Probably the most unsung heroes are our men who operate and maintain the engineering plant, yet their job is important to the comfort of all of us and the ability of the ship to meet any operating commitment. Our men worked twelve hour or longer days in the sometimes 120 degree heat of the firerooms and enginerooms to provide the mobility of the ship, steam to heat water for hot showers, electrical power for lighting and cooking, and electrical power to operate the laundry, the guns, the electronic equipment and many other services we so often take for granted.

R. L. Blanding, Commanding

17 JULY 1968