Early Summer 2002
Summer’s officially arrived, although it’s felt like it for nearly two months now! The 4th of July is just around the corner as I write this, and then on into those "lazy, hazy days of summer" …. (if you don’t have to work!), with our reunion 3 months away!!!
Included in this issue:
Reunion Update –
Guest speaker; per person costs; prepaid return-reply postcard; hotel reservation form; brochures.
DDG-53 "CO’s Column" -
JPJ CO, CDR Dave Steindl provides an excellent update on the JPJ’s operations and activities since Jan.2002.
Death takes two shipmates
Seabag Items –
Good and Humorous Thoughts -
As time draws nearer for the reunion in Norfolk in October, another newsletter will be sent out in late August with more details about the reunion, and an updated list of attendees – BE ON IT!
Have a Happy Fourth, and a great summer.
Preparations continue to move forward as the "countdown" moves steadily towards October 10-14.
Guest Speaker –
ADM Harry D. Train, USN (Ret.) has accepted our invitation to be guest-speaker at the banquet on Sun., 13 Oct., which also happens to be the Navy’s Official Birthday!
ADM Train had a long and illustrious career, including submarine, destroyer, OPNAV, and Joint Staff duty, plus serving as ComSixthFlt, SACLant, CincLant, and CincLantFlt before retiring.
Having essentially given up the "lecture circuit", Admiral Train has made a special exception to speak to our group, due in part perhaps because shipmate Walt Malone served as ADM Train’s Chief of Staff for CruDesFlot 8 at one point … and the admiral likes destroyermen …. WHO WOULDN’T, right?!!
Reunion Attendees –
Please complete and return the enclosed prepaid postcard – apologies to those who previously replied to the notice in the last newsletter – this one is more detailed.
We’re very happy to announce that costs for the reunion activities (tours, meals, entertainment, etc., except hotel) will be no greater than for the San Diego reunion - $135 per person – and possibly less when the final figures are tallied up and payment is requested in the next newsletter.
Hotel Reservations –
Please complete and send the reservation form on the reverse side of this page ASAP. DON’T MISS OUT!!!
Radisson Hotel Norfolk
USS John Paul Jones Association Reunion
Accommodations and Features:
All rooms are furnished with a television, refrigerator, microwave, iron, ironing- board, coffee-maker, and hair-dryer.
Season’s Bistro and Kevin’s Pub are located within the hotel to provide our visitors variety in upscale or casual dining.
Our Business Center is available to all of our guests on a complimentary basis, and is equipped with a fax, photocopier, and a computer with Internet access.
Complimentary on-site parking and, upon request, airport shuttle service.
The Radisson Hotel Norfolk is located just minutes away from Norfolk International Airport, Norfolk Naval Base, Nauticus and the USS Wisconsin, MacArthur Center, Chrysler Museum, and much more!
Please complete the form below, and mail, fax, or phone in your reservation by Sept. 10, 2002
Radisson Hotel Norfolk
700 Monticello Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23510
Tel: (757) 627-5555
Fax: (757) 533-9651
USS John Paul Jones Association Reunion
October 10-14, 2002
(Last Name) (First Name)
_______________October 2002 _______________October 2002
(Arrival Date) (Departure Date)
(Street Address) (City/Town, State, ZIP)
Circle: • Single Rm.: $79 • Double Rm.: $89 • King • Double
• Non-Smoking • Smoking
Rates are honored three days before and three days after the event, subject to availability
Credit Card: ٱ Am. Express ٱ Visa ٱ MasterCard ٱ Diners Club
(Card Number) (Expiration)
Reservations MUST be guaranteed by a deposit of one night’s room and tax, or credit card number.
We commit thee to the sea …….
♠ We learned only recently from his wife, Gail, that shipmate Jim King, RD aboard DD-932 from 1957-’59, passed away August 24, 2001. She wrote: "Jim had enjoyed the newsletter, and shortly before his death had renewed a friendship with an old shipmate from his Navy days. Thank you for having kept him touch through the newsletters."
