Mullinnix (DD 944) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1976

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In late 1968, while undergoing training at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, MULLINNIX received a message to cease all drills and proceed at best possible on a search and rescue mission about 150 miles from GITMO to take under tow the USS TULLULAH adrift in the seas. MULLINNIX ydned up with the TULLULAH just before dark and towed her back to GI TMO. This foreshadowed a similar event in GITMO in 1973, when MULLINNIX was again asked to help a vessel in distress, this time the tug 'MISS Y". MISSYwas towing a dredge and a barge. The barge broke loose in heavy seas and without any radar the MISS Y was lost. On 20 February 1969, MUX was off the coast of Vietnam providing naval gunfire support to U. S. ground troops in the Republic of South Vietnam. During the first gunline patrol, she fired numerous harrassment and call fire missions, primarily in support of the First Marine defending the Da Nang harbor complex, and for the Third Marine Division along the DMZ. MULLINNUI then steamed south toward the Island of Sumatra, Indonesia. Spending most of her time on station just south of the DMZ Q THE 'MIGHTYMUX "fired in support of the Third Marine Division. The M UX completed her third and final gunline patrol during this West PAC cruise on 15 July 1969. During the 83 days on three gunline patrols in the I and II Corps areas, MULLINNIX provided naval gunfire support to Allied Forces south of the DMZ, Danang, and in the vicinities of Cam Rahn Bay, Nha Trang and Qui Nhen. During those three patrols, ammunition was fired in response to call.s for fire at 1,627 targets at an average range of nearly 17, 000 yards. For her naval gunfire support performance for Fiscal Year 1969, MULLINNIX was named "TOP GUN "among the gunline destroyers. A proud crew returned after having visited Kobe, Yokosuka, Pearl Harbor, San Francisco, San Diego, and Acapulco enroute home. In the beginning of 1970, MULLINNIX went south to the warm waters of the caribbean to conduct six weeks of training. 'After this training she deployed to the Mediterranean for operations with the Sixth Fleet. During the cruise MULLINNIX also visited Tunisia, Crete, Greece, Malta and France, just to name a few. In February 1972, MULLINNIX departed for a good will cruise to Central America and visited such ports as Vera Cruz, Limen, Curacao, Panama and Costa, returning home in March. In early April, MULLINNIX was required to get underway within 48 hours to return to Vietnam. '1MUX" arrived off the coast in May and fired over 500 projectiles in the first few hours. MULLINNIX was recognized in a formal presentation of the Gunnery "E " for excellence. Once again a proud crew returned to Norfolk in October 1972. A much needed shipyard period began in January 1973. After such a long period in the shipyard and the addition of many crew members MULLINNIX headed south for training in GI TMO. Arriving home in December M ULLINNIX 's crewmembers celebrated the holiday season. On 27 February 1974, MULLINNLX' departed Norfolk on a six month deployment to the Indian Ocean Middle East. During the dephryment MULLINNIX visited Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Brazil, Ivory Coast, Angola, Mozambique, Kenya, French Territory of the Ifars and Isas, Pakistan, Oman, Iran, Kuwait, Bahrain and Mauritius. MULLINNIX gave much assistance to two ships during the deployment in the Indian Ocean. MULLINNIX towed the French Frigate BALNY for two days in the Gulf of Aden. Later, MULLINNIX gave assistance to the Merchant Ship ANNA MARIA following a casualty whwh left her with no propulsion. 1975 was full of fleet exercises. MULLINNIX increased her readiness by participating in COMPTUEX If-75, AGATE' PUNCH COMPTUEX 1-76 and in CARIBEX. Druing CARIBEX, MULLINNIX received word that she would deploy to the Mediterranean in October, three months ahead of schedule. Upon arrival in Norfolk, on 26 August, the crew prepared her, and with much perserverance and dedication, the MULLINNIX was "ready". On 3 October 1975, MULLINNIX steamed to the Mediterranean. While in the Mediterranean, MULLINNIX operated with NATO Units in the Naval On Call Forces, Mediterranean. The other participants included Turkey, British and Italian naval vessels. Ports visited during this deployment included Izmir and Antalya, Turkeyg Sardinia, Italy, France and Spain, not to mention Gibraltar and Tangier, Morroco. MULLINNIX brought her crew home to their families, frlkands and loved ones on 5 May 1976 for another well deserved and enjoyable leave and upkeep period.

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