1978 Command Narrative

The Command History of USS Waddell for calendar year 1978 is divided into seven sections as follows:

A. Basic Narrative

B. Engineering Department

C. Weapons Department

D. Operations Department

E.Supply Department

F. Wardroom Roster

BASIC NARRATIVE

The month of January 1978 found USS WADDELL preparing for Mobile Team Training (MTT) Phase I.  MTT Phase I was conducted inport between 20 January and 30 January.  MTT Phase II followed while underway between 31 January and 2 Febuary.  With MTT behind her, the ship put forth maximum effort preparing for the Operational Propulsion Plan Examination (OPPE).  USS WADDELL put to sea on 30 March for its final OPPE test and was awarded a conditional satisfactory with a re-examination upon qualification of a third engineering watch section.  During the inport periods in February and March, while preparing for OPPE, the ship took advantage of many team trainers in the area of AAW, ASW, and NGFS to keep its Combat Systems Teams in the highcest state of training possible.  This inport time was also used to prepare for the forthcoming ASR inspection, which was passed on successfully qualifying USS WADDELL for aviation operations.  March also had a major emphasis placed on making the ship ready in all respects to participate in the Multi-National exercise RIMPAC 78.

On 4 April the ship put to sea for exercise RIMPAC 78.  During this exercise WADDELL worked extensively with the carrier USS ENTERPRISE as an escort and plane guard.  Included in RIMPAC 78 was a period of live submarine operations which involved the firing of an exercise ASROC and an exercise torpedo at an actual submarine.  Also included was an exercise missile firing at a target drone.  The ship put into port Pearl Harbor on 24 April for a well earned period of rest and relaxation.

The month of May was dedicated to an inport upkeep along with many inspections which included CSRT, CMS, and an inspection of 1B and 2B boilers.  This period was also used for the Pre-Overhaul Testing and Inspection (POT&I) in preparation for the yard overhaul in 1979.

The first two weeks of June found USS WADDELL again involved in an exercise.  During exercise.READIEX 3-78 all Combat Systems Teams were exercised at missile, gun, ASROC, and torpedo firings once again.  Included in the exercise schedule was the port visit to Portland, Oregon where the ship took part in the Portland Rose Festival from 08 June to 12 June.  The end of June was taken up by Naval Gunfire Support (NGFS) Qualifications at San Clemente Island from 19 June to 23 June.  Returning to port after NGFS Qualification WADDELL shifted its emphasis toward another area.  Between 24 June and 8 August USS WADDELL became one of the first DDG class ships to become Standard Anti-Radiation Missile (ARM) certified.

August was a busy month taken up by preparation for FLEETEX 2-78, a change of command, and exercise FLEETEX 2-78.  On 11 August Commander B.  G.  MOYNIHAN  relieved Commander W. S. MANNING as Captain of USS WADDELL.  The new captain put to sea with WADDELL on 17 August for the major fleet exercise FLEETEX 2-78.  Once again the ship drilled its entire Combat Systems Teams as it took part in missile, gun ASROC, and torpedo firings.  The training received during this and previous exercises and team trainings placed WADDELL M-1 in training as she moved into her predeployment phase in the month of September.

On 26 September USS WADDELL put to sea with units of DESRON SEVEN and the USS CONSTELLATION for deployment to the Western Pacific.  The transit from the U.S. to overseas included exercises TRANSITEX 13-78 and COMPTUEX 1-79.  A brief stop in Hawaii was made for refueling and predeployment briefings at CINCPACFLT Headquarters.  USS WADDELL had the distinction of being one of the few ships to inchop to Seventh Fleet C-1 in all areas.  Upon arrival in Subic R.P., 29 October, WADDELL immediately began the intensive preparations necessary for its upcomming 90 day forward deployment to the Indian Ocean.  On 11 November WADDELL put to sea in company with USS STERETT, USS BRADLEY, and USNS PASSUMPSIC, for the transit to the Indian Ocean.  While in the Indian Ocean WADDELL made a port visit to Karachi, Pakistan for the workup phase of the Multi-National exercise MIDLINK 78.  This exercise was conducted in the Arabian Sea between 26 November and 3 December with units of the Pakistan, Iranian, and British Navies, Following the wash up of MIDLINK 78, 4-6 December, WADDELL put to sea n the Arabian Sea, where she stayed conducting contingency operations for the remainder of 1978.

ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

The first two months of the year provided the Engineering Department the opportunity to perfect plant light-off procedures during the Warship's involvement in local operation on nearly a daily basis.  The training received during this time proved to be beneficial as WADDELL's Engineering team successfully completed OPPE in March.  Local operations rounded out the remainder of the month with the WADDELL Engineering Plant providing the power necessary to complete our mission.