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jim’s family.
♠ Those who knew him – served with and learned from him, or simply enjoyed his company and wit at reunions - were most saddened to learn that CAPT Ray Komorowski, USN (Ret.), DD-932 1956-’57,died suddenly May 28th from a stroke following an accidental fall.
A "plankowner extraordinaire", Ray shared his expertise, sharp insight, and many talents with his Ops/Comm teams and shipmates, as first Ops Officer of DD-932. He went on to command the USS Hartley (DE), USS Manley (sister ship to the JPJ), and took the heavy cruiser Boston to war in Vietnam. He also served as Chief, JCS NATO Branch in the Pentagon.
Following retirement, ever serving his fellow surface warfare shipmates, Ray helped found the Surface Navy Assn. in 1985, and then founded the Surface Warfare Magazine, serving as advisor for 15 years.
As shipmate Al Olsen wrote for the JPJ website a few days after Ray’s death: "Ray was husband, father, destroyerman, seaman, patriot, gifted speaker and writer, deeply religious – a multi-talented man."
We’ll miss you, dear friend!
● More than 30 JPJ shipmates shared a
wonderful experience aboard the JPJ DDG-53, May 10th, when they boarded the ship at NavWepsSta Seal Beach for a Family/JPJ Assn./Guest Day at sea, steaming back to San Diego after loading weapons and ammunition. Our enterprising shipmate, "Bud" Karrer, who makes Bud’s Saddlesore Salsa out in Calif. generously donated 40 cases to the ship in appreciation of the great day at sea – along with his business and email addresses! Anybody wanting to order some can go to his website: www.budsalsa,com
● Congratulations to shipmate Tom Carney, previous CO of JPJ DDG-53, just selected for CAPT !!! He’s presently assigned to the budget section of SecNav’s office in the Pentagon.
● Shipmate, CDR Dave Steindl, CO JPJ DDG-53, was the guest speaker 20 June at the CORONADO OPTIMIST Club (a community service club whose motto is: "Friend of Youth"). The following is from their newsletter:
"Today’s program was a special one for our President (John McKechnie).He and guest RADM McNamara are shipmates from the USS John Paul Jones DD-932. The former crewmates of the JPJ are apparently a tight group, and have a great association with the crew of the current John Paul Jones.
We benefited from this today, because John brought CDR David Steindl, Commanding Officer of the USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) to be our speaker. Commander Steindl had the ship’s Operations Officer, LT Kevin Hanson, work the slide-show.
The description of a deployment of a destroyer in 2001-2 was most revealing to those of us who saw our share of WESPAC in the past. The new missions of Maritime Interception Operations in which 228 tankers were boarded and searched in two months by a three-ship force boggle the mind! Taking uncooperative ships under tow in the middle of the night is new to the imagination. And having one-third of your crew chugging about independently in small boats is a matter that would have driven captain Queeg further up the wall!"
USS John Paul Jones DDG-53
To the John Paul Jones Association:
I hope that all of you are enjoying lovely Summer weather wherever you may be. Of course, the weather in San Diego is wonderful as usual. All continues to go well for all of us aboard John Paul Jones. It has been a while since my last update in the newsletter. The first half of 2002 found JPJ in the Continental Maritime Shipyard from January until early April, and then in and out of Naval Station San Diego for local operations May and June.
JPJ was in the yards from late January until the first week of April 2002. It was an extremely productive period for the ship and crew. During this period, literally hundreds of Sailors were temporarily assigned off of the ship to attend technical schools that are required for the crew to operate the advanced equipment onboard. The technical training will now be built upon as we start to operate our ship at sea and then begin working up with a Battle Group later this year.
During the shipyard, JPJ received some major alterations which upgraded our sensors and weapons systems with the latest and greatest technology. Among the major installations was a new gyrocompass system, a new electronic navigation system, a new type of Electronic Warfare decoy, and the installation of a stern flap which gives us additional speed and fuel economy. We also received numerous changes to our weapons systems. Much of the shipyard work focused on making changes to the ship which will prevent future corrosion. Speaking of corrosion, we had the exterior of the ship painted and all of our topside decks were non-skidded. She looks like a brand new ship. Ships force painted out all of the interior passageways also.
