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A complete change in pace came in mid-October when OKLAHOMA CITY once again functioned principally as a command ship by making a protocol port visit to Singapore. When the ship entered Singapore on 16 October it was her first protocol visit since January 1972 when she visited Hong Kong. The visit complete and leaving behind many new friendships acquired through luncheons, receptions and visits, the command ship on 21 October proceeded south where she crossed the Equator on 22 October to initiate her slimy polywogs into the mysteries of the deep. With a full crew of Shellbacks, OKLAHOMA CITY turned her bow north and headed for Vietnam to finish the month providing gunfire as a unit of TU 77.1.1 on strikes into North Vietnam as well as a unit of TG 75.9 providing NGFS. In the 60 naval gunfire support missions conducted in October there were 619 rounds of 5"/38 and 2,405 rounds of 6"/47 projectiles fired.

On 1 November, while en route from the gunline to Yokosuka, Japan OKLAHOMA CITY conducted surface to air missile exercises in the Okinawa operating area. Three TALOS missiles were expended against drone and surface targets and each was a "hit." When exercises were completed, the ship headed for Yokosuka arriving on 3 November. Personnel at the Ship Repair Facility, Yokosuka provided two weeks of required upkeep and maintenance before the ship departed Yokosuka on 18 November to return to the gunline via a missile exchange at Subic Bay.

OKLAHOMA CITY spent the period from 25 November to 4 December as a unit of TG 75.9 providing gunfire support in the vicinity of the DMZ, refueling, rearming and replenishing. Although OKLAHOMA CITY spent two weeks of November in Yokosuka, she expended 1,066 rounds of 5"/38 and 945 rounds of 6"/47 projec- tiles in a total of 30 naval gunfire support missions. December saw OKLAHOMA CITY on the gunline for only four days but during this short period the ship fired 240 rounds of 5"/38 and 873 rounds of 6"/47 projectiles in 15 naval gunfire support missions. However, the Navy once again came through to provide a time to relax following many days of arduous duty. The ship left the gunline where the crew could rest, relax and shop in Keelung, Taiwan. The visit was busy with shopping, touring and enter- tainment plus the many protocol functions. General visiting saw thousands of people standing in long lines in the sun for a chance to walk aboard this SEVENTH Fleet Command Ship.

With her visit to Keelung behind her and all compartments loaded with Christmas gifts, OKLAHOMA CITY headed north for Yokosuka where her officers and men would spend the Christmas/ New Year holiday with families and friends in addition to pre- paring the ship for her next deployment early in 1973.

During the 1972 calendar year the following awards and promotions were received by OKLAHOMA CITY crewmembers:


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