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Wes tern Pacific Cruise
USS Tripoli-a proud heritage. . .
The amphibious assault ship
USS Tripoli KLPH-101 is named after
the famous "Battle of Tripoli" fD1C'
tured on the inside cover of this bookl,
the famous fleet-shore operation that
inspired the words of the .Marlne
Hymn-"to the shores of Tripoli."
In the year 1805, a small group
of United States Marines under Lieu-
tenant Presley N. O'Bannon, along
with a patchwork army of Arabs and
Greeks, marched 600 miles over sun-
parched deserts to assault and cap-
ture the city of Derne in North Africa.
This land assault was the de-
cisive action in the Tripolitan War
C1801-18055, a war that humbled p1-
ratical Tripoli, one of the Barbary
States. The Barbary pirates, who for
years had exacted tribute from the
United States and from European
powers for- safe passage on the seas,
had become intolerable. The major
offender was the Bey of Tripoli, Yusuf
Caramanli, who touched off the war
when he chopped down the flagpolein
front of the American consulate in
1801 and began attacks 'on U.S.
Four United States men-of-war
were organized as a Mediterranean
Squadron to bring Yusuf to heel. After
four years of 'minor landings and
desperate sea fights, Lieutenant
O'Bannon led his march on Derne
and, with the help of a cannonade off-
shore by three Navy ships, became
the first' American officer to raise
the Stars and Stripes over a captured
fortress in the Old World.
A hastily signed treaty in 1805
abolished all annual payments to
Tripoli and the Navy withdrew its
squadron in 1807. However, the re-
sumption of activity by the pirates
immediately prior to the War of 1812
forced the Navy to put a permanent
end to the practice with a strong show
of force. . .
The first United States Navy ship
to bear the name Tripoli was CVE-
64, a notable World War II escort
aircraft carrier. Participating in oper-
ations off the coast of South America,
the first Tripoli .served as thellflag-
ship for an anti-submarine warfare
task force. She was i decommissioned
. The present-day Tripoli was
built by the. Ingalls Shipbuilding Di-
vision of .Litton Industries, Pascag-
oula, Mississippi.. Her keel was laid
on June 15, 1964, and she was chris-
tened on July 31, 1965.
USS Trfpoli KLPH-101 underway in support of amphibious operations off the coast of the Republic of Vietnam
After commissioning on August 6, 1966,
the United States Ship Tripoli KLPH-102 was
outfitted at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
Moving to the West Coast via the Panama
Canal, the ship began operating out of her
home port of San Diego, California. After
extensive training off the California coast,
Tripoli departed the United States on May
1, 1967, for the Western Pacific.
Arriving. on station near the Demilitar-
ized Zone of Vietnam, Tripoli joined Amphib-
ious Ready Group "Bravo", where she served
as flagship for the Ready Group Commander.
As a member of the Seventh Fleet Ready
Group, g Tripoli launched eight, fullgscale am-
phibious assaults against insurgent com-
munist guerilla and North Vietnamese Regu-
lar Army troops. The ship also served as a
support vessel, providing troops ashore with
food, ammunition, water, and a base for the
immediate evacuation and treatment of
wounded personnel. '
Tripoli returned to her .home port on
December 23, 1967. Her actions during the
first deployment were rewarded when the
Secretary of the Navy presented the assault
ship the Navy Unit Commendation ,and the
Meritorious Unit Commendation in May 1968.
Early that same year, Tripoli again
underwent training in preparation for her
second Vietnam deployment. On June 12, after
six months in the United States, she left port
for Vietnamese waters.
Arriving on station, Tripoli again served
as flagship for Amphibious Ready Group
"Bravo", participating in nine major am-
phibious assault and support operations
against communist elements in Vietnam.
This included Operation "Bold Mariner'q',
the largest amphibious landing since the Kor-
ean conflict in the 1950s.
On March 19, 1969, Tripoli returned to
San Diego, completing a 280-day deployment.
Following upkeep at the San Diego Naval
Station in June, the ship again underwent
training in preparation for her third Vietnam
Departing San Diego on November 1,
Tripoli assumed duties as flagship for Am-
phibious Ready Group "Alfa". In early Feb-
ruary 1970, she participated in the "Phase
III" withdrawal of American combat forces
from Vietnam, transporting over 1,200 U.S.
Marines from Da Nang to San Diego.
Returning to the West Pacific area in
early March, Tripoli participated in Oper-
ation "Golden Dragon", a major amphibious
training exercise off the coast of the Re-
public of South Korea. She completed her
third deployment on June 24, 1970.
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Tripoli's Executive Officer, Com-
mander Donald C. Sattler, was born in
Lemmon, South Dakota. He enlisted in
the United States Navy in July 1945. In
1946 he was selected for the United
States Naval Academy at Annapolis,
from which he subsequently. graduated
and was commissioned an Ensign in 1950.
That same year, he reported aboard
USS Roanoke KCL-1452 for duty. He took
flight training at Pensacola, Florida, and
Corpus Christi, Texas, where he re-
ceived his pilots wings.
Assigned to Attack Squadron 175
in 1952, the Commander later served
as a flight instructor at Basic Train-
ing Command, Pensacola, from 1954-
58. In 1958 he attended CIC and Air
Control School, NAS Glynco, Georgia,
after which he was assigned to USS
Bennington CCVAXS-205 as Assistant
From 1960-63, Commander Sat-
tler served with Attack Squadron 146
as Maintenance Officer and later Ex-
ecutive Officer. In 1963 he was as-
signed to the Headquarters Staff of
the Commander in Chief, Continental!
North American Air Defense Com-
mand in Colorado, Springs, Colorado,
as an Operations and Plans Officer.
