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Marland Townsend

Profile Updated: September 30, 2011
Marland Townsend
Year Reported aboard USS Seattle:
Marlyn Lois Townsend
Military Service:
US Navy  
Yes! Attending Reunion
What Years did you serve aboard the Seattle?

1971 - 1972

What Division were you in while assigned aboard the Seattle?

Excutive (CO)

What Rank were you on the Seattle?


Are you a Plank Owner of USS Seattle (AOE-3)


Are you a member of the decommissioning crew?



USS Seattle (AOE-3) Veteran's Association
Ships Crews of 1968 - 2005

From: Marland W Townsend
Email: kitty-hawk@msn.com

I was CO Seattle 1971-2 and relieved Capt Bruce Kener. I took Seattle through BIS trials during our RefTra at at Guantanamo. Greatly enjoyed working with a very talented crew that continues to have my admiration. The Med cruise was a delightful experience as I had just completed four Yankee Station cruises, and when relieved in mid-cruise I returned to Yankee Station as CO SS Kitty Hawk. I continue to believe that sailors should enjoy the Navy and have fun. I hope some of you remember the first Sixth Fleet Bosun Mate Olympics held in port at Athens on Board USS Seattle and the motor whaleobat races in Agusta Harbor. Those were a couple of things to make life enjoyable. Also swimming in the lee shore of Crete and lay Days in that location to keep up the ships' engineering plant. Every Port call was fun, and we were the first US Nasvy ship to visit the beautiful isle of Mikanos. We had complete support of ComSixthFlt, VADM Jerry Miller in everything that I asked for the crew. YOU HAD EARNED IT THROGH SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE ON EVERY UNREP OR SOVIET TRACKING ASSIGNMENT. You also earned every E in the Atlantic fleet for tat period.

I still feel lucky to have been part of that team.

Marland (Doc) Townsend
USS Seattle (AOE-3) Commanding Officer 1971-2.

Administrative function Membership Status

Life Member

USSSVA Charter Member


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