Marias (AO 57) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1973

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HISTORY OF THE USS MARIAS CAO-571 Both the source and the mouth of th the Ship named after this river has hadeaMiiii2rRiveitindM?ntana are inland, but namesake, The MARIAS has b Y QU e i ferent from her landlocked commissioning 12 Feb 1944 ee? VQTY much 3 Sea80iH8 sh1P since the date of her 2 - n fa t 1 . already Participating in the Pacific,Cggpgigzoagozhgstaftef commissioning MARIAS was at Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands. rans erred AVGAS to a carrier other engagements quickly followed wh i h di ' inbdiiyingithe Japanese out of the Pacificclslaidsngugihgg JSE T2EZAswhil herfseizice aa es d ' y ereuen repelled hoSe32r,aagZS5Zggig,siigigi Zgiyasgggijgegytenimy aircraft. The assault use philippine Sea and th i . 0 0 a e part in the Battle of the Pala d h . e. nvasions of Guam, Tinian, Volcano-Bonin, Yap, the Southern U, an t e Philippines. MARIAS continued to support units of the Third Fleet as ao Strait and repeatedly struck China Sea and Iwo Jimo. After fueled as they sank the last the? CriPP1ed the Japanese Navy at Leyte Gulf and Surig against land installations on Luzon, Formosa, the South that MARIAS kept the striking forces of the Fifth Fleet of the Japanese Fleet and bombarded Okinawa. On 10 Sep 1945 MARIAS steamed into Tokyo Bay and refueled nine Japanese Minesweepers, an unusual assignment for a ship that had so relentlessly campaigned against the Japanese F h 1 MARIAS received eight battle stars. or er wart me Operations the The postwar career of MARIAS also has been active and important. She headed back to the Far East on 5 Feb 1946 and operated out of Yokosuka, Japan for the next year and a half, making frequent runs to Saudi Arabia for fuel runs to Japan. ln July, 1957 she proceeded to Norfolk, Virginia via the Suez Canal. She returned to California in January, 1948, where she spent the next four years shuttling fuel to Alaska and one more Far East Cruise. November, 1952 she departed San Francisco for duty with the Sixth Fleet in the Mediteranean. In May, 1955 she became the first ship of the U. S. Navy to be homa- ported in Barcelona, Spain and was one of the first ships to be assigned to an indefinite tour of duty in the Mediteranean. After eight and a half years serving the Sixth Fleet, MARIAS returned to the United States and serviced the Second Fleet out of her new homeport, Norfolk, Virginia. This was to be the HMule's Stallu for the next ten yeara. During this tenure she made six Med Cruises totaling over 37 months. She vaa also involved in some important Naval matters, including HProject Mercuryn, the uCuban Crlaian Operation Springboard '65, Operation Springboard '67, She provided services to the units of Task Force ONE as they began their famous nSea Orbit '64H and to unita involved in nSteel Pike In, the largest peacetime amphibious landing. She traveled over 16,000 miles to refuel the USS INDEPENDENCE southeast of Capetown, South Africa in May 1965, and early 1967 received over 17,000 barrels of black oil from the grounded USS ESSEX and was thus instrumental in refloating this huge carrier. She participated in the search for the missing Isreal Submarine HDAKARH in January 1968 as well as providing assistance to the grounded USS BACHE at Rhodes, Greece. On 1 Jul 1970 the homeport was officially changed to Mayport, Florida, although, - ' ' ' first time. th t er same day MARIAS was crossing the Artic Circle for her ggturzing fiom her North Atlantic Cruise on 9 Oct 1970, NARIAS found herself 20127158 60 days in Florida before setting her course for the Caribbean for Operating dpi Ugnean r board '7l. Within a week's return to Mayport, MARIAS depaited for another i EEN deployment. She was awarded both the Battle Efficiency E and the Engiggiftggining for Fiscal Year '7l. October 1971 found the 'Mule S0198 through fe res f N h en'o ing the merriement o ev in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and in February 1972 S e WaS J Y Orleans during Madi Gras- ' January 1973 MARIAS instead found it'8 Anticipating another Mediteranean Cruise in , W Pacific. She bow headed West to spend seven and a half months d2Pl0Yed to tg? estsrzhen serviced supported fighting units of the Seventh Fleet until the Cease- ire an units involved in uOperation Endsweepn. . . 2 Oct 1973 The is retiring ffamzfii:i?:2.iiz:1s2s52.tai-.i..E:vz.03..,. ofs d is to be turned over to t e 1 2 , . d it is felt the U. - Zzperience should become a valuable assegnto their miSS10H an ' a Navy is gging to miss her 'kiCkinS afoun

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Commander Steve RALPH, Jr., a native of Osceola, Arkansas, was graduated from Hendrix College and commissioned from the Naval Reserve Officer's training program in June 1953. He attended Flight Training and was designated a Naval Aviator. He has had assignments in various Fighter Squadrons and in 1958 requested a change of designator and returned to the Surface Navy. His surface Navy assignments have included tours aboard USS NORTON SOUND CAVM-lb, USS SURFBIRD CADG-3833, Staff Commander in Chief, U. S. Pacific Fleet, and Defense Intelligence Agency washington, D. C. He is a graduate of the General Line Course of 1961 at the U. S. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California and Post Graduate Course in Intelligence-Defense Intelligence School, Washington, D. C. He previously commanded USS SERRANO CAGS-241. ln addition to various theatre and occupation medals, he is authorized to wear the Bronze Star with Combat V, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V, Navy Achievement Medal and 1 Kombat Action Ribbon. Prior to reporting to the was serving on the Staff of the 1 MARIAS he n tommander United States Military Assistance Command 1 Vietnam. RALPH is married to the former Mary Moore of Memphis, Tennessee. They childerng Steve, Robert Ward, Rene Dianne and Joseph Fletcher. fommander Flizabeth have four COMMANDER STEVE RALPH, JR. COMMANDING UFFICFR -1 pai-Qtr-4 X ff THE CAPTAIN HAS THE CONN COMMODORE ROULSTONE WELCONES US HOME

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