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USS PICKING WORLD WAR II LOG

June 28, 1944                        Zone description plus ten:

Steaming as before.

0745     Changed base course to 121° T & G, 133° psc. Changed fleet speed to 15 knots.

0800     Position Latitude 52° 40’ N. Longitude 177° 57.5’ W.

0855     Changed fleet axis to 180°; PICKING took station #4 in screen,

CONCORD guide.

0915      Radar contact on Great Sitkin Island bearing 105° T, distant 50 miles.

1155      Sighted Great Sitkin Island bearing 1200 T, distant 12 miles.

1215      Changed base course to 180° T & G, 192° psc.

1245      Commenced steaming various courses and speeds patrolling along entrance channel into Kuluk Bay during entrance of cruisers, Task

          Force 94.

1301      Commenced steaming various courses and speeds proceeding toward Sand Bay, Great Sitkin Island.

1344      Moored starboard side to NOB Pier, Sand Bay.

1357      U.S.S. YOUNG moored alongside to port. Ships present: Destroyer Squadron 49 and auxiliary craft. S.O.P.A. is ComNorPac.

 

June 29, 1944                        Zone description plus ten

Moored as before.

 

June 30, 1944                        Zone description plus ten:

Moored as before.

 

July 1, 1944                         Zone description plus ten:

Moored to NOB Pier, Sand Bay, Great Sitkin Island, Aleutian Islands. U.S.S. YOUNG alongside to port. Ships present:

Destroyer Squadron 49 and auxiliary craft. S.O.P.A. is ComNorPac.

 

July 2, 1944                         Zone description plus ten

Moored to NOB Pier, Sand Bay, Great Sitkin Island, Aleutian Islands. U.S.S. YOUNG alongside, to port. Ships present:

Destroyer Squadron 49 and auxiliary craft. S.O.P.A. is ComNorPac.

 

July 3, 1944                         Zone description plus ten:

Moored to NOB Pier, Sand Bay, Great Sitkin Island, Aleutian Islands. U.S.S. YOUNG alongside to port. Ships present:

Destroyer Squadron 49 and auxiliary craft. S.O.P.A. is ComNorPac.

 

July 1, 1944                         Zone description plus ten:

Moored to NOB Pier, Sand Bay, Great Sitkin Island, Aleutian Islands. U.S.S. YOUNG alongside to port. Ships present:

Destroyer Squadron 49 and auxiliary craft. S.O.P.A. is ComNorPac.

 

July 5, 1944                         Zone description plus ten

Moored to NOB Pier, Sand Bay, Great Sitkin Island, Aleutian Islands. U.S.S. YOUNG alongside to port. Ships present:

Destroyer Squadron 49 and auxiliary craft. S.O.P.A. is ComNorPac.

 

July 6,   1944                       Zone description plus ten

Moored to NOB Pier, Sand Bay.

0900      CDS 49 shifted flag to SPROSTON.

0935      U. S. S. YOUNG underway from alongside.

0948      Underway independently in accordance with CDS mailgram 060210 of July, 1944. Steaming various courses and speeds while standing out

Of Sand Bay into Kuluk Bay and conducting exercises in vicinity of  Great Sitkin Island.

1646-     Fired automatic weapons using balloon targets, expending 370 rounds

1655      40mm. AA., 559 rounds 20mm AA ammunition.

1729      Commenced standing into Sand Bay.

1819      Moored to NOB Pier, Sand Bay, Ship’s present: various units of Destroyer Squadron 49 and auxiliary craft. S.O.P.A. is ComNorPac.

Fueled to capacity from pier.

 

July 7,   1944                       Zone description plus ten:

Moored to NOB Pier, Sand Bay.

0821      Underway in company with U.S.S. S-46 in accordance with CDS 49 mailgram 060210 of July, 1944. Steaming various courses and speeds

          while standing out of Sand Bay.

0922      Joined U.S.S. YOUNG and commenced anti-submarine exercises with S-46. O.T.C. is C.O. PICKING.

1203      Completed anti-submarine exercises, took departure from YOUNG. and S-46 and joined U.S.S. SPROSTON.

1300      Commenced exercising at simulated torpedo attack with SPROSTON.

1554      Exercises completed, commenced standing toward Sweepers Cove, Adak, Aleutian Islands.

1740      Moored port side to U.S.S. KIMBERLY at buoy #1, Sweepers Cove, Adak.

1845      SPROSTON moored alongside KIMBERLY port side. Ships present: various units of U. S. Fleet. S.O.P.A. is ComNorPac.

 

July 8,   1944       Zone description plus ten

          Moored to buoy #1 Sweepers Cove, Adak.

0827      Underway in company with U.S.S. SPROSTON in accordance with CDS 49 mailgram 060210 of July 1944. Steaming various courses and speeds

          while standing out of Sweepers Cove and conducting exercises in Kuluk Bay. O.T.C. is C.O. PICKING.

0945      Commenced exercise at simulated torpedo attack, SPROSTON target.

1300      Commenced acting as target for SPROSTON.

1440      Exercise completed, commenced standing toward Sand Bay, Great Sitkin Island.

1653      Moored starboard side to NOB Pier, Sand Bay.

1703      U.S.S. WICKES moored to port side.

1724      U.S.S. YOUNG moored to port side of WICKES. Ships present: various units of Destroyer Squadron 49 and auxiliary craft. S.O.P.A.

is ComNorPac.

 

July 9,   1944       Zone description plus ten

          Moored starboard side to NOB Pier, Sand Bay.

0840      Underway in company with U.S.S. S-46 in accordance with CDS mailgram 060210 of July 1944. Steaming various courses and speeds while

          conducting anti-submarine exercises in vicinity of Great Sitkin Island. O.T.C. is C.O. PICKING.

1302      Exercise completed. Took departure from U.S.S. S-46 and commenced standing toward Sweepers Cove, Adak.

1420      Moored port side to U.S.S. KIMBERLY at buoy #1 Sweepers Cove, Adak. Ships present: various units of U.S. fleet. S.O.P.A. is ComNorPac.

 

July 10,  1944       Zone description plus ten

          Moored to buoy #1, Sweepers Cove, Adak.

 

July 11,  1944       Zone description plus ten

          Moored to buoy #1, Sweepers Cove, Adak.

0827      Underway in company with U.S.S. WILLIAM D. PORTER in accordance with CDS 49 dispatch 110450 of July, 1944. Steaming various courses and

          speeds while standing out of Sand Bay and conducting exercises in Kuluk Bay. O.T.C. is C.O. PICKING.

1003      Commenced exercising at simulated torpedo attacks, PICKING target for PORTER.

1213      Commenced acting as firing ship, PORTER target.

1350      Exercise completed. Commenced standing toward Sand Bay, Great Sitkin Island.

1545      Moored starboard side to NOB Pier, Sand Bay.

1610      U.S.S. WILLIAM D. PORTER moored alongside to port.

1630      U.S.S. YOUNG moored alongside U.S.S. WILLIAM D. PORTER. Ships present: various units of U.S. fleet, and U.S. Merchant Marine. S.O.P.A. is ComNorPac.

 

 

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