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USS Fox (DLG-33)

Named for: Gustavus Vasa Fox, born on 13 June 1821 at Saugus, Mass., was appointed midshipman on 12 January 1838. During the Mexican War, he served in the brig Washington in the squadron of Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry and took active part in the second expedition against Tabasco, 14-16 January 1847, which resulted in the capture of that town. He was in command of several mail steamers and after his resignation on 30 July 1856, engaged in the manufacture of woolen materials.


At the start of the Civil War, Fox volunteered for service. He received a temporary appointment in the Navy and was sent in the steamer Baltic to the relief of Major Robert Anderson and the remnant of his command in Fort Sumter, and brought them away. On 1 August 1861, President Lincoln appointed him Assistant Secretary of the Navy, an office which he held until the close of the Civil War. In 1866, he was sent on a special mission to Russia and conveyed the congratulations of the President of the United States to the Czar upon his escape from assassination. His voyage was made in the monitor Miantonomah which was the first vessel of that class to cross the Atlantic. He died on 29 October 1883 at Lowell, Mass. Torpedo Boat No. 13 and Destroyer No. 234 (later redesignated DD-234) were named for Gustavus Fox.


Ship name number:  V

 

Specifications: Include armament and major systems at time of commissioning.

DLG-3: displacement 7,900 (full load); length 547'; beam 54'10"; draft 29'; speed 32 knots; complement 414; armament: one 5-inch/54 Mk 42, two 3-inch/50 guns, one Mark 10 dual missile launcher for TERRIER and ASROC; one ASROC launcher, four 12.75-inch torpedo tubes; sensors: AN/SPS-10 Surface Search radar, AN/SPS-40 Air Search radar, three gunnery and missile fire control radars; class: Belknap).

Built by:  Todd Shipyards Corporation, Los Angeles Division, San Pedro, California

Keel Date:  15 January 1963

Launched:  21 November 1964

Sponsor (Christened) by:  Mrs. Charles E. Bennett, wife of Congressman Bennett of Florida, a member of the House Armed Services Committee

Commissioned: 28 May 1966

Redesignated: 1 Jul 1975, to CG-33

Decommissioned: 15 Apr 1994

Ship Insignia:

The colors of the shield are those of the national ensign, symbolic of courage, loyalty and honor. Moreover, they are the colors of the Vasa dynasty of Sweden, from whom it is believed Secretary Fox traced his lineage.

The motto, associated with the English branch of the Fox family, literally means "To do without saying," which was freely translated as "Action without words," a fitting motto for a ship of war.

The running fox and battle armor are an adaptation of the heraldric coat of arms from the English branch of the Fox family. The quick fox is symbolic of speed, agility and cunning that characterized the warship and her crew while the knights panoply symbolizes military readiness, the closed helm reiterating the purpose of the motto.

Chronology and Significant Events:

28 May 1966: Commissioned.

1 Jun-28 Sep 1966: Fitting Out Availability, Long Beach Naval Shipyard

Oct - Nov 1966: Sea trials, shore bombardment drills, torpedo tests, sonar qualifications and other type training in operating areas off San Diego, Puget Sound and Vancouver, British Columbia.

6-7 Dec 1966: Search and rescue (SAR) operations off San Clemente Island for downed aircraft from attack carrier Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31), in company with destroyers Edson (DD-946) and Wedderburn (DD-684) and gunboat Gallup (PG-85).

12 - 16 Dec 1966: ASW drills and Terrier missile firings in Southern California (SoCal) operating area.

3 Jan-17 Mar 1967: Post-shakedown overhaul, Long Beach Naval Shipyard

23 Mar-21 Apr 1967: Shakedown training, including gunnery drills, ASW exercises with auxiliary submarine Bluegill (AGSS-242), independent ship exercises and missile firings.