Since leaving the shipyard the first week of April, JPJ has started the Interdeployment Training Cycle where we will receive numerous inspections and certifications to ensure that we are ready to go to sea with a Battle Group. Our first inspection was conducted in mid-April. The Aviation Certification went extremely well with the ship finishing the inspection in less than half the time it takes most ships. At the end of the inspection, the Commander that was leading the inspection team noted that this was the best performance that he had seen in his two years in the job. In early May, the Supply Department underwent their major biannual inspection – the Supply Management Assist Visit. The results were so good that the assist visit was upgraded to a full Supply Management Inspection. It is very rare for a ship to be able to do so well on this inspection.
In mid-May, JPJ conducted our biggest inspection of the year, the Command Assessment of Readiness and Training (CART II). CART II assesses our training level in every warfare area and every division on the ship. The first two days of the inspection were focused on the Engineering Department. The Snipes passed with flying colors. During the underway portion of the CART II, we conducted 5 complex scenarios in which we fought through a tactical scenario followed by battle damage. We also validated our ability to fight a Main Space Fire Drill.
JPJ spent the last two weeks at sea doing training to prepare for our upcoming inspections. We sailed down to Puerto Vallarta and back with a scheduled 3 day port visit to Puerto Vallarta. Unfortunately, Tropical Storm Boris chased us out of Puerto Vallarta a day early and we got a chance to exercise our emergency recall bill. Over 200 crewmembers were recalled to the ship the same day that we sailed. Only one Sailor was left on the beach and he was later given a plane ticket to fly home. The crew had a magnificent time in this tropical paradise.
For the next 3 months, we will be frequently inspected to ensure that we have met the required standards for certification of a destroyer. Following that, we will start working up with a Battle Group in preparation for a deployment in 2003.
It looks as though the JPJ crew will participate in an experiment called Sea Swap. The idea of Sea Swap is to forward deploy a destroyer and then rotate 3 crews through that ship, thus allowing the ship to stay forward deployed for 18 months while still keeping deployment lengths down to 6 months. This will decrease the time and money spent transiting across the vast Pacific on the way to the Arabian Sea. The plan will have the JPJ crew fly out to meet USS Higgins (DDG 76) on deployment and to relieve her crew. While some of the details of the Sea Swap are still being worked out, it looks like the crew of USS Benfold (DDG 65) will end up stationed on JPJ. Benfold has a terrific reputation and will do a great job on JPJ. I assure all of you that we will do everything in our power to carry on the fine traditions and build upon the history of USS John Paul Jones, USS Higgins, and USS Benfold.
Finally, I will end with some great news. JPJ was just recently announced as the winner of the Spokane Trophy, the award for the most combat-ready ship in the Pacific Fleet. It is a great honor for us to receive this recognition and I am, as always, indebted to the Sailors on this fine ship for their professionalism and hard work. Thank you to all of you who have sailed before us and who continue to support the warriors on John Paul Jones.
David F. Steindl
Good & Humourous Thoughts
☻YOU GOTTA LAUGH AT OLD AGE OR IT’LL GET THE BEST OF YOU… (Contributed by shipmate Jerry Neeland)
I’m the life of the party …. even if it lasts until 8 p.m.
I’m very good at opening childproof caps with a hammer.
I’m usually interested in going home before I get to where I’m going.
I’m awake many hours before my body allows me to get up.
I’m smiling all the time because I can’t hear a thing you’re saying.
I’m very good at telling stories … over and over and over and over …
I’m aware that other people’s grandchildren are not as cute as mine.
I’m so cared for – long-term care, eye care, private care, dental care…
I’m not grouchy, I just don’t like traffic, waiting, crowds, politicians.
I’m sure everything I can’t find is in a secure place.
I’m wrinkled, saggy, lumpy, and that’s just my left leg.
