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Hero: Stephen Boneham with Petty
Schwenk, who rescued him and three others. Pictures: TREVOR PZNDER
Navy hero saves
four ' raging sea
BX JEREMY KELLY
plucked from treach-
erous Bass Strait
were saved by a
fresh-faced rookie on
hrs . first active
A 21-year-old crewman
from the American
guided missile cruiser
gJSS volley Forge dived
xnto raging seas to rescue
the men, who were
trapped in a half-
Petty Officer Geoff
Schwenl-: was woken
about Sam yesterday and
told "there was a situ-
ation" and he Was
required to be the
The rookie and former
school pool champion
from Indiana grabbed his
wetsuit, fiippers and face
maslrand headed for a
Valley Forge com-
mander Bill Hoker said
j'There were 50-knot
mnds and a 12-ft ifour-
menrel swell. Those kind
of seas twist a ship like
YOH're wringing our a dish
rag," he said.
The four men rescued
- all 'xdctorians in their
305 - had sent distress
calls aier the two engines
or mem catamaran Catch-
22 failed and the boar was
swamped by Waves.
They were on rheir way
from King Island to Mel-
bourne after a fishing trip.
The Valley Forge was
too rough to send
Homecoming: three of the rescued dshermen are escorted ashore.
heading the same way
and about 20 nautical
miles from the catamaran
when it heard a rnayday
signal. The eight-metre
was about 28 nautical
miles od Lorne.
Cdr Hoi-:er said: "We
knew We couldnt put a
boat in the Water to edect
any sort of rescue because
it was just too dangerous.
You would have just
ended up with more bod-
A helicopner was dis-
patched in darkness and
Petty Oflicer Schwenk
was lowered into the sea
to helps each of the four
stricken iishennen into a
harness to Winch them to
"They were all smiles,"
he said. 'They were
pleased to see someone."
He said he wasryt
daunted by the near-
darkness and swirling
winds that tossed around
the helicopter as it low-
ered and raised him.
"I was just happy to be
there and help those
But the helicopter hoist
operator Lt Aaron Valdez
said his mate was a hero.
"I thought he'd have big
trouble," he said.
One of the rescued
men, catamaran owner
Stephen Boneham, 30. of
Frankston saidhe and the
others had stood in the
with water up to their
waisbs for two hours oe-
fore they were saved.
Mr Boneham said he
had vomited "about 30
times" during the ordeal
and was dehydrated
when the Valley Forge
came to the rescue.
"lt was still a buzz to
see the warship and those
guys," he said.
The other three crew
members - a 30-year-old
from Boronia, a 31-year-
old from Sorrento and a
36-year-old man from
Black Rock - were not
The Valley Forge and
its 369 crew Later docked
at Melbournes Station
, A I I A
raduating from the United States Na-
'l val Academy in 1979, CDR Hoker's
first shipboard tour was aboard USS
Niagara Falls QAFS-53, in San Francisco, Cali-
fornia, where he was assigned Division Of-
l ficer duties for Deck, Gunnery, and Auxiliary
Machinery. After departure in 1985, CDR
'T Hoker attended the Naval Postgraduate
NT School in Monterey, California, where he
gl y earned his Masters of Science in Operations
,wi Research. Following graduation, CDR Hoker
completed two Department Head tours as
Operations Officer for USS Sample QFF-10487
and Commander, Destroyer Squadron 25 in
l Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Duty on the Chief of
Naval Operations Staff in Washington DC
was next, as analyst and briefing officer for
the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks. In 1991,
CDR Hoker transferred to the United States
ell' Central Command in Manama, Bahrain, to
so work as the Assistant Surface Operations Of-
ficer. Returning to shipboard duty as Executive
Officer, CDR Hoker was assigned to USS Lake
Champlain fCCI'57D in San Diego, California.
Duty on the Secretary of Defense staff was
next, where he provided analytical support for
various defense plans and procurement pro-
Highlights of CDR Hoker's career include
several deployments to the Arabian Crulf as well
as the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans, ex-
perience in planning and executing significant
US Naval actions in the Arabian Gulf, and an ex-
change tour to the Soviet Union. He has earned
the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the
Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commen-
dation and Navy Achievement Medals.
