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BATTALION COMMANDERXCO OF TROOPS
COMMAND MASTER CHIEF! IST SERGEANT
CHANGE OF COMMAND
NAV! ADMIN DEPARTMENT
ASSAULT CRAFT UNIT FOUR
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF TORTUGA
PUBLIC X COMMUNITY RELATIONS
U.S. MARINE CORPS
PALMA DE MAJORCA, SPAIN
SIRACUSA, SICILYAND AUGUSTA BAY, SICILY
THESSALONIKI, GREECE AND ALMERIA, SPAIN
CHIEF PETTY OFFICERS
LIVE, LEARN, AND PASS IT ON
ESWS AND RE-ENLISTMENTS
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Big Al bids farewell to his crew
CDR ALLAN D. WALL
19 Nov 90 - QAJUL 9 yy
Commander Wall graduated
from the U.S. Naval Academy
in A 1971 with a degree in
mechanical engineering. His
first assignment was as Gunnery
Oficer in USS LASALLE QLPD
35, homeported in Norfolk, VA.
Commander Wall next
served in USS NEWPORT
NEWS CCA 1485, homeported
in Norfolk, VA as EMO X EWO,
lst Lt. and Navigator, from
1973 to 1974.
Following graduation from
Naval Destroyer School, he
served as Operations officer in
USS WILLIAM R. RUSH QDD
7145, homeported in NY City,
from 1975 to 1977.
His next dept. head tour was
as Chief Engineer in USS HER-
MITAGE QLSD 345, homeport-
ed in Little Creek, VA, from
1977 to 1979.
From 1980 to 1982, he served
as Damage Control Officer on
the staff of Commodore, Auck-
land, in the Personnel
Exchange Program CPEP5.
Commander Wallis next tour
was as Assitant Engineer Officer
in USS SAIPAN QLHA 25, andL
then as Chief Engineer in USS
GUADALCANAL CLPH 75,
from 1982 to 1984. Both ships
were homeported in Norfolk,
Commander Wall served in
HERMITAGE again as Execu-
tive Officer from 1984 to 1985, '
Following his Executive Offi-
cer tour he was assigned agg
Excecutive Assistant to the
Director, Office of Naval Tech-
nology, Washington, D.C., from.
1985 to 1988. 1
Commander Wall reportedl
as PCO of USS TORTUGAQ
QLSD 465 in 1988 and com-y
manded her from commission-l
ing until he accepted orders ini
1922 to the Naval War Collegel
Newport, RI. . I
Commander Wallis awardsj
include two Meritorious Servicel
Medals, two Navy Commenda-4
tion Medals, and various otherg
service awards. ?
Commander Wall is marriedlf
to the former Colleen C016-'
man, of Virginia Beach, VA.:
They have two children.
Commander Wall enjoys dinner at the Druse village in Israel
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D. GIL ORE
COM DI G OFFICER
Commander Gilmore grad-
iated from the U.S. Naval
Xcademy in 1974 with a degree
n Economics. His initial duty
lssignment was in USS
SAGLEY QFF 10695 as Damage
Iontrol Assistant and 1st Lt.
'rom Nov. 1974 to Jan. 1978.
Subsequently, he was assigned
o the Naval Military Personnel
Iommand as ADP Section
-lead for officer and enlisted
letailers, and concurrently as a
Nhite House Social Aide.
Upon completion of Surface
Narfare Officer Department
lead School, Commander
Hilmore served as Combat Sys-
ems Officer on board USS
ELLIOT CDD 9675 from Feb.
l981 to Dec. 1982. His second
Department Head tour was as
Engineer Officer on board
JSS SCENECTADY QLST
l185j from Apr. 1983 to Dec.
tttended the Royal Australian
Staff College in Sydney, Aus-
ralia fromjan. tojul. 1985 fol-
lowed by assignment to the
staff of Commander, Amphibi-
ous Group Three from Jul.
1985 tojul. 1987, as Flag Sec.
From Oct. 1987 to june.
1989 he served as Executive
Officer, USS GERMANTOWN
QLSD 421. Following his Execu-
tive Officer tour, Commander
Gilmore attended the U.S.
Army War College at Carlisle
Barracks, PA and subsequently
was assigned as the Assistant
Surface Commander Assign-
ment Officer at the Bureau of
Naval Personnel from jun.
1990 tojan. 1992. Commander
Gilmore assumed command of
USS TORTUGA QLSD 465 in
jul. 1992, as her second Com-
awards include two Meritori-
ous Service Medals, two Navy
Commendation Medals, and
various other service awards.
Commander Gilmore is
married to the former Robin
Mitchell of Sacramento, CA.
They have four children.
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LCDR RoN AASLAND
Commander Aasland graduated
from the U.S. Naval Academy, Class
of 1978, with a degree in Econom-
ics. His first assignment was as
Prospective Communications Offi-
cer in USS LEFTWICH QDD 9845,
and subsequently as it's first Com-
munications Officer until August
198O. Upon promotion -to LTQjg5,
he fleeted up to Navigator and
In 1982, Commander Aasland
was assigned duties as Officer-in-
Charge of the Naval Brig in Seattle,
Following graduation from
Department Head School, Com-
mander Aasland served as Opera-
tions Officer in USS NEWPORT
QLST 11795, homeported in Little
Creek, VA, from 1986 to 1988. Com-
mander Aasland's second Depart-
ment Head tour was as First Lieu-
tenant in USS GUADALCANAL
QLPH 75, homeported in Norfolk,
VA, from 1988 to 1990.
On his next assignment, he
attended the U.S. Marine Corpg
Command and General Staff
Course at Quantico, VA where he
completed.the first phase of his
joint Military Education. He fol-
lowed this tour in 1991 by attending
the Armed Forces Staff College in
Norfolk, VA, where he completed
the final phase of his joint Military
In November, 1991 Commander
Aasland assumed duties as the sec-
ond Executive Officer in USS TOR-
TUGA QLSD 465, homeported in
Little Creek, VA.
Commander Aaslandis personal
awards include the Navy Commen-
dation, and eight service awards.
Commander Aasland is married
to the former Margo Corkins of
Davision, MI. They have two daugh-
ters, Megan and Katie, who reside in
The CO and XO survey the goings on.
