Valley Forge (CG 50) - Naval Cruise Book

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The trident pointing skyward with the point's similar shape to aircraft refer to the mission of the Valley Forge CCV 451 as an aircraft carrier. The red border is for the courage and pa- triotism of the Continental Army during that bleak winter at Valley Forge. Also the color red represents the bloodshed and refers to this quote by George Washington, ". . . you might have tracked the army . . . by the blood of their feet." The thirteen white crosses resembling snow flakes are for the self sacrifice the soldiers endured, which was the order of the day, during that winter at Valley Forge. Valley Forge Of Today USS VALLEY FORGE, the fourth Ticonderoga class Aegis cruiser, is one of the most powerful warships in the world. She is 567 feet in length, displaces 10,000 tons, and has a compliment of 390 officers and men. The ship has made three deployments to the Western Pacific. She is the winner of the Battle Efficien- cy Award and currently holds more awards for operational excellence than any other ship in the Pacific Fleet. The ship is commanded by Rear Admiral CSelectj Ernest F. Tedeschi Jr. USS VALLEY FORGE CCG-505, was commissioned in Jan- uary 1986, and was the second Aegis cruiser to join the Pacific Fleet. As the Anti-Air Warfare Commander for Battle Group Echo and Battle Force Zulu during OPERATION DESERT STORM, the ship provided vital Anti-Air Warfare protection to coalition forces throughout the Arabian Gulf. VALLEY FORGE possesses the highest technology in surveillance and weapons systems. Her SPY-1A radar is the eyes of the fleet, capable of tracking hundreds of ships and aircraft at ranges of over two hundred miles. Heavily armed with an assortment of missiles, rockets and guns the ship is multifunctional and can operate in several warfare areas, and can execute them simulta- neously if necessary. Her 2 embarked LAMPS helicopters are used for a variety of missions, including Anti-Submarine War- fare, Anti-Surface Warfare, Search And Rescue, and other logistics functions. Living up to her motto f'FIRST IN WAR - FIRST IN PEACEP, VALLEY FORGE spent more than three months in the Arabian Gulf in support of OPERATION DESERT STORM, and was on station from the commencement of hostil- ities until the cease fire was signed. On January 15th, VALLEY FORGE took station in the Arabian Gulf with other coalition forces just hours prior to the beginning of the war. As hostilities commenced, VALLEY FORGE operated with USS Ranger, and coordinated air defense with other ships in the area against the potential Iraqi threat. VALLEY FORGE also controlled surface surveillance aircraft and conducted mine search mis- sions using embarked helicopters, carrier and land based air- craft. VALLEY FORGE controlled combat air patrol missions and performed critical communications relays for returning strike aircraft. As the war progressed, VALLEY FORGE, with her state-of- the-art Aegis weapons system, was called upon to move into the heavily mined waters of the northern Arabian Gulf to provide anti-air protection for the multinational forces operating there and to deconflict literally thousands of ingressing and egressing aircraft out of Iraq and Kuwait. While on patrol on February 18th, two U.S. ships were damaged by Iraqi mines. Quickly, VALLEY FORGE was tasked with replacing one of the strick- en ships, assuming responsibility for the Northern Gulf air defense. During this period, VALLEY FORGE was the closest cruiser to Kuwait, responsible for both air defense and critical air control functions. Examples include safely guiding strike aircraft from the fourfaircraft carriers in the Gulf in and out of Kuwait and Iraq, controlling armed-strike reconnaissance air- craft that swept the Arabian Gulf of Iraqi naval units, and supporting amphibious feints that included battleship Naval Gunfire Support missions in the Kuwait area. Although a ceasefire went into effect on February 28th, the ship continued to operate in dangerous waters while her em- barked EOD team destroyed the third of five drifting mines eventually found and neutralized by the ship while in the north- ern areas of the Gulf. In all, VALLEY FORGE was underway continuously from 3 January through 19 March C74 daysj with- out a break, and experienced 100 percent reliability of her combat systems. On. March 6th, VALLEY FORGE assumed responsibility for coordination of the entire Arabian Gulf anti- air defense posture. It was in this role that VALLEY FORGE concluded her participation in OPERATION DESERT STORM, ensuring continuous air defense of multinational na- val forces during the drawdown. 5 ,,-K AV, K A Y .K , .- - -- - L..-M., ,-.... ..,-W .....,.- ,----. ...Y Y, A, USS Valley Forge CCV-45fLPH-85 The name "Valley Forgev was carried proudly on one other ship serving the U.S. Navy. An aircraft carrier, CV-45, was built by Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was commissioned on November 3, 1946. In May 1950, she deployed to the Far East and was in Hong Kong when North Korean forces began their invasion across the 38th Parallel into South Korea. The first air strike of the Korean Conflict was launched from her decks on July 3, 1950. From that date through November 19, more than 2,000 tons of bombs and rockets were delivered in almost daily air strikes against North Korean targets in over 5,000 combat missions. Valley Forge returned to Korea to rendezvous with Task Forge 77 three days before Christmas 1950. She immediately began three months of concentrated air strikes against ad- vancing Communist forces. In December 1951 she became the first aircraft carrier to return to Korea for a third combat deployment. Later, after a brief return to the U.S. in the summer of 1952, she returned to Korea in October, this time, reclassified as attack carrier CVA-45. For her Korean ser- vice she earned eight battle stars. In early 1962, reclassified as the amphibious assault ship LPH-8, she was sent to the Far East with the Seventh Fleet. After the North Vietnamese attacked the destroyer USS MADDOX CDD-7315, she spent 57 days of the Vietnam coast ready to land her Marines should the occasion demand. For her service in Vietnam, Valley Forge earned nine battle stars. A Valley Forge earned three Navy Unit Commendations, two Meritorious Unit Commendations, two National De- fense Service Medals, and a World War II Victory Medal during her 25 years of service. She was decommissioned on January 15, 1970. Histor And Heritage Encampment At Valley Forge Valley Forge was the encampment ground of George Wash- ingtonis Continental Army from December 1777 to J une 1778, during the American Revolutionary War. In the autumn of 1777, Patriot forces had won a spectacular victory over the British near Saratoga. But the British had captured Philadelphia, still held New York City, and in the spring of 1778 would be on the offensive once again. Washing- ton knew that preserving his army through the winter would be a difficult task. Because the Pennsylvania Assembly insisted that he protect eastern Pennsylvania from the British, he had to make winter quarters in a region that had been stripped of food and forage. He chose a bleak hillside overlooking the confluence of Valley Creek and the Schuylkill River. Named Valley Forge for a small ironworks nearby, the site offered the Continental Army a large, well-wooded, and secure camp- ground. Washington's 9,000 troops lost no time providing shelter for themselves in primitive log huts-damp, smoky retreats from the rain and snow. Thus the army that came to Valley Forge hungry and ill clothed remained that way for most of the winter. Unfit for duty for want of shoes, stocking, shirts, or coats, there were never enough blankets or straw to insulate against the cold, and men frequently ate only primitive cakes of flour and water baked on hot stones. Crowded, dirty quar- ters, together with inadequate clothing and food, spawned epidemics of sickness and desertion, by spring the army at Valley Forge was reduced to fewer than 6,000 men. Over the long, hard winter months Washington was able to train his men to advance quickly and coherently in the face of the enemy. The winter at Valley Forge is best remembered for the patience with which ordinary men endured' much. ..,,-.-,,..,, ..,,-.- .,...,,, ,-,--g ...., A ,, " ' ' ' ' ,: ' . ' . v . QL . 