Norris (DD 859) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1969

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HISTORY OF USS NORRIS USS NQRRIS CDD-8593 is named in honor of Major Benjamin White Norris, a U.S. Marine Corps pilot who was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his extraordinary heroism at the Battle of Midway. Launched on 25 February, 1945, USS NORRIS was com- missioned on 9 June of the same year. , Her primary mission is anti-submarine warfare, for which she is equipped with six Mark 32 torpedo tubes, two drone helicopters fDASHJ, a trainable hedgehog battery, and underwater detection devices. She also carries four 5"f38 guns in two twin mounts. NORRIS is propelled by steam generated by four boilers, and her 60,000 horsepower give her a maximum speed of more than thirty knots. Since 1950, NORRIS has participated in twelve Mediterranean cruises, six major shipyard overhauls, five Caribbean cruises, and many short cruises and anti-submarine exercises. She served as a tracking ship for an early test firing of the Polaris missile, and as secondary recov- ery unit for the manned Gemini 10 space flight. From October, 1966, until April, 1967, she deployed to the western Pacific, and cruised the waters off the Mekong Delta in support of our troops. During this period she fired more than 8,600 rounds against enemy positions ashore. She completed her Viet Nam cruise by makingacircumnavigation of the world. NORRIS's most recent deployment began on 9 May, 1969, and ended seven months later on 4 December. She cruised the Mediterranean and Black Seas, and visited many ports in Europe, including Palma, the Riviera, Athens, Salerno, Naples, and Valletta, Malta. She sailed into the Black Sea twice, in company with USS NEWMAN K. PERRY fDD-883J,being shadowed by several Soviet warships. Other highlights of this cruise were participation in Sixth Fleet exercises, the achievement of a near record number of flight hours logged on her DASH drones, and several days of continuous exer- cises with U,S. Submarines. She also ably fulfilled her more routine duties as life- guard for carrier operations, evolutions at sea, and serving as a school afloat for Naval Academy midshipmen. I i

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it i E i 1 i 'i .......L.l.,, To the men of USS NORRIS who were there. This book is dedicated with thanks for a job well done Z ? 2



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COMMANDING OFFICER Commander William J. Longhi, USN Commander Longhi, a native of Lansford, Pennsylvania, is a 1951 graduate of the Uni- versity of Notre Dame, which he attended as a regular NROTC student. Upon graduation and commissioning, he was assigned to USS TURNER QDDR-8349, where he remained for three years in a variety of junior officer bil- lets, including a year as Gunnery Officer. During his tour, Turner took part in three Mediterranean deployments. f K " 4 ff In July, 1954, Commander Longhi took com- mand of USS BUNTING QAMS-37, acoastal minesweeper, which during his command was converted and redesignated as a minehunter QMHC-459. He remained in command of USS BUNTING until August, 1956, when he began the Command Communications course at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Upon grad- uation in June, 1958, he was assigned to USS MACON fCA-1325 as Communications Officer. He remained aboard USS MACON until she began her decommissioning in November, 1960, having participated in a Mediterranean cruise, a South American cruise, and Operation Inland Sea through the Great Lakes. After a tour of duty in OPNAV, in the Communications Plans and Policy Branch, Commander Longhi returned to destroyer duty in April, 1963, as executive officer of USS JOSEPH P, KENNEDY. While aboard USS KENNEDY, he returned to the Mediterranean for his fifth tour with the Sixth Fleet. A He attended the Armed Forces Staff College . from January, 1965, until June, and was then I assigned to duty on the staff of Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces in Europe, as Communications Operations, Plans and Read- iness Officer. During this tour he also served, on an additional duty basis,on the staff of Commander in Chief, Europe, as the U.S, member of the Allied Naval Communications Agency, a NATO organization dealing with all aspects of naval communications. He remained in London until October, 1968, when he took command of USS NORRIS. Commander Longhi is married to the former Mary Anne Barry of Charleston, South Carolina. They have 'three children: William, Catherine Mary, and Michael, all of whom attend the Cluny School in Newport. The family presently resides in Middletown, Rhode Island. , , ,,,,, 'r4.z:v-s.a.-:r.f- - elf ,-.P '-.151 if x 15 I I I L. I ii

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