1976 Command Narrative

28 MAR 1977
W. S. MANNING
Commanding Officer, USS WADDELL (DDG-24)

The Command History of USS WADDELL for calendar year 1976 will be divided into seven sections. The seven sections are listed below and include the following information:

A. Chronology of Events

B. Basic Narrative

C. Engineering Department - Successful completion of OPPE as well as the overall excellent performance of USS WADDELL's 1200 PSI Engineering Plan culminating in a 40 knot Full Power Run on one occassion

D. Weapons Department - Comments on Weapon Systems performance during the year to include SQT, REFTRA, INSURV, NGFS qualifications, NWAI, as well as the many gunnery, missile and ASROC firings completed

E. Operations Department - Particular comments on the many exercises conducted involving USS WADDELL

F. Supply Department - Conduct of ASI attaining an excellent grade, general comment of parts and supply throughout the year as well as participation in the Ney Award

G. Significant messages and correspondence

CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS

Date Event
1 Jan - 4 Jan Christmas Holiday Leave and Upkeep
5 Jan - 12 Jan Inport San Diego, commenced SQT
9 Jan COMFLETRAGRU Training Readiness Evaluation (TRE)
13 Jan - 15 Jan Underway for Ship Qualification Trials (SQT)
16 Jan - 19 Jan Inport Phase of SQT
20 Jan - 22 Jan Underway for and completion of SQT
23 Jan Inport - preparations for visit ship
24 Jan - 25 Jan Visit ship at Braodway Pier
26 Jan Underway for Port Hueneme
27 Jan Missile Briefing, underway for Pacific Missile Range (PMR)
28 Jan - 29 Jan MISSILEX on PMR
29 Jan Inport overnight in Long Beach
30 Jan Underway for Seal Beach - Ammunition onload; underway for San Diego - conducted burial at sea during transit
31 Jan - 8 Feb Inport San Diego - upkeep period
9 Feb - 13 Feb Commended first phase of REFTRA
13 Feb First battle problem - REFTRA
14 Feb - 16 Feb Inport San Diego
17 Feb - 20 Feb Underway for REFTRA
21 Feb - 22 Feb Inport San Diego
23 Feb - 27 Feb Underway for REFTRA
28 Feb - 14 Mar Tender Availability - USS SAMUEL GOMPERS (AD-37)
15 Mar - 19 Mar Commenced second phase of REFTRA
20 Mar - 21 Mar Inport San Diego
22 Mar - 26 Mar Underway for REFTRA
27 Mar - 28 Mar Inport San Diego
29 Mar - 2 Apr Underway for REFTRA
2 Apr Final battle problem
3 Apr - 11 Apr Inport San Diego
12 Apr - 16 Apr Underway for MTT Phase II
16 Apr Ammunition Loadout - Seal Beach, Full Power Run
17 Apr - 9 May Inport San Diego - Tender Availability USS GOMPERS
10 May Sea Trails in preparation for the Operational Propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE)
11 May - 13 May Underway for OPPE
14 May - 23 Jun Inport San Diego - upkeep period
7 Jun Change of Command Ceremony, CDR W. S. MANNING relieves CDR D. R. ANDERSON as Commanding Officer, USS WADDELL (DDG-24)
24 Jun - 30 Jun Underway for READIEX
30 Jun INSURV Board members arrive
1 Jul Underway Material Inspection (UMI)
2 Jul - 8 Jul INSURV
9 Jul - 14 Jul Inport San Diego
15 Jul - 16 Jul Nuclear Weapons Acceptance Inspection (NWAI)
17 Jul - 6 Aug Inport San Diego - upkeep period
4 Aug CAPT J. F. ADDAMS relieves CAPT T. M. WARD Jr. as Commander Destroyer Squadron SEVEN onboard his flagship, USS WADDELL (DDG-24)
6 Aug - 21 Aug Underway for FLEETEX - Exercise "VARSITY KNIGHT"
22 Aug - 23 Aug Inport San Diego
23 Aug Underway for Senior Officer Ship's Material Readiness Course (SOSMRC) Practical Phase
24 Aug - 27 Aug Inport San Diego (SOSMRC)
28 Aug - 12 Sep Inport San Diego - upkeep period
13 Sep Underway for Dependents' Cruise
14 Sep - 24 Sep Inport San Diego - preparations for deployment
25 Sep US WADDELL deploys for WESTPAC
25 Sep - 29 Sep Underway for Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
30 Sep - 3 Oct Inport Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
4 Oct - 17 Oct Underway for Coral Sea
13 Oct Crossing the Line Ceremonies for 230 Pollywogs
17 Oct - 29 Oct KANGAROO II Exercise
30 Oct - 31 Oct Underway for Sydney, Australia
1 Nov - 6 Nov Port Visit - Sydney, Australia
7 Nov - 19 Nov Underway for Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines
19 Nov Anchored overnight in Subic Bay
20 Nov - 22 Nov Underway for ASWEX in South China Sea
22 Nov - 13 Dec Inport Subic Bay upkeep period
13 Dec - 28 Dec Underway in South China Sea - ASWEX, MULTIPLEX, MISSILEX, Plane Guard - USS ENTERPRISE
29 Dec Enroute to Hong Kong
30 Dec - 31 Dec Port Visit - Hong Kong

