aboard the submarine BARBERO CSSG-
3175 for duty as Executive Officer.
Commander Watkins was next selected for duty in the
Navy's Nuclear Power Training Unit, Schenectady, N.Y.,
followed by one month at the Bettis Atomic Power
Laboratory, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Commander Watkins then reported aboard SNOOK
for the first time in October 1960 as Executive Officer
and a member of SNOOK's initial commissioning crew.
Following this tour of duty, he served in the Bureau of
Ships, Washington, from lVIarch 1962 to September 1964
as assistant to the lvlanager, Naval Reactors, AEC. H6
then returned to SNOOK as Commanding Officer, the post
he held until September 1966.
He assumed the duties of LONG BEACH Executive
Officer in April 1967.
. Commander Watkins' medals inctuded: World War ll
Victory lvledal, China Service lvledal, Navy Occupational
Service Medal QAsiaJ, Korean Service Nledal, United
Nations lvledal, and Vietnam Service Ivledal.
Commander and lVlrs. Watkins, the former Sheila J0
'VICKIHHGY of Coronado, Calif., and! their six children
currently reside in Long Beach, Calif.
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Commander Robert S. Smith was born in Gary, Indiana,
on August 4, 1925. He attended the United States Naval
Academy and was commissioned an Ensign in June 1946,
Commander' Smith's first tour of duty was aboard
the USS BLUE CDD-7445 where he served as Torpedo
Officer. In 1947 he went to the staff of Escort Division
One and in 1948 he reported aboard the USS PERKINS
CDDR-8773 with duties in Communications, Gunnery and
In 1950 he attended the Navy Special Weapons Unit in
Albuquerque, N, M. as a student and served two years as
that unit's Nuclear Officer in the USS FRANKLIN D,
ROOSEVELT CCVA-429 and the USS ORISKANY CCVA-335.
Commander Smith took command ofthe USS LUZERNE
COUNTY CLST-9023 in October 1953 and after two years
as Commanding Officer was made Flag Lieutenant on the
staff of the Commander Amphibious Force Pacific.
From June 1956 through May 1959 the LONG BEACH
Executive Officer was at the Navy Nuclear Power Unit,
Idaho Falls, Idaho, serving as a student, power plant
operator, and unit Executive Officer during that time.
He then reported aboard the nuclear carrier
ENTERPRISE CCVACNJ65J for a four year tour as Chief
In 1964 Commander Smith got his own command again,
this time the USS HOLDER CDD-8193. He stayed with the
HOLDER until being assigned to theSecretaryofthe Navy's
Personnel Retention Task Force, Washington, D. C., in
Commander Smith reported aboard as LONG BEACH's
Executive Officer April 16, 1966.
Duties of the Executive Officer include the co-
ordination of all administrative functions of the ship,
such as the Personnel Office, Captain' Office and Public
Affairs Office. Commander Smith also headedX CExecutiveJ
Division whose members man the Post Office, Photo
Lab, Print Shop, Chaplain's Office, Ship's Entertainment
System, Personnel Office, Captain's Office and Public
Commander and Mrs. CRamonaJ Smith have four
The LONG BEACH Executive Officer's decorations
include the Korean Unit Citation and the Seventh Order of
Yun Hui Ccloud and bannerj. His medals include the Korean
Service Medal with two stars, the United Nations Service
Medal, the China Service Medal, the National Defense
Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal CCubaJ, and
Navy Expeditionary Medal CCubaJ.
Commander Smith was relieved by Commander J,D,
Watkins in April.
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FLOT 9 STAFF
CDR. L. B. WARRING, USN CDR. G. A. BOGGS, USN
Back row CI. to r.D, LT. W.F. Bassg CAPT.J.P. Front row Cl. to r.J, ENS. J.L. Gouldingg CDR. L.B.
Flaharty, USIVlCg LCDFZ, J.F. O'SuIIivang LCDR. PLL. Warringy CDR. J.C. IVlcGilIg ADIVI. lVI.W. Woodsg LCDR.
Lattag CAPT. P. Rothg LT. T.J. Nlartig Lt. FLG, Sansomg F.C. Southworthg CDR. G.A. Boggs.: LCDR, P.l. Bledsoeg
LT. ELG. Ivloynihang LT. C.B, Sheltong LT. J,C. Strasser. LT. W.E. Terry. X
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