15-22 May 1967: Participation in Exercise Royal Road, an evolution designed to train guided missile warships in Positive Identification and Radar Advisory Zone (PIRAZ) duties, including air space management, enemy threat identification and Search and Rescue (SAR) responsibilities.

7 Jun 1967: Sailed from San Diego on her maiden Western Pacific deployment, arriving at Subic Bay on 1 July.

12 Jul - 12 Aug 1967: Took station in Gulf of Tonkin, relieved guided missile frigate Wainwright (DLG-26) as PIRAZ ship. On day of turnover, HC-1 Det 17 UH-2B rescued LCDR John H. Kirkpatrick, VA-212, Bon Homme Richard, from waters of Gulf of Tonkin.

15 Jul 1967: Under heavy fire from North Vietnamese shore batteries, HC-1 Det 17 UH-2B rescued LT John N. Donis, VA-76, Bon Homme Richard, from Gulf of Tonkin.

20 Jul 1967: HC-1 Det 17 UH-2B rescued CDR Frederick H. Whittemore, VA-212, Bon Homme Richard, near islands in Gulf of Tonkin.

29 Jul 1967: HC-1 Det 17 UH-2B rescued two crewmen (Guy H. McCormack and Ray E. Rouge) washed overboard from flight deck fire on board attack carrier Forrestal (CVA-59); transfered the rescued sailors to nearby attack carrier Oriskany (CVA-34). Fox's helo detachment operated in concert with those from Forrestal, Oriskany, and guided missile frigate Worden (DLG-18), throughout the remainder of that day to deliver fire-fighting equipment and medical supplies to the stricken Forrestal, and transported casualties to hospital ship Repose (AH-16).

1 Aug 1967: HC-1 Det 17 UH-2 rescued LT David W. Thornhill, VA-15, antisubmarine warfare support carrier Intrepid (CVS-11) from waters inside the island area (karsts) south of Hon Gai, North Vietnam.

12 Aug 1967: HC-1 Det 107 UH-2B rescued LCDR Foster S. Teague, VF-111, Det 11, from the waters of the Red River Delta, North Vietnam. Teague was taken to Wainwright for medical treatment.

12 Aug 1967: Relieved by Wainwright as PIRAZ ship and steamed to Subic Bay for restricted availability.

5 Sep - 14 Oct 1967: Relieved Wainwright for five-week tour as PIRAZ ship in the Tonkin Gulf before sailing to Subic Bay for upkeep and liberty.

21 Oct 1967: HC-7 Det 105 rescued one of the four survivors of a KA-3B ditching off Cubi Point, Philippine Islands; remaining crewmen picked up by crash boats.

25 Oct - 7 Nov 1967: In company with destroyer Buck (DD-761), relieved guided missile frigate King (DLG-10) on Northern Search and Rescue (NSAR) Station.

26 Oct 1967: RD1 Charles S. Huber vectored F-4B fighters from attack carrier Constellation (CVA-64) to shoot down North Vietnamese Air Force (NVAF) MiG-21 (see 30 Oct 1967).

30 Oct 1967: RDCS R. D. Conway vectored F4-Bs from Constellation to shoot down NVAF MiG-17. RD1 Huber (see 26 Oct 1967) and RDCS Conway later each received the Navy Commendation Medal for their fighter-direction work.

17 Nov - 20 Dec 1967: Returned to San Diego following liberty port visits to Sydney, Australia; Wellington, New Zealand; Nuku'alofa, Tonga; and Pago Pago, American Samoa. Departure from Wellington was delayed on 6 December owing to the discovery, about an hour after initial departure, of two young women stowaways under the deck plates in the auxiliary machinery room.

1 Jan - 19 Feb 1968: Restricted availability for test evaluation projects D/S 417 and D/S 454, designed to evaluate new electronic counter measure (ECM) capabilities and fire control updates for the Navy's long-range Standard Missile (SM).

