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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
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
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.
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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
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
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.
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-
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.
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Captain, U.S. Navy
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
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. '
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Commander, U.S. Navy
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
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
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
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
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.
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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,
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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 . . .
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LT Dan Shaffer
Asst. Operations Officer
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-
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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
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The men of OC division had one of the toughest
jobs on the deployment. Handling literally hun-
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Deck division is responsible for the maintenance
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watches driving the ship and as lookouts when the
ship is underway. Wherever the ship was, the BMS
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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
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OSSN Paul Najera OSSA Jeffery Brown OSSA Freeman Johnson
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OSI Leon Watson
OSSN Eric Krupp
OSSN Robert Hardman
OSSA Aaron Davis
OSSA Matthew Wade
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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.
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Signals Warfare Officer
EWC P21ifiCk Aaird IS1 Barry McDaniel CT0l Micheal Bertram ' l
EW2 Crowhurst adds the third consectutive EW award received
CTR2 Eric Gudino CTM2 William Mills EW2 Joseph Crowhurst
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
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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.
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SMC T S . QMI Mark Crock SM2 Vernon Andrews
SM2 Daniel Williams QM2 Albert Tenny
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SMSN Greg Edwards
QM3 Kermit Midthun
QMSN Perry Morales
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LTJ G John
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.
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PNICSWJ Richard YNI CllflSlOpl'lCI' YN2 Rex Murdock
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YNSN .lohn Harris PNSA Charles Skaggs HN Gregory Brown
HN Brown keeps the crews medical status in check
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PNI Thompson lends an eye for the mine watch
PC3 Mackey takes a break in Pattaya Beach
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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
A view of NAVSTA Subic Bay
USS PRINCETON CCG 595 returns to the Battle
Group from the gulf
What a welcome!
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Jammin' in one of Olongapo's clubs
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A lazy afternoon on Subic Bay
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Combat Systems Officer
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-
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
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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
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.
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STG2 Mitchell mans the stack in sonar control
STG3 Glenn Beeson STG3 Thomas Canada STG3 Lloyd Davis
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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
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
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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
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FC3 Wilks works on some computer gear
FC2 Gregory Maxwell FC2 Clinton Williamson FC2 Dale Breer
FC2 Michael Clark FC2 Ronald Clearman
FC3 Donald Bratz FC3 Jonathon Cropp
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FC3 John Fowlkes FC3 Ron Hyde FC3 James Sharp FC3 Thomas Wilks
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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.
Monitoring the ship's computer systems
FC3 Sean Farmer FC3 Russell Evenson FC3 James Ellis AG3 Marquis Jones
AG2 Joseph Pettway
FC3 Charles Wentz
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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,
Phalanx takes out the target every time.
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FCC Marvin Janik GMC Jim Craycraft FCC Bell Allen
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GMG3 Tim Alward FC3 Robert Magdaleno
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FC2 Scott Marquez FC3 Gregory Sutherlin FC3 David Morgan
GMGSN Aaron Schlee GMGSN Kelly O'Neal GMGSN David Bellard
Doing the fresh water washdown thing.
Keeping them firing Painting. A never ending job!
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GMM2 Alan Prentis
GMM3 Bill Wiggins
MK 26 sits quietly in front of another sunset
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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.
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Arabian ulf 15 Jan-is Apr 199
l A vigilant mine watch
VALLEY FORGE accumulated 96 days of
il combat performing the function of Anti-air
Q Warfare Commander while stationed 60 miles
U i ' off of the coast of Kuwait. Every crew member,
l l from the most salty of persons to the junior
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A beautiful scene in a harsh environment
Major damage to a personnel shelter on
the Iraqi "Khor Al Amayaw oil loading
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VALLEY FORGE was 5 for 5
One of the many burning oil wells
The EOD team with a little more work
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ADM Zlatoper with some favorite attire
KANSAS CITY with another satisfied customer
Strapping on our first Battle "E"
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Our cscorts in Abu Dhabi
The U.A.h .
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
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
LCDR Trey Mitchell
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
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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!
LTJ G Daniel
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
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ENFN Winston Wilks FN .lim Godfrey
ENFN Wilks sorts his tools
Kuchenbaker FN Samuel Claxton FA Kyle Burns
FA Daniel Folger
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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.
The EM's have Hgot the powerv
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
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
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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-
LTJ G David Grooms
Main Propulsion Assistant
GSECCSWJ Henry Go GSMC Ralph Morgan GSMCQSWJ Michael GSEI David Oosterbahr
The never ending paperwork drill
GSMCCSWJ Vachon and GSM2 Bowe man the console in CCS
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GSMI Richard Coots GSM2 Jeffrey Bowe GSM2 Jeffrey Johnson
ENS Brent Smith
GSM2 Johnson talks with a shipmate
GSE2 Frank Boykin GSE2 Roberto Manacop GSM? Christopher
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GSM2 Sen Marrero GSM2 Jeffrey Roberts
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GSM3 Todd 'Tomaino GSE3 James Harnish GSE3 Edwin Carpio
I don't want it, here you take it!
GSM3 Jose Menorca
GSM2 Boykin hard at work on the ever popular computer
IGSMFN Major Schmidt
GSEFN Robert Jordan
GSMIQN Jeffrey l GSMFN William ENS Smith directs the motor whale boat
FA Todd Furst
GSMCCSWJ Vachon handles the watch in central
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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
DCC .lim Powderly HTC William Thompson HTI Vince Quarcini
DC3 Mendel mans the DC Console in CCS
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land. Thailand possesses a curious blend of
the best of eastern and western cultures.
Friendly people, a paradise setting and west-
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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!
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Stores Handling -'A Fairly Common Sight.
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
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
Food Service Gfficer
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MS3 Calvin Martin MS3 Charles Green
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MSSN Gines Magdaraog
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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
and Rec fund at any time in the shipls history.
Checking out the latest cassettes available in the store.
SHI Arnold Pauline
SHI Rufino Pelonia
SH3 Trinh Lee
SHSN Michael Lester
SN Charles Gilliam
SHCS Francisco orders some more shipls
SH3 Lee keeps the crew looking in tip top shape
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
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truly outstandmg The efforts, in partlcular, of the stu
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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
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
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Air Detachment Officer-In-Charge
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-
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
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.
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AW3 Tom Jacobson AW3 James Shepard
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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.
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ADI Tom Meeks AZ2 James Harrington
AE3 Mitch Freeman AE3 John Martin
LT John Peters
AE2 Frank Courtney AMS2 Ramon Del Fierro
ADAN "Gonzo" Gonzalez performs helo
AT2 James Merson AT3 Steven Wilmarth
AMSAN Jesse Deshazo ADAN Luis Gonzalez
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.
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HTC THOMPSON MINE WATCH SUP
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The "Tigers" arrive at Honolulu International
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.
Lined up on the flight deck for the air show
What tour aboard ship would be complete without some good
At "Tiger Quarters" for a pre-cruise brief from the CO
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HOME SWEET HOME Durmg
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MOORED SHIFT COLORS VAL
LEY FORGE WAS HOME!
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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
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