1977 Command Narrative

3 FEB 1979
D. J. SCOTT, Acting
Commanding Officer, USS WADDELL (DDG 24)

The Command History of USS Waddell for calendar year 1977 is divided into seven sections as follows:

A. Chronology of Events

B. Basic Narrative

C. Engineering Department

D. Weapons Department

E. Operations Department

F.Supply Department

G. Wardroom Roster

Chronology of Events

DATE EVENT
01 JAN - 05 JAN Inport Hong Kong
06 JAN - 07 JAN Enroute Subic Bay, R.P.
08 JAN - 15 JAN Inport Subic Bay, R.P.
16 JAN - 20 JAN READIEX 1-77
21 JAN - 22 JAN Enroute Kaohsiung, Taiwan
23 JAN - 25 JAN Visit Kaohsiung, Taiwan
26 JAN - 30 JAN Exercise SHARK HUNT XIX
01 FEB - 02 FEB visit Koohsiung, Taiwan
03 FEB - 07 FEB Enroute Subic Bay, R.P.
08 FEB - 18 FEB Inport Subic Bay, R.P.
19 FEB - 24 FEB MULTIPLEX 2-77
25 FEB - 13 MAR Inport Subic Bay, R.P. (RAU)
14 MAR - 16 MAR MULTIPLEX 3-77 Work-Up
17 MAR - 19 MAR MULTIPLEX 3-77
23 MAR - 25 MAR Enroute Sea of Japan
25 MAR - 07 APR Exercise TEAM SPIRIT
07 APR - 11 APR Visit Pusan, Korea
12 APR - 13 APR Enroute Keelung, Taiwan
13 APR - 15 APR Visit Keelung, Taiwan
16 APR - 17 APR Enroute Subic Bay, R.P.
18 APR - 26 APR Inport Subic Bay, R.P.
27 APR - 09 MAY Enroute Pearl Harbor, HI
09 MAY - 15 MAY Enroute San Diego, CA
15 MAY - 23 MAY Inport San Diego CA
23 MAY - 16 JUN Inport San Diego, CA (TAV)
17 JUN - 21 JUN Inport San Diego, CA
22 JUN - 24 JUN SOCAL OPAREA (Baseline Material Inspection)
25 JUN - 27 JUN Inport San Diego, CA
27 JUN - 28 JUN Inport San Diego, CA (Senior Officer Ship Material Readiness Course)
28 JUN - 29 JUN SOCAL OPAREA (Senior Officer Ship Material Readiness Course)
30 JUN Inport San Diego, CA
01 JUL - 07 JUL CNO Project AEGIS With USS Norton Sound
08 JUL SOCAL OPAREA Operations
09 JUL - 17 JUL Inport San Diego, CA
18 JUL - 21 JUL SOCAL OPAREA Operations
21 JUL - 24 JUL Inport San Diego, CA
25 JUL - 26 JUL CNO Project 187 9NEARTIP)
27 JUL - 28 JUL SOCAL OPAREA Operations
29 JUL Inport San Diego, CA
30 JUL - 02 AUG Enroute to Seattle, WA
03 AUG - 07 AUG Inport Seattle, WA for Seattle Seafair
08 AUG Enroute to Vancouver, B.C.
09 AUG - 10 AUG Port Visit, VanCouver, B.C.
11 AUG - 14 AUG Enroute to San Diego, CA
15 AUG - 16 AUG Inport San Diego, CA
17 AUG - 19 AUG NWAT
20 AUG - 21 AUG Inport San Diego, CA
22 AUG - 23 AUG SOCAL OPAREA Operations
24 AUG - 28 AUG Inport San Diego, CA
29 AUG - 30 AUG NGFS, San Clemente Island
01 SEP - 05 SEP Inport San Diego, CA
06 SEP - 07 SEP NTPI
08 SEP Enroute Seal Beach, CA
09 SEP Ordnance Off-load, Seal Beach, CA
10 SEP - 12 SEP Inport San Diego, CA
13 SEP - 14 SEP NGFS Support for Marine Spotter Training, San Clemente Island
15 SEP - 15 NOV Inport San Diego, CA for PRAV
16 NOV - 20 NOV Inport San Diego, CA
21 NOV - 22 NOV SOCAL OPAREA/SEA TRIALS
23 NOV - 05 DEC Inport San Diego, CA
06 DEC - 08 DEC SOCAL OPAREA/Type Training
09 DEC - 12 DEC Inport San Diego, CA
13 DEC Enroute to Seal Beach, CA
14 DEC Ordnance On-load, Seal Beach, CA
15 DEC - 16 DEC SOCAL OPAREA Operations
17 DEC - 31 DEC Inport San Diego, CA/Leave and Upkeep

