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THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY

WASHINGTON

The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in presenting the

MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION to

COMMANDER TASK FORCE 115

for service as set forth in the following

CITATION:

For meritorious service during the periods 19 December 1969 to 16 November 1970 and 23 November 1970 to 1 March 1972 in connection with the interdiction of enemy supply lines into the Republic of Vietnam. Maintaining a close vigil over 1200 miles of coastline and more than 64,000 licensed watercraft, Task Force 115 (United States Navy Coastal Surveillance Force) created one of the most effective coastal barriers in naval history. Large quantities of insurgent war materials were destroyed or captured, and even greater amounts were kept out of the hands of enemy combatants. In addition, Task Force units conducted almost daily naval gunfire support missions, completed numerous search and rescue operations, carried out hundreds of psychological warfare missions and medical civic action programs, and conducted training programs for Vietnamese naval personnel which culminated in the turnover of the Coastal Surveillance Headquarters and the operational control of the entire inner coastal barrier to the Vietnamese Navy. The professionalism, courage, and dedication displayed by the officers and men of Commander Task Force 115 were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

John W. Warner

Secretary of the Navy

List of Participants:

BUPERSNOTE 1650

8 March 1973

LIST OF SHIPS AND STATIONS AWARDED THE MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION

                     Names                                                                                                                Dates

* Commander Task Force 115                                                                              19 Dec 69 16 Nov 70
                                                                                                                                    23 Nov 70 -    1 Mar 72
consisting of

Commander Task Force 115 (STAFF)                                                                 19 Dec 69 16 Nov 70
                                                                                                                                    23 Nov 70 -   1 Mar 72

USS ANTELOPE (PG-86)                                                                                            8 Apr 71 12 Apr 71
USCGC MORGENTHAU (WHEC-722)                                                                        8 Apr 71 12 Apr 71
USCGC RUSH (WHEC-723)                                                                                       8 Apr 71 12 Apr 71
Task Group 30.4                                                                                                         1 Jun 71   20 Jul 71
Task Group 31.5                                                                                                         1 Jun 71   20 Jul 71
Task Group 81.1                                                                                                         1 Aug 69 31 Aug 72

Consisting of the following units

Commander Oceanographic System Atlantic
U. S. Naval Facility, Keflavik, Iceland
U. S. Naval Facility, Argentia, Newfoundland
U. S. Naval Facility, Bermuda
U. S. Naval Facility, Nantucket, Massachusetts
U. S. Naval Facility, Lewes, Delaware
U. S. Naval Facility, Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
U. S. Naval Facility, Eleuthera, Bahama Islands
U. S. Naval Facility, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands
U. S. Naval Facility, Ramey Air Force Base, Puerto Rico

BUPERSNOTE 1650

10 August 1973

LIST OF SHIPS AND STATIONS AWARDED THE MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION

ADDITIONS (continued)

Names                                                                                                                   Dates

USCGC TANEY (WHEC-37)                                                                                         19 Dec 69 23 Jan 70
USCGC KLAMATH (WHEC-66)                                                                                    19 Dec 69   2 Apr 70
USCGC HAMILTON (WHEC-715)                                                                                19 Dec 69 3 May 70
USCGC DALLAS (WHEC-716)                                                                                     19 Dec 69   3 May 70
USCGC CHASE (WHEC-718)                                                                                       19 Dec 69 22 May 70
USCGC MELLON (WHEC-717)                                                                                       3 Feb 70 16 Jun 70
USCGC PONTCHARTRAIN (WHEC-70)                                                                         2 Apr 70 25 Oct 70
USCGC YAKUTAT (WHEC-380)                                                                                     9 Jun 70 16 Nov 70
   
                                                                                                     23 Nov 70   1 Jan 71
USCGC BERING STRAIT (WHEC-382)                                                                           9 Jun 70 16 Nov 70
   
                                                                                                     23 Nov 70 1 Jan 71
USCGC SHERMAN (WHEC-720)                                                                                   15 May 70 16 Nov 70
   
                                                                                                      23 Nov 70 -   8 Dec 70
USCGC POINT WHITE (WPB-82308)                                                                           19 Dec 69 12 Jan 70
USCGC POINT ARDEN (WPB-82309)                                                                           19 Dec 69 14 Feb 70
USCGC POINT DUME (WPB-82325)                                                                             19 Dec 69 14 Feb 70
USCGC POINT GLOVER (WPB-82307)                                                                         19 Dec 69 14 Feb 70
USCGC POINT JEFFERSON (WPB-82306)                                                                   19 Dec 69 21 Feb 70
USCGC POINT KENNEDY (WPB-82320)                                                                       19 Dec 69 16 Mar 70
USCGC POINT YOUNG (WPB-82303)                                                                           19 Dec 69 16 Mar 70
USCGC POINT PARTRIDGE (WPB-82305)                                                                    19 Dec 69 27 Mar 70

The Secretary of the Navy has approved the following Coast Guard Units to participate in the Meritorious Unit Commendation awarded Commander Task Force 115 for the periods 19 December 1969 to 16 November 1970 and 23 November 1970 to 1 March 1972:

Names Dates

USCGC POINT CAUTION (WPB-82301)                                                                         19 Dec 69 29 Apr 70
USCGC POINT WELCOME (WPB-82329)                                                                       19 Dec 69 29 Apr 70
USCGC POINT BANKS (WPB-82327)                                                                             19 Dec 69 26 Apr 70
USCGC POINT LOMAS (WPB-82321)                                                                             19 Dec 69 26 Apr 70
USCGC POINT GRACE (WPB-82323)                                                                              19 Dec 69 16 Jun 70
USCGC POINT MAST (WPB-82316)                                                                                19 Dec 69 16 Jun 70
USCGC POINT GREY (WPB-82324)                                                                                19 Dec 69 14 Jun 70
USCGC POINT ORIENT (WPB-82319)                                                                            19 Dec 69 14 Jun 70
USCGC POINT CYPRESS (WPB-82326)                                                                         19 Dec 69 15 Aug 70
USCGC POINT MARONE (WPB-82331)                                                                          19 Dec 69 15 Aug 70

CORRECTIONS

A corrected citation for the Navy Unit Commendation awarded USS CHICAGO (CG-11) for the period 23 November 1971 to 30 June 1972. Correction is line 8 in citation to read included the positive radar etc vice position radar.

A corrected citation for the Navy Unit Commendation awarded Fleet Air Support Unit, Binh Thuy Representative of Vietnam for period 1 September 1969 to 16 April 1972. Correction in line 5 in citation to read only two combat squadrons vice only two combat helicopter squadrons.

* Those ships and units receiving the actual citation are indicated by asterisks. Those without asterisks were not cited by name. If the dates of eligibility for support units differ from the dates the ship or unit has been cited, the dates of eligibility will be listed.

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