Attending the U.S. Naval War
College, Newport, Rhode Island, in
1965, the Commander also obtained
his Master's Degree in International
Affairs from George Washington Uni-
versity. In 1966, he reported for duty
as Commanding Officer of Tactical
Air Control Squadron 13 where he
served until 1967, when he was as-
signed as Chief Staff Officer of Tac-
tical Air Control Group One.
Commander Sattler reported aboard
Tripoli in 1968 where he served as Op-
erations Officer before assuming duties
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The Commander holds the Joint
Service Commendation Medal and the
Navy Commendation Medal. He is
married to the former Miss Joyce
Utoft of McIntosh, South Dakota. The
Sattlers have two Children.
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CaptaznF W CLIFT III USN
Special Landing Force "ALFA "
Colonel G. G. CHAMBERS, USMC
Machinist Mates, Machinery Re-
pairmen and Enginemen are the three
ratings that comprise A division. Al-
though they are frequently called to
foreign sections of the ship, their
primary concern is for the mainte-
nance of Tripoli 's auxiliary equipment.
Keeping the ship cool inthe
sweltering climate of the South China
Sea is no easy task, nor is it simple
to adjust to the sudden cold fronts that
plague the tropics. Still, A division
copes with these problems on a rou-
tine, day-to-day basis.
Upkeep of the two giant aircraft
elevators aboard Tripoli and supply'
IHS compressed air for the scores
Of Pneumatic tools are two additional
duties that are among those of A
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Daniels, MM1 Ben Foronda. Third Row: MM1 Billy Goss, EN1 Robert Marshall, MM1 Den
Burkhart, MR2 Bruce Harmon, and EN3 Rob Trahan.
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AN Stuart Despino. Second Row: AN James Lucie: FN Rggriizvragifagglgz 11iINkDiIve Perry, and r
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dan TN, Carlito Fantone TN. Back Row: Dan Gaurhier FN, Tom Fooshee MR3, Prather Bell MM3, and Ed Klep
B Division operates and main- fs,
tains the ship's boilers and related
equipment. Itis the men of B Division , 5
who provide Tripoli with the steam
to get the ship where it has to go. is
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watches but they must also clean
firesides and watersides, store all fuel,
and manage the transfer of fuel and i
water for proper ballasting of the ship.
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E Division handles the electrical
equipment of the ship for Engineer-
ing. These men keep the ship's tele-
phone systems, the IMC system, and
all amplifying systems in good work-
ing order. Basically, E Division gen-
erates the electrical power that feeds
the entire vessel.
A- more noticeable side of E Di-
vision as far as the crew is con-
cerned is the service this division
provides in regularly showing movies
throughout the ship and establishing
the sound systems for the variety of
shows that the ship hosted while on
the line in Vietnamese waters.
Front Row: Left to Right, IC3 Terry Boesch, EM3 Dale Toews, FA Alive Snider. Top Row: ENS Harlan Homes, IC3 Randy
McClain, FN Jerry Toews, IC3 Tom Taylor, and IC2 Edward Jones.
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the child of M Division, entailing the
care and feeding of the massive en-
gines that drive eighteen thousand
tons of assault ship through the sea.
The complex power network that
these men oversee includes an array
of evaporators and condensers linked
by miles of tubes and heavy duty piping.
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the crew with fresh water, distilling
over 100,000 gallons a day from the
And just to show it is all very
simple for them, these men control
generators grinding out enough elec-
trical power to light a small city.
Front Row: Left to Right, Larry Fiorini MM1, Karl Shirley MM1, and Bert Caron MM3. Back Row: Leon Yo
der MM3, -Ken McGyvin MM2, Robert Johnson FN, and Richard Zezza FA.
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the shipfitter and carpenter shops,
comprise R division. The principal
concern of these men is the integrity
and repair of the ship's hull and in-
At all times when at sea, and
even more vitally when in a combat
zone, the capability of a naval vessel
to withstand damage is of ultimate
importance 'to the successful comple-
tion of her mission. Damage control
teams are constantly enforcing the
safety requirements essential to this
concept, with the result that Tripoli
is capable of sustaining vast amounts
of damage without allowing her mls
sion to be 1mpa1red
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much of their time 1n the construc
tion and reconstruction of areas of
the ship with an eye to the crews
divisions big purpose the ships
comfort :but thinking primarily of. is
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Front Row: Left to Right, SF3 Roger Wilson, SF3 Mike Standish, FN Oscar Moore, SF3 Raynaldo Melchor, FN
Howard Crosby, and SF3 Herman Vondemkamp. Back Row: SF3 Roger Meness, FN Bob Szczygiel, SFC Jim
Barnes, SF1 Artis Terrell, and FN Bob Ballard. '
CWO-2 Bill Partain, R-Division Officer
First Row: Left to Right, DC2 George Garduno, DC3 Gerald Howell, DC3 Dave Martz, and DC3 John Schmuck
Second Row: DCFN Rick Hunt, DC3 Gary Scroggins, DCFN Ken Foss, and DCFN Richard West.
First division is one of two Deck
department divisions aboard Tripoli
responsible for the general upkeep
of the ship. Comprised of Boatswain's
Mates and non-rated seamen, the di-
vision is charged with the forecastle,
paint locker, sail locker and, in gen-
eral, the starboard side of the ship.
This includes the operation of Trip-
oli's largest crane during the loading
or offloading of heavy equipment, such
as the ship's boats.
In addition to the routine task of
keeping the ship clean, men of lst
division stand watches on the bridge
as lookouts, helmsmen and lee helms-
men. During underway replenishment,
they join with men of 2nd division to
control necessary Winches, cranes
A member of lst division paints the ship's hull
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First Row: Left to Right, SN Roger Ross, SN Gary Hensel, BM3 James Randelman, SN Kary Dabbs, and
SN Justin Lindsey. Second Row: LTJG George Prochaska, BM1 Van Cowan, BM2 Rudy Musgrove, SN
Craig Rinninger, SN Roger Huffman, SN Charles Devoe, SN Tom Linneweber, and SN Bill Matturro.
