1979 Command Narrative

11 August 1980
Commanding Officer, USS WADDELL (DDG 24)

The Command History of USS Waddell for calendar year 1979 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 Events
01JAN-14JAN Underway - Arabian Sea Contingency Ops.
15JAN-24JAN Underway - Enroute Subic Bay, R.P.
25JAN-13FEB Inport - Subic Bay, R.P. SRF Availability, Upkeep.
14FEB Underway - Sea Trials/Ammo Onloan, NAVMAG, Subic Bay, R.P.
15FEB-17FEB Underway - Enroute PMR Op Area, Okinawa
18FEB Underway - Harpoon SINKEX
19FEB-21FEB Underway - Enroute Hong Kong
22FEB-27FEB Inport -Hong Kong
28FEB-03MAR Underway - Enroute Pattaya Beach, Thailand
04MAR-06MAR Inport - Pattaya Beach, Thailand
07MAR-08MAR Underway - Operating as a Unit of TG 75.1
09MAR-11MAR Underway - Operating as a Unit of TG 77.7 (I.O. Transit)
12MAR-15MAR Underway - Enroute Diego Garcia
16MAR Inport - Diego Garcia
17MAR-21MAR Underway - Enroute to Gulf of Aden as a Unit of TG 77.7 (Indian Ocean Special Contingency Ops)
22MAR-10APR Underway - Gulf of Aden as a Unit of TG 77.7 (Indian Ocean Special Contingency Ops.)
11APR-12APR Inport - Diego Garcia, B.I.O.T., Chagos Archipelago.
12APR-23APR Underway - As a Unit of TG 77.7 (Transit to Subic Bay, R.P.
23APR-27APR Inport - Subic Bay, R.P.
27APR-04MAY Underway - As a Unit of TG 77.7 (Transit to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii)
04MAY Underway - Outchop SEVENTFLT; Inchop THIRDFLT. Dissolve TG 77.7; Activate TG 37.8
04MAY-09MAY Underway - As a Unit of TG 37.8 (Transit to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii)
09MAY-11MAY Inport - Pearl Harbor, HI
11MAY-17MAY Underway - As a Unit of TG 37.8 (Transit to San Diego, CA)
17MAY-22JUN Inport - San Diego, CA
22JUN Underway - So Cal Oparea (Sea Trails)
22JUN Inport - San Diego, CA
23JUN Underway - So Cal Oparea (Dependents Cruise)
23JUN-08JUL Inport - Preoverhaul, San Diego, CA
09JUL-10JUL Underway - Enroute San Francisco, CA
11JUL-12JUL Inport - Port Visit San Francisco, CA
13JUL-15JUL Underway - Enroute Bremerton, WA
16JUL-31DEC Inport - Regular Overhaul, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA

Basic Narrative

In January 1979, USS WADDELL was operating in the Arabian Sea on Iranian Contingency Operations in company with USS STERETT, USS BRADLEY and USNS PASSUMPSIC.  Leaving the Indian Ocean, the transiting of WADDELL hrough the Straights of  Malacca marked the completion of the seventy-one day incursion.  On 25 January, WADDELL arrived in Subic Bay for a three week upkeep.  While in Subic Bay, preliminary preparations were made for the upcoming regular overhaul through the Work Definition Conference.  Onloading missiles and gun ammunition on 14 February, WADDELL put to sea for the transit to the Pacific Missile Range off Okinawa.  Participating in the Harpoon SINKEX, WADDELL fired two TARTAR missiles and both gun mounts in rapid salvo fire at an EX-ATF target.  Pollowing port visits to Hong Kong and Pattaya Beach, Thailand in late February and early March, WADDELL rendexvous with the CTF-77 Carier Battle Group in the South China Sea and transited the Straits of Malacca in company with USS CONSTELLATION, USS STERETT and USS KANSAN CITY bound for the Gulf of Aden on Yemen Contingency Operations.  During these operations, WADDELL in company with USS KANSAS CITY visited Diego Garcia for the first time and a repeat visit for provisions and supplies.  After forty-one days in the Indian Ocean, WADDELL transited the Straits of Malacca and headed for Subic Bay.  In Subic Bay, the ship onloaded provision and supplies, made necessary repairs, and prepared for the long transit to Earl Harbor during the four day stop-over.  Upon departing Subic Bay for the final time, WADDELL participated in missile firing exercise in the PORO POINT OPAREA of Western Luzon.  The seven day transit to Pearl Harbor saw WADDELL involved in numerous Task Group exercises and formation ship-handling training.  In Pearl Harbor, WADDELL off-loaded most of the ammunition for pre-overhaul preparations and boarded male dependents and friends for the "Tiger Cruise" to San Diego.  During the one week transit to San Diego, "Tigers" were afforded the oportunity to observe multi-ship formation maneuvers, gun fire demonstrations, carrier operations and general shipboard routine.  Arival in San Diego on 17 May marked the completion of the twice extended eight month deployment.  Following post-deployment leave and upkeep, efforts were concentrated on completing the pre-overhaul preparations.  Dependants cruise was conducted early in July prior to departing for Bremerton.  In transit from San Diego to Bremerton, Washington, WADDELl made a brief post visit to San Francisco and conducted general public visitation at Fisherman's Wharf.  Of special note is that WADDELL was a finalist in the anual Golden Anchor Award for the highest retention rate.