BASIC NARRATIVE

The year 1977 opended with the completion of a seven day port visit to Hong Kong until 6 January followed by a short transit, 6 - 7 January, and a one week upkeep.  In Subic Bay, R.P.  On 16 January Waddell was underway again to compete in the four-day major fleet exercise, Readiex 1-77, finishing 20 January, followed by a three day port visit to Kaohsiung, Taiwan in preparation for Sharkhunt XIX, 26 - 30 January.

Upon completion of Sharkhunt XiX, a multi-national ASW exercise involving U.S. and R.O.C. units, Waddell was back in Kaohsiung two days for the Post Exercise wash-up and social events.  On 3 February Waddell began a transit back to Subic Bay, R.P. for a ten day upkeep period, 8 - 18 February, prior to an extensive underway and exercise schedule.  After an extensive upkeep concentrating on engineering, Waddell was again underway for exercise Multiplex 2-77, which involved extensive and aggressive ASW operations, returning to Subic Bay on 25 February for a Restricted Availability (RAV) 25 February to 13 March.

On 14 March Waddell was underway for Multiplex 3-77 work-up involving a successful ASROC firing.  Multiplex 3-77 was held 17-19 March and again severely tested Waddell's ASW capabilities.  Upon the completion of Multiplex 3-77 on 19 March, until 25 March Waddell was enroute with the USS Midway and other escorts to the Sea of Japan to participate in the multi-national exercise Team Spirit 77, involving units from the U. S. and R.O.K. Exercise Team Spirit was a successful exercise in international cooperation concentrating in AAW defense and amphibious landings.  Waddell's major role was a AAW picket.

At the completion of exercise Team Spirit, Waddell enjoyed a port visit to Pusan, R.O.K. 7-11 April.  On 12 April Waddell was enroute to Subic Bay with a brief stop to visit Keelung, Taiwan 13-15 April, arriving three days later in Subic Bay for the last time in 1977.

On 25 April Waddell departed Subic Bay for San Diego and home having completed a very successful WestPac Deployment.

Waddell outchopped from the Seventh Fleet on 3 May and completed an 8 hour refueling stop and customs clearance in Pearl Harbor on 9 May,.  Having boarded Tiger Cruise participants Waddell continued the transit and arrived in San Diego on 15 May.  The Waddell immediately commenced a month long post-deployment leave and upkeep period, including a Tender Availability (TAV) 23 May - 16 June.  On 22 June, Waddell began a series of inspections and special test projects that extensively tested all aspects of Waddell's multi-purpose mission and material readiness.  The time period 22-24 June, saw a baseline material inspection to gauge the impact of the seven month deployment on the ship's overall material readiness and to create a baseline with which to compare at the start of Waddell's next overhaul.  The inspection was completed and the ship was reported to be in excellent material condition.  The remainder of June had Waddell being utilized as engineering school ship for the senior officer ship material readiness course which included two days underway, 28-29 June.

