1966 Command Narrative

On 25 January 1966, Commander Grant J. Walker, USN, relieved Commander Carl J. Boyd, USN, as Commanding Officer of the USS WADDELL DDG-24.

For its performance of all missions during its recent deployment to the Western Pacific, 28 September 1965 through 6 April 1966, WADDELL was commended by Commander, Destroyer Division 132 in a letter of 29 June 1966, which stated that """..the USS WADDELL (DDG-24) demonstrated the ability to perform all assigned missions in a highly efficient and competent manner. Her duties included advance anti-air picket, SAR/AAW and shore bombardment. While on advance picket, personnel in the ship were quick to learn the new role assigned them. On search and rescue missions in the Tonkin Gulf, she was well known and respected by pilots of our own carriers and the U.S. Air Force who knew they could depend on her to assist them in carrying out their assigned mission. WADDELL's performance received praise from all echelons of the Navy, Army and Air Force. On one occasion, while attempting to rescue a Navy pilot believed down off the coast of North Vietnam, WADDELL received heavy shore battery fire. In returning this fire, WADDELL was both the first ship to fire on North Vietnam and the first Navy ship to receive shore battery fire since the Korean War. WADDELL was underway 102 days, steamed over 32,000 miles burning about 2,000,000 gallons of fuel oil."

WADDELL returned from its deployment to the Western Pacific on 7 April 1966, to commence a three month yard availability for repairs.

WADDELL is presently completing its yard availability and will operate under Commander, First Fleet, participating in various upkeep periods, fleet exercises, and independent exercises, some of which were BASELINE II (OCT 66), COMTUEX (NOV 66), and HOLDEX 66 (NOV66). WADDELL successfully completed her Operational Readiness Inspection and Pre-deployment Inspection during the month of November 1966.

On 12 October 1966, WADDELL was awarded the Destroyer Squadron Thirteen Battle Efficiency "E"; in addition to the overall award, department honors for excellence in Operations, Engineering, and Anti-Submarine Warfare were awarded. These awards are made on a basis of day-to-day operations, exercises, trials, and inspections.

On November 26 - 27, WADDELL held open house to some 1200 visitors. A dependents cruise was held on 1 December 1966 with over 150 dependents and guests viewing the operational requirements that a DDG must meet as an active part of today's modern fleet.

On 27 December 1966, after an in-port holiday period, WADDELL deployed for the Western Pacific to serve as an active unit of the U. S. Seventh Fleet.

31 December 1966
Executive Officer By direction of the Commanding Officer

Fleet Training Exercises


13-21 October 1966

The Fleet Exercise BASELINE II was primarily oriented toward communications improvement in the fleet. In order to achieve the full spectrum of communications requirements, it was necessary to simulate all phases of Naval Warfare. WADDELL's functions were divided among the following three: SAR Element Alfa, Anti-Air Warfare Unit and the Amphibious Raid Group. Three SAR incidents took place while WADDELL was attached to the SAR unit, 18-19 October. On 18 October, at 1000 local time, WADDELL recovered four men from the water who were simulating downed pilots. The means of recovery used was a helicopter controlled by WADDELL. Throughout the exercise the threat of high speed surface contacts was always present. During the SAMEX portion of the exercise, WADDELL registered two successful TARTAR firings.


The classification of the report on HOLDEX 8-66 proHibits the use of its information.


7-9 November 1966

COMPTUEX 32-66 was conducted in the Southern California operations areas from 7-9 November 1966. Units participating were USS ENGLAND (DLG-22), USS BRINKLEY BASS (DD-887), USS DUNCAN (DDR-874), USS THOMASON (DD-760) and USS WADDELL (DDG-24). COMDESDIV 132, embarked on WADDELL, was CTE

Narratives by Department


SPS-40 At the beginning of WADDELL's first deployment, transit into warmer waters caused "overheat" overloads to trip regularly after about 15 minutes radiating time. This problem was compounded by very high air temperatures in Radar Room One as a result of inadequate ventilation. Room temperatures were frequently in excess of 100 F. This problem was not to be solved until the beginning of the second cruise, although efforts were made toward its solution, including the installation of two commercial window air conditioners between radar one and the adjoining uptake. The high failure rate of modules characteristic of this unit, is largely attributable to high operating temperatures that existed throughout the first cruise. The more immediate problem of continually tripping "overheat" overloads was solved by the introduction of chill water into the fresh water cooling lines. The SPS-40 antenna would not rotate. Water leakage, apparently caused by an improperly installed gasket, caused corrosion of TB 1201 and deterioration of wiring. The latter half of 1966 was spent primarily in readying the ship for the second cruise. The SPS-40 failures were almost identical to those experienced during the first cruise. The PA tube failed and its replacement was defective. Water hose burst again, introducting water into the grid cavity. On this occasion, O-rings were not available through the Navy Standard stock System. Water leaked into a terminal box through a faulty O-ring in the ships head marker pin; the terminal box was a mass of corrosion and had to be rewired. A temporary solution to the problem of extremely high room temperatures was found with the removal of the window air conditioners and the installation of a chill water unity. The window air conditioners had been almost totally unsuccessful. It had been necessary to install them one above the other, exhausting into an uptake. The chill water unit was installed underway between Long Beach and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

URN-20 The AN/URN-20 TACAN was installed in PHNSY at the beginning of the first cruise. Two weeks after installation it was CASREPT. The required parts followed WADDELL over much of WESTPAC. Early 1966 saw it CASREPT again; this time it was brought up while enroute to SAR duty by cannibalization from USS BERKELEY's new installation. Two weeks later, WADDELL in turn was cannibalized to repiar the the STODDARD's TACAN. Some of the parts were received in March and more in May and the TACAN was finally brought up and a CASCOR submitted in early June 1966. The TACAN provided marginal operation during local ops in June and in early July the ship entered a more extensive RAV in LBNSY. After the June CASCOR, the TACAN never operated satisfactorily for any extended period until December 1966.

