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USS PICKING WORLD WAR II LOG

March 18, 1944                        Zone description plus ten

Steaming as before, searching for enemy submarines in vicinity of Attu, Alaska.

0345      Changed base course to 180° T & G, 188° psc.

0500      Ceased zigzagging.

0530      Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while carrying out exercises with aircraft.

0715      Completed exercises. Took position as guide in column with U.S.S. SPROSTON. Set base course 180° T & G, 192° psc. Speed 20 knots.

0740      Sighted U.S.S. WICKES bearing 172° T, distant 8 miles.

0800      Position Latitude 53°55’ N. Longitude 173° 40’ E.

0930-     Fired main battery offset practice, expending 51 rounds 5/38 cal.

0950      AA-Common Ammunition.

1000      Fired AA burst practice, expending 31 rounds 5/38 cal. AA Common, 202 rounds 40mm, 300 rounds 20mm ammunition.

1014      Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while standing toward east channel to Attu.

1131      Sighted U.S.S. BADGER and U.S.S. LUCE, enroute Adak to Attu, bearing 160° T, distant 7 miles.

1205      Entered east channel.

1255      Moored to buoy #2, Massacre Bay, Attu. Ships present: various units of U.S. Fleet. S.0.P.A. is ComDesRon 49 in PICKING.

1522      U.S.S. SPROSTON moored alongside to starboard.

1700      ComDesRon

1900      U.S.S. SPROSTON underway from alongside.

1907      Underway on signal of ComDesRon 49 enroute Adak, Alaska. Steaming various courses and speeds while standing out of Massacre Bay.

2010      Joined with U.S.S. WICKES, which took position 3000 yards on PICKING’s port beam. Set course 105° T & G, l00° psc speed 20

knots

2124      Had radar contact on two friendly AK’s escorted by U.S.S. AUSTIN, bearing 090° T, distant 24,000 yards.

2327      Had radar contact on Buldir Island, bearing 142° T, distant 37 miles.

 

March 19, 1944                       Zone description plus ten

Steaming as before.

0410      Kiska Island abeam to starboard, distant 37 miles.

0800      Position Latitude 52° 24’ N. Longitude 179° 58’ B.

0816      Changed speed to 22 knots.

0943      Changed base course to 100° T & G, 086° psc.

1010      Changed base course to 105° T & G, 092° psc.

1145      Sighted Adak Island bearing 112° T, distant 42 miles.

1200      Position Latitude 52° 21’ N. Longitude 177° 40’ W.

1305      Changed base course to 120° T & G, 114° psc.

1412      Changed base course to 180° T & G, l8lO psc.

1440      Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while standing through Kuluk Bay to Sweepers Cove, Adak.

1538      Moored port side to U.S.S. WILLIAM D. PORTER at buoy #1 Sweeper’s Cove, Adak. Ships present: various units of U. S. Fleet. S.0.P.A. is ComNorPac.

 

March 20, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:

Moored as before.

0711      Underway, steaming various courses and speeds enroute Finger Bay,     Adak.

0730      Entered Finger Bay.

0800      Moored starboard side to pier, Finger Bay.

0852      Underway, entered drydock No. 1.

1140      Dock dry, commenced repair work on hull and rudder.

 

March 21, 1944                     Zone description plus ten:

In drydock as before.

 

Marçh 22, 1944                       Zone description plus ten:

In drydock as before.

 

March 23, 1944                      Zone description plus ten:

In drydock as before.

 

March 24, 1944                     . Zone description plus ten:

In drydock as before.

0955      Commenced flooding drydock.

1309      Ship waterborne.

1338      Commenced moving out of drydock using power of dock winch and YT 363 and YT 138.

1401      Bow crossed dock sill.

1405      Moored starboard side dolphins, Finger Bay.

1500      Underway, steaming various courses and speeds enroute Sweepers Cove, Adak.

1610      Moored starboard side to U.S.S. WICKES alongside U.S.S. BLACK HAWK at Buoy #2, Sweepers Cove. Ships present: various units of U.S. Fleet.

          SOPA is ComNorPac.

1630      U.S.S. AUSTIN moored alongside to port.

2106      Set condition of readiness one on report of unidentified aircraft.

2120     Secured from condition one. Aircraft identified as friendly.

 

March 25, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:

         Moored as before.

 

March 26, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:

         Moored as before.

0845     U.S.S.AUSTIN underway from alongside.

0938     U.S.S.GILMORE moored alongside to port.


March 27, 1944                    Zone description plus ten:

          Moored as before.

0732     U.S.Ss. WICKES underway; PICKING moored starboard side to BLACK HAWK.


March 28, 1944                       Zone_description plus ten:

         Moored as before.

1000     CDS 49 shifted flag from U.S.S. SPROSTON to U.S.S.PICKING.

 

March 29, 1944                       Zone_description plus ten:

         Moored as before.

 

March 30, 1944                       Zone_description plus ten:

         Moored as before.

1107     U.S.S.GILMORE underway from alongside.

1159     U.S.S.YOUNG moored alongside to port.

 

March 31, 1944                       Zone_description plus ten:

         Moored as before.

 

April 1, 1944                        Zone description plus ten

         Moored starboard side to U.S.S. YOUNG alongside U.S.S. BLACK HAWK at buoy #2, Sweepers Cove, Adak, Alaska. Ships present: various units of

         U. S. Fleet. S.O.P.A. is ComNorPac.

1556     Underway in company with U.S.S. ISHERWOOD, KIMBERLEY, WICKES and SPROSTON in accordance with ComDesRon 49 mailgram. 010642 of April,

         1944. Commenced steaming various courses and speeds standing out of Sweepers Cove and through Kuluk Bay, and while conducting night

         cruising exercises in vicinity of Great Sitkin Island.

 

April 2, 1944                        Zone description plus ten

         Steaming as before

0800     Position Latitude 52° 12’ N. Longitude 176° 27’ W.

1200     Position Latitude 52° 35’ N. Longitude 176° 22’ W.

2000     Position Latitude 52° 10’ N. Longitude 176° 32’ W.

 


April 3.1944               Zone description plus ten

        Steaming as before.

0855     Sighted Great Sitkin Island bearing 190° T, distant 10 miles.

0927-    Test fired main battery, expending 24 rounds 5”/38 AA-Common

0944     ammunition.

0952     Fired anti-aircraft burst practice expending 10 rounds 5”/38 AA-­Common, 299 rounds 40mm AA, 960 rounds 20mm ammunition

1130     Commenced standing in to anchorage in Kuluk Bay.

1226     Anchored in Kuluk Bay in 19 fathoms of water with 90 fathoms of chain to the port anchor.

1414     Underway steaming various courses and speeds standing into Sweepers Cove.

1459     Moored starboard side to U.S.S. YOUNG alongside U.S.S. BLACK HAWK at buoy #2, Sweepers Cove. Ships present: various units of U. S. Fleet.

         S.O.P.A. is ComNorPac.

1515     U.S.S. PC 46 moored alongside to port.


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