USS TOWERS COMMAND HISTORY FOR THE YEAR 1969



SUBMITTED 04 MARCH 1970 by E. W. Carter, III Commanding Officer

USS TOWERS DDG-9



DECLASSIFIED 18 MARCH 1977



USS TOWERS COMMAND HISTORY



1. (U) Chronology of Highlights:



1 – 8 January 1969

NGFS Operation, I Corps, South Vietnam



20 - 30 January 1969

NGFS Operations, I Corp, South Vietnam



31 January - 7 February 1969

Yankee Station operations in company with USS HANCOCK (CVA-19)



4 March 1969

Returned to San Diego



24 March 1969

Visited by Secretary of the Navy



14 April - May 1969

Restricted availability in Long Beach Naval Shipyard



30 June - 18 September 1969

Development Assist Test of Standard Missile: D/S 493



6 October - December 1969

Restricted availability in San Diego



2. ( C ) Basic Narrative



a. Command Organization and Relations:



( 1) Commanding Officer: CDR E. W. CARTER, III. USN

( 2) Homeport: San Diego, California

( 3) Mission of Command: To operate offensively with strike forces, with hunter/

killer groups, in support of amphibious assault operations and screen support forces and

convoys against submarine, air and surface threats.

(4) Composition of Command: Officers - 18, Enlisted – 319



b. Operations:



l January 1969 found TOWERS off coast of South Vietnam in the IV Corps

Tactical Zone. The ship was operating in support of 4th Ranger Group, 42nd Ranger

Brigade and 21st Division of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. On 3 January,

TOWERS began operating in support of the 7th ARVN Division in the eastern portion

Of the IV Corps and continued to do so until 9 January . During the period 1 - 9 January,

Gunfire damage assessment was: 82 structures destroyed or damaged, one footbridge

Destroyed, one bunker destroyed. 10 sampans destroyed, a Viet Cong troop concen-

Tration dispersed with one Viet Cong troop confirmed wounded in action and later captured

By ARVN Forces, one secondary fire and one secondary explosion observed. A total of

1420 rounds were expended.



TOWERS spent six days in Hong Kong for rest and relaxation from 12 to 17 January.

Then TOWERS proceeded to DaNang to embark Commander Destroyer Squadron Five

And his staff. On 20 January TOWERS commenced three days of NGFS operations in

Northern I Corps supporting the Third Marine Division. TOWERS operated north and south

Of and in Da Nang for the next seven days providing gunfire support for Republic of Korea

Marines and the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division. During this latter period, TOWERS

Also provided Anti rocket/night harassment fire from inside Da Nang harbor in support

Of the U.S. First Marine division. For period 20 - 30 January gunfire damage assessment

Was: 39 bunkers destroyed or damaged, 125 structures destroyed or damaged, 425 meters

Of trench destroyed, one sampan destroyed, 13 VC kia/wia, two concrete bridges destroyed and three secondary explosions ignited. During this period a total of 2219 five inch rounds were

Fired.



The first of February TOWERS joined Task Group 77.5 to plane guard for USS HANCOCK

(CVA-19) . On 7 February the ship was detached from TG 77.5 and proceeded to Subic

Bay, Phillipines for a three day upkeep period. Rejoining TG 77.5 while in Subic Bay, TOWERS

Steamed to Yokosuka, Japan with the task group arriving 17 February.



On 21 February TOWERS departed Yokosuka in company with USS HANCOCK

(CVA-19), USS CARPENTER (DD-825, USS BAUSELL (DD-845) , and USS BRUSH

(DD-745) for CONUS. TOWERS entered to San Diego on 4 March, ending her sixth

WESTPAC deployment.



The Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable John H. Chaffee, visited TOWERS on 24

March 1969. He was given a resume of TOWERS tour in the Western Pacific.

Also he toured Command and Control, Weapons and Engineering spaces. The Secretary’s

Visit was in conjunction with his tour of Naval Forces in the San Diego area.



During April and May TOWERS underwent a restricted availability in Long Beach Naval

Shipyard for alterations and repair of the low pressure turbines. The month of June was spent

In San Diego for installation of the Ship’s Anti-Missile Defense System (SAMID) immediate

Package.



From 10 June to 18 September TOWERS conducted a Development Assist Test (D/S 493) of the Standard Missile with the Tartar Weapons System on the Pacific Missile Range. The

Primary objectives of D/S 493 were:



(a) To demonstrate design adequacy and compatibility with sub-system of the DDG

Class Missile Ship.



(b) To correlate and extend the results of land based firing test results to the

Shipboard environment.



(c) To evaluate the compatibility of the DTRM with the STANDARD MISSILE

GUIDANCE, control, ordnance and airframe in shipboard environment firings..

In the course of these tests eight STANDARD missiles were fired. There were

Three successes, three failures, one near miss and one dud. The compatibility

Of the DTRM with STANDARD missile sub-systems was successfully demon-

Strated.



