£ V • y . i ; 5:f ' MP .-■■£ 2$ 1 :32 05OC89 IR-D j- ' =.hT 21 :32 U50C89 IR-D D-ShT it VL ift. SO .£ ' £ d ■ o i " V, « USS MOUNT VE A CHANGE OF SEASONS ALASKA-PAC EXKMlj) PRODUCED BY USS MOUNT VERNON Welfare and Recreation Fund EDITOR, ETC YN2(SW) Timothy L. Hanks CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS GMG2 Charles A. Rood, JR EM3 Salvador M. Barrientos, JR CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS GMC Kenneth R. Lovejoy, GMGSN Donald B. Miller, RMSN Frank H. Lott, EMC Efren O. Mallari, MM3 Douglas L. Leon, RMSA Michael T. Williams, among others. X X 80 USS MOUNT VERNON LSD 39 COMMANDING OFFICER EXECUTIVE OFFICERS WARDROOM CHIEF PETTY OFFICERS DECK DEPARTMENT ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT SUPPLY DEPARTMENT NORTH TO ALASKA PACEX 89 4 6 7 9 15 17 23 35 43 51 71 USS MOUNT VERNON LSD-39 USS V , by Mini . onstructic completed in April 1971 Following commissioning .il Shipyard, •report of San MOUNT VERNON ' s homeport was changed to Long !•■ • tmla on 22 July I MOUNT VERNON is .ngth and has a : oint Fully loaded, the ship displaces 1:1.700 tons with a mean draft of 19 feet measured from the keel to the waterline. The ship ' s armament consists of 3 " , 50 twin gun mounts and a Vulcan Phalanx anti-ship missile defense system Installed electronic equipment includes air and surface search radars, a navigational radar, a communications •nd an Electronic Emitter Detection System to support the ship ' s amphibious mission. MOUNT VERNON ' s helicopter landing platform can be used in support of helicopter assault and logistics operations. Refueling, limited repairs and minor maintenance of aircraft can also be provided. The ship was designed to transport and launch heavy landing craft from a large well deck, and was the first West Coast ship to be modified for operations with the new Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC). Wet well evolutions are facilitated through the use of a complex, electro-hydraulically controlled ballasting and deballasting system. The ship ' s habitability features provide for the berthing, messing and cargo transport of approximately 330 fully-equipped combat troops of the landing force. Since reporting for duty in the Pacific Fleet. MOUNT VERNON has completed seven operational deployments with the Seventh Fleet in the Far East, one deployment with the Middle East Force in the Persian Gulf for minesweeping and escort support operations, assignment to the Joint Task Force for the Alaskan Oil Spill Clean- up, and now is engaged in Pac-Ex. MOUNT VERNON has been awarded the Navy Unit Commendation, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal. You name it. We Can Handle It! TOP Minesweeper support operations in the Persian Gulf. 1987-88 MIDDLE: Alaskan Oil Spill Clean-up operations in Prince William Sound. Alaska. 1989. BOTTOM: You bring it. we ' ll land it. Two Duece and a Halfs out the back on their way tc the beach. OPPOSITE: The Mighty Mickey " V " Haze Gray and Under MOUNT VERNON THROUGH HISTORY USS MOUNT VERNON is the fifth ship commissioned in the United States Navy to bear the proud name of MOUNT VERNON. Four predecessors served with distinction in times of conflict, beginning during the Civil War. The first MOUNT VERNON was a wooden screw merchant steamer purchased by the Navy and converted to a gunboat in 1861. Among her memorable exploits was participation in the attack on Fort Fisher which severed the last Confederate supply line and helped to bring about the end of the Civil War. Another ship, a side wheel river steamer fitted as a gunboat for the defense of Washington, DC, was named MOUNT VERNON during the Civil War. The name was later changed to MOUNT WASHINGTON to avoid any confusion with the first MOUNT VERNON. Built by Norddeutcher Lloyd Lines and originally named KRONPRINZESSIN CECILLE, the third MOUNT VERNON started out as a first class luxury liner in 1907. The ship was interned in Boston Harbor prior to the United State ' e entry into World War One. The German crew destroyed the ship ' s engines when the U.S. entered the war. After extensive repairs, the ship was transferred to the Navy for use as a troop transport. During the war, MOUNT VERNON transported 33,600 men to France, survived a torpedo hit from a German submarine, and returned 42,500 veterans home. A war correspondent commemorated the MOUNT VERNON ' s role in verse with a poem published in the June 18th, 1918 edition of The Atlantic Shuttle, in which he affectionately refers to the ship as the mighty " Mickey V. " Another spacious liner also bore the name MOUNT VERNON and saw duty as a troop transport. The fourth MOUNT VERNON was built in 1933 as a luxury liner named SS WASHINGTON. During World War Two, the liner was refitted as a troop transport by the Navy. Continuing in the role of delivering soldiers to battle, MOUNT VERNON transported thousands of troops across both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. COMMANDING OFFICER CDR D. E. MYERS Command.-! David E. M ■ Wayna, Indiana, vji.i.iu.u. ' , I from tha Stata Unlvti - " ... York .it Buffalo m ! and waa commlaaionad an Ensign upon graduation from dldata School in February 1972 After completion of trol School is Damage Control Assist. mi I USS LAWRENCE (DDG 4) and USS WILLIAM M WOOD (DD 715) homaportad In Athans, Greece He served Department Head aboard USS DAMATO (DD 871) and as uit aboard USS HERMITAGE (LSD 34). Commander ad as Executive Officer of USS NEWPORT (LST 1179). He commanded USS ADROIT (MSO 509) and USS FORTIFY (MSO 446). From May 1988 until September 1988, Commander Myers commanded USS INFLICT (MSO 456) while conducting minecountermeasures operations in the Persian Gulf. Commander Myers assignments ashore have been at the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, Rhode Island as a chemistry instructor, and on the staff of Commander. Naval Surface Force. U.S. Atlantic Fleet as the Damage Control Readiness and Training Officer. Commander Myers is married to the former Carol Waszak of Brooklyn. New York. They presently reside in Seal Beach, California with their children Jennifer and Charles. BELCH . itroduc ] tha Exxon clean up coordinator to Navy cuisine at the 4th of July picnic RIGHT: Captain ' s Call in the Well Deck BELOW RIGHT COMPHIBGRU THREE RADM Baker stopped by to congratulate MOUNT VERNON on handling another difficult |ob EXECUTIVE OFFICER LCDR EDWARD FRITZ ABOVE Who was that masked man ' TOP RIGHT Assembling the troops on the Fo ' csle with scenic Alaska for a backdrop RIGHT Attention on deck! EXECUTIVE OFFICER LCDR DOUGLAS WHALEN TOP RIGHT New old kid on the block on his first time underway with Mount Vernon as XO. Last time he pulled away from the pier was as Mount Vernon ' s Chief Engineer TOP LEFT: No. this is not a guilty look caused by reaching for a Twinkle Maybe it has something to do with the sign LEFT: Bos ' n Kosse updates the XO on the loading plan. ABOVE: LCDR Whalen gets excited and involved in shipboard evolutions, in this case it ' s the counter-measure washdown THE WARDROOM ' (hali tha list , iIk. . SW( I PQS I I K U KU.H BELOW LEFI M M .: i " M 1 .... .. OPPOSITE BOTTOM LEFT LCDR Dranchak tracks the offload from the wingwall LEFT The Oil Lab gets a spot check from LTJG Carre ABOVE Officer ' s Call with the XO CENTER LEFT Every boat needs an officer. LT Vidinhar in this case CENTER RIGHT LTJG Papesh traces out systems for EOOW PQS TOP RIGHT LT Jepson helps BT3 Aastrom get an oil sample RIGHT LT Tonan the Barbarian on the scene JO ' S AND WARRANTS Junk m • ind t.