'Al ' f ,.f"' Q lu 3 ' L. u 4 F 5 L I M N 641- , :f,: . f , -uf. LL x , - . w ,Q . , , , x- .,,,'a 14.1 N - , X - ., 1.: x .. A , Q A . Asa an . , W., Y nn vu- u. k.a..X- ,. xff .. S' x fs ."'Cf, P M. . Q x xx. we. ,H , is .,x. u f nf x x in Q ' K .M fx A. . ' , j , ,,x'm"",,. , '. " Q, "Lvl, .. ...x-.. '. x , ' ,Q-N, H . 2 -' ,- 4. g 5 H 1 1 A - ,- . .xy K W V -A LA-lv. 'M 'S ,. f"'-'- . ,gm N-Mn, Q A ,NV . 's V , ,S-V A .5 "f. ,, 'Riff - 1 s. N A 4 ' .-. 'X xr Xa, kv- f " W . ' 'mg ,K K v 9. . , Q . .Swv ., hw 'Ax x '-1 1 n U , Q x M. .f 'Agni . X.. w- .Q My fn. -. K' . K, ,gd-.TN ,M wg K A F sky Q X -xx, -ii 1 "' ' xg , 'hx ' . sax .i ix ww.:-xx X, , x , ' A." .. . JTQV, , -. ,X .1 , Ernest F. Tedeschi Jr. A Captain, U.S. Navy Commanding fficer Captain Ernest F. Tedeschi Jr., a native of New Britain, Connecticut, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1965. Upon commissioning, he reported to USS BUCK CDD 7611 in San Diego, California as First Lieutenant. In January 1967 he joined the precommission- ing crew of USS RAMSEY CFFG 21 at Lockheed Ship- yard, Seattle, Washington as ASW Officer. Following, this, and a tour as Flag LT for COMCRUDESFLOT 9, Captain Tedeschi attended the U.S. Naval Destroyer School in April 1970 before reporting to USS BROWN- SON QDD 8681 as Weapons Officer. In October 1972 he was assigned to the staff of the Naval Destroyer School as an instructor in ASW SystemsfWeapons. This was fol- lowed by a tour as a student at the Naval War College, Command and Staff Course, and then to USS GRIDLEY CCG 211 as Weapons Officer. In January 1977, Captain Tedeschi reported to USS JOHN PAUL JONES CDDG 321 as Executive Officer. His next Assignment was as Head of Surface Missile'Evaluation for Operational Test and Evaluation Force, Pacific. Captain Tedeschi then commanded USS DUNCAN QFFG 101 from June 1982 until January 1985, at which time he reported to the Surface Warfare Officer's School Command in Newport, Rhode Island to serve as the Senior Combat Systemf Cruiser-Destroyer Instructor on the PCOXPXO Training Staff. In July 1987 Captain Tedeschi assumed the position as Head, Aegis Cruiser-Destroyer Branch on the Staff of the Assistant Chief of Naval Operations CSurface War- fare1. He took command of USS VALLEY FORGE in May 1990, and was selected for Flag Rank in December 1990. Captain Tedeschi's decorations include the Legion of Merit, two Meritorious Service Medals, and two Navy Commendation Medals along with other campaign and service decorations. Captain Tedeschi is married to the former Christine DiEleuterio of Trenton, New Jersey. The Tesdeschi's currently reside in San Diego, California with their daughter Gina and son Ernest. ' N Ai- F Q 0 xx ff KM N N N. ,, Q . , , x PM ' jg X pw N,,. Q ffl K! f mf Q 5 James P. Wisecup Commander, U.S. Navy Executive Officer Commander James P. Wisecup was born in Piqua, Ohio in August 1954. He was commissioned an Ensign in June 1977 upon graduation from the United States Naval Acad- emy, Annapolis, MD. From 1978 - 1980 he served as Electronics Material Officer, CIC Officer, and eventually Operations Officer in USS JULIUS A. FURER CFFG-65. From 1980 - 1981 he was Boilers Officer in USS JOHN F. KENNEDY CCV 671. From 1981 - 1983, he studied at the University of Stras- bourg, France, as an Olmsted Scholar earning an advanced degree in Political Science. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California. July 14, 1984 he reported as Operations Officer in USS COMTE DE GRASSE CDD 9745 Cfirst Atlantic Fleet Tomahawk capable shipl there he served until 1986. From 1986 - 1988, CDR Wisecup served as Operations 1 Officer on the staff of Destroyer Squadron 22, there he participated in Tomahawk test firings, towed array anti- submarine warfare operations, and Earnest Will Persian Gulf operations. Leaving the Gulf in March 1988, he reported to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, DC., where he was assigned to work Surface Warfare and Planning Programming 8a Budgeting Systems CPPBSJ is- sues in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations QPlans Policy and Operationsj. In July 1990, he reported to USS VALLEY FORGE CCG 501 as Executive Officer. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Med- al Cthree awardsj and Navy Achievement Medal, along with other various unit and service awards. He is married to the former Anne Marie Dreyfus of Strasbourg, France. The Wisecups have four daughters, Marie, Madeleine, Sarah, and Nathalie. D dv -X' Zi! AZN? M.Wm.......... 4 K . '.'fI'.'.'f . - iagfzizzgf' ' :fain ' Q , ' f I C I W . .' an ' in 'B-'ff 5 an n Q Q v l .- f ,a 4 ng.: ...flax I" ' f."5'15'-' 'gefgg+ '44 4 akin' 'a'u:v,4'vfs:s's.a: f,-va ,e',....... . f li 1 14 X ,'L:,f"... ,Q W .fmgxy g.,-an. , 1 wx sf nu Q 1 ,v W .'.fe.'.:.4,q,jf,3fgf . ,, wmY...',. . Manx-.VV manly QQHQ' ,N ,f f .V w 10 ul ,,.a,. X XE X 'Q' QW ' Tg' ,Y ,ff X I, fi' ff fy .au Q,-,..Y .....,,- ,..L.... -V . Command Master Chief BMCMCSW1 George C. Luiz JR. BMCMCSW1 George C. Luiz JR was born in Pepekeo, Hawaii, and has recently completed 26 years of active service. He first enlisted on the 19th of Jan 1965. He attended boot camp at Recruit Training Command, San Diego, CA. Upon completion of boot camp he went to USS SPERRY CAS 121 as a deck seaman, where he advanced to petty officer second class. He then went to Submarine Squadron ONE, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii as assistant craftmaster of Torpedo Weapon Retriever SIX CTWR 61. In 1974 he was trans- ferred to Commander Naval Administrative Command, Great Lakes, where he advanced to petty officer first class. In 1976 he was transferred to USS GRIDLEY CCG 211 and in 1979 he was ad- vanced to chief petty officer and reported to NTTC, Treasure Island, CA. For training as damage control party leader and was then transferred to Precommissioning Crew, USS INGERSOLL CDD 9901 as ship's First Lieutenant until 1981. He then was as- signed to Commander, Naval Station, Pearl Harbor, where he as- sumed duties as craftmaster of YTB 814, where he advanced to senior chief petty officer. In NOV 1984, he reported to USS NEW JERSEY CBB 621 where he served as LCPO, and assistant ship's bos'n until NOV 1987, at which time he was transferred to Naval Shipyard Puget Sound, as Ships Movement Officer, and water front operations, and was advanced to master chief petty officer. In NOV 1990 he reported to USS VALLEY FORGE CCG 501 as Command Master Chief. His personal awards include the Navy Achievement Medal CGold Star1, Battle "E" Ribbon , Good Con- duct Medal, National Defense Ribbon and Sea Service Ribbon. He is married to the former Marsetta J. White of San Marcos, CA. They have one daughter Leanne and reside in Port Orchard, WA. N Wf .QWWWW WWA NV, f W Departure 4 af , f , ff! Nw! LS , 5 . ff f r December 8, 1991 . . . a date of major histori- cal significance and the date that VALLEY FORGE departed on what was to be her major historic voyage. As with all goodbyes, emotions swelled and tears flowed but all knew that the sooner we left the sooner we would return to our loved ones. Farewell . . . Q ig, I I I I II I I I I I I l I I I I f I I I I I I I I I I - I I I I I I I I I I I I I I . I I I I I I I I I I 18 I I ...M ,,....--, . --.L .,,. . . .,....-g.....-... .- -,w,, ,..,..--.-,.... . . K- - L-, . A s., --' -4- f---- 7-C-,-if ..,- -- ---1--,. ..-.Yf- - . ,.-,.-4..,,,..,-,..... f--+ 4- -..H-,.,,.... ,,,,,, LCDR Jeff Johnstone Operations Officer LT Dan Shaffer Asst. Operations Officer perations Department The Operations Department composed of OC, OD, OI, OM, ON, and OX divisions led the way in allowing VALLEY FORGE to set the standard for operational excellence. The Radiomen of Communications Division were responsible for the transmission, receipt, and routing of the ship's voluminous message traffic. The Boatswains Mates of Deck Division stood thousands of hours of lookout and ship control watches in order to keep the ship safe, while maintaining the ships topside spaces, small boats, and aviation support equipment in top condition. The Operations Specialists of CIC kept track of numerous ships movements and controlled literally thousands of aircraft during her stay in the Arabian Gulf. The Intelli- gence Specialists, Cryptologic Technicians and Electronic Warfare Specialists, the "spooks" of VALLEY FORGE, con- trolled the collection of all electronic warfare data, interpreta- 0 A, ,...- .-f.... 1 rv K-..,,...-..,4-...-..,.......,..W,-... .-.