CDR Hoker somehow convinced his high
school sweetheart, the former Isabel Flores of
Annapolis, Maryland, to marry him. They have
two wonderful children: Derek 4149, and Lisa
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ieutenant Commander Melin was
born and raised in Seattle, Wash-
ington. He graduated from Maine I
Maritime Academy in 1984 with a BS in I
Marine Engineering. He was commis-
sioned through the Navy's ROTC pro- I
Upon commissioning, he was as- lf
signed to USS FRANCIS HAMMOND fFF
10673 home ported in Yokosuka, Japan
serving as Anti-Submarine Warfare Of- K
ficer and later Main Propulsion Assistant. it
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Unit, Maine Maritime Academy, for Instructor Duty. During f
this tour he earned a Master of Business Administration ff
from University of Maine. l
Following his initial shore tour and Department Head
School in Newport, Rhode Island, Lieutenant Commander I
Melin served as Operations Officer on USS HARRY W. HILL
QDD 9865, and USS REEVES CCG 241.
In October 1995 Lieutenant Commander Melin reported p
for a two-year tour as Flag Secretary for Commander, Lo- l
gistics Group Western Pacific located in Singapore. Follow-
ing that tour he reported to the Naval War College in New- l
port, Rhode Island where he graduated with a Master of I
Arts in National Security Affairs and Strategic Studies. He is ' '
currently sewing as Executive Officer on USS VALLEY
FORGE gcc 503. I
Kathryn Priedeman of Tacoma, Washington. They have a J
son, Samuel, age one. I
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asrer chief Haicky' Lim was bom in the Ia E
Philippines on September 18, 1948. He Q E
graduated from high school in his home- gt. 'C
tovim of San Miguel in the province of Bulacan.
He completed two years of college at Mapua In- Q Q
stitute of Technology in Manila and then joined u
the US Navy on January 10, 1969. Q
Master Chief Lim has served at the following W
commands in his 50 years of continuous active ' 'Q
duty service: USS Genesee QAOG-89, USS Moctobi 1 w
QATF-1055, USS Kirk CDE-10875, USNS Roosevelt s
Roads Puerto Rico, Uss Lexington CAVT-161, Navy 5
Recruiting Command Los Angeles, US Naval Sta- H Q
tion Long Beach, USS Rentz QFFG-469, and is 5 "
presently sewing aboard the Navy's best Guided , 5
Missile Cruiser USS Valley Forge QCG-503 since , a a .,
March 1998. if
He has been in three different Navy ratings since he joined, beginning as a Stewardsman, then crossing
over to Illustrator Draftsman Third Class, and finally converting to Electrician's Mate in 1974. He has at-
tended the following Navy schools: Stewardsman Class Electri-
cian's Mate Class "A" and Class Navy Recruiting Orientation,
5M Coordinator, SNAP System Coordinator, Command Master
Chief Training Course, and Navy Senior Enlisted Academy.
Master Chief Lim's awards and decorations include: two Navy
Commendation Medals, Navy Achievement Medal, Combat Action
Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, two Armed Forces Expeditionary
Medals, three Navy Battle UE" Ribbons, seven Good Conduct Med-
als, eight Sea Service Deployment awards, Navy Recruiting Service,
Vietnam Service Medal, and Kuwait Liberation Service Medal.
Master Chief Lim is married to the former Leticia David of Tarlac,
Philippines. They have three lovely daughters. Tricia is a Lieutenant
Junior Grade in the Navy. Theresa is a senior in college at San Di-
ego State University. Tracie is a freshman at the University of Cali-
fornia at Riverside. Master Chief Lim's family resides in Moreno Val-
, ley, California.
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Division is headed by the Main Propulsion Assistant, CWO2 Stephen Tobias.
The division consists of Gas Turbine Mechanics qGSM'sl and Gas Turbine
Electricians tGSE'sJ. Both maintain the ship's 4 gas turbine engines. The pri-
mary responsibility of the GSE's is to maintain the generators, switchboards, and consoles.
The GSM's handle the ship's propulsion. They ensure that the main engines, reduction
gears, and generators are operating at peak performance. These guys constantly endure
long and arduous hours to keep VALLEY FORGE steaming smoothly through the water.
Without us, she goes nowhere. Greatjob men. '
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Robertson, GSEFN Heinze, GSM2 Rose, FN Weikle, GSE2 Lortz, GSMCfSWl Payarillaga. Bot-
tom: FN Marvin, GSM5 Pace, GSM5 Marquez, GSM5 Flora, EN2 Lamtecson, GSM2 Paredes,
GSM5 Tanger, GSM ILSWJ Parada, CWO2 Tobias
GSEFN Ladrig and CISEFN Heinze work on
the PACC console to troubleshoot a faulty
FN Chavefz showing his beard
to CISCS Napier. lVIine's better.