BLT COMMANDING OFFICER
LT. COL. JOHN K. LYNN
LtCol Lynn of Atlanta, GA, earned his
BA in History at the Univ. of Georgia 8a
was commissioned in 1970 through the
PLC program. Upon graduation from
TBS he reported to the 2d Marine Div.
where he served as an Infantry Platoon
Commander with Co. M, 3d Batt., 2d
Marines. In July, 1972 he reported to the
3d Marine Div. in Okinawa where he
served as the XO and CO of Co. A, 1st
Batt., 4th Marines.
Upon his return to the U.S. in july,
1973, Lt Lynn was assigned to the MCRD,
Parris Island, SC, where he served as a
Series Commander and Company Com-
mander with the 3d Recruit Training
Batt. In Aug., 1975 he reported to the
Marine Corps Base, Qiuantico, VA as a stu-
dent in the Amphibious Warfare School.
Following AWS, he was reassigned to TBS
where he served as a Staff Platoon Com-
mander, Company XO and Tactics
In july, 1978 he returned to Okinawa
for duty with the 3d Marines Div. where
he served as the Batt. Asst. S-3 and as the
CO of Co. B, lst Batt., 9th Marines. Fol-
lowing this tour he was assigned as the
Officer Selection Officer in Austin, TX
from 1979 to 1982.
In july, 1982 Maj. Lynn reported to
Headquarters Marine corps, where he
served in the Plans, Policies and Opera-
tions Department. In Aug., 1985 he
reported to the Marine Corps Develop-
ment and Education Command and Staff
Following C8cSC, LtCol. Lynn was reas-
signed as an instructor at the Amphibious
Warfare School. Injuly, 1988 he reported
to the 2d Marines Aircraft Wing, Cherry
Point, NC for a two year airfground
exchange tour. While with the Wing, he
served as the Plans Officer for Marines
Aircraft Group 14fXO for MAG 40. In
july, 1990 he reported to the 2d Marine
Div. where he served as the Plans Officer
8c the Asst. G-3.
LtCol Lynn assumed command of 2d
Battalion., 2d Marines on 10vIuly, 1991.
LtCol Lynn is married to the former
Marianthi Lollis of Watkins Glen, New
York. They have two children, Marissa
CAPT. MATT HORTON
CO OF TROOPS
Captain Horton grew up in Wellsville,
NY and attended the U.S. Naval Academy,
igraduating with the class of 1982. After
graduation and commissioning he
attended The Basic School in Quantico,
VA. From The Basic School he received
orders to Field Artillery Officer Basic
Course, graduating in 1983.
Captain Horton's first permanent duty
station was with Battery E, 2X 11 where he
worked as Forward Observer, Fire Direc-
'tion Officer, Platoon Commander, and
finally Battery Executive Officer from
Following this tour Captain Horton
served as Commanding Officer Service
Co, Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine
Division in Okinawa from 1986-1987.
From Okinawa Captain Horton report-
ed to the Naval Amphibious School,
Coronado, CA where he was a course
manager and instructor for amphibious
warfare, Indoctrination, Amphibious
Warfare Planning, and Naval Embarked
Advisory Team QNEATJ from 1987-1989.
From 1989-1990 he was a student at
Amphibious Warfare School.
Upon graduation from Amphibious
Warfare School Captain Horton was
assigned as S-3A CAssistant Operations
Officerj for 1st Battalion, 10th Marines
Captain Horton assumed command of
Battery B, 1f10 in May, 1991.
Emory L. Campbell was born on Sept.
22, 1950. Following graduation from high
school in Coal City, WV, he enlisted in the
Navy in December, 1968.
Following initial training Master Chief
Born Feb. 9, 1949 in Vaiden, Mississip-
pi, Sergeant Major Campbell enlisted in
the Marine Corps in Nov 1967. Following
recruit training at MCRD Paris Island he
OSCMQSWJ EMORY L. CAMPBELL
COMMAND MASTER CHIEF
Campbell's first tour was on USS JOSE-
PHUS DANIELS QDLG-275. His second
duty station was as Branch Station
recruiter-in-charge Petersburg, Va. On
this tour he completed an Associate of
Arts Degree, and was Runner-Up for NRD
Richmond, Va, Recruiter of the Year.
Master Chief Campbell next served on
USS LAWRENCE QDDG-45 as LPO, AIC,
8c ASAC. He was selected as SOY and CPO
in 1978, and subsequently transferred to
USS CLAUDE V. RICKETTS QDDG-55.
While deployed in 1979, he was selected
for and assigned to NMPC, Washington
D.C. as an Operations Specialist detailer.
Master Chief Campbell then attended
the Senior Enlisted Academy in Newport,
RI. Upon completion of this course he
returned to sea 'duty at Fleet Deception
Group, Atlantic, as OIC of OPDEC
detachments aboard USS PETERSON
QDD-9695 and USS BRISCOE CDD-9775.
Selected for MCPO in 1984 while
deployed aboard BRISCOE, he returned
to FLTDECGRULANT as Command Mas-
Transferring to Fleet Combat Train-
ing Center, Atlantic in 1987, he estab-
lished the 'office of Manpower and Per-
sonnel for the training directorate
before selection as Command Master
In Sept., 1989 he assumed duties as
Force Master Chief, TRALANT, where
he remained until assuming duties as
Command Master Chief onboard USS
TORT UGA QLSD-465 in july, 1991.
Master Chief Campbell is an Englisted
Surface Warfare Specialist, and is autho-
rized to wear the Navy Commendation
Medal ftwo awardsj, the Navy Achieve-
ment Medal Ctwo awardsj, and various
unit citations and service awards.
Master Chief Campbell is married to
the former jean Millner of Norfolk, VA.
They have a daughter,jill.
SERGEAN T MAjOR STEVE A. CAMPBELL
BATTALION SERGEAN T MAJOR
was assigned to Marine Barracks 8th and I
in Washington D.C. serving with lst Pla-
toon of Guard Co and at Camp David,
MD. In 1968 he served with the 26th
Marines, the 9th Marines, and 5th Recon
Battalion in West Pac. Returning to the
U.S. in 1969 he was assigned to G Co., 2nd
Batt., 2nd Marines Camp Lejeune as a
machine gun squad leader. In 1971 he
transferred to Marine Barracks Panama
where he served as section leader,
sergeant of the guard, and NCOIC of
guard detachment Galeta Island.
