VIETNAM WAR V

 

 


FEB – DEC 1964 “EXERCISE CHERRY TREE”

During   February-March  1964,  CAVALIER  was  flagship   of   an  amphibious  task force participating with Marines in the  conduct  Soft  "Exercise Cherry Tree" off Camp Pendleton, California.  In May  1964,  Captain D.C. Kendrick took command of the  CAVALIER.   Two  other major amphibious warfare exercises were carried out  before
she  sailed on 18 June 1964 for Pearl Harbor.   After  conducting  amphibious  assault training off Oahu, she steamed to Okinawa  to  embark  a  Marine  Battalion  Landing  Team.   From  there,   she  proceeded  to  Subic  Bay for final preparations to  serve  as  a  "Ready  Ship" off Vietnam.  Following the Ton kin Gulf attacks  on  U.  S. Navy destroyers, she patrolled the coastal waters  for  57  continuous days.  She was relieved as "Ready Ship" on 8  November  1964,  made a liberty call at Hong Kong, and then proceeded to  Subic  Bay  to prepare for the voyage home.  She returned to San  Diego,
18 December 1964.


FEB 1954 – “EXERCISE SILVER LANCE”

During  February  1965,  CAVALIER  joined  the  FIRST  Fleet   in  "Exercise   Silver  Lance,,  which  included  more   than   sixty  participating  warships and 50,000 Marine Corps and Navy  men  in  the  exercise against a simulated aggressor off  Camp  Pendleton,  California.  In May 1965, Captain H. 0. Anson took command of the  CAVALIER  and she overhauled in the Long Beach Naval Shipyard  (2  June  -  29 October 1965) and departed San Diego on  11  February  1966 to again serve the SEVENTH Fleet.


FEB 1966 CHU LAI, VIETNAM, TAIWAN, DA NANG, KEELUNG, YOKOSUKA

CAVALIER  called at Pearl Harbor, then steamed for  Buckner  Bay,  Okinawa,  where she embarked 226 Marines of  Embark Team Echo  for  transport  with  their military cargo to Chu Lai,  Vietnam.   She  remained  at Chu Lai for six days, then participated in a  series  of  amphibious  exercises, which took her from ports of  Japan  to  Okinawa  and  the Philippines.  She also provided  "WET-NET"  and  "SHIP-TO-SHORE" training for more than 3,000 Korean Marines at Po
Hang,  Korea, and conducted similar training for men of  Republic  of  Korea  naval units.  In May 1966, Captain J.  R.  Faulk  took  command  of the CAVALIER and she made a liberty call at  Keelung,  Taiwan, then steamed into Da Nang Harbor on 10 June 1966 to serve  as  a  station ship for 58 days.  During this period, she  was  a  source of hot meals, warm showers, air-conditioned living spaces,  movies, and other similar facilities to men stationed at Da Nang.   Following  this  duty  she cruised off Okinawa  and  prepared  at  Yokosuka  for the voyage home.  She returned to San Diego  on  10  September 1966.

JUL 1967 – “CORAL SAND II” – OCT 1967 FAR EAST

CAVALIER   conducted  amphibious  warfare  training   along   the  California  seaboard  until 21 July 1967, when she  departed  for  Honolulu.  After participating in the amphibious assault Exercise  "CORAL  SAND II" in Hawaiian waters, she departed Honolulu on  11  August  and returned to San Diego on 18 August 1967.  Captain  P.  F.  Hussey relieved Captain Faulk in September 1967  and  Western  seaboard operations were resumed until 18 October when she  again  sailed for the Far East.

CAVALIER arrived at Pearl Harbor on 27 October 1967, spent a week  training  in Hawaiian waters, then got underway for Buckner  Bay,  Okinawa.   She  reached her destination on 22  November,  loading  185.5   tons  of  Marine  Landing  Force  Reserve  cargo   before  proceeding  to Sasebo, Japan, arriving on 24 November 1967.   The  remainder  of the year was spent in amphibious training with  the  Republic of Korea Navy and Marine personnel at Yang Po Ri, Korea;  and  in exercises ranging to Okinawa.  She arrived in Subic  Bay,  Philippines islands, 21 December 1967 for a period of liberty for  her crew and voyage repairs.


JAN 1968 – HONG KONG, DA NANG, VUNG TAU, NHA TRANG, QUI HOHN CAM RAHN BAY, SUBIC BAY

CAVALIER  departed Subic Bay on 8 January 1968, bound by  way  of  Hong Kong to Da Nang, South Vietnam, arriving on 20 January 1968.   After  transporting men and combat cargo along the coast to  Vung  Tau,  Nha Trang, Qui Nohn and Cam Rahn Bay; she departed Da  Nang  on  4 February for return to Subic Bay on 7 February  l968.   She  again sailed from Subic Bay, 24 February 1968, with an amphibious  assault task group, which conducted amphibious readiness exercises
with units of the Chinese Nationalist Navy off the Pescadores and  Taiwan.  These operations concluded on 7 April when CAVALIER departed Kaosiung, Taiwan, to call at Ching Wan, Okinawa,  before  proceeding to Yokosuka, Japan, arriving 14 April 1968.


APR 1968 – YOKOSUKA, DA NANG, MY THUY, QUE NOHN

CAVALIER stood out of Yokosuka, 26 April 1968, to again transport  troops and military cargo among the South Vietnamese ports of  Da  Nang,  My Thuy, Qui Nohn, and sailed on the 15th to  Yokosuka  to  prepare for the voyage home.  She departed Yokosuka on 20 May  in  company  with the dock landing ships COMSTOCK (LSD-19),  COLONIAL
(LSD-18), and WHITESTONE (LSD-27).