2nd Division is the other half of
the Deck Department and is charged
with the cleaning and maintenance ot
the fantail and port side of the ship.
2nd Division also mans the boats
when the crews are needed. '
When the ship is underway, the
men of the 2nd Division can be found
in many different places standing
watches. Some may be stationed on
the bridge, while others may man the
gun mounts or serve as lookouts on
During underway replenishment
these men team up with the Seamen
of 1st Division to bring the goods to
Tripoli-from jet fuel to potatoes,
black oil to motion pictures, Clgaf'
ettes to high capacity ammunition.
Front Row: Left to Right, SN Jacob Copenhauer, BM3 Ted Ellenbrand, SN Gene Swaringin, SN Larry Karcher
SN Cloude Walker, SA Garry Turks, SN Ronnie Maxwell, BM1 Charles Turner, and BM3 Raymond Barber. Sec
ond Row: BM3 Charles Mathews, SN John Betteys, BM2 Richard Baker, SN Michael Griffin, SN Francis Moss
BM3 Herberth Mercer, BM3 Robert Meissen, LTJG Thomas Reeve, and SN Vernon Pierce. Third Row: SN Er
Front Row: Left to Right, BM3 Raymond Barber, SA Cloude Walker, SA Garry Turks, LTJG Thomas Reeve and
SN Ernest Fisher. Second Row: SN Vernon Pierce, BM3 Robert Meissen, SN John Betteys, and BM1 Charles
Front Row: Left to Right, SN Jacob Copenhauer, SN Ronnie Maxwell, BM3 Ted Ellenbrand, SN Gene Swaringin
BM2 Richard Baker, and SN Mishael Griffin. Second Row: BM3 Charles Mathews, SN Larry Karcher, BM3 Her
berth Mercer, SN Francis Moss, LTJG Thomas Reeve, and BM1 Charles Turner.
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Fox division operates and main-
tains Tripoli's main and secondary
gun batteries-the artillery that makes
up the ship's weapons system. The
four, twin mount, 3-inch!5O caliber
guns that are the ship's main batteries
require constant attention and care
to insure they will be ready if and
when needed. The- smaller, 50-caliber
rapid-fire machine gun mounts lo-
cated about the ship are also under
Fox division's care.
The fire control system that
trains the big guns is a complex piece
of sophisticated machinery that is al-
so in need of constant upkeep to in-
sure its readiness.
In addition to these primary
duties, the men of Fox division stand
watches on the bridge and on their
gun mounts when the ship is deployed
and also fire the shot-lines during
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Randy Clark, GMG3 Randy Ocon, GMGSN Paul J eremias, and SA Tom McBroom. Back Row: GMG2
Willie Stevens, SN Mike Griffen, GMG3 Larry Green, SN Peter Westcott, and GMG3 Clorester
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SC division, formerly S-1 divi-
sion, was formed recently in a reor-
ganization of Tripoli's Supply De-
partment. The new SC division com-
bines the common functions of the old
S-1 and S-6 divisions, in that it per-
forms all stock control and accounting
for both general stores and aviation
stores. The latter was formerly
handled by S-6 division.
Located in the former S-1 office,
SC division procures, receives and
maintains account records for all
supply items aboard Tripoli. The
records for these hundreds of thou-
sands of items-from ballpoint pens
to helicopter engines-must be kept
accurate and up-to-date. With the aid
of a computer and diligent work on
the part of SC division personnel,
Tripoli 's "general store' ' always
comes across with the goods.
S C division
SKC Brian Pennington.
SC-Division is in charge of pro-
curing, receiving, storing and ac-
counting for all general stores, re-
pair parts and other equipment that
Tripoli may require while deployed or
The records for this myriad of
items must be kept accurately and
up to date, and SC-Division must
know where each part goes whenever
it is- issued, which occasionally leads
to mysterious situations requiring a
The men of SC are continually
stocking and issuing equipment for
every other division on the ship, but
rarely complain about their busy
schedule except for having little time
to play blackjack with the computer.
Sitting: Left to Right, LTJG Steve Alfers. Standing: SN David Mansky, SK3 Don Lafferty, SKC Brian Pennington, AK3 John
Luzius, SK3 Norm Steadham, SK3 Gary Emmer, and AK3 Mike Wilson.
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ment's revamp is SM division, formerly
Aviation Stores CS-65. Located in the new
Supply Support Center, the division performs
all technical screening, receives, stores and
issues all material, maintains all stores and
aviation stores storerooms, and runs the
rotatable pool, the special clothing lockers
and the retrograde turn-in service.
Handling Tripoli's 19 storerooms, over
50,000 different items, is no easy task. SM
division's storeroom crews are up to the
task, however, as was demonstrated by their
efficiency in maintaining supply items during
Tripol i fs, deployment ,
Over 50 requisitions per day are re-
ceived by SM division. These must be
checked for accuracy and completeness,
the item requested must be properly identi-
fiedg the request must be screened to de-
termine if the item is on hand or must be
ordered, the processed request is then for-
warded and the item is issued.
SM division. A new name, a new job,
but the same goal--an efficient supply sys-
tem for Tripoli.
Front Row: Left to Right, AK1 John Miller, AK3 John Gist, SN Tim Smith, SN Tom Johnson. Second
Row: AN Doug Johnson, SN Leroy Jackson, AKAN Bill Parker, CWO-2 Bill James, SA James Snook.
Left to Right: SN Dennis Allen, SK1 Dick Ebersole, SKC George Martin, SKSN Tom Namowicz
AKAN John Gannon, SKSN John Montanez.