In 1975 Sergeant,Major Campbell
transferred to Camp Pendleton, CA
where he served with 2nd Battalion, 1st
Marines as a rifle platoon sergeant, F
company gunnery sergeant, and finally as
Battalion Operations Chief. In 1977 he
transferred' to 3rd MARDIV in Okinawa,
japan and was assigned to 3rd Batt., 9th
Marines where he served as the 81 mm
mortar platoon sergeant and H8cC com-
pany gunnery sergeant.
Sergeant Major Campbell completed
recruiting school in 1979 and was subse-
quently assigned as an 8th district
recruiter in jonesboro, AR. In 1980 he
returned to Camp Lejeune as a gunneiy
and 1st sergeant,with various companies
within the battalion.
Following this tour he served as I8cI lst
sergeant for Battery C, 1st Battalion, 14th
Marines in jackson, Mississippi from
In 1989 Sergeant Major' Campbell
returned to the 2nd Marine Division and
was assigned to 2nd Batt., 2nd Marine as
the battalion sergeant major.
Sergeant Major Campbellis awards
include the Navy Commendation Medal
Ctwo awardsj, the Combat Action Ribbon,
and various unit and service awards.
. Sergeant Major Campbell is married t0
the former Yvonne Day of Mississippi.
They have one daughter, Stevanie.
CHA GE OF C G MMA
U.S. Ambassador William C. Harrop addresses the crew of Tortuga.
TORTUGA had her first
Change of Command 24 july
92 in Haifa, Israel when CDR
Stephen D. Gilmore relieved
CDR Allan D. Wall.
In his address the guest
speaker, the Honorable
William C. Harrop, U.S.
ambassador to Israel praised
TORTUGA's crew, saying,
"you, like I, are ambassadors to
Isreal, and you have conduct-
ed yourselves accordingly
In his farewell remarks CDR
Wall thanked the crew for
their fantastic support and
results during his tenure.
KTORTUGA has been, with-
out question, the finest thing
that has happened to me in
my lifetime. I wish you all the
best and I would gladly serve
with each and everyone ofyou
at any time, any place. You
have been, without question,
the finest crew any CO could
ever hope forf'
CAPT Wall and CDR Gilmore greet the ambassador.
Colorguard at the ceremony. The CFCW at parade fest-
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USS TORTUGA QLSD 461 is the sixth ship of the Whidbey
sland QLSD 415 class. Construction began in September 1986 at
ivondale Shipyards, New Orleans, LA. The keel was laid March
13, 1987 and the ship was launched September 15, 1988. TOR-
TUGA was christened on November 19, 1988 by Mrs. Rosemary
'arker Schoultz. On November 17, 1990, after more than 4 years
n construction, the mighty warship TORTUGA was commis-
Following commissioning TORTUGA plowed through the
igorous post commissioning inspection and maintenance
chedule including Refresher Training QREFTRAJ in Guan-
anamo Bay, Cuba in january and February, OPPRE COpera-
ional Propulsion Plant Readiness Examj in April, and INSURV
In june, 1991 TORTUGA went back to the yards in Norfolk,
fa, for a three month post Shakedown availability.
TORTUGA re-entered the training arena in September when
he participated in Amphibious REFTRA, followed by another
QEFTRA in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Nearly at completion of
KEFTRA TORTUGA began her first mission oriented opera-
ional commitment when she accommodated Haitian migrants
Jrior to the building of temporary camps at NAS Guantanamo
Say. During her three weeks of participation in Operation
GTMO she was home to over 1500 migrants and 400 joint Task
Upon detachment from Operation GTMO TORTUGA sailed
Lo Panama City, Fl where she picked up the first ever load of five
The mission of USS TORTUGA is to conduct prompt and sus-
Qained combat operations at sea anywhere in the world in sup-
port of national policy. The ship operates independently and or
with other forces in projecting naval power ashore.
Officially designated a Landing Ship Dock QLSDJ, T ORTUGA is
principal mission is Amphibious Warfare, i.e., rapid build up of
combat power ashore. As such, the ship is superbly designed to
carry out that mission. With a 440ft well deck capable of holding
four landing craft, air cushioned vehicles CLCAC,sj, two helo
spots able to simultaneously land and launch two CH-53E USMC
helos, extensive boat and landing craft repair facilities, and
troop berthing accommodations for up to 627 embarked per-
TORTUGA transports landing craft, rolling stock, and ele-
ments of a landing force to an amphibious objective area
CAOAJ, launching preloaded assault craft and troops in support
of amphibious assault operations. USS TORTUGA will normal-
ly operate with an amphibious task force in sustained operations
to gain or maintain sea control through power projection
Secondary Mission areas incorporated into the ship's design
are: Special Warfare, Fleet Support Operations, Noncombat
Operations, Electronic Warfare, Ocean Surveillance, and Law
LCAC's in an LSD 41 class ship.
TORTUGA began 1992 back at sea providing local LCAC,
and helo services in january and February, followed by deploy-
ment work-ups with other units of MARG 2-92 in March and
April. The latter part of April Sc most of May found TORTUGA
pierside making final preparations for deployment.
On May 27th, 1992 TORTUGA said goodbye to Little Creek
as she began her maiden deployment with the IWO JIMA
Mediterranean Amphibious Ready Group. Ports of call on the
deployment included: Rota, Spain, Palma de Mallorca, Corfu,
Greece, Haifa, Israel, Siracusa, Sicily, Augusta Bay, Sicily,
Toulon, France, Thessaloniki, Greece, Almeria, Spain, and
During the deployment TORTUGA 8c her embarked units
participated in amphibious, and joint forces exercises and oper-
ations including: Spanish Phiblex 2-92, Exercise Ellipse Bravo,
Operation Provide Promise, Italian Cross Training, Exercise
Display Determination, and Betacom 192.
Other key events during the deployment included TORTUGA 's
first Change of Command in Haifa, Israel, and the hosting of
the 50th Anniversary Celebration of allied landings in North
Africa while inport Casablanca, Morocco.
TORTUGA has earned the following unit awards: the Nation-
al Defense Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, and
the Sea Service Ribbon.
VVI-IAT'S A TORTUGA?
The TORTUGA takes its name from a group of seven small
islands located about 68nm west of Key West, Fl.
The Tortuga Islands were discovered in 1513 by Ponce de
Leon who gave them the Spanish name for the huge sea turtles
found there. For 300 years they were home to pirates.
