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VXLI.,V?,1Q, IIOI' I . ,I 'fi 5-'ff .,,, 5 , .4 :I LW J R, I ' Ln -,,' E." 'x.',... t u.S.S. NORTHAMPTON TASK FLEET COMMAND SHIP NAMED EOR THE CITY OF NORTHAMPTON, MASS. BUILT BY BETH. STEEL CO., I QUINCY, MASS. AUTHORIZED AS HEAVY CRUISERA AUG. 7, I942 AUTHORIZED AS COMMAND Sl-IIP JULY I, l943 A KEEL LAID I I AUG.3I l9llll ' I ,ALAUNCI-IED . JAN. 27, I95I FIRST COMMISJSIONED A MARCH 7, I953 , f uss Yzafefmmprofz f M fs di 620033266 GiLrAl'TAv BAS-c,gg. V Ll.l.e'gv'Anc:.X'xe. SLAAA B G1 MAl,RgA Al.gLevs 1954 - 1y55 The Northampton, in October l954, ended her period of basic equipment evaluation and put to sea with the rest of the Fleet. Her first duty was to carry the Flag of ComPhib- Lant, which she did until I9 November l954. Then, on 29 November, l954, she sailed for the Mediterranean to hoist the Flag of Commander Sixth Fleet, Vice Admiral Thomas S. Combs, USN. This book is concerned with our time in the "Med," lt's purpose is to span that period, from November l954 to March l955, in such fashion as to keep alive the strange sights and sounds which we experienced, to remind us of the good friends made abroad, to let us bring back to our families and our loved ones something of the flavor of this memorable experience and, not least in importance, to keep alive in our minds the professional competence learned to make an effective fighting unit in a mobile fleet. As we recall the pleasant aspects of this trip let us also keep in mind the need and value to our friends, our Allies and our- fselvespyoyfx an effective naval fighting force in the blue wa- ters of ,rthekhlediterranean sea lanes. WithfQthis,5thought in view, l dedicate this book to the fine Ship's'Cornpany of the USS Northampton. Q ..,1... I I I COMMANDING OFFICER During the Mediterranean cruise, and two months pre- ceding, Northampton has been under the command of Cap- tain Charles E. Weakley, USN. Born in St. Joseph, Mis- souri, Captain Weakley has brought Northampton more than 25 years experience as an officer in the Naval Ser- vice, having been commissioned an Ensign upon gradua- tion from the Naval Academy in 1929. That same year witnessed another entry into the Naval Service and at his first duty station Captain Weakley be- came a plank owner of the newly commissioned cruiser, USS Omaha. He was assigned to the USS Lea in 1933 and assisted in putting that ship in the ready reserve. Later that same year he was transferred to the USS Talbot where he served as Engineer Officer until 1936. A tour of post- graduate schooling in Engineering Design at the Naval Academy followed by a special course in Engineering at the University of Cambridge in England brought more en- gineering know-how. After his postgraduate work, Captain Weakley went to the battleship USS New Mexico where he served from 1939 until 1940 when he was transferred to the USS Samp- son. He was Engineering Officer and subsequently Exec- utive 'Officer of the Sampson. In 1942 he took command of the USS Goff. ln 1944 Captain Weakley became Execu- tive Officer, to become Commanding Officer later that year, of the Atlantic Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Unit.- This type duty continued with his assignment to the Chief of Naval Operations as Naval Advisor, National Security Council Staff. Captain Wegakley came to Northampton from, the USS Cambria where he had served as Commanding Officer since 1953. EXECUTIVE OFFICER A Kansan by birth, Commander Richard A. Waugh was grad- uated from the Naval Academy with the Class of 1937. As on Ensign, Commander Waugh served aboard the Tuscaloosa un- til 1939, when he went to Submarine School in New London. From 1940 until 1942, Commander Waugh served in the S-36 in the Asiatic Fleet. ln 1942- 1943, he served aboard the USS Spearfish, and in August 1943 he became Executive Officer of the USS Piranha. ln 1944 through 1945, Commander Waugh was the Commanding Officer of the USS Saury. ln 1946, he was the Commanding Officer of the USS Dentu- da, and he served, additionally, as Commander Submarine Squadron 11 at Operation Cross Roads. ln January 1947, Com- mander Waugh reported to PacResFlt at Mare Island, where he remained for three years. Commander