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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - February 11, 1983, Tokyo, Japan February 1983 Guam Pacific stars and stripes apra Harbor Home porting possible by Laura Neitz Guam Bureau chief naval station with million already approved by Congress for the construction of a new ammunition wharf in apra the Home porting of a ship similar to the ammunition ship Shasta could tentatively be anticipated in the time Frame of fiscal year according to Steve Public affairs officer for the the with its complement of 400 enlisted people and commanded by John recently left Guam after a relatively Short stay for a minor Kipp was asked the merits of Home porting a ship like the Shasta in he Home porting is especially important in the Pacific Fleet simply due to he said with the exception of a few ships such As the san Home ported at and the White Home ported at Yokosuka All ships Are Home ported in either Hawaii or the United the ships Are deployed six to eight months with the 7th Kipp were looking at six weeks to two months in transit referring to the time it takes a ship to go out and join the 7th Fleet and return to if the transit time could be Cut Down like we have with the san youre keeping a unit further Forward and keeping families Kipp the san Jose and the Shasta rep revision other ships while at sea the san groceries and spare parts the ammunition and Kipp said this was a very efficient method to keep ships at they dont have to come to port to be re provisioned or reared and you dont have to worry about that being done in a foreign Kipp the Shasta has 35 forklift trucks to help transport ammunition up from the holds on the six Large elevators they have on Kipp the ammunition is then transferred to the ship to be re provisioned on a Pulley system of rugged steel under also aboard the Shasta Are two uh46 sea Knight helicopters that can pick up loads of ammunition and ordnance and Transfer them to another like a big never according to Kipp referring to the hovering capability of the the helicopters Are used to carry out other important functions As according to such As search and Rescue at sea carrying critical spare parts from one ship to another during Fleet Maneu vers carrying personnel Back and Forth Between ships and medevac allows faster Media asking on Kipp said a patient could be flown Over to a transferred to Long distance aircraft that the Carrier had and be Back in a major medical facility within Kipp said that the Shasta was one of the most automated ships along with the san Jose All in the concept of Energy conservation and reduced he referred to the two new systems aboard the Shasta the automatic propulsion system where you can dial up As Many revolutions As you want from a huge console on the Bridge called George and the automatic Pilot called Iron the Shasta does carry weapons for both air and surface and would have additional weapons systems added in her fall according to the Shasta is Home ported in photos by Laura Neitz a uh46 sets r t i Home porting a ship at apra Harbor could tentatively be anticipated in the time Frame of fiscal year things Are not As great outside As it seems by j02 Belinda Boykin Navy Nav cams some sailors Are constantly saying that they cannot wait until they Are out of the some will say they have a better Job lined up on the or that they will just kick Back and take whatever comes their according to Navy career coun Selor Richard Lomonte the people who do get out Are usually first Wermers with four years of they Are also the ones who Are coming right now the Navy is enjoying the highest retention rate of any due to the fact there has been a decline in the number of people getting those who do not come Back in the Navy miss the travel and the Challenge the Navy he after spending 20 years with the Navy and experiencing the travel and the chief radioman Christopher Lynch decided this was not the right time for him to leave the a Par time disc jockey for Guam produced and performed a popular radio program called the oldies this was a three hour program contain ing the hits of the 60s and the program was aired every sunday at noon on he i was offered an attractive contract to stay on with stereo As a permanent staff but because of the instability of the Economy i declined the offer and returned to Active said Lynch is currently the operations chief for 34 division at naval communication area master station he originally made plans to retire on Guam after his first tour during after three years in Lynch returned to Guam for a second tour in i have been involved in the entertainment business for some time said Broad casting has always been one of my favorite i started 22 years ago when i landed a promotion Job with Capitol records in new York about seven years ago i started working As a in night clubs on Hawaii and i later returned to Guam and have since worked for two radio Kuam and he now that i have seen How unstable things Are on the outside i decided that the Best thing to do right now was to extend my career in the i extended for two More years for duty aboard the guided missile frigate Home ported in san said the one thing that i want to especially for Young sailors who Are thinking about getting is that things Are not As great on the outside As it things May or May not go As you plan due to the unstable i would strongly urge those who Are considering leaving the service to think hard before he Pacific stars and stripes depends largely on Public affairs offices for contributions to this if you have a Story that would be of particular interest to this please let your Pao know about

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