The U.S. bought the islands from Spain in 1819 to strengthen
the defense of her southern coast. Fortjefferson, completed in
1861, is the landmark of the islands. Centrally located and sur-
rounded by a deep channel and harbor, it is a hexagonal, three-
tiered citadel with a 70 ft wide, 30 ft deep moat, five ft thick
outer walls, and sides measuring 450 ft long and 60 ft high. 243
large caliber guns protect the fort, but not one of them has ever
The fort has been used as a prison, and as a communication
and coaling station by the U.S. Navy. The U.S. Fleet was sta-
tioned there in 1989 in anticipation of war with Spain. In 1904
the islands were set aside as a Federal Bird Reservation, and they
have been a national historic site since 1935.
This is the second ship to bear the name TORTUGA. The
TORTUGA QLSD 261 was commissioned in 1945 and earned 5
battle stars for her service during the Korean War and 8 more
for Vietnam action. Her name was stricken from the Naval Ves-
sel register in 1976.
Normally represented by about 25 naval officers and an ever
changing number of Marine Corps officers TORTUGA's ward-
room strived to maintain a balance between work and play, and
to promote a positive command climate throughout the cruise.
Led by Commander Allan Wall and Commander Stephen
Gilmore and supported by the best crew in the MARC they
ensured TORTUGA outshined all others in everything that she E
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1 he wardroom gathers one last time to say farewell to Commander Wall and to hail their new CO Commander Gilm
Doc Panico, Doc Dando, and the C0 serve it up.
On November llth, the khaki community hosted a meal for
the crew to show their appreciation for a job well done during
the cruise. The officers and chiefs were assigned jobs by the
Chief Mess Specialist Lou Solomon and the Food Service Atten-
dents assigned to S-4 division at the time.
From the beginning the khakis set out to show their intent to
provide service to the crew. The menu consisted of pizzas, sodas,
baked beans, creamed corn, chocolate cake, and soft serve ice
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most hated khaki as the case may be get their hands and other
things dirty while washing dishes, bussing tables, and taking out
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between USS TORTUGA and our
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Marine Corps. In carrying out our
primary amphibious warfare mission
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mates of Deck Department provide
the expertise to carry out our many
varied assignments. From launching
and recovering LCAC,s, LCU,s, Mike
boats, and helicopters, to small boat
operations, underway replenishment
and refueling, Deck Department is
centrally involved. In addition to our
operational commitments, we are
charged with maintaining our ship-
shape appearance through an end-
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night, rain or shine, Deck Depart-
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on treating their colleagues themselves and I am proud
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hope its one of the TORTUGA corpsmen than
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advance their careers in support of the mightiest navy
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ENGINEERING DEPAR I
To all of the engineers of USS TORTU-
GA: I know there were many times you felt
not appreciated as you crawled about and
cleaned the bilges, worked countless hours
to repair a system or component or endured
the arduous watchstanding and training
exercises required during the deployment.
However, your efforts have never gone
unnoticed. Thank you for a "solid goldi' per-
formance that ensured a most memorable
and successful deployment. Your enthusias-
tic "can do" attitude and dedicated efforts
ensured the screws kept turning allowing
while having minimal maintenance
time You kept power and cranes ready
numerous liberty ports and kept TORTU
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and flooding were handled professionali
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department professionally and without fail safe-
ly guided the ship to meet all tasking and sup-
ported any and all of its Administrative needs.
Combining modern equipment with age old
techniques of the mariner the Quartermasters
kept the ship in safe waters underway and at
anchor. The Personnelmen took care of their
shipmates, processing all incoming and outgo-
ing personnel, processing all enlisted evals, and
the list goes on. The Yeomen kept the CO and
XO's paperwork moving, assisted the officers
and crew with all official paperwork and more.
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receive the ship's mail at every opportunity, N0
matter which one of the numerous little known
obstacles they had the PC,s always delivered O ,
their promise to provide service to the gre v 1
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law and order, and assisted greatly with th
maintenance of berthing standards. The C0 1 9
mand Career Counselor in conjunction witl
the Command Master Chief kept the maui V
balls associated with the ever changing careei
field in the air. Finally, 'the journalists kept the A
crew informed with their nightly newscast, audi 5
SITE TV programming, and showed off
T UGA in numerous news releases.
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PNSN Wood alias "The Dice Man".
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USS DETROIT keeps the fuel and supplies coming.
The Blue-Green team keeps the flight deck clear!
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Acetylene. AFFF, apples, baked beans, bolts, break away,
coffee, corn flakes, copy paper, DFM, draeger tubes, ear
plugs, erasures, flex hoses, freon, general purpose deter-
gent, grease, hard hats, hamburger meat, hoses, ice cream,
jack boxes, JP-5, king post, kool aid, lettuce, light bulbs,
lube oil, messenger, milk, noodles, oxygen, oakum, pine
oil, probe, paint, PQS books, prep, quantabs, quick release
coupling, rags, rice crispies, Romeo flag, SAFETY, sodas,
sound powered phones, span wire, T 8a D line, tootsie rolls,
underwear, unseat, valves, Venturi effects, washers, wax
beans, wire pendant, xerox parts, yams, yogurt, zucchini.
These are the a, b, cis of UNREP and INREP.
About once a month TORTUGA recited her a, b, c's
either inport or underway. TORTUGA was provided excel-
lent service throughout the cruise by three duty oilers, two
combat stores ships, and numerous embarked helicopters.
Hey these guys are good.
INCQMING! Heyjoe ready for two more? Catch!
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BM1 Ashley 8a EN3johnson enjoy a break from flt qtrs. 5
4'Flight Quarters, Flight Quarters, personnel con-
cerned man your Flight Quarters stationf, The famil-
iar sound of the boatswain mate of the Watch passing
the World for Flight Quarters was heard almost every
day underway, often many times a day, and frequent-
ly While at anchor.
X-decking, medi-vac, mail, VERTREPS, DLQfs,
NVG practice landing, pax transfer to shore, and
emergency ready deck all required the Flight Deck
Crew to man their stations. Doing this hundreds of
times during the cruise they made their money the
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X UH-1 Huey on deck for pax transfer. The ready life boat crew standing by.
QN Cleckley the man in the hot Suit. GRAPES: EN3sIohnson, ENFN Deluca, MR2 Castle, EN3 Burns, and EN3
Vlail Call! . EN3johnson and FN Clark are "prepared to reman on short notice."
