USS TOWERS (DDG-9)
FLEET POST OFFICE
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
96601

DDG9:JRY:crp

5720
Ser: 31/36
20 Jan 1966

From: Commanding Officer, USS TOWERS (DDG-9)
To: Chief of Naval Operations (Op-2915H)

Subj: Ship’s History; annual revision to

Ref: (a) OPNAVIST 5750.7

  1. In accordance with reference (a) the following annual revision to the ship’s history is hereby submitted:

  1. On 5 January TOWERS departed San Diego for her third WESTPAC deployment.



a. From February to 10 May TOWERS participated in all phases of operations in the South China Sea including plan guarding, CVA Missile Support, Tonkin Gulf SAR, DESOTO patrol, MARKET TIME and associated operations. These operations established the ships
eligibility for the Republic of Vietnam Service Medal. TOWERS served as flagship for Commander Destroyer Squadron SEVEN from 2 February until 10 May. Ports visited included Subic Bay, Yokosuka and Hong Kong.

During the week of 14 June TOWERS participated in Operation “SAILOR HAT”, a special blast test in the Hawaiian Islands to determine ship construction deficiencies.

  1. TOWERS returned to San Diego on 26 June for leave and upkeep.

  2. The Operations and Engineering Departments were awarded department “E’s” for competitive year 1965.

  3. On 26 July TOWERS began type training and local operations in the San Diego
Area. Operations included ASW School Ship, a demonstration of senior SEATO officers, missile firing exercises and participation in ASWEX 17-65.

  1. TOWERS rescued a downed pilot from USS KEARSARGE (CVS-33) on 23
    September while night plane guarding.

  1. The remainder of the year was spent in routine operational training, upkeep and
    tender availability, a dependents’ cruise on 16 December, and holiday leave period.



  1. The undersigned commander TOWERS throughout the entire year.



H. C. PENNEY
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