28 Feb 1968: While approaching Naval Weapons Station (NWS) Seal Beach wharf, miscommunication between the conn, harbor pilot and supporting tugs resulted in collision with pier, damaging the ships' bow. After a few days for repairs, the warship sailed for San Diego, arriving there 7 March.

4 Mar - 3 Jul 1968: Periodically underway in SoCal areas for D/S 417 missile firings as well as ECM and fire control testing for Project D/S 454. Evolutions delayed by poor weather, difficulties with drone support and cracked welds in two boilers, the latter requiring pierside repair. In June, analysis by the Naval Ship Engineering Center, Philadelphia Division, confirmed substandard materials and improper boiler tube installation at the builders' yard. Over 500 boiler tubes were replaced over the course of the next three months, with the last tubes refitted on 7 October.

Aug - Sep 1968: Predeployment workups, including fleet exercises, PIRAZ refresher training and various service inspections. On 11 September Fox conducted a SAR operation for an F-111B that splashed off San Miguel Island, though only some floating debris recovered.

7 Oct 1968: Fox sailed from San Diego on her second Western Pacific deployment, arriving at Subic Bay on 6 November.

14 Nov 1968 - 7 Jan 1969: The destroyer relieved guided missile frigate Richmond K. Turner (DLG-20) as NSAR ship and conducted two passive surveillance and station patrols in the Tonkin Gulf.

7 - 9 Jan 1969: Conducted tactical drills and ASW exercises with destroyers Huntington (DD-781) and Lofberg (DD-759) in vicinity of Yankee Station.

12 - 23 Jan 1969: Upkeep at Ship Repair Facility, Sasebo, Japan.

27 Jan - 25 Feb 1969: Relieved guided missile frigate Sterett (DLG-31) as Southern SAR (SSAR) ship.

27 Feb - 5 Mar 1969: Port visit and liberty in Hong Kong.

10 - 21 Mar 1969: Maintenance and upkeep, Yokosuka, Japan.

22 Mar - 2 Apr 1969: Enroute to San Diego via Pearl Harbor.

4 Jun - 1 Nov 1969: Regular overhaul, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash. In addition to boiler valve, pipe and pump repairs, the warship received new radio equipment, ECM and NTDS gear, two new anti-missile chaff dispensers and two new gun mounts. An extended leave and upkeep period at San Diego continued through to the new year.

Jan - Mar 1970: Refresher training out of San Diego.

17 March 1970: An HC-5 helicopter shifted on the flight deck, striking the hanger and shattering the rotor blades. Remarkably, no injuries ensued, but the helicopter and hanger were both seriously damaged.

14 - 19 April 1970: Participated in Exercise ROPEVAL II-70, a training exercise simulating a hostile WestPac environment.

19 Apr 1970: Fired a non-warhead Terrier missile while alongside Oriskany as part of a joint civilian orientation cruise demonstration.

26 May - 06 Nov 1970: Fox sailed from San Diego on her third Western Pacific deployment in company with destroyer Bausell (DD-845), joining destroyers Carpenter (DD-825) and James C. Owens (DD-776) at Pearl Harbor. All four warships conducted formation exercises enroute to Subic Bay via a fuel stop at Midway Island.

24 Jun 1970: Sailed for Vietnam, arriving in Danang harbor on 25 June for a senior staff briefing. During the meeting, while the captain's gig was in the water, a helicopter from VH-1E taking off from hospital ship Sanctuary (AH-17) lost power and splashed in the harbor. BM3 Ronald Wallace, coxswain, and EN3 David Lovenberg, boat engineer, responded to the emergency and sped the gig to the crash site, skillfully rescuing the four crew members and passengers. BM3 Wallace later received the Navy Achievement Medal and EN3 Lovenberg the Navy Commendation medal for their heroic efforts.

26 Jun - 4 Oct 1970: Relieved guided missile frigate Josephus Daniels (DLG-27) as SAR/picket coordinator, and conducted three patrols in Tonkin Gulf.