Athletics for many of the Marines and
sailors was not a sometimes kind of thing, it
was a way of life. Providing positive results
for the mind and body many people found
renewed energy, and improved self images
through their regular workout routines.
Many athletic events were organized by
the Athletic Officer, Lt Kurt Kastner includ-
ing inter-MARG basketball tournaments, vol-
leyball games with host countries, local road
races, an iron man competition, and the
"Run Across the Atlanticn. Others enjoyed
swimming, rock climbing, and bike riding
The PRT, held in Toulon, France chal-
lenged many people, and allowed some peo-
ple to establish new personal bests in the
l1f2 mile run, push-up, and sit-up events.
PC3 Stechschulte crunches during the "hump day" iron man contest
Run Across the Atlantic participants pose on their track.
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These Tortuga sailors and marines fared well at a 15K race in Sollie-Pont, France.
CDR Gilmore congratulates selected crewmembers during homeward translant.
CDR Wall recognizes DC2 Paden for his pre-deployment work.
MS1 Walker gets his moment in the spotlight in Haifa, lsreill
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CDR Wall presents certificates of completion to
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CDR Gilmore thanks the Marines who helped with COMREL projects.
45 members of Assault Craft Unit Four and
Beachmaster Unit Two, both homeported in
Little Creek, were embarked on TORTUGA
for the cruise. ACU-4 personnel Worked on
their respective crafts conducting PMS, repairs,
and upgrades. Like the Marines ACU-4 person-
nel Were integrated into the Blue-Green Team
and helped significantly to make TORTUGA,S
maiden cruise a success.
The three LCAC's 8, 12, 19 were housed in
the 44Oft long well deck and frequently
detached "on cushionv for practice runs and
VIP rides. The LCAC's primary use was to trans-
port Marines and equipment to the beach.
BM3 Roberts paints 8's port cabin.
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GSM3 Clapp LCAC 12 deck engineer.
FN Rodriguez always had a smile. GSE3 Whitecotton and FN Rodriguez perform maintenance.
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The Admm Boat loads out 1I'1 Aksaz Karagaac, Turkey
BM3 Rich gets the liberty party safely ashore in Corfu, Greece. The Captain's Admin Boat run.
LT Finney and BM3 Rich steer the course.
PL2 stands ready to answer the call.
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ship-to-shore and over-thg-
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ties in the transport of per.
sonnel and equipment
from ships located at
increased standoff dis.
tances, through the surf
zone and across beaches to
hard. landing points beyond
the Water line.
The LCAC has the ability
to operate independent of
tides, water depth, underf
Water obstacles or beach
gradients. It can traverse
the surf zone 8a provide a
dry landing for personnel
and equipment onto 7021
of the worldls shorelines.
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GSM2 Sneed and EN2 Morris work on thelr craft
75 tons an LCAC can reach
speeds in excess of 40 knots
'with its 4 gas turbine
engines, and four lift fans.
Each LCAC is controlled by
two variable pitch pro-
pellers, rotatable bow
thrusters, and rudders.
Each craft has a compli-
ment of 5 crew and can
carry 25 personnel inside
Tortugals R three
embarked craft were used
extensively throughout the
deployment to carry troops,
and cargo. LCACls 8,l2,
and lQ along with a 38
member detachment from
Assault Craft Unit 4 out of
NAB Little Creek, Va.,
deployed with Tortuga on
her maiden cruise.
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Hopper 12 gives VlP's a lift in Corfu channel.A
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visit TORTUGA requested
information on COMREL pro-
jects that the crew might be
able to participate in. The
projects were a good way for
the ship to represent the Unit-
ed States in a positive light,
but more importantly they
gave those crew members and
embarked marines involved
an opportunity to contribute,
through their time and efforts,
to a good cause and in the end
gain a great deal of personal
TORTUGA sailors and
marines were involved in 7
such projects which included
fixing up a handicapped chil-
drens farm, giving tours to 60
Ethiopian children, rebuilding
an orphanage, helping handi-
capped children swim, and the
Home Hospitality Program.
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Varda Amin from the USO in Haifa.
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OS1 Dillard and ET1 Petty with Ethiopian friends. RMI Sanders gets his hands dirty in
FN Rodriguez helps handicapped child up the brow.
olunteers are treated to dinner at Moroccan orphanage.
Ethiopian children gather around ET1 Petty.
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MSgt Young, Capt. Horton.
Clst rowj 2Lt McGeoghan. lLt
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Blackstone, 1Lt Unger, lLt
Schmidt, lLt Lagore. 12nd
rowj Ssgt Smith, Ssgt Davis,
Ssgt Murphy, Ssgt Wike, Gysgt
I-I8cS Company Admin: flst
rowj Lcpl Schmidt, CWO2
Roulound, Gyspt Singerhouse,
Lcpl McGruder. 12nd rowj
Lcpl Gordon, Cpl Hopkins,
Lcpl Esworthy, Lcpl Farley.
13rd rowj Lcpl Murrillo, Lcpl
Clater, Cpl Gyden, Lcpl Till-
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flst rowj Lcpl Crooks, Capt.
Shanley, Gysgt Ganceres, lstSgt
Payne, Lcpl Sutton. 12nd rowj
Pfc Stowe, Sgt Hamilton, Lcpl
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rowj Lcpl Ciaramitaro, SSgt
Borovich, Ssgt Dawson, Lepl
Armenia. f2nd rowj Cpl VVhit-
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Garner, Sgt Davidson, Cpl
Mendelsohn. 13rd rowj Lcpl
Falk, Lcpl Whitehead, Lcpl
Sanders, Cpl Southerland, Cpl
Reynolds, Cpl Yound, HM3
Henderson. f4th rowj Lcpl
Burkert, Lcpl Kazalcavich, Lcpl
Crabow, Cpl Childers, Lcpl
Conles, Lcpl Brookman, Lcpl
Behrend, Cpl Westall. f5th
rowb Cpl Myers, Lcpl Keyek,
Lcpl Thompson, Lcpl Know,
Lcpl Wilcox, Lcpl Ekholm,
Lcpl Lewis, Lcpl Griffin. Knot
picturedj lLt Renforth, Cpl
Snyder, Cpl Wein, Lcpljensen,
Cpl Berlin, Lcpl Cannaday, Cpl
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Cpl Brown, Lcpl Paramore,
Cpl Roberson, Lcpl Shelby,
Cpl Weaver, Cpl Emory, Ssgt
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Csecond rowj Cpl Skeens, Cpl
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Guns Platoon. CL-Rl Clst rowj
fU.S. flagl Cpl Fernandez, 1Lt
Carroll, Sgt Ragin, fU.S.M.C.
flagj Lcpl Kessler. 12nd rowj
Lcpl Sperdato, Sgt Magare, Cpl
Davis, Sgt McGee, Lcpl Reyes.
