1972 Command Narrative

On January 1972 WADDELL was enroute to the Indian Ocean from the Vietnam Gunline to become part of TF 74, the contingency force sent to the Indian Ocean during the India - Pakistan hostilities.

At the conclusion of the Indian Ocean crisis, WADDELL returned to Subic Bay for upkeep, arriving on 15 January 1972.  On 17 January, WADDELL was selected to represent the United States at the Imperial Ethiopian Navy Day Celebration scheduled for early February.  After hasty preparations, WADDELL, with COMDESRON THREE embarked, once again sailed the Indian Ocean bound for Massawa, Ethiopia.  Enroute to Ethiopia WADDELL crewmembers not only painted and cleaned the ship, but also formed a precision drill team and practiced the necessary honors and ceremonies which would be rendered in Massawa.

After a brief fuel stop in Colombo, SRI LANKA on 28 January, WADDELL arrived in Massawa, Ethiopia on 4 February exchanging 21 Gun Salutes while the crew manned the rail.  During the stay in Massawa, WADDELL's athletic teams competed with the teams from the Soviet Union, France, Britain, Sudan, and Ethiopia.  The high points of the visit included an official visit from his Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie; a "Sea Dog" day in which all ships operated together in tactical maneuvers; and the graduation exercise at which Haile Selassie requested an encore from the WADDELL's precision drill team.  While in Massawa, WADDELL was the FLAGSHIP of COMIDEASTFOR, Rear Admiral BAYNE, was visited by Ambassador E. ROSS ADAIR.

Following the Imperial Ethiopian Navy Days Celebration, WADDELL again transited the Indian Ocean bound for the Western Pacific.  After a three day good will visit in Colombo, Sri Lanka, WADDELL arrived in Singapore on 23 February for upkeep.  Following the upkeep, the ship escorted USS HANCOCK on Yankee Station, stopped in Subic Bay and the set out for Hong Kong on 21 March.

on 30 March 1972 WADDELL departed Hong Kong arriving at the gunline on 1 April in time to become one of the first units to receive hostile fire during the North Vietnamese Offensive across the DMZ.  Scheduled to depart WESTPAC on 14 April, WADDELL instead remained on the gunline until early May firing over 7,000 rounds during three weeks in April.  During this period, COMDESRON THREE was the Naval Gunfire Support Unit Commander (CTU 70.8.9).

From 3 through 9 April Waddell encountered daily counterbattery fire.  Her accurate gunfire was credited with knocking out several counterbattery sites and, in one instance, raging fires and many confirmed enemy dead were reported by a U. S. Marine Advisor.  Most fire missions during this period were in the area of the Cua Viet Naval Base and Quang Tri Province North of the Cua Viet River.  At times, WADDELL could observe her own fire as enemy troops and tanks were engaged in direct fire missions on the beach - with several enemy dead and rapid troop dispersal.  On a particularly hot day of fighting in the late afternoon of 8 April, WADDELL took a high priority target under fire and received heavy counter batt3ery from known enemy positions.  She immediately returned fire and caused at least one secondary explosion.  One surface burst 5 feet off the starboard bow caused superficial damage to the ASROC launcher and AN/SPS-40B.  Several pieces of shrapnal were found on deck.

During the period 9-10 April WADDELL was again assigned a number of high priority targets in the same area.  In one 24-hour period WADDELL fired so many rounds she had to re-arm twice in order to answer all the calls for fire.

From 11-21 April WADDELL continued the same pace of operations.  Her list of enemy targets destroyed included sampans ferrying enemy troops across the Ben Hai River, Anti-Aircraft gun emplacements and coastal defense sites.

On 21 April WADDELL arrived at Danang Harbor to effect gun repairs and to be re-gunned by USS HECTOR.  After three very busy days WADDELL again departed for the gunline where she continued her gunfire support missions.

On 30 April WADDELL was involved in a Search and Rescue mission.  A Vietnamese Air Force spotter aircraft went down in the vicinity where WADDELL was conducting NGFS.  No survivors were recovered but one body and identification of a second were recovered.

