by the USS Hassampa AO-145
in 1972 and 1978
and USS Kawishiwi AO-146
in 1969, 1972, and 1976
.....7th Fleet WESTPAC Replenishment Ships s
|In April of 1972 ,
managed to combine an upkeep period in Singapore with a little R &
One officer, Lt. Tom Sparkman, described his visit, "I spent a lot of time walking through the city. It was one of the cleanest cities I had ever been in. Everywhere you looked someone was cleaning the streets. It was during this time that I found a jewelry shop in one of the hotels downtown. I remember it well because there was an ominous looking character in a black Hindu outfit, studded with silver, standing outside. He was some kind of doorman.
Inside this shop I found watches for sale. Now, I had just ordered a new watch from Japan only a few weeks before, but we hadn’t heard any word of our order. Right there in front of me was a beautiful blue-faced Seiko watch. It was only $32. While I was in Mr. Colyer’s shop today I noticed that Seiko watches are closer to $200....... and up. They are still very good watches. I bought the blue-faced watch."
The crew thoroughly enjoyed their excursions and the result was a successful upkeep and increased morale... They also visited in 1969 and 1976.
The National Flag of Singapore is a symbol of statehood. It replaced the Union Jack, which had flown over Singapore for 140 years (1819-1959). It was the committee headed by Dr Toh Chin Chye, the then Deputy Prime Minister, which first conceived and created the flag. Together with the State Crest and the National Anthem, it was unveiled on 3 December 1959, at the installation of the new Head of State, the Yang di-Pertuan Negara, at the City Hall steps. Upon independence in 1965, it was adopted as the National Flag.