RIMPAC 78 kept the Engineering plant steaming through most of April with exception of the brief port visit to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 23-26 April.  An upkeep from 4 to 30 May allowed the plant to be in a cold iron status, with this time put to good use for Engineering maintenance and training.

The next underway period included a port visit to to Portland, Oregon for the annual Rose Festival.  During this import time, WADDELL provided electrical power and 150 pound steam to the USS ROBISON (DDG-12) for tow days with the ROBISON providing the same to WADDELL for a similar period.  This avoided both ships having to steam the entire inport period since no shore power facilities were available.  The plant was cold iron again from 24 June to 9 August while WADDELL was in an IMA availability preparing for WADDELL change-of-command.  During this period WADDELL was host for 1200 psi school ship SPGI Boiler Inspector School Ship.  In addition to conducting boiler lite-offs, shut downs and inspections, the Engineers used this time to complete preventative and corrective maintenance of the plant.

August had the plant steaming as before underway for FLEETEX until the Twenty-Eighth.  At this time WADDELL commenced her Pre-overseas movement upkeep at San Diego.  With all that could be done completed, WADDELL deployed for the Western Pacific on 26 September.  A brief stop was made in Pearl Harbor from 6 to 10 October.  The foul weather of Typhoon Rita diverted the sip from a scheduled refueling stop at Guam.  The ship arrived at Subic Bay, R.P. for an 11 day upkeep.  During the transit form Pearl, LT. K.J. TACKETT relieved LCDR J.B. GALLOWAY as CHIEF ENGINEER.

With our Subic upkeep and liberty fresh in our minds, WADDELL steamed for the Indian Ocean on 10 November.  With two brief stops in Karachi, Pakistan during Operation MIDLINK 78 the Warship was directed to proceed in company with the USS STERETT (CG-31), USS BRADLEY (FF-1041),  and USNS PASSUMPSIC (TAO-103) to the Gulf of Oman for contingency operations.  The contingency operations consisted of extended one boiler operations, maneuvering drills, and the ever present maintenance.  Since departing San Diego for the WESTPAC deployment, the plant steamed 80 out of 97 days remaining in the year.

WEAPONS DEPARTMENT

ASW. The year, 1978, was very challenging and eventful for F-2 Division.  During January through February preparations for and completion of OPPE proved to be the overiding concern for the ship, and F-2 supplied several people to the various shipboard tiger teams required for OPPE.  In april the ship participated in RIMPAC 78.  the ASW team successfully fired three exercise weapons (2 ASROC and 1 torpedo) and frequently gained contact on and tracked "enemy" submarines.  A highlight was holding contact on a fully evasive SSN for over four hours, at speeds in excess of 24 knots.

Upon returning to San Diego the division spent many long hours preparing for and ultimately passing a Technical Standardization Inspection.  The performance of the Handling Team favorably impressed the inspectors and in the technical operations category a grade of "Outstanding" was awarded.

Following Multi-National FLEETEX 2-78 and POM the ship deployed to WESTPAC in September.  Two more successful exercise weapon firings were conducted in October.  During November the ship participated in exercise MIDLINK 78 with units of the British, Pakistani, and Iranian Navies, followed by contingency operations in the Arabian Sea.

In recognition of the division's sustained material and personnel readiness during 1978 and latter six months of 1977, a fourth consecutive ASW "A" award was presented for the competitive period ending 31 December 1978.

MISSILES. During 1978, USS WADDELL fired a total of four missiles.  On 4 April, the ship got underway for exercise RIMPAC 78 providing an excellent environment for the preparation of the combat systems team for the upcoming ARM certification.  In COMBAT SYSTEX 2-78, USS WADDELL fired a dorsal telemetry configured missile at an unaugmented BQM 34 drone flying an ASCM profile in an ECM environment.  In addition to achieving a glancing skin hit on the target, USS WADDELL was the only TARTAR ship participating in the exercise to successfully acquire a target and fire a missile at it.  Upon completion of the COMBAT SYSTEX, the ship began ARM certification immediately upon its return to San Diego.  During the certification of the combat systems team, USS WADDELL earned the distinction of being the first ship to complete the entire inventory of SSM/ARM battle problems in the training period allotted.  Additionally, the certification was successfully completed ahead of schedule.

In August, USS WADDELL received its second opportunity to demonstrate the fire power of the missile battery, utilizing one surface target and one air target.  The last live missile firing of 1978 was conducted in October during COMPTUEX 1-79 at BARSTUR Range.  As a result of the consistantly superb performance of USS WADDELL's combat systems, the ship was awarded the Missile "E" as well as the COMNAVSURFPAC AAW (Runner-up) Warfare Specialty Award for 1978.