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Ladrig take a break during
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to Psycho Mike
before the match.
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show their expertise in P-way cleaning.
Above: Ladrig hangs out in Hong
Above: GSM5 Robinson Sr Sales
maintaining the watch in Aft En-
Above: GSMC PJ enjoys a slice of
pizza in CCS after GSM5 Pace re-
Left: Balclueza leans in on a
Above: Early morning trip to
Mt. Fuji after a long night out
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long watch at the EPCC.
Division takes care
of various cabling
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supply power throughout
the ship, as well as issuing
electrical tools. They also
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the general workshop r
this vessel as his own
HT5 Taylor and HT5 Gomez
DC5 Klepzig throws one of many punches that
never landed, during boxing smokers. FC2
Owen fends off the advance.
repair a piece of broken Pip- DC5 Augustine and FN Lowe align main space
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off his beard growing ability
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mic Cutting Unity training,
during repair locker train-
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EN1 Flanagan putting in a radio
antenna on the rib.
smokes a fat
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AUX 1 central! Where is everyone? EN1 Flanagan
laughs, because they are caught skating again. EN1 ROCWQUCZ Says, t'ThiS QUE'
better do what I tell him to." EN2 Adams Con-
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The ANXSPY-1A radar and
MK82 illuminators are the
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Aegis Combat System.
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Division is responsible for the repair and maintenance
of the Aegis Weapon System. It is divided into four
workcenters. CFO5 is responsible for the AEGIS
Weapon System computers QC and D, SPY-IA, and WCSi and associated
tape and disk drives. CF04 maintains and operates the SPY-1A radar,
the ship's primary air and surface search radar capable of tracking over
200 targets simultaneously. CFO5 handles the MK-99 tire control sys-
tem and the Operational Readiness Test System CORTSJ. CFO6 main-
tains the AEGIS and Command and Decision display systems, keeping
an up to date tactical picture in the Combat Information Center QCICJ.
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Left: FC5 "Pimp Daddy' Kilgour
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What a way to go.
IC5 Beale explains the difference between the
pier and liberty to ET2 Wright, ETS Ecklof, and
Do the ET'S
know how to
pose or what?
IC5 "Movie Man" Carter on the job!
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in the sights.
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man in the heat of bat-
tle. Middle: PN2 Maldan
and "Coop" mix it up in-
side. Above Right: 055
'lDon King" Moore. Far
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rare form as "Ref" Belen
looks on. Below: Doc
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crushing l'death" blow.
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Wise Men? SHI Strickland, PN2 Harrison, and ETC Jen-
ness. Upper right: The first-ever VALLEY FORGE Cigar
Social. Right: Marv competing for Gigolo honors. Far
right: CTO2 "The Troglodyteu Burton. Lower left: The
contestants ask you to judge for yourself. Lower right:
FC5 "l ain't no terrorist" Olivencia.
GUYS IN BLACK ARE
BACK. Our VBSS team
was the top player dur-
ing Maritime Interdic-
tion Operations while
in the Gulf. VALLEY
FORGE VBSS set the
pace by being respon-
sible for over ZSOWQ of
all diversions within
the Gulf in 1998 during
MIO and MIO SURGE.
Nobody did it better, as
we salute our "Men in
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minute, and let those guys sweat
LT JEFF STOTLER
Heck! I could stand this watch with my eyes closed!
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CQMJ and Signalmen
QSM7. QM's assure the
ship is in safe water
and assist the Navi-
gator in transit from
port to portg SM's
stand watch on the
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they visually commu-
nicate with other
ships using flags,
flashing lights, and
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And Bees of Navigation
and Signaling Department
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would be like
to be ESWS
cination program, qualified
members in CPR, and took care
aches and pains. They also
board habitability inspections CQQ'
servation surveys, and tested the shlP5
drinking water. 'The Doc" was always there
From left: HN Cone, HMCSCSWIAWD Espitia, HIVI5 P6t6rS0n
when summoned, and always ready to lend H
helping hand to those in need.