On 4 May WADDELL was ordered to Subic Bay for an upkeep period that lasted until 13 May.  The major reason for the upkeep was to refurbish her guns in preparation for Linebacker operations.

WADDELL joined Operation Linebacker on 16 May with COMDESRON THREE AS CTU 77.1.2, Naval Gunfire Strike Unit Commander.  For two weeks WADDELL made continuous night strikes; many times encountering some of the heaviest counterbattery that ships had experienced during NGFS Operations, miraculously escaping with superficial damage.  In spite of heavy counterbattery WADDELL accounted for several large secondary explosions, and she silenced some of the coastal defense sites.  After two weeks of operations with Linebacker the ship once again headed for the DMZ where she operated in support of ARVN Troops until 26 June.  The final two weeks in WESTPAC were spent as escort for USS CORAL SEA on Yankee Station and enroute Yokosuka, Japan.

WADDELL arrived back in the United States on 18 July 1972, for a well deserved and hard earned 30 day standdown.  From 18 August until 5 October WADDELL went through an extensive restricted availability.  Mount 52 was refurbished and Mount 51 was prepared for replacement.  The sixth and seventh of October constituted the first underway period for WADDELL since her return from WESTPAC.  Extensive drilling and internal training was conducted during this two day period.  After a two day inport period, 8-9 October, WADDELL participated in COMPTUEX 20-72 from 10 through 13 October.  WADDELL's performance was outstanding during this fleet exercise and the decision was made to grant an operational readiness inspection equivalency.

WADDELL returned to San Diego on 14 October to commence a second restricted availability which lasted until 3 December.  At this time Mount 51 was removed and replaced by a 5"/54 mount from USS INDEPENDENCE (CVA-62).  Additionally the oscillating assembly from Mount 52 was pulled and replaced.  From 4 December until 26 December WADDELL went into pre-overseas movement preparations.  Extensive work continued on both mounts and the engineering plant.

On 8 December 1972, Commander Albert J. HERBERGER, USN was relieved by Lieutenant Commander C. David EWING, USN as Commanding Officer of USS WADDELL.  The change of command ceremony took place aboard WADDELL at San Diego Naval Station.

WWADDELL was underway again 27 December - 28 December to onload missiles at Seal Beach, California.  This two day period was also used to conduct general drills in preparation for the 3 January deployment to WestPac.  29-31 December were spent in San Diego making final preparations for the cruise.

In 1971 WADDELL won her Fifth consecutive Battle Efficiency "E" qualifying her to display the coveted gold "E" during 1972.  Additionally, in 1972 WADDELL won her Third consecutive departmental "E's" in operations, Missiles and Gunnery.


WADDELL was assigned an upkeep period in Subic Bay, R.P. from 12-19 January.  This period was utilized primarily for making preparations necessary for WADDELL's trip to Massawa, Ethiopia as the United States representative in the annual Imperial Ethiopian Navy Days.

WADDELL again underwent upkeep from 21-26 February in Singapore.  Extensive lagging was accomplished in both firerooms and enginerooms.  A total of 91 work requests was submitted for this upkeep period.  Of these, 63 were satisfactorily completed.  Work accomplished by Sembawang Shipyard was generally considered good.

During the period 7-14 March SRF Subic Bay completed 46 upkeep work requests.  A low volume of work was submitted as this upkeep closely follwed the Singapore upkeep.

WADDELL had her last deployed upkeep with SRF Subic Bay from 6-14 May.  Unfortunately the upkeep was scheduled at a time when SRF Subic was deluged with requests from over 30 ships.  As a result only a portion of the work needed by the ship could be accomplished.  SRF Subic Bay did clean watersides on 2A boiler and replace several steam drain lines.

WADDELL had only a seven day upkeep in the period 14 March to 18 July.  WADDELL was underway 119 days in the 127 day period prior to her arrival in San Diego.  The fact that no major engineering casualties were experienced is a tribute to the hard work of the engineers.