I’m having trouble remembering simple words like …..
I’m realizing that aging is not for wimps.
I’m sure they’re making adults much younger these days … and when did they let kids become policemen?
I’m wondering, if you’re only as old as you feel, how could I be alive at 150?
☻ REMAINING U.S. CEO’s MAKE A BREAK FOR IT – (Signs of the Times)
"Band of Roving Chief Executives Spotted Miles from Mexican Border"
(Contributed by shipmate John McKechnie)
San Antonio, Texas (Rooters) - Unwilling to wait for their eventual indictments, the 10,000 remaining CEO’s of public, U.S. companies made a break for it yesterday, heading for the Mexican border, plundering towns and villages along the way, writing the entire rampage off as a marketing expense. "They came into my home, made me pay for my own TV, then double-booked the revenues, right in front of my daughters", said Rachel Sanchez of Las Cruces.
Calling themselves the CEOnistas, the chief executives were first spotted along the Rio Grande River near Quemado, where they bought each of the town’s 320 residents by borrowing against pension fund gains. By late this morning, the CEOnistas had arbitrarily inflated Quemado’s population to 960, and declared a 200 percent profit for the second quarter.
Earlier this morning, the outlaws bought the city of Waco, transferred its under-performing areas to a private partnership, sending a bill to California for $4.5 billion. Law enforcement officials and disgruntled shareholders riding posse were noticeably frustrated and angry. "First of all they’re very hard to find because they always stand behind their numbers, and the numbers keep shifting", said posse spokesman Dean Levitt.
The pursuers said they have had some success, however, by preying on a common executive weakness. "Last night we caught about 24 of them by disguising one of our female officers as a CNBC anchor", said U.S. Border Patrol spokesman Janet Lewis. "It was like moths to a flame." Also, teams of agents have been using high-powered listening devices to scan the plains for telltale sounds of the CEOnistas. "Most of the time, we hear only leaves rustling or cattle flicking their tails", said Lewis, "but occasionally we’ll pick up someone saying, ‘I was totally out of the loop on that.’"
So far, about 50 CEO’s have been captured, including Martha Stewart, who was detained south of El Paso, where she had cut through a barbed-wire fence at the Zaragosa border-crossing off Highway 375. "She would have gotten away, but she was stopping motorists to ask for marzipan and food-coloring so she could make edible snowman place-settings, using cut pieces of wire for the arms," said Border Patrol Officer Jennette Cushing. "We put her in cell No. 7, because the morning sun really adds texture to the stucco walls."
While some stragglers are believed to have successfully crossed into Mexico, Cushing said the bulk of the CEOnistas have holed themselves up at the Alamo. "No, not the fort, the car rental place at the airport. They’re rotating all the tires on the minivans and accounting for each tire-change as a sale".
Couple more Seabag Items –
● Secretary Pete Maytham’s apologies to whichever shipmate recently sent in a change-of-address Post-It attached to his Dues check. Pete was in such a hurry to get the check to John McKechnie, he removed the Post-It, which didn’t have any name on it, and sent the check off to John without checking the name! Whoever recently moved to 24 Puritan Dr., Weymouth, Mass. 02189, please let Pete know (assuming this gets forwarded!). Sorry ‘bout that.
● Shipmate Dick Moore recently completed having a beautiful watercolor he did of DD-932 (underway) processed to make prints suitable for framing, in response to the growing demand after shipmates saw the original painting in San Diego last year. Two sizes are being offered:
Large (24" x 30") at $85.00 per print, plus $15.00 packing and postage (same postage for 2 or more prints)
Small (18" x 24") at $65.00 per print, plus $15.00 packing and postage (same postage for 2 or more prints)
You can order now, sight unseen (unless you saw the original in San Diego), sending your order and check to: Richard Moore, 6 Eisele Court, Hampton, VA 23666; or wait until the reunion to order, when both the original painting and copies of the print will be on display. Or, if an online user, go to Dick’s website (www.ship-paintings.com) to see the original painting in full-color.