-IK th«m they art In ch i ■rybody ! •■ what fhay don ' l know u " ugh, they hava th« y thai «am it • K RIGHT 1 TJG O ' Dea ■ -;i( " .HT Underway raplanlihrm •i! CDR " . tin h.irbnt ! •■ CHIEF ' S MESS Chltl P«t1 • tlmi man i middle, it the officer! Informed .«iif out of trouble RIGH1 i • " PQS HI I OW KH.II ... ..... ■ .. Iv CBR It.M ' I AR Kli.ll ■ 11 run nn RT m YokOfuka ft l 1 11 TO RIGH1 Pi M itei U loi hi% I SWS l«n Im ' l llwayi tins fnnfuwd, and ido on watch jjles dirties b 000 Gallon Spill W»U »m Socm J Worst In Kiytory Busk SencU in Nayj IHawk, GoocUess Wl Wom ' t Have Yo Go On ' This. What Could " They Oo With A GatoR? o 1ST DIVISION A ' ' ■!.••. • ifl on with • ill m addition lo lh I lookou t u " ■■ •■ Rll .11! s,- Hull |Oy lh« i i ' i ' i ism i " ■ I AK R • • „| ,| •• i M M RIGH1 s% M 2ND DIVISION Dn iiif ihlp from ••n ! to • tqulpmanl .• handling It, D«ck provide mi I I th« handi RICH " II lllli IW UK .HI ! ' . ■ N John I ! S| ■ ittln, and sa ■ ■ .... OPPOSID CENTER SR ryroni ITton I ■ ' i up lh. ' Aft I ookow ' • ,M, n FAR Kit .HI ■ ' • i mm .how Ihi ' ntw guyi on .vli.-n CO go.- down BOTTOM. LEFT TO RIGHT BM1 Ropoll i).- 111.- tnnu. r.-.vlv 10 .Irop. K it h.uln ' l bin-n lor hii iinging, SA Schuey might hav» madi- Mvsscook ol lh« Month 20 3RD DIVISION ■ tola to I minute ■ LEFT: GMGSN M .. .. ■ .... M DIVISION Ml oom kc. ' p tha .|.mis turning thai mo only tha beginning Thay run iti« ' .listillmu, plant to I that supply tha ship ' s power, and ki us pumps m working ordti RIGH1 Ml opposm roPLEi .... Irom t .• on AFT Throttl. Bl RIGKI MM MM ; ft Bruei R wC Kendall, MM3 William R MMFA MM3 William E Mayan, MM1 Curtis D MM! Hobby J Bradl MMl(SW) Robart W [ undbarg, MM3 Rnn.,l, Eric V Caldwell. MMFA Michael W Turn.- MM3 Patrick J Bork. MMFA John R Keeley. Hunl, and MM3 Timolhy L Lusardi Front MM2 James C MM I Carl S Calloway. MM2 John L Stacks. MM : . hnnv B Garcia. FN Saul Flores. and MMFN Jose Jacques BOTTOM LEFT MM.t Brvan Krause rounds the corner during the Fourth of July 7K run BOTTOM RIGHT MM1 Smith receives his ESWS pin from CDR Myers OPPOSITE PAGE MIDDLE MM3 Sweet hauls on the block to get (he Main Circ pump into position, while MM2 Morrell and MM3 John Craig try to bolt it down MMFN Turner helps by applying a little leverage FAR RIGHT MM3 Bork seems to be having too much fun on watch iM " fl 25 B DIVISION Wlhis ship .In. -mi • who maka tha it i tllttl • than ii tounda, Involvli pumpa, fuel pumps, watai ! •• ■ prod thai itaam It haal You don ' l His visiting .1 aauna In thali ii - ' lima RIGH1 BTI a E TOP LEFI n with Bl 1 Bath OPPOSITI TOP RIGH1 . ' ■ I .•. 111U artwork Bl LOW RIGH1 ■ nil a A ■ lurn mi a ■ ■ M BT I Ronald A Hani !• Hap -. G Ah.. ifoya, BTFA Ph FR Bran Krantke and BTFA Robart J Northern From FA Raymond ..uh. BTFN John L S ID Dalaon. BT3 Thou no K Famham, BT.l Thierry I Maitrud, BTFA Somlnh Phomvongaa, and FA EdwardJ Seon 1 H ' POSITE CENTER COR Myan plm on Bl I SWS pin BOTTOM LEFT FA Mai to th ER FA Scell ■ Dying (lack watch BOTTOM RIGHT BTCtSW] Ptckarl gets nil ESWS pinned on OPPOSITE FAR RIGHT Bl I R .. hardaon Unas up ih.- ryitem OPPOSITE BOTTOM BT3ISW) Hopkms • MOUNT 27 A DIVISION Auxiliary equipment It lha domain of A Division All conditioning i l on, dleseli ifl fuel lystem, and .ill the llttli • luipmanl ■: throughout the ihlp that i RIGHT I ' ■ -•• llnu up tt - OPPOS ■ Top ... (IcxlbUll UGH1 CENT til king out lha work list, ENFA ' Patty Offlcat MM3 Mltchall . right part BELOW RIGHT I N2 Kannalh L Johnson. EN2 David B Hayes. MM3 Vlni Mitchell. MMFN MM i.lbourne. FA Manuel tolando G Manlutac. MM2 Aiki R Atkinson. ENFA Victor Torres. D Tomlmson BOTTOM MM2ISW) Errol Dietrich seems to have • angina room on his mind OPPOSITE BOTTOM nmumcation. and MM2 Atkinson provides via sound powarad E DIVISION E. . . Hon to bcli with wtrai thai TV ntlal stuff Ilka th. ' ' a ord It if i v ■ ■ 13 M " BELOW " ' • ' • " " ' ' EFT Summ.-r was a good V ' bitt. IC2 Corv R Lawion. EM " a and EMFA I ■ hit the streets in Portland a R DIVISION M thing is tli.- minion f«n Rapali Dlvlnon Wlwn . . thousand mllaa ft " ' " land, to I d pii k up • pari Thaw I ika • ■ metal, and wind up with -i brand n«w fitting, nt itaxl witli .1 p|] of iron and wald togathai something m ,ln tin- |ob MR I I tn.- t lli POP RIGHT H ■ nw lei HTKSV. ■ HI I OVJ RIGII ,1,1 1 I ' .nfl.r M MM Philip A Goudr. Richard A Ratka, O • I l(SW) 1 oni ■ I ont - •; .1 B and DCFA Robert P Hudson OPPOSITE CENTER DC2(SW) Pickett tnd H .-,1 by COR MwH BOTTOM LEFT TO RIGHT MM Gray can fta anything; HT2 •■i.i«t- thought v . ready lor a beauty contest; Jutt call HT3 Goudraaull Super Welder; PMS on the P 250 to have stopped so that FN Gnflin and DCFN Saundi I break »: MAIDENS DOWN BELOW Twelve hours down and four hours up, Barely time to eat and clean up. The sleep you get is solid to the core, But in no time at all it ' s a quarter to four. You drag yourself up onto your feet, Only to wish you could go back to sleep. Put on your dungarees and grab your hat, And make your way down, not knowing where you ' re at. It ' s time to walk boldly in to the heat, As you feel the steam hissing at your feet. You fight with sleep, refuse to succumb, Living with possibly being blown to Kingdom Come. The pit feels like Lucifer ' s Haven, With Fire and Heat as the feared Iron Maidens. A snipe needs strength like that of ten horses, Cause those who give in will be the Maiden ' s main courses. The Main Space has many mean forces, Constantly feeding on the body ' s resources. Hole snipes come in many breeds, But will always help another in time of need. The Pit is not a pleasant place, And the men who work there walk with grace. With this in mind, I ask you to reflect, And give the men called Hole Snipes the utmost respect. By BT3 Ryan K. Richardson K RADIOMEN ■ with lh« u ■ " •■ i pin A signalman ' s wife wouldn ' t be able to complain that he can ' t communicate. Flashing lights, flags, pennants and shapes, you name it, they ' ll use it to get their point across to the other ships. LEFT SM2 Scott D Barry, SMI Leon D Acuna, SM2 Scott A Williamson. SM3 Carl E. Blair, SM3 Sean K. Hopf. and SM3 Thomas E Skonecki BELOW SM3 Hopf sends semaphore signals to USNS Conchatoula