The ship received a one and one half month DATC Class E availability from 10 August until 7 Oct.  During this period WADDELL completed many small jobs with DATC assistance and had other jobs done by DATC shops.

WADDELL went alongside USS SAMUEL GOMPERS (AD-37) from 20 November to 1 December.  This enabled the ship to complete installation of the AN/SLR-12 platforms.  The work package included several pump and motor overhauls but the work accomplished was limited by the 4 day Thanksgiving holidays, during which the tender did little work.


WADDELL was assigned restricted availabilities with Superintendent of Ships, Eleventh Naval District during the periods 24 August - 5 October and 14 November - 17 December.  The contractor for both RAVs was Campbell Industries.  The second RAV was assigned to complete work contracted for but not properly completed during the first availability.

Major work accomplished during the RAV periods included new boiler fronts for all four boilers, partial installation of the GEM tank level indicating system in the fuel tanks, repairs to all six main feed pumps and repairs to all fuel oil tank sluice valves.  Fifty-four jobs were accomplished during these periods by the contractor.  Approximately $500,000 was provided by Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Force, Pacific for these repairs and alterations.

Six ship alterations were completed and five others partially completed during the RAV.  These included completion of the main machinery spaces fire fighting system, a bilge flooding alarm system, completion of ND conversion piping modifications and installation of the AN/SLQ-20.  The ship also partially completed a habitability alteration with the installation of a badly needed vent fan in the after crews' head.

The contractor encountered great difficulty in repairing the steam admission valves for the six main feed pumps.  His inability to adjust the valves to prevent the pumps from starting when the valves were shut necessitated a second RAV period.  Eventually two Worthington Technical Representatives and several Naval Ship Engineering Center personnel were brought in on the project.  Finally, on 17 December, the first valve tested satisfactory.

The restricted availability was very successful in terms of jobs completed satisfactorily but resulted in an unfortunate lack of underway time between deployments.  In contrast to the first seven months of 1972 when WADDELL only received 27 days of upkeep, WADDELL had only 7 days underway during the last five months.


Overall, the Weapons System has performed very well during calender 1972.  In particular, the new digital update for the TARTAR/STANDARD missile system along with the Mark 68 Gun Fire Control System have not only been consistently reliable but also have produced impressive results.  Unfortunately, the unreliability of WADDELL's 5 inch 54 caliber gun mounts has been a source of increasing concern for this command during the past year.  Although 13,682 rounds have been fired from both mounts during 1972, they have been fired only by overcoming a myriad casualties.  Major equipment components have been replaced including five complete cradle assemblies, a carrier tube assembly, two transfer trays and two empty case trays, as well as the entire above deck rotating structure of MT 51.  Deteriorating cables, broken switches, cracked and loose switch brackets, and worn circuit breakers are a few of the other problems causing the numerous major and minor casualties.

The TARTAR missile system was very reliable the first quarter of 1972 with no appreciable system down time.  Both fire control systems performed excellently in live aircraft tracking, however an attempt to fully test system performance by a live missile firing on 21 March was unsuccessful.  A telemetered firing on a BOM-34A drone had to be cancelled when successful telemetry checks could not be obtained with the ground station at Poro Point, Philippines.  A subsequent attempt to fire a warhead missile at an AOM-37A drone on the same day also had to be aborted when the augmented drone could not be detected on either the AN/SPS-39A or the AN/SPS0-40 radar even though the launch aircraft gave video presentations on both radars before and after drone launch.

With few commitments during the first quarter the guns performed admirably.  On 22 January mounts 51 and 52 fired over 200 rounds against various targets in MR 1.  And from the 14-16 March they were used to train NGFS spotters in the Philippine OPAREAS.