BASIC NARRATIVE

The first nine months of 1976 proved to be a major challenge for USS WADDELL in view of the many operational requirements that required completion and qualifications upon completion of an overhaul.  On 1 January 1976, USS WADDELL was in the midst of a well deserved holiday leave and upkeep period having just completed a rigorous and thorough 9 month overhaul 2 weeks prior.

Following this short respite, USS WADDELL commenced Ship Qualification Trials (SQT) on 12 January 1976.  SQT for USS WADDELL included air and surface gunnery exercises, air tracking exercises, and alignment of weapons systems as well as engineering casualty control drills and a full power run for the engineering plant.  The successful completion and requalification in weapons systems and the engineering propulsion plan proved out the quality of work done during the ROH yard and proved the ship capable of demonstrating a high state of readiness, a mark USS WADDELL would achieve in the ensuring months ahead.

The weekend of 24-25 January 1976 found USS WADDELL as public visit ship for San Diego at the downtown Broadway Pier.  In 2 days time over 3000 visitors were to visit and tour USS WADDELL.

The remainder of the month of January was spent largely fine tuning the missile systems on board USS WADDELL.  This included a short stay in Port Hueneme with a tour of the weapons facilities as well as briefings on the Pacific Missile Range.  Two days followed on the Pacific Missile Range with 4 live missile shoots.

US WADDELL completed her missile testing on the Pacific Missile Range on 29 January and steamed southward for Seal Beach.  A short overnight stay in Long Beach permitted the ship to make preparations for an ammunition onload at Seal Beach the following morning.  Upon completing a major ammunition onload on 30 January, USS WADDELL transited south to San Diego conducting burial at sea ceremonies while enroute.  A short upkeep period followed from 31 January to 8 February, a time largely spent preparing for the next major evolution, Refresher Training.

On 9 February 1976, USS WADDELL began an intensive period that was to successfully test every major department and capability of the ship.  This period of Refresher Training (REFTRA) was actually divided into two 3-week phases, with a tender availability for 2 weeks in between the 2 phases.  The first battle problem signalled the end of Phase I on 13 February and highlighted problem areas to be overcome in achieving the criteria of a front line, battle worthy ship.  The 2 week upkeep period with USS SAMUEL GOMPERS (AD-37), from 28 February to 14 March, provided a brief stay in which to correct material deficiencies and further prepare for the second and final phase of REFTRA.  The second phase of REFTRA was conducted by USS WADDELL from 15 March to 2 April and culminated with the ship's excellent performance in the final battle problem held on 2 April.  REFTRA was a difficult period in a ship's requalification from overhaul and every division proved up to the challenge.  Exercises included surface and air gunnery exercises, ASROC and torpedo firings, engineering casualty control drills and damage control training.  The major challenge was to coordinate the intricate systems, material and crew towards achieving battle readiness in both conventional and nuclear war scenarios.

From 3 April to 11 April, WADDELL commenced engineering preparations for the Mobile Team Training (MTT) Phase II.  The actual MTT followed during an underway period 12-16 April and was followed by an ammunition loadout at Seal Beach on the morning of 16 April.  During the return transit to San Diego on the afternoon of 16 April, USS WADDELL conducted another full power run achieving an unprecedented over-the-ground speed of 40.2 knots.