during a dual UNREP with USS Denver BELOW RIGHT: It was a little warm in the tropics for SM2 Williamson BOTTOM LEFT SMI Acuna sends Morse code using the flashing light BOTTOM RIGHT SM3 Blair was very happy to see his wife and baby-to- AW ELECTRONICS Mil of complex electronic •qulpmant, requiring a gr. »t deal of t«chn ind maintain Electronics Technicians and lining and skills to keep • v ' re supposed to ' ' " ' I NTER Man 1 " I I David R Allen BOTTOM LEFT Working parly means ROTTOM CENTER I Allen heave around on the ship to ship cable during UNREP BOTTOM RIGHT Doing PMS on the antennas is a lot more lun for ET3 Stevens when the scenery is as nice as Alaska in the summer MEDICAL Corpsmen do much more than just hold Sick Call. They monitor all sources of drinking water on the ship, spray for bugs, schedule folks for medical and dental appointments with the clinic, and look out for the health and well-being of the crew in general. LEFT Even Corpsmen have to clean HM3 Cox goes for the high dust BELOW HN Bonifacio keeps the medical records up to date BELOW LEFT HM2 Pablo F Paragas. HN Glenn B Bonifacio. HM3 Robert M Cox. and HM2 Kenneth D Lattin , • You coming in. or are you just going to stand out there and cry? OPERATIONS Yi iti - ■ Information Cantai In on lop of hi» |ob B( M LEFT Rt !H1 NAVIGATION Navigation team keeps us on track, literally. They plot our course, take regular fixes, consult SATNAV, LORAN and the other oracles of location, and offer recommendations to the Officer of the Deck. LEFT: As the ship passes the USS Missouri. QM3 Mech lakes a bearing off the NAVSTA signal tower BELOW LEFT QM1 Roger L Beebe. QM1 Johnny A Jones. QMSN Mark A Grzegorczyk. QM3 Timmy D Jones. QMSA Bobr . . ' . Davis. QM3 Reginald L Sonier and QMC Kenneth G Talkington BELOW RIGHT QM1 Beebe and QM1 Jones shoot sun lines BOTTOM LEFT After taking a bearing. QM3 Sonier relays the information BOTTOM RIGHT QMSA Davis plots the incoming data. ADMIN PERSONNEL Ri . omspondcm itton, mall, tl Vlmin Kli .HI I - ... ■ STORES DISBURSING Paydays and parts, that ' s what brings these guys to mind. When a pump breaks down at zero-dark-30, the SK ' s are the one ' s to dig down into the storerooms and come up with the needed parts. On payday, everybody knows who the DK ' s are, but that isn ' t the only thing they do. Pay records and day to day updates on every crewmembers accounts keep them busy. RIGHT SK3 Youngbloom on standby in GSK, anxious to look for that special part BELOW CDR Myers pins SKKSW) Arnone ' s ESWS pin in a ceremony on the flight BELOW RIGHT Like everyone else. SK3 Worth has additional functions, in this case it ' s Number Two Hoseman for General Quarters TOP Back row SK3 Richard J Youngbloom. SK3 Daniel A Worth. DKSN Moises Reyes. SK3 Hugh E Miyashiro From row SK3 Qui|tm R Fendo. SKKSW) John P Arnone. DK1 Isagarde S Fernandez. SKCS4SW) Laureano C Corpuz ABOVE LEFT Computer literacy is required for an increasing number of jobs in the Navy DK1 Fernandez uses the Disbursing computer to keep records up to date ABOVE RIGHT SK3 Miyashiro balances the books RIGH1 I " M «. MS3 Front Row Khoon, MSI •• l(SW) MSI John F MS2 Lloyd E Hall I COOKS When it comes to keeping morale up. the cooks pl ay a major role. A good meal can help brighten a crummy day. From before reveille until after taps, the Mess Specialists work hard to put on the feed. A few unexpected hardships hit the cooks pretty hard this year. While Mount Vernon was in the yards, many of the tanks were opened and closed up the shipyard workers, not all of whom pay a great deal of attention to detail. The result was a flood in some storage compartments during ballasting operations in Alaska. Typhoon Coleen wasn ' t kind to S2 either, tossing the supplies and furniture in Food Issue like a giant salad. RIGHT MSSA Pablco on the serving line with one of the civilian cooks who augmented the galley crew in Alaska BELOW LEFT: Routine maintenance is important even for cooks MS3 Wright changes out the deep fat fryer BELOW RIGHT Peace. Brah MSSN Hermogeno is cool even during General Quarters. CENTER TOP: The bread MSSN Avey bakes is one of the best things about being underway CENTER MIDDLE: The grill was set up on the mezzanine deck for the Fourth of July picnic, and MSSA ' s Belcher and Gaytan flipped the burgers. CENTER BOTTOM: MSSA Gaytan whips up a salad. ABOVE LEFT Someone has lo make out the menu cards. MSI Lozano does the duty ABOVE CDR Myers pins on MSKSW) Abell ' s ESWS decoration LEFT Playing the blues. MSSN Steelfox entertains the crew in the mezianine deck SALES DIVISION Sil SH ' i ilr, doing lh« laundry, • - oda full and keeping ai ntorl« are all part nl tho |ob RIGHT SH3 Pottw ralaxM wtlh YN ,,om FAR RIGH1 iiThom«W Potter, SH3 Hi . [) Young From row SHI Paul B I) Horning. SHSN Dan SH3 I ' BELOW Routine maintenar [Ol SHSN Young BH concern lor SH3 Lincoln BELOW FAR RIGHT SHSN Hebert jelling gedunk BOTTOM LEFT SHSN Young shifting the color BOTTOM RIGHT Even little painting get SHSN Horning ' lull attention Sflil B J+ ii b 9 rvS jp ACU-ONE A ' ■ ■ and 1 1. -us i n tin- nil clean-up went 1 1 l answered l hey pi Mount Wrnon in (li.- . ' (fort VV1 ■ Ex rolled .lrournl and somcon. transportation to the bsach for cama along again. I astai than • Koraan taxi, n riatly bear, ablr to surf riva foot waves in the well deck, it ' s ACU 1 to tha r TOP Back raw ktt to M n Parry, N Allen Renault, Krown Front row. Itfl to right BM3 David Marchant. EN2 John Barnes, SN Da N Daniel Sullivan I M lodges. ENFN • N2 Fred Gibson, and BMKSi ' . I AR RIGHT Time in the well deck mined for upkeep BM3 Jones and on the bow ramp RIGHT EN3 Reick and ENFN Cowger making some on scene repairs to get things moving during Valiant Blitz D Day BELOW RIGHT Every chance they get. man the paint detail BM2 Perry with roller in hand BELOW BM3 Hodges puts the finishing touches on his work of art BOTTOM RIGHT: FN Hardnck and the gang get a few minutes off to catch a movie on MTV. f A O Bring in the brow, cast off all lines. Thanks to EXXON, we ' re going NORTH TO ALASKA! News oi tha t XXON vai Dl Z striking a rati In Prlnca William ipllllng 1 1 illonj o( nil into tha cryatal waters, rid Hundradi of mile of ihoralina In a virginal . ountleai innocent blrdi and animals killed by tha rapidly spreading slick Whan President Bush announced that tha military would play a part in thi clean up i-fforts. th.