13rd rowj Cpl Gissendanner,
Cpl Pullin, Cpl Manera, Doc
Hartman, Lcpl Cortez, Lcpl
Emelander, Lcpl Salgado, Cpl
Elliott. 14th rowj Doc Ander-
son, Lcpl Moore, Lcpl Ratliff,
Lcpl Mason, Lcpl Mitchell,
Lcpl Mandoza, Cpl Lee, Cpl
Paul. C5th rowl Lcpl Carson,
Lcpl Hall, Cpl Hansen, Cpl
Edmond, Cpl Thompson, Lcpl
Dickens, Cpl Sweet, Lcpl Snow,
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HN Solomon, HMQCSWD Heff-
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cios, Cpl Barber, SSgt Smith.
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bourn, Lcpl Simpson, Lcpl Lit-
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Pfc Clinton, Lcpl Barbour.
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Lcpl Stebbins, Lcpl Simmons,
Lcpl Butler, Lcpl Brewster,
Lcpl Olen, Lcpl Washington,
Pfc Green, Pfc Herold, Lcpl
Herrell, Cpl Lubitz, Sgt Young.
Clst rowj Sgt Plyler, Sgt
Lindquist, Sgt Walker, Cpl Ben-
son, Cpl Louis, Lcpl Doran,
Lcpl Bullock, Lcpl Porter, Lcpl
Bryant, Lcpl jack, Pfc Oliva,
HM I-Iuzzenem, Lcpl Walton.
f2nd rowj Gysgt Justice, SSgt
Murphy, Cpl Messer, Cpl
Gloudemans, Cpl Dobson,
Lcpl Holloway, Lcp Cum-
mings, Lcpl Leo'n, Lcpl
Rodriguez, Lcpl Dorritie, Lcpl
Ruffin, Lcpl Augar, HM3 Clau-
son, Lcpl Paige. f3rd rowj llt
Manion, SSgt Davis, Sgt Gath-
right, Lcpl Latessa, Cpl
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Lcpl Murrphy, Lcpl Russell,
Lcpl Buchan, Lcpl Carney,
Lcpl Carney, Lcpl Hodell, Lcpl
Byrdy, Cpl Vasanova.
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CI-Ioodl llt Barnhill, Lcpl Malt-
bie, Lcpl Foreman, Cpl Quis-
bert. QLeft 61 Dog, Cpl Mar-
shall, Cpl Harris, Cpl Deal,
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While deployed to the Mediterranean TORTUGA
embarked approximately 350 marines. Once
embarked the marines quickly integrated themselves
into the ship's daily routine becoming part of TOR- -mw"S'Ea
TUGA'S BLUE-GREEN TEAM.
Like the sailors the marines stood watches includ-
ing TACLOG Watch, roving patrol, and cargo securi-
ty watch. They also made up half of the food service
attendants and provided a great deal of manpower
and muscle to the many working parties and special
evolutions that were called away throughout the
Daily activities for the marines included physical
training, vehicle maintenance, weapon cleaning,
field day, military and professional training.
Marines prepare to come aboard in Morehead City, NC.
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TORTUGA stopped in Rota, Spain
twice during the deployment for the
inchopping and outchopping processes.
The base in Rota afforded TORTUGA
crewmembers access to various facilities
such as the Navy Exchange and avenues
to relax such as the local pizzajoint and
bowling alley. Off base was a nightlife
lover's delight, with the local cantinas
lined in a row along the streets, along
with tattoo parlors filling some of the
The G 'N' R bar gets heads turning.
FN Taylor gets "the warning" from FC3 Mazzrillo.
Chief Nesbitt and MSI Bailey finish an Exchange trip with a brew. EMFN lrigoyen found something to smile about.
Picturesque beach in Rota.
Many people enjoyed the Hard Rock Cafe
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HM3 Diaz and HM2 Lemque at the Rota exchange.
IC1 Ricklic, IC2 Krezmien, and IC3 Strang hit the streets.
MS2 Lane and EN3 Taylor.
The Gothic Cathedral in Palma. Birdfs eye View of Palma harbor'
Typical Palma bar and patron. EN2jarWin, FN Larin, and DC2 Melendez.
The popular Daiquiri Palace in Palma Nova.
Palma De Mallorca, a resort island in
the Balearic Islands, was TORTUGA'S
first liberty port. Arriving in the rain and
anchoring while waiting for the pilot
dampened some spirits, but only until the
sun came out and the ship was pierside a
few hours later.
Once on the beach the crew and
embarked troops headed for the beaches,
shops, beautiful cathedral, and abundant
dining and drinking establishments. The
first taste of European culture for most of
the crew proved to be sweet but short
when the ship was ordered to sortie just
36 hours after arrival in support of a spe-
cial operations exercise in the Central
Following a brief stint in the
Adriatic in support of Operation
Provide Promise, TORTUGA'S
schedule was modified to include a
stop in Corfu, Greece.
i Anchored just l mile from the
boat landing the crew enjoyed its
first liberty port from 2-7ju1y. The
local shops, olive tree-lined
mountains, numerous quality night
spots, beaches around the island,
and friendly locals made it one of
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T ORTUGA arrived in Haifa on a hazyjuly
morning ready to begin a concurrent main-
tenance availability with Kishon Shipyard
and the USS YELLOWSTONE from ll-26
july. During the visit a great deal of mainte-
nance, repair, and preservation was accom-
plished by ship's force and the repair facili-
Work notwithstanding most people found
time to enjoy themselves. Liberty activities
ranged from tours to sites throughout the
Holy Land, shopping, dining, beer on the
pier with guest appearances by Elvis and a
group of flaminco dancers, going to the
beach, running and biking.
Haifa as seen from atop Mt Carmel
SM2 Doman ETl Hafner, and EW3 Hall.
The shoppingfdining district atop Mt Carmel.
Pierside Kishon shipyard
Volunteer flamenco dancers entertained for the crew.
