Hamner (DD 718) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1958

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GET READY, Once back in San Diego with only a short month before deployment, things went into a furor. We had a pre-deployment inspection by COM- CRUDESPAC to determine if the HAMNER was ready for deployment Cas if this was in questionlip the necessary instructions for operations in WESTPAC came through the mails for careful routing and accounting, two days of Hunter Killer exercises were conducted, a dependents cruise slipped in at the last minute, and our last two weeks in San Diego were spent alongside the tender, USS PRAIRIE AD-15, in a rush of much needed maintenance instead of alongside a pier for much desired liberty. The evaporator's erratic performance, making water hours necessary for most of the summer, remained our number one unsolved problem throughout the availability. Topside, everything had to be painted over or lashed down in preparation for the long voyage ahead, and, in the Supply Department, hair turned grey as problems of obtaining the necessary food supplies, general stores, and spare parts complicated with each passing day. Only late on Saturday, 14 September, with the ship resting alongside Pier itil, did the activity taper off for a last respite before the Western Pacific cruise began. Mostly bachelors had the duty the last day, Sunday, 15 September, with mixed emotions prevailing. They would miss San Diegog the life overseas was predicted to be hard, but thoughts of coming liberties in Australia, Japan and Hong Kong upheld the uneasy feeling of "let's get going." G 5 . I , M ET snr, Go!! ln our homes throughout the San Diego area, the approaching of the departure date was marked with increasing anxiety. Though the HAMNER's preparations consumed a greater portion of the time with each passing day, the bachelors had to take up the slackg we married men were not about to sacrifice any of the precious little time left with our families. Affairs of the family had to be put in order and stabilized for the next six months. Our wives, the homemakers and the sources of our basic happiness, needed comforting and consoling to the lonely months ahead and for the role each must play as single head of the family in providing the children with love, discipline, assistance, affec- tion and, above all, the happy times normally enjoyed with both parents during Thanksgiving, the Christmas season, Valentine's Day and the all important birthday parties. A deep empty feeling settled in as the bags were packed this last time with the additional clothing and uniforms normally kept at home. With the break of dawn comes the last quiet breakfast, a light peck on the cheeks of the children for the most part still asleep, the slow drive to the Naval Station, a final lingering kiss with the wife without whom life is going to be an empty six months and the inevitable sad walk down the pier and across the quarterbeck. There can be no looking back now, and tears will do no good. The time is at handy we have a job to do. Let's get it done! UUNDERWAY, SHIFT COLORS!"

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UNDERWAY TRAINING AND SEATTLE SEA FAIR During July 1957 the HAMNER spent three weeks in what is known as underway training to bring the training level of her battle organization up to Pacific Fleet standards. Gunnery, ClC, damage control, and ASW teams were sent to various shore schools during the first week for basic indoctrination and practice while the Fleet Training Group observers thoroughly checked over the ship's ad- ministrative and material condition. The next two weeks were filled with shore bombardment at San Clemente Island, surface and air gunnery exercises, single and dual ship ASW attacks, tactical ma- neuvers and numerous engineering and damage control casualty drills, each made all the more difficult by two outbreaks of the flu striking down roughly twenty men each time. With the final battle problem on Saturday, the 27th ending our training, we had barely one week of upkeep before starting out on our trip to the Seattle Sea Fair. Leaving San Diego on Saturday, 2 August, the HAMNER pro- ceeded in company with the USS LOS ANGELES CA 123 and the seven other ships of DESRON 11 along the Pacific Coast toward the Straits of Jaun de Fuca and Seattle. Off Astoria, Oregon, the HAMNER fired twelve salvos at one of two taget LSlL's with one possible hit and then watched from the sidelines as the LOS AN- GELES and DESDIV 112 sank the two LSlL's. Arriving in Seattle on Wednesday under disappointingly cloudy skies but with good view of the beautiful Northwest woodlands the squadron paraded in column past the waterfront to mark our entry into the city's annual SEA FAIR. Mooring at Pier 91, five days of early liberty gave us ample opportunity to participate in the street dances, dinners, cocktail parties and Sea Fair Balls, to venture out for sightseeing and to take in the famed annual Gold Cup speedboat races on Lake Washington. While we were out seeing Seattle, the Seattlites in- spected the fleet units which were open each day for general visiting. Even with the good liberty .we still had plenty of problems aboard. To mention a few, the Commodore held a personnel inspection on Friday, an electric flash, caused by a poor high powered cable connection, imposed partial temporary blindness to five of our men, and the air ejector condenser for the main evaporators had to be completely retubed before leavingport. The ships left Seattle be- hind early Monday morning, 11 August, well satisfied with their visit, slowed down enough for air defense exercises in the cloudy weather off San Francisco and then set sights for 1300 liberty call Thursday in San Diego. Wk gfi,:,,5E,,U',e,kWl,..2.LEH ,we iw -f , ,.. 5 g 2,911 T., t,... fiitc