--A---4-----4 tion of mine reports and use of intelligence. The Quartermas- ters and Signalmen of Navigation Division kept steady track of the ship's position and provided vital communications with other ships of the Battle Group. The Yeomen, Personnelmen, Corpsmen, and Postal Clerks of the Administrative Division stood many hours of mine watches, provided expert medical support, and boosted crew morale through award preparation and superior postal support. Throughout the deployment the Operations Department was led by LCDR Jeffery Johnstone. A 1980 graduate of the Naval Academy, LCDR Johnstone joined the ship just prior to the deployment in November of 1990. His previous assign- ments include USS FRESNO QLST 11825, USS HALSEY QCG-235, and USS BARBEY CFP-10881 -. -., - -, .., ,,, , ,- ..,...,, , ..., -Y - .,fx,.Nh..-fs-,-,.14,---iL, -,h---.,- - QEfSfE'??32zC'?lQi3 Zigiilix lfkflli OUT AUTHOF?lZl,L5 PPEWSYLFNQEL ONLY h f 1 y V? is yyyy 1 , Q , 1 ,,, N is N AQ A,Vd i f wi N i f ' s 5 X- " i' is z V' il 1 ' 21 X- sv - Q 'L ' i N2 fx - ef LTJG Kyle Beckman Communications Officer ig L . : ' 1 2 ' 1 5 , 5 Q ' 1 5 , 'XXL E UT", : ' 2 '5 S 4 In f , 2 i ' , ,I I f i , r , 'Q it vf ts ff i g- is if l ' f 5 This says it all! RMI Rudy P21Hl0j21 RM2 Glenn RM2 Joseph Martinez Grigsby The men of OC division had one of the toughest jobs on the deployment. Handling literally hun- dreds of incoming and outgoing messages a day, they were required to receive, process, retype and distribute messages every minute of every day. RM2 Richard Brown RMSN Sturges performs PMS with RMI Swanson and RMSN Goddard 20 .. 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They stand watches driving the ship and as lookouts when the ship is underway. Wherever the ship was, the BMS of OD ensured that VALLEY FORGE always looked her best. First Lieutenant A BMCS Eubanks BMI Peter Szogi BM2 Calvin Dickey i "twgg??ey4:rjfr1fsW gy X. xgfzgy gszavmf-fqi F- Hruosv 7 fn N-wx xx:--,XX ---' ff xiiywfxgc s as Hf Mi-fx Ta? T ,,VV. X sw 3--fr -QW-ss '1 .5 y X Mx X wwf.:--sR.f f, fxggr S W1 xg N xv s-4 x Ex y ,, V-' ' ff sf-f wwsxsmss ' f:, is KK X W X Z' yt N ff WHNX Ne Q, -ww! '42 v N L 1, N s NNW r ,f WQN M , fs fkw Qrgwwgxyatwf M S N Q 'M xg W we W M f Y s 'PNMN QA MXN 6 N A We or W ff: ' X X ' f 'Ev t,f , X . 1 1 as 1 f ---f , Q f .wx...:,Z, ,r L . X3 smug x g N58 X. sw rttt ,, . W, LX txyg -xkrxax, .NM N , X fx . ,. i.i. t ' s -2 -was aw' rrr..., -X , 1 i 7 -4 ,,rr L r 4 X X Na Xf4'Mfh'f'wXm e V f X egg A Wh W Q fffwifyf' ff, has " yi! "' X. ,, X X f X v as L ,,,, . fs .1 gy: V Mt x , gg ss. who gy l Q X - L'ffw?N w ii is The captain's gig underway in the gulf. 44 ...M ..,..,.-4 .....,, ,, . .,,, .....--,..... -.,v..GR.., , ..,..-H ....... - Q. .- .-- Y -- ,. fv- - ,.-, ..-e.-..-,,.,.... ,-...,-- ,-,-f,.., .,.,,, BM2 Daniel Bihr BM3 Joe Chavez BM3 Reid Zoll BM3 Willie Dubose BM3 Willie Frazier S 'wr' BMI Szogi ensures that the whaleboat is ready to go .ieeii,,, yo 41 . LTJG Duvall watches the helmsman while conducting unrep. ,-kv..- -,,iLx,.... ,A-...,,, - H ' ....v,..-KM.- f-.-.wid-.,-,,.,......,, --.,..--.....-q..,.,-....,..,l- .. . ..,., - - Y-,,-...,..,.,.....,i..,-.....-,,-,,.., ,......,-..,.....,L4 , ,NN-5. f- f , ,, I my BM3 Heath sights in the contact BM3 Terrence Heath SN Lynn Jones BMSN Frederick Wright SN Shane Austin SA Kelly Rust Not Pictured BMI Sean Howard BMI Lawrence Kirkland BMI Rudolph Ortega Supervising the work over the side. Never a dull moment l I I I H 4 The motor whale boat returns from another successful mission. SA Perry Jackson SA Walter Mitchell SA Corwin Duncan SR Andy St. Onge 3' 174' l0f"N if li Xxl Y 9 K X s wx I LT Wes Brown CIC Officer or The Operations Specialists of OI Division are tasked with a vast array of duties ranging from tracking aircraft and shipping to aiding the bridge in the safe navigation of the ship. During Desert Storm they were charged with the re- sponsibility of ensuring the safety of all aircraft and helping them to put their ordnance on tar- get. l OSC David Huff OSC Marvin Collins OSI Michael Caruso Relaxing after the storm - Now it's "Miller Time" t..-D-., , J-..-.......-. ..F,Q, 41,P,1. -. ... A-.. -...-. -- -...-v ,,.....,.., .Y,-A....,-Q...,..-...f ....i.,-----nr-4-. --..?- ,g.- , '- -v-1-K , . . -.v -.,.,,.,... -.... v 5 B The "Deuce" controlling the action LTJG John Duvall OI Division Officer OSI Theodore Moseley OSI Quintin Cortes OSI Bruce Zielinski OSI Dennis Melichar OS2 Steven Brunell OS2 Kevin McGee OS2 Arthur Thrash OS2 David Wright OSI Watson smiles for the camera 'w--.fg....K..-Y ..,-- --+.Q,,,,,,,,,,,,,h,,,,i,, Nd,,L-.Q,.,.,,..L--,, N.-.7-. Y OS2 Ray Fleming OS2 Darrin Branson OS2 Ronald Hurdle OS2 Mike DeLuca OS3 Luis Solif: l l l l l l l OS3 Michael Folk OS3 John Threadgill OS3 Robert Wilemon OS3 Kiltz giving the serious look OSI Newman discusses the watch The Post-war victory celebration at JR's l 1 l l l l 1 l l l l l l I I l -........,.--r - -,-H, ,,-.N--.., ..-4....-..,...,w-+.x...q-..,,,......,--..-,.-..,.+4...... -J--..,,,,,,, 1..a.W....,...4., 51141 Caught Ya! OS3 Threadgill with thumbs-up? Hi Mom - really, everythings fine oss Floyd Green ' os3 Kris Kiltz ossN Kyle Kramer OSSN Paul Najera OSSA Jeffery Brown OSSA Freeman Johnson ..,vf.-.- -.........,,,.....,.-N.,.- , -. Not Pictured OSCS Ronald Crossan OSI Leon Watson OSSN Eric Krupp OSSN Robert Hardman OSSA Aaron Davis OSSA Matthew Wade ,...e.,,-4.-.f--a,,,-.........,,....,... ......,...,-,-,, ,- A .,,,.....,......,.... .-.,,. , ,U I-....,+........ -..i ,-.,,,....t..,..-.,-...-..,,.......-...,...,, ...-..-..- OM The "spooks" of VALLEY FORGE. Behind the scenes, but always there when the need arose, the Crypto Technicians, Electronic Warfare Technicians and the Intel Specialist, kept the VALLEY FORGE command and control struc- ture fully informed in the eye of the storm. Early warning of the enemy's intentions is their job, and they did it to perfection in all respects. Q ! CW02 Derrek Isaac N Signals Warfare Officer l 1 i EWC P21ifiCk Aaird IS1 Barry McDaniel CT0l Micheal Bertram ' l l EW2 Crowhurst adds the third consectutive EW award received l I CTR2 Eric Gudino CTM2 William Mills EW2 Joseph Crowhurst Not Pictured CTRCS Stephen Tompkins EW3 Phillip Figueroa EW1 Doughlas Seymour CTRSN Leon Martinez I EWl Louis Strowger i A well deserved liberty call in Abu Dhabi I .- ... -.. -....-.-.....-s-...,., ,,,....... YY .qvw? -,.-.ww-.p. -..,,.-.- - -qw,-...,,-..-.Q..' . ..,- -fn-KQA.. ,.-.Q-x ..,...Q,- -Q..,-.L,-........,-- CTT2 Anthony outdone CTO3 Michael Henze CTR3 Paul Wiicher EW3 Scott Colefick EW3 C2-fl Blahnik 1 EW3 Daniel Harper CTOSN Glenn Planck s X Z 3 I .X ig N ll The Snoopy team mans their station 'A .ttt,. y fax i In Q rs. , 4 m R Why are these men smiling? CTR2 Gudino and CTR3 Wilcher at the console in ibulllf' ssias Q.. -.,.,.., Y iw- ...A,....-. ,V .,......Y-x,,,,,...,.,,-,,,,.i+.,-.....n-..-e,,....-.,,.. A round of chaff a day - keeps the bad guys away x-Q-,4g,,,...,, --.,,- ,m,,- M... - , ,,.,..-...- ""'1fwf'-un-err----,...,,.,- 0 nv' LT John Uhl T Navigator SM2 Edwards sends a tactical signal to another naval unit ON Division is made up of Quartermasters and Signalmen. The Quartertmasters are re- sponsible for knowing the shipls position at all times and the condition of the waters where she will travel. The Signalmen ensure that all other ships within visual range of VALLEY FORGE are aware of our every intention. And l said 'I don't do windows' - OOPS! 32 SMC T S . QMI Mark Crock SM2 Vernon Andrews Ony t6VCl'lS0l'l SM2 Daniel Williams QM2 Albert Tenny l 4 - ,,.. -...-....,,,,.,,,,,. . ,,..., ,,.-...,., .W a....--.-...-..,.-.,-x.-.?-......--.g,-f--.....Y--..+---- ---f - -- f-r- -QR.,--v ----.--.,,,- ,.,,..u.. ,A,,,,. A- -.1-.M ,..V,i --V g, ,,.,q-..,.--L,'-- i-..,f-- .w-M. QM2 Kenneth Heyward QM2 Wilford Farnum SM3 Frank Hillerich SM3 Joseph Witt QM3 SOON Jofay QM3 Joray plots the ship's position Q Win :l ,W ij W9 l ZWW, : haw, I W 1 t W1 ' if Www.. X X , r. imc Duty M' f 'Q' Wm 440' www' - we N 'wifi X Would you expect anything less? SMSN Greg Edwards Not Pictured QM3 Kermit Midthun QMSN Perry Morales .., A.,-4 - ,.,L....,..,-- ,. ........, - ,......,.-,Y,,Y..-,,.,.---..-....f-.- ,....-- , .... 1... .,.......-..,.....,,l..,...--...f-i- - .,.. 3- .,... ,-,,.,A,..... ,..,,. -.A ... .-- if-.....,,--,fy S,.....,-,if 'w,.,,i,-,.-..Q,,,,,.,,,,,.,.,,, ...i-rx. ...,i.YY-..,,...,,,,.,- xv- -N.