- . r -w of MOUN1 VI RNON knew wa could expect to be called upon First they called tor oui MK-6 boat, and crews to nun the utility boats. Then they notified us we would be relieving the FORT MCHENRY on station TOP LEFT MR3 Brown gets a last hug from Sophie, and TOP RIGHT: Audrey Martinez waves goodbye to YN Martinez UPPER LEFT: Midshipmen help man the rails ABOVE RIGHT: Bring in the brow, and ABOVE LEFT Cast off all lines RIGHT: Channel Seven was late, so all they could do was film us from the Mole 1 i,V 1 1 1 1 1 i i «T " Signal flash from FORT MCHENRY " WELCOME TO HELL " I left Long Beach on a dreary, overcast June third. The trip It was gray, rainy and bitter cold the ninth of June when we north was marked by nasty weather and strained nerves, from pulled into Prince William Sound. As we spent an hour searching the XO on down. f or a spot shallow enough to anchor, the question of how The troop spaces were given a detailed cleanup, preparing EXXON VALDEZ managed to find something to hit came to them for occupation by the EXXON civilians. mind. TOP LEFT Navigator, get us out ol here LT Jepson observes as LT Groover and QM2 Jones show the way TOP RIGHT Our first view of Alaska FORT MCHENRY at the anchorage LEFT It was so deep we had to run the anchor chain all the way out to the yellow shot ABOVE The midshipmen left us to ride back on FORT MCHENRY WASHING THE ROCKS A. , . skimmers, nil booms to tain what wa high pr.-s-. rbanl malarial l .it.-i m tha «n. ' . i ad irwthodi lik. ' mi . oytd Hwi mostly, it waa a slow, inch by working along each foot of oil coversd shoreline With over 800 mllai ol baach contamlnatad, tha task waa daunting i v.-n. kin.l of bo.it Imagtnabla was emplove.l In tha . ' (fort Zodiac boats, aluminum skiffs. lis- Navy oil skimmers, and oceangoing tugs. A 4L ' • • skimmer (VAYDAGHUBSKY) waa avan employed, irly B2,000 gallons of oil from the spill Workers came from .ill ovai Ameru.i. with the bulk coming from Alaska, to get a shot at the iO ,»n hour paid to the cleanup workers. After four months ot ,• MOUNT VERNON daparta ol the catastrophe was still prominent. Miles of rocky shoreline, still encrusted with black oil. looked like a giant bathtub ring With only a couple of months left to work before winter started, it didn ' t look like the 10b would get done. TOP RIGHT: normally picturesque islet, encircled by an oil ring, against a backdrop of the boom contain, r one of the arms of the bay. MIDDLE RIGHT: Operarions in full swing TOP LEFT: A work, hoses down the rocks after steaming. ABOVE: Zodiac boats and skiffs were used to dep au the booms. RIGHT: Navy skimmer, with booms directing the oil into its ' collector 54 the many scenic bays contaminated by the slick re, most of the oil had washed up on .•tiled to the bottom BELOW LEFT: Steam cleaning BELOW: Once the oil absorbent sheets and rolls had soaked up their fill of oil, they were sealed In plastic bags for transportation and disposal BOTTOM LEFT As the operation progressed, EXXON brought In barges with living quir that fewer of the workers would have to live onboard the Navy vessels Those who had to live on the ships were paid extra because of what they considered the inhabitability of the conditions that enlisted men live with all the time BOTTOM RIGHT: Even as we prepared to leave, the dirty ring around the islands gave evidence of the job still left undone SUPPORT TEAM Win!- ■ -. did ill. ' • id. ' mundane ■■■ l ■ living In • ne ' a. is Mi i INI VI RN M irrlott, we t.-.l iIi.td. waahad theli .-lnth. ' s. kapl the ■ ill and provided hotal larvlcai Boats be mannad, rafualad and rapalrad The l XXl IN is. ' . I mnr. ' than 5,000 .j.iilons ol watei .-.K-h day, supplied by our evaporators, and used electricity generated .IS Wall With .ill this activity and the number of people aboard, CHT and refuelli ere almost a daily activity The amount of garbage normally ■ u. ' .l by .1 ship is Impressive With 300 civilians onboard to boot, it was incredible. It ■ was a boat alongside almost constantly, either bringing something in or taking something away. The boat crews would be up at 0400 every morning, seven days a week, take the cleanup crews to the beach, and bring them back again at 1800. Then the Boat Shop would take over the boats, repairing the damage done during the days ' operations and doing routine maintenance, often working all night. It ' s a good thing the sun stayed with us most of the night TOP: The EXXON barge tied up alongside, with service craft outboard This is where the oil-absorbent material was stored, oil-soaked gear was cleaned, and the boats loaded and unloaded. ABOVE: Feeding time. CENTER RIGHT: Once the workers return ed from the beach, their gear and clothes had to be steam-cleaned to get the oil out. RIGHT: You can definitely tell which boats were used for the beach landings. TOP CENTER MOUNT VERNON on station. Herring Bay. Prince William Sound. Alaska TOP RIGHT BM3 McWhorter and SN Lester manning the crane RIGHT CENTER BM2 Chappelow directs the onload of supplies ABOVE 498th MEDEVAC helicopter does a fly by as the garbage scow and service craft approach home base ABOVE RIGHT The boats got a serious workout, hauling people and equipment to and horn the beaches 57 I HANDLING IT ' was envtronmei l iMd to working with tha mill) u ■times th .■ p.ii.-n, ■■ U tth the IN tO %nrn. ' humorous misadventure i hen the refueling ihlp pulled l and handad th ' Ring to - Bui tha rough . imoothad .ind teaching the right ■ In things. Tha whola show was overseen by tha Coast Guard. In piitlon of our rolf. Coast Guard VADM Clyde E. Robbln il On Scene Coordinator, presi MOUNT VERNON with the Coast Guard ' s Special Operations Sen Ice Kibbon. RIGHT BTCS Gl.viden. FN .Jenkins, and BT.t D.-nton get ready to fill er up. wonder BEl.OW It was a little e. ■ tk« on the night watches with tht sun up most of the time Usually it I with the hon on BELOW RIGHT VADM Robbms presented the m BOTTOM LEFT Another cap for our collection BOTTOM RIGHT MOUNT VERNON anchored in Herring Bay FLIGHT QUARTERS Flight Quarters was scheduled four to six times a day, plus the inevitable emergencies and special circumstances. The flight deck crew was out on station almost constantly, in weather that could only charitably be described as terrible. Because of the prevailing weather conditions, if there was any way at all to give a green deck, operations had to go on. The MEDEVAC team was a long-term guest. The guys from the Army ' s 498th Helicopter Squadron were a fun bunch, and they even gave us a parting salute of sorts. After they lifted off for what was supposed to be their last time, they did a fly-by that might have missed the mast by six feet. Im addition to the MEDEVAC team, we landed everything in the area. Mail, supplies, and personnel flowed in. and out under the whirling blades of choppers from all branches of the service. They were our link to civilization. LEFT: The Flying 498th Dustoff BELOW LEFT: The valiant (light deck team BOTTOM LEFT FC3 Jacquin and SN Austin, the chock team BOTTOM RIGHT: LSE SN Oneil salutes VADM Robbms as he departs F ishing and the Fourth of July RECREATION As M-.ii.il, thara w tn ' l . lol of fraa tlm Bui with th« ' initial ra, wa found thlngi I " .in whan tha chance appaarad I m I tha chanca to ind .lo ,i llttla fishing. I or tha Fourth of July, wa pul on .1 fitting picnic, complete with 7 K run around tli« ' wall ileck. cook- out, and tournaments in volleyball, ping pong, darts, and hoop shooting RICH .