ECM Throughout the first cruise the WLR-1A required almost continual maintenance and alignment to retain minimum sensitivity standards. The URD-4 suffered a variety of casualties due primarily to poor wiring.

The ECM equipment developed few unusual problems, although the WLR-1A remained a difficult piece of equipment to keep up to the desired levels of sensitivity. The AS-899/SLR failed at the end of the cruise. The phenol composition gear was stripped shortly before WADDELL departed the Tonkin Gulf. The gear was unavailable and was manufactured at Yokosuka SRF. While attempting to install the gear it was determined that the shaft on which the hear fit had been worn and was out of round; it too had to be duplicated by SRF.


In late January WADDELL again transmitted to the SAR Station, and relieved the USS BERKLY as SAR Flagship. While on a mission close to the N. Viet Coast WADDELL became the first U.S. Ship to be fired on by the enemy shore batteries in late January 1966.

In early February 1966, while awaiting to receive fuel from the USS NAVASOT, WADDELL was involved in a collision with the Brinkley BASS. WADDELL was relieved by the USS ENGLAND, and the flag was transferred. WADDELL although damaged and deeply involved in high precedence message traffic, found it necessary to continue as net control on the SAR ORESTES circuit. This was necessary due to the USS ENGLAND being unable to take the additional circuit requirements until late the following evening, when WADDELL was almost out of the Tonkin Gulf.

After extensive repairs at Subic Bay, WADDELL was assigned to SHOBOM in area IV. On the return voyage WADDELL was CTU and took circuit guards and relay ship requirements for the BRINKLEY BASS, USS HUBBARD, and SAMUEL M MOORE. While in the U.S., WADDELL received her MUX installation and tested it with on board receivers, but was unable to use it due to non-availability of compatible receivers.

In August 1966, WADDELL received WRR-2 receivers, which were to be used with the MUX equipment. The significant problem that arised with this delivery was installation, which was originally assigned to the ship. After the installation was approved by COMCRUDESPAC and the Funds allocated, for a shipyard installation, the installation was completed, and necessary alterations were completed by the ship in order to make the equipment fit.

In October 1966, the ship particiapted in exercise "BASELINE"II" , primarily a communications exercise. During this exercise it was evident that an additional transmitter was warranted, primarily due to the fact that the ship was overtaxed in her capabilities. It became evident that the ship's communications spaces are overcrowded to the point of critically hampering the communications working area, and decreasing the ship's effectiveness in prompt and efficient message handling. Many new procedures were adopted as a result of "BASELINE II", such as the use of ditto for message reproduction, and a revised message handling procedure. With the new procedures, message handling was at optimum and increased without saturation of the system.

Operations Schedule

1-4 Enroute Sasebo, Japan
4-15 In port Sasebo
16-17 Enroute Buckner Bay, Okinawa
17 Missile Shoot Buckner Bay, Okinawa operations areas (two missiles)
18-20 Enroute Hong Kong
21-24 In port Hong Kong
25-28 Enroute Danang
28 In port Danang
28-30 Enroute Northern SAR Station
1-4 Northern SAR (assigned TU 77.0.1) COMDESDIV 132 CTU 77.0.1)
4 Departed SAR station (collision with USS BRINKLEY BASS (DD-887)
4-7 Enroute Subic Bay
8-24 Repair Availability Subic Bay
25-26 Enroute III Corps
1-11 NGFS III (assigned TU 70.8.9)
12-13 Enroute Subic Bay
14-18 In port Subic Bay
19-21 Enroute Guam
22 In port Guam (fuel)
22-27 Enroute Midway
28 In port Midway (fuel)
22-30 Enroute Pearl Harbor
31 In port Pearl Harbor
2-7 Enroute Long Beach
8 Arrive Long Beach
9-30 In port Long Beach
1-23 In port Long Beach
23-31 Repair Availability Naval Shipyard Long Beach
1-7 Repair Availability Naval Shipyard Long Beach
8-30 In port Long Beach
July Repair Availability Naval Shipyard Long Beach
August Repair Availability Naval Shipyard Long Beach
September Repair Availability Naval Shipyard Long Beach
1-12 Type Training
13-21 Fleet Exercise Baseline II
22-31 Tender Availability
1-6 Tender Availability
7-10 COMPTUEX 32-66
10-13 In port Long Beach
14-16 Pacific Missile Range
17-28 In port Long Beach
29-30 Shore Bombardment Qualifications
1-2 Shore Bombardment Qualifications
3-26 Preparation for Overseas Movement (In port Long Beach)
27-31 Enroute Pearl Harbor (In company with TU 15.8.5) (COMDESDIV 132 CTU 15.8.5)