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Page 13 text:
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.
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LT. ELG. Ivloynihang LT. C.B, Sheltong LT. J,C. Strasser. LT. W.E. Terry. X
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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