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Long Beach, Calif., SelJtember 12, 1936 umber XXXV
HOUSTON SHORT RANGE
llATTLE PRACTICE A SUCCESS
All hands are justifiably elated over
the excellent Short Range Battle Practice
fired by the good ship HOUSTON
on Thursday afternoon. The ship fired
a day ahead of schedule because of
the possibility of unsettled weather
beginning Friday. The weather on
Thursday afternoon was far from
being ideal for shooting but neverthele~
s, the ship turned to and fired
a smart, business- like practice, completing
the whole exercise in about
two hours and forty- five minutes.
It is against regulations to publish
the number of shots, hits and scores.
Suffice to say the ship made a high
merit, the highest since the present
standard scores have been in effect.
Turret II made an " E" and shot the
practice in unusually fast time. Turret
I missed attaining an " E" by two
hundredths of a point. The crew of
Turret II, forty- five men, receive
prize money amounting to twelve dollars
per man and the same number of
men in Turret I receive prize money
amounting to eight dollars per man.
The following Gun Pointer and
Gun Captains qualified first or second.
Gun Pointer First Class
2nd Set Tur. 1- Garcia & O'Neil
1st Set Tur. II- Highstreet & Chmie-lewski.
2nd Set Tur. 11- Butler & Hennessey
1st Set Tur. I11- Ritchie & Gustafson
2nd Set Gun- I, 5"- Lewis & Westfall
1st. Set Gun- 4, 5"- Rader & Stoddard
Gun Pointer Second Class
1 t. Set Tur 1- Adams & Head
Gun Captains 1st Class
Tur. 1- Acuto - Brown - McCormick
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COMCRUS~ OFOR is highly pleased
with splendid performance of cruisers
which have completed SRBP and
particularly notes the improvement
made by each ship over former practices.
CEREMONIAL GANGWAY TO GO
No doubt many of the new members
of the crew have often wondered just
how the ceremonial gangway must
have appeared when rigged on the
stb'd side of the foc'st'le. Their visions
of someday seeing this famous ladder
rigged will never be realized for soon
it shall be a thing of the past on board
the HOUSTO .
The purpose of this gangway was
primarily for the use of Flag Officers
and their Staff, but recent years have
proven the necessity of a ceremonial
gangway on this type of ship, could
be dispensed with. Before it shall become
a part of the gone and forgotten
past of the ship it may not seem amiss
to give a short outline of the history
of this gangway.
No less than three Admirals, two
vice Admirals and three Rear Admirals
have used it, while their flag
flew from the HOUSTON main.
Admirals of the British, French,
Japanese, Portugese, Italian, Dutch,
Chinese and German Navies have used
it. Innumerous Ranking Army Officers
of the different major powers
have also boarded the HOUSTO via
Among a few of the ranking personages
in other branches of Government
service of ours ~~ 1 other Nations to
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ROTARY CUP WON BY 2nd DIV.
FOR FIRST TIME
The " Rotary Club Cup", emblematic
of supremancy in SRBP on board the
HOUSTO , was donated to the ship
by the Rotary Club of Houston, Texas
This cup which has been the center
of spirited competition among our
target busters during the past six
years, has, until this year, always
eluded the diligent efforts 0 f the
Quarterdeck divisio: n, even though
Turret 2 has proudly displayed the
" E" with a hash mark.
This was during the gunnery years
1932- 33 and 1933- 34 when Turret 3
also displayed the " E" with a hash
During the past year the cup has
been on display in the 1st Division
part of the ship, that division having
won the cup for the first time last
In the first year of competition,
1931- 32 the 5th Division won the cup,
relinquishing it to the : 3rd for the following
two years before coming back
to take it in the 1934- 35 SRBP.
In accordance with the recommendation
of forces afloat the CHICAGO
and HOUSTON will exchange overnaul
periods next summer at the
Navy Yard, Mare Island, Calif. This
exchange has been approved by Chief
The HOUSTO will go to Mare Island
on 10 May, 1937. The date of
completion is 6 August and will leave
the yard on 10 August, 1937.