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Soon to be introduced to our Silent Service's nuclear force is the nuclear attack submarine Pargo which was launched early this fall in Connecticut.
Designed to attack enemy surface ships and undersea craft, the new boat is 292 feet long and displaces 4060 tons.
During a recent visit to Hong Kong, the aircraft handling division aboard USS Yorktown (CVS 10) adopted an eight-year-old orphan.
The boy, Chow Hon Sang, was orphaned in 1964. He will be cared for by St Christopher's orphanage in Hong Kong and supported by contributions from Yorktown's V-3 division. The Navymen made an initial contribution of $250 and have agreed to contribute that amount annually. Each Navyman in the division will donate about 50 cents each month.
Navymen and Friends Build Subic School
Navymen throughout the world are inclined to take saw and hammer, and build something for someone, simply because it is needed. Those stationed at Subic Bay Naval Base, Philippines, are no exception.
In this case the object of all the hammering was a new schoolhouse which was badly needed by the children of nearby Dinalupihan.
The project was planned and sponsored by the Base Commander's staff, who got together one day and decided that Dinalupihan's old elementary school, a small one-room building, had to go.
Work on the quonset-style two-room schoolhouse began soon after, with Subic Navymen and the people of Dinalupihan sharing the workload.
A traditional groundbreaking ceremony was held, with Rear Admiral Donald G. Baer, the Base commander, officiating. The school was built five feet off the ground, atop concrete piers-necessary, of course, to prevent flooding during the rains.
Specially prefabricated ribs, shaped like an arch with a base, were mounted on the foundation. The ribs, made of laminated wood, proved their strength when the still incomplete schoolhouse withstood the winds of typhoon Irma.
A group of visiting Seabees put the metal roof on, then workers moved in and paneled the walls and ceilings.
The volunteers built 50 desks, added three seesaws to the playground fixtures, and installed a flagpole and a bell in the schoolyard.
After some three months' work, the new school was turned over to Dinalupiban officials in ceremonies topped by a gala Philippine fiesta.
- Jack Ong, J03, USNR