A tender availability with USS SAMUEL GOMPERS from 17 April to 9 May allowed USS WADDELL to complete intensive preparations for perhaps the biggest challenge to date, the Operational Propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE).  On 10 May sea trials were conducted and these were followed on 11-13 May, with the actual OPPE.  During OPPE, thorough was the watchword as USS WADDELL made the mark, passing this difficult test on the first attempt with the grade of unconditionally satisfactory.

On 14 May, a long and well deserved upkeep period followed for 5 weeks until 23 June.  During this period on 7 June there was a Change of Command Ceremony at which CDR W. S. MANNING relieved CDR D. R. ANDERSON as Commanding Officer, USS WADDELL (DDG-24).

From 24 June to 30 June, WADDELL participated in READIEX 6-67, a Third Fleet Exercise.  READIEX involved the ship as the Orange Force Surface raider.  Throughout the exercise USS WADDELL was able to avoid detection and was credited with numerous hits against Blue Force ships.

Immediately following WADDELL's participation in READIEX, another milestone in a heavy inspection schedule was met.  On 30 June members of the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) arrived on board followed by the first phase of the inspection, the Underway Material Inspection (UMI) on 1 July.  This comprehensive evaluation of the material condition of the ship confirmed the results obtained in earlier drills and inspections.  The inport phase of INSURV was conducted from 2 July to 8 July.  The results were gratifying as WADDELL was cited by the Chief Inspector as being a ship in excellent condition, well fitted for the upcoming deployment.  She was, he said, "a cut above the average."

Another major inspection followed a week and a half later, 15-16 July.  USS WADDELL successfully passed the Nuclear Weapons Acceptance Inspection (NWAI) after long preparation by members of the Weapons Department.

The long upkeep period continued until 6 August and was marked by another auspicious occasion.  On 4 August, CAPT J. F. ADDAMS relieved CAPT. T. M. WARD Jr. as Commander Destroyer Squadron SEVEN onboard his flagship, USS WADDELL (DDG-24).

USS WADDELL participated in FLEETEX Exercise "VARSITY KNIGHT", between 6 August and 21 August.  This exercise provided valuable combat systems training for WADDELL as anti-submarine, anti-air and anti-surface gunnery exercises were conducted along with a Mobile Sea Range (MSR) exercise and an NGFS escort for an amphibious assault landing at Camp Pendleton.

The week of 23-27 August provided a new experience for WADDELL as she became a training platform for the Senior Officer Ship's Material Readiness Course.  Five officers, one of flag rank and the other four being prospective commanding officers of aircraft carriers, boarded WADDELL to gain some valuable training in the maintenance and operation of a 1200 PSI engineering propulsion plant.

The period of 28 August through 24 September was largely devoted to making preparations for the upcoming deployment.  In addition, the date of 13 September was used to conduct a dependents' cruise for families and friends of WADDELL MEN.

On Saturday morning, 25 September, USS WADDELL once again began another deployment to the Western Pacific from her homeport of San Diego, California.  This began an 8000 mile transit to Australian waters to participate in the multi-ship, multi-nation exercise, KANGAROO II".  The transit to the Coral Sea, off the northwestern coast of Australia, included a 2 day respite to Pearl Harbor from 1 October to 3 October.

While transiting the Pacific Ocean several memorable occasions were observed.  First and foremost was the Crossing of the Line Ceremonies conducted at the equator on the morning of 13 October.  After completing this memorable evolution for 230 Pllywogs, USS WADDELL passed through the Solomon Islands including the World War II battlegrounds of Guadalcanal and Bougainville.

On 17 October, WADDELL arrived in the Coral Sea and began her second participation in the Australian Exercise, "KANGAROO II".  Upon joining a major carrier task force, WADDELL conducted simulated anti-air, anti-submarine, and surface gunnery exercises, followed by an escort role for support of an amphibious assault landing in Shoalwater Bay, Australia.  In addition, USS WADDELL was able to renew her NGFS credentials for another year after successfully completing NGFS exercises at Townshend Island, off the coast of Austrailia.