GUNS. During the past calender year, USS WADDELL enjoyed numerous opportunities in exercising the gun battery.  In addition to the myriad of surface-to-surface and surface-to-air gunnery exercises conducted throughout the year, the ship successfully conducted its seventh consecutive NGFS qualification at San Clemente Island.  During exercise MIDLINK 78, USS WADDELL's reputation for excellence in gunnery was demonstrated on an international level while outgunning British, Iranian and Pakistani ships during surface gunnery exercises in the Arabian Sea.  In addition to being awarded its seventh consecutive gunnery "E", the superb performance of the gun battery contributed significantly towards USS WADDELL receiving the COMNAVSURFPAC AAW (Runner-up) Warfare Specialty award.

DECK. Early in the year 1978 while undergoing MTT, First Divison was afforded the opportunity to anchor and conduct a full operation of boating seamanship.  Sea ladder, Boat Boom, accomodation ladder, and Whelin Davits were exercised yielding valuable training following the previous quarter of upkeep and leave.  While in work-up for OPPE, the ship had numerous sea trials in which First Divison became well trained in mooring the ship.  April saw the successful completion of the ASIR inspection, certifying WADDELL for helicopter operations.  While on RIMPAC 78, numerous replenishments and plane guard details were realized as WADDELL escorted the carrier USS ENTERPRISE.  Exercise READIEX 3-78 afforded rigorous testing of Deck Division through all conditions of readiness, weapons systems firings, and multi-threat environment.  As the year progressed, the ship participated in numerous exercises, a change of command, more exercises, and pre-deployment preparations.  During the Trans-Pacific crossing, TRANSITEX 13-78, Deck Division was thoroughly exercised in towing, unreps, plane guarding, and helo details.  USS WADDELL entered the Indian Ocean after conducting a medical evacuation of a merchant seaman from a commercial freighter.  First Division made numerous anchorings during the Multi-Nation exercise MIDLINK 78 in which Karachi Harbor, Pakistan saw the rigorous use of ships boats and rigging.  Upon completion of MIDLINK 78, USS WADDELL conducted contingency operations in the Arabian Sea for the remainder of 1978.

OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT

During the first quarter of 1978, WADDELL's operations were primarily oriented to successful completion of the Operational Propulsion Plant Examination.  The heavy Engineering Casualty Propulsion Plan Examination.  The heavy Engineering Casualty Control drill schedule underway and power restrictions attendent thereto, WADDELL's combat systems were operated to a very limited extent.  Inport maintenance and upkeep of the combat systems equipment was sufficient however to maintain a high degree of systems readiness.  Personnel were rigorously drilled in Team Trainers for AAW, ASW, and NGFS.

The second quarter of 1978, the overall combat systems performance was good; however, it took the better part of the week of RIMPAC'78 to reach peak performance after the previous quarter which had been devoted entirely to engineering preparations for OPPE.  RIMPAC'78 afforded live submarine tracking with exercise ASROC and exercise torpedo firings.  Additionally, WADDELL fired an exercise missile at a target drone and sharpened skills through operation with USS ENTERPRISE as planeguard in addition to working with combatants of New Zealand, Canada and Australia.  Following a brief port visit in Pearl Harbor, WADDELL participated in TRANSITEX 9-78 enroute to San Diego to further sharpen seamanship and other operational skills.

WADDELL achieved ARM certification and involved the Combat Systems Watch Team with major emphasis on ESM.

The manned raids and live missile firings of COMBATSYSTEX 2-78 in an ECM environment were the most realistic, valuable tracking participated in to date.

The port visit to Portland, Oregon for the famed Rose Festival proved the navigation team capable of an extended transit in restricted waters.  WADDELL participated in another READIEX, TORPEX, functioned as planeguard for the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION and requalified in NGFS at San Clemente Range with an overall score of 87 percent.

Following the Change of Command in August, WADDELL participated in FLEETEX 2-78, a multi-national exercise off the California, Oregon and Washington coasts with naval units from Canada, Britan and New Zealand in addition to the U.S. units.  It afforded the opportunity to fire the ship's guns, missiles, and a torpedo providing excellent operational training for the Combat Systems Team.

