|Her "Terrier guided
missiles pointing skyward, the U.S. Navy missile cruiser USS
Topeka transits the Panama Canal at Miraflores Locks after
arriving here Wednesday for a two day stopover. the 14,600
ton ship is on her way to join the U.S. Pacific fleet.
Capt. Frank L. Pinney Jr. (Insert) is commanding officer.
Powerful Missile Cruiser is Here On 2-Day Visit
Displaying her deadly
"Terrier" guided missiles on the stern, the U.S. Navy's powerful
missile cruiser USS Topeka transited the Panama Canal yesterday.
On her way to join the U.S.
Pacific Fleet, the 10,670-ton cruiser is making a two day stopover here
before leaving Friday morning for Acapulco. It is moored at Rodman Naval
More than 1,400
sailors and Naval Reservist from the ship were expected to converge on
Panama and the Canal zone today to sight see and shop.
Two bus loads of personnel were
scheduled to tour Miraflores Locks, Panama City and the nearby area this
A round of entertainment for Topeka officers and crewmen began last night with a
reception for the ships senior officers. Rear Adm. Richard S.
Caighill, Commander of the 15th Naval District, was host for the affair
at his Ft. Amador quarters.
Separate dances were held last night at Rodman Naval Station for the
ships officers and enlisted men. A dance is also planned tonight
at the YMCA in Balboa for the crew.
Among other activities scheduled
are fishing trips for the ships personnel, and softball and basketballs
games between teams from the cruiser and the 15th Naval District.
One of the U. S. Navy's newest
missile cruiser, the USS Topeka was converted to guided missile class
three months ago at the New York Naval Shipyard. It will be the
second missile cruiser assigned to the Pacific Fleet.
The 600-foot ship is armed with
the powerful "Terrier" guided missile, a surface-to-air missile which
can travel at twice the speed of sound. It can all-weather
anti-aircraft projectile capable of sticking a target with deadly
accuracy at ranges up to ten miles.
Commanded by Frank L. Pinney
Jr., the Topeka is carrying 200 Naval Reservists aboard for a two-week
training cruise in addition to her regular crew of 1,200 officers and
Enroute to the
Pacific Fleet, the cruiser will drop south to cross the equator and
introduce un-indoctrinated Topeka sailors - by proper initiation - into
the kingdom of King Neptune. Afterwards ship's personnel who have
not crossed the line before, called polywogs" are certain to end up with
shaved heads and sore backsides