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upply Department is run by the Supply
Officer CSUPPOJ, LCDR Mark Businger. He
is ultimately responsible to the Com-
manding Officer for ensuring that all material
readiness of repair parts, consumables, provi-
sions, food service, retail and sales, and dis-
bursing and postal needs are met and are at
the highest level of ship's operational readi-
ness, either inport San Diego or when the ship
is forward deployed to another area of the
world, as was the case in the Northern Arabian
Gulf during our Maritime Interdiction Opera-
tions and MIO Surge. He is assisted by his two
Division Officers. LT, SC, Brian Goebel, is the
Supply Support and Food Service Ofhcer, and
LTJG, SC, Shawn Reverter, who is our Disburs-
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Store-Keepers Motto: "We Fix Every-
thing". That's why we lead the way on
board the USS VALLEY FGRGE.
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"Eat your heart out Black Angus!", say
MSSN Cordero and MS5 Lang.
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"Supervision is tough work", says MS2
Charleston. MSSN Romana wanted to
serve "Dr. Pepper catsup potatoes Au Gra-
tin" for dinner.
Now this is how I accumulate
money on deployment. Ijust do
an in depth field day in the Dis-
bursing Office every week, and I
seem to find "Loads" of money
under the Disbo's and DK1's
desk in those hard to reach ar-
LETS PLAY A GAME!
"Captain says". ..
Cross your arms!
Don't we look spiffy!
Whew! I made it 5 years.
Division is comprised of a Disbursing Officer,
LTJG, SC, Reverter, 2 Disbursing Clerks, DK1
fSVlD Santo Domingo and DKSN Doyle, and 1
Postal Clerk, SN Reed. These 4 men have their hands full,
having to take care of 550+ crewmembers pay, pay prob-
lems, and postal needs, whether we're at sea or pierside
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THE BEES MUST GO DOWN,
AND THEY MUST CIO DOWN HARD!
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HUMP DAY, IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE
This is not what people actually had in mind for Hump
Day festivities. As we reached the half-way point of our
deployment, how did VALLEY FDRGE celebrate 'HUMP
DAY"'? With an E-5 and below working party to "hump"
stores, courtesy of a VERTREP, with the Chiefs, Senior
Chiefs, and even Master Chiefs lending a helping hand.
After the food was delivered and stored, the crew was
treated to a marvelous steak and shrimp dinner,
compliments of MS2 Sevier and company.
Upper left: Humping stores was the order of the day. As the helo
delivered its Cargo, OSS Boes passes the milk fmiddle rightp. Now,
would somebody please pass the butter? IS1 Hutton, FC1
Evenson, and BMI Kennedy partake of the shrimpfest flower
rightb, as MS2 Sevier masters the grill flower leftjl.
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Upper Right: First
Above: Heave around! Below: Casino
Left: Teaching an uOld Dog" new tricks? Night
CMC on a free ride.
Above: Sunset Unrep
TRIPLE CROWNERS. Those who survived the last three deployments.
Above - ETCCSWJ Jenness, CTRCQSWD Dennis,
CTMCMA t'Stickbo ' Lawill and EMCMQSWJ Lim
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await the arrival of the beard growing contest contes-
tants, ETC being one of them. Right Top - GMCMCSWJ
Left - FCCQSWJ Burgess, HMCSQSWQ Espitia,
FCCSCSWQ Smith, and FCCMCSWD Janik and son
arrive back in San Diego, after their six-month
deployment. Right - PNCCSWJ Braun ace dealer
at casino night.
f Below - BMCQSWJ nPee Wee" Boyd
ready to hit the beach.
Below - Our ovim Dr. Evil EWCKSWJ Giroux
MC's the talent contest during the crossing-the-
The Chiefs on VALLEY FORGE have many mo-
ments to remember during the six long months
away from loved ones. These are but a few of the
thing remembered during our WesPac '98 deploy-
Clockwise from Right - IVISCCSWQ Manarang is all
smiles after another great reception on board VAL-
LEY FORGE. EMCMQSVVJ Lim and GSCSQSWJ Napier
enjoy the festivities at the Chief's initiation.
GSMCqSWy t'PJ" Pajarillaga and GSECQSWJ Sun can't
seem to get away from the computer games.
OSCQSWJ Goetz lays back and enjoys a magazine in
his spare time.