06 Nov 1970: Arrived San Diego via Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and Yokosuka, Japan.

01 - 07 Jan 1971: Availability alongside destroyer tender Samuel Gompers (AD-37).

Jan - Jul 1971: Conducted local operations out of San Diego, interspersed with port visits to Vancouver, British Columbia (23-25 April) and Acapulco, Mexico (14-17 May).

17 Aug 1971 - 12 Feb 1972: Underway on her fourth western Pacific deployment on Great Circle Route, with detour north for "special operations" in the Bering Sea and transit of the Sea of Okhotsk before reaching Sasebo, Japan.

Sep 1971 - Jan 1972: Operated on PIRAZ duty in Tonkin Gulf (28 September - 22 October; 12 November - 7 December, and 27 December 1971 - 19 January 1972); punctuating that time with port visits to Sattahip, Thailand; Kaohsiung, Subic Bay, and Hong Kong.

12 Feb 1972: Arrived at San Diego via Keelung, Taiwan; Subic Bay; and Pearl Harbor.

Mar - Dec 1972: Fox conducted local training evolutions, warfare certification tests and pre-deployment workups through the end of the year.

19 Jan - 16 Aug 1973: Underway for fifth deployment to the western Pacific, arriving at Yokosuka, Japan, on 2 February.

10 Feb - 26 Jul 1973: NSAR Station, Tonkin Gulf (10 - 24 February); PIRAZ duty in Tonkin Gulf (10-24 March, 3 April-9 May, 26 May-10 June, and 14-26 July), interspersing port visits to Singapore; Sattahip; Kaohsiung; Subic Bay; Sasebo; and Hong Kong, with those underway periods.

16 Aug 1973: Arrived at San Diego via Subic Bay, Guam and Pearl Harbor.

4 Dec 1973 - 28 Oct 1974: Received regular overhaul at Long Beach Naval Shipyard.

Nov 1974 - Oct 1975: Conducted weapon systems trials, qualification tests, inspections and refresher training in Southern California operating areas.

1 Jul 1975: Redesignated from a guided missile frigate, DLG, to a guided missile cruiser, CG.

21 Nov 1975: Underway for her sixth deployment to the western Pacific, arriving at Subic Bay, via Pearl Harbor, on 15 December.

10 Jan - 13 Mar 1976: In company with frigates Hepburn (FF-1055) and Gray (FF-1054) and Military Sealift Command oiler USNS Passumpsic (T-AO-107), Fox led TG 75.1 into the Indian Ocean via Malacca Strait. The ships conducted surveillance operations against Soviet naval forces at sea and off Socotra -- collecting data on Soviet Krivak and other warships there -- and visited Karachi, Pakistan; Mombasa, Kenya; as well as the Seychelles and Mauritius Islands.

Apr - June 1976: Operated with 7th Fleet units out of Subic Bay, conducting plane guard duties with carrier Ranger (CV-61) and participating in ASW exercises in the South China Sea.

2 - 6 July 1976: Fox hosted Bi-Centennial Reception at Guam held by VADM Thomas B. Hayward, Commander, 7th Fleet; guests included the Governor of Guam and the Secretary of the Air Force.

20 Jul 1976: Arrived at San Diego via Pearl Harbor.

30 Aug - 6 Sep 1976: Shadowed a four-ship Soviet naval task group sailing northwest from Vancouver, British Columbia.

Sep - Nov 1976: Conducted local operations, missile test firings, ASW exercises with Pintado (SSN-672) and naval gunfire support qualifications in SoCal operating areas.

5 Nov 1976 - 1 Feb 1977: Restricted availability at San Diego to upgrade helicopter operating systems and carry out ship alterations and equipment upgrades.

Feb - Jun 1977: Sea trials, service inspections, propulsion plant examinations and refresher training. After workups, she visited Monterey, Calif.,(2-6 June). Participated in Exercise COMBATSYSEX 1-77 (20-30 June).