During July Waddell participated in a myriad of different projects and general type training exercises starting with support for CNO project AEGIS which involved the successful firing of a standard missile.  The time period 9-17 July was spent inport San Diego, followed by type training, air tracking and submarine ping time, in the SOCAL OPAREAS.  From 21-24 July Waddell was visit ship candidate at Broadway Pier in Downtown San Diego immediately followed by two days underway in which Waddell was involved in CNO Project NEARTIP involving the successful firing of nine ASROCs and MK 46 ASW torpedoes.  this exciting project was following by two days of carrier plane guard duty for the USS Kitty Hawk.  After a brief stop in San Diego (29 July), Waddell was again underway on 30 July for the transit north to the Seattle Seafair.

Waddell arrived in Seattle on 3 August and had an outstanding port visit participating in the Seattle Seafair festivities.  This port visit was followed by a no less exciting foray to Vancouver, B.C. on 8 August.  Waddell departed on 11 August for the transit to San Diego and the final preparations for NWAT Inspection on 17 August.  The ship arrived in San Diego on 14 August and following the preparations, began the three day NWAT as scheduled.  After receiving the satisfactory results that inspection the ship enjoyed the weekend inport, 20-21 August, prior to getting underway for three days of type training in the SOCAL OPAREAS.  Days 25 through 28 August were spent inport preparing for the annual NGFS Qualification.  That resulted in requalification with the overall score of 86.98 at San Clemente Island Range.  The remainder of August was spent in preparation for NTPI.

The NTPI was held 6 and 7 September and Waddell received satisfactory results in this important inspection.  As soon as the inspection was complete, Waddell transited to Seal Beach, California for ordnance offload and return to San Diego 8-10 September in preparation for an extended PRAV.  For the 13-14 September Waddell provided NGFS support for Marine Spotter Training at San Clemente Island and literally shot her magazines empty.  Immediately afterward Waddell returned to San Diego to begin an extensive 60 day PRAV commencing 15 September.  The PRAV was primarily for the support of the engineering plant in preparation for a scheduled OPPE during the first quarter of 1978, although extensive work was done to improve the material condition in other areas of the ship.

The PRAV was completed on 15 November and sea trials were held on 21-22 November which showed no major problems in any area.  The remainder of November was spent inport through 5 December.  The month of December contained limited underway time consisting of two days for type training (6-8 December), and four days of Social Operations (13-16 December) including Ordnance Onload at Seal Beach on 14 December.  Waddell returned to San Diego on 17 December to begin the Christmas holiday leave and upkeep period which lasted until the end of the year.

The year 1977 marked a high point in Waddell history as she completed another successful WestPac deployment, supported two major CNO Projects, successfully qualified at NGFS and satisfactorily passed NTPI.  he crowning achievement came at mid-year, however, when Waddell received the Battle Efficiency award for DESRON Seven after earning departmental awards for excellence in Engineering, Operations, Supply, Missiles, Guns and ASW.

ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

The advent of 1977 found the Engineering Department steaming in Hong Kong, enjoying the much-needed port visit while providing the heat, light, and power required for the remainder of the ship.  Unusual casualties occurred, plastic bags in the strainers, pumps, and condensers that heralded a continuing battle in transit to Subic Bay (with the main circ-pumps running continuously).

Maintenance continued as top priority through the remainder of the deployment, allowing additional training experience for the newly-reported personnel each port visit brought.

Returning to San Diego in May and the resulting leave and upkeep period gave the Engineering Department a welcomed breathing spell.  Shortly following, operations had to be initiated and the plans made ready again for Type-Training.  Lighting off again produced a large number of blown flexes, salted boilers, and lube oil in the bilges.  Preparations for future upkeep, and, in particular, the PRAV, picked up momentum and the ship was ready at the start of PRAV.  SOCAL Operations, including the Senior Officers Material Readiness Course, MPA School Ship duties, and a prot visit to Seattle, Washington proved the firerooms could still operate effectively although the plant was showing some signs of wear.