Waugh was a student at the Armed Forces Staff College in 1950, and that same year he became Chief Staff Officer on the Staff of Commander Transport Division 22. He remained in that billet until 1952, when he reported to the Staff, Commander Amphibious Force, Atlantic, where he was the Administrative Officer. Commander Waugh reported aboard as Northampton's Ex- ecutive Officer in August 1954. ln many ways the history of Northampton typifies the life and times of ofcontemporary America. Construction commenced as a heavy cruiser of the. Baltimore Class in T944 when the United States was still expanding her armed might -to subdue the Axis. When the conflict abated, America turned to thoughts of peace and so work on Northampton was terminated in August of l945. Not many years elapsed, however, before it became pain- fully clear that the world still needed a strong and militarily prepared A- merica. Northampton responded to that need as construction was recom- menced in l948. The four interim years had witnessed advances in both technology and doctrine of naval warfare. Incorporation of these advances proceeded forthwith in Northampton as she was redesigned as aTaskForce lnow Tacticali Command Ship with the new designation of CLC-l. Her in- troduction to the seas took place with the launching on 27 January l95'l, and on 7 March i953 she was officially commissioned. Under the command of Captain William D. lrvin, USN, Northampton completed her shakedown training and post-shakedown.availability. The first large-scale assignment for Northampton involved the conducting of technical tests of various installed experimental equipment under the op- erational control of Commander Operational Development Force. On the completion of these tests Northampton stood ready to join the Fleet -as an operating unit. On ll October l954, Vice Admiral Frank G. Fahrion, USN, Commander Amphibious Force, U. S. Atlantic Fleet, and his staff embarked aboard Northampton to participate in Atlantic Fleet Exercise 'l-55 and to conduct initial staff operational evaluation of Northampton as an Amphib- ious Command Ship. During the exercise Northampton carried a total of 18, stars, including Admiral .lerauld Wright, Commander-'ln-Chief, Atlantic Fleet. ' A short time later Northampton entered another first in her history - overseas employment as flagship for Commander Sixth Fleet. Four 'months of this duty, from December 1954 to March l955, took Northampton to Gi- braltar, Villefranche, Malaga,Algiers, Barcelona and Athens. The time spent at Lsea with -other units of the Sixth Fleet further developed North- ampton's ability to operate with the Navy's most modern team - the fast carrier task force. . With the end of this cruise, Northampton returns to Norfolk, Virginia to prepare herself and those who man her for 'future missions as an arm of, Democracy. ' ' ' 1 1 Gibraltar-Gateway to the Mediterranean... a solid mass of rock known familiarly to us as "Prudential Life lnsurance,"but actually a pow. erfully fortified stronghold coveted by many since the rule of the Moors. On one side of our ship we could see Spain, on the other, the northwest coast of Africa. We roamed the narrow streets, lined with shops selling cameras, cashmeres, Chinese nightgowns and walking dolls. The halfcrowns, shillings, thruppence, and ha-pennies had most of us .con- fused. Some got bargains . . . others experiencing making change English style. . The contrast was quite noticeable between the dark-haired Spanish senoritas and the fair-haired English lassies and their tam 'o shantered English soldier lads. Cabbies didn't bang on the side of their doors as we expected, but raced at good clip through the streets using horns as last resort. When the last of the argyle socks were tucked away and we'd snapped our last photo of the Gib apes, we upped anchor and set sail from a very confined, but interesting first port of call. 1 i ' xg.. Us -.V ,f - ff' 5 H 1 . . , K, :ww if , V "WSE f.,,f. ,ov., V", " , ' WCW, y-f, M y f I . ,ff W ,sw y K .KJ k, F, , ,cw ,J ,M ki Although we only visited Ville- franche twice, most of us left be- hind "old friends" amongst the bar- tenders, shopkeepers, fishermen and inhabitants. Our "parlez-vous," "merci's" andi"s'il