Arel, Gerard, LT

Limited Duty Officer
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USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Current/Last Primary NEC
612X-Limited Duty Officer - Operations - Surface
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Limited Duty Officer
Primary Unit
1988-1990, 612X, USS Ticonderoga (CG-47)
Previously Held NEC
FA-0000-Fireman Apprentice
MM-0000-Machinist's Mate
RD-0334-ECM Supervisor
OS-9585-Navy Recruiter Canvasser
OS-0319-Superviory Air Intercept Controller
OS-0318-Air Intercept Controller
712X-Warrant Officer - Operations Technician - Surface
Service Years
1968 - 1990
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose)
Order of the Shellback
Suez Canal

 Official Badges 

Recruiting Command of Excellence US Navy Retired 20

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Navy Chief Initiated Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose)

Blue Star LDO/CWO

 Military Association Memberships
Post 3270, Greater Beaches PostNortheast Florida ChapterSurface Navy Association
  1990, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 3270, Greater Beaches Post (Member) (Jacksonville Beach, Florida) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2000, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), Northeast Florida Chapter (Member) (Jacksonville, Florida) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2003, Surface Navy Association

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Program Manager for General Dymanics AIS responsible for Littoral Combat Ship Blue/Gold Crew Training
Other Comments:
Not Specified

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  1984-1986, 612X, USS Saratoga (CVA-60)

Chief Warrant Officer 3

From Month/Year
April / 1984

To Month/Year
June / 1986

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 USS Saratoga (CVA-60) Details

USS Saratoga (CVA-60)

(later CV-60)

Displacement 56,000 Tons, Dimensions, 1039' (oa) x 129' 1" x 37' (Max)
Armament 8 x 5"/54, 100 Aircraft.
Armor, Unknown.
Machinery, 280,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 34 Knots, Crew 3800 - 4280.

Operational and Building Data

Ordered as a "Large Aircraft Carrier", hull number CVB-60. Contract awarded to the New York Naval Shipyard, New York City, N.Y., 23 Jul 1952. Reclassified as an "Attack Aircraft Carrier" (CVA-60), 1 Oct 1952. Laid down 16 Dec 1952, launched 8 Oct 1955, commissioned 14 Apr 1956.

Reclassified as a "Multi-purpose Aircraft Carrier" (CV-60), 30 Jun 1972. Modernized at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard Oct 1980-Feb 1983 under SLEP (Service Life Extension Program). Decommissioned at the Naval Station, Mayport, Fla., 20 Aug 1994, and stricken from the Navy List the same day; towed to Philadelphia, PA, in May 1995, then to Newport, RI, in Aug 1998 (upon deactivation of the Philadelphia Navy Yard). First placed on donation hold, her status was then changed to "disposal as an experimental ship." Returned to donation hold on 1 Jan 2000.


Status: Stricken. Navy approved the removal of ex-Saratoga from donation hold and authorized that she be scrapped in a SECNAV-signed letter dated 2 Apr 2010. Ex-Saratoga left Pier 1, NAVSTA Newport, 21 Aug 2014, under tow, en route to her final destination at a dismantling facility in Brownsville, TX. Scrapping to be completed in December 2018.


CVA-60 (later CV-60) was named for the Battle of Saratoga, September and October 1777. It was a decisive American victory resulting in the surrender of an entire British army of 9,000 men invading New York from Canada during the American Revolutionary War. The Battle of Saratoga was actually two battles about 9 miles south of Saratoga, New York (NS020351a), namely the Battle of Freeman's Farm and the Battle of Bemis Heights, and is related with the earlier Battle of Bennington, about 15 miles east of Saratoga. The surrender of General John Burgoyne, who was surrounded by much larger American militia forces, took place after his retreat to Saratoga. The capture of an entire British army secured the northern American states from further attacks out of Canada and prevented New England from being isolated. A major result was that France entered the conflict on behalf of the Americans, thus dramatically improving the Americans' chances in the war. The Battle of Saratoga was the turning point in the Revolutionary War.

The first Battle at Saratoga, generally referred to by historians as Freeman's Farm, began with John Burgoyne's offensive (19 September), the British lost two men for every one American casualty. In terms of ground gained, however, both sides fought to a draw. In the second Battle, otherwise known as Bemis Heights (7 October), British losses were four to one. The rebels' victory was overwhelming. After negotiations, Burgoyne officially surrendered on 17 October. He returned to England in disgrace and was never given another command. When news of the American victory reached Europe, France entered the war on the side of the patriots. Money and supplies flowed to the American cause, providing Washington's Continental Army with the support necessary to continue its fight against Great Britain. Britain's loss at Saratoga was disastrous because it showed the European powers that the rebels were capable of defeating the English on their own. More than any other event, it would prove decisive in determining the eventual outcome of the War and the victory of Patriots.

