The structure of the ship
This picture shows the major parts of the USS Oklahoma City CLG-5. The drawing depicts the 1972 configuration, but space designations were taken from the original blueprints drawn in 1959. Some minor changes may have occurred over the years. Click on the picture for a more detailed image.
The main components of the ship were organized in a more or less bottom up fashion. The lowest spaces were the voids, bilges, fuel and water tanks. These ran most of the length of the triple bottom structure of the ship. Above these were the second and first platform decks, the third deck, second deck and then the main deck. Above the main deck were the O1 through O7 levels of the superstructure.
Amidships were the forward boiler room, forward engine room, after boiler room and after engine room. These were large spaces the full width of the ship with machinery positioned on the lowest platform deck and extending up to the third deck. Above the boilers the uptakes led to the two smoke pipes (funnels). The four propeller shafts ran aft from the engine rooms through shaft alleys to the stern. Outboard of the engineering spaces and magazines below the water line were five inch thick armor belts.
The Combat Information Center (CIC) was located just ahead of the forward boiler room on the first platform. At the lowest levels forward were the projectile and powder magazines for the guns. The ammunition transfer systems, handling rooms and barbette for the six inch turret and five inch mount were positioned directly above the magazines. The chain locker was in the bow with the anchor windlass room above it. In the stern was the steering gear room and the rudder. The missile warhead magazine and missile computer room were located between the shaft alleys aft. Additional auxiliary equipment spaces were located on the platform decks. The remaining space on the first and second platform decks was filled with store rooms and equipment rooms.
The third and second decks were where most of the crew's berthing and living spaces were located, squeezed around the engineering and other equipment spaces. The ship's medical and dental offices were located forward on the third deck. The mess decks were aft on the second deck. The officer's Wardroom was just forward of amidships on the second deck with officer's quarters forward.
On the main deck forward was the anchor gear and six inch turret. Aft was the helicopter landing pad and the Talos missile launcher. The forward and midships superstructure and the missile house filled the space between.
The forward superstructure contained quarters for the Admiral, Seventh Fleet Chief of Staff, the ship's Captain and Executive Officer, all on the main deck. Most of the space up to the O3 level was filled with staff quarters, flag offices, the main communications center and radio rooms. The five inch gun mount was located forward on the O1 level, with the handling room directly below on the main deck. On the O2 level forward were the War Room and the flag bridge. Above these on the O3 level were the navigation bridge, pilot house and the Captain's sea cabin. The O4 level was mostly open deck where the lookouts, weather satellite antenna, searchlights and flag bags were located. The compartments on the O4 and O5 levels were radio and radar rooms. Above these were the Mk37 gunfire director and the forward radar tower. A wide O6 level compartment contained electronics countermeasures (ECM) equipment, with ECM antenna support structures outboard. The forward tower supported the SPS-10 surface search radar antenna, the SPS-43 air search radar antenna, and 47 additional communications and ECM antennas. Many of these were located on the "cloverleaf" platform at about the O9 level.
The midships superstructure was squeezed between and around the uptakes and smoke pipes. It contained ship's offices, workshops, radio rooms and Warrant Officers berthing and living spaces. Boat decks were located outboard to port and starboard, and the motor whaleboat was located on the starboard side amidships. Boat winches were located on the main deck, and the burtoning and topping winches were on the O3 level between the king posts. These carried long booms that were used to move the boats in and out of the water. The tall midships radar tower rose from the O3 level. It carried communications antennas and the TACAN antenna.
The missile house was located on the main deck aft of the midships deck house. This was a large structure built of 1 1/2 inch armor plate that was divided into three major areas. Forward was the Area 3 missile stowage magazine. In the middle was the Area 2 ready service magazine where ready for flight missiles were stowed. Aft of that was the Area 1 wing and fin assembly and launch system control area. Outboard of Area 1 were missile test areas and test equipment rooms. The launcher system transferred missiles from the ready service magazine to the missile launcher.
The top of the missile house at the O2 level was mostly open deck, with the missile transfer FAST crane and strikedown hatches above the Area 3 magazine. At the aft end above the missile test areas were warhead strikedown hatches and warhead cranes. The after superstructure rose above the missile house. Weapons control was located on the O2 level forward, and the rest of the structure was filed with radar rooms. Two huge SPG-49 target tracking radars were positioned on the after part of the superstructures, with two smaller SPW-2 missile guidance antennas located fore and aft of these. The short after radar tower rose above the O5 level. It carried the SPW-30 air search and altitude radar and a collection of communications antennas.
Organization of the ship's crew
The crew was pretty much organized around the structure of the ship. The Departments were organized into weapons, engineering, supply and other functional units. These were subdivided into Divisions dedicated to maintaining and operating specific parts of the ship's equipment. There were about 800 men in the ship's company, and another 400 on the Seventh Fleet staff.
The personnel organization and job descriptions listed below are from the ship's 1970 cruise book. The head counts are approximations.
USS Oklahoma City CLG-5
These men operated the Captain's Office, Personnel Office, Training and Education Office, Public Affairs Office, Post Office, Chaplain's Assistants, Legal and Master at Arms. They kept ship and personnel records, published the ships newspaper and Sooner magazine, delivered the mail, ran the ship's radio station and helped with church services, legal assistance, and assigned berthing.