During the second quarter of 1972, WADDELL spent eighty (80) days in the combat zone with the weapons system personnel standing condition II watches and all equipment operating almost 24 hours a day, the long hours of operation and the firing of 13,354 rounds of 5"/54 ammunition against targets in North and South Vietnam did not appear to have adversely affected the missile equipment.  The ship had little opportunity for live tracking but did receive services from FLECOMPRON FIVE from Cubi Point, Philippines, while enroute to Subic Bay in May.  An extensive shipboard crosstraining program assisted the fire control technicians in preparation for advancement examinations as well as enabling them to perform Daily System Operational Tests at many stations.  From 21-24 April, WADDELL was visited by the WESTPAC Special Assistance Team under the direction of Naval Ships Missile System Engineering Station.  The team was able to check out all SMS equipment and the system during a 3 day TAV in Danang.  They also answered various questions about PMS and testing presented by the technicians.  This visit was much appreciated and extremely beneficial.

An additional requirement placed upon the Weapons Department was an ASROC weapons offload in Danang Harbor on 11 April.  Inclement weather, and maneuvering underway while handling made the evolution difficult, but the operation was successful.

Minor casualties incurred by the 2 5"/54 mounts during this quarter are too numerous to list individually.  In general these casualties were mechanical or electrical switches out of adjustment, broken snap rings, link pins, cracked hydraulic pipes, or broken seals.  Major casualties included damage to two left cradles, one right cradle, a carrier tube assembly and a right transfer tray.  In April the right cradles in both gun mounts were badly damaged.

While along side USS HECTOR (AR-7) in Danang Harbor from 21 to 24 April, the gunner's mates replaced the right cradle in Mount 52 with one flown in from Subic Bay.  After removing the broken right cradle from Mount 51, they removed usable parts from both bad cradles and rebuilt a complete assembly.  The refurbished cradle was installed in Mount 51.  The gunner's mates also installed a new carrier tube assembly and assisted HECTOR's ordnance repair crew with regunning both mounts.  On 26 April a casualty to Mount 52's breach block resulted after firing a round with what was later determined to be an oversized powder case.  After the projectile had been fired the breech block would not lower.  Attempts to free the jammed mechanism by Ship's Force were unsuccessful.  Ten days later WADDELL returned to Subic Bay for a seven day upkeep period.  There it took SRF personnel two days to unjam the breech block, and other day and a half to remove the expended powder.  When the powder charge was removed one-eighth of the case's open end was missing.  Apparently that part of the case had disintegrated and been expelled through the barrel with the projectile.  This casualty was directly related to one that occurred 4 June when the firing pin would not make contact with the primer.  Up to that time the firing mechanism had been working properly.  The leading gunner's mate suspected a bad forward insulator in the breech block.  Upon removal, the forward retainer was found to be concave instead of flat, thus preventing the firing pin from making contact with the primer.  A new insulator and retainer was installed correcting the problem.  Mount 52's barrel had 109% wear since regunning in April.  Only 4109 rounds were fired from the MK 18 MOD 1 barrel.  The high erosion rate was believed the result of increased usage of flashless power (NALC D305) since regunning.  Mount 51 had about 50% wear.  A shortage of 5"/54 bvarrels in the WESTPAC area precluded regunning before returning to CONUS the first of July.

On 2 July, just prior to departure, WADDELL again handled ASROC weapons.  This time it was to onload weapons for the return trip.  The evolution was accomplished in Subic Bay, R. P., during a one day stop.

The performance of the Weapons System throughout the third quarter was good.  During the transit to San Diego, WADDELL attempted to fire a standard (RIM 66B-2) warhead missile at the Okinawa Missile Range on 5 July.  The air search and fire control radars performed very well with excellent acquisition and tracking ranges.  However, when the missile was loaded on the launcher and the firing key depressed, a dud indication resulted.  Visual inspection of the launcher and missile showed that the launcher contractor assembly did not mate properly with the missile.  The entire contactor assembly was overhauled and normal operation resumed.  During the Post-Deployment Stand-Down and subsequent RAV, the Weapons System equipment was worked on by Ship's Force and NOSSOPAC personnel.  With the assistance of NOSSOPAC, a new hoist chain for the MK 13 guided missile launcher was installed in August when chain stretch was 1-5/32".  Due to excessive wear of the training missile shoes, a new T-SAM MK 16 MOD 4 was received in September.  Also, in September a new thick-walled waveguide for the AN/SPS-39A height finding radar was installed.