S-2 Division is in charge of pre-
paring meals not only for the 500 plus
men of the Tripoli, but also for all
embarked Marines and Staff enlisted
men. They must prepare the food,
serve it, operate the scullery and
keep the mess decks and galley clean.
Bottom Row: Left to Right, Robert Denny CS1, And Gray Stephens SN. Top Row: George Miller SN, Melvin
Kite CS1, John Chambers CS2, And Jack Garrison SN.
Left to Right: LTJG Jeff Elder, S-2
Division Officer and SKC Billy Brandt.
First Row: Left to Right, Ron Newman SK3, Clyde Johnson SK3, Roger Sperle AN. Second Row: Jason Williams CS3, Louis
Salveggi AN, Ronald McCoy SN, and George Whitt CS2. Third Row: Joseph Clabby CS3, Ed Harden CS2.
S-3 Division plays the game of
service. It is in charge of the Ship's
Store, Clothing and Small Stores, the
Ship's Soda Fountain, the Barber
Shops, and the laundry and dry clean-
Each of these facilities made'
life on board more comfortable dur-
ing our deployment to Westpac. Sup-
plying the crew and embarked units
with everything from watches to
sodas, shoes to toiletries, stereo
tapes to stationery.
Front Row: Left to Right, SN Michael Trimble, LTJG Bill Travis, SN Warren Calipan, and SN Tim Smith
Second Row: SHB3 Rollen McCrary, SHL3 Wesley Hardeman, SN Cliffton Jones, and SN Thomas Kraft.
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Front Row: Left to Right, SHL2 Jimmy Ricks, AN James Rudisail, SHC Del Nery, SN Randy Valiska, and SH1
Teopilo Saculles. Second Row: SHL1 John Thomas, SHL3 Tom Phillips, SHL3 Carol Lewis, and SN Bob Lango.
Any sailor will tell you-the next
best thing to going on liberty is pay-
S-4 division, sometimes known
as "The Bank of Tripoli", is re-
sponsible for insuring that the pay-
days roll around on schedule. Also
among their very important tasks are
maintaining over 600 officer and en-
listed ,pay records, allotments, and,
once a year, compiling tax forms for
the entire crew.
Many additional jobs keep S-4
division busy, but they always find
time for payday-twice a month, right
on schedule. ,
Left to rlght DKSN Mlchael Johnson, DK1 Nlck Pugay DK3 Jerry Mathews, SN Arthur Bowen, ENS
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Officer's country and the ward-
room essentially belong to the men of
S-5 Division. It is their duty to insure
the cleanliness of all related passage-
ways, the wardroom galley and the
Even as they prepare all the
meals that are served in the ward-
room they are keeping officer's coun-
try in the spotless shape in which it
is usually seen. An average day is a
full day for these fellows, always on
the go, whether at sea or in port,
they personify the finest definition of
First Row: Left to Right, Avelino Goce SD3, Esteban Tubiera TN, Eduardo Ramos TN, Ernesto Gallardo TN,
and Venerando Nepomucmo TN. Second Row: Gonzalo Barros TN, Fidel Barroga SD1, Milton Davis SDC, Ricarte
Bacus SD2, Patricio Limuoco SD3, and Jose Carreon TN.
First Row: Left to Right, Marcelino Fernandez TN, Wilfredo Talamayan TN, Remato Lumaban TN, Edmundo
Negado TN, Aleuandro Caroc TN, and Patricio Fernandez TN. Second Row: Edgardo Mariano TN, Arthur Aguin-
aldo TN, Ermesto Opiniaho TN, Oscar Gador TN, Anastacio Ramirez TN, Efren Poblete TN.
Left to Right: LCDR Tom Weller Supply Officer, LTJG Ron Gallitz S-5 Division Officer, and
SDCS Willie Redding.
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S 7 d1v1s1on handles the data
processmg servlces for the Shlp
Wlth the use of electronlc brams
and volumes of data cards many thou
sands of man hours are saved that
would normally be spent on paper
Ut1l1z1ng hlghly technlcal knowl
edge and tra1n1ng the men of S 7
sort and analyze the often puzzlmg
problems of Navy lOg'lSt1CS Rapldly
efflclently w1th l1ttle opportunlty for
error the touch of cybernetlcs 1n S 7
helps Tripoli S311 a smoother course
wield computers ,like threshers .to
l Left to right: DS3 Joe Symth, DP3 Jerry Riley, DPSN Mike Gillette
Front Row: Left to'right,.DS2 Tom Schmidt, DPSN Steve Blitchington, DP2 Les Graham. Second Row:
DP3 Mike Rose, SN Joe Rogers, DP3 Dave Wilson
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V-1 is the flight deck division,
responsible for the launching, re-
covery and handling of helicopters
aboard ship. Specially trained for any
type of flight deck emergency, Trip-
oli's V-1 division often works in
"around-the-clock" shifts in order
to conduct flight operations both day
The fast tempo of operations on
the flight deck require members of
V-1 division be easily identifiable.
For this reason, many different col-
ored shirts are worn-blue by flight
deck crewmen, yellow by landing
signalmen, and red' by crash crews.
The resultant blend of hues provides
a very colorful sight for an observer
of flight deck activity.
Working in freezing rain or
burning sun, conveying messages
above the scream of jet exhausts by
specially designed hand signals, V-1
division diligently carries out its
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Front Row: Left to Right. AN Joe Salazar. ABH3 Dave Harn, ABH3 Ken Moye, AN Larry
Bostron. Second row: AMS2 Mike Farrell, AN Bob Cunningham, ABH3 Pat Dredge, ABH3
Jim Bonewell, AN Andy Rose, AN Gary Kuhn, AN Arnold Hoppe, ABH2 Bob Day.