vous plaits" helped us to "go native" rather quickly and being sailors we had little difficulty finding our way about the Ol, 02 and O3 levels. A natural harbor, and the quaint landing with its waiting sidewalk cafes made Ville a natural "home away from home." The Welcome Hotel was welcome indeed and its fireplace even more so on our frosty return trip. We celebrated Christmas in Ville and all hands turned "duty-dads" to make it a happier one for French or- phans who delighted to see helicop- ter-borne Pere Noel land on our fan- fail. From Villefranche some took tours to Rome and Paris. .. others toured the Riviera or went skiing in the Alps. We spent much time in Nice and sometimes walked back at night along the middle Cornish Drive lis- tening to the pounding surf of the Med far below. 7720 Many memoriele shared by all. . . Mom Germaine's petite fritures, and hot chowder . . . .lerry's Bar . . . Cos- mo's Bar fseems every port has a Cosmo'sl. . . The Plantation Club . . . the "look no hands" cyclist at the landing and grinders and cokes be- fore that ride back. For "The Most Unforgettable Char- acter l'Il Never Forget," we'd nomi- nate Beachgwrd Annie fMadeleine Locatello for those who wonderedi, whose hearty handshake and robust backslap were always supplemented by the delicate bouquets of flowers she brought for VADM Combs. Between playing hopscotch with the anchorage between Ville and beaulieu we became part of the Mar- di Gras festivities. fWhat's the fob code number for "qualified confetti thrower into unsuspecting open mouths?" For all these things and all those others we will remember we reserve for Ville a high place in our Med cruise memories. And last but not least, the beachguard would like to thank Mom Germaine for her tent. Egg -B.-N. ...A- Xxfx "Q-N - sf' M 1 Q7 'wg' 9 1 "0-92. 'Wf Q 'QED ll Elf Top: Gardens in Left: ,At "Le Ji Le good tl Bottom: Roadsid Above: Look, both hands Below: Look, no hands r l v A l r W N N w f I 4 I 1 1 A z I E l l 1 I 3 vi 'ZW Top right: Green flag for Santa Left center: SANTA ON STATION Bottom left: "Et tu, ma petite?" Bottom right: "Joyeus Noel!" E NICE ' en- D. f DN' I i ' ' r 7 1,1- : u I - 1 I --' 7 I ' . jf . I' l', 1 . . , 11 -:,.il1 Above: A platter, a dish, and us. Left: A hit of home with all the trimmings Below: Same, with mustard. N El? ,... M: gf? -W . , .JI , , ,,,, ffyyyws A If-. JSfk:?75faZ ff . fg7,5,: Q,.,af',,f41f -,.gf,,.3w-f,7,ff 2- 4 K ,g.U,i,qf.ZZ 'f-, .Jw fxf -34,4 cliffs: 1' Hifi? 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' 0 , .Q 1 Q' I ' - X i ' an 9 , Q 2 if I Ti ..f,. ,fff f-hvfxmihv 4,1 , w..n,,,, 'fa . if 'i A' ' Ah A " fl: f-2?-7Wf2iW f' ' 1 r' + v y L, -- ' A .A " 45' Q H gwiif-.ifffi.f f y If , 'Q if ' Q 3 wi xwfl , 5+-. q f ., , N A A - V Ki f V 'Q 1695.15 4 P , fi W 'Q W' 1 Z ..V. 1 is V I .K A , 7 M,-'mn 5 ' 5 'J L. Y if QQQ' 'I Q 1 V-Ll . X X og 1 V ni WWW sd .. W Q N . N" +1'V. ' A: PARIS ROME I K l W The Eternal City-Roma-shrine to the world's Roman Catholics, and heir to the glories and grandeur of the Caesars, where the old world and new live side by side in romantic wonderment of the glory that was and is Rome. ln many of our hearts, the highlight of our cruise was reached on Christmas Eve in Rome and during the brief minutes Pope Pius Xll appeared in his window overlook- ing the sea of faces crowding St. Peter's Square on Christ- mas Day. For those that made the second tour the emotions were the same... The Pantheon, St. Peter's, the Catacombs, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears." Each put himself in An- thony's place and repeated those words. Evening increased our wonderment, wondering down the narrow streets of Old Rome to Romolo's for a multi- course dinner with accompanying guitar music by Lili, cocktails and dancing at Hostaria Dell 'Urso where Mario played a fine piano, and the Fountain of Trevi where we threw a coin into the water, hoping someday to return to Rome. Fifty million Frenchman were right. . . The Louvre. . . Notre Dame . . . Arche de Triomphe . . . Place Pigalle . . . Place de Concorde...and, of course, the Folies Ber- geres were all we hoped they'd be. Standing in the icy winds atop the Eiffel Tower or walking down the Champs-Elysees at night, munching hot roast chestnuts.. .Paris was the place to spend our Christmas 'fvacation. ' ' Top right: The Real 'l11ing. 