•.••■ i lc k ' n .i lew miles RIGHT BM2 Latbarg la happy, |uit for tha halibut I ' M LEFT LT Yim takes on a shadowy opponent while BOTTOM RIGHT The civilians came out Ir it tha axdtamai • TOP LEFT Cook out on the mezzanine deck BBQ and burgers for everyone, civilian crews included TOP RIGHT Good friends, good food, great scenery, what more could you ask for? MMFN Silone. MM3 Krause. BM3 Stevenson and SN Busshardt on the flight deck The nets are down because we had flight quarters even on holiday routine ABOVE SH3 Pinion and GMGSN Miller battle it out for the ball ABOVE LEFT The Running Team Standing SN Schult (4th). LT Yim. LT Eves. LCDR Dranchak. YN2ISW) Hanks (3rd) I ROW LTJG Shipley. DCC(SW) Conners. ENS Aievedo (lstl Second place was one of the civilians LEFT Holiday routine gave ... chance to show off their new shirts AT BEGAN LIKE ANY OTHER CRUISE W THE " EXXON VALDEZ-- »- ■ BIG EYES LIBERTY Tv fl H ALASKA! Mmt tha nan ■ ■ and the laal wild frontlet Griisled drinking In lalooru, with dancing girli Linn .»r with th.-ir skirts In truth, it ' s .ill th.-r.- pr«MTV«d " for tin ' tourlat trade Keeping with tha aptiil ol tha hardships t hi - ■ taxation .in.l antartalnmanl have a cartaln .i.- jr.-.- of wlldnaaa Placet Ilka Tha Bush Companv. Chilkoot I I the Fly By Night Club, with minimal accommodation made for the ■ ittn ' typei Tha paopla .hi 1 hiandly, and always ready to laugh, even at themselves. Just be sura i ' 1 unlle whan you pick on their state in Anachronistic log cabin In downtown Anchorage CENTER Portage Glacier BELOW ■ ; and SN Waldecker get as close as they want to a real bear BOTTOM RIGHT It was real easy to lose track of the time and in the process not get much sleep, especially when th. mnd 1 30 am BOTTOM LEFT EW2 Wilson conquering the glacier ?OR A GREAT T M£ (Efytlkotit (Eljarib ' ANCHORAGE, ALASKA VICTORIA CANADA What a place! Old world grace with a hometown feeling, and lots of friendly natives. The architecture ranged from the various old European styles to turn of the century American. Everyone spoke French and English, plus the tourists added languages from all over the world. Too bad we didn ' t have more time. We only had a few days over the weekend and, since the XO wanted everyone back at 0700 every morning for cleanup, time was limited. We upheld tradition and packed in every possible minute of fun. OPPOSITE LEFT TOP Part Main Street America OPPOSITE LEFT CENTER Part Old France OPPOSITE LEFT BOTTOM Some were content to ju»t relax at a sidewalk cafe LT Tonan and LTJG Patterson have a cold one OPPOSITE TOP The welcoming lighthouse OPPOSITE CENTER Even the street musicians were out ol the ordinary OPPOSITE BOTTOM Sv a one o( the popular hangouts ABOVE A little Italian style snuck in in places TOP LT Jepson doesn ' t look as happy as he should Maybe It ' s because he knows he has to be back too early in the morning CENTER The Parhment Building, across the manna, decked out for display LEFT Victoria even has a Chinatown 67 WELCOME HOME | ' TAKE ONE _ - " »• TOP RIGHT: Regina and Jonathon Woods give FC2 Woods a sign while Maryann waves to BT3 Denton. RIGHT CENTER: EN2 Whetsell gets a welcome II from his wife Maria. LEFT TOP: The crowd waited, but not patiently ABOVE: HT2 Polit and DC2 Pickett with DeeDee and Monica RIGHT: Alone in the i owd, SH3 Lincoln greets Rhonda LIBERTY CALL LONG BEACH Y.-s. mm did i ' i K ma liberty in Long Nol ■ Int. mi " ' ! vou. hut .1 f.-w tups to th - beach and tha varioua n tha araa ad In Long Baach was, Ilka most ports for us. a working port The (irst couple of week) getting ready for the Operational Propulsion Plant Examination OPPE, for short ' • Initials struck so much terror into the hearts of otherwise courageous captains and engineers. We passed. The second half of the port visit was spent getting ready to leave for the next trip Upkeep, repairs, personnel transfers, stores onload and planning. The dedicated liberty hound can sniff out opportunity even when the trail is cold though, and Long Beach as a homeport does offer a variety of diversions. TOP: This bridge is how we know we ' re home RIGHT RMSN Williams on the Universal Studio tour BELOW California is famous for its ' beaches BELOW RIGHT Don ' t rent a room in this house BOTTOM RIGHT Standard equipment for beach-going BOTTOM LEFT: This picture is to prove we are homeported in Long Beach, and do moor there occasionally Pac-Ex 1989 UNDERWAY AGAIN Liberty txplrea onboard for all hands. Now sot the Special Sea and Anchor Detail Bring in all lines. Underway, shift colors. The checklist runs by so rapidly that it seems to blur, especially when it wasn ' t all that long ago that we pulled in. Families waving from the pier, tugs making up along side, and the excitement and dread that marks the beginning of another long trip, combine in the familiar fashion. Underway again! TOP: Lois waves to her husband. LT Martin ABOVE: SN Miller and BM3 McWhorter bring the aft lines. RIGHT: SN Mansell hauls up one of the forward lines. TOP LEFT: SH3 Lincoln and SHSN Young shift the colors. LEFT: SEA CLOUD helps us pull away from the pier ABOVE: We said " See you soon " (real soon) to USS MISSOURI and USS NEW JERSEY. 73 PI th«- p.ill. ' In an i ■ lot || . I van though it w.is .1 lot quletei than ! .-sin. .1!. Portland -«.t 1 1! lived u] • ltti.-t prevailed foi oui itay, makii timi ' beautiful Mount Hoo.l, the Columt waterl thin a short drive, and tha fnondly locals mad the Visll .1 m.Miior.ihlf aiu ' N » M ■ 5tr ' ■% " 0 Portland mi mmvW TOP: Once again the bow was pointed up the Columbia River. ABOVE: The first of many onloads for the trip. RIGHT: BMC Zifko and SN Woods direct the HMMVs into position ABOVE: To get an idea of the sue ol this waterfall, check out the person standing at the bottom ABOVE LEFT The City of Seven Bridges at night LEFT GMGSA Miller stops for a break at the riverfront plaza 75 OPERATION Ft 60 percent ol tha Marlnt Reservlati th.