For the two days following the completion of KANGAROO II on 29 October, USS WADDELL transited down the eastern coast of Australia to the city of Sydney.  A lively and memorable 5 day visit to Sydney, Australia, followed from 1 November to 6 November.

USS WADDELL was underway again from 7 November to 19 November, transiting to Subic Bay Naval Base in the Republic of the Philippines.  Once again, WADDELL's transit carried her through the Solomon Islands.  This time a wreath of flowers and a short service was conducted to commemorate the many American servicemen who gave their lives there in World War II.

On 19 November, USS WADDELL arrived in Subic Bay spending the night at anchor following a MEDEVAC for a sick crewman.  Two more days followed underway, 20-22 November, in which the ship participated in an ASWEX.  Finally, USS WADDELL arrived for a more permanent stay at Subic Bay on 22 November, beginning a 3 week tender availability period with USS SAMUEL GOMPERS.

On 13 December, USS WADDELL was underway again for a series of exercises, that would test every weapons system and sensor on board.  WADDELL participated first in an ASWEX, followed by MULTIPLEX, MISSILEX, a few days of plane guarding USS ENTERPRISE, and finally another ASWEX.  Although difficult in operation WADDELL completed the multitude of exercises with flying colors and gained valuable training and experience especially in the ASW area.

A one day transit of the South China Sea on 29 December was all that was necessary, for USS WADDELL arrived for another memorable port visit in Hong Kong on 30 December.  This port visit would include the celebration of the New Year, for WADDELL's port visit to Hong Kong was 7 days in length, ending on 6 January 1977.

ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

The year 1976 was one of intensive trials and inspections in preparation for the September WESTPAC deployment.  As has become the norm in the 1200 PSI Navy, the joy of success lies high atop months of training and material upkeep and is quickly lost in the ensuing avalanche of continued maintenance, assists and inspections.

The track the Engineers were to follow was laid out early as MTT Phase I and the COMFLETRAGRU TRE reaffirmed strong points and highlighted weak areas that had to be corrected.  During the many weapons tests in January, all divisions in Engineering were busy preparing for Refresher Training, with the extensive material and training requirements.  Key areas to be tested as the Engineers entered REFTRA were damage control and engineering casualty control; both manned by personnel largely unfamiliar with the ship in an operational condition.  Over the three weeks comprising REFTRA Phase I, rapid improvement was seen in all areas, particularly in casualty control where months of classroom training paid off in high scores for the Main Propulsion watch teams.

A short availability with the USS SAMUEL GOMPERS at North Island, allowed time for minor material/upkeep and required improvements needed for REFTRA Phase II.  The next three weeks of training showed continued proficiency in casualty control and dramatic improvement in damage control as the entire ship learned the lesson that "damage control is truly an all hands evolution".  The successful completion of the final battle problem indicated not only a sound material condition but wee-trained personnel in all areas.

A short inport period necessitated hurried preparations for MTT Phase II, the last milestone prior to the Operational Propulsion Plan Examination (OPPE).  MTT Phase II, with its meticulous inspectors and thorough testing procedures gave the Engineering Department a clear picture of what preparations were required prior to the inspection by the CINCPACFLT Propulsion Examining Board (PEB).  An intensive three weeks of all hands participation followed in which all aspects of engineering training, administration and material condition were reviewed and made ready.  The examination by the board, seemingly anti-climatic after the extensive preparations, was completed in record time with a grade of unconditional satisfactory awarded at the conclusion.

Following OPPE,  the firerooms began preparations for the Pre-Deployment Boiler Inspection while the enginerooms were subject to a Main Circulating System Inspections.  In addition to preparing the boilers for the CNSP Inspection, the firerooms became a "hands on" classroom for the BT 1200 PSI Maintenance School.  The CNSP Boiler Inspector declared the ship's force preparation of the boilers was outstanding but that 1A boiler was unsafe to steam due to hard scale deposits.  Tube samples were to be cut from the three remaining boilers and all boilers showing excessive scale were to be acid cleaned, a job deferred during the 1975 ROH.  1B boiler proved satisfactory and the firerooms set about returning their spaces to a steaming condition to meet USS WADDELL's commitment in READIEX.