WADDELL's homeport was shifted from San Diego to Bremerton, Washington in conjunction with the twelve month overhaul at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.  While transitting the Straights of Juan de Fuca, USS WADDELL assisted a stranded small boat, which had run out of fuel.  On 16 July, WADDELL entered Dry Dock Four with USS DECATUR alongside to port; both ships crossed the dry dock sill simultaneously.  Immediately, PSNS conducted the major rip-out of main and auxilliary engineering equipment including blowers, pumps, compressors, boiler tubes, steam valves, propellors and shafts.  The hull was sandblasted and preserved while ship's force descaled and preserved the superstructure.   The sonar dome, anchors and chain were removed for inspection, testing and preservation.  Dining facilities, offices, workshops and crew berthing were moved to Barge YRBM-20 due to the berthing area rip-out and lack of heating and head services on the ship.  The year ended with WADDELL in drydock and crew on Holiday leave and liberty.

Engineering Department

The month of January provided the Engineering Department with a good opportunity to further improve watchstanding skills during the WADDELL's continued contingency operations in the Arabian Sea.  The WADDELL entered Subic Bay, R.P., for an upkeep period, allowing the engineering plant to be in a Cold Iron status from 26 January to 14 February while much needed equipment overhaul and maintenance was accomplished.  Following the missile shoot and transit to Hong Kong, the plant was placed in a modified main steaming status.  Trash and debris in the harbor made it necessary to contract divers to install screens over sea suction hull openings.  Upon leaving Hong Kong Harbor, vacuum was lost in number one main engine due to plastic bags and trash restricting the flow of salt water through the main condenser.  Having corrected the problem, the ship continued her four day transit to Pattaya Beach, Thailand for a four day port visit.  During this time at anchor, the plant was placed in a modified main steaming status.

Upon getting underway for the Indian Ocean, the Engineering Department experienced a ruptured lube oil line in the foward engineroom restricting the ship to one shaft operation for three days.  Although limited in speed, the WADDELL remained with the task group and affected repairs with the aid of two hull technicians from CONSTELLATION.

While steaming in the Gulf of Aden, constant repairs were required due to the extended operating schedule and were accomplished underway, enabling WADDELL to complete her commitments unimpaired.  Enroute Diego Garcia for the second time, the after plan suffered a high water casualty with carryover.  Immediate and effective response by the watchstanders prevented major plant equipment damage.  Electrically damaged #2B Main Feed Booster Pump was removed and flown to SRF, Subic Bay for repairs.  WADDELL arrived in Subic Bay with vacuum problems in #1 Evaporator.  Immediate repairs commenced on the evaporator while #2B Main Feed Booster Pump was being re-installed.  The #1 Evaporator was completed just prior to getting underway for the return transit to CONUS.

Enroute, the Engineering Department developed a new Valve Maintenance Program that would adequately handle the enormous number of valve repairs required during the upcoming overhaul.  Prior to arrival at CONUS, difficulties were encountered with chloride contamination of 1B Boiler that required an additional six hours of plant steaming in San Diego to locate, isolate and secure the source of contamination.