Front Row: Left to right, AN Grady Thomas, AN Charlie Boon, ABH1 George Smoot, AN Thomas
Harville, AN Roger Miller. Second Row: AN Adam Lewis, ABH3 Johnny Summers, AN Dennis
Cramb, AN Daniel Hogan, AN Jim Pelfrey, AN Earl Schexnayder, ANR Harry Oetzel.
CDR Donald Jones
Front Row: Left to Right, AN Terry Mayrose, AN Larry Lantz, ABH3 Jim Punzel, AN Bradford Mason,
AN Michael McCue. Second Row: AN Bob Fehn, AN Keith Simonette, AN Walter Hunt, LT Dean Koch, AN
Neal Connley, AN Steve Daniel, AN Robert Hibbard, AN George Weber.
Formed in the first days of
Tripoli's 1969--70 deployment, V-3
division is responsible for the largest
compartment aboard ship-the hangar
deck. The division's seven men carry
out many varied tasks, from storing
support equipment and vehicles to
painting and upkeep of the hangar bay
The unsung heros of the hangar
deck move aircraft, manhandle fork-
lifts, store hangar deck cargo and
work long hours to the point of be-
coming known as Tripoli's second
Combat Cargo division. V-3's ability
to stow the mountain of hangar deck
gear that inevitably' must accompany
Tripoli on a deployment is more
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operation, V-3 division keeps on
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ADJAN Charles Newhouse. Second Row: AN Jack Beeson, ABF3 Edward Hobin, AN Pat Tastove, ABF2
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Front Row: Left to Right, ABHAN Kenneth Griffin, ABFC Harry Dinkall, AN John Smith, ABF 3 Larry Willis,
ABF3 Richard Largen, ABF 3 James New. Second Row: ABF 3 Steven Blanton, AN Dennis Dothage, AN Louis
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V-6 division is responsible for
the maintenance and repair of the
ship's helicopter, as well as support
equipment. The support equipment in-
cludes tow vehicles, forklifts, crash
crane, Tripolifs passenger vehicles
and the like.
The men of V-6 can also be found
as the crewmen of "Greenbug",
Tripoli's CH-46 twin-rotor helicop-
ter, and in Primary Flight Control,
the ship's control tower.
Quiet men behind the scenes, V-
6 division kept the mail flowing, car-
ried chaplains to other ships for re-
ligious services, evacuated personnel
in need of medical attention and made
emergency leave possible for men at
Front Row: Left to Right, LT Anthony Adams, ASH2 Robert Mclntire, AZ1 Al Taylor, ADJC John
Clark, ADJ3 ,Larry Jones. Second Row: AN Ed Brandt, ASE3 Wilbert King, ATN3 Eldon Fishell,
AMS3 Terry Downing, ASH3 Gerald Tuttle.
LT AHUIOHY Adams, Shops 0ffiCe1' AMS2 Mike Farrell at work in the Air Office
Front Row: Left to Right, AMS3 Bob Reeher, ATN3 Bill Peterson, ADJ3 Bob Camp, AE3 Ken An-
drews, AMS3 Verlon Brunson, AMH2 Roland Tilburg. Second Row: ADJ 3 Gregg Gorski, AMS2 George
Fugett, ADJ3 Phil Watson.
LT Don Stevens, V-6 Division Officer AN William Wimmer logs helo landings in PriFly
Front Row: Left to Right, ADJ2 Kevin Head, AE2 Dale Walker, AE3 Dennis Schwager, ADR1 Joe Sari-
nas, ADR3 Vernon Rood. Second Row: AE3 Dave Bush, AE3 Lee Breytspraak, ATN3 Gary Andrews, ATN2
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Handling cargo, loading helicop-
ters with supplies or men, offloading
equipment by boat, K Division often
worked around the clock, accomplish-
ing the dirty jobs that had to be done.
The men of Combat Cargo be-
came experts at connecting external
supply loads to the belly of a hovering
helo, storing ammunition and other
supplies aboard ship, utilizing the
minimum amount of supplies.
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Cargo's job seldom was. Working un-
der red "night vision" lights on Trip-
oli's flight deck and hangar deck, K Di-
vision met every demand from emer-
gency resupplies to complete backload-
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Combat Cargo - a group of men who
had a job to do-and did it well.
Front Row: Left to Right, Roger Sperle SA, Larry Whiteley SN, David Ferree SSGT, Neil Davis ABH8,
Robert Johnson SA, Michael Sage AA, and Don Sumner Captain. Back Row: Russell Bender AN, Ralph
Rehmus AN, Earl Schwager SN, Kenneth Poythress SA, Mike Fritz FN, and Thomas Klimklenicz AA.
PNC Larry Macaraig checks the crew's roster in the Personnel Office
Any complex organization requires a
staff .of record-keepers and administra-
tive personnel. Aboard Tripoli, over 30
trained yeomen, personnelmen, journal-
ists, postal clerks, draftsmen and lithog-
raphers comprise this staff, known as
Services provided by X division
include: the Captain's Office, Print
Shop, Public Affairs Office, Drafting
Shop, Personnel Office, Post Office,
Legal Office, Training and Education
Office, Maintenance Data Collection
Office, Career Counselor's Office,
and Master-at-Arms fthe ship's po-
Each man aboard Tripoli is in
Contact with the division in one way
or another through records for ad-
vancement, leave and liberty, and all
the printed forms he uses-to mention
but a few-that are the work tools of
In the Post Office, PC3 Jim Hanley sorts outgoing
SN Larry Baumann maintains enlisted service
SN Frank Cadena ileftl and DM3 Jim Hall place the final touches on a Drafting
YN3 Ed Garbiel fleftb and DCCM D. Per-
' kins consult records in the MDC Office
Front Row: Left to Right, L13 Dennis Duarte, YN3 Brian Dampier, JO2 Frank Kelley, LI3 Hank
Perez, PNSN Jim Lind. Second Row: EMCM Lester Maddox, ADJAN Leon Reese, YN2 Bob Baird,
SN Luis Leon, SN Charles Hobson, LCDR John Dumas
In the Post Office, SN Dave Cropper is-
sues a money order
Front Row: Left to Right, PN3 Paul Shafer, YN3 Bill Kennedy, SN Gerald Guthrie,
CWO-2 Carl Romo, PC3 Jim Hanley. Second Row: PN3 Paul Jackson Miller III, SN Bill
McVey, SN Dave Cropper
BM1 Bill Reynolds
LCDR Tom Vandenbroeck Executlve Asslstant and YNC Robert Shea
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BMC Robert Louge, Chief Master at Arms.