Jul - Dec 1977: Local operation continued, interspersed with port visits to Vancouver, BC (9-16 July), and two more Fleet Exercises, CompTUEx 3-77 in mid-September and FleetEx 2-77 in early October.

10 Jan - 16 Jul 1978: Underway for seventh deployment to the western Pacific, with HSL-35 Detachment 7 embarked, arriving in Subic Bay via Pearl Harbor and Guam on 4 February.

15 Feb - 28 Apr 1978: In company with frigate Ouellet (FF-1077) and oiler Hassayampa (AO-145), Fox sailed south to Fremantle, Australia, arriving there -- after a crossing the line ceremony on the 19th -- on 24 February. After a week-long port visit, the warships sailed into the Indian Ocean for surveillance operations against Soviet Naval Forces. The warships observed various Soviet warships and auxiliaries in the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, at Socotra, and off Ethiopia.

3 May 1978: Sighted a small fishing boat in distress in the Gulf of Thailand, Fox crew repaired the boat's engines and radio.

13 May - 2 June 1978: Mid-deployment upkeep at Subic Bay.

June 1978: Underway for Japan, arriving at Yokosuka via Kaohsiung, 12 June. Departed three days later for Operation Free Seas in the Sea of Okhotsk in company with frigate Stein (FF-1065) and Hassayampa. The task group was initially shadowed by Soviet Badger and Bear reconaissance aircraft, later joined by Soviet destroyers and patrol boats. With the demonstration of transit rights complete, the task group returned to Yokosuka on 28 June.

16 Jul 1978: Arrived at San Diego via Pearl Harbor.

19 Sep 1978 - 7 Sep 1979: Regular overhaul at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash. Modifications included removal of 3-inch gun mounts and installation of Harpoon anti-ship missile system, upgrades of fire control radars from analog to digital, a new chaff system, a new fire fighting system (AFFF) on the helicopter flight deck and general repairs and engineering alterations.

Oct 1979 - Mar 1980: Sea trials, refresher training and weapon qualification tests in SoCal operating areas.

Apr - Aug 1980: Local operations, SM-1 missile test firings and participated in anti-ship Tomahawk missile project. On 2 June, the warship hosted an official visit by a delegation from the People's Republic of China led by Vice Premier Geng Biao. On 16 June, Fox successfully fired a Harpoon against ex-destroyer John R. Craig (DD-885) during ReadiEx 3-80.

12 Sep 1980 - 05 May 1981: Deployed as part of the Ranger (CV-61) Battle Group, arriving at Subic Bay on 15 Oct.

21 Oct 1980 - 26 Feb 1981: Underway for first deployment to the Arabian Gulf, and third deployment to the Indian Ocean, as part of the U.S. Navy response to the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and the outbreak of the Iran-Iraq War that began with Saddam Hussein's invasion of Iran in September 1980. Fox conducted turnover with guided missile cruiser Leahy (CG-16) in the Gulf on 2 November and began service as flagship for Commander, Middle East Force. Fox remained in the volatile region, warily keeping an eye on the fighting in the northern Arabian Gulf until 26 February 1981 when the warship set course for home.

20 Mar 1981: Rescued 27 Vietnamese (17 adults, 10 children), refugees, from a sinking boat before noon; later, that night, she rescued an additional 9 (6 adults, 3 children) from a second craft. Both boats were scuttled to prevent their becoming a menace to navigation. Fox disembarked the refugees at Subic Bay on 25 March 1981.

05 May 1981: Arrived at San Diego via Hong Kong and Pearl Harbor.

May 1981 - Mar 1982: Local operations out of San Diego, including service inspections, fleet exercises and carrier escort exercises.

07 Apr 1982: Underway for fourth deployment to the Indian Ocean with the Ranger Battle Group. Following RIMPAC exercises out of Hawaii in April, the Battle Group sailed west in May, reaching Subic Bay on the 13th. The warships got underway 23 May for the Middle East.