On 15 September, USS Waddell commenced a Planned Restricted Availability with SUPSHIPS ELEVEN, San Diego, with the purpose of getting the ship through the next deployment and into her overhaul scheduled in 1979.  Two boilers were cleaned and inspected, and numerous SHIPALTS, including the modification of the fuel pumps steam-admission valves, were accomplished.  An annual PMS Inspection was also completed during the period with a grade four points above the fleet average.

Although PRAV was scheduled to end 15 November, an extension was permitted until 21 November.  The Sea Trials that followed, just prior to Thanksgiving, were largely successful.

In December, steaming of the plant, training of the crew, and final push for OPPE preparation began in earnest.  Three weeks of operations, including an underway MTT Phase I, were conducted prior to the close of the year.

By in large, the year had been extremely successful and rewarding.  The ship was awarded the Battle Efficiency "E," and the Engineering Department "E," its fifth consecutive excellence award in this area.  The pride and dedication by assigned personnel can be cited as the major ingredients to these successes.  The new year's commitments, work remaining, and preparations for the upcoming OPPE continue to present a challenge.

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.

Missiles. USS Waddell fired five missiles during 1977, achieving a firing success rate of 100%.  The exceptional record of performance led to COMNAVSURFPAC's identification of USS Waddell as having the highest missile firing success rate of all Tartar ships in the Pacific Fleet.  In addition, USS Waddell received the DESRON SEVEN Missile "E" Awarded during 1977.

The first of the missile firings USS Waddell participated in in 1977 was MULTIPLEX 2-77 MISSILEX of 20 February, held in the South China Sea.  USS Waddell was tasked as OCE for the multi-ship missilex which included USS Henry B. Wilson and USS Ramsey in an AAW environment.  A total of six missiles were fired during the exercise, two of which were fired by USS Waddell.  Upon completion of MULTIPLEX 2-77 MISSELEX, Commander SEVENTH Fleet proclaimed it a complete success.

MISSILEX 2-77 of 26 February presented USS Waddell her second missile firing opportunity.  COMDESRON SEVEN was OTC; CTF 75 was OCE for the multi-ship AAW exercise.  Ships in company included USS Reeves, USS Sterett, USS Decatur, USS Hoel, USS Rathburne, and USS Stoddert.  USS Waddell fired two missiles, both successes; hone of which obtained a skin-hit.

On 20 March, USS Waddell was again tasked as OCE for a missile firing exercise, this time as a single ship in a surface-to-surface warfare environment.  The designated target was a YTM, aground at Scarborough Shoals, in the Republic of the Philippines.  USS Waddell employed a standard missile with a fragmentation warhead which proved to be devastating against the target.

ASW.  The ASW capability of the USS Waddell was frequently exercised in 1977.  From January through May, while serving as a forward deployed unit of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, the USS Waddell participated in ASWEX 1-77, MULTIPLEX 1-77 and 2-77, SHARKHUNT XIX with the Tiawanese Navy, and Exercise TEAM SPIRIT.   In one exercise, an opposing U.S. diesel submarine was tracked continuously for several hours.  All of her attempts to break contact were unsuccessful and she finally was forced to surface in order to recharge her batteries.

In 1977, twelve successful exercise weapon firings were conducted at real and synthetic targets.  In July, USS Waddell was selected as a test platform for the improved NEARTIP MK-46 Torpedo by the Chief of Naval Operations.  During the morning of 25 July, three ASROC and seven NEARTIP torpedoes were successfully fired.

The ASW expertise of USS Waddell was again confirmed when she received her third consecutive ASW "A" award from COMDESRON SEVEN in late July.  Subsequently, the ship was subjected to the rigors of an NTPI, which was successfully passed in September.  The ASROC handling team was specifically commended for outstanding performance during all phases of technical operations as was the superb material conditions of all equipment utilized.

Following NTPI, the ship underwent a two-month restricted availability during which an overhaul of the ASROC loader crane was conducted and a major ORDALT was installed in the MK 114 Fire Control System.