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Doc Espltla. Right - Flyboy ATCQAWJ Buck-
alew on the Star Ferry in Hong Kong. Far Right
- Capt. Hoker presents the NAM to GMCQSW
Right - SMCQSVVJ Branch relaxes on the
fantail during a steel beach picnic. Below -
GSCSQSWQ Napier and ENCCSWJ Horton do-
ing the tomm, Hong Kong style.
sham in his favor-
ite TAZ shirt. Bot-
tom Right- Our
own "La lVIafioso"
Left to Right -
M a n a r a n g ,
P a n t i g v i s it
friends in Yoko
Below - FCCSQSWJ Smith
and RMCQSWJ Inman
practice for that big day
in Melboume, Australia.
ship's warriors. Their weapons Systems 5
are always on line and ready at 3 mo, -
ment's notice to strike or defend. The
is comprised of three divisions. The
Mates in Ordnance Division maintain
LEY FORGE's primary batteries: the MK
Missile Launcher and the MK 45 5"!54
Mount. The Close-In Weapon System
poon Missile System, and the MK 86
System are maintained by the
Gunnery Division. The Sonar
Torpedomen in Acoustics Division
ship from the submarine threat by
SQS-55A and the MK 46 Gver-The
These weapon systems allow V
continue her mission at the tip of
allow us to provide the fleet a
form to protect national and
LT PETER GALLUCH
MK 45 5 X54 CALIB
ER GUN MOUNT MK 26 GUIDED IVIISSILE LAUNCHER
eapons Department is comprised of the
Left: TMSA Webber and TM2 Godfrey chilling out in the tor-
pedo mag. Center: S165 Church and STG5 Strong contem-
plating what awaits them in Albany, Australia. Right: The MK
46 Over The Side Torpedoes ready for action.
ombat Acoustics Division is responsible for maintaining the ANISQS-55A and AN!
SQS-28 'tHawklink" Sonar Systems. They also maintain and operate the MK 116 Mod 4
Underwater Fire Control System along with the MK 46 Torpedoes.
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make my clay, pal!"
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4 clean, clean while we sing this song." STC15 lnonne, STCI5 Rodgers and STGSNQSVVQ Aliotta getting
O00 sunshlne early ln the morning before they go to work.
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daily one, making it shine.
Top: 'Tm too sexy for my shirt so sexy
Top: The Valley Forge's "Blues Brothers."
STG2 Gauthier and STGSN Hartzell celebrating lst port visit. Uapanl
Top: Top of the world Mt.
Below: Having a cold one
after the l'Hash run".
Below: "MAN OVERBQARIM MAN QVER. Below: STG1 George cruising the bay in
BOARD!" Hong Kong.
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camels taste just
Would you like
to try a bite?"
Right: The Gun
up their foreign
relations with Q
the British sail-
"So do you fee y
When are we going to get there? W Wen do ya punkyf
The Three amigos awaiting liberty in Hong Kong.
Top: Cxuch playing with
his 50 cal.
Below: "I could use
'Big trouble in little China'
LCDR WERNER H. JURINKA
1 1 eading the way" is the motto of the
Operations Department. In light of
what they do each day, the motto is
quite fitting. Each division in the department
lends to the completion of the ship's mission. The
Operations Specialists in OI division stand
watches primarily in Combat Information Center,
using the ship's radar and information sources to
navigate and defend VALLEY FORGE. The Cryptol-
ogists, Electronic Warfare and Intelligence per-
sonnel are the eyes and ears of the ship beyond
the range of the ships' radar systems. The Radi-
omen of OC Division runs the ship's communica-
tions suite, allowing us to keep in touch with
ships in company. The Boatswain Mates of OD Di-
vision are responsible for various exterior evolu-
tions, such as: flight operations, underway re-
plenishment, and operation of the ship's boats.
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crewmember "Do you do windows too?" Middle Left:
RM5 Ricci smiles after being asked "So what did Doc
have to say?" Top Right: RM5 Essig stands in front of
his favorite place to shop in Hong Kong.
Radiomen are responsible for transmitting and receiving radio signals, and
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OD Division manning the stbd boat
deck to launch the RHIB for VBSS.
n early morning at sea and anchor, and an all day flight quarters are no excuse not to have a late
night underway replenishment. GH, and let's not forget the bridge watches between all that. On
the bridge the Bos'n Mate of the watch passes his loyal words to the crew, along with the piping
that everyone likes to hear first thing in the morning. Yet he is not alone. He brought with him a team of
watch standers more than qualified to keep the Happy Valley on a straight and narrow coarse by the
turning of her mighty helm. No helo, airplane, ship or man over-board gets by the eagle eyes of the aft
lookout, who endures all weather conditions on the fantail. Plow to any ordinary sailor they might think
that to be alot of work, but the men of lst Division like to call it ALL IN A DAYS WORK.
