Upon the completion of this assignment, she anchored in Subic Bay on 26 February. This port with the adjoining small town of Olongapo can hardly be considered as even a fair liberty port - little to do, little to see, and after a while, even the ace of local beers, San Miguel, begins to have a stale taste to it. During this stay in Subic however, the above predicament was resolved by the unprecedented receipt of authorization to spend the weekend of 3-5 March in Manila. This hot-spot of the orient with opportunities unlimited for all sorts of catharsis was quite a booster shot for the crew.
On 10 March, the CACAPON headed north for Sasebo where, with the exception o.f refueling at sea on several occasions, she remained until 20 April. She then headed further north, on up to Yokosuka. From here, the CACAPON steamed out on 28 April to transfer fuel to various YO ' s at Midway, continued on for her traditional two day stay at Pearl Harbor, and then jubilantly for Long Beach.
Home once again, members of the ship's company took all available leave, and personnel changes were carried out. The most significant of these changes occurred on 16 June, when Commander Eddy was relieved by Captain E. K. Solenberger, USN, as Commanding Officer.
During the remainder of the year, the CACAPON was to see little operational action. Her first trip after returning to Long Beach on 17 May was on 7 July. The CACAPON then left for a three week tender availability at San Diego, after which she returned to anchor at Long Beach Harbor. Here, her relative state of relaxation over, the next two months was interrupted only on several occasions when she had to get underway to provide services to Fleet Training Group, But even a routine period such as this had its high point, and far the CACAPON it came on 14 September, the time of the Fleet Review. The Quartermasters full dressed the ship for this pageant with particular pride, and the men stood at their best rigid attention in honor of the newly crowned Mrs. U.S. Navy, the symbol of mother, wife, and sweetheart for many a man who rides the waves.
On 5 October, the CACAPON reported to the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, where she spent the remainder of the year and also was drydocked for over two weeks in November. During this regular and much needed overhaul period, the most important improvements effected were the installation of new CIC with the latest radar equipment| and an automatic counterweight tensioning system on stations Seven and Eight for fueling at sea operations. The cost of repairs and alterations totalled well in excess of a million dollars; but in the future, the new CIC could be much admired by visiting staffs, while the tensioning system represented a shivering, rain-soaked winch operator's dream- come- true.
On 19 December, the CACAPON went out for a successful day of sea trials, and then spent Christmas Day moored between Pier 3 and the U.S.S. TOLOVANA. The new CIC equipment was also given a chance to prove itself when on 26 December the ship steamed out for a day of CIC exercises. This was quite a day for the ship because for the first
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