-f lllll Another day in the office LTJ G John Preikszas Administrative Officer O OX OX Division is the paperwork heart of VALLEY FORGE, responsible for almost every facet of the administrative work- load. Aside from providing administrative support for the crew, the men of OX Division also handle all postal services and medical care. HIXICMKSWJ Robert EMCS Henry Angeles MAC Thomas PNICSWJ Richard YNI CllflSlOpl'lCI' YN2 Rex Murdock Thompson Cordes Moltimore I I - ,E EMCS Angeles works on ships maintenance Q f , E ffff E 2 1 1 ff.. ga x ,' 4 X MAC Moltimore demonstrates his fingerprinting technique .ZF w Q X4 SJW -- ---'--I f f- T....-.....--..,W-.....n--.X?...,,a.,,,,-+.-i-.,,.. A, ,-,.,,-,,, 4-..,,,.,. .. -,-.,,,.. --Q.f- ..,-...,..i- Y..- --1--,.,,.,...--..Y-,,,,,,,twA, PC3 Mackey and YN2 Murdock prepare for a much awaited mail call YN2 Reginald PC3 James Mackey PN3 Kevin Barnum McClure YNSN .lohn Harris PNSA Charles Skaggs HN Gregory Brown HN Brown keeps the crews medical status in check al S , ! ix ' kg. Nm fs f fl 5 N ix f rw 2 X, HMCM Bejarano conducts his medi- cine inventory fifi M0 l l l l c PNI Thompson lends an eye for the mine watch PC3 Mackey takes a break in Pattaya Beach .4 TTQ2 c?hiL.aimW lh'lf,'l'f?"'ly ' -xfxffffl' 'I ,.i.,,,...,--,..,..,-,..,...,-.--NfN-1+--+x,.-,,..,,4-.-+-,., , ..,,- A , -..Q-k..-,,,f.,,..-.4f ,. ..,. ...Y --.qw ..., -,,.......-v.x,-.1-.h,,-, ..-W-.-,, , .. +,.. , - , Ld, .,. H,-. ,,..,,, , . . ,,-,,... r , Q VALLEY FORGE twice sailed into what has become known as the ultimate liberty port, Hard work was put forth but fun was had by all, This may have been the last time VALLEY FORGE will sail into Subic Bay and it will be soarly missed. A view of NAVSTA Subic Bay Subic Bay Republic The Phillipines USS PRINCETON CCG 595 returns to the Battle Group from the gulf What a welcome! l has Dim, V all, LEY ll be - Q .- the Bal ' 2 it 1' w,,,,, , 51'-kqffxiyl t 1 ,1 X 4 :Q-W M 1 6, , ",Wg.,f Duck farming, P.I. style lm! Jammin' in one of Olongapo's clubs Another sunset in the P.I A lazy afternoon on Subic Bay 1 Q VW -x 5 sian I aw f V: fs- Qx iff? QX ,Wffff 4.,.,,. ..--,.-. .., kY,,....,-. , , l LCDR Brian Gerling Combat Systems Officer LT Michael Sweeney Weapons Officer Combat Systems The Combat Systems Department is a combination of divisions that work with the radar and electronic systems and the weapons systems themselves. The department is led by LCDR Brian Gerling and assisted by the Weapons Officer, LT Michael Sweeney. Although the lines tend to fade between the two, Combat Systems is comprised of CE, and CF while Weapons is formed by CA, CG, and CM divisions. Combat Systems also has a systems test division which is led by the STO. The Electronics Technicians and Internal Communica- tions Technicians of CE Division are responsible for keeping all of the radars and communications gear in tip top shape while also contributing to morale through the sight TV sys- tem and MARS. The Fire Control Technicians of CF Divi- sion make VALLEY FORGE unique to all non-AEGIS ships. They are responsible for SPY-lA, all its related com- puter equipment and display consoles. The systems test per- Department sonnel serve as the advisors for the system as well as run all comprehensive tests of the weapons system. The Sonar Technicians of CA Division are responsible for all ASW related events and were the mainstays of the mine watch team. CM Divisions Missile Technicians were con- stantly at the ready the entire time VALLEY FORGE was in the Gulf. Manning the missile launchers 24 hours a day, they monitor the "tip of the spear" of the weapons system. The gunners of CG Division maintain and operate the 5 inch guns, CIWS, 20mm guns and all small arms. They are the work horses when it come to VALLEY FORGE security. The men of Combat Systems Department, under the watchful eyes of LCDR Gerling and LT Sweeney, consistent- ly display the technical proficiency, professionalism and "can-don attitude that has brought VALLEY FORGE to the top. ... Nu Y YA A V L ,.... . .-M444--...M--.. -JY --,...,,,, , ....,,.L. . ...L Q.-. -..J ,L ..,--. -K ---Y..L..,.,.-....,.-..,,.-..,..--,.1...,...,,, M LTJG Jeff Kennedy ASW Officer STGCS Nicholas Griffin STG2 Ray Gallant STG2 Bryan Mitchell STG2 Dennis Moore STG2 James Seaman STGC Graham supervises placement of sandbags amidship. STGC Aaron Graham TMI MiChC21l Rl1biO STGI Mike Bruso STG2 Eric Ensley CA Tl1e.Sonar Technicians and Torpedomen of CA division are responsible for the operation and main- tenance of all Anti-Submarine Warfare CASWJ equipment and ordnance aboard Valley Forge. From standing watches in Sonar Control to con- ducting maintenance on vital ASW gear, the ST,s and TM,s are always at the ready to perform. . .... -. ---. -1... ..,....-sv ...,v ,,,......, V -. .,...-..,-..,....,.-,..K...q-.-.,?.....,,...,,-,,......ia.... -Yi-..., M, .,-WN l --" -swf ..,-..,.-N...- ,..f- w-..--..,,..4- -....,,Y..,..-Q........i,,.,-....,-D 4,0 l STG2 Moore and STG3 Canada run tests on the torpedo systems. STG2 Mitchell mans the stack in sonar control STG3 Glenn Beeson STG3 Thomas Canada STG3 Lloyd Davis ' A flfffllll 'K ,W "" "" z I I ..., 4 H M f wf A ' - 1 . . A little relaxation out of the sun in Dubai STG3 Michael Geren SN Lonnie Glavelh G3 Thomas Gone STG3 jacob Padilla TMSR John Bunch STGSN Daryl Green STGSN Brad Huff ,,,...,.,...,.,-..,.......,-- . .....,,54-.,,.,,...,...--Y - .,, - .. ..4,,x..,.-,,,.......X.....,.. ,.,,..,.,,- -4- A ..,---..-Y ..,.-.,,.. ,-.-...A....-. ,...!- -.,.,...-v,,,,,......i...,i.. , ..-.- , Q.,1---.-,--....e'- LTJ G Mike Bynum Electronics Material Officer , -S11 ETC James Fausett ETl William O,Brien ICI John Martins ETl Charles Landreth ET2 Sean O'Mara ET2 Alfre Johnson ET2 Louis Cobb ET2 Thomas Scott ET2 James Vaughn x C 'K 4 55' 'SE CE Division, comprised of the Electronics Techs and the Interior Communications Specialists, is responsible for all of the electronics equipment not related to AEGIS and all communications and navigational equipment .K 8,1 s Q ,.. ..-:.... QQJQ4-if-gk-W-f .,.?,wQ1.-.i,,. ,,.,, ,,,,,... rw--t-...,.-...,..,.,.w ....- -- '-ex..v-"N--,v-f-1.-,-.,,,-Q-rv -u,,,,,,,.,,...-- Z Hard 211 work in the ET Shop ET2 Joseph Reitman ET2 David McKee ET2 Jaun Franco lC2 Brian Gregorowicz IC3 Phillip Kastner IC3 David Charles IC3 Ma,-cus Johnson mics let. :cialistt ipmemr ations lC2 Chastain keeps us talking to each other ET3 Richard Cooke IC3 Tim Brownlee ET3 Anton Anderson Not pictured lC2 Chastain 2 I if .' 0 X p Y .fe gf, Q 1! ji IC3 ":1fidcO" Tim BVOWUICC nwkcs un' ETI Landcrth helps get the show on the road other it ,, f V l If . 5 , ,,-.,i.,..,.,.. K4-?4fl-A---i ---- "- ' CF CF Division is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the ship's vital combat systems. From the various computer systems which gener- ate displays and manipulate data used in CIC to the heart of the AEGIS weapons system, the SPY-lA Radar, the men of CF Division constant- ly have their work cut out for them. A Rusty Evenson "tweaks" one of the illuminators - .A,..,.-..m..-....,...-.....-...-x..- Y ,..-.......,..-..,...,.-.,Y.V,YC ....,..-YY..,---....,:i ,,..,,..-Q... i Peters ,teven Roll' ,sph 'lil' ...-..-. --4-..-.-vs - ..,..- .,-.-,,,., V Y.,. -T.,,.+,... ,,..,..,,,..,.x,,,...,?-.pp-....,,,.,,,i-,... ,,....-Yw....,- .5,,,..,., -..- xf LT Darryl Williams Systems Test Officer FC3 Wilks works on some computer gear FC2 Gregory Maxwell FC2 Clinton Williamson FC2 Dale Breer FC2 Michael Clark FC2 Ronald Clearman O z , , R1 FC3 Donald Bratz FC3 Jonathon Cropp ,.,---J.. ,s-.,..,.. .V F.. -,,.,.......Q..,.,-...-..,,-....A..,..., Joe Acosla checks the job specs ---a..,--....-Q., Y,.,,- -vw-.-g,,,.4---.,,.,,-,,-A-....-..,,,.. ,,-q, ...,..-.., ,,,........,'f-....----- .-...-,...,. ,-.f-ifw + , , X., FCC Allen stands the CSOOW watch FC3 John Fowlkes FC3 Ron Hyde FC3 James Sharp FC3 Thomas Wilks MW shi- Waiting for the liberty boat in Hong ll Kong L FC3 Evenson 8L FC2 Clearman take a break during a fantail cookout Not to be forgotten are the weather guessers assigned to the ship as part of CF Division. The Aerographers Mates were responsible for pro- viding accurate information that was used to predict radar ranges and of course the weather in the ship's operating area. 3 M' AJ! Monitoring the ship's computer systems FC3 Sean Farmer FC3 Russell Evenson FC3 James Ellis AG3 Marquis Jones Not Pictured AG2 Joseph Pettway FC3 Charles Wentz Sz 5 ,,.....fff, tml! rgfwf V4 f ,Qx as ' S 'I , FC3 Wen Y L, tz completes some PMS Q Xa: 2 , , .A.,A, 5.-,W,..-x.-.