N division is Tripoli's path-
finder-determining the ship's po-
sition and guiding her safely from one
point to another.
The division is occupied by com-
puting sunrise and sunset for each
day of the year, determining the time,
height and speed of tides and currents
for each port the ship enters, and
maintaining a record of all events
occurring onboard and near the ship,
from commissioning to decommissioning.
Additionally, Tripoli 's naviga-
tors conduct weather observations
every hour while the ship is under-
way, determine the error in the ship's
gyro compass twice daily, steer the
ship in restricted Waters and along-
side other ships, correct the ship's
charts and seaway publications, and
keep Tripoliis 150 clocks wound and
set to the correct time.
Front Row: Left to Right, QM3 Mike Shider, QM3 Peter Zirnrnerman. Second Row: QMC William Stan-
sell, QM3 Leslie Schmitt, SN Richard Faulkner, LCDR Louis Costa, Jr. Third Row: QM3 Charles
Plant, QMSN Wesley Giles, SN Ronald Christian, SN Bruce Hultgren, QM2 Bruce DeVere
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The nerve center of Tripoli dur-
ing an amphibious assault, OI division
mans and operates the Combat In-
formation Center QCICD, which tracks
and identifies ships and aircraft in the.
vicinity of Tripoli's- operating area.
The information supplied by CIC is
vital to Tripoli's defense and maneu-
vering the ship.
The division is also responsible
for the Helicopter Direction Center
QHDCD, which coordinates the move-
ments of helicopters under Tripoli's
command during amphibious opera-
tions. HDC directs helos ashore dur-
ing an assault, vectors supply and
medical evacuation helicopters into
the battle zone and schedules ad-
ministrative flights to nearby shore
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The Aviation Photo Lab is also
a part of OI division. The Lab pro-
vides the various departments and
embarked units aboard ship with
complete photographic services and
at times have extended this service
to other ships of the fleet. The Photo
Lab also provides photos for Tripoli's
daily newspaper, monthly family-
grams and this cruisebook.
Front Row: Left to Right, SN William Neville, YN3 Warren Smith, RD3 Everett Pruett, and RDE2 Billy
Wadkins. Second Row: SN Stuart Despino, RD3 Michael Jarosh, RD3 Grant Patik, and RD3 Michael
Front Row: Left to Right, Robert Martain RDC, Richard Milliron RD1, John Vogel RD3, Martain Powers RDSN
and Richard Echelberger RD3. Back Row: Jason Willaims RD2, Ron Reid RD3, Dan Gaskin RD2, Robert Her
ron RD2, and Jack Perkins RD3. '
Left to Right: ACC Jim Nobles, AC3 Brian Kelley, AC2 Dennis Moore, AC3 Wayne
Gardner, and LCDR Paul Caine.
Sitting: Left to Right, AGC Phillip Hall.
Standing: AG1 Harold Kendall, and LT Ran-
AG2 Darman McGruder
OA d' ' ' i
OA Division consists of the
ship's meteorologists, or weather-
men. Their job is collecting, analyz-
ing, forecasting and disseminating
This service is provided for the
ship, Marine and staff units when
embarked, as well as for 'ships in
company. OA also provides routine
and. special surface and upper air l
briefings, advisories of heavy weath- t
er and cimatoligical summaries.
AG2 Jim McDonald
Front Row: Left to Right, AG2 Jim McDonald, AG1 Harold Kendall, AG3 Gary Pirnat. Second Row: AGC Phillip Hall, AG2
John Sekmistrz, AG3 Bob Dalto, AG2 Darmon McGruder, and LT Randy Coleman.
AG2 Jim McDonald, and AG3 Gary Pirnat.
Other Operations Officers ....
LTJG Harry Haldt, III, OI Division
LCDR Baxter Jones, CIC Officer I
LCDR Paul Caine, Assistant Operations Officer With CDR F. X. McCarthy
Major Dick Chapman, Assistant Air Operations Officer.
Consisting of electronic special-
li ists and repairmen, OE division is
responsible for the readiness and
good order of all radar. radio and
yr communication equipment aboard Trip-
iw oli. This includes the radar of Combat
if Information Center, the electronic gear
in Helicopter Direction Center, and the
radios and radio headsets in Primary
OE's repair ability is. a .highly-
'gw developed asset to Trzpolz. The
speedy and efficient restoration of. a
ig, faulty circuit or tube not only maln-
tains the ship's radars and radios, but
Sl insures that Tripoli can carry out
her assigned mission. ' .
.Among OE's. s1del1ghts are as-
sisting and advising. embarked Navy
and Marine units in the .repair of
electronic equipment, supplying other
ships with needed parts, and operating
TrLpoli's closed-circuit television station,
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Front Row: Left to Right, ETN2 Leslie Wells, ET1 Richard Martin, ETN2 Wayne Williams, SN Orval
Williams. Second Row: CWO-2 Bill Kilby, ETR2 Dan Martin, ETR2 Clyde Clounie, SN Mike Chartier,
ETR3 Alex Ochoa.