'Dop left: Bome's famous Colosseum Bottom: Majestic Fountain of 'lTevi. Q E 5 CZ.,--' - i 2. fm - V-4 ,i'?.:-si? er rs- U 5 if . 'Q-"Srl-TA'i". . , -czzziffaifstgplgb A' cf a...s-fs' fi "lf-ig-.-. - .. A f "4"Q f5::1:.i'lig-' -1 .-'D -1. - - - --- .-. , ig- - -4 ., . -I ' "'-4"-... 'S -- ., 5-2.-A 1 '1Tf"f -3 A '. 4-vi' 4 .::- ' A, - ,, , ,g- -f , - r :QM 5 rw r . .ik . fs .4 A + fi- :X , 1 "- . . 1 -- E XS R I - 1 - Y " si'- Q Y .lf --2 A f 5-li if A 'l .,.. , i c ,,,....-,--D - ,,,,'g -Y f 33 2 i 3 - Malaga was for most of us our first view of a country we would all love, Spain. Our first impression was that of a land of orange peddlers, strange uniforms topped by shiny, patent leather hats, persistent sellers of lottery tickets and one horsepower taxis. We were amused by the toy- like trains, entertained by the hand clapping rhythms of the Flamenco dance, fascinated by the senoritas and a bit upset by the strange hours kept in conformance to local custom. The days were spent touring to Granada and the Alhambra, made fa- mous by Washington lrving, taking pictures, drinking a cool cerveza or a fundador at one of the sidewalk cafes. Girl watching and arguing with taxi drivers became maior occupa- tions. The evenings offered the Mirimar, Terrica, El Pimpi's The Homes of Good Wines, flashing entertainment, and most of the crew for seven days. Day or night, the greatest impres- sion was the simple honesty and sin- cere friendliness of the Spanish peo- ple for us Americans, and also our cigarettes. We knew when we left Malaga that we'd be waiting a return trip to Spain quite eagerly. Above: Walls of Alhambra. Top left: View from Alhambra. lCenter: Avuntamiento - city Hall. Bottom left: "Jeep . . .J-E- E-P." Below: 'Ihe real reason we took a bitt of Old Spain with us. IVN .di JW , - . .,,.a 1. -i' ,.,,...11-"' M IN nf' Z5 fs f'- ff ?'l f"' I5 ?'5 ?'i ,sn KW f"s fi YS ?5 f"X -gl' fi IQ 'f V4. .4 XA f gl i YK 's - 1 W V Q I F I 1 .-Q! - '. 5 , A 1 + Zi, ,h fe. X The new and the old, we read in tour guides, showed up quite clearly in Algiers. The modern city...was the "Paris of North Africa," while the Casbah fAlgerian low-rental districtl was an extreme of extremes. g All of us heard, "Hey, Joe. . . cigarettes?" and a good many of us were paced at one time or another by several light-fingered Abduls until they got up nerve enough fond within rangel to grab for whatever packages we might have been carrying. The women gave us close contest with their tattoos and we noticed both men and women wearing their sheets home from the Laundromat. When we saw the faces behind some of the veils many of us had as first thought, "I never forget a face. . .but in your case l'm willing to make an exception." Alms for the love of Allah... legs for the love of Mike... Algiers definitely has the beggar market cornered. ln memory of this, our most unique of ports...perhaps the names will escape, but the fez is familiar. Top left: Botanical Gardens Below: Scene in Algerian Market Place Bottom right: Land Action to Port Bottom left: "You speak, Joe." W' WW M Sill Q Aff and ' 'Q fa 9 - , F xx ,f N ' W, 5 W ",W ,7l ' -"'xb 5 I Z X1 4'9Z?4g'lx ' if ' 1 - ' P' I ,ff 1 ' fl ,Q Wig A fm' i Nf l, W .V x is . ff f Q M' Q' f , ll, X I "Set the Special Sea and Anchor Details!" An old saying has it that expectation is greater than real- ization. Most of us can remember few cases when this was less true than in our visit to Barcelona. "Med-wise" flag members had warned us to save our money for Barcelona. Judging from the record-breaking 370,000 the crew drew from the Disbursing Officer, we took the advice to heart. Nine days later few could afford a cup of coffee, but we had more regrets on leaving Barcelona than money spent. Which of us could forget a taxi ride for 8 pesetas, a quart of champagne for 80, and a hand-tailored suit for 1600? Barce- Iona offered us the entertainment of the metropolis it is -the friendliness of small town neighbors. We were impressed by the wide streets, huge squares and beautiful fountains that graced the city. . . were also appreciative of the Andalucia, " H 0 n e y s " To dance with ! ! 