From 6 October to 19 December the ship was assigned a restrictive availability

In San Diego. During this period, two of the forward berthing compartments with associated head and shower spaces were completely refurbished. The modernization was accomplished by a civilian contractor and habitability improvement study.



c. Special Topics:



(1) Operational Statistics:

(a) Underway Replenishments:

Jan – 8 refuelings

7 rearmings

2 vertical replenishments



Feb- 7 refuelings

1 vertical replenishment



Mar-1 refueling



(b) Ammunition expenditures for shore bombardment

(5”/54) :



NGFS 1 – 8 January 1420

NGFS 20- 31 January 2219



(2) Major Modification: USS TOWERS had a Ship’s Anti-Missile

Defense (SAMID) installed.

USS TOWERS had two forward living compartments completely

Refurbished as part of a habitability improvement program.



(3) Communications: There were 4253 messages received and 1627

Transmitted during 1969.



(4) Casualties to Equipment:



CASREPT EQUIP CASCOR



- - - - - - - - - SRC-21 UHF Transceiver 12 Feb 69

- - - - - - - - - R-1052 HF Receiver 16 JAN 69

6 Jan 69 Fwd 5”/54 Mount 17 Jan 69

7 Jan 69 AN/SPS-33 17 Jan 69

20 Jan 69 AN/URC- 32 31 Jan 69

20 Jan 69 AN/SPA-4B 1 Feb 69

27 Jan 69 AN/SPS-33 2 Feb 69

29 Jan 69 An/SRN-6A 5 Apr 69

1 Feb 69 1A Boiler 12 Apr 69

3 Feb 69 AN/SPG-51C 11 Feb 69

26 Feb 69 AN/UPX-1A Ser. NO. 502 19 Mar 69

26 Feb 69 AN/URC-9 13Mar 69

26 Feb 69 2A Main Feed Pump 24May 69

8 Mar 69 Aft 5”/54Mount 28 May 69

14 Mar 69 NR 1 L. P. Turbine 24 May 69

17 Mar 69 AN/WLR-1D 19 Mar 69

25 Mar 69 AN/SPG-51C 21 Apr 69

27 May 69 2B Boiler 5 Jun 69

28 May 69 Whip Antenna Motor 16 Jul 69

27 Jun 69 1A Boiler 18 Jul 69

2 Jul 69 No.1 MG Set 24 Sep 69

2 Jul 69 AN/SRC-20 16 Jul 69

9 Jul 69 AN/WRC-1 19 Jul 69

9 Jul 69 AN/URC-9 16 Jul 69

18 Jul 69 1B Boiler 2 Sep 69

18 Jul 69 Brine Overboard Pump 22 Jul 69

23 Jul 69 No.1 Firepump 8 Aug 69

23 Jul 69 No.5 Firepump 11 Aug 69

23 Jul 69 AN/SPG-51C 25 Jul 69

24 Jul 69 AN/SPG-51B 12 Aug 69

24 Jul 69 1B SS Turbogenerator 24 Jul 69

28 Jul 69 AN/SPS-39 30 Jul 69

30 Jul 69 AN/SRN-6A 20 Aug 69

30 Jul 69 GMLS MK 11 30 Jul 69

31 Jul 69 AN/SPS-39 4 Aug 69

5 Aug 69 1BBSS Turbogenerator 27 Aug 69

6 Aug 69 AN/URD-4 14 Aug 69

6 Aug 69 R-390P/URN 12 Aug 69

8 Aug 69 AN/SRN-6A 20 Aug 69

4 Sep 69 2B Main Feed Booster Pump 13 Oct 69

5 Sep 69 AN/ULQ-6 7 Sep 69

9 Sep 69 GMLS MK 11 19 Sep 69

19 Sep 69 No.2 Firepump 3 Oct 69

28 Nov 69 1B Main Feed Pump 18 Dec 69

28 Nov 69 1C Main Feed Pump ----------

7 Dec 69 2B Boiler 30 Dec 69

9 Dec 69 KWR-37 12 Dec 69

17 Dec 69 8 In. F.O.Transfer Main 24 Dec 69



(5) Personnel: During 1969 there were 11 reenlistments on board and 114

transfers for discharge.



(6) Community Relations: Towers had a Christmas Party on board for fifty fatherless children from San Diego. The children ranging in age from five to eleven years each had a volunteer father for the afternoon. Following a short tour of the ship and refreshments, Santa Claus was piped aboard to distribute gifts to the children. An hour of cartoons completed the festivities.

(7) Special training: Two reserve officers of the rank of CDR and LCDR and eight enlisted personnel were assigned to TOWERS for the

period 8 – 21 June 1969. The enlisted personnel consisted of two E-7’s

, one E-6, one E-5, and four E-3’s.



TOWERS embarked twenty-five midshipmen for an orientation and indoctrination training cruise from 6 July to 4 September 1969. There were nine first class

And sixteen third class midshipmen embarked.



(8) Research and Development Projects: Project D/S 493 from 30 June

- 18 September 1969.



(9) Awards, commendations or special congratulatory messages received:



(a) USS TOWERS was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon for coming under enemy fire 7 October 1968. All persons

Qualifying were presented the ribbon by the Commanding

Officer in a ceremony aboard TOWERS held in January 1970.