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USS PICKING WORLD WAR II LOG 

May 27, 1944                       Zone description plus ten:

Moored as before.

1352     Underway independently, in accordance with Capt. of Port, Adak despatch 272345 of May, 1944, steaming various courses and speeds while proceeding through Kuluk Bay and conducting shipls exercises.

2034     Commenced standing into Sand Bay, Great Sitkin Island.

2110     Moored port side to NOB dock, Sand Bay. Ships present various units of U. S. Fleet. S.O.P.A. is ComNorPac.

 

May 28, 1944                       Zone description plus ten:

         Moored as before.

0730     Underway independently in accordance with CDS 49 despatch 272340 of May, 1944. Steaming various courses and speeds while standing out of Sand Bay and conducting exercises in Kuluk Bay.

1352     Rendezvoused with SPROSTON and fired 5” offset practice, expending 11 rounds 5”/38 Common and 2 rounds 5”/38 AA -Common ammunition.

1535     Fired automatic weapons smoke float practice, expending 64 rounds 40mm AA, 360 rounds 20mm. AA ammunition.

1635     Commenced standing into Sweepers Cove, Adak.

1700     Moored to buoy #2 Sweepers Cove, Adak. Ships present: various units of U. S. Fleet. S.O.P.A. is ComNorPac.

1715-    U.S.S. KIMBERLY, U.S.S. WICKES, U.S.S. SPROSTON moored alongside

2005     to port in that order.

 

May 29, 1944                         Zone descr4~p~ion plus ten:

         Moored to buoy #2 Sweepers Cove, Adak in nest with U.S.S. KIMBERLY, U.S.S. WICKES, U.S.S. SPROSTON.

 

May 30, 1944                         Zone description plus ten:

         Moored to buoy #2 Sweepers Cove, Adak. in nest with U.S.S. KIMBERLY, U.S.S. WICKE, U.S.S. SPROSTON.

 

May 31, 1944                         Zone description plus ten:

         Moored as before.

0940     U.S.S. KIMBERLY and U.S.S. SPROSTON underway from alongside.

1018     U.S.S. WICKES underway from alongside.

1022     Underway independently in accordance with CDS 49 mailgram. 310215 of May, 1944, steaming various courses and speeds while proceeding through Kuluk Bay and conducting ship’s exercises.

1104     Took station on SPROSTON’s port beam, distance 1500 yards for radar check.

1200     Completed check, took departure from SPROSTON.

1359     Commenced standing into Sand Bay, Great Sitkin Island.

1420     Moored port side to NOB dock, Sand Bay. Ships present: various units of U. S. Fleet. S.0.P.A. is ComNorPac.

 

June 1, 1944                         Zone description plus ten:

         Moored to NOB Pier, Sand Bay, Great Sitkin Island, Alaska. Ships present: units of Destroyer Squadron 49 and auxiliary craft.

         S.O.P.A. is ComNorPac.

0904      Under way in company with U.S.S. WICKES U.S.S. YOUNG,      U.S.S. SPROSTON and U.S.S. CHARLES J. BADGER in accordance with

         ComDesRon 49 despatch 010605 of June, 1944. Steaming various courses and speeds while standing out of Sand Bay and conducting exercises in vicinity of Great Sitkin Island. O.T.C. is CDS 49 in PICKING.

1104-    Fired 5” offset practice, SPROSTON target, expending 2 rounds

1119     5”/38 AA, 13 rounds 5”/38 Common.

1330-    Fired 5” antiaircraft practice, using sleeve target towed by plane.

1514     Expended 162 rounds 40mm AA and 600 rounds 20mm AA ammunition.

1653     Commenced standing toward Sand Bay, Great Sitkin Island.

1908     Moored port side to NOB Pier, Sand Bay. Ships present: units of DesRon 49 and auxiliary craft. S.O.P.A. is ComNorPac.

 

June 2 , 1944                        Zone description plus ten:

         Moored to NOB Pier, Sand Bay.