EW3 Hall explores the backstreets.
Elvis performs during beer on the pier party.
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DC3 Baker, and OSI WhitHCf explore the walled city.
OSSA Young, SM2 Powers, OS3 Brylski, and OS3 Bailey at the Wailing VVall.
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A group of Tortuga sailors examine Jaffa Gate.
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The room ofthe "Last Supper". The Church ofthe Nativity was one ofthe more popular attractions
The time spent in Siracusa
was memorable. It Was a
strange blend of history and
modern day, with ancient
Roman ruins and expensive
discos on the same street cor-
The crew took advantage of
the enticing liberty to expand
their horizons While shopping,
talkin'g to the locals, or sam-
pling the true Sicilian cuisine.
Siracusa, Sicily, as seen from Tortugals weatherdeck
EW3 Hall and ET3 Schyler pause while exploring ruins
The main street into
Siracusa. For many the
Siracusa train station
was the gateway to
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CPL Rell, CPL Paul, and CPL Pullin enjoy and beer in Sigonella A bridge watchstander's view of Siracusa.
The canal near Tortuga's boat landing in Siracusa
Augusta Bay provided a
much needed opportunity for
the Marines to perform vehi-
cle maintenance and upkeep,
and for the crew to catch up
on maintenance and preserva-
Although this "garden spotv
of the Med didnit offer much
for liberty it's close proximity
to Sigonella NAS enabled
many crew members to take
care of much needed official
and personal business.
The most popular leisure
activity was beer on the pier
along with the IC menis
unique mix of music.
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On August 27th as she sailed south and out of the
Adriatic Sea TORTUGA marked the halfway point of
the cruise. To celebrate the halfway point, affection-
ately known as "hump dayv, the ship threw a flight
deck party or steel beach picnic. The crew and
f embarked troops feasted on ribs, hamburgers, hot
dogs, steaks, chips, salads, beans, and other culinary
delights prepared by the ship's Supply Department.
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the many volunteers who participated in the Talent
show, and Iron Man competition. The winner of the
Talent show was Lcpl Mason with his rendition of
'Rocky Top". Lcpl Bedigges took top honors in the
y Iron Man competition.
The CMC and Lt Dando play a backwoods country riff. Curtain call for the Talent show participants.
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THE TGRTUGA WRESTLING ALLIANCE demonstrates their version of WRESTLE-
SN Nguyen and HM1 Sosa in a battle of wits during the Armchair Olympics.
3-2 division lays out the spread for "Hump Day."
Master of ceremonies HTFN Clark spotlights SN Fizer.
Lcpl Paul Mason flashes his Hollywood smile.
OS1 Dillard, EW1 Sia, and ETI Petty take a liberty break.
Some of Tortugals finest take advantage of Saginaw's liberty bus
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the cruise. Required maintenance!
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While the embarked Marines partici-
pated in live tire exercises at Camp de
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ping, smash sandwiches, Wild night life,
lots of athletics, the beach, day trips,
and community relations projects.
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A glimpse at the Miss Harley Contestants.
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DC2 Graham, EN3 Ortiz, EN3 Ross, and EM3 Russell toast to good times. SN Rodriguez scarfs a dog.
After finishing three long weeks at sea par-
ticipating in Exercise Display Determination
TORTUGA pulled into Thessaloniki,
Greece on October 16th. This city, located at
the top of the Aegean Sea, is the hub of
Greek trading in the north with the slavic
countries. Offering great food, good shop-
ping, and a rich history it promised to be a
good time for all hands. Unfortunately the
weather did not cooperate, and the rain
combined with the walk to the center of
town put a damper on some people's plans.
Nevertheless for those with the will to get
out, a good time was not hard to find.
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on o e tower on t e boardwalk. DCFN Batchelor, DCFN Poirier, 8c ENI Hodges enjoy the night life.
The main mad into YOWH- Main street Almeria, Spain.
Flight deck view of the castle in Almeria. QMS Lasch, QM3 Monnette, QM2 Wright, ET2 Fox, and GMG3 Lantrip
JO3 Zook, Lcpl Taylor, FCS Mazzrillo, and SN Zietek.
TORTUGA spent 22-30 October at
anchor and inport in Almeria, Spain, a
quaint town in the southeastern part of
Spain less than 100 miles from Gibral-
tar. Here the crew and embarked
troops found many of the same attrac-
tions as in the other Mediterranean
ports they visited, namely eating,
drinking, dancing, and sightseeing. Of
particular interest to many people was
the castle on the hill Qcenter leftj. Not
only did the crew find good liberty
here, but numerous maintenance jobs
were accomplished by the USS
PUGET SOUND as she began her
Casablanca was TORTUGA'S last and
probably best port visit. Making preps weeks
in advance she performed superbly as the
host ship for the DOD 50th Anniversary Cel-
ebration of the WWII landing in North
Africa. The biggest event of the 4 day visit was
the Ambassador's reception on the flight
deck attended by 500 dignitaries who dined
on food prepared by S2 division while listen-
ing to the Sixth Fleet Band. The highlight of
the evening was a surprise visit by actor
On liberty the crew and embarked troops
found the local people to be very friendly,
the food excellent, and the shopping
unequalled by any other port visited.
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Vehicles are offloaded for the big reception. Casablanca is the second busiest port in Africa.
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Lost ln erusalem
Another sleepless mght for DCC Hadley
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Master Chief Swafford gives a farewell salute to the TORTUGA Chiefs. A portrait shot of HTC Reed
CMC Campbell oversees beer on the pier in Augusta Bay, Sicily.
