Steinaker (DD 863) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1952

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THE UNITED STATES SIXTH FLEET IN THE MEDITERRANEAN ' - ' tates Nav have cruised in European waters, and particularly the Mediter- ranean Seadxlildiielliifieoteziiilif ldiiifselbfsthe ninetelenth century. Beginning with the' War uai1nT5g20lrn311ioi?fL2 uaxi almost continuously since 1886, American sea power has operated in the ,areago mpre d Climate aboge au miles of what has been called the cdoveliest of all Seas, favored. by SIUIHUOII, SWPCQ an U ilk h it others, and likewise before all others discovered and sa1led..Th1s is the Helen amorrrg 0tCCHl:,tltC0 iii A152313 desired by all that saw it, and captured by the boldest. But it was fought over notnor den Ovlglicdw as it were years. Then it was half forsaken, sbseugepl by the famepf- ntivw alpid Ofliiagrlefxjanb, F0 ISC Q - , - e ore our e es, 1 is ou - . after three Ihlupldgeilnggifja igistpmfjggdiately following W0rld Wir the ships of the United States Medlteri ranean Squadron performed useful services in facilitating the establishment of peace among the countries 0 he Balkans and the Middle East. - , , t The operation of the United States Navy during World War II m the Atlantic and Mediterranean theatres culminated in the victory of the Allied nations of Europe. ' In March of 1945 the U.S. Eighth Fleet fMediterraneanj which had been under the command of Admiral H. Kent Hewitt since March 1943, was dissolved. In April the naval forces and bases in the Mediter- ranean Theatre were placed under the administrative control of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces in Europe. These Forces, commanded by Vice Admiral W. A. Glassford as Commander U.S. Naval Forces, Northwest African Waters, thereby became a task force of the Twelfth Fleet. . I . Although the over-all strength was reduced, small naval detachments were maintained in Italy to support the U.S. Army there, to assist United States merchant shipping, and to continue representation on the Allied Commission for Italy. The summer months of 1945 saw United States naval activities in the Mediterranean reduced, and liberated ports were rapidly returned to the national authorities. Ships of the Mediterranean Fleet were redeployed and ordered to the Pacific Theatre. The end of World War Il found the United States Navy continuing to maintain ships in the strategic Mediterranean. On 30 September 1946, Secretary of the Navy, James Forrestal said: 4cToday the United States Navy is continuing to maintain forces in the Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea for the following purposes : First, to support Allied occupation forces and the Allied Military Government in the discharge of their responsibilities in the occupied area of Europe. Second, to protect U.S. interests and to support U.S. policies in the area. There are many benefits to be attained by maintaining ships of the United States in these waters. Fi t: It if ' ' ' ' ' ' ships in independent operations and with the customs and the traditions of morale for the many oflicers and the world". Third: It affords an op- understanding with the people with rs o ers a splendid opportunity to tram the officers and men of our to familiarize them not only with the waters in which they cruise but also of the people of the countries which they visit. Second: It is a builder blue-jackets who still have the traditional urge to ,,join the Navy and sec portunity for American naval personnel to create good will and better whom they come in eontaetm The post war inactivation of a sizeable part of the second to a small Fleet assigned to the Mediterranean Sea. It operated under the Commander, Naval Forces, Mediter- ranean, and the Flagship was a destro e t d h' h ' ' ' y r en er w IC did not actively operate with the rest of the Fleet. It remained anchored in Naples, Ital . Y F1 hi Later, 011 7 August 1947, the cruiser U. S. S. DAYTON relieved the tend SHENANDOAH at er ags ip and became the first post war Mediterra a Fl t Fl h' d S ' h h Fl t. The DAYTON was to be followed b the ' neFnA ee ags lp to go to Sea an Ollcraw wlt t e ee y cruisers RGO, PORTSMOUTH, ROCHES1 ER, ALBANY, DES MOINES, NEWPORT NEWS and SALEM. The latter three now rotate regularly as Sixth Fleet Flagships On 1 June 1948 th t' l f . 1 , e it e o Commander Naval Forces, Mediterranean was changed to Commander Sixth Task Fleet and on 12 February 1950 the title was simplified to Commander Sixth Fleet. Successive post war Commanders of the M d' B h d H B . H e iterranean Fleet fnow Sixth Fleetl were Vice Admiral ern ar . O1'1,. fnow on the Military Staff Committee, United Nationsjg Vice Admiral Forrest Sherman, fnow deceasedj ' Vice Admual John J B 11 ' Sixth Fleet Cmllma d V. I . a entme, fnow Commander, Air Force, Atlantic Fleetj g and the resent P 1951, tau, tough ccilasg, diidiLl1:ngg?gM?fti1gg3nl?t! Gardner. On assuming command of the Fleet. on 19 March , - command of the Sixth Fleet fully aware of its magnificent 'll il i '. . S . rf5Pu 3 1011 as 3 Potent,-Smart, alert and ready force. 1 shall expect all hands to continue to direct their atten- tion and energy to maintaining the exem l d ' ' - Today the United State S. p ary stan ard set by my distinguished predecessors". n , s lxth Fleet in the Mediterra e ' C K fi r , 9 t' ous operational Fleets on the high Seas, Second Onl to th S n an is one o he' Nusy sw largest con mu h Fleet now 1 - t 1' E aters what the Fleet ls dom , Y c event tptra mg in . ar astern w - g in the Mediterranean has been deser'b .l l ' l'I '- ' ' ' t ways but all versions point to the reco nized h' . - I .mg . ly mmy ' ',h'mm l""'l'l" m many dlaueren Thls book is a brief a E lSl0l'lC responsibility of lille United States aid in assurin eace. , 3 P ccount of the U. S. S. STli.lNAKEl1's 1952 Mediterranean Cruise. -none Navy ofthe United States saw

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