Both 5"/54 gun mounts were inoperative this quarter due to major material casualties in Mount 51 and cannibalization of the lower hoist units from Mount 52 by SRF Subic Bay prior to outchop from WESTPAC.  A thorough inspection of both gun mounts was conducted by Mr. FRENCH and Mr. COLLEY of NOSSOPAC to determine their operational condition.  The inspection report stated, "In view of the condition of the gun mounts and specifically the number of worn, damaged, and missing parts, and the condition of installed cables, it is recommended that consideration be given to replacement of the mounts in lieu of repairing them."  This report to COMCREDESPAC via COMCRUDESFLOT NINE.  A decision based upon the NOSSOPAC report was make by CRUDESPAC to replace Mount 51 (gun house only) and to repair Mount 52.  Personnel from DATC ordnance shop, San Diego, assisted WADDELL's gunnder's mates removed the rammer beam and breech block for overhaul.  A new breech block was installed along with a new empty case tray, left cradle and right transfer tray.

In August several design engineers for the Harpoon missile system visited WADDELL for a tour of the missile spaces.  The purpose of the visit was to assist with the integration of Harpoon into the TARTAR system.  In addition several engineers have visited WADDELL to check the compatibility of Harpoon and the MK 13 guided missile launching system.

WADDELL also assisted NSMSES and COMCRUDESPAC with the shore power requirement instrumentation testing and evaluation (SPRITE) program designed to determine power requirements for SMS ships.

In the middle of these assist visits and tests, WADDELL was given its Nuclear Technical Proficiency Inspection.  Although given little time for proper preparation the ASROC team worked hard and attained a grade of satisfactory, in the sat/unsat marking system.

The four quarter began with a missile system readiness test conducted the week of 2 October by NOSSOPAC, NSMSES, and NAVSEC personnel.  The inspection revealed two problems which affected the performance of the missile system.  The first was low power out of the pulse radar for system number two.  There were no 825C Klystrons available and a CASREPT was submitted.  The Klystron was received within 48 hours and normal operation was restored.  The other problem discussed by the MSRT team concerned the excessive moisture in the AN/SPS-39A radar waveguide.  WADDELL has had a history of wet air problems.  Funding was made available and the dehydrators were moved from the firerooms to number two engineroom by a civilian contractor under NSMSES supervision.

The MSRT was closely followed by a Technical Standardization Inspection on 16 and 17 October.  Every facet of nuclear weabpons readiness and capability was inspected.  The end result was an overall grade of excellent.

During COMPTUEX 20-72 three missiles were fired on 12 October.  The results are summarized as follows:


The first missile was a RIM 66B-2 and the other two missiles were RIM 24B, both fire control systems were used for successful firings.

On 31 October and 1 November, thirty-six standard missiles were off-loaded pierside at the Naval Station, San Diego.  This offload was necessary in order to do extensive work on the missile quenching system.  The inside of the piping for the system was coated with an epoxy and all nozzles and stand pipes were overhauled.  This job was accomplished under the supervision of NSMSES and NOSSOPAC personnel.

An Ordnance Suppord Element Review (ORDSER) was conducted by NOSSOPAC personnel the week of 27 November.  All Weapons Department publications and supply support publications were inventoried.  Most publications were present, however, many out-of-date publications were also present.

On 29 November WADDELL was again ordered to offload ASROC weapons.  This time it was in preparation for deployment in January.  The highly trained ASROC team effected the transfer with no difficulty.

WADDELL's first opportunity to fire exercise ASW weapons in over a year came on 27 December.  WADDELL fired both a MK 44 MOD 1 ASROC and MK 44 MOD 1 surface launched torpedo at the Squaw target in the Southern California operating area.  Both shots were evaluated as hits.

On 28 December, thirty-nine missiles were loaded at NWS, Seal Beach.  The load consisted of thirty-seven RIM 66B standard missiles, one UHF Telemetry RIM 24B, and one VHF Telemetry RIM 24B.