-,,.... ,. , Y -.,,...,....,.,. CG Y J 56 - 1 5 K GMG2 Ellis has a little fun with the 25mm g If it shoots bullets, the GMGs and FCS of CG division take care of it! Everything from the 5 inch guns to the CIWS falls into their domain. Their motto reads like something from Dirty Harry, "Make my day, PLEASEV, l Phalanx takes out the target every time. un! NS Mike Leflore Gunnery Gfficer FCC Marvin Janik GMC Jim Craycraft FCC Bell Allen .X r I 2 ' W . S I XXX ,Xi X N no . Q f f, fb 'ISN X C s A 2 Q1 ff y .X ' f , Wil my W ff ., - ,Q QM 'QV' f 'T x x X Vi f ury' so - X tw X r " f f f XX y-Xvs f 4 -ev 0' XX N. f X is Z2 ff X ff, f "fs C Ns - Q Y X , ff fuss s XXX? t v 4-t - sfffv " , ras . WW4 H M: Q' . X K x K 5 X 1 xvfgfwf gk x Q Z X N I ....,. R . x SJSOK K X x , 3,3 ,f 5 ,EN ,, x y fs ' 3 'LSTX 'rs X ff' Y 'xf X , X ,, WN t if f i X f f f 7 7 X A X SYN X X ' ' f sr, - 4 X A X iw Q X f we , V -Q 'Xi o 'X . X f e Q so X I Lx ,X X ,Wxwx W, Lww -s 2 was if x XNJX X Zi - ' 1 f VX r . QQxS!3WX95Q4X XM ii ' 7 gk N, ..., , N his f NLR, 2'-. ix .1 get ., . ----- t XX '-fee 13 llllf' Q A 5' 1 if Q X7 SMX! Y XNXX -XXXXXSQ t X e FC3 Pearse discuses the finer points of the Harpoon system. W- W- Q -M Mg Q 14,5 YVf,47,,,-?, ,,,-..+'vm--f-+-p- ,....,,,..--- -5---..,.,......,,.. a,f'-V1--,.,..v-x-N-,.,-ffm-.--R,-aw-f FC2 Greg Valcich FC2 Pat Pearse GMG3 Tim Alward FC3 Robert Magdaleno l FC2 John Castro FC2 Jeff Romero GMG2 Mike Coogan FC2 Scott Marquez FC3 Gregory Sutherlin FC3 David Morgan GMGSN Aaron Schlee GMGSN Kelly O'Neal GMGSN David Bellard , ,xiii Doing the fresh water washdown thing. am? Keeping them firing Painting. A never ending job! - -A ms' , ,-,R ,- ,.,, -....- -.----..,1f-,..f--1...-.... - A ' ' .v -,,. .- i.f., - --4 9-4 .,,,,,., 1, ... , .,,,.,. LTJG Steven Rossignol Missile Officer , i GMCCSWJ Robert Hill GMM2 Patrick Caserta GMM3 Todd Baures GMMSN Chris Helmer Not Pictured GMM2 Alan Prentis GMM3 Bill Wiggins ,,,,.,.....w4- MK 26 sits quietly in front of another sunset ......-N, Y- ,W ...M-...-...,,.,......N.,, ,,,.....-...,.,.,,,,.,..,,,,,,,,,,M,,,...,A...--...p.- ..,....,......,-,Ms-N A , A A ,,,x W .,,,g,,,,...,, , So Todd, what did you say this was? CM CM Division is responsible for the MK 26 guid- ed missile launching system. Through the use of the two launchers, the ship was able to combat the air threat as well as the threat from below. The men of CM kept the launchers in peak condition through- out Operation Desert Strom. fo 5 IDDAM F6021 U55 mffff F0176 fljlfff L out-3 GHH3 ZJJAHYGS X6 F55 W .xv keyed GMM3 Bauers takes a break during inventory A missile addressed to Saddam with love Av, ., - YV M..--.....-.,.....,f 'N ...,......,,A.,.- .-.f ----.........,..,.,---',-.-..,.,-.,..r . Y - E . -- The '6Eye The Storm" Arabian ulf 15 Jan-is Apr 199 r i l l l i, 1, I la lx ll S, .r ll ll ll rl ll il ga ,, ll. ig! l A vigilant mine watch A V l . 1 l l I i z VALLEY FORGE accumulated 96 days of il combat performing the function of Anti-air Q Warfare Commander while stationed 60 miles l U i ' off of the coast of Kuwait. Every crew member, l l from the most salty of persons to the junior l l T . . r Seaman carrled themselves valrantly throughout j the war. jx, I. ll s l a li ll r 1 i l ll Ql 1 1 :I ll l i, 11 . i l f Battle Damage! I l 52 1 Damaged oil well equipmen XY f 4 7 . , , so f ,, K ka X as ff, .X 55 fy , - , K , N X I "" Q , . lx xg 1 Q ,V s as p ,Q Mas:-,W fi, - Rf if q-X! fzf . Neff Trp Q--azfsfvfv was-,Q r oXRf,'XNo Are war E 1 1 vita wi t,s, f ' Ali, s 3. , fi: .cg 615s in Rr1gw5,3y, Q fr' 5 ,. ' X mfg 5 get Misagifxg Xia, Wigif 52 The four carrier battle group 19 v v 1 ov, 'V 1 gl . ww s..Q' li ' 1 A D: l , ,rv E- -.' . 5 ,A ,,' . 5 l 1.1 ,' ' . U53 E .3 l well equig ,.-.Y.r . ,.-L The EOD Team prepares to tackle another mine Damaged Iraqi Anti-Aircraft Artillery im ,,,,, N li 4 ' if Wi I Rixfj si or l b Mi D ax Damage to automobiles fleeing Kuwait 5 X fx X ' X xx tx W Q my X S Q Q ' ge! - xx Nw I -..F .. ,,,,-,,..,,....,, i,.,,, . . ...W - .,.-..,....,... 1. X..,. The motor whale boat team finishing some "unusual" duties The uS'EO1'II1,, Ccontinuedb I I A beautiful scene in a harsh environment Major damage to a personnel shelter on the Iraqi "Khor Al Amayaw oil loading platform 54 A h The Lynx helo off HMS Exeter pays us a visit VALLEY FORGE was 5 for 5 One of the many burning oil wells The EOD team with a little more work 1- -.- -0- J M-iw -. ---.-,,,,..-....,-,,,,. Thanks for a job well done ADM Zlatoper with some favorite attire Total destruction! KANSAS CITY with another satisfied customer Q fx 'Q Zvi 2 Strapping on our first Battle "E" 3 AV U? , ,, , ,.., . V W 4' 'f f' es' , ,X f f' A g K tx.: s f N ff M s ,, , W ,M x It 3 N -if Smoke from the oil wells on the horizon s 2 XO keeps a watchful eye on the minewatch N Q -W X--.N Nf'-ww..,,,N . W. , wwxmxxxoxoymww M' ,M W -Y vw-...,, X , x ox.xx. I ' I , xxx., , ww...wmjj-w.,,NWW I .. K, A k-,,,,ff 5 M fy fqyl xx 'W' MmN1WmM -V X 'x fx "A""o:--w4.x ---...N x o '-M, Y' M 'W - .X X ff.. N ,-H t' w,.,,,,,, . .. Q A ,A NA X W M , f - M X f Our cscorts in Abu Dhabi 57 The U.A.h . bu habi .-S... ,-,.....,,.f.-...,- i Abu Dhabi, A modern city in the desert A common site in Abu Dhabi - The Minaret A families visit to the ship - All Smiles Abu Dhabi and Dubai are members of the United Arab Emirates which lie directly south of the mouth of the Straits of Hormuz on the gulf side. A set of cities carved out of the desert sands, both Abu Dhabi and Dubai are very mod- ern cities much like those found in the United States. The gold souk in downtown Dubai - A shoppers paradise A sampling of original Dubai architecture The CO and XO pay a visit to the U.S. Ambassador The waterfront of Dubai f W, AW f i 1 Qi E Q I 2 K 2 E M was' Nw' N QW' ,NN WW' 94 N XM LCDR Trey Mitchell Engineering Officer T ngineering T V Department i Working many extra hours before and after the start of any cruise, the Engineering Department is tasked with ensuring the VALLEY FORGE gets underway, makes her transit, and gets home on time, as well as ensuring there is fresh and hot water for the crew. Safety is their paramount concern and they performed flawlessly during the deployment. The Engineering Department, composed of E, A, R, and MP Divisions, ensure VALLEY FORGE gets where she needs to go. The Electrician Mates maintain and operate the electri- cal generators and distribution system throughout the ship. The Hull Maintenance Technicians and Damage Controlmen respond to every emergency and ensure most broken equip- ment is back up and running in record time. The Enginemen undertook the sizable task of maintaining all auxiliary equip- ment including the distilling plants for our fresh water and the air conditioners in the harsh environment of the Arabian Gulf. The GSM's and GSE,s of the Main Propulsion Division kept the main engines on line every minute of every day while also supporting flight operations and underway replenishment. Throughout the deployment, the Engineers' performance was nothing less than outstanding, proving once again, they will do whatever it takes to keep the ship moving. The Engi- neering Department is headed by LCDR John S. Mitchell. A 1984 graduate of Stanford University, his previous assign- ments include USS OBRIEN CDD-9755 and USS REUBEN JAMES CFFG-575. .,. --v-wwf -A J M ' U A Gangg the men of A Division are responsible for everything from the air conditioning system to fresh water to low pressure air, but whatever system they are working ong it always deals with the comfort of the crew. Thanks for the shower! ? - Say cheese! LTJ G Daniel Caballero Auxilliaries Officer ENC Arthur Estebahn ENI Donald Dixon EN2 Anthony Sinopoli EN2 James Elnicki EN2 Norman Stewart EN2 Roger Sabatchi EN3 Godfrey relaxes on the mess decks any Sinow f Slbilil wa Lv I li 'R .., ......!. ...,., ,Y...,.,Y -. - -- A...--.......f ..-1-., -X.,--if --,. -.avr-f-..,, , ...., ,.-,.-V.. -W - -..-. ,..,,- ,.,, EN2 Seth Morin EN2 Curtis Curry ENFN Winston Wilks FN .lim Godfrey -, ENFN Wilks sorts his tools FN Matthew Kuchenbaker FN Samuel Claxton FA Kyle Burns FA Daniel Folger .i,t V,,,,, ,Z it V , f -144, I' ,ZCLH4 ,. si e f f Z, s , 'V2fZf f 1 v , 1 --- is ff I H if kv' Q 2' 'Z al ,Z A 6 if unsung :annum gg H H g' EN2 Sabatchi 81. EN2 Morin review some schematics -Y -, -.,,,..,,,..,...-.,..-...N,....,.,.,-. .,..-.........,i.