The end of May and the entire month of June, the engineering plant remained in a Cold Iron status, broken only by brief periods of steaming to perform required tests, PMS and a dependents cruise.  Early in July, the Engineering Department prepared for the transit to Bremerton, Washington departing from San Diego on 9 July.

WADDELL in dry dock proved no respite for the Engineering Department, as a great deal of work was required in preparation for an inspection by the Mobile Training Team in early August.  An extensive four month training program was instituted for all enlisted main space personnel covering basic engineering and 1200 psi plant operation.  This highly affective program supplied the needed information and exposure to plant parameters otherwise not available to the department in a shipyard environment.  Also initiated at this time was the Valve Maintenance Program previously established and organized.  While the program suffered some initial "Growing pains", it developed into a finely tuned organization, repairing and reinstalling approximately 150 valves per week.

During August and September, the Engineering Department experienced major equipment rip-out.  The shipyard removed the majority of equipment including most pumps, all blowers, compressors, refrigeration equipment, air conditioning equipment, major tube removal in all four boilers, steering gear, propellors, shafting, all automatic boiler controls and many system valves.  In-place repairs and inspections were initiated during the month of September covering the main engine and reduction gears, the ship's service turbo-generators, shaft bearings, salt water distilling units, deaerating feed tanks, fuel oil and water tanks, and ship's main switchboards.  Included in the overhaul is the ship alteration to the new "vented plunger" type boiler burner barrel, which will enable the ship to steam from light-off to full power without changing nozzle assemblies.  This modification, along with a completely redesigned bottom blow system, will make the plant easier and safer to operate.

Although delayed due to heavy demands placed on the shipyard, the end of December saw WADDELL making preparations to receive shop repaired equipment.  During this time, plans were finalized for an early January undocking, the first of the major steps for returning to sea.

Weapons Department

ASW. The ASW System was not extensively exercised in 1979.  The incursions to the Indian Ocean resulted in amassing a significant number of hours of watchstanding with sonar.  Participating in the Harpoon SINKEX in late February, the ASW team successfully fired two exercise weapons (one ASROC, one torpedo) at minimobile targets, both later evaluated as hits.  For the pre-overhaul weapons off-load conducted at NAVMAG, Lua Lua Lei, Hawaii, the ASW team off-loaded twelve ASROC and six torpedoes in the four hour period.  Upon return to San Diego and in preparation for the subsequent overhaul, the Mk 53 Attack Console and Mk 112 ASROC Launcher were removed from the ship and sent to Keyport, Washington and Louisville, Kentucky respectively, for refurbishing.

Immediately upon entering dry dock at the commencement of ROH, the AN/SQS-23K tram Sonar and incorporated equipment have been ripped out and replaced by the two sonar dome AN/SQQ-23A (PAIR) Sonar.  The Mk 53 Attack Console was refurbished and returned to the ship.  The mk112 ASROC Launcher has been overhauled and is scheduled for reinstallation in January 1980.  The Mk 32 Mod 7 Surface Vessel Torpedo Tubes and T-Mk-6 Fan Fare units are being refurbished by ship's force.

MISSILES. During 1979, WADDELL participated in a total of three live missile firings.

In the Harpoon SINKEX conducted at the Pacific Misile Range, Okinawa, on 18 February, two Standard MR Missiles were fired at an EX-ATF Surface Target.  Firing DDG24/20-AT-2 was a NALC 2012 warshot.  The missile impacted in the forward deck house/stack area of the target causing extensive damage and many secondary explosions.  On 29 April, after completion of WADDELL's second deployment to the Indian Ocean, the ship participated in a live missile firing exercise in the PORO OPAREA of the South China Sea, approximately 45 KM northwest of PORO POINT, Republic of the Philippines.  The exercise, Z-42-GM, took place during Missile X4-79, utilixing an AQM-37A target drone.  The firing DDG-24/22-AT-3 was a NALC 1972 warshot missile.  At "mark intercept", wavering and highly fluctuating doppler on the tracking radar became apparent.  Drone debris was tracked to splash down with a rapidly descending elevation rate.  Topside observers visually verified missile intercept of the target drone.

In preparation for the upcoming overhaul, thirty-seven missiles were offloaded in Pearl Harbor prior to return to San Diego.