Immediately following READIEX, the entire Engineering Department went through perhaps the most exacting material inspection to date, as the Pacific Sub-Board of Inspection and Survey tested and inspected virtually every piece of machinery during the one day Underway Material Inspection and the four days of inport testing.  During the INSURV Inspection a high degree of material readiness was found in all cases.  2A and 2B boilers, however, were found to contain hard scale deposits and required acid cleaning.

During the RAV in July, three boilers were acid cleaned by a private contractor.  The teardown of three boilers and the resulting disruption due to acid cleaning took a heavy toll in the material condition of the firerooms.

Following a two week fleet exercise, the engineering plan was again a "classroom" as the Senior Officer Ship's Material Readiness Course embarked on WADDELL for their final phase of training.  The format was similar to an OPPE and the results of the inspection were mutually beneficial to both the ship and the Admiral and three Captains who participated in the course.

The Engineering Department left San Diego for WESTPAC in a sound condition.  The damage control organization had just recently received a perfect score on a DC PMS Inspection and the auxiliary machinery and air conditioning plants were all in top condition.  The long transit to Australia was marred by problems with poor lube oil received in Pearl Harbor and boiler water chemistry problems.  Each exacted its toll in man hours and effort as the plan remained steaming for a full three months before final repairs could be made in Subic Bay.

The year 1976 was a year of hard work; both to attain exacting standards and moreover the constant push required to maintain these standards.  Significant steps towards upgrading readiness were made, yet much remains to be done.  As only a small percentage of those who began the year are still aboard, many new people must be indoctrinated.  Yet, reflecting on a record of sound achievement, the future looks bright.

WEAPONS DEPARTMENT

This general narrative of the Weapons Department and systems performance will be divided into four sections corresponding to the four divisions comprising the Weapons Department.

GUNNERY

During 1976, a total of 1809 rounds were fired from USS WADDELL's 5"/54 caliber MK 42 MOD 10 gun mounts.  Loading of gun ammunition was accomplished by all possible methods in the course of the calendar year; inport by both mike boat and at ammunition piers, and underway by VERTREP and CONREP methods.  Further, 30 rounds of illumination projectiles were prepared onboard and manila high-lined at sea to a squadron sister ship who needed them to complete NGFS qualifications.

Beginning early in 1976, a readiness rating of M-1 in surface and air gunnery exercises was achieved, and then diligently maintained.  In the area of gunnery, one of USS WADDELL's finest accomplishments has been to successfully qualify twice in all required NGFS exercises.  The first qualification was fired in March 1976 at San Clemente Island.  It is noteworthy that the direct fire exercises of this qualification series were fired at the extended ranges of 16,000 to 18,000 yards.  The second NGFS qualification was attained at Townshend Island, Australia on 27 and 28 October during Exercise KANGAROO II, a major amphibious exercise involving U. S. and Australian forces.  It ws through foresight, determined effort and persistence that all required arrangements, such as qualified spotters and range safety briefs, were finalized and the desired exercises fired.  It is firmly believed that USS WADDELL is the only U. S. Ship to complete NGFS qualifications at Townshend Island.

The outstanding material condition of USS WADDELL's gun mounts and MK 68 Fire Control System has been recorded in numerous inspections during 1976 including REFTRA, INSURV and the Ordnance Arrival Inspection (given by USS GOMPERS personnel at the start of deployment).  In testament to the superlative professional performance of G Division personnel and the excellence of their equipment, in 1976 the USS WADDELL was awarded the gold "E" for battle efficiency in gunnery.

MISSILES

A total of nine standard and ITR missiles were fired during 1976 in the course of Ship Qualification Trials, REFTRA, DESRON SEVEN MISSILEX 1-77 (conducted at Poro Point, RP).  The last three firings were failures which brought to light several system design deficiencies.  On 23 March an SM1A was fired on air target.  Upon clearing the rail, the missile mode changed from STANDARD to ITR, causing an 85 HZ modulation on the CWI carrier.  This problem was subsequently corrected by rewiring the Casualty Control Unit.  These repairs were effected by NSWSES and ship's force personnel.  On 15 September and 22 December two ITR air shots were failures due to unprogrammed missile mode shifts from ITR to STANDARD.  The first of these design failures went undetected because telemetry data indicated a missile malfunction.  The second of these failures clearly indicated the system failure through both telemetry and computer print-out data.  This and the previous failure were due to loss of Missile Group on Launcher (MGOL) and resultant generation of ITR release signal in the missile switchboard prior to generation of the Missile-in-Flight signal by the computer.  This problem was induced by a design error in service test model of ORDALT 8997 and pertained to USS WADDELL only.  Correction of this problem was induced by a design error in service test model of ORDALT 8997 and pertained to USS WADDELL only.  Correction of this problem was effected by an NSWSES Special Assistance Team and ship's force personnel while in Subic Bay, RP, and at the same time both missile radars were collimated.  The meticulous care devoted to USS WADDELL's missile systems was very favorably commented on during INSURV and subsequent assist visits and inspections.  The fix was subsequently fully verified in February 1977 by successful missile firings.