-ir lirsl ■ ■ • (parlance ihlpboard Ufa The chance to participate In a full-blown ship-delivered landing, |us1 Ilka in the movie , was the greatetl I ilnca tha bikini Th«y |utl kind ol f|i | tha ship, taking it .ill in Foi tha veterans with Heel axparlanca, tha detail wara mora Important " Good rtew, " waa tha only comment offered by SSG R. C. I Alpha Company out of Salem. Oregon " Tha main thmy is it gives the troops familiarity with amphii is, " said Capt William Harton of the I ' latoon. Alpha Company " The battalion lined some good experience planning tha and the squads g to exericse small unit leadership and tactics. " The trip downriver was spent seeing the sights, putting out last minute instructions, poring over maps, and putting on war paint. The landing went off without a hitch The biggest obstacle was the dozens of civilian speedboats that exhibited a great deal of curiosity about the proceedings. BEAVER THRUST II v TOP: On-loading pierside at Swan Island ABOVE: Training in small unit tactics on the flight deck. RIGHT: Last minute touch ups on the makeup TOP LEFT: The RT is a little more maneuverable for moving the trailers around the ship. LEFT: Bye guys ABOVE: The numerous small watercraft presented most of the obstacles between the Marines and the beach. f if 1 V j H i 1 LIFE AT SEA It has been said that being on a ship at sea is like being in prison with the added incentive of the possibility of drowning. This is not entirely true. Prisoners get eight hours of sleep every night Life at sea is not always exciting, but it is a continual challenge. Some things are pretty much consistent from day to day. Here is a glimpse of what life at sea is like. OPPOSITE PAGE TOP We all sleep in what are aptly named racks The space underneath is called a coffin locker The only other space for clothes is a small, vertical locker If you aren ' t very good at folding clothes, you can ' t keep much on hand OPPOSITE FAR LEFT Coordination is important BM1 Chappelow explains what is involved In the next evolution OPPOSITE RIGHT Painting is a big part of life at sea FN Sparks concentrates on his masterpiece TOP LEFT Cleaning is a constant requirement GMG2 Rood deftly dances with the swab LEFT CENTER Somebody has to break out the food for th.- next day MS2 Tagle gets in a workout TOP RIGHT Everything begins with a briefing LT Groover gives the Nav Brief for Guam LEFT Sound powered telephones are an important means of communication ET3 Stevens and BM2 Leiberg on the bridge ABOVE All this takes place despite the fact that even on deceptively calm days, the horizon is constantly askew This is a drill, this is a drill FIRE, FIRE, FIRE Wh.it ,ln you ,io nut .it •.,-., ' AlUWtl Ir.uning • training covering potential ■ st. iv prepared (or things tint unfortunately can happen at any time When you are a thousand miU ' s from the nearest land, you can ' ! call the fir.- department if you have a problem So we tr.mi to handle any possible accident With resources on hand Anything from a trash fire to a fuel oil fir ' in the main engineering space is covered by plans and drills. Vtt S1W 1 TOP: HT3 Goodreault shows how not to dress for success as number one nobleman, backed up by SK3 Worth on number two nozzle. ABOVE LEFT: HTl(SW) Rucker observes as the fire team enters number two main machinery space ABOVE RIGHT: BMC(SW) Zifko simulates the fire for the hose teams to attack. OPPOSITE TOP LEFT Lube oil fire on the crane succumbs to the relentless attack. SECOND DOWN: Fire demon HTl(SW) Rucker feints as the hose team parries THIRD DOWN: Good communications play a vital role. PCSN Flick and YNSA Blue man the phones in Repair Two. TOP RIGHT: ET3 Stevens and ET3 Tittle provide fire boundary to keep the fire from spreading. RIGHT CENTER: After de-smoking, the compartment air must be tested for safety SN Schultz calibrates the test equipment he will use as Test Man. FAR RIGHT: Tracking the damage is necessary for overall stability of the ship. SN Miller and FN Baker practice plotting the fire RIGHT: Nobody gets any water without the nozzleman to turn it on. SN Woods mans the station. MIDDLE RIGHT: Post- excercise evaluation from BM2 Leiberg and SN Waldecker - Repair Two rules! UK .HI I I LEFT Si 1 v ■ 1 c HSb i s-9 r This is a drill, this is a drill CBR ATTACK SMALL BOAT INBOUND rills, drills and more drills. Small boat attack, missle inbound hit alpha, nuclear blast, chemical cloud, you name it, we ' re ready for it. TOP: In the event of a chemical, biological or nuclear attack, the ship ' s countermeasure washdown system would be activated to help keep the agent from adhering to the ship ABOVE LEFT: The washdown system covers the whole ship ABOVE Who is that masked man ' It ' s GMG2 Rood, manning mount 34 LEFT: SN Schisler and SN Austin show the new guys on the mount how things are done TYPHOON COLEEN Wi travel away, when tl ■ thai as WS V ioon x. s ,iUn mi : th Island from tha Southwest If Iirui. ' il nn t . would both j,t there .ilinut tha same tlma h wall, tha bast laid plans of mica n ) men • -n. ' s • jr -. .istray. Wa turnad tall and r.m, trying to kaap - m the ind and coma up behind VW were md managed to avoid the center of the storm. The t tha fringe was bad enough for us Mora than ho knot winds, swells running to 20 feet, and the ship took constant rolls of with many forays into the 45 degree range Max roll taken was reputed to be 47 degrees. We Identified .1 few weaknesses in our secure for sea posture I ven st. i!t that was bolted down broke loose to become missile hazards, most of it happening between 0200 and 0400. Not that many were sleeping anyway. It was a little hard to sleep with a ■ P.O lik. ' Collen. After getting everything secured enough to ride out the storm, we spent the rest of the day just hanging on to whatever we could, trying to keep from being launched into something. TOP We hardly scorned her. but that didn ' t stop Coleen from venting some of her fury on us. ABOVE: Food Issue became a death trap when a desk broke loose and joined with a toolbox and a lot of canned goods in a dangerous dance. MSI Lozano and MSSN Hermegeno try to pick up the pieces RIGHT: An entire shelf full of electronic equipment came away from the bulkhead in the ET storeroom. After a piece of mechanical shoring was used to brace the shelf. ET1 Meeks and ET3 Tittle assessed the damage TOP Repair division had a few drawers full of stuff to bestow ABOVE Even the Executive Officer ' s stateroom wasn ' t exempt from the tumult BS TROPICAL ISLE GUAM In sli.ii| contraal • I, th« dr%i stop ol thi lag ol tha trip wai hoi and humid From what lonki ' il Ilk. only lui-hng, taking oi and on lo.nlinq an okl LCU to w uaad s .1 1 dn ' 1 gal much of .1 chanca • ha phonal on tha plar got a good workout, and Navy Lxchange opened a small ann. ould buy som. ' poatcarda of what we couldn ' t Mfl TOP LEFT: What we could see of Guam looked like a nice tropical island. TOP RIGHT: First stop was the fuel pier. OPPOSITE TOP: BT3 Aastrom and the rest of the refueling detail muscle the flange into position. ABOVE RIGHT: Then the stores onload started FC3 Ferrendelli and SN Sinclair bring the load down. ABOVE: SN Austin moves in with the RT. RIGHT The endless working party FN Allen. MM3 Lewis, BTFN Thomas. PNSN Casler. and ET3 Sloan passing the load. ABOVE The Sink Ex LCU. with the salvage boat on top to save space ABOVE RIGHT In order to get all lour LCM-8 boats plus the LCU into the well deck, the forward two boats had to be tucked under the mezzanine deck RIGHT CW02 Sigler observes as DC2 Pickett runs the ballasting control system with HT3 Goodreault under instruction The ballasting of the ship had to be precisely controlled in order to get everything in smoothly Marine onload at Okinawa A STOP AT THE ROCK Fa. vi (all, wv ttopp«d at from ; ut In good u» . »hopi lorktfhng. tcuba diving, or |uit going out in tou funny food ■ n managed 10 log a ) i liw hundred ion«d IP bwirty mm Mi B9 MARINES AT SEA Fi Id.