The year 1965
has been a very eventful one in the life of KING. Most significant
is our seven month deployment in which many KING records were
established. KING steamed approximately 56,400 miles and checked
in well over 10,000 aircraft during our tours in the South China
Sea as a silent watchman. Some faces beamed as Captain TESH
presented handclasp dolls and toys to the orphans at the Convent
of the Good Shepherd in Quezon City, Republic of the Philippines.
Many other significant items occurred, such as selection of
Destroyerman of the Month, the Ney inspection, the Hootenanny
on station in the South China Sea.
was marked with two significant events – a Dependants
Cruise on the 22nd and the change of command ceremony on
30 January, CDR CHARLES P. TESH, USN relieved CDR
E. L. COCHRANE, Jr., USN.
The Cruiser-Destroyer Pacific news honored
John Vines, BT1 as the Sailor of the Month.
February was a busy month with six weeks of
underway training commencing 8 February and in addition to this
on 6 February KING performed the duties as Host Assistance Ship
for the USS COONTZ (DLG-9), who returned from WESTPAC.
DESRON 15’s nominee KING received
her NEY Award Inspection on 10 February.
March KING made extensive preparations for her future deployment
to WESTPAC (scheduled 20 April). On
24 March Rear Admiral WILLIAMSON, COMTRAPAC witnessed KING’s
missile shoot at the Pacific Missile Range. After her pre-deployment
inspection in late March KING deployed for WESTPAC on 5 April,
with the USS ORISKANY (CVA-34).
operating off Hawaii, during the USS ORISKANY’s ORI,
KING fired a torpedo and assisted with NTDS.
was a month of steaming, and for 30 days of operations in
the South China Sea. KING accomplished many
underway replenishments with various types of service vessels
including AO’s, AF’s, AK’s and an AE.
During a June upkeep period in Subic Bay, Philippines
a variety of Handclasp material was personally delivered by
the Commanding Officer to the orphans at the Convent of the
Good Shepherd in Quezon City, Philippines. The remainder of
June was spent operating with CTG 77.3.
Most of July was spent on special operations
in the South China Sea. On 24 July we concluded 37 continuous
days at sea with a 10 day rest and upkeep period in Yokosuka,
Japan. On the 5th of August KING departed Yokosuka for the South
China Sea in support of carrier launched air strikes against
North Viet Nam.
The 15th of September found us in Hong Kong,
B. C. C. after a strenuous 40 days at sea. The 5 days in Hong
Kong provided much needed rest and relaxation.
From Hong Kong, KING returned again to Subic
Bay in the Philippines for a six day upkeep period prior to
our return to the operating areas of the South China Sea. KING
again returned to Subic on 16 October for a very brief goodbye
to the Philippines.
This deployment for KING included many firsts
and afforded adequate response in all the areas of preparation
for the cruise.
KING spent some 181 days underway of the 211
days away from home. Among other items KING expended the following
items during the seven month cruise:
22,000 pounds of potatoes
2,640 gallons of ice cream
3,360 pounds of coffee
5,486,017 gallons of fuel
1,735,867 gallons of fresh water
On 18 October KING commenced the much awaited
transit to the continental United States.
A 30 day leave and upkeep period commenced
immediately on return to San Diego on 2 November. At the end
of the leave and upkeep period, 5 December, the KING participated
in independent steaming exercises in the San Diego operations
area. On 10 December KING stopped briefly at Seal Beach for
From 11 December to 31 December the KING enjoyed
a holiday leave and upkeep period.