The "A gang" maintained and operated auxiliary equipment, refrigeration systems, hot water heaters, boats, air conditioning, laundry equipment, machine shops, the anchor windlasses, steering gear, and evaporators (fresh water distillation units).
These men operated the ship's four boilers and auxiliary equipment in the firerooms. They also tested the ship's drinking water, boiler water and fuel oil. They were called the "black gang."
The electrical division maintained the ship's electrical power systems, lighting and interior communications systems, alarm systems, gyro compass and movie projectors.
They maintained the ship's four engines, four turbo generators and four air compressors. The division provided propulsion, compressed air and electrical power for the ship.
They performed mechanical and structural repairs aboard ship. They maintained fire and flushing systems, drains, damage control equipment and the watertight integrity of the ship. They operated the metal shop, pipe shop, damage control shop and carpenter shop.
Medical and Dental Department
They operated and maintained the ships hospital, dental offices, dispensary, pharmacy, X-ray equipment, operating room and clinical laboratory. They performed sanitation inspections of berthing, mess spaces and food stores, and did vector control.
The quartermasters were responsible for navigation and piloting of the ship and maintenance of navigation equipment. They stood watches on the quarterdeck, bridge and after steering.
The ET gang maintained electronic equipment including radios, search radars, weather satellite receivers, navigation systems, atmospheric transponders and test equipment.
The Operations Intelligence division operated the Combat Information Center (CIC). The radarmen provided navigation, early warning, electronic warfare and gunfire support coordination for the ship, and tracked air and surface contacts.
These men stood watches as lookouts and in CIC. They maintained some passageways and weather decks in the forward superstructure, including flag spaces. They were also known as Fourth Division.
The Stores Division stocked and reordered all material necessary to maintain ship. They also scheduled supply deliveries.
These were the mess cooks who prepared four meals a day for the crew. They ran the bake shop.
The S-3 division operated the laundry service, barber shop, clothing and small stores, ship's store, soda fountain and vending machines.
The Disbursing Office kept payroll records for ship's personnel and Seventh Fleet staff. They disbursed payroll and processed travel claims and per diem pay for the crew.
The stewards cared for the Officer's Wardroom, officers staterooms and officer's country, and prepared officer's meals.
First division maintained exterior and much of the interior of the forward third of the ship, the sail locker and the Captains Gig. The men stood watches on the bridge, in the six inch turret and five inch gun mount. They operated the forward rearming and refueling stations.
They maintained the middle third of the ship and the Motor Whale Boat and the Officer's Motor Boat. They stood watches in the six inch turret and five inch mount, underway replenishment details, and manned the Motor Whale Boat.
This division maintained the aft third of the ship. They stood watches in the six inch turret and five inch mount, bridge, and were lookouts. They manned refueling and rearming details and served as the crew for the ship's utility boat.
They were responsible for maintenance and operation of the gun fire control equipment, the Mk 37 director and the six inch turret and five inch mount. They stood watches in the six inch turret and five inch mount.
FM Division maintained the Mk 77 Missile Fire Control System and Mk 2 Weapon Direction System. They operated the SPG-49 tracking radars to acquire targets and the SPW-2 transmitters to guide the Talos missiles to the targets. They also stood gun battery watches.
GM Division maintained and operated the Mk 7 Mod 0 Talos missile launching system, including the launcher, loading system, ready service magazine, storage magazine, warhead magazine and all missile handling equipment. They performed Talos missile assembly, testing and preparation for flight, and operated missile telemetry equipment.
This was the ship's landing party. They provided the ship's security force, including security for the nuclear weapons spaces in the missile house and warhead magazine. They stood watches in the five inch mount and performed ceremonial functions.
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Commander Seventh Fleet
The Communications division personnel were from the ship and staff. They provided radio communications with all elements of the fleet and US military command. They operated the Main Communications Center and seven other spaces.
The Signalmen operated signal lights, infrared signals, signal flags and radiotelephones.
Flag Administration Division
The Flag Secretary Office kept staff personnel records, delivered mail, arranged transportation, and prepared plans and orders. The Seventh Fleet Protocol Office in Yokosuka was part of this division.
Flag Boat Pool
They maintained and operated the Admiral's Barge and the Chief of Staff's Gig. They served as duty drivers in port, War Room messengers and UNREPS personnel.
Flag Marine Orderlies
They were messengers for Commander and Chief of Staff Seventh Fleet and served as drivers in port.
They prepared meals for Commander Seventh Fleet and Chief of Staff, and dinners for visiting dignitaries.
They maintained and operated the Commander Seventh Fleet helicopter to provide transportation between the ship and other ships and shore installations.
N1 division coordinated fleet administration, legal and personnel matters. They issued awards and decorations.
The Intelligence division collected and distributed intelligence information for the staff and units of the fleet. They were knows as "spooks."
Flag operations provided meteorological and oceanographic information for air, surface and subsurface operations. They supervised operation and placement of Seventh Fleet forces.
This group was made up of Seventh Fleet staff and ship's company. They printed schedules, Plans of the Day, the Sooner magazine and "Welcome Aboard" brochures.
Public Affairs Division
This included the Seventh Fleet Band and the Photo Lab. Their duties were writing speeches, taking pictures, writing the fleet's history, working with journalists, and general publicity. The band played for ceremonies, UNREPS operations and public concerts.