Since the beginning of the fourth quarter, both mounts have been undergoing major repairs.  Personnel from DATC with technical assistance from NOSSOPAC disconnected and removed MT 51 above deck rotating structure and replaced same with a reconditioned mount from NAVORDSTA Louisville, KY.  Following the arrival of the mount in early December, personnel from DATC ordnance reconnected both mechanical and electrical systems and checked out the operation of the mount.

During November, the lower hoist cab units in MT 52 that had been removed in Subic Bay were repaired as parts arrived.  NOSSPAC technical representative Mr. Joe COLLEY and Ship's Force were directly responsible for this job.  Other parts replaced were the left cradle, right transfer tray, breech block, and empty case tgray.

Many attempts to remove the gun barrel from Mount 52 failed.  Among these attempts were the following:  Using a slugging barrel wrench; air powered barrel wrench; 10,000 lbs. weight added to end of air powered barrel wrench; filling barrel with dry ice; elevating to 85 degrees and hitting slugging wrench with old 5"/54 barrel; attempt to find natural frequency of barrel to loosen it, then more attempts with air powered wrench.

When all of the above procedures failed, the decision was made to remove the entire oscillating assembly, barrel still intact.  Development and Training Center, San Diego and NAVORDSTA Louisville, KY. rebuilt the oscillating assembly from WADDELL's old Mount 51.  NAVORDSTA representative Louis LINDSEY was in charge of the project and by December 20, 1972 the rebuilt oscillating assembly was placed on WADDELL, after being regunned at DATC workshop. Final hookup of wiring in P-3 and P-4 panels was done by DATC and final checkout of entire mount was delegated to NOSSPAAC, San Diego.  Final checks were finished in Pearl Harbor on transit to WESTPAC, after the ship departed on 3 January 1973.  Thus Mount 52 remained CASREPT at the end of the year.  Mount 51 having completed its final hookup and test firing on 28 December was finally considered operational and CASCORED that date.


On 3 October COMCRUDESPAC representatives conducted the Annual Supply Inspection.  WADDELL received a grade of satisfactory with individual grades as follows:

Organization, administration and training 82.50
Supply Accounting 83.55
Material Support 81.11
Food Service 82.81
Ship's Service 72.00

The Annual Surprise Disbursing Audit was conducted 27 November - 1 December. by representatives of NRFC San Diego.  WADDELL passed satisfactorily.

On 13-15 November the San Diego Laundry Assistance Team was aboard.

During the period 27-29 November the NSMSES Logistics Supply Assistance Team was aboard.  As a result of their visit NSMSES funded procurement of 364 new items for stock valued at $13,378.00.


1972 proved to be a demanding year for the Operations Department.  The first six months were spent in a Western Pacific deployment.  The high tempo of operations and long underway periods during the deployment required the Radiomen and Operations Specialists to stand port and starboard watches.  Equipment demands required long hours of work by the Electronics Technicians.  Throughout, the personnel of the Department worked in a dedicated and professional manner, meeting each new challenge aggressively.  Two Electronic Intelligence packages were completed and submitted during the deployment.  Training highlights during the deployment included three live submarine exercise periods, Air Control exercises and combined Anti-Air/Electronic Warfare exercises.

Following the deployment the ship was assigned a restricted availability in San Diego.  The emphasis within the Operations Department during this period was towards equipment repair and new equipment installations.

In September the AN/SPS-40 Air Search Radar was replaced by the AN/SPS-40C Radar to increase Air Search performance and reliability.

In October the AN/SPS-10F Surface Search Radar was equipped with a solid fiberglass antenna reflector to increase target resolution and Radar range.  Two new items of UHF Radio equipment, one AN/URC-9 and one AN/SRC-21 Transceiver were installed in Auxiliary Radio to replace two AN/GRC-27 UHF Transceivers.

WADDELL's Electronic Warfare suite was considerably improved during the month of December.  The AN/SLM-2A test set was installed to give the ship an internal capability to monitor the performance of the AN/ULQ-6A Electronic Countermeasures Equipment.  The installation of the AN/SLR-12 system provided the ship an electronic search capability in the J-Band frequency range.  With the installation of the AN/WLR-11 System the ship acquired instantaneous Search and Frequency Measuring capability, enhancing rapid signal identification.