24 May 1982: Fox rescued 53 Vietnamese refugees (see 26 May 1982)

26 May 1982: Frigate Brewton (FF-1086) rescued 81 Vietnamese refugees from a sinking 32-foot boat and transfered them to Fox for transportation to Singapore. Fox disembarked the refugees she rescued on 24 May, together with those picked up by Brewton, on 27 May.

9 Jun - 27 Aug 1982: After a brief stop at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, the Battle Group begins presence operations in the Arabian Sea in mid-June. These operations, as well as frequent training exercises continue until 27 August, when the ships get underway for Fremantle, Australia.

18 Oct 1982: Arrival in San Diego via Subic Bay and Pearl Harbor.

Oct 1982 - Feb 1983: Local operations out of San Diego, including individual ship exercises, service inspections and department certifications. On 26-27 February, Fox hosted the wardroom of frigate HMS Diomede during Queen Elizabeth II's visit to San Diego.

5 Feb 1983 - 08 Feb 1984: Fox entered Long Beach Naval Shipyard for a base line overhaul, remaining there for sea trials until 7 April 1984, when she shifted back to San Diego.

Mar 1984 - Feb 1985: Refresher training, including combat system trials, missile and gunfire support exercises and various qualifications and command inspections.

21 Feb 1985 - 4 Apr 1985: Training cruise to Pearl Harbor, highlighted by a war-at-sea and missile shoot exercise in Hawaiian waters.

Apr - Jun 1985: Pre-deployment exercises and workups, interspersed with a port visit to San Francisco in late April.

24 Jul - 21 Dec 1985: Underway for WestPac 85, the guided missile cruiser's fifth deployment to the Indian Ocean. Fox transited the Straits of Malacca on 30 August, and crossed the equator on 6 October before visiting Mombasa, Kenya, on the 9th. Following a visit to Masirah, and participation in Exercise Valiant Usher (29 October - 3 November), Fox visited Colombo, Sri Lanka, before turning for home, stopping at Subic Bay and Pearl Harbor before arriving at San Diego four days before Christmas.

24 Feb - 30 Apr 1986: Maintenance and dry dock repairs at Southwest Marine, San Diego.

30 Jun - 12 Jul 1986: Cruise north for port visit to Everett, Washington.

08 Sep - 23 Sep 1986: Cruise to Vancouver, B.C., and Anchorage, Alaska.

13 Apr - 13 Oct 1987: Underway for sixth deployment to the Indian Ocean, arriving at Diego Garcia via Subic Bay on 19 May. Fox then escorted Acadia (AD-42) to Bahrain, where the destroyer tender commenced repairs of guided missile frigate Stark (FFG-31) which had been heavily damaged by an Iraqi Exocet missile on 17 May. With the Iran-Iraq War still ongoing, Fox, guided missile frigate Crommelin (FFG-37) and guided missile destroyer Kidd (DDG-993) sailed in the first convoy of Operation Earnest Will on 3 June, escorting reflagged Kuwaiti oil tankers to protect them from attack by either of the belligerent powers. During those escort operations, Fox conducted almost two dozen transits of the Strait of Hormuz. On 24 July, Fox assisted tanker Bridgeton, which struck a moored, floating, contact mine earlier that day. Departing the Gulf on 15 August, Fox arrived at San Diego, via Fremantle, Subic Bay and Pearl Harbor, on 13 October.

28 Jan 1988: Fox presented with the Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award for FY 1987.

11 - 26 Apr 1988: Underway for FleetEx 88-2.

16 - 20 May 1988: Embarked U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LED) for anti-drug smuggling operations; her LED seized a fishing boat for marijuana smuggling on 18 May.

Jun - Dec 1988: Refresher training, combat system tests, engineering inspections and other pre-deployment workups.

