Official Navy Photo - 1954

The History of the McCaffery - 1954


On 1 January, McCaffery was moored at Fall River, Massachusetts. Commanding Officer - CDR G.R. Muse

In Newport, R.I. on 4 January, Commander Destroyer Flotilla 6 shifted his flag from USS Markab (AD-21) to McCaffery. On 5 January, McCaffery got underway for Lisbon, Portugal, and anchored at Lisbon on 21 January. H.E. Sarmento, Minister of Overseas Territories, Portugal, came aboard McCaffery to officially call on Commander Destroyer Flotilla 6. A few days later, McCaffery got underway for Naples, Italy, and arrived on 29 January.

On 2 February, McCaffery got underway for Augusta Bay, which is on the east coast of Sicily, and anchored on 3 February. On 5 February, McCaffery departed Augusta Bay for Istanbul, Turkey. McCaffery passed through the Dardanelles into the Sea of Marmara, and anchored at Istanbul on 13 February. On 17 February, McCaffery departed Istanbul for Solonika, Greece, and anchored at the Gulf of Solonika on 18 February. As was the usual practice, some petty officers were sent ashore for Shore Patrol duty, and the Supply Officer went ashore for $1500 in Greek drachmas for currency exchange purposes. On 24 February, McCaffery departed for Cannes, France, and arrived on 2 March.

On 3 March, a collision occurred between the #3 whaleboat temporarily assigned to McCaffery from the USS Tidewater (AD-31) and the #2 motor launch of Tidewater, in the vicinity of the accomodation ladder of the Tidewater. The starboard gunwale of the whaleboat was split, and minor injuries resulted. The cause of this collision was undetermined. Between 10 and 26 March, McCaffery operated between Cannes and Naples, Italy, and then proceeded around the "heel of the boot" of Italy into the Adriatic Sea to Venice, Italy. On 26 March, McCaffery got underway from Venice enroute for Castellon on the east coast of Spain, and arrived on 6 April. On 9 April, 47 orphans from the city of Castellon came aboard to attend a party in their honor. On 11 April, the commanding officer of the Spanish minesweeper Tinto (DM-9) made an official call on CDR Muse, who later returned the courtesy.

On 13 April, McCaffery got underway for Italy, and anchored at Porto De San Remo on 21 April. On 2 May, while underway for Genoa, the remains of a pilot and airplane were recovered from the sea. Three days later, the remains of the pilot were transferred to the USS Strive (AM-117) for further transfer to USS Midway (CVA-41). McCaffery arrived at Genoa on 6 May. On 12 May, McCaffery got underway for the voyage home. On 16 May, McCaffery stopped all engines while Midway conducted burial at sea services. On 26 May, McCaffery moored at Fall River, Massachusetts.

On 6 June, McCaffery moved to Narragansett Bay, and moored at a buoy. A garbage lighter, being towed by a tug, came alongside to remove garbage. The lighter hit the port screw guard, bending and breaking it. On 11 June, the fire party was called away to extinguish a smouldering canvas in mount 41. On 28 June, McCaffery began exercises that took her in and out of port. Several highline transfers were conducted during July. On 16 July, six midshipmen were received by highline; On 17 July, six more midshipmen were highlined from the USS Irwin (DD-794), and six from the USS Preston (DD-795), and six more midshipmen were highlined from the USS Antietam (CV-36) on 18 July.

On 10 September, all liberty was canceled in anticipation of the arrival of hurricane "Edna". On 11 September, McCaffery set the special sea as wind speed increased to 55 knots. Winds reached hurricane velocity during the 1200 to 1600 watch. McCaffery commenced using various rudder angles and engine rpms to maintain proper tension on the anchor chain and mooring. By the 1600 to 2000 watch, the winds subsided to a steady 20 to 25 knots, and the sea became smoother. On 17 September, the navy crane (YD-75) came alongside the fantail to remove a 20 MM gun and mount.

On 1 October, Commander J.E. Miller relieved Commander G.R. Muse as commanding officer of McCaffery.

On 16 October, McCaffery was secured for heavy weather from hurricane "Hazel". An anchor watch was set on the forecastle. This watch consisted of an officer, a petty officer, and a seaman.

On 31 December 1954, McCaffery was moored at Newport, Rhode Island.

SOURCE: USS McCAFFERY -- 1945-1974 by Edward W. (Bill) Maslak