U.S.S. TOWERS (DDG-9)
FLEET POST OFFICE
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
23 Feb 1971
CONFIDENTIAL (Unclassified upon removal of enclosure (1))
From: Commanding Officer, USS TOWERS (DDG-9)
To: Director of Naval History (Op-09B9), Washington
Navy Yard , Washington, D.C. 20390
Subj: Command History, Report Symbol 5750-1; submission of
Ref: (a) OPNAV INST 5750.12A
Encl: (1) USS TOWERS (DDG-9) Command History
/s/ W. A. Walsh
DOWNGRADED AT 3 YEAR INTERVALS
DECLASSIFIED AFTER 12 YEARS (Unclassified upon removal
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USS TOWERS COMMAND HISTORY
22 July-6 August
Tender availability San Diego
17 August- 2 October
Participated in pilot rescue
The year 1970 was one of preparation for the TOWERS. Coming out of a tender
availability in San Diego, the ship headed for Long Beach Naval Shipyard in
late January. Her availability there commenced on 2 February, and after a
little over three weeks she went into dry dock. TOWERS stayed there until
The hard work of getting a ship ready to return to the fleet continued through the spring, but even this period had its significant events. On 16 April Commander Destroyer Squadron 15 presented the ship with the Meritorious Unit Commendation for its activities in Vietnam during the last deployment. On 2 May TOWERS bid farewell to CDR E. W. CARTER, III who commended her during her last deployment and welcomed abroad CDR W. A. WALSH who would guide her through the next one.
The months of June and July we devoted to testing out the ship's capabilities at sea. The ship concluded her sea trials on 7 July and moved from Long Beach to San Diego on 11 July. From San Diego she proceeded to carry out various exercises in the Southern California operations areas designed to test the ship and train her men.
From 22 July to 6 August TOWERS was involved in carrying out missile exercises with the Special Assistance Team embarked. The results of the period were highly satisfactory and the TOWERS missile systems were pronounced ready to fight.
The ship had a tender availability from 7 August to 17 August, then she moved to buoy 19 in San Diego Harbor to commence refresher training. The weeks of refresher training were arduous and eventful. On 4 September an F-8 proceeding to provide air services for the ship crashed. Together with the crew of NEWCAR TWO, TOWERS went to the aid of the pilot who successfully ejected. The pilot, LT LAMBERT, whose serial number is unknown was picked up by helicopter after being located by the ship. Fleet Training Group observers embarked gave the unscheduled evolution a grade of outstanding.
Refresher training concluded on 2 October and the next three weeks were
filled with a tender availability. On 26 October TOWERS returned to sea to
carry out various exercises and concluded the week with a three day visit
to San Francisco.
Upon return from San Francisco TOWERS weapons department went through a variety of pre-deployment inspections. The ships next sea period ran from 16 to 20 November when she took part in COMPTUEX 20A-70. Returning from that she went through a three day command inspection prior to Thanksgiving. Following the holidays she went back to sea again as a participant in COMPTUEX 22-70.
On 5 December TOWERS took its family and friends to sea on a day long dependents cruise. Upon returning to port it began a month long tender availability and preparation for overseas movement period.