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Long Beach, Calif., June 27, 1936 Number XXIV
WELCOME ABOARD VICE ADMIRAL TARRANT
ADMIRAL HEPBURN TURNS OVER
CO. UtA ~ D TO Dl\ IIRAL TAR-lU.
NT TUE, RELIEVES ADM IRAL
REEVES . S CO. 1. ' lANDER L
nmF, . S. FLEET
Wednesday morning, aboard the
HOUSTO , Vice Admiral W. T. Tarrant
relieved Vice Admiral Arthur J,
Hepburn a.. Commander Scouting
Force. ShOlt!:; af er nine o'clock, before
the cn'I';, Officers and visiting
Fla and Comn, an, ling Officers \ vho
\ ' ere paraded in the vicinity and on the
well '((' k, Vice Admiral Hepburn read
his orders relieving- him of his command
a" J directing him to assume
(,., mmuIHI of the Fleet. After he had
fillishe,[ reading these orders, he directed
his flag to be hauled down. At
this time the HOrSTON fired a fifteen
!!' un salute to him. Immediately after
this salute, Vice A, lmiral Tal'l'ant read
his orders directing him to assume
comman,! of the Scouting Force. He
then < li, · cde, l that his flag be hoisted
ami that n seventeen gun salute be
fire,! to the Commander in Chief, U.
S. F! eet,
Shortly thereafter, Admiral Hepbum
left the ,' hip in a barge which
carried him to the PE J. YLVA IA
"' here in a colol" ful and formal ceremony,
he rdieved Admiral Joseph M.
Reeve. as Commander in Chief.
TAKES OVER EW COM IA D
In thi ceremony on the quarterde'k
of the PENNSYLVA IA which
was boadeast over a national radio
hook- uJl and attended by all the high
ranking officer · of the Fleet, Admiral
Reeve. J'elinquished his command that
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I wish to take this opportunity to
expl'CSS a " WELL DONE" to all hands
for their excellent attitude and hard'
work in preparing for Thursday'S
Admiral's Inspection. Every m a TJ
seemed to have cooperated to his fullest
extent in doing his part to put the
ship in a state of material perfection.
Short handed as we were, the HOUSTON
Thursday pL'esented an excellent
appearance. This splendid
~ pi)' it of whole hearted cooperation
is the thing that make each and every
one of us proud to say, " the HOUSTON,
that's my ship".
G. E. Baker
Captain, U. S. N.
THE S1'.\ TE FLOWER OF TEXAS
From time to time, members of
the crew are heard asking-" Why is
the ship's paper called ' The Blue BonneL'
Late in 1930, when the ship's paper
was becoming a reality, a poll was
helJ for the purpose of selecting a
name for the ne'. v- born service paper.
1any and var'ed names were submitted.
Since the HOUSTON is named
after the largest city in the State of
Texas, it seems only proper to select
a name pertaining to that great tate.
With this thought in mind the selection
committee elected the name of
the State Flower, the " Blue Bonnet".
An excellent selection ince it is truly
representative of the state just as the
HOUSTOJ. is the proud bearer of the
name of one of her greatest cities.
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The " Blue Bonnet" in behalf of the
otficers and men of the HOUSTON
wishes to take this opportunity to welcome
aboard and wish Vice Admiral
Tarrant, his Staff and the Flag Per'
onnel, a happy cruise.
The following officers make up the
Scouting Force taff:
Capt. G. S. Bryan, Chief of Staff.
Comdr. T. K. Keleher, Force Eng. Off.
Comdr. C. H. Wright, Force. Operation
Lieut- ComJr. W. H. Fechteler, Force
Lieut- Comdr. Nicholas Vytlacil, Flag
Lieutenant C. C. Adell, Flag Lieut.
Lieutenant E. H. Pierce, Force Communication
and Radio Officer
Lient. ( jg) G. O. Hobbs, Communication
Lieut. ( jg) II. C. Maynard, Communication
Lieut. ( jg) M. A. Shellabarger, CommUl<
icaiion Watch Officer
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R. O. T. C. CRUISE
Fifleen June the University of California
unit of the Naval R. O. T. C.
embalked in the U. S. S. NEW YORK
for a two weeks cruise. There are two
of these university units on the West
Coast, Washington and California'
foul' on the East Coast, Yale, Har~
vard, and Geor~ ia Tech. and one in
the Middle West, Northwestern. Each
year they make a two or three weeks
cruisc. uring these cruises the studClts
receive practical instruction in
the subjects they have studied during
the academic year.