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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
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
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To the men of USS NORRIS who were there.
This book is dedicated with thanks for a job well done
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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
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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
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.
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