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CHRONOLOGY OF HIGHLIGHTS FOR YEAR 1969




CHRONOLOGY OF HIGHLIGHTS FOR YEAR 1969



January 1st - April 22nd
Inport Long Beach Naval Shipyard for
regular overhaul


January 7th
Entered Dry-dock Number One


March 19th
Left Dry-dock Number One


April 4th
Meritorious Unit Commendation
awarded to USS BENNINGTON


April 22nd
First day at sea since entering yard
overhaul period


April 22nd - 30th
Back into Long Beach to continue
overhaul


April 30th - May 2nd
At sea in Southern California Operating
Area (SOCAL-OPAREA)


May 2nd - 13th
Inport Long Beach to continue overhaul


May 13th
At sea in SOCAL-OPAREA for sea
trials


May 13th - 19th
Inport Long Beach (on May 16th - the
yard period officially ended)


May 19th - 20th
At sea (also, anchored at Seal Beach
for ammunition onload


May 20th - 21st
Inport San Diego


May 21st - 24th
At sea in SOCAL-OPAREA for
training


May 24th - 28th
Inport San Diego


May 28th - 29th
At sea in SOCAL-OPAREA for further
training and transit to Long Beach


May 29th - June 2nd
Inport Long Beach for Memorial Day
weekend


June 6th
BENNINGTON's 111,000th arrested
landing was made by Commander
W. M. Callaghan, Jr., Executive
Officer


June 6th - 9th
Inport San Diego


June 9th - 13th
At sea in the SOCAL-OPAREA for
refresher training


June 13th - 23rd
Inport Long Beach (on the 16th
Anti-Submarine Warfare Group
Three broke his FLAG aboard
BENNINGTON


June 23rd - 28th
At sea in SOCAL-OPAREA for
Carrier Qualifications (CARQUALS)
and Secretary of the Navy guest
cruise


June 25th
Lieutenant (Junior Grade)
Victor A. Demick (VA-125) was lost
at sea in an A-4 Skyhawk during
night-time CARQUALS


June 25th
BENNINGTON's 112,000th arrested
Landing was made by Commander
Lowe of VA-125


June 26th - 27th
TA-4F CARQUALS were made
aboard BENNINGTON


June 28th - July 7th
Inport Long Beach


July 7th - 10th
At sea in SOCAL-OPAREA for
Air Operations


July 10th - 11th
Inport Long Beach for Dependant's
Day Cruise preparation


July 11th
Dependant's Day Cruise


July 11th - 12th
Inport Long Beach


July 22nd - 25th
At sea for CARQUALS
(July 23rd - BENNINGTON's
113,000th arrested landing was
made by Lieutenant McKinney of
VA-125)


July 25th - 30th
Inport Long Beach


July 30th - August 7th
At sea in SOCAL-OPAREA for
HUKASWEX 7-69


August 6th
BENNINGTON's 25th Anniversary


August 11th - 13th
BENNINGTON received the
Admiral Flatley Memorial Award


August 13th
Seaman Apprentice Michael E.
Jaggers was fatally injured by a
falling hatch cover


August 21st
At sea in SOCAL-OPAREA and
Pacific Missile Range for Project
SPRA test


August 21st - 26th
Inport Long Beach


August 26th
At Seal Beach Anchorage for off-
Load of ammunition


August 26th - 28th
Inport Long Beach


August 28th
At sea in SOCAL-OPAREA and
Pacific Missile Range for SPRA test


August 28th - September 2nd
Inport Long Beach


August 30th
Anti-Submarine Warfare Group
Three shifted his FLAG to the
USS HORNET (CVS-12)


September 2nd
In transit to San Diego


September 2nd - 5th
Inport San Diego


September 5th
At sea in SOCAL-OPAREA and
Pacific Missile Range for SPRA test


September 5th - 10th
Inport Long Beach


September 10th
At sea in SOCAL-OPAREA and
Pacific Missile Range for SPRA test


September 10th - October 10th
Inport Long Beach


September 19th
Command Deactivation


October 9th
Change of Command Ceremony


October 10th
In transit to Puget Sound Naval
Shipyard


October 13th
Arrived Puget Sound Naval
Shipyard for final deactivation


November 30th
Entered Dry-dock Number Four

1969 AIR DEPARTMENT STATISTICS

Arrested Landings (day)
1960

Arrested Landings (night)
313

Touch & Go
12

Bolters
69

Helicopter Landings
481

Aviation Gasoline consumed for 1969
376,025 gallons

TOTAL LANDINGS ON BENNINGTON
140,114

Total Arrested Landings
113,491

Total Helo Landings
26,682

Launches (port catapult)
286

Launches (starboard catapult)
916

January 15th, 1970
USS BENNINGTON CVS-20
Decommissioned




Joseph L. Pires, former SK3 onboard BENNINGTON from 1965-1969,
provided the information above. The information came directly from
the last commanding officer of the USS BENNINGTON CVS-20,
Captain, William M.Callaghan Jr. His Command History
(OPNAV) Report was typed on 14 January 1970







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