In HDC, Jim Bloodworth repairs a radar repeater
Chief McCaslin peruses one of the technical manuals in the
Front Row: Left to Right, ETR3 Daryll Smith, SN Tim Satchell, ETN2 Sam Stephens. Second Row: ETR2 Jim Bloodworth,
ETN3 Bill Scavona, ETN2 Mike Heraty, ETC Larry McCaslin.
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As a fighting ship, Tripoli must
maintain constant communications
with other Navy ships and with shore
installations in order to be an effec-
tive unit. A substantial part of this
task falls to CR division.
Utilizing radio, the radiomen and
communications technicians of CR
division process thousands of incom-
ing and outgoing messages each day.
Maintaining special circuits and
transmitters, they enable Tripoli to
handle all types of messages from
weekend ball scores to top secret
It is an around the clock Job for
the requirements placed on Tripolis
communicators are never ending
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Left to Right: RMC Michael Fox,
RMC Conroe Jones, LT Thomas
Wheelin, RM1 Bernard Thomas,
RM1 James Martys, RM1 Evan
Left to Right: RMSA Stephan Mc-
Lean, RM3 Robert Davis, SN Lar-
ry Hodge, SN Chris Schottler, SN
Charles Cypher, CYN3 Frank Ad-
ams, RM2 Lenny Simik
Left to Right: RM3 Jan Hadley, RM3 Robert Hunt, SN Jimmy Spruill, SA Dean
Wilson, CYNSN Richard Menchaca, RM3 Fred Passi
LTJ G Kevin McCarthy LTJ G Frank Canko
Left to Right: SN James Wesley, RM3 Thomas Sweatman, RMSN Roger Smelser,
RM3 Lindy Mason, RM3 Howard Barr, RM3 Nelson Bingham, SN Kenneth Yates
LT Thomas Wheelin, Communications
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Communications that deals with line-
of-sight messages. This includes
semaphore, signal flags and pennants
and flashing lights.
Signalmen of Tripoli's CS Di-
vision maintain around-the-clock
watches where they are constantly on
the lookout for visual communication
from aircraft, shore or other ships.
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Bottom Row: Left to Right, James Bryant SN, Gerald Law SM2, Calvin Redowll SN, and Bob Barker SM2. Top Row: Da
Nygard SN, Ronald Elliott SN, David Shaw SM3, and David Hinz SM2.
"MedEvac inbound" and sickbay
was alive with action as the corps-
men began to prepare for the wounded
:marines who would soon be needing
the help of the doctors on board Trip-
oli. The ship seemed to change in-
stantly into a floating hospital capa-
ble of handling numerous complex
medical emergencies just as if it was
the ship's primary function. Need-
less to say, many lives were saved
by this quick action.
Other duties of the Medical Di-
vision were keeping accurate medical
records for the ship's company and
all embarked units, inspecting the
mess decks and food handlers for
cleanliness and sanitary procedures
and also holding daily sick calls.
LT Thomas Schinabeck, and AN Steve Esson.
Left to Right: HM3 Oliver Davidson, HMCS Richard Donse, SN Mike Navey, AN Steve Esson, HMC Tom
Adams, SN Gorden Freeman, and HM2 Dale Gibson.
Dental Division of the Tripoli is
responsible for the dental care of the
ship's company and embarked units.
It is kept busy with regular checkup,
flouride treatments and keeping rec-
ords up to date on all personnel.
While in Vietnam, the division
went into Danang to orphanages to
give free dental care to Vietnamese
children. These DENTCAP's were
a great help to these people who in
most cases had never seen a dentist
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Left to Right: Frank Spring DT3, LT Eddy Tidwell, Stanley Hoersclt DT2, Philp Mah SN.
Front Row: Left to Right, John Feltz RD3, Lindy Mason RM3, Thomas Costello SN, Richard Hughes EN3.
Second Row: Albert Nienaber RM3, John Wakefield RM3, and John Watson SN.
Front Row: Left to Right, Francis Bisner GSGT, Manuel Gabriel TN, Loren Biegler YNC, Charles Armijo
SMCS, and Regino Santos SD1. Second Row: Edward Whelar RD3, Joe Green QM2, Emanuel Grady YN2, Ar-
mando Rin TN, Elmer Agsalud SD3 And Vergel Rosario TN. I
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Front Row: Left to Right, LTJG Joe Hinz, LCDR Melvin Bassett, CDR Benny Ricardo, 1st LT Robert
Burkholder. Second Row: LCDR David Munjenke, CDR Philip Benediktsson, LTJG John Esser, LCDR
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Departing home has been a sad-
dening experience for man since time
began. And, through the centuries,
the ritual of departure has varied but
little. Mod dress has replaced the
clothing of decades past, and new,
modern ships now steam where an-
cient mariners once ventured.
The feelings and emotions have
remained the same. A look of sad-
ness, a few last moments and a final
wave-that timeless things that endure
Tripoli's departure was no dif-
ferent, a reluctant last moment and
a sad "goodbye"
and a final farewell
ro ject H a ndclasp
JO2 Frank Kelley fleftl and PH3 Kris Trulock un-
load Project Handclasp goods at a Danang mission
In Manila, AC3 Dennis Moore fleftb and SN Charles
Hobson Ccenterl help deliver Handclasp materials
Project Handclasp is the free do-
nation and transportation of US-made
goods to needy people and organiza-
tions overseas. Tripoli was fortu-
nate to be able to assist in the proj-
ect by donating goods to missions and
needy schools in Vietnam, Okinawa,
the Philippines and Hong Kong.
But Project Handclasp didn't
stop there. Tripoli's Chaplain, LCDR
John F. Dumas, organized a "personal"
handclasp from Tripoli, arranging for
volunteers from the crew to participate
in people-to-people projects.
