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Long Beach, Calif., April 20, 1935.
FIRST DIVISION ISSUE .. ..
THE FIRST DIVISION
MAKES ITS BOW
In starting off the First Division .
issue it would be well to define the
wordf;, ''' First Division". ' Not ionlly
for the benefit of those among us who
are new, but for the edification and
enlightment of those among us who
are assigned to other parts of the
ship and never get beyond their own
The First Division starts at the
bow, flows along both sides of the
Forecastle, to the break of the deck.
In passing it takes in the - anchor detail
and all ground tackle, number
one turret, the ceremonial gangway,
the paravanes, and both forward
booms. From the zero deck it extends
downward, taking in all the wardroom
country, the windlass room, the
forward trunk, chain lockers, the
warrant officers country, the GSK
country, the pump room, all the peak
tanks, group one and half of group
two magazines, and winds up in the
double bottoms below the engineers
storeroom. The First Division does
not confine itself to taking care of
everything forward of frame seventy
five, but drops aft to look after the
forty foot barge and number one
motor launch, the boat that never
breaks down. The First Division is
also represented in the Ship's Service,
furnishing one barber and the store
The First Division has thirty- nine
men, and two officers. Neither of the
officers have taken the fatal step in-
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The itinerary of the midshipman's
cruise has been announced, and will
make most. sea- going men a little
envious. Two battleships will be used,
the Wyoming and Arkansas. The
Leave Annapolis, June 7
Arrive Edinburgh, June 22.
Arrive Oslo, July 6.
Arrive Copenhagen, July 12.
Arrive Gibralter, July 26.
Arrive Funchal, August 5.
Arrive Hampton Roads, August 15.
And after that little cruise abroad
the midshipmen are all given one
months leave. Not bad.
NEW GUNNERY OFFICER
Lieutenant Commander Robert E.
Keating reported aboard the Houston
on Wednesday to assume the duties
of Gunnery Officer. He came from
Yale University where he was a
member of the R. O. T. C. Prior to this
tour · of shore duty, Mr. Keating served
on the destroyers Childs and
Chandler. The Houston welcomes Lt. Comdr.
Keating and wishes him an
enjoyable cruise aboard our ship.
STAfNLESS STEEL AIRPLANE
A stainless steel airplane built for
the Italian Government and a seaplane
with stainless steel pontoons,
built for the French Government were
on exhibit at the recent Paris Aviation
Show. The Italian plane is the
first stainless steel plane to be built
for any government.
NEW ADDITIONS TO THE FLEET
New additions to the fleet are arriving
in increasing number. During
the past two weeks the fleet gained
an airplane carrier, four new cruisers
two destroyers, and a modernized battleship.
They have all joined their
The ship which is causing the
greatest interest is the new aircraft
earlier Ranger, which is now based in
San Diego. She is America's first carrier
expressly designed and built for
such purpose from the outset. The
Ranger cost $ 21,000,000, less than half
as much as either the Saratoga or
Lexington, and she displaces 14,500
tons, less than half the tonnage of
her giant 33,000 ton sister~ She
ca. rries jutt as many pla~ s, can
steam just as fast and is equipped to
do a lot of things better or faster
than her famous predecessors. That
is because the Saratoga and Lexington
were first designed and built as
battle cruisers. The Ranger was planed
as a carrier from the outset and
in her design have been incorporated
hundreds of lessons learned from
these old carriers.
The Ranger is 770 feet in length,
and 90 feet in beam. Her turbines
are designed to develop 56,000 horsepower.
She carries seventy- nine planes
and they may be flown off or returned
aboard faster than on any aircraft
carrier yet built. Unlike her earliest
sisters, the Ranger has no heavy main
battery, but instead carries only eight
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