GUNNERY.  During 1977, a total of 1507 rounds were fired from USS Waddell's 5"/54 caliber MK 42 Mod 10 gun mounts.  the surface and air gunnery exercises fired maintained a readiness rating of M-1 most of the year with an M-2 rating during the third quarter due to PRAV covering two months of that quarter.  During the "Tiger Cruise" transit between Pearl Harbor and San Diego, USS Waddell flawlessly fired a modified coordinated illumination exercise over USS Horne in which all 16 rounds created continuous illumination.  On 8 July, USS Waddell demonstrated the ability to acquire, distinguish, and track radar beacon signals despite the inoperability of the 3H Beacon Control Unit.  The ship successfully conducted her third NGFS qualification since ROH with an overall score of 86.98 on 30 and 31 August at San Clemente Island. The individual exercise scores are as follows:

Z-42-G 84.1
Z-43-G 80.0
Z-44-G 94.8
Z-45-G 91.0
A-48-G 85.0

Additionally, USS Waddell provided NGFS services for Marine spotter training at San Clemente Island during September in chihc over 550 rounds were fired, allowing an additional opportunity for the NGFS team to increase its experience level.

In the course of the year, loading of gun ammunition was accomplished by all possible methods:  VERTREP, CONREP, by MIKE Boat, and at ammunition piers.  The off-load at Seal Beach Ammunition Pier prior to PRAV saw the transfer of 812 projectiles and subsequent on-load following PRAV saw the transfer of 1016 projectiles, all of which were handled expediently without incident.

USS Waddell was awarded her sixth consecutive "E" for gunnery excellence.

Deck.  Basic Seamanship training for First Division began in the middle of WESTPAC 76-77 deployment, with mooring to a buoy in Hong Kong.  The ship conducted a towing at sea exercise with other ships in the squadron.  While on deployment in the Sea of Japan, First Division rapidly responded to an actual man-overboard in heavy seas and saved a life.

Since returning from WESTPAC the ship anchored twice, conducted DUR training, sent personnel to LSE school, aviation fire fighting school, Damage Control, and Pilot rescue swimmer school.  USS Waddell conducted several day and night UNREPS including fuel, stores, gun ammunition, and ASROC, and a missile transfer.  During 1977, 62 UNREPS and 47 VERTREPS were successfully conducted.

OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT

The Operations Department opened the New Year with READIEX 1-77 which included both Seventh Fleet Carrier Task Forces and most of the Naval combatant strength in the Western Pacific.  Waddell successfully employed EMCOM and various forms of deception as a simulated enemy, or "Orange Force," to close and deliver weapons upon unsuspecting "Blue Force" participants.  The exercise rigorously tested our CIC and Weapons Team and provided valuable insight into tactical deception via environmental factors.

Following READIEX 1-77, Waddell transited to the Republic of China (Taiwan) to participate in the joint exercise, SHARKHUNT XIX, that, despite the rough seas, proved valuable ASW training.  Waddell was singled out as the most effective anti-submarine unit in the exercise.

On the 8th of February, Waddell returned to Subic Bay following an ASWEX in the South China Sea with other U. S. destroyers and Maritime Patrol Aircraft.  Air and surface gunnery exercises were conducted on the way into port.  Between 8 and 18 February, Waddell was assigned as a major upkeep period at the Ship Repair Facility in Subic Bay.  During that time frame, Waddell got a lot of badly needed maintenance accomplished.  As a result, the Combat Systems area showed a marked improvement in readiness and appearance.

On the 19th of February, Waddell got underway to participate in Exercise MULTIPLEX 2-77,  again simulating an Orange unit attempting to conduct attacks on a friendly (Blue) Carrier Task Force.  Lessons learned in READIEX 1-77 permitted Waddell to carry out several devastating attacks.  Waddell then returned to Subic on Friday, 25 February and began another upkeep period which extended through 13 March.