American warships that had previously borne the name:

  1. A Continental Navy sloop-of-war.
  2. corvette.
  3. sloop-of-war.
  4. cruiser.
  5. An aircraft carrier of World War II fame.


Surface Vessels


Parent Unit

Aircraft Carrier

Created/Owned By
YN Pierson, Al (USview, NTWS Chief Admin), YN2 4638 

Last Updated: Dec 6, 2015
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
Admiral Harry Harris

Best Moment
To many to list


Worst Moment
Never a bad moment

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USS Saratoga (CVA-60)

Burnette, Steven, LCDR, (1973-1994) OFF 111X Lieutenant Commander
Beyer, William, CAPT, (1980-2007) OFF 111X Lieutenant
Fuller, Charles, CWO3, (1964-1986) OFF 751X Chief Warrant Officer 3
Morrow, Steven, PO2, (1979-1986) MM MM-0000 Other Service Rank
Olear, Brian, PO3, (1984-1992) SH SH-0000 Other Service Rank
Collum, Billy, MCPO, (1970-1992) MS MS-0000 Master Chief Petty Officer
Clark, William, SCPO, (1968-1990) HT HT-9508 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Felty, Rich, CWO2, (1968-1992) RM RM-2319 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Gordon, Jack, SCPO, (1968-1988) AM AM-7225 Chief Petty Officer
McLeod, Charles, CPO, (1963-1984) EM EM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Pierce, Mike, SCPO, (1967-1989) AT AT-6639 Chief Petty Officer
Rickard, Stephen, CPO, (1972-1993) CT CT-9116 Chief Petty Officer
Bryant, Garlond, PO1, (1965-1985) 00 90LG Petty Officer First Class
Hardesty, Patrick, PO1, (1981-1992) ET ET-1589 Petty Officer First Class
Harrs, Thomas, PO1, (1984-2004) MM MM-4283 Petty Officer First Class
Lusch, Brian, CPO, (1980-2001) EW EW-1763 Petty Officer First Class
Wells, Greg, PO1, (1976-2005) IC IC-4743 Petty Officer First Class
Frederick, Michael, PO2, (1976-1988) DK DK-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Freeman, Paul, PO2, (1984-1988) BM BM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Haga, Pete 'n' Teri, PO2, (1976-1985) MM MM-9348 Petty Officer Second Class
Millspaugh, Chris, PO2, (1980-1992) QM QM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Patton, Adrian, PO2, (1984-1989) PH PH-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Urbanski, Dan, PO2, (1981-1986) EM EM-4671 Petty Officer Second Class
Cogdill, Bill, PO3, (1966-1972) AB AB-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Fleming, Brian, PO3, (1983-1986) AO 8286 Petty Officer Third Class
Hall, Kenneth, PO3, (1982-1986) AB ABE-7005 Petty Officer Third Class
Haverty, John, PO1, (1977-1997) SH StM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Myers, John, PO3, (1982-1986) TM TM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Olear, Brian, PO3, (1984-1992) SH SH-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Weigerding, Kevin, PO3, (1978-1984) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Dye, Tom, CWO3, (1982-2008) OS OS-0000 Seaman
Monahan, John, HN, (1985-1988) HM HM-0000 Hospitalman
Knight, Barry, FN, (1986-1990) EN EN-0000 Fireman
Wilkinson, Brian, FN, (1984-1988) BT BT-0000 Fireman
Coryer, Robert, AN, (1984-1986) AT AT-6673 Airman
Milford, George, AN, (1982-1988) AB AB-0000 Airman
Woodring, Charles, AN, (1983-1987) AB AB-0000 Airman
Reichenberg, Dave, LCDR, (1973-1993) Lieutenant
Threatt, Charles, LCDR, (1968-1998) Lieutenant
Farrar, Gary, MCPO, (1967-1993) Senior Chief Petty Officer
Breniser II, Paul, CPO, (1973-1995) Petty Officer First Class
Leonard, Linley, MCPO, (1973-1994) Petty Officer First Class
Carter, David, PO2, (1982-1986) AB Petty Officer Second Class
Konerman, John, PO1, (1981-2003) Petty Officer Second Class
Ivie, Troy, CMC, (1984-2007) Petty Officer Third Class
Sherman, Jovonnie, PO1, (1984-2004) Petty Officer Third Class
Wood, Eric, PO1, (1977-2000) Petty Officer Third Class
Meadows, Larry, PO2, (1984-1995) Seaman
Smith, Jamie, PO2, (1985-1993) Airman
Colvin, Michael, PO1, (1984-2004) Seaman Apprentice
Bak, Gregory, PO1, (1976-1995) Petty Officer First Class

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