Individual school training for Electronics Technicians and Radioman was conducted during the latter half of the year.  Operations Specialists concentrated on shore based trainers for AAW/EW, ASW and NGFS Training.  A fleet exercise in October provided a live environment for intensive team training.  Submarine Operations, Anti-Air Warfare and Communications exercises were emphasized.

The preparations in equipment readiness and training provided an excellent work-up for the scheduled deployment commencing 3 January 1973.

Operations Schedule

1JAN-7JAN Underway enroute to the Indian Ocean.  Assigned to U.S. SEVENTHFLT.
7JAN-9JAN Underway Contingency/Surveillance Operations in the Indian Ocean.
9JAN-13JAN Underway enroute to Subic Bay, R. P.
13JAN-20JAN Inport Subic Bay, R. P. for Upkeep.
20JAN-21JAN Underway enroute to the coastal waters of South Vietnam.
22JAN Underway Naval Gunfire Support Operations off the coast of South Vietnam.
23JAN-4FEB Underway enroute to Massawa, Ethiopia to represent the United States in Ethiopian Navy Day Celegration.
4FEB-7FEB Inport Massawa, Ethiopia.
7FEB-14FEB Underway enroute to Columbo, SRI LANKA
14FEB-17FEB Inport Columbo, SRI LANKA.
17FEB-22FEB Underway enroute Singapore.
22FEB-26FEB Inport Singapore.
26FEB-28FEB Underway enroute the Gulf of Tonkin.
28FEB-5MAR Underway Carrier Operations in the Gulf of Tonkin.
5MAR-7MAR Underway search and rescue operations in the Philippine opareas.
7MAR-14MAR Inport Subic Bay, R. P. for Upkeep.
14MAR-16MAR Underway Type Training in Philippine opareas.
16MAR-21MAR Inport Subic Bay, R.P.
21MAR-23MAR Underway enroute Hong Kong.
23MAR-30MAR Inport Hong Kong.
30MAR-31MAR Underway enroute South Vietnam coastal waters.
1APR-10APR Underway Naval Gunfire Support South Vietnam coastal waters.
11APR Inport Danang, South Vietnam.
12APR-20APR Underway Naval Gunfire Support South Vietnam coastal waters.
21APR-24APR Inport Danang, South Vietnam.
25APR-3MAY Underway Naval Gunfire Support South Vietnam coastal waters.
4MAY-5MAY Underway enroute Subic Bay, R. P.
6MAY-13MAY Inport Subic Bay, R. P. for Upkeep.
14MAY-16MAY Underway enroute to South Vietnam coastal waters.
17MAY-25JUN Underway Naval Gunfire Support South Vietnam coastal waters.
26JUN-30JUN Underway Naval Gunfire Support.
1JUL Underway enroute Subic Bay, R. P.
2JUL Inport Subic Bay, R. P.
3JUL-7JUL Underway enroute Yokosuka, Japan.
7JUL-8JUL Inport Yokosuka, Japan for pre-outchop upkeep.
9JUL-18JUL Underway enroute San Diego.  Assigned to U. S. First Fleet.
18JUL-18AUG Inport San Diego, Ca. for post-deployment leave and upkeep.
19AUG-5OCT Inport San Diego, Ca. for restricted availability.
6OCT-7OCT Underway for local operations in SOCAL opareas.
8OCT-9OCT Inport San Diego, Ca.
10OCT-13OCT Underway for Local Operations in SOCAL opareas.  Participated in Fleet exercise COMPTUEX 20-72.
14OCT-3DEC Inport San Diego for restricted availability.
3DEC-26DEC Inport San Diego for Pre-Overseas Movement period.
27DEC-28DEC Underway for local operations in the SOCAL opareas.
29DEC-31DEC Inport San Diego for Pre-Overseas Movement period.  Total miles steamed this year 49,000.