SN Biyant says
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Top Rgwg LTJQ, I-regimes, BM2 qSWj Cadwell, SN Arnold, BM2 CSWJ Godwin, SN Alday, SN Williams, SN Mu-
Sial, BMSN Asturias, SN Morcha, SN Sieminski, BMC QSWJ Boyd Middle Row- BM1 Wasserman, SN Connor
SN B t, N l , SN F stek, SN Kincherlow, SN Ptaszenski, SN Enriquez, SN Cireer,
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SN Darland, SN Saucedo, BM5 Cooper Not Shovim: BM5 Homan, BMSN Minton, SN McDonald
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LTJG Heames receiving a Navy Achieve-
ment Medal from The CO.
BME: Masterson receiving a Good Conduct
Medal from the CO.
SN Forystek receiving his Ironman T shin
from the CO
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Division is comprised of selected computer specialists onboard
who serve outside of their parent division. They are responsible
for the daily system administration of two computer networks,
Valley Forge's website and information system security. PC di-
build and repair computer systems for Valley Forge.
Front row: RM5 Wade, EN5 Shipek, OS5 S l . B - -
Gosselin, FC2 Hughes. a yer ack mw' ENS Street' RMSN Slmkard' CTR1
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Moore fmiddlel prepare for the big match.
sonnel onboard the Valley Forge. Operations Special-
ists work in the Combat Information Center process-
ing data from own ship's sensors, as well as other units, to assist
in the safe navigation and defense of the ship.
ol Division consists of some of the most versatile per-
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Left: Wog Cihani dances before
the honorable shellbacks, hop-
ing to gain special favors from
the royal court. Right: ls some
body playing with my console,
I lost the helo. Hey that's not
funny guys! Below right: Iden-
tity crisis in combat!
If they only knew the real story!
A clean ship is a happy ship!
Right: Wonder-Tic, O52
Left. OI Divo LT. Beaudoin
Our fearless LPO,
show off his Toga at
the Steel Beach
picnic. Right. OSSN
Maxie mans Bright
shows off those
C1 o m e s e n j
some time on
Gomes receives his Good Conduct Medal.
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ton investigates a suspicious surface contact, EW1 Hol-
land having a slow night on watch in CIC.
Division is comprised of the ship's
Electronic Warfare Technicians
Cryptologic Technicians, and Valley
Forge's lone Intelligence Specialist. We provide the
ship with indications and warning, Special Intelli
gence communications, and Intelligence informa
Front CTRSN Wilson EWSN Camarco, CTR1 Cxosselin, CTO2 Burton, EW5 Perry. Middle:
CTM1 Jenkins CTR1 Riddell CTRSN Jones, CTO5 Allen, EWSN Baugh, EWI Ingram. Back
CWO2 Hughes CTRC Dennis, lS1 Hutton, EW5 Stiles, CTO1 Stewart, EWG Cnroux.
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Left: A hundred and fifty channels and nothing good to watch.
Right: 'They should let me dress like this every day "
look at the heating element in the hot
Left: CTRSINI Wilson instructs personnel
on the safe handling and proper Load- V
ing of the SRBOC launchers.
Below left: EWSA Camarco stands watch
in the Combat Information Center. 1 f
Below right: EWCKSWJ Giroux conduct- lp
ing the pre-fight press conference for
Valley Forge night at the fights. f
he Air Detachment and two SH-60B helicopters
from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light
Forty-Five based out of NAS North Island, San Di-
ego, California embarked on the USS Valley Forge. Con-
,sisting of six pilots, maintenance chief, three air crewmen,
fand thirteen maintenance personnel, HSL-45 Det 10 pro-
ivided around-the-clock operations and enhanced the
lship's mission capabilities. Lonewolf 46 and Lonewolf 57
fperformed surface and undersea warfare missions, mari-
ltime interdiction operations, search and rescue, medical
-evacuation, naval gunfire support, logistics, and commu-
nications relay. During WEST PAC 98 deployment, HSL-45
Det 10 achieved a 100 percent mission completion rate in
,the 5th Fleet AOR as well as a heroic SAR mission off the
f coast of Australia saving the lives of four Aussie fishermen.
LONEWOLF 46 AND LONEWOLF 57
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Hard work and dedication greatly con-
tributed to the success of HSL-45 Det 10.
Although WESTPAC 98 wasn't all work
and no fun. Det 10 also knew how to en-
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land. Below: Chief Sexton strolling happily
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