- i igh whili ■ ! ut what do I then ■ %hip. plan for tin ' landing ■ • md m Una n line for chow. !■ • Gad ink. usually up to an t marinai stop to talk m ■ mor« ' will et in Una behind them just in ■ thing good No problems, though, as lalli an understanding lot TOP RIGHT Hose-handling training TOP LEFT: Orientation on the various types of portable fire-fighting equipment. ABOVE: The marines offered a familiarization tour of the M60 tank ABOVE RIGHT: Normally the reaction is somewhat better to the food RIGHT: Checking to see if everyone is on the same sheet of music. OPPOSITE TOP LEFT AND RIGHT: Anywhere is a good place to do a little reading. OPPOSITE BOTTOM LEFT: The many operations them a chance to play tourist BOTTOM RIGHT: The video games brought in good money while the Marines were on board. RESUPPLY AT SEA Yi during - replenishment, using VI R I RJ P and rsplsnlshi i mat h eount with un ■ n In. inn namts lor rivers) and bring on Kiel and Mm.--. M TOP RIGHT: Vert.cal replenishment. TOP LEFT: LT Yim observes as USS ST LOUIS joins MOUNT VERNON alongside USNS PONCHATOULA ABOVE LEFT: Depositing the payload on the flight deck gently enough not to break the eggs ABOVE CENTER: The refueling nozzle snakes across the gap ABOVE A heaving line OPPOSITE TOP: Once onboard, the stores have to be put away, which of course spells working party SN Hutton joins the marines in line. OPPOSITE CENTER LEFT: Fresh eggs were among the supplies SA Puckett does the honors. AWAY THE BOATS Nearly all amphibious operations require a safely observer or coordinator present on the scene in a boat. This was as true for Valiant Thurst Usher as it is for Southern California Ops. There ' s nothing quite like coming off the mid watch, getting into the boats at zero-dark thirty, and staying there for the next 12 hours or so. The first step for the evolution is to put the boats in the water, accomplished by using a gravity davit to lower it over the side. LEFT Everybody grab a monkey line ABOVE Being a line handler gives you plenty ol opportunities for fun. exercise, and fresh air H Pre-Exercise Conference, Pohang Harbor, Korea LOCAL FISHERMAN CATCHES U.S. SHIP It fell lik .- something was out to get us After surviving a rocky trip across the Pacific, a typhoon, and mastering a difficult onload, we pulled into Pohang Harbor for the Pre- l« brief, and got caught in the fish nets that magically appeared the night before the fleet pulled in. How much of a catch they were anticipating is unknown. The nets were sucked into the main engine ' s circulating pump and wrapped around the propellor shafts, requiring many extra hours to be cleared. Divers were flown in to assist, and eventually we were back in the game. To makes matters even more fun. a solid six-foot swell swept the harbor constantly, rocking the ship and making boat ops extremely challenging. Not only did the boat carrying the Captain have to dodge the fishnets on the way to USS Blue Ridge and back, it had to surf into the well deck on a series of four to six foot waves. Everything got wet. and some luggage and paperwork was swept overboard. ABOVE: Dawn greets an LST in Pohang Harbor ABOVE RIGHT: The gun mounts had been readied on the trip over for the Condition Three gun mount watches. RIGHT: SN Proctor has the lookout watch while PCSA Flick stands ready for Mount 53 OPPOSITE BOTTOM: Persian Gulf Ops was almost two years ago. so many new people had to be trained for Condition Three GMC Lovejoy indicates where he wants BM1 Hull to shoot OPPOSITE TOP LEFT Bringing the boats back into the well deck got the adrenaline flowing. TOP RIGHT: MM1 Smith and MMFN Turner display the netting and fishheads they dug out of the circ pump with the help of MM2 Morrell and MM3 Lusardi. 95 EXERCISE VALIANT BLITZ Sifter all the preparation, Condition | hree watches, and .1 eoupla ol - ndings •varyona •■ ' ■.is thinking about child thinks al iVhan I I .iv dawnad (well, noi I kicked off cloeei to mldnlghf than down), w ■ ly for the landing |uai to gel them gone so a rack ops As Primary Control Shi; only had to land our load, but coordinate everyone elae ' i Wh«-r it came time for action, though, it ums simple W« saw, w«- put thorn on the beach! OPPOSITE TOP Fireworks courtesy of the South Korean military OPPOSITE CENTER RIGHT: The sun also rises OPPOSITE CENTER LEFT: The vehicles have to be backed into the landing boats. OPPOSITE BOTTOM LEFT: All day long, the Marines put their experience in waiting in lines to good use. waiting their turn in the boat OPPOSITE BOTTOM RIGHT When the opportunity to stand down on station came, most had a good use (or the time MMl(SW) Lundberg does a PMS check on his posterior micro switch TOP: USS New Jersey on the scene TOP RIGHT SH3 Lincoln takes charge on the wing-wall line handling team ABOVE LEFT: The LCACs we brought to the Pacific from Florida a few years ago were well utilized for this exercise ABOVE RIGHT The boats go in. the boats go out LEFT This quiet little resort town was probably a little upset at all the commotion, since it was right next to the landing beach 97 Back-load and a little shopping KOREA Tthe plei in Pohai Mt I : | .-, I them on the beach, some •■ units hustled d • ui for tha rttum inp 10 Okinawa tys we had in port ware Riled letting tfi.-ir .. ... on bo. ml. picking up .1 f. ' w mppllas, and getting raady for tin ' n. ' .t lag of tha trip I van though wa were up for Quartan and working every day, Sunday Included ■ 1 to t.ik.- advantaga of tha many ibla In town ,)fti-r work VWIfare and Rec sponsored .1 trip to tha southern port city of Pusan (or those who could get away Sunday. Pohang is home for one of tha lis m tha world, in addition to other Industrie! Pollution control is almost not md many of the UTrj protective masks and respirators on a daily basis The rapid Industrial growth has brought Korea into international omlc competition, but .it an untold cost : RIGHT Those guys look a little familiar BELOW Some American . popular in Korea RIGHT Th. ' view from Pusan Tower BOTTOM LEFT Dragons are big in Korean mythology BOTTOM RIGHT The traditional Korean styla building houses an excellent restaurant, near the base of : OPPOSITE TOP. LEFT TO RIGHT Artistic neon signs are the • lising. PNSN Casler is not impressed. LTs Yim and Martin out the goods OPPOSITE CENTER The mountains barely contain the spill of humanity. ENS Maghirang gets a little advice from our guide Hye Jeong Yoon OPPOSITE BOTTOM: MSSN Avey looking for a bargain; Just an average day in the Inter- Dropping off 3rd MEF OKINAWA AGAIN Tills them N tlir return, though As utu ■ ween I tome funny foo i. and have .1 (.