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OUR HRS "Captain! !! This is the Officer of the Deck speaking, Sir. Signal in the air-x-ray Romeo tack Three Charlie Four tack Zero Eight Zero, Station One Choir Boy. Our station will be number five. I intend to come right to one five zero at twenty knots upon execution." How the captain, upon hearing the OOD bellow this information through the voice tube to his sea cabin, can snap immediately out of an uneasy sleep to focus this situation in his mind, make a thorough evaluation and issue correct orders during the thirty seconds before the signal is executed, will probably remain a mystery to those who will never be a command- ing officer. However, Captain Teeter did this every single underway night for 26 months without error, not an easy thing to accomplish while dis- playing confidence in his lesser experienced officers. Commander Phillip' Hitchcock TEETER, our first Captain of this cruise, is a hefty man of medium height and a former All-American during his football and baseball days at the University of Minnesota while he studied for his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in steam power. Born 31 May, 1919, in Corvallis, Oregon but living many of his ensuing years in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Captain presently resides at 5667 Raymar Avenue, San Diego, with his wife, Anita Swendseen, and their five children: James Steven, 8, John Robert, 7, William Jeffery, 5, and the 3-year-old twins, Catherine Lee and Charles Stewart. Though educated to be a professional engineer, presently registered as such in the State of Minnesota, Commander TEETER's plans were altered somewhat by the growing war clouds of 1941. Entering the Navy in July of that year, the Captain's career from his "green" ensign days followed as briefly described below. FROM: TO: STATION: DUTY: JULY 41 SEPT 41 Georgia Tech Univ. Student Officer indoctrination SEPT 41 SEPT 43 USS SMITH DD378 Engineering!Damage Control Officer OCT 43 NOV 44 USS BENNION DD662 EngineeringfDamage V Control Officer T CAPTAIN OCT 44 JUNE 45 University of Michigan Post grad study- Naval Architecture JULY 45 JUNE 46 D.C. School, NavBase, Instructor Philadelphia JULY 46 JUNE 47 General Line School, Post Graduate Study Newport JULY 47 DEC 48 USS GOODRICH DD831 Executive Officer JAN 49 JAN 51 NavBase, Guantanamo Aide to Commander Bay, Cuba FEB 51 JULY 52 USS HAWMAN DE416 Commanding Officer AUG 52 SEPT 55 O.N.l. Washington, D.C. Office in Charge Dissemination Unit PROMOTIONS BATTLES JUNE 42 LTJG OCT 45 LCDR OCT 42 Santa Cruz APR 43 LT MAR 52 CDR NOV 44 Surigao Straits 5 Being a solid veteran of the destroyer Navy and having earned the Navy Cross for extinguishing the rampaging fire caused by a near fatal kamikaze suicide plane crash into the bridge of the SMITH during the Battle of Santa Cruz, Captain Teeter came aboard the HAMNER at Haohsiung in October, 1955 well prepared for his tour as Commanding Officer. The Captain established, during his 26 months aboard a "benevo- lent dictatorship' in maintaining close account of events at hand while upholding, as only a good captain can, an atmosphere of cheerfulness and ease in the wardroom. Taking the HAMNER through the first 2M months of this cruise, Captain Teeter left our new commanding officer a first rate team with which to assist his "breaking in" to the ways of the HAMNER. Yes, it was a TEETER-trained OOD who brought the HAMNER alongside the TICONDEROGA in the twilight morning darkness of .7 De- cember to transfer Commander Teeter by highline for the first leg of his long journey home. "Goodbye, my Captain, thank you for the pleasure of serving under youu! .

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