Bateman, Tom, GMM1

Gunner's Mate M (Missiles)
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Current Service Status
USN Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Current/Last Primary NEC
GMM-0986-TERRIER GMLS MK-10 Mods-0 & 7 Maintenance Tech
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Gunner's Mate M (Missiles)
Primary Unit
1985-1989, GM-0986, Standby Reserve - Inactive
Previously Held NEC
00-0000-Unknown NEC Rating
GMM-0000-Gunner's Mate Missiles
GM-0986-TERRIER GMLS MK-10 Mods-0 & 7 Maintenance Tech
Service Years
1976 - 1989
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Neptune Subpoena
Order of the Ditch
Order of the Shellback
Panama Canal
Persian Excursion
Safari To Suez
Suez Canal
Voice Edition
GMM-Gunner's Mate M (Missiles)
Two Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge Persian Gulf Yacht Club

Cold War Medal Persian Excursion Cold War Veteran Cold War Veteran

GONZO Station Yacht Club Did the Ditch (Suez Canal) Maritime Warfare Excellence Award

 Military Association Memberships
National Rifle Association (NRA)Association of Gunner's MatesUnited States Naval InstituteVeterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)
United States Navy Memorial United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
  1982, National Rifle Association (NRA) [Verified]
  1998, Association of Gunner's Mates [Verified]
  1998, United States Naval Institute [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1999, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2005, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2010, United Services Automobile Association (USAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Network Architect for Wayne County Airport Authority, the entity that manages the Detroit Metropolitain Airport and Willow Run Airport.
Other Comments:
I am the webmaster of the USS Preble (DLG-15/DDG-46) website.  Stop on by and visit.

I am also the Cruiser Archive Manager at  An expansive website which provides a photographic history of every United States Navy vessel.
 Countries Deployed To or Visited

Countries Visited

Svalbard Spain United States of America Antarctica South Georgia Falkland Islands Bolivia Peru Ecuador Colombia Venezuela Guyana Suriname French Guiana Brazil Paraguay Uruguay Argentina Chile Greenland Canada United States of America United States of America Israel Jordan Cyprus Qatar United Arab Emirates Oman Yemen Saudia Arabia Iraq Afghanistan Turkmenistan Iran Syria Singapore China Mongolia Papua New Guinea Brunei Indonesia Malaysia Malaysia Tiawan Philippines Vietnam Cambodia Laos Thailand Burma Bangladesh Sri Lanka India Bhutan Nepal Pakistan Afghanistan Turkmenistan Tajikistan Kyrgyzstan Uzbekistan Japan North Korea South Korea Russia Kazakhstan Russia Montenegro Portugal Azerbaijan Armenia Georgia Ukraine Moldova Belarus Romania Bulgaria Macedonia Serbia Bosonia & Herzegovina Turkey Greece Albania Croatia Hungary Slovakia Slovenia Malta Spain Portugal Spain France Italy Italy Austria Switzerland Belgium France Ireland United Kingdom Norway Sweden Finland Estonia Latvia Lithuania Russia Poland Czech Republic Germany Denmark The Netherlands Iceland El Salvador Guatemala Panama Costa Rica Nicaragua Honduras Belize Mexico Trinidad & Tobago Puerto Rico Dominican Republic Haiti Jamaica The Bahamas Cuba Vanuatu Australia Solomon Islands Fiji New Caledonia New Zealand Eritrea Ethiopia Djibouti Somalia Kenya Uganda Tanzania Rwanda Burundi Madagascar Namibia Botswana South Africa Lesotho Swaziland Zimbabwe Mozambique Malawi Zambia Angola Democratic Repbulic of Congo Republic of Congo Gabon Equatorial Guinea Central African Republic Cameroon Nigeria Togo Ghana Burkina Fassu Cote d'Ivoire Liberia Sierra Leone Guinea Guinea Bissau The Gambia Senegal Mali Mauritania Niger Western Sahara Sudan Chad Egypt Libya Tunisia Morocco Algeria
Map Legend:

ArubaAustraliaBahrainBarbadosBahamas, TheBelizeBrazilCanadaCubaEgyptFranceGibraltarHaitiHondurasBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryItalyJamaicaMonacoMexicoNetherlands AntillesPanamaPuerto RicoSaint Kitts and NevisSingaporeSpainSaint LuciaUnited StatesBritish Virgin IslandsVirgin IslandsHoly See (Vatican City)

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Gulf of Oman Naval Zone of Operations (GONZO)
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Gonzo Station was a U.S. Navy acronym for "Gulf of Oman Naval Zone of Operations" or "Gulf of Oman Northern Zone." It was used to designate an area of carrier-based naval operations by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps in the Indian Ocean during the 1979-1981 Iranian Hostage Crisis and the so-called Tanker War between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Multilple aircraft carriers, their associated air wings and carrier battle groups, and associated sea-based and land-based task forces and task groups served on Gonzo Station. The USS Midway (CV-41) initiated the longest at-sea record for any U.S. warship since World War II by being at-sea for 93 consecutive days. It was the first on-scene carrier at the beginning of the Iranian Hostage Crisis, followed shortly thereafter by USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), with both carriers executing simultaneous air operations and carrier presence in the vicinity of one another off the southern coast of Iran.

USS Nimitz (CV-68), exceeded the USS Midway's record at sea days in May 1980 with 144 days at sea - for which the crew received the Navy Expeditionary Medal. In 1984 the USS Midway was on station for 111 days. Subsequent deployments by other carriers (USS America (CV-66), USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), et al.) dwindled the earlier records with over 180 days, or 6 months on-station.

Several U.S. Navy carriers from both the Atlantic Fleet and Pacific Fleet served repeated deployments to/on Gonzo Station, including the USS Ranger (CV-61), USS Midway (CV-41), USS Enterprise (CVN-65), USS America (CV-66), USS Independence (CV-62), USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), USS Constellation (CV-64), USS Coral Sea (CV-43), USS Nimitz (CVN-68) and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). While replenishment ships normally rotated on and off line in order to resupply, USS Roanoke (AOR-7) served in formation 180 days, and USS Shasta (AE-33) served in formation for 78 days.

In 1980, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) served 315 days of deployed sea time with a consecutive 154-day line period (Jul 1980 - Dec 1980). This was the largest American Fleet dispatched to the Indian Ocean since World War II.

Operation Eagle Claw
Operation Earnest Will
Operation Prime Chance

My Participation in This Battle or Operation
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Jan 11, 2019
Personal Memories

This was the only Deployment I made aboard Preble.  Her last deployment had been a West-Pac in 1976 while home-ported in Hawaii.  After our Batlegroup transit of the Suez Canal, Preble was sent up to the Persian Gulf as Radar Picket.  While in the Gulf, we were at Condition-3 steaming while Iran & Iraq had their little war.  We were pulling 12 hour watches in the Missile House with the birds up in the Assembly Area, ready to tun out on the lMissile Launcher.  I also stood a 4 hour Engagement Controller watch in Combat.  We did this 2 different times, for a month each time.  We did not make many port calls; a day in Bahrain, SIngapore, a few hours in Diego Garcia and Fremantle, Australia. While transiting the Med, we got to stop in Cartagena, and Palma de Mallorca, Spain.  King Neptune visited the ship while on the way to Australia and many pollywogs grew up.

My Photos From This Battle or Operation
Another photo of a Soviet DDG
A different Soviet shadow
Preble Transiting the Suez
Transiting the Suez Canal.

  9 Also There at This Battle:
  • Bresnahan, William, PO1, (1975-1988)
  • Bullinger, Richard, PO2, (1977-1981)
  • Colpaert, Joseph, MCPO, (1978-2001)
  • Hale, James, PO3, (1979-1986)
  • Huen, TL, CMC, (1978-2016)
  • Powell, James, PO1, (1971-1995)
  • Ricklefs, Michael, PO3, (1976-1980)
  • Scofield, Michael, CPO, (1979-1994)
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