WADDELL entered ROH and dry docked with all components of the TARTAR Missile Battery inoperative.  The missile battery was having many complex alterations installed such as the addition of the Harpoon Weapons System, Phase IIA and IIB of  the TARTAR Modification Porgram.  Approximately eighty-five percent of the remaining components of the missile battery were having a Class "B" overhaul.

The continued demonstration of excellence by WADDELL's missile battery has resulted in WADDELL being awarded her second consecutive Missile "E" and being qualified for her third, prior to entering the ROH.

GUNS. The gun system was not extensively exercised in 1979 as compared to previous year.  Pre-action calibration firings were periodically conducted early in the year for testing and maintenance purposes.  The first major gunnery exercise occured during the Harpoon SINKEX off Okinawa in which WADDELL fired ninety-two rounds at the EX-ATF target causing substantial damage.

Following the port visit to Hong Kong, the gun system fired a twenty round salvo concurrently with two other ships in transit to Pattaya Beach, Thailand.  On the second incursion the Indian Ocean, WADDELL fired a twenty-six round salvo with the other units in company.  Returning to Pearl Harbor in transit to CONUS, WADDELL conducted the pre-overhaul ammunition off-load in which 1,136 projectiles, 1,075 propelling charges, approximately 29,000 rounds of small arms ammunition and pyrotechnics were removed from the magazines.  The "tiger Cruise" gun system demonstration included a twenty round salvo from the two five inch gun mounts.

Shortly after return to San Diego, WADDELL boarded dependents for a one day cruise and conducted a gun system demonstration of twenty-two rounds.  Mount 52 was removed from the ship following dry docking for SHIPALT DDG-2-579 structural modifications.  Shortly thereafter, ship's force began refurbishment of the magazines, carrier rooms and gun mounts.  The year closed with a total of 192 rounds fired.

DECK. Early in 1979, WADDELL completed contingency operations in the Indian Ocean with an experienced and seasoned deck crew.  Numerous anchorings, unreps and helo details provided a significant level of experience earlier in the deployment.

Following upkeep in Subic Bay, WADDELL participated in SINKEX off Okinawa during which the ship's boat crew conducted a dramatic rescue of technical representatives adrift on the EX-ATF Target vessel in heavy seas.  On a port visit to Hong Kong, the buoy mooring, rigging and boat operations conducted by First Division were superb demonstrations of deck seamanship.

After a short transit at sea, again, the anchoring, boat operations and rigging displayed at Pattaya, Thailand gave the overall effect of a smooth total ship evolution.  WADDELL returned to the Indian Ocean and experienced helo details with great frequency.

Entering the harbor of Diego Garcia for the first time, WADDELL anchored and conducted boat operations.  Due to the hard coral bottom at Diego Garcia, WADDELL dragged anchor in the moderate winds.  More chain was veered on the centerline Navy Stockless Anchor resulting in the correction of the drag.  WADDELL put to sea and returned to Diego Garcia a second time, again, conducting anchoring and boat operations for the brief visit.

WADDELL returned to the South China Sea and a much needed upkeep at Subic Bay for return to CONUS.

The return to San Diego marked the completion of the long deployment in which twelve precision anchorings, sixty-one underway replenishments and 150 helicopter details were successfully conducted.  Following the post-deployment leave and upkeep period, Deck Division made preoverhaul and visit ship preparations for a port visit to San Francisco.  Transiting the Straits of Juan de Fuca, a small open boat with five persons aboard was sighted adrift heading for open waters.  WADDELL rendered assistance with fuel and navigational directions.

On arrival at Puget Sound, the ship conducted anchor windlass tests prior to mooring at PSNS.  Following inspection and testing, First Division scaled, primed and painted the superstructure of the ship and RAS stations.  The berthing area was gutted for habitability refurbishment.  PSNS removed the Whelan Gravity Davits and winches for overhaul.

Operations Department

During the first month of 1979, WADDELL was primarily involved with Indian Ocean Operations concerning the Iranian crisis.  WADDELL's combat systems were maintained and operated at maximum capability throughout these operations.  Personnel were rigorously drilled to maintain peak performance in all combat systems areas.

