Dixie (AD 14) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1970

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II August 1969 was not an ordlnary day for I5IO resldents of San D16gO It marked the beglnnmg of a SIX month separat1on As DIXIE moved away from the pler at a snalls pace to begln a I4 272 m1le round tr1p the major1ty of the crew and all of the dependents felt the 6 months would be an eternlty As 1t always does tlmes heallng qualltles lntervened and after a couple days of unsettled feellngs all hands got Wlth the rout1ne and cont1nued plannlng and preparlng themselves for the1r support m1ss1on 1n WESTPAC The first leg of the voyage culm1nated wlth a two day stop 1n beautlful balmy Hawa11 All hands took advantage of the short resplte at th1s enchantlng tourlst haven WIth1H an hour of moormg all the Navy Exchange rental cars were contracted f r as w ll a number of bus tours DIXIE was well represented 1n all areas of the lsland from Dlamond Head to Pearl Harbor The shutterbugs were out 1n force as were the golfers and shop ers Underway agaln on the 19th we set course for Sublc Bay PI Although I4 days of steamlng IS a long tlme any way you cut It no more pleasant seas could have been had even lf DIXIE had s1gned a contract Wlfh K1ng Neptune The water was smooth and blllowed 1n great flat swells The sky was cloudless and each noon hour and weekend the sun worshlppers worked on the1r tans The nlghts were clear as only the nlghts at sea can be w1th a large IH candescent moon hanglng 1n a chandeller of stars After I3 days the Mayon volcano appeared to starboard and we entered the azure waters of the San Bernadmo Stra1ts We cru1sed through the Stralts k1ck1ng up format1ons of flymg Hsh as we went The per1od of 2 September thru 3 November was spent 1n Sub1c Bay 1n busy support of our 7th Fleet un1ts from the V1et Nam area Many d1fHcult and pralseworthy accompllsh ments were attalned by a hard worklng crew In Splte of a busy schedule all hands supported our vlgorous athletlc program wh1ch was backed most actlvely by the new Commandlng Ofhcer Fapt Paul H Dallmann who came aboard 8 September 1n rellef of Captaln I F Renn Golf softball and bowhng were the pr1nc1ple sports but everythlng from go cartmg toskeet shootlng was avallable and enjoy d The Pearl of the Or1ent Hong Kong agaln played host to AD I4 th1S year and ln the process l1ghtened our collectlve pocketbooks by well over S100 000 U Sl The whole crew was 1n a state of contlnual motlon hopplng haggllng buylng tour1ng eatlng and yes tak1ng plctures After leav1ng Hong Kong wlth 1ts brlght l1ghts and warm cl1mate the arr1val 1n Yoko suka to fog drlzzle and cold w1nds was at first sllghtly dlsenchantlng The weather soon lmproved however and after the first few days nothmg but sunsh1ne prevalled Work cont1nued 'wlth as many as 5 sh1ps 1n the nest at one t1me Iaudatory evaluatlons recelved from TAV shlps concern1ng SCFVICC performed d1d much to sustaln DIXIEs can d reputatlon Excluslve of work DIXIE personnel found t1me too aga1n partlclpate 1n weekend tours hold a golf tournament w1n the Yokosuka Hol1day Fleet Bowllng Tournament place second and thlrd 1n the basket ball league and place second IH a plstol match agalnst the Yoko suka Seahawks and the USS OKI AHOMA CITY Most rewardlng of all however w sponsored a Chr1stmas party for the chlldren of Kofu Kodomoen Orphanage the home of our ward No11ko Sh1m1zu Norlko 1S now I4 years old and 1S a lovely glrl Thanks to generous contr1but1ons her endowment at the orphanage was lncreased and she has money for several more years sponsorshlp DIXIE departed Yokosuka 28 january and was seemlngly drlven eastward by fa1r w1nds a followlng sea and maybe even the thoughts of loved ones at home We were 1n fact at one tlme 20 hours ahead of schedule Of all the ports and countrles v1s1ted none however was as beautlful and as frlendly as the last one San D1CgO Callfornla I2 February 1970 HOME b ' - . . . , U l , 7 7 ' 0 , a a n 0 . , , . . , , 7 o, e, s a . .1 1 I . , . . ? 7 J . . , . 7 ' 7 7 ' . . . . 1 . . . , -I u 0 , . . , , - , 6 . cc ' 77 - '- ' 7 7 ' , . .. 7 S 7 7 7 7 7 7 . , - , . , , , . o Vp 0 o 0 ' Q . n Q n I Q QQ 37 ' O . 7 7 7 ' .J . 7 7 e 7 7 ' ' . 7 , ' - 7 7 7 7 . . . . 4 . , . ..

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, Captain John E. RENN, USN, COMMANDIN CFFICER 21 June 1968--I2 Sept 1969 Capt. John E. RENN reported aboard USS DIXIE from the Staff of CQMFIRSTFLT to serve as the 26th Commanding Officer. Upon being relieved he reported for duty as Com- manding Officer, U. S. Naval Communications Station, Honolulu, Havvaii. m z : '11 UZDPZZ I! n 'Z 1 if A' 1 E. v

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