PNC Nesbitt standing a proper military
WCRDS TO LEARN FROM AND LIVE BY
Don t let what you cannot do 1nter
fere w1th what you can do ohn
Wooden Cvery successful college bas
The harder you work the luckler you
get Gary Player Cmaster golferj
VVhen an old person d1CS a llbrary IS
lost Tommy Swann
Nothlng 1S good or bad but th1nk1ng
makes It so Shakespeare Qwell known
Two stonecutters were asked what they
were do1ng The first sa1d I m cuttmg
th1s stone 1nto blocks The second
replled I m on a team that s bu1ld1ng a
Challenges can be stepplng stones or
stumbhng blocks It sjust a matter of
how you v1ew them unknown
Courage IS FCSISIZDCC to fear maste1y
of fear not absence of fear Mark
Twaln ffamous authorj
VVhat matters IS not the SIZC of the
dog 1n the fight but the SIZC of the
fight 1n the dog Bear Bryant
tfamous college football coachj
I w1ll speak 1ll of no man and speak
all the good I know of everybody
Let the reflnlng and 1mprov1ng of your
own l1fe keep you so busy that you have
l1ttle t1me to CI'1t1C1ZC others unknown
A group of two hundred executlves
were asked what makes a person suc
cessful Elghty percent llsted enthusl
asm as the most 1mportant quallty
The quallty ofa person s hfe IS 1n
d1rect proportlon to the1r comm1t
ment to excellence regardless of
the1r chosen Held of endeavor
VIDCC Lombard1 Cfamous professlon
al football coachj
Well done IS better than well sa1d
Don t Judge those who try and fall
udge only those who fa1l to try
lems but the ab1l1ty to deal w1th
Most people are about as happy as
they make up the1r mmds to be
Abraham L1ncoln Cloth Presldent of
the Unlted Statesj
Honesty IS the first chapter 1n the
book of wlsdom Thomas efferson
Man s mlnd once stretched by a new
1dea never regams IIS or1g1nal
d1mens1on Ohver Wendell Holmes
Csupreme court Justlceb
You see thlngs that are and say why
but I dream of thlngs that never were
and say why not? George Bernard
Shaw fBr1t1sh playwrlght and CHUCD
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There are no unimportant jobs, no
unimportant people, no unimportant
acts of kindness - unknown
I expect to pass through hfe but
once If, therefore, there be any
kindness I can show, or any good
thmg I can do to any fellow be1ng, let
me do it now, for I shall not pass this
way agaln - Wllllam Penn ffounder
and proprletor of Pennsylvaniaj
The smallest act of klndness is worth
more than the grandest 1ntent1on
We don't know one m1ll1onth of one
percent about anything Thomas
Love doesn't Slt there l1ke a stone, lt
has to be made, like bread, remade
all the time made new Ursula K
Marrlage IS an empty box It remains
empty unless you put 1n more than
you take out unknown
If you re looklng for a b1g opportunl
ty seek out a big problem
Don t Walt for your ship to come in
Row out to meet lt unknown
lfVhen I was a boy of fourteen my
father was so lgnorant I could barely
stand to have the old man around But
when I got to be twenty-one I was
astonished at how much he had
learned 1n seven years Mark Twain
Nothing in the world can take the
place of persistence. Talent will not,
nothing IS more common than
unsuccessful men Wlth talent GCHIUS
w1ll not, unrewarded gemus is almost
a proverb Eductlon w1ll not, the
world 1S full of educated failures Per-
slstence and determination are
ommpontent - Calvin Coolidge
C30th Presldent of the United
VVhen an archer misses the mark, he
turns and looks for the fault w1th1n
himself Fallure to hit the bulls-eye IS
never the fault of the target To
lmprove your aim lmprove yourself
- Gilbert Arland
Success comes before work only 1n
the d1ct1onary - anonymous
There 1S never a wrong time to do
the right thing unknown
Choose ajob you love and you will
never have to work a day 1n your life
Confuclous fCh1nese philosopher
lfVhen you can t change the d1rect1on
of the w1nd adjust your sails
The Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist
pin represents one of the greatest
achievements for the career sailor in the
surface navy. The qualification helps
sailors advance to and also helps them to
understand their shipmates better by
familiarizing them with other rates. Per-
haps the most tangible advantage of gain-
ing ESWS qualification is the recognition
that comes with it. The pin tells others
that the person Wearing it has shown
great initiative, and discipline to obtain it
and that he can therefore bear greater
tI'U.St and I'CSpO1'1Sibilil1y. ESWS awardees receive congrats.
HM2 QSWJ Lemque.
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QMCQSWJ Gombas re-enlists on the bridge.
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The XO re-enlists DCC QSWJ Hadley in Corfu, Greece.
The MPA re-enlisted EN3 Boger in MMR 412.
For those who choose the navy as a career each re-enlist-
ment brings with it many emotions, reflections on times
gone by, and ofcourse a renewed dedication to service and
country. Each re-enlistee chooses his re-enlisting officer,
the place and time he wishes to re-enlist and a meal of his
choice compliments of S-2 division. This page is dedicated
to those sailors who re-enlisted during MARC 2-92 and
salutes them for their continued courage, commitment,
RE-E LI TMENT
VVhen T ORTUGA pulled into
Morehead City, NC to oflload the
embarked troops and their
equipment she had 125 new pas-
sengers waiting on the pier for
her. These were her "TIGERS"
Qmale friends and family of the
crewj who traveled the last leg of
the cruise around Cape Hatteras
and into Little Creek to get a
sample of shipboard life.
Friends and family welcome the ship home the day before Thanksgiving.
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Medical and Dental personnel man the rail for homecoming.
A The TORTUGA turtle a.k.a. ET3 Lahr was on deck for the occasion
USS TORTUGA pulled into
Little Creek, VA, after her first
Med cruise and was welcomed
home by a large cluster of
friends and family who made
their presence known with
their overwhelming cries of
joy and togetherness.
QM3 Matthews and wife prepare to board TORTU-
EM2 Carmichael talks to some old friends.
YNSN Shaw and QM1 Penoncello await their loved ones in happiness.
The boat deck was the sight of many happy reunions.
CDR Gilmore and family excitedly board TORTUGA SKI Bauman gets the full treatment upon arrival
HM3 Burton with his wife and child lst Lt. with his Wife and family
Aye mates, for many years this man stood the watch...
While some of us lay about our bunks at night
the sailor stood the watch
While others of us were attending schools,
the sailor stood the watch
and yes, even before many of us were born,
sailors stood the watch.
As his family watched the storm clouds of war
brewing on the horizons of history,
he stood the watch.
The sailor looked ashore and saw his family
often needing his guidance but he knew he must stay
because he had the watch.
For many years he has stood the watch so that we and
our fellow countrymen could sleep soundly,
in safety, knowing that a sailor would stand the watch.
Today we can say our watch stands relieved.
Relieved by those we have led, guided and trained.
Shipmates of Tortuga, you stand relieved.
c'Fair Winds 84 Following Seas"
Wadsworth Publishing Compmgy
Marceline, Missouri 64658 USA
Barry Brown, Janaf Office, Suite 201
Norfolk, VA 235021 18041466-7575
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