Pacific Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Aug 7 1967, Page 29

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Pacific Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - August 7, 1967, Tokyo, Japan Subic Bay Servile station of the 7th Fleet y run by the naval Supply command at Subic military always offloading and unloading at this Subic fuel carry everything from the fuel department supplies both the base motor Oil to Jet fuels that propel and Western Pacific Fleet commercial and Navy Carrier us photos the Hospital ship repose sits in dry Dock at Subic Bay naval bases ship repair in for minor repairs and routine the repose left a few Days later to resume her station off the Vietnam Subic Bay naval used to Call it sleepy hollow not any since the Tonkin Gulf Inci Dent in brought the 7th Fleet into the Viet namese the naval Subic has been scrambling to keep Pace with a workload that doubled in two years visited by an aver age of 98 ships a month in the base saw its business Dou bled by 1966 when 193 ships pulled into Subic Bay each the Bay indents the Western coast of the philippine Island of just across the Bataan Peninsula from Only two Days by sea from the bases location has made it the navys most strategic base in the Western As the service station and supermarket for the 7th the base is the primary jumping off Point for naval activities in vietnamese of the 40 Odd ships usually found in the most have either recently returned from or will soon be headed for last the naval stations Post services department Shuf fled ships in and out of pier spaces so crowded that their customers were often parked four deep on the same berthing rear Fillmore Gilke commander naval oversees eight major com mands ship repair facility naval Supply naval air station naval Magazine Marine Barracks naval station Public works and naval each command has Felt the pressure of increased demands since the War in Vietnam each is working seven Days a week around the clock in an Effort to keep Pace with the swelling increased de mands resulted in a million construction program for by 1967 with an additional Mil lion in Progress during by the base is manned by military and civilian per but the majority of the workload Falls to the filipinos employed on the at the ship repair a corporals guard of americans and a Small army of filipino technicians and crafts men Are working to keep the 7th Fleet on the line in Vietnam and in operation throughout Southeast they work on three separate for an average of More than 56 hours a As Sheet Metal elec they patched holes in the Battle damaged destroyers Ozbourn and they also repair Swift boats and other Small Craft engaged in the continuing Battle for control of South Vietnam Inland the largest portion of their is repair of ships mechanical and electrical gear breaking Down under the Strain of 30 to 40 Days on the located near the ship repair facility is the naval Supply the navys combination Gas station general store for the vietnamese its fuel Oil pier now handles the largest volume of fuel Oil of any naval facility in the it also sup plies aviation fuel for Clark air through pipeline opened in Cubi Point Nas is also Demon Strating its strategic importance to the the air strip was carved from the mountainous Jungles surround ing Subic Bay in the Cubi serves As the primary repair and Supply Center for the planes of the navys Carrier strike now flying some 50 per cent of the combat missions Over North of the five aircraft carriers now deploying to the Tonkin one can usually be found tied up at Cubis Leyte the carriers receive re pairs and while the air Craft from 38 Carrie based squadrons get special attention from the Nas Cubi maintenance base a Busy part of the ship repair facility at Subic Bay naval actually the base is manned by military and Pacific stars stripes 7 is the floating dry Dock and repair area where the work is and August 1967

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