USS Barnstable County
(LST-1197)

West African Training Cruise 1987 (WATC87) & UNITAS XXVIII
Cruise Book


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Departing Little Creek on 10 June 1987, Barnstable County began a four week series of goodwill visits to West African ports, starting with Praia in the Cape Verde Islands, and then stopping in Dakar, Senegal; Banjul, Gambia; Bissau, Guinea-Bissau; Conakry, Guinea; Freetown, Sierra Leone; and Monrovia, Liberia. This West African Training Cruise, called WATC '87, was under the operational command of Rear Admiral William Francis, USN, U.S. commander, South Atlantic Force. During these visits, the crew made courtesy visits with local officials, delivered about 50,000 pounds of Project Handclasp aid materials--including medical equipment--and helped repair equipment and facilities, including the radar in the Gambian patrol craft Jatto. The ship then sailed to Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, to prepare for her next mission--participation in UNITAS XXVIII, a series of joint operations with South American navies.

Putting to sea again on 28 July 1987, Barnstable County conducted an underway launch of landing craft at Vieques Island with the Venezuelan Navy before turning south toward Barbados. On 2 August, a sailor fell overboard but was rescued in 10 minutes by the small boat detachment -- thus proving the efficacy of man overboard drills. Following a short stop at Bridgetown, Barbados, the LST continued south to Brazil, visiting Recife and Salvador before stopping in Rio de Janeiro on 25 August. The tank landing ship then conducted a three-day amphibious exercise with Brazilian marines on Marambaia Island.

Enroute to Uruguay on 7 September 1987, Barnstable County conducted operations with both Brazilian and Uruguayan ships before arriving at Montevideo on the 13th. After a two-day visit, the LST continued south, transited the Straits of Magellan, and arrived at Talcahuano, Chile, on 29 September. Owing to damage caused by heavy seas off Argentina, the tank landing ship moved to Asmar Shipyard there for almost two weeks of voyage repairs. Underway again on 10 October, the Barnstable County visited Valparaiso, Chile; Ancon, Peru; and Manta, Ecuador during her voyage north to the equator. She also conducted amphibious operations with Chilean, Peruvian and Ecuadorian forces while en route. After crossing the equator on 12 November, the LST sailed north to Panama, transiting the canal on the 17th, and conducting a final exercise with the Colombian Navy two days later.

The ship returned to Little Creek after this long deployment on 29 November.


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WATC87 - UNITAS XXVIII Thumbnails

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CO - CDR Owen XO's - CDR Foti & LCDR Concannon Midshipmen Side Boys
Cape Verde Islands Cape Verde Islands ESWS Steel Beach Photos
Freetown, Sierra Leonne Freetown, Sierra Leonne Misc Photos Misc Photos Misc Photos
UNITAS XXVIII Photos UNITAS XXVIII Photos M-Div., Part 1 M-Div., Part 2 M-Div., Part 3
M-Div., Part 4 A & E Div., Part 1 A & E Div., Part 2 A & E Div., Part 3 A & E Div., Part 4
R-Div., Part 1 R-Div., Part 2 1st Div., Part 1 1st Div., Part 2 1st Div., Part 3
UNITAS 2nd Div., Part 1 2nd Div., Part 2 3rd Div., Guns 4th Div., Boats
OI Div. Communications Radiomen Signalmen OE Div.
Crew at Work Supply Dept. - Part 1 Supply Dept. - Part 2 Supply Dept. - Part 3 UNITAS XXVIII Photos
Flags of Visited Countries UNITAS XXVIII Photos Navigation/Admin Dept. Rio Photos - Part 1 Rio Photos - Part 2
Gator Ops - Part 1 Gator Ops - Part 2 Chile - Part 1 Chile - Part 2 Uruguay
Panama Canal - Part 1 Panama - Part 2 Brazil - Part 1 Brazil - Part 2 Straights of Magellan
UNITAS Photos Women of UNITAS UNITAS Operations USMC Detachment UNITAS Photos
Peru - Part 1 Peru - Part 2 Shellback Ceremony - Part 1 Shellback Ceremony - Part 2 Fleet Elec. Warfare
Seal Team 4 Deck Log Photos 'Bravo Zulu' Messages Final Photos
Reflections

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