0839     Underway in company with U.S.S. WICKES, U.S.S. YOUNG, U.S.S. SPROSTON, U.S.S. CHARLES J. BADGER in accordance with CDS 49

         despatch

         of Great Sitkin Island. O.T.C. is CDS 49 in PICKING

1130-    Fired 5” director controlled and local control battle practice using sled target towed by tug. Expended 40 rounds 5/38 AA -

1229     Common ammunition.

1400-    Exercised at simulated torpedo attack.

1730

1730     Commenced standing toward Sand Bay, Great Sitkin Island.

1910     Moored starboard side to NOB Pier, Sand Bay, Great Sitkin Island. Ships present: units of DesRon 49 and auxiliary craft. S.O.P.A. is

         ComNorPac.

 

June 3,1944                          Zone description plus ten:

         Moored to NOB Pier, Sand Bay.

0942     Underway in company with U.S.S. WICKES, U.S.S. YOUNG, U.S.S. SPROSTON and U.S.S. CHARLES J. BADGER in accordance with CDS 49

         despatch of Great Sitkin Island. 0.T.C. is CDS 49 in PICKING.

1018-    Exercised at simulated torpedo attack.

1300

1348-    Fired automatic weapons antiaircraft practice using sleeve target

1425     towed by plane. Expended 1633 rounds 40mm AA and 803 rounds 20mm AA ammunition.

1513     Commenced standing toward Sweepers Cove, Adak.

1631     Moored to buoy #1 Sweepers Cove, Adak. Ships present: various units of U. S. Fleet. S.0.P.A. is ComNorPac.

 

 

June 4, 1944                       Zone description plus ten:

         Moored to buoy #1 Sweepers Cove, Adak

 

June 5, 1944                      Zone description plus ten:

         Moored to buoy #1 Sweepers Cove, Adak.

0726     Underway in company with destroyers, Task Force 94 in accordance with CTF 94 mailgram 030740 of June, 1944. Steaming various courses and speeds while standing out of Sweepers Cove and patrolling in Kuluk Bay during sortie of cruisers, Task Force 94 in accordance with CTF 94 Sortie Plan 2-44.

0830     Cruisers, TF 94, (CHESTER, PENSACOLA, CONCORD, DETROIT) commenced sortie.

0930     Took station #5 in antisubmarine screen 59 (cruising disposition (6S) . Base course 000° T & G, 340° psc. Speed 16 knots. Guide

         CHESTER . O.T,C. is CTF 94 in CHESTER.

0947     Took station #5 in antiaircraft screen #74, CHESTER guide in station #7 (3090). Fleet axis 000° T.

1151     Changed base course to 180° T & G, 182° psc.

1200     Position Latitude 52° 25’ N. Longitude 176° 39’ N. Took station #5 in screen of cruising disposition 5R, CONCORD guide. Fleet axis 000° T. Base course 180° T & G, 182° psc.

1245     Changed base course to 090° T & G, 093° psc.

1300     Changed base course to 056° T & G, psc.

1355     Changed base course to 309° T & G, 289° psc.

1500     Changed base course to 000° T & G, 341° psc.

1600      Changed base course and fleet axis to 275° T & G, 259° psc. Changed speed to 17 knots.

1850      Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while exercising at simulated bombardment deployment in accordance with Exercise 5 of ComCruDiv 5. Exercise Plan 1-44.

2000      Position Latitude 53° 03’ N. Longitude 178° 33’ W.

2042      Exercise completed took station #5 in screen of cruising disposition 5R. CONCORD guide. Fleet axis and base course 270° T & G, 255° psc. Speed 16 knots.

2327      Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while exercising with aircraft in aircraft search and attack exercise according to Exercise 6 of ComCruDiv 5 Exercise Plan 1-44.

2359      Took station #5 in antisubmarine 59 (cruising disposition 65), CHESTER guide. Fleet axis 270° T. Base course 274° T & G, 258° psc. Speed 15 knots.

  

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