Nicknamed "Project Helping
Hand", Tripoli crewmen provided a
water pump for a Filipino Boy's Town,
painted and tiled mission buildings in
Danang, Vietnam, and made monetary
contributions' toward the higher educa-
tion of superior students in the
In every port, Chaplain Dumas
and his volunteers were at work,
quietly making contributions to the
welfare of local inhabitants., In re-
turn, the people of Vietnam, Okinawa,
the Philippines and Hong Kong ex-
pressed their gratitude-through many
letters of thanks and their warm re-
ception of Tripoli volunteers.
ADJ3 Phil Watson unloads Project Handclasp items from
Tripoli's helicopter in Manila.
Chaplain Dumas demonstrates a water pump installed at the
Olongapo City, Philippines, Boy's Town by Tripoli crewmen
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Christmas 1 969
Christmas is a traditional time
for presents, celebration and happy
children. Tripolils Christmas 1969
was spent far from home, but all of
these necessary ingredients were
Crewmen and embarked Navy
and Marine units conducted a "Hang-
ar DeckpSing-Out" on Christmas Evpeg
entertainment was organized and
prizes were providedg and four Viet-
namese children aboard Tripoli for
surgical care received presents and
the attention of hundreds of wellf
It was a unique Christmas-away
from home-but the true spirit of
Christmas was still there.
Happiness is. . . . .
Four Vietnamese children, all
afflicted by wounds of war or birth
defects, had an unexpectedly happy
Christmas in 1969. They were
brought aboard TRIPOLI and at-
tended to by our Medical Department
and Surgical Team "ALFA", Under
the skillful guidance of Commander
O. L. Majure, a plastic surgeon,
TRIPOLI was able to give these
children a better chance for a healthy,
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In late- December, while in Subic
Bay, Republic of the Philippines,
Tripoli participated in the annual
Along with other ships at the na-
val station, Tripoli held open house,
hosting thousands of Filipino citizens
to displays of helicopters, support
equipment and items used in carrying
out the ship's mission.
Special features of the open house
included a ride on one of Tripoli's
two huge aircraft elevators and a
walk-through display of a jet-powered
CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter.
Operation Keystone Bluejay
In early February 1970 Trzpolz
partlclpated 1n the wlthdrawal of U S
combat Marlnes from the Republlc o
Vletnam Code named Operatlon Key
stone Bluejay the move was part of
Presldent Nlxons Phase III w1th
drawal of Amerlcan troops from that
Southeast As1an natlon
Pulllng 1nto the harbor at Da
nang Trzpolz moored at the Deep
Water Pler and onloaded 1 200 ma
rlnes lncludmg personnel from Head
quarters Thlrd Marme Amph1b1ous
Force Flrst Marlne A1r Wlng Flrst
Marlne D1v1s1on and Force L0glStlCS
Command and the1r equ1pment Tlre
less efforts on the part of Navy and
Marme personnel enabled the loadlng
to be completed the same day and
Trzpolz departed for San D1egO Cal
1forn1a that eve-nmg
Men of the lst Marine Division on the Deep
Water Pier in Danang harbor
Supplies and equipment are loaded
to the tune of music . . .
as marines aizticipate
the long ride home
Over 1,200 United States Ma-
rines, representing a number of Ma-
rine units, returned to San Diego via
TRIPOLI in February as a with-
drawal of American forces from the
Republic of Vietnam. The Marines,
with the war behind them and home
ahead, were able to relax on -the
7,500-mile, 17-day journey, as shown
on the following pages.
San Diego never looked so good
to the 1,250 marines and 600 sailors
aboard Tripoli in mid-February. As
the ship slowly pulled into the harbor
and moored at the North Island Naval
Air Station, the anticipation of sixteen
days' journey across the Pacific ex-
ploded into the excitement of seeing
family and friends once again.
It was a sailor's dream come
true a mid cruise stopover in Trip-
olis home port and a chance to en-
Joy the United States once again.
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Shortly after Tripoli 's mid-
cruise return to the United States, it
was determined that the ship would
have to undergo drydocking in ,Long
Beach for replacement' of her propeller. e
While the yardworkers toiled to
affect the change, Tripoli crewmen
somehow managed 'to enjoy their ex-
tra few days in the States., Returning
from liberty each day, no. one could
resist a peek' into the depths of the
concrete pit where Tripoli rested to
see how far the replacement work had
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made and Tripoli set course for the
West Pacific once again and the last
half of her deployment.
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the West Pacific, she participated in
Operation Golden Dragon, the first
joint amphibious training exercise off
the coast of the Republic of South Korea
in several years.
In addition to Tripoli, a large
number of United States and South
Koean Navy ships participated in the
practice assault. Tripoli launched
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simulated enemy beaches and, through
the flexibility of the amphibious force,
again proved ready to meet any
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unique method of refueling a ship at
sea. Developed by the Navy over 50
ears ago it is still a task that re-
quires determination, skill and
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Seen from above, Tripoli crewmen refuel another ship
The replenishment is conducted
while the ships involved are actually
steaming at sea-usually at a speed of
12-15 miles per hour. Lines are
passed between the ships as they
steam closely together on parallel
courses and fuel hoses are then passed
across on these lines. Black oil, life
blood of Tripoli, is pumped through
these hoses and into Tripoli's fuel
During the Pacific, transit in No-
vember 1969, Tripoli refueled USS
Point Defiance ILSD-312-the first
time in over three years that Tripoli
acted as a Hseagoing service station."
. . . a demanding task
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Tripoli 's flight deck
Vertical replenishment is a
time-saving delivery system devel-
oped by the Navy to provide quick
transfer of supplies at sea.
Needed supplies are arranged
into palletized bundles and lifted from
the supply ship to the receiving ship
by helicopter. The helos use the "ex-
ternal lift" method, which suspends
the bundle from the belly of the air-
By this method, Tripoli is capa-
ble of receiving over 30 tons of sup-
plies in 30 minutes.
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