'I'hey'll drink right with you you're not paying for TEA , fm K ff f V 4 Q 7-flffilff 1' x R fxh Casablanca, and Buena Sombre. We enioyed the best of the graceful Spanish dances an,d exotic songs. We ate snails and baby octopus. . .drank cognac and cham- pagne at Los Caracoles . . . La Bodega . . . Casa Juan . . . and yelled "0le!" at the bullfight. When time to say goodby to the tree-lined Ramblas, the uniformed Militia and the horse-drawn carts, we realized why Barcelona is called the "Pearl of the Med." V A V Q ., .yol f Top left: "Holay!" Center left: Ramblas del Floras Bottom left: A house ' Top right: Two of the 50 Bottom right: lPrize for best titleb T " 7- -' 1 c. ....- - - -f ----fs X J- Yi. i Q.. i Uf all ports to end our Mediterranean cruise in, probably no other could have been more appropriate than Athens. ln the three and a half months spent in Gi- braltar, Villefranche, Malaga, Algiers, and Barcelona, we had many opportuni- ties to realize in many ways iust how lucky we were to be Americans. Spending our last liberties in the ruins ofthe birth- place of Democracy seemed somehow fitting. We visited the Temple of Zeus Uupi- terl, watched the guards at the Palace with their pom-pom shoes, stood in the cold winds on the Acropolis and snapped photos ofthose gals holding up the porch of the Caryatids. Sitting in the ruins of 400 B.C. and looking down on the North- ampton through the pillars of the Parthe- non. knowina that in a matter of days we'd be home, made our cruise seem al- most like a dream. One day in the ruins of an age we had difficulty imagining. . . the next in the US and A. Then the King and Queen came aboard to visit the Admiral and his newest of new flagships. King Paul borrowed the Captain s sword to cut our Second Anni- versary cake and Queen Frederika left several patients in Sick Bay with a very warm remembrance of that wonderful smile of hers as she talked to them. A few hours later we upped anchor and set course for home. From the Agora to the subway. . .from the Parthenon to the ballpark . . . from the birthplace of Democ- racy to the vitality of our modern day Democracy. 'NUWIQV N X , 'f?5sKi6Qi4W' ' 'Q Top: "Inspection, arms!" King Paul reviews the guard. Right: NorIhampton's Second Anniversary cake given a royal send-off. Bottom: Captain Weakley describes pilot house operations to 'Iheir Majesties At left: Vice Admiral and Mrs. Combs. x I 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 I 1 i i 1 I I 1 1 1 ..,,, . 1 X f v rg i ' i v f ,, Aw, A ' ' R aw Q I I Y 1 v I 4 4 v A P I f"""" P-4 'Dv'- "Dam'it, I'm always rlmning out of film!" O ' ft f A51 0 , f!Qf:AAf' cf' ff mamma Af ' -3 - Q 'R 1 C f 51r ? ji .a ' q :A7??'f ! I c-3 me AN ' ' E U 3 ' "QL: o.K., let's break this npr' LQLCEYTA-IN s. A. l I , LQTTEIIA M N 113.1 H4 effwN jiri A 'RQ ' "What's your wife like?" U! , 1, Hg' , RYE' IUEGJE3 4' QM Imam sw-nQ's Pi wvzwf Q 1 wg mf N ' WU' s 33 sf 5- 1 BX: :lj v- 1 54 'gf , . ' Af ' ,Z f 'L A ' V yfff I , "Honey,ltell you, n , I ,f 5' ain 'ves danc ssons. K ' A fly d,,"i 0. K x' ', 'x gs, Editor - ENS. Robert J. Allen A Art Editor- LTJG. David A. Reynolds Advisor- Chaplain William A. Taylor The editors express their sincerest appreciation to all these men whose unfailing cooperation and many hours of hard work after "working hours" made this cruise book possible. A ' '-Fi' ' A P R I N T S H O P J George F. Lockwood I . . John I. Hacker Elwood G. Campbell Jr. Troy L. Carpenter Edward C. Schodowski ' Roger I-I. Van Lankvelt Gilbert N. Conlon - Durward L. Fant Earnest A. Brolin P H O T O L A B George E. Ethridge Frank A. Di Venuti Robert A. Larsen Eugene T. Lawson ' Karl R. Pesick James P. Denis John L. Gordon A ' Edward P. Rzesa , ' CONTRIBUTORS A R T W O R K 4 Robert D. Emenheiser T E X T ENS. Sanford J. Fox LTJG. J. Robert Merryman ENS. Donald Lootens' L P H O T O S . Harold V. Anderson ' Troy L. Carpenter Elwood G. Campbell Jr. John I. Hacker Vincent A. Brocato Joseph P. Verga Charles W. Burwell Printed aboard the USS Northampton. All cost in connection with the production of this book have been borne by the Welfare and Recreation Fund.


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