ASW

Seven exercise ASW weapons were launched from USS WADDELL in 1976:  three SVTT shots and three ASROC shots.  All were against live submarine targets, except for one ASROC firing utilizing a mini-mobile target.  A period of preparation which spanned the 1975 ROH culminated in a successful NWAI conducted in July.  It is significant that this exacting inspection followed the OPPE by a short two months and was separated from INSURV by only one week.  ASW weapons were loaded by a wide variety of methods, including pierside loading, loading from a mike boat while at anchor and an ASROC was transferred and loaded into the launcher while at seal.  All ASW required exercises and ping time was maintained in an M-1 status during 1976, and the excellence of USS WADDELL's material condition and personnel performance was rewarded by a second consecutive ASW "A" for battle efficiency in Anti-Submarine Warfare.

DECK

Basic seamanship training for First Division began with REFTRA and included UNREP training, training at sea exercises, anchoring and mooring to a buoy several times.  Follow-on preparations after REFTRA included UNREP training utilizing the Dockside Underway Trainer (DUS), swimmer schools for the ship's swimmer and First Division personnel in general, aviation fire fighting school and Landing Signal Enlisted (LSE) School.  Prior to deployment, USS WADDELL's aviation facilities were certified by a highly successful ASIR Inspection.

All the above-mentioned training and preparations paid handsome dividends during the WESTPAC deployment still in progress at the end of 1976.  The ship exercised at towing at sea, moored to a buoy in Hong Kong and conducted many UNREPS including fuel, stores, gun ammunition, an ASROC and a Tartar missile.

During 1976, USS WADDELL conducted 35 UNREPS and 26 VERTREPS.  The material condition and preservation of dick division spaces and equipment was very favorably commented on during INSURV.

OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT

The beginning of 1976 saw the Operations Department in preparation for the Fleet Training Group Training and Readiness Evaluation prior to Refresher Training.  The evaluation which began on the 9th of January took approximately 4 days to complete and, in the evaluation Fleet Training Group checked all equipment to ensure its operability and most publications to ensure that they were on board and current.  Following the training and readiness evaluation, systems qualification tests were begun although the Operations Department was not directly involved.  When underway for this test on the 20th of January, the CIC team was given its first opportunity to function in a missile firing environment.  Aircraft tracking was conducted from 20 to 22 January with a final live MISSILEX on the 28th and 29th of January.  Refresher Training commenced on the 9th of February.  Prior to this time all divisions of the Operations Department were expending the major portion of their efforts in preparations related to the commencement of Refresher Training.  For 3 weeks, from the 9th to the 27th of February, WADDELL participated in numerous exercises in conjunction with Refresher Training.  Each weekday the ship was underway and exercised in all areas of assigned missions.  Additionally, on the 13th of February, WADDELL conducted the first battle problem of Refresher Training.  Following this 3 week period the ship had a two week tender availability with the USS SAMUEL GOMPERS.  Most of the availability time was spent preparing teams for the final 3 weeks of REFTRA.  The final period of REFTRA commenced on March 15th and ended with the final battle problem April 2nd.  During this time, WADDELL participated in virtually all areas of training and received highly satisfactory grades in Refresher Training from the Fleet Training Group San Diego.

The months of April and May were dedicated to Phase II, Underway Mobile Team Training, in preparation for the Operational Propulsion Plant Examination which was successfully completed on the 13th of May.  During this period many of the Operations Department personnel augmented engineering teams in preparing engineering spaces for the examination.

