When USS Ranger pulled out of San Diego
under a bright July sun, everyone was
looking forward to "The Best West Pac Ever."
Whether it was the best West Pac is open to
debate among various sections of the crew.
However, they all agree this West Pac seemed
One look at the original schedule had sailors
lining up for a chance to stay on board the
ship for the "83-84" deployment to the Western
Little did they know that this deployment would
still turn out to be a West Pac not to be
forgotten, but it wasn't because of the
Shortly after clearing the harbor in San Diego,
Ranger was ordered South to support national
interest in waters off Central America.
There Ranger became a showpiece for Freedom
to many High ranking officials of the Republics
in the area.
Our tour will long be remembered, since the
operating area now bears the name, "RANGER STATION"
honoring both the hydrographic ship and carrier
to carry the name RANGER.
After stops in Hawaii and the republic of
the Philippines, ranger headed for a new
record, the most continuous days at sea
for a conventional carrier - 121 days.
This accomplishment was the result of
our nations need to maintain a presence
in the Indian Ocean due to the Iran/Iraqi
When Ranger returned home, the men were
elated. Not only had this cruise ended,
but Ranger had once again proven herself...
"TOP GUN OF THE PACIFIC FLEET"
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