WADDELL deployed for the West Pacific in September.  TRANSITEX 13-78 provided many hours of continuous air tracking which e3nabled qualifying a full Condition III watch team. One live missile firing was conducted at the BARSTUR Range during COMPTUEX 1-79.  Tropical Storm RITA forced WADDELL to conduct Typhoon evasion from East of Guam to West of the Philippines, about 3,500 miles.  Following upkeep in Subic, WADDELL transited the Straits of Malacca enroute to Karachi, Pakistan for participation in the multi-nation Operation MIDLINK 78.  The Multi-Nation exercise provided valuable insight to working with units of the five participating countries.

Following Operation MIDLINK '78, WADDELL conducted contingency operations in the Arabian Sea for possible evacuation of American citizens from Iran until the end of 1978.

SUPPLY DEPARTMENT

In June 1978, the Supply Department earned an "outstanding overall" grade during the annual disbursing audit conducted by the Navy Regional Finance Center as the disbursing office was credited with zero errors.  In addition, the Navy Finance Center OCR documentation continued to be outstanding.  During Fiscal Year 1978, USS WADDELL received twelve consecutive letters of outstanding performance in OCR/JUMPS documentation.  USS WADDELL to date has received seventeen consecutive months of citation from the Navy Finance Center.

During July 1978, the Retail Operation function was inspected by COMNAVSURFPAC.  Although it was only an assist visit, the inspector stated that the WADDELL's retail operation had made a significant improvement since the Supply Management Inspection of August 1977.  In addition, the laundry operation was the only completely functioning laundry inspected to date by COMNAVSURFPAC inspectors.  The equipment was fully operational and displayed a superb degree of maintenance.

For the third consecutive year, WADDELL's Supply Department participated in the Fiscal Year 1979 Ney Memorial Award Competition.  COMNAVSUFGRUWESTPAC representative evaluated WADDELL as a first in determining their representative in the finals of the Ney Award Competition.  During the New Award inspection, the senior inspector stated "WADDELL is the most outstanding DDG food service operation inspected this year."  The thorough one day inspection, conducted onboard, included food preparation, galley techniques, records keeping, provisions stowage, space sanitation and cleanliness and the food service training program.  Although WADDELL was not selected as a finalist, this years results were the finest showing by the food service division.

Thorough preparation was made by the Supply department prior to the WADDELL's September departure for the Westpac deployment.  The stocking levels for Operations, Weapons and Engineering Systems repair parts, galley provisions and Retail Operation merchandise were maximized.  In addition, a complete increase in range and depth of all stock was conducted prior to deploying to the Indian Ocean and Contingency Operations.

The final successful preparation prior to deployment was the Environmental Health Survey, adjudging WADDELL's health, cleanliness and sanitation levels to be outstanding.

NEWS RELEASE

RELEASE #49-79

26 JULY 1979

ED THOMAS, J02

USS WADDELL RESCUES FISHING BOAT

COMNAVSURFPAC, CORONADO, CA --- The San Diego-based guided missile destroyer USS Waddell (DDG-24) assisted a stranded fishing boat in the Straights of Juan de Fuca on July 14 while proceeding to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, WA.

The small fishing vessel had run out of fuel and was drifting out to sea when it was spotted by the Waddell.  The Waddell pulled alongside and transferred fuel to the small boat.

The Waddell, presently in dry dock at the Puget Sound Shipyard for a year-long overhaul, is commanded by Commander Brian G. Moynihan.

WARDROOM ROSTER   1978

CDR BRIAN G. MOYNIHAN COMMANDING OFFICER
LCDR DONALD J. SCOTT EXECUTIVE OFFICER
LCDR KEVIN J. TACKETT CHIEF ENGINEER
LT DAVID A WHITMAN WEAPONS OFFICER
LT LARRY D. ASHIM OPERATIONS OFFICER
LT KEVIN CARMEN SUPPLY OFFICER
LTJG LARRY G. KLOTH MAIN PROPULSION ASSISTANT
LTJG STEVEN L. HULL ASW OFFICER
LTJG HARRY W. VASQUEZ E DIVISION OFFICER
LTJG LEONARD P. WALES CIC OFFICER
LTJG SAMUEL J. HOBEL FIRE CONTROL OFFICER
LTJG DAVID A. RUSSO DAMAGE CONTROL ASSISTANT
LTJG JOHN E. SATTLER FIRST LIEUTENANT
LTJG THOMAS M. ABBOTT ASSISTANT NAVIGATOR
LTJG JAMES G. BOHON COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
ENS FORREST L. TOUCHBERRY M & A DIVISION OFFICER
ENS WILLIAM A. DICKEN E DIVISION OFFICER
ENS JOSEPH E. ESTRADA ELECTORNICS MATERIAL OFFIC
ENS TODD R. SCHONENBERG DISBURSING OFFICER
CW02 WAYNE D. HARTMAN B DIVISION OFFICER