USS Kansas City (AOR-3) WestPac 1971-72

ETC Brad Bradfield, USNR (Ret)

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Here are some images of WestPac 1971-72. I'll be placing more pictures on this page in the very near future. If anyone has additional WestPac pictures of any kind that they'd like to share, please e-mail me. I'd like to scan them for this page, and will give you credit for anything used.

Click on any of the thumbnail images below to see a full sized image.

Our last WestPac 1971 unrep on Yankee Station was a consolidation with our sister ship the USS Wichita (AOR-1), during which the Commodore also shifted his flag and staff from Kansas City to Wichita. The following images are of that unrep, and are in the order originally shot.
When preparing to come alongside for the unrep, Wichita blew her tubes, sending a huge cloud of black smoke and soot skyward. Our skipper, Capt. Craven, sent a flashing light message to Wichita's skipper asking if he was burning "black oil or coal?" (BH)
Another image a few seconds after the first. (BH)
USS Wichita (AOR-1) preparing to come alongside. (BH)
USS Wichita (AOR-1) alongside. (BH)
USS Wichita (AOR-1) alongside. (BH)
USS Wichita (AOR-1) alongside. (BH)
USS Wichita (AOR-1) alongside. (BH)

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Page uploaded 03/21/2002