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EW 10,000 TO CRUISER
FLEET OFFICERS AND THEIR
LADIES TO BE FETED AT BALL
Wednesday, 23 February, the VINCEN
ES, built by the Bethlehem
Shipbuilding Corporation of Boston,
~ fass. was commissioned by Reajr
Admiral Walter Gherardi. She is one
of the most up to date ships in the
av " carrying nine- eight inch tripleturret
guns and a battery of eight
five- inch double- duty Anti Aircraft
Upon arriving on this coast and
joining the Fleet sometime late this
summer, she will be attached to CruDiv
Seven, Commanded by Rear Admiral
John Downes. This division .
made up of the new type cruisers 01
the San Francisco - ew Orleans cl
and includes the U. S. S. Quincy which
is expected to join some time du
Fleet Problem VDI.
The City of Long Beach will hold
a banquet and ball honoring the officers
of the Fleet and their ladies on
Saturday, 27 February.
The invitations to the banquet which
is to be held at the Pacific Coast Club,
will be extended to Flag Officers,
senior members of their staffs and
personal aids, Commanding Officers
and Executive Officers of the Battleships
and Cruisers and to the Commanding
Officers of the larger auxilar;
es and their ladies.
General invitation will be extended
to the other officers of the Fleet and
their ladies to the ball following the
banquet which is to be held at the
Municipal Auditorum, Long Beach.
all in the
Long Beach, Calif., 27 February, 1937.
LIEUT. VANZANT TO COMMAND
U. S. S. TALBOT
SCOUTING FORCE FLAG CHANGE
According to a recent issue of the
" Army and Navy Journal", rear Admiral
Walter S. Anderson, who recently
returned to the United States
from duty as Naval Attache at London,
will be assigned to command Cru
D; vFour, relieving Rear Admiral
Harry L. Brinser. Admiral Brinser
will go to the Navy Department as
president of the board of inspectioon
Rear Admiral Joseph K. Taussig
w. ll be assigned to command Cruisers
Scouting Force as a relief for Rear
Admiral Fenner who will go to the
Puget Sound as Commandant 13th
In the same issue, it was stated that
o~ cers in the higher command ranks
of Admiral and Vice Admiral would
continue in their present duties.
Lieutenant R. B. Vanzant, popular
Assistant First Lieutenant, was detached
and left the ship Monday, 22
February, to take Command of the
U. S. S. Talbot. He will take over his
command in Mare Island and then
proceed with her to Pearl Harbor, T.
H. where she will be attached to the
Mine Craft, Battle Force.
Mr. Vanzant is a big loss to the
Houston, not only was he a very
capable officer, who during his tour
aboard did much to bring the Hou:-:
ton tip to its high state of material
efficiency; he was also a fine man to
work with and for.
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Lieutenant H. P. Rice has received
orders to the aval Academy. It is
expected that he will be attached to
the Department of Foreign Languages
a French Instructor. He will be
etached some time during Mayor
Lieutenant T. O. Dahl has been
ered to VP Squadron Three, Fleet
Base, Coco Solo, C. Z. VP SquadThree
i a patrol boat squadron.
Dahl will probably be detached
The Houston will go alongside the
repair ship Vestal, 20th March, to
remain until 3rd April. It is expected
that during this period an arrangement
for water taxi service will be
made similiar to that enjoyed while
alongside the Medusa last fall.
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HOUSTO~ OFFICERS TO BE
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Lieutenant Commander William J.
Strother Jr. has been ordered to report
to the Houston on or about 9
April as Gunnery Officer. Mr. Strother
who is a member of the Naval Academy
class of 1920, is now attached
to the U. S. S. Quincy. To date Mr.
Keating, who he will relieve, hasn't
received orders detaching him from
Ensign R. W. Meyers has been
ordered to the Houston. Mr. Meyers,
who is a member of the NA class of
1936, is now attached to the New
ork from which he will be detached
before she sails for the East Coast.
TE DER OVERHAUL SCHEDULED