--- A Gang court is now in session The EM's of VALLEY FORGE have the tre- mendous responsibility of ensuring that not only everybody has electricity for their various needs, but also the correct voltage and cycle to satisfy ' any specific equipment needs. On the job 24 hours a day, they stand ready to get power to wherever it needs to go. So Q32 CWO2 John Knotwell Electrical Officer - The EM's have Hgot the powerv 2 EMI Bulb' Palmer EMI RUPCFIO Umali EMZQSWJ Allan Layne EM3 Joseph Spruiell CWO2 Knotwell brings the ship alongside for an unrep EMI Palmer rigging a shore power cable EMFN Hogan rigs waterline security lights EM2 Layne 8a EM3 Spruiell make adjustments to the ship s electrical load Xu ltil 5 EM3 Regan Malina EMFN David Lowery EMC Robert Wong EM3 Chris Sullivan EM3 Anthony Perry EMFN Michael Hogan EMFA Jeffery Duty Sorting out power cables Standing by for hook up ell f dll: l N fi l I 'lla Alla' X, , 3 Not Pictured S' A il X'- . . sox g ul 1957? 9 F ,SE The men of MP division are vital to making the ship go. Always on watch for some sign of a problem with the equipment, they have the confidence and skill to fix it effec- tively and quickly. The engineers of MP Division were able to keep VAL- LEY FORGE casualty free ion the engineering sidej throughout deploy- ment. LTJ G David Grooms Main Propulsion Assistant GSECCSWJ Henry Go GSMC Ralph Morgan GSMCQSWJ Michael GSEI David Oosterbahr Vachon The never ending paperwork drill GSMCCSWJ Vachon and GSM2 Bowe man the console in CCS B l l I iSEl Daiill W-2 X -0-7, Y- -- V W Ai, --..,-.- ,..--..,.-,.,f ...,-A, ,,,W.,, VY . ,,-,v.,,.,, .. ..,.--x., - .-A-S -- .-,-.,, CWO2 Knotwell clowns around with ENS Smith GSMI Richard Coots GSM2 Jeffrey Bowe GSM2 Jeffrey Johnson ENS Brent Smith Fuels Officer GSM2 Johnson talks with a shipmate GSE2 Frank Boykin GSE2 Roberto Manacop GSM? Christopher Nicasio ..V- --,,.....,-.-,..-...1...,......,..,-., ,.....1.. .-Q-4-T-----x-----f-- yu. .N-n gm 'fa F o i-215 r 1 N' 3 9" S if ,. I , GSM3 Selby and GSM2 Taylor working in the main spaces .---,--V-f- w..Y,.....-sr- -rf---L -. -S,,...-........,.-..,.,... CHENG springs into action GSM2 Sen Marrero GSM2 Jeffrey Roberts s.,,a,- .....T,-.,,-.,,x,,,...-,...,,...h.......,f. .F W W- a A brain storming session GSM3 Todd 'Tomaino GSE3 James Harnish GSE3 Edwin Carpio I don't want it, here you take it! GSM3 Jose Menorca M' GSM2 Boykin hard at work on the ever popular computer IGSMFN Major Schmidt GSEFN Robert Jordan f s GSMIQN Jeffrey l GSMFN William ENS Smith directs the motor whale boat Erickson Simmonds FA Todd Furst GSMCCSWJ Vachon handles the watch in central .- - . .- .,....L,...,,.1.,.,,..,.4.,.--.x,,...,.-.,-,,A,,., .--...-..-...,- V --f The Hull Technicians, Machinery Repairmen, and Damage Controlmen of Repair division are tasked with the responsibility for maintaining ev- erything from vital damage control systems and firefighting equipment to the ships sewage system. Throughout the storm, R division stood ready to ensure VALLEY FORGE was battle efficient in all respects. LT William Lynch Damage Control Assistant DCC .lim Powderly HTC William Thompson HTI Vince Quarcini DC3 Mendel mans the DC Console in CCS MRI Renny Cabal EN2 Bruce Bailey DC2 Mike Rondeau DC3 Patrick Quinn DC3 Shane'Mendcl ....,-.-..,,..,-,,.,.-...-a,.q'H.q-w......p,.. ,.. ,. .,, . , - V -.1-. ,.V-- - H, ,.,.-.5-,. fa.,-Y Jaw-, 'V,,,,., , l l l l l':l ii l l are ziggy DC3 Michael Davy DC3 Ronald Whitson DC3 Fancy English . DCFN Bret Stublaski HTFN Raul Alderson HTFA David Glendening il' A RT' .5 Not Plctured DC2 Lloyd Frazier HT2 Rodney Wilson FN Daniel Folger FN Jay Brash DCFA James Aiken C9. LTJG Frank Pearson Repair Officer Can't find a part? We'll make one! HTI Quarcini welds a new bracket into place lf we can't fix it - it ain't broke! DC2 Wilson and DC3 Quinn put in overtime to keep vital DC gear on line. 71 1 11 11 1 1 1, 11 ,, 1, 1 15 1 1 1 A I 1 1 n, 1 5 'I 1 1 . s 1 11 1 11 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 ,I 1. 1 1 11 1 1 V1 1 1 x L1 1 1 1 1 1 1 I .1 A gathering of slime awaits further punishment! .V --H..,...,.,.,.,. - The WOG EXECUTIONER himself King Neptune plants his standard! The coffin treatment ,,.,f ..,, ....,.,Y,..,.-., ,..,...Y..,,, VX.-..,....-.4,.......,,,..,...., Wog fContinuedD Fit for a queen? we ,ye fxz, 1 fifww gras. 4' 'l ex M Sheik Abdul Wog! 74 ' OS2 McGee shows his true colors! I MSN? ,X Wi fi I l l l 1 l i l i l l l l :iff The Royal Baby waits for the next victim! The final rinse and spin cycle for the lowly WOGS! Davy Jones and his lovely cohorts ..-ld 'Ml , , for trans 0 t t'o Botnaical Gardens cut out of the jungle p r a I n attaya Beach, hailand Although outdated, the elephant is still used 4 4 Smiles and culinary delights of all types I l l M ,iz X I I A 'IK 2222" T "?i': EN - 1-' vez: ' 1 ' , , M- 4f""7 ii " Ei? ' s Snake charming - An art form? Our first "real" liberty port following our "Persian Excursion was Pattaya Beach, Thai- land. Thailand possesses a curious blend of the best of eastern and western cultures. Friendly people, a paradise setting and west- ern comforts. Who could ask for more? ff ff!!! , 'Q E ul! i'vtXHXC'1 ekkviiffz The Buddhlst Religion A large part of Thai life alley Forg Challenge ENS Pimpo starts of the series. - Zifgzfhw . , ff i .ax :fx ' J X Q fx f M N, wx- my r . X K 4 X, Zefisg, ' . X f Q . A fe ,Q-M y w All that working out pays off! ' gf W? V f . awww :J Z 4 MW, e ,X Q VL X rm-MS The contestants , Now lf I could only swallgw it! l il nl u 3 lol bf sh 3 5 T x ' l All work and no play would make everyone a little short on nerves. To overcome the monotony of this situation, the VALLEY FORGE held a number of challenges among the crew. Everything form arm wrestling and pie eating to growing a beard were included in this fun and interesting challenge! What a messl yum Yum Yum! Mike Tyson watch out, l be bad!! alley Forge A Pla V 231 cya X ., 'I M21 W i I ,,,, ..,W ,,n, ,fl-mm ,..., M ,, h,,,n ,..,, , ,why The ship's band comes out of moth balls to play the missile deck LT BLAGG slams another one home f Z I 2 The XO pays for the dentist. Relaxing during a cookout :NWN . U ,M , f M yi Q' an pm. W XO getting a good night sleep . . . What a draft!! l l 1 l i l i i A 'fix i ?' l l l ,LQ M 4-Q2 ,A I .fgen . A i I . , . 2 dilll 'Y l l f 'E if X' 1 2, t fr X 'fav Wher6'S the Harem Waiting patiently on W With all of the trials and tribulations sur- f rounding a six month deployment, and many world problems on the minds of everybody on Q, the ship, we proved, wherever we went, that X f 4, X nobody knows how to have more fun with the situation. From golfing on the flight deck to 5 2 . the food line f Q I' rr H- l , . . . . . X H 0 fishing on the fantail, this crew does It all. .E if M r- , s S . . he K ,ff 1 fi , s 2 X Er, Wy X i , S .X wg. . N ir I 7 . Y -. N w X 5, . r. .F iff- .W I if Q r s .- A .. ..,,.. ni t. . . . ' .. Q t t .. ,Lsf,.5, fg, A-N, -, w - 35. www, NwWi,,:N,,. ,,. A Ll - N - v . MIN i " Nl "A?f1::'fwa'if ,Q sWW,,, WN-N--H -..-wMww.- am? """W"'1 A e .. .W ,qv ,.,, -ffqfrtsff-gg.-,Q-2 Q39 J ' if r rrrissfmqm- aurkxwflf sf ,I X 'I'-'M Wsssvsw-Mff 'W he ,7 , f rs, ,, AZN, max j XA X if , WX :W.w'fe.Qqy1?s? www .Wt NX, Nj.. :Ns 44 sr M NNW XV- 'YN'if'r- -N f N NW ,ff W Ns, fznmyljxl X 3 5242, -,,,- 5 Lf vfflswggvw new H H rr T A 1 r " i , Not exactly Augusta ...Q Q f 1 I -., mu l n , The crew relaxes during at the movies The Catch of the day I WMA. I , .W 2 ,ff gf 9 -Aww f 4 f VW M .W if Q? fi: 3? 22 li .' , 2 fi X 4 , 5 I i 'V-, f 7 , 1 . W . f X hiv , I' ju 1 ' Z f f 5 Z f f 82 I , 1 1 ,N fx, iv V., ,,!.,,. ff it-' rv X u.' ,ru V. 'x .L- ,XA ,.41'- W , IR. 1 . Il.. . 'lx x.- , -. X. X.. N ', ,. ..- -W ......., - V. .. . . --- L.,-A,-,..,..