USS William H. Standley DLG/CG-32 Association

AROUND THE WORLD CRUISE 1971
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On January 5th, 1971 the USS WILLIAM H. STANDLEY (DLG-32) departed Mayport, Florida on what was to be a 7� month Western Pacific Cruise. Reaching the Panama Canal on January 9th the crew of STANDLEY got their first port of call, Rodman, Panama.

Leaving Rodman on January 11th, STANDLEY set a course for Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After 12 days of steaming we reached our destination. After 4 days in the beautiful sun of Oahu, Hawaii, STANDLEY was headed for Guam. Pulling out of Pearl on January 27th and pulling into Guam on February 5th. Staying in Guam only to refuel we left 6 hrs. after arriving.

Upon leaving Guam STANDLEY'S next port was to be Subic Bay, R. P. but we had a short delay in getting there, because of a three day delay due to a search and rescue mission for a merchant ship in distress. STANDLEY got to Subic Bay on February 10th and was underway again on February 12th. This time heading for the Gulf of Tonkin, off the coast of Viet Nam.

STANDLEY spent the next 25 days escorting the USS RANGER and on Northern Search and Rescue Station.

On March 10th STANDLEY arrived at YOKOSUKA, Japan. On March 21st STANDLEY pulled out for the Sea of Japan. STANDLEY'S next port was Sasebo, Japan. We arrived at Sasebo on April 2nd and were underway again on the 3rd for the Gulf of Tonkin. For the next month STANDLEY was in the Gulf of Tonkin as PIRAZ or Positive Identification Radar Advisory Zone Ship.

STANDLEY'S next port was Hong Kong. Getting to Hong Kong on May 3rd and departing on May 11th.

On May 12th STANDLEY held a successful missile shoot and on May 13th she pulled into Subic Bay for rudder repairs.

STANDLEY spent the next 17 days in Subic Bay. Most of which time was spent in a floating drydock. Leaving Subic on May 30th STANDLEY spent the better part of June in the Gulf of Tonkin as PIRAZ ship.

On June 25th STANDLEY pulled into Subic Bay for the last time. Staying only until the 28th of June, we were once again headed for the Gulf of Tonkin this time we only spent one day in the Gulf, July 1st and then headed for Sattahip, Thailand.

Arriving at Sattahip, which is a Naval Base outside of Bangkok, on July 2nd STANDLEY was finally on her way home. Spending the 4th of July in Sattahip we left on the 7th of July and were in Singapore on the 9th of July.

After spending 6 days in Singapore STANDLEY was again underway. During this time at sea we crossed the Equator and all of STANDLEY'S crew was initiated into the Royal Order of Shellbacks. We crossed the Equator on 19 July. We arrived in our next port, Victoria, Seychelles, on July 22nd.

Spending only 2 days in Victoria we pulled out on the 24th for a fuel stop in Lourenco Marques on July 28th and then on to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

After spending a rocky 8 days around the Cape of Good Hope and South Atlantic STANDLEY pulled into Rio De Janeiro on August 6th.

STANDLEY departed Rio on August 10th and pulled into Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico on August 17th for fuel. On August 18th STANDLEY held her second successful missile shoot of the cruise and then was on the last leg home. STANDLEY pulled into Mayport Florida after circumnavigating the Globe and traveling approximately 51,000 miles.

STANDLEY returned to Mayport, Florida on August 21st.
PIRAZ stands for Primary Identification and Radar Advisory Zone

From the '71 Cruise Book Courtesy Steve Angley

 

CRUISE VITAL STATISTICS
MILES STEAMED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51,000
GALLONS OF FUEL OIL USED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4,867,562 GALLONS OF JP5 USED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68,378
GALLONS FRESH WATER USED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,432,240
NUMBER OF HELO LANDINGS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 353
TIMES ALONGSIDE ANOTHER SHIP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
TIMES REFUELED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 42
MERCHANDISE SOLD IN SHIP�S STORE . . .. . . . . . . $134,000
MONEY ORDERS SOLD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $96,000
CARTONS OF CIGARETTES SOLD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6,715
POUNDS OF COFFEE CONSUMED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5,058
TOTAL CASH DISBURSED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $725,000
VALUE OF GOODS CONSUMED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $138,397
SUPPLY REQUISITIONS PROCESSED . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,939

Courtesy Al Blanks