Underway on 14 March, Waddell began this period by completing three very successful missile firings at surface and air targets.  Following the MISSILEX, Waddell participated in MULTIPLEX 3-77 exercises as an Orange Unit opposing USS Coral Sea (CV 41) and her escorts.  Next, Waddell joined other units of DESRON Seven and transited north to the Sea of Japan and joined USS Midway (CV 42) and her task group.  The multi-national exercise TEAM SPIRIT with Republic of Korea allowed the ship to sharpen skills at a primary mission area, that of contributing to the defense of a carrier task group.  Following the exercise, a port visit in Pusan, Korea and Keelung, Taiwan was made prior to returning to Subic Bay for the last time of the deployment.

Since returning to San Diego on 15 May, Waddell had a liberal leave and upkeep period followed by short SOCAL OPAREA cruises to maintain operational readiness.

During July, Waddell conducted a brief cruise along the Southern California coast that included gun shoots, boiler tests, CNO Project AEGIS with USS Norton Sound, and CNO Project 187 (NEARTIP) torpedo test firings.  In company with six ships and one submarine, Waddell transited north for a port visit to Seattle, Washington for the Seattle Seafair.  The transit proved good training for newly reported personnel in multi-ship operations.  A brief port visit to Vancouver, B.C. and subsequent transit through the Straits of Juan de Fuca afforded navigational training experience.  Return to San Diego saw the ship through additional training opportunities, particularly Naval Gunfire Support Re-Qualification at the San Clemente Island Range, and subsequent NGFS support for Marine Spotter Training.  The remainder of the year saw major emphasis for OPPE preparations, sea trials, and underway type training.

SUPPLY DEPARTMENT

In August 1977, the Supply Department earned an overall grade of 84.2 during Annual Supply Inspection conducted by COMNAVSURFPAC.  The individual grades attained were as follows:

Organization, Administration, and Training 88
Supply Accounting 87
Supply Support 89
Food Service Operation 87
Ship's Store 70

USS Waddell's Supply Department participated for the second time in the NEY Memorial Award.  COMNAVSURFPAC representatives inspected USS Waddell and subsequently determined her as a possible semi-fine selectee for the NEY Award competition.  The inspection, conducted on 21 December, evaluated food preparation, galley techniques, record keeping, provisions storage, space utilization, sanitation, and the food service training program.  The ship had an overall 372 point increase over the 1976 NEY Award evaluation.

Thorough preparations were made for the other departmental inspections, NTPI, NWAI, 3-M, etc.  Stocking levels for repair parts, provisions, and ship's store merchandise were consistently maintained.

The final and most successful inspection was the Environmental Health Survey in which the ship's Health, Environment, and Sanitation levels were proclaimed as excellent.

USS WADDELL OFFICER ROSTER
Commanding Officer CDR WILLIAM S. MANNING
Executive Officer LCDR CONRAAD VANDER SCHROFF
Weapons Officer LCDR ROBERT J. HORNE
Supply Officer LT DAVID M. COOK
Engineering Officer LCDR JAMES B. GALLOWAY
Operations Officer LT DAVID A. HARRSCH
Main Propulsion Assistant LTJG LAWRENCE G. KLOTH
CIC Officer ENS LEONARD P. WALES
ASW Officer LTJG STEVEN L. HULL
Fire Control Officer LTJG SAMUEL J. HOBEL
Gunnery Assistant ENS JOHN E. SATTLER
First Lieutenant ENS THOMAS M. ABBOTTE
Navigator LTJG JAMES C. WILLIAMS
Communications Officer ENS JAMES. G. BOHON
Disbursing Officer ENS JOHN D. MARTIN
Electronics Material Officer CWO2 DONALD W. LANDIN
Damage Control Officer LTJG DAVID A. RUSSO
Electrical Officer LTJG HARRY VASQUEZ
A Division Officer ENS FORREST L. TOUCHBERRY