•«. drtnki Everyone f. ' lt pretty • were one itep . ios.r 10 home Kll .III H| J I ,;(; 1 ol thus Irtp HI I U R| .1 ' ittcndanu Mand OPPOSITI CENTER Mi oming " " " " VI N Jacquej ■ Martina DKSN Ray and I ■ SM2 Ban) and SMI Acuna eaJabrata Wi In ganaral FAR RIGHT Dm Anwrtcan md Ja| -:.-.ich compound ai th. ' nui Yes, another working port YOKOSUKA JAPAN A!t. ' i um lefl Okinawa, wa did soma touch-and-go DLQs ■ i »om« of tin- .urships ambarkad on USS Tripoli (LPH 10) That AH 1 O . wlckad looking bird U .• haadad for Yokosuka with hopa in our haarta and liberty on our minds, but reality ii ' . lt tha usual blow. We weren ' t going lor a well-earned Liberty Call, but for .in opportune lift to bring pany of Marines and their AAVs back stateside Not only did we have to take on the usual supplies lor the transit, the days wera filli-il with onloading their gear. TOP: Like a deadly flying scorpion, the AH 1 Cobra. ABOVE RIGHT: USS Tripoli. ABOVE: Pierside in Yokosuka. Mount Vernon is dwarfed by the giant crane on the Midway pier RIGHT: Exhalted company in the basin. USS Helena (SSN 725) OPPOSITE TOP BM3 Lomanto directs traffic for the working party OPPOSITE CENTER: Who needs aerobics when you have working parties? OPPOSITE CENTER RIGHT: SN Mansell running the RT. OPPOSITE BOTTOM Once again, manning up the wing walls for the onload; The Marines brought all their gear in boxes, making it easier for SN Austin to get it in position PLAYING TOURIST Yi ry little real determined and ilon ' t mind Icm %!.•.•; W.- did ■ Urn if you arc little (01 RIGH1 li io..i,» • •,-„ ! It 1 Japan IAHHK.HI Whit ' i Ihto, " ' ' ' mllv maii« . 1 hi 1 1 IVJ Soma ! " 1kv wan NH Hrnu.n BELOW Kii.ni ET3 Sloan Is fairly tura what th opposm POSITE FAR RIGKI i ' N Flick and SM ■ . |e, " i Buddha unakura BOTTOM LEFT A . nttjl " I th. ' Fnkm D1T.1 nunnvrv in Kamakura M . Bad] .11 Kancho-Jl Tampla ■ laur BOTTOM RIGHT Tha tortl (gala) • ikura ' i most I ■ Welcome Home, Take Two CIRCLE COMPLETE As UM shilt . olori I " in.uk the «•! ' ' ' hi ' turn ol another s. ' .isnn (or us In 111. ' last ms months. we were underway f iv«-. M«lng a real liberty port [ " ha odyaeey st.ut. ' .i in tha California Summer, on through wintery Alaska, back to tha Long Beach sun. and acroai tha itormy Pacific to tropical Guam Okinawa wai still m Summai tha first tlma through, Korea heading into Winter Fall befell Okinawa for tha tecond visit, with football weathei In .lap. in as well We completed yet another change of laatom by arriving home |ust In tlma for Winter Despite the lack of a normal stand-down, (so what else is new ' ), family and Ul tak. ' comfort In tha fact that we are home for the i ' .s We have earned our motto " We Can Handle It " many tim.-s over Perhaps we should change it to " The Hardest Working Ship In The Navy. " " It ' s teen so long since I ' ve slept in a nice warm bed. Do you have operating instructions? " OPPOSITE TOP The St Vincent Thomas Bridge is indeed a beautiful sight OPPOSITE CENTER: OS1 King mans the rail right alongside the Marines FAR LEFT: It was an anxious crowd on the pier OPPOSITE BOTTOM The waiting families boarded while waiting for Customs to clear us TOP LEFT IC3 Pryor gets a happy greeting TOP RIGHT: The whole gang was waiting for NCI Walters ABOVE LEFT Wife and daughter line up to hug EN2 Hayes LEFT When you see it as little as we do. the Long Beach skyline is beautiful ABOVE Being home again means the chance to go to Catalina Island 107 M ■ - B lUk.i I. Bat ■ luih Kami IW.h. H. v r 41 Iwfm, tw B.kh«i Anthony 40 HUii I.. Illu. H. - . Ian iu ■ nc 50 Brown. R06.M 14, 18. 105 ■ ld 20 Bo.no Rotv.i 4a Busdiardt. CK.fl.. 61. 105 ClAwll. Eik 24 Calloway. Carl 24 Carlson. John 18 Ml 10 C.J.I. Richard 42. 86. IS Chapptlow. J.llt.y 20. 57. 79 Chav.1. Fermin 100 Connors. J.(lr«v 10, 14 M Corpul. Laureano 14 Cowger. Joseph 50 Cox. Rob -: Craig. John . ' 4 M Crane. David 50 Dandrtdgc. Timothy 20 Davis, Bobby 41 Davis, Damon 18 Davis. MyWs 20. 42 De! on. Rob«n 26 Denton. John 58. 68 Dwinch. EttoI 28 Dill. Tad 10 Dixon. Wallaea 28 Dranchak. Jamas 10. 61. Dudlay. J 32. 82 Dunlap. John 38 Eves. Daniel 10. 61 Farnham. Gtno 26 Ferrendelli. Jeffaiy 22. 86 Fok. William 60 Flick. John 42. 80. 94. 105 Floras. Saul 24 Fornol. Dennis 26 Fntt, Edv.arj 7 Garcia. Johnny 24 Gates. Ronald 24 Gaytan. Eiearar 4a ■■ ■ H H.nKwv T - H.pp. Hi H»rm.g«n. Hudson. K Hull. Da Hunt. (Woro. 24 Hutton. Pair - Ignacta Ftaynalde 14 Jacqu.1. Jos. 24. 100 Jacqum. J.rom. 22. 59. 88 James Carv.m 30 Jamas. Micha«l 18 J.Iks. Frank 32 Jenkins. Troy 26. 58 Jepson. James 10. 53. 67 Johnson. Kenneth 28 Johnson. Tony 36 Jones. David 50 Jones. Johnny 41. 53 Jones. Timmy 4 1 Jones. William 22 Keeley. John 24 Kelly. Fabian 26 Kendall. Maurice 24 Kenworthy. David 32 Khoon. Jayson 14. 46 King. Phillip 107 Kosse. Peter 8. 10. 12 Krause. Bryan 24. 61 Krenzke. Brett 26 Lagunas. Jose 30 Lahaye. George 40 Lattin. Kenneth 39 Lawson, Cory 30 Leiberg. Mark 18. 60. 79. 80 Leon. Douglas 24. 105 Lester. Mark 42. 57 Levno. Steven 18 Lewis. Ronald 24. 86. 105 Lin. Qiuan 42 Lincoln. Henry 48. 68. 73. 97 Lomanto. Richard 20. 102 Lolt. Frank 36 Lovetoy. Kenneth 14. 94 Lorano. Alejandro 46. 84. 100 Luedtke. Bruce 24. 105 Lundberg. Robert 24. 97 Lusardi. Timothy 24. 94 Lynch. Joseph 50 M " M " • ' ' ■ •■ Mltch.ll. V hwjk »2 •■ ■■ Motr.ll. Jan " ana 40 .n 18 ..J 6. 12. 14 U . s N Northern, Robert 26 Notl.y. Mark 50 Macias. Danny 20. 100 Maghirang, Emmanual 10. 12. Mallan. Elren 14. 30 Mancucci. Michael 32. 42 Manlutac. Rolando 28. 30 Pableo. Joel 46 Papesh. Todd 10. 69 Paragas. Pablo 39 Pascasio. Ruben 30 Patterson. Daniel 10. 67 Pcrei. Jesus 30 Perry. John 50 Peters. Brian 18 Phomvongsa. Somllth 26 PKk. Frank 60 Pickert. Steven 26 Pickett. Cory 32. 68. 87 Plnron. Rony 48. 61 Polaski. Timothy 30 Poht. Jonathon 68 Pollard. Andrew 36 Ponce. Manuel 28. 100 Potter. Thomas 48 Price. Gerard 30 Proctor. Craig 18. 94 Prohaska. Kirk 22 Pryor. Roger 30. 107 Puckett. Michael 92 Quesnel. John 46 Ramos. Ricardo 42. 69 Raugust. Thomas 46 Reddix. Samuel 36 Reddix. Solomon 18 Reilling. Thomas 36. 105 Renault. Alan 50 Reske . Richard 32 Reyes. Menses 100 Richardson, Marvin 26 Richardson. Ryan 26 Rieck. Robert 50 Robles. Manuel 14 Roche. Miguel 30 Rodda. William 24 Rood. Charles 22. 79. 83 Ropeil. Jeffrey 20 Rose. Ronald 26 Rowland. John 24 Rucker. Larry 80 Rustla. GuiDermo 42 • 4 ' «4 Smu»r Reanald 41 ha 24 - ald 46 Sl.v.n«»i " Sturm. Chnttoprter 26 Sullivan. Damd SO Swe.t Andf. 24 Tack.tl. Loom. 32 Tafoya. Richard 26 Tagla. Romm.1 46 Talkington. K.no«h 41 Talwar. Paul 10 Taylor. Enc 42 82 Taylor. Reginald 18 Teegarden Glenn 20 Thomas. Aaron 46 Thomas. Dal. 26. 86 Thornton. Tyrone 20 Tittle. Leroy 38. 80. 84 Tomlinson. Warren 28 Tonan. Thomas 67 Torres. Victor 28. 100 Turner Michael 24. 94 Vargas. Pedro 36. 105 Vasquej. Paul 48 Vlcarlo. Louis 10. 69 Vidinhar. 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