-,..,-,Y,x....,.,',,N..,-v-,.,, A , -,,,,- .,,,,,, V ,Y LCDR John Doswell, SC Supply Cfficer Suppl Department As the years have gone by and the ever changing Navy has conducted deployment after deployment, one area remains constant: The Supply Department is vital to both the morale of the crew and the success of any mission. Dealing superbly with the logistical nightmare of the'Arabian Gulf, the Mess Spe- clalists, Disbursing Clerks, Ships Servicemen, and Store Keep- ers performed with excellence. The MS's provided outstanding food service offering a wide variety of wholesome meals, the daily "shot in the armn on the Il'IldWatCh and unique specialty nightsg all while engaged in a vicious Battle Group Pizza War. While half-way around the world, and with the DK's on the job, the crew received the same wide ranging pay benefits including detailed information On the dicey tax exemption rules. The SK's of GSK worked wonders with part support. Ordering from every conceivable outlet, they went that extra mile to ensure that much needed parts were on the ship as quickly as possible. In the world of the SH's life couldn't have been more unique. With ship's store stock dwindling and the soda machines running empty, they found a wide variety of items to sell throughout our stay in the Gulf while continuing to cater to the crewls haircut and laun- dry needs. As a team, the Supply Department has become known for ingenuity and outstanding performance. Throughout the deployment the Supply Department was led by LCDR John Doswell. A 1977 graduate of the Naval Acad- emy, LCDR Doswell reported aboard in July of 1990. His previous assignments include USS LEWIS AND CLARK CSSBN 6441, Naval Sea Systems Command, SUBGRU FIVE, SUBRON ELEVEN. SKCM Pedro Leary Supply Leading CPO Logistics Management - The Lifeblood Of a Ship! SKI Luis Pallera SKI William Saulsberry SK1 Brian Patten SK2 Ricardo Carbajal SK2 Michael Pifer Z'- M . X s .V ff, suv 2 Vis! l f SK3 Jason Grupp SK3 Rolando Galang 'ZW T SK3 Shawn Foechterle SK3 Douglas Danielson Stores Handling -'A Fairly Common Sight. .S-1 The men of GSK played a vital role in the ship's outstanding performance during OPERATION Desert Storm. Through the excellent guidance of SKCMCSWJ Leary, their hard work and profes- sionalism kept the ship's Combat Systems, Engi- neering, and Operations departments in tip-top shape. SKSA Joel Garcia SA Lonnie Giavelli S-2 division is responsible for the preparation of all meals for the crew. Mixing speciality food items with our normal everyday meals is just one reason for their recognition throughout the years in the Ney competition. LTJG Mark Pimpo Food Service Gfficer The Old Forge Inn was bought out by the VALLEY FORGE CAFE MSCS 5056 Mabini MSC Angelito Lugay Msz Nick Thomas Msz Mike weaver 3 E ELI 1 'J ,, wi L l i l ff' ,,f- ff r' 1' un Ml :Ji ' ' ha 13 ET I Z ! in 'vi xliflln 5 E xrefi ll Ya. Another Pizza night in the making 1IlIllM,Wi'i.m Battle "E" celebration Es' .xg Wx MS2 Floyd Benjamin MS3 Terry Moller MS3 Calvin Martin MS3 Charles Green Gee, I wonder if this is done yet l The motto to go with the VALLEY FORGE CAFE logo 1 E gg. MSSN Manuel Sapanlay MSSN MacDonald MSSN Gines Magdaraog Preparing the evening meal in the galley. If fl ' v , .f ll N ,. wa' g.- 69 if ,lvl ,W ar v ,F Lf v-' v . .f ll .3 ,. rp' S3 The SH's of S-3 division provide service to the crew in the form of operating the shipls store, laundry, barber shop and of course keep- ing the candy and soda machines full. Their dedication to service during the cruise resulted in the largest funds received into the Welfare Dantes Francisco Ships Services and Rec fund at any time in the shipls history. Checking out the latest cassettes available in the store. Not Pictured SHI Arnold Pauline SHI Rufino Pelonia SH3 Trinh Lee SHSN Michael Lester SN Charles Gilliam SHCS Francisco orders some more shipls store items SH3 Lee keeps the crew looking in tip top shape S4 The men of S-4 division deal directly in all of the crews shipboard monetary interests. The shipas store, barbershop, and laundry, site TV and Wel- faref Rec are major contributors to the crews mo- rale, but the DK3s do it all on the lst and 15th of every month. LTJ G Mark Thomas Disbursing Gffieer i T z I V I l V l l l ll ll l 1, l. l i I i. ll li i , , l LA s DK1 Leon Elder DK2 Manolito Ong SN Robert McPhaul l 1 l I I I 1 I V l l l 9 1 T Support From The Homefront 'F '. .. W Q gy , I f 429 ' r, f ,, s f 4N,,3 , at W fm , f ' f ff ' f fx f N f V I M R ""' N 41, " M I ' '- 4 . W H 4 f f ' J, WV' 'W , 1 1 h ge . M X M ivy - , , if X" xx- f ,wh ,x ,,,, . eff - Q 'N f ' f ' 4 ,QT f Ns x f 1 at A f M s f 5 x ,, f w N JZ 1 ,f i f Z WQRW w g! fy N J Q" 4 2 X r i n ,X W f 1 aff rf in f fw ff' , W 0 f -X M ,ff f ' '35 f? atm W , f 75 W ff! f W fx 7 Y ffw f 71 7 f f as f ' M it Q, ' , 'Q if 410 V X X , 'rf f V -X The support recelved from all over the country was truly outstandmg The efforts, in partlcular, of the stu dents of Valley Forge High School in Ohro was greatly apprecrated by the entire crew NV X X X W f 1 fx l X .V 641 t2 , 0 W 0 Q s' .Q e Q - SEQ JS F af 2555, ,, ' T x l urs SL Then' 5 X Wa 1 ,, 1 f My - , , ARA Spiro fArgentinaJ HMS Brilliant joins the patrol , .,,, mmt? , Wrw, ,. .4 , f Y ifm: V SWSW -'Z' 2 X K QM fini, ,,l , W V Y . ,, .h.,,,..,.. .., ,, I ' I' f f f 1 AW n,,-, 5 fx 1 5 ,ff - wins .fe-v,,,'1. 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Ili 08 DEC 90 30 DEC 90-2 JAN 91 15 JAN 91 17 JAN 91 09 FEB 91 16 FEB91 16 FEB 91 19 FEB 91 23 FEB 91 28 FEB 91 28 FEB 91 03 MAR 91 05 MAR 91 06 MAR 91 19-22 MAR 91 08-13 APR 91 18 APR 91 24-25 APR 91 27 APR 91 29 APR-3 MAY 91 08-12 MAY 91 15-18 MAY 91 31 MAY 91 08 JUN 91 Chronology Of Events Departed San Diego Inport Subic Bay, R.P. Entered Arabian Gulf OPERATION Desert Storm Begins Received news that VALLEY FORGE had Won the Battle "E" Began operations in North Arabian Gulf Sighted and destroyed lst Iraqi mine Sighted and destroyed 2nd Iraqi mine Sighted and destroyed 3rd Iraqi mine Cease-fire begins J Sighted and destroyed 4th Iraqi mine Sighted and destroyed 5th Iraqi mine VALLEY FORGE relieved in the North Arabian Gulf Rejoined the Ranger Battle Group Inport Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. Inport Dubai, U.A.E. Departed Arabian Gulf Transitted Straits of Malacca Crossed the Equator Inport Pattaya Beach, Thailand, Inport Hong Kong Inport Subic Bay, R.P. Inport Pearl Harbor. Embarked Tigers RETURNED HOME! 97 Wx xx Q , 5 v f f f , , , ff , 7 , . X f nw Mm ff wwf , -X ,wfgw-X ffNJ'CX3MN,351'f'5fFv? 1-"ffw WW W' WXWX. W .fmwfvfx xff Aww Xf N V A, mmw, WWmxf,X X fl M my QQ ,Sv A15 ihyk we wwXw5W.Xg:Q5HN VWQW1 M614 S, Xwffff wtf, Q A , 5 ' ' X N 'A W K f N 'fxwfwkmlmfwhj LCDR Don Heiser Air Detachment Officer-In-Charge ir Detachment While in the Gulf flight quarters became a ritual with the Saberhawks of HSL-47 as they continually launched in support of reconnaisence, VERTREP, and mail find- ing missions. Whether doing pre or post-flight checks, routine maintenance or flying a mission the air detach- ment performed the huge task of trying to keep 71 and 74 up and "fully mission capable." The Air Detachment was led by LCDR Don Heiser. LCDR Heiser, a graduate of South Carolina, served superbly as "CAG" and guided the DET through literal- ly hundreds of flights with no mishaps or injury to per- sonnel. The Air Detachment is comprised of two divisionsg the Operations Division and the Maintenance Division. The Operations side of the house deals with the planning, organization and scheduling of the aircraft while the maintenance personnel are responsible for the upkeep and repair of the aircraft and its support equipment. All work the incredible long hours required for the success of each mission. No matter what the tasking, the Saberhawks of HSL- 47 performance was nothing short of outstanding throughout the entire cruise. Their dedication to safety and mission accomplishment will forever leave them re- membered for their commitment to excellence. l l G ffl, ,191 'ip i L! AXC Thomas Rowe AW1 Paul Wirth AW3 Tom Jacobson AW3 James Shepard 1 ,,,- f" hhhh 77 Saberhawk on approach LT Michael Blagg Lt Johseph Mihal Material Officer Operations Officer The SABERHAWKS of HSL-47 Det 2 , joined the VALLEY FORGE during Battle Group Echo work-ups and the cruise. Their mission was over-the-horizon locating of ,WWMN-fxzewww, merchant and enemy shipping as well as providing a critical second set of eyes for mine detection. Probably their most critical function in the eyes of the crew was trans- porting the all important mail from home. QQ- it 2 .1 li I l, ll 2, LT Mihal performs a preflight inspection of Sa- Smile for the camera berhawk 74 'CQ' a,...,.......... -.YV --,...,-v..v7,Y-....-3-L.. , ..-,.. -V J... ,LW , WM, - .- 5---........,-,L ,-ML,-V ,-,,., in-'mm iw , LT Craig Palmer LT Royce Dreyer LTJG Reid Perry Training Officer ADI Tom Meeks AZ2 James Harrington AE3 Mitch Freeman AE3 John Martin Not Pictured LT John Peters AE2 Frank Courtney AMS2 Ramon Del Fierro X N ii f i ADAN "Gonzo" Gonzalez performs helo maintenance AT2 James Merson AT3 Steven Wilmarth AMSAN Jesse Deshazo ADAN Luis Gonzalez sTv 'Z' G 101 H0 91411 No deployment is ever complete without a stop in Hong Kong. Popularly referred to as "the Jewel of the Orient," Hong Kong offers something for everyone. From breathtaking sce- nery to some of the best shopping west of the International Dateline, Hong Kong is the pre- mier liberty port. With its scheduled return to Chinese sover- eignty in 1997, this may have been the last visit to Hong Kong for many of the crew. -1. .F .,,I, S "YK, my 2.1 Cdellayoq r ' fr'-sei ' O A E527 5118 mum iwnf 1, M ,,4 if ., wg ,,,, 9-,xi i ,,, , V f M., ,,,,, V, V , I A "shopper's paradise" find Modern architecture adorns the skyline li' i Nil W ll i A Rl U li ll e ll . ll ! P s! ll I '-a l L, i Ai, i i Q " -'- 'rn - V--f - RJ.,-,-- A e "lla I, ff f X 7 ,gf The Fleet at Anchor in Victoria Harbor The beauty ofthe lights of Hong Kong as seen from Victoria Peak w -- -Y -,,,....V..,.,..