2 Dec 1988 - 01 Jun 1989: Underway for seventh deployment to the Indian Ocean. Assisted in unsuccessful search for a missing EA-6B Prowler on 5 December. Arrived in Arabian Gulf in late January 1989, before conducting surveillance operations in the Northern Arabian Sea in March. Departing the area on 7 April, Fox returned home via Phattaya Beach, Thailand, Subic Bay and Hong Kong on 1 June 1989.

1 Oct 1989 - 27 Oct 1990: New Threat Upgrade (NTU) modernization at National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Francisco.

Nov 1990 - Jun 1991: Refresher training, local operations, individual ship training and other exercises out of San Diego.

19 Feb - 18 Mar 1991: Missile qualification training out of Pearl Harbor.

Jul - Oct 1991: Refresher and pre-deployment training.

8 Nov 1991 - 30 Apr 1992: Underway for her eighth deployment to the Indian Ocean, reaching Subic Bay 1 December. There, Fox was visited by RADM Paul E. Tobin, ComNavSurfPac, former CO, on the 4th. Underway three days later, the warship stopped at Singapore; Phuket, Thailand; and Colombo, Sri Lanka; before chopping to NavCent on 27 December. Fox conducted patrols in the Northern Arabian Gulf in early 1992, departing for Singapore on 12 March 1992. After stops at that port, Hong Kong, Guam and Pearl Harbor, she reached San Diego on 30 April.

13 Jul - 06 Oct 1992: Overhaul at Continental Marine yard, San Diego.

Oct 1992 - May 1993: Refresher training and predeployment battle group workups.

13 Jun - 15 Dec 1993: Fox underway for her ninth deployment to the Indian Ocean with two female officers embarked, a first for the warship. After a stop at Singapore to refuel, Fox arrived at Bahrain on 26 July and began Northern Arabian Gulf patrols two days later. On 8 August, Fox receives distress signal after two EA6B Prowlers collide over the Northern Arabian Gulf  and coordinates successful rescue of four aviators, including one by Fox's embarked SH-2 helicopter. The warship departed the Arabian Gulf on 27 October and after stops at Fremantle and Pearl Harbor, arrived at San Diego on 15 December.

14 - 31 Jan 1994: Underway to Indian Island, Washington, to unload all ammunition.

01 Feb 1994: Commenced inactivation procedures.

15 Apr 1994: Decommissioned and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register, San Diego, California. Laid up at Inactive Ship Facility, Suisun Bay, California.

18 Jul 2006: Scrapping ontract awarded to International Shipbreaking, Ltd., Brownsville, Texas.

Home Port Assignments

Date

San Diego, California

28 Sep 1966

Commanding Officers

Date Assumed Command

CAPT Robert E. Welander

28 May 1966

CAPT Marshall D. Ward

28 May 1968

CAPT Paul Boland

14 Aug 1969

CAPT Robert E. McCabe

22 Jan 1971

CAPT Robert M. Collins

17 Mar 1972

CAPT Robert E. Weeks

 8 May 1974

CAPT James F. Kelly, Jr.

17 Apr 1976

CAPT Robert J. Steele

23 May 1978

CAPT Leslie N. Palmer

14 Mar 1980

CAPT Donald R. Anderson

  3 Apr 1982

CAPT Paul E. Tobin, Jr.

28 Sep 1984

CAPT William W. Mathis

27 Jan 1986

CAPT Raymond W. Addicott

30 Apr 1988

CAPT Francis K. Holian

14 Apr 1990

CAPT David L. Peck

20 Apr 1991

CAPT Robert E. McCabe, III

13 Feb 1993

Major Overseas Deployments (or deployments away from home port for more than 2 months)

Date of Departure

Return Date

Detachments On Board

Area of Operation

7 Jun 1967

20 Dec 1967

Western Pacific/Vietnam

17 Oct 1968

2 Apr 1969

WestPac/Vietnam

26 May 1970

06 Nov 1970

WestPac/Vietnam

17 Aug 1971

12 Feