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Page 10 text:
Pre-deployment inspections and award presentations were
a part of the activities that took place prior to our de-
parture from Long Beach. Rear Admiral H. V. Byrd,
ComCruDesFlot THREE, presented the ComCruDesPac
Athletic Award to the OKLAHOMA CITY
The ship s missile battery gets a new hashmark with its
missile elticrency E RADM Byrd presented the award
following the pre deployment personnel inspection
The ship set new Talos missile records and knocked two
target drones out of the air following Refresher Training
After almost six months of final prepara-
tion, the ship set sail for the Far East for a
30 month cruise as the flagship of the US.
Behind us were nine weeks of Refresher
Training, two weeks of competitive missile
firings, a trial Public Relations run to En-
senada, Mexico, and a short leave period.
N r 1
Page 9 text:
USS OKLAHOMA CITY QCLG-51, a guided missile light cruiser, is named for the capital city of
Oklahoma. She was originally built as the light cruiser OKLAHOMA CITY QCL-911 by Wm. Crarnp
and Sons of Philadelphia. Her keel was laid on 8 December 1942, and she was commissioned on 22
Following shakedown cruises and local operations, the OKLAHOMA CITY sailed for the South
Pacific and the war zone, arriving at Ulithi on 1 June 1945. She received two stars on her Asiatic-
Pacific Medal for action in Okinawa and in THIRD Fleet operations against Japan until August 1945.
Leaving the Far East on 30 January 1946, the OKLAHOMA CITY arrived in San Francisco on
14 February for inactivation. She was placed out of commission on 30 Iune 1947, and assigned to
the San Francisco group of the Pacific Reserve Fleet.
On 7 March 1957, the ship arrived at the shipyard of the Bethleham Pacific Coast Company of
San Francisco. Conversion to a guided missile light cruiser commenced 21 May 1957. LSS OKLA-
HOMA CITY tCLC-51 was commissioned at Hunter7s Point on 7 September 1960.
On 1 December 1961, the OKLAHOMA CITY departed Long Beach for a scheduled six months
deployment to the Western Pacific on her first cruise as the flagship ol the ILS. SEYENTH Fleet, until
relieved by the USS PROVIDENCE QCLC-6, on 26 May 1962.
For two years, the OKLAHOMA CITY installed the most modern of radar. communications. and
weapons equipment, and made other preparations for a prolonged period as flagship during its next
On 16 June 1964, the ship departed Long Beach and arrived in Pearl Harbor on 22 June. ln
Pearl, the ship became the temporary flagship for Commander-in-tihief, Pacific Fleet change of com
mand ceremonies, Admiral T. H. Moorer relieving Adniiral ll.S.C. Sharp.
The OKLAHOMA CITY arrived in Yokosuka, Japan on 7 July. and relieved the l'ROYlDENtil'i.
This Cruise Book is the story of the first year ol' tht- OKI..-Xltt7TXl 'X tflTY's second t't'lll't' as flagship for
the ILS. SEVENTH Fleet.
Page 11 text:
Only about hall' ol' the men that were
aboard at the beginning of the year were still
aboard. There were many new laces, but all
were turned in one direction as the ship east
oft-toward the pier.
Many will never admit to nostalgia, but
everyone was trying to impress this scene to
memory. It would be a long time for many
of us before we would see it again.
FA REW ELL
Giving the ship a musiealf?j send-off were the CO, XO, and
other officers from the USS ENGLAND. The featured song was
'6Cood Bye to OKLAHOMA CITYN sung to the tune of "l've Been
Working on the Railroadw. The Beatles had better watch out!
Wives, sweethearts, and families line the pier to see the ship
leave for WestPae. Many were to follow later. but for then it was
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