-...-....,l..pA..,.., ,....-,......,..YA-....,. l A scene from Stanley Market A,..,,.g-.X,...,.... .--...,,. , Y, - -. - -...Q-.,,,. Q...,,....-.., .F-- ,, fx,,..,.........-..,Q FD CIC WATCH SUP Ship Battle HE' Navy Unity Commendation National Defense Medal Southwest Asia Service Medal Bronze Star CAPTAIN TEDESCHI Air Medals t1.3 Awards HTC THOMPSON MINE WATCH SUP LTJG BECKMAN OOD LT LYNCH OOD LT UHL OOD HMCS BEJARANO SENIOR MED REP Im 4,-vr..-:fag.f1.5-3,4:,,f,-af431545-z,,:4g-I,:,pI,-I5-I LCDR HEISER LT PETERS LT BLAGG LTJG PERRY LT MIHAL AWI WIRTH LT PALMER AW2 JACOBSON LT DREYER AW2 SARRO AW3 SHEPARD ,W W., . f,.-aw Q- am-A .I M A 4, M Q, f-b0 be Na vy Comm enda t1on LCDR WISECUP LCDR .IOHNSTONE LCDR GERLING LCDR MITCHELL LT SHAFFER LT SWEENEY LT BROWN LT FINCH LTJG KENNEDY LT WILLIAMS OS2 BRANSON OSC COLLINS OSC HUFF OS2 MCGEE OSI ZIELINSKI ADI MEEKS OS2 DOUCETTE OSI MELICAR OSI MOSELEY BMCM LUIZ CWO2 ISAAC ISI MCDANIEL SKI PATTEN LT BLAGG GMC CRAYCRAFT DC2 FRAZIER BMI HOWARD DCC POWDERLY 2 ,,.,,.. aft , ffvy. A MQ., N 4 .P ., .,,. , . .,-'f. .fd , ,May ,, 4, wh,2f,2-Wghx-ZZ?'4,f'Q'V,6i0"ZpZ,fW2 I.,,I. we W "4-'W f' -42,-Wsfffz MINE WATCH COOR MINE WATCH SUP MINE WATCH SUP MINE WATCH SUP Navy Commendatmn Medals MS2 HT2 WILSKDN DC3 WHITQSON SN BM3 OSI AE2 COURTNEY AIR DET OSI AMS2 DELIFIERRO AIR DET MSSN ADAN GONZALEZ-PEREZ AIR DET MS2 iff- :1-f:t :2' .2:.'12- 'fr AT2 MEARSON FCCISWJ ALLEN ECC BUSBY COMBAT PERRY FCCCSWJ J ANIK P-COSTA EVENSON DCFN AIKEN LTJG ROSSIGNOL HTFN ALDERSON GMG3 ALWARD EN2 BAILEY PN3 BARNUM BM2 BIHR STG3 BEESON FN BRASH MS2 BENJAMIN HN BROWN STGI BRUSO DC3 DAVY II..I,., YNI CORDES BM3 DUBOSE BM2 DICKEY DC3 ENGLISH FD SK3 DANIELSON BMCS EUBANKS FD STG3 DAVIS FN EOLGER FD D141 ELDER BM3 FRAZIER i"" FD STG2 ENSLEY GSM2 FRIEDLE III. FN FURST FD STG2 SK3 GALANG FD STG3 SA GIAVELLI FD STG3 GSM3 HAAKE FD SK3 SN L. JONES FD STG3 GSM3 KEOGH FD YNSN SHSN LE FD STGSN MS2 LEWIS FD BMI EMFN LOWERY FD PC3 YN2 MCCLURE FD STG2 R DOC I4 In DCFN STUBLASKI RMSA SPENCE RMSN STURGES BMI SZOGI PADILLA FD FD FD FD IGMG2 PRENTISS SKI SAULSBERRY YNSR SCHROEDER MS2 SIMMONS FC3 TUCKER STGSN WOOD FD FD FD FD CIC WATCH SUP FOOD SERV SUPPORT FOOD SERV SUPPORT FOOD SERV SUPPORT LSO LSO LSO LSO MSS MSS MSS MINE WATCH MW MW MW MW MW MW MW MW MW MW MW MW MW MW MW MW MW MW MW MW MW MW MW MW MW MW MW MW MW MW MW MW MW MW 104 I I I III 'fl ,I I II I, Il BM2 ZOLL FC2 BARTELS FC2 CLEARMAN FC2 GARDNER FC3 SMITLEY RMI WILLIS RMI SWANSON SHCS FRANCISCO SHI PAULINE LTJG BYNUM ENS DUVALL ENS GROOMS ENS PREIKSZAS ENS SONNENSCH EIN FC3 BRATZ W RADAR SYS CONTROLLER RADAR SYS CONTROLLER RADAR SYS CONTROLLER RADAR SYS CONTROLLER RM SUP RM SUP SHIP STORE SUPP SHIP STORE SUPP SURPYSUB SUR WAR COORD SURPJSUE SUR WAR COORD SURIUSUB SUR WAR COORD SURFXSUB SUR WAR COORD SURWSUE SUR WAR COORD MANAGEMENT P COMPUTER CENTRAL IC3 BROWNLEE 24 HR AVAIL R VING CAM FAMILY SUPPORT ETC FAUSETT STGC GRAHAM GMC HILL FCA MARQUEZ ETI O BRIEN MRI CABAL ENS SMITH EWC AIRD OS2 DELUCA OS2 FLEMING RM2 GRIGSBY CTR2 GUDINO PNI THOMPSON OS2 WRIGHT LCDR DOSWELL ENS PIMPO ENS THOMAS GROUP TAPES EQUIP PERF RMANCE VOL BRIDGE WATCH STANDER C MMANE: CAREER COUNSELOR GUI E MISSILE LAUNCHER TECH Ciws AND HARPOON TECH RA AR, IFF WORK CENTER SUP MACHINERY REPAIR EULES OPP EW SUP SURFACE SUP T C COM SUP CRYPTO AWARDSXPERSMAR T C HCO HCO HCO LTJG Bynum LTJG Grooms LTJG Pearson LTJG Preikszas LTJG Smith LTJG Sonnenschein En11Sted Surface Warfare Spec1a11st GSEQSWJ Go STGISWJ Graham OSCQSWJ Huff OSZQSWJ Branson OSICSWJ Cortes OSIQSWJ Newman FCICSWJ Tucker ENCISWJ Estcbahn ICIQSWJ Martms ETIQSWJ O Brlen ETZCSWJ Vaughn FCIISWJ Routh GMMIISWJ Caserta EWIISWI Seymour fr' u,"i,7iU 'f'4 MPT? 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'- 'N U F ,,W,,,,,, , A constant reminder, the Arizona memorial sits above the sunken s ip A scenic drive on the leeward side of the isle X f 1 f f rJ , X c..nAi s ah 6' as-92' ' an 'Uv M 'Q' mf QW , W ,UW ,Wax t Z ,Q .W , I, .K WEW7 The luau, a purely Hawaiian feast Quiet beaches abound, is it any wonder why Hawaii is so closely associated with paradise? l 107 l 1 Y ,4 x The "Tigers" arrive at Honolulu International Tiger Cruise The Tiger Cruise from Honolulu to San Diego gave the crew the opportunity to show off their expertise to family and friends. It was the chance of a lifetime for many of the tigers who had never been aboard ship before. Their schedule was filled with tours and dem- onstrations of every type, from the Engine rooms to CIC, awards ceremonies and an awesome airshow provided by CVW-2 aboard Ranger. An Lined up on the flight deck for the air show What tour aboard ship would be complete without some good Navy chow? At "Tiger Quarters" for a pre-cruise brief from the CO The air show begins with an FXA-18 fly-by on Ranger 1 T galil! for l l 1 r l I l I v l i Q 1 v 5 l l 2 l l l l 1 i 1 i i i i i 1 1 i .il 1 1 l l l 1 1. 11 1f l 1 1 Q4 l 1 1 l 1 1 1 l 1 l l l l 1 l 1 1 it l 11 1 1 lr s l 1 I 1 ' 1 1 , 1 , WM , fe' 7 , 1 X5 V 'C X ff! J sz X mf f W f X , An S-3 Viking on approach to target. if K, WOW ig. f f W w XW 4 f f f X f Mm, f1 0 4, fr X f 5 sw f ,Y , Z, ' , Q 0 Y X W ,as QW f, , " fTfZ',.,,i , M, as 'M' f H 5? 1+ ,r er :iff fwfllef' frww.- as ,, 1 W g K ,Wf,,,,.,,,Q,,5,wW,4?fQw,,,T::lf, . ' V...-5 W M A www, ,,,, 1 ff A nu. 'MM ef ,. .. ,M ,A , ' ,Q 5 nw X 1 4'-M A 1 X 0 ff --eg-Mfw,i,. , 'Wjf' T" ,fi"W"'Kfr:z' Mak I "BF N"l'W"'4"""h'm,7Zl a 1, - wig If I ,wfwff , "' , , , , ' , Wa' V M , 5275! 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Homeeommg HOME SWEET HOME Durmg the early mornlng hours of June Sth on the eastern hor1zon the unforgotten fa m1l1ar sxght of Po1nt Loma and the San D1Cg0 skyhne became v1s1ble Ant1c1pat1on grew excltement mounted after an excep tlonal war effort a successful Journey and a safe return those famlhar words re sounded throughout the waterfront MOORED SHIFT COLORS VAL LEY FORGE WAS HOME! 110 - 1 N F l T V 1 JRE il' N N N N N N n W N n ' w ,.,,,, li W .A N 5-Qi Eb if U' I f' ' 5 gr 5, J" 9. N fl f v f. , 'CI Was Therew I WAS THERE FROM THE BEGINNING IN A SHIPYARD DOWN SOUTH I WATCHED THEM IN SILENCE, NEVER OPENING MY MOUTH WATCHING MEN CARVE A SHIP OUT OF GREAT HUNKS OF STEEL I KNEW THEN, DUE TO HER, SOME GREAT MEN WOULD KNEEL I WATCHED CARVING AND WELDING, AND EVEN SOME GLUE I WATCHED ALL THE MEN, EVEN LENT A HAND OR TWO ' EVERYTHING CAME TOGETHER ONE COLD WINTER NIGHT THE SHIP WAS COMMISSIONED, IT FELT SO RIGHT THE SHIP WAS COMPLETE, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT SHE HAD BEAUTY AND GRACE, SHE HAD STRENGTH AND MIGHT I JOINED THE FINE CREW OF MEN RIGHT AWAY - FOR WHO ELSE COULD LEAD THEM AND SHOW THEM THE WAY WE WENT THROUGH SOME WORKUPS AND THEN OUR FIRST CRUISE WE LEFT IN THE FANFARE OF BANDS AND THE NEWS WE PROVED SHE COULD SAIL THE OCEANS OUT WEST I KNEW WHAT LAY AHEAD WAS A MUCH BIGGER TEST THE SHIP WENT THROUGH HIGHS LIKE A NORMAL SHIP WOULD WE'D GET THROUGH THE LOWS, WE KNEW THAT WE COULD THEN THIS ONE DAY OUR JOB BECAME CLEAR IN A FAR AWAY LAND PEOPLE LIVING IN FEAR THE SHIP WAS MADE TO PROTECT A GREAT RIGHT THE ONE THEY CALL FREEDOM, FOR THAT WE WOULD FIGHT I WAS WITH EVERY MEMBER OF THE CREW ON THAT TRIP FOR THIS WAS MY LOVE, THESE MEN AND THIS SHIP I WENT THROUGH THE PAINS OF LEAVING MY HOME I SHOWED THEM THEIR TASKS WHEN THEIR MINDS WOULD ROAM I STAYED ON THE FO'C'SLE THROUGH HIGH WIND AND SEAS I LISTENED TO PRAYERS FROM MEN ON THEIR KNEES INTO THE JAWS OF WAR WE WENT GALLANTLY WE WENT TO ENSURE ALL PEOPLE WERE FREE - WE SAT IN THE DARK WITH BUTTERFLIES AND A SWEAT WE WERE ALL READY, ON THAT YOU COULD BET WHEN THE TIME CAME, WE FOUGHT, WITH EVERYTHING THAT WE KNEW WE WERE FIGHTING AND WINNING, I ADMIRED THIS CREW OUR TASK WAS COMPLETE, THE ENEMY CRUSHED OUR HOME LIE AHEAD, TOWARD HER WE WOULD RUSH I WATCHED ASTHE SHIP SLID UP TO THE PIER THE FAMILIES AND FRIENDS WOULD ALL START TO CHEER I SAW THE REUNIONS WITH CHILDREN AND WIVES I KNEW THAT THE MEN COULD CONTINUE THEIR LIVES MY TASK ALSO DONE, TO MY HOME I'D GO I TOOK ONE MORE LOOK AT THE FAMILIES BELOW I ROSE TO MY HOUSE IN HEAVEN ABOVE THE MEN OF VALLEY FORGE WOULD HAVE, ALWAYS, MY LOVE CHIEF BUZ TlONS 'Aw Q YW? 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