Upon completion of the seventy-six day deployment to the Indian Ocean, WADDELL entered a much needed eighteen day upkeep availability at SRF Subic Bay.  In late February, WADDELL participated in the Harpoon SINKEX with STERETT and BRADLEY at the Pacific Missile Range Okinawa.  During this exercise, two Standard MR Missiles were fired at an EX-ATF Surface Target.  All MFCS functions appeared normal.  The first missile was observed to splash an estimated twenty yards off the port bow of the target and the second missile impacted in the foward deck-house/stack area.  WADDELL then closed the target and made several gunnery-firing runs in company with other units of Task Group 75.1, at varying ranges, finally sinking the target.

Following port visits to Hong Kong and Pattaya Beach, Thailand in late February and early March, WADDELL was ordered into the Indian Ocean again with CONSTELLATION, STERETT, and KANSAS CITY for contingency operations involving the Yemen crisis.  The Task Group entered the Straits of Malacca under a fog requiring an intense attention to detail by the navigation team as the majority of the transit was made by radar navigation.  During this second incursion to the Indian Ocean, WADDELL visited Diego Garcia on two occasions to pick up fuel and needed supplies.  Throughout this second Indian Ocean deployment personnel were extensively drilled to maintain peak combat systems performance.  As a result of the two Indian Ocean deployments WADDELL developed and honed her inter-ship ability to deal with and correct equipment casualties without aid from outside sources, thus proving the ability of the ship to maintain "on station" for extended periods of time.

After completion of the second deployment to the Indian Ocean and a three day stop in Subic Bay, R.P., the ship participated in a live missile firing exercise (Z-42-GM) against tan augmented non-maneuvering AQM drone.  The drone was destroyed by direct hit as verified visually and by radar track.  In the second week of May during the transit to CONUS, WADDELL completed the off-load of gunnery, missile and ASW munitions at NAVMAG, Lua Lua Lei, Hawaii.  "Tiger Cruise" participants were boarded at Pearl Harbor for the one week transit to San Diego.  After post-deployment leave and while completing a pre-overhaul availability with USS DIXIE (AD-14), individual system equipment removal began pierside at NAVSTA, San Diego.  Although, a majority of combat systems equipment was in a lay-up maintenance status as a result of individual equipment removals and general pre-overhaul preparations, essential equipments remained operational to support the transit from San Diego to Bremerton.

Following the brief port visit to San Francisco, WADDELL entered Dry Dock Four at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington on 16 July 1979, commencing twelve months regular overhaul.  WADDELL's homeport was shirted from San Diego to Bremerton in conjunction with the overhaul.

For the last half of 1979, WADDELL has been receiving many equipment, weapons, and ship modifications including the installation of the computerized "Navmacs A+" communications suite, Pair Sonar installation, and Harpoon Weapons installation.

The majority of Combat Systems equipment are receiving Class "B" overhauls with the exception of the Mk 68 Gun Fire Control System and the 5"/54 Mk 42 Mod 10 Gun Mounts which are receiving Class "C" overhauls. Ship force personnel have been attending the Harpoon Weapons System Maintenance Course and Operation Course in preparation for the upcoming Harpoon Certification Program.

Supply Department

Calendar year 1979 found WADDELL operating in the Indian Ocean and the Supply Department tasked with maintaining satisfactory levels of service far from the nearest shore logistics support facility.  Customer service was maximized through a well planned and orchestrated loadout program utilizing every available foot of storage space for provisions, repair parts and retail stock.  A second Indian Ocean cruise was successfully completed with excellent customer support in all areas in the March/April timeframe.

Commencement of regular overhaul, for the Supply Department, involved major revisions in the department's methods of conducting business.  The ship's repair parts were off-loaded and a SOAP overhaul commenced with several storekeepers assuming the responsibility.  Additionally, the supply spaces were moved to the living barge and material support for the Ship's Force Overhaul Management System (SFOMS) initiated.  Provisions were likewise transferred to the barge.  The officers and crew subsisted out of the Enlisted Dining Facility on a cash sale basis.  The service outlets (laundry, store, and barbershop) were also in operation on the barge.

The change of homeport brought a voluminous paperwork burden to the Disbursing Office with COMRATS, change of homeport travel, advance pay, and career sea pay.  All of which was handled effectively with all travel claims completed within one month.

Overall, it was a most successful year for the Supply Department.  The Ship's Store profits were exceptional, allowing for a dynamic Welfare and Recreations Program and resultant positive incentive to crew morale.  The department maintained its "service is our business" attitude and its "can do" reputation.