May 13th saw the beginning of a major 5 week inport upkeep period during which operations equipment received much needed maintenance and repair.  During the later portion of June WADDELL was involved in preparations for READIEX 6-76 scheduled to commence on June 24th.  WADDELL participated as a member of the ORANGE forces opposing a Carrier Task Group including USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65).  The READIEX was the first major fleet exercise in which USS WADDELL participated as a member of the ORANGE forces opposing a Carrier Task Group including USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65).  The READIEX was the first major fleet exercise in which USS WADDELL participated.  It gave all teams the opportunity to achieve an improved level of experience in operating actively and intensely in a multi-ship environment.

Upon returning to port on June 30th, WADDELL embarked members of the INSURV Board in order to begin preliminary on board checks for the Underway Material Inspection (UMI) on July 1st.  WADDELL conducted the UMI returning to port on July 2nd for completion of the INSURV which lasted through July 8th.  For the Operations Department, the INSURV was a highly successful inspection.  USS WADDELL  was noted as being a "cut above the average" of those units of this class by the board.

Attention was shifted immediately to final preparations for the Nuclear Weapons Acceptance Inspection on 15-16 July which the ship completed successfully.  The ship then had 3 weeks upkeep and hosted the COMDESRON SEVEN Change of Command on 4 August.

On 6 August, WADDELL began participation in FLEETEX 1-7T, an amphibious assault exercise.  WADDELL was primarily associated with the amphibious rather than cruiser/destroyer units and provided ASW, AAW, and (simulated) NGFS support.

22 August - 12 September was spent on final preparations for the deployment which commenced 25 September.  Just prior the ship hosted the practical phase for students of the Senior Officer Ship's Material Readiness Course and a Dependents' Cruise during the final pre-deployment upkeep period.

The ship deployed on 25 September for WESTPAC.  In company were units of DESRON SEVEN, USS OKINAWA,  and several Amphibious Force ships.  WADDELL made a brief visit to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to refuel and to receive various pre-deployment briefings at CINCPACFLT Headquarters.  Enroute, WADDELL and other DESRON SEVEN units again escorted the amphibious group, providing AAW and ASW support.  During participation in Exercise KANGAROO II (17-29 October) USS WADDELL provided simulated NGFS for amphibious landings.  Of especial interest is the fact that WADDELL qualified in NGFS on an unfamiliar range at Townshend Island, Australia, a feat accomplished for the first time by an United States Ship.  After a brief respite of 5 days (1-6 November) in port Sydney, Australia, WADDELL was again in company with the amphibious group underway for Subic Bay and a needed upkeep at the Naval Ship Repair Facility.  During the transit, operations personnel were again tasked to provide AAW and ASW services.  During the availability at SRF Subic (22 November - 13 December) the SPS-40C antenna was removed for interim repairs and all divisions received badly needed repair work in preparation for an extended at sea period (13-28 December) which included an ASWEX, MISSILEX and MULTIPLEX.  Upon completion of all exercises and tasks USS WADDELL was bound for Hong Kong, BCC arriving on the 30th of December.

SUPPLY DEPARTMENT

In April 1976, the Supply Department earned a 91.4 overall grade during the Annual Supply Inspection conducted by COMNAVSURFPAC.  this was an improvement of 10 points over the prior year's ASI.  Individual grades were as follows:

Organization, Administration and Training 92.9
Supply Accounting 91.5
Supply Support 88.5
Food Service 91.0
Ship's Service 88.5

The Supply Department had no major or safety discrepancies as a result of INSURV conducted in July 1976.

WADDELL's Supply Department participated for the first time in the FY77 Ney Memorial Award.  COMNAVSURFPAC representatives evaluated WADDELL as a first in determining their representaitve in the finals of the Ney Award.  A thorough one day inspection was conducted on board, with food preparation, galley techniques, recordskeeping, provisions stowage, space sanitation and cleanliness and the food service training program being evaluated.  At the close of 1976, WADDELL is still awaiting COMNAVSURFPAC's decision.

thorough preparation was made by the Supply Department prior to deployment.  Stocking levels for ship's repair parts, provisions and ship's store merchandise were topped off.

The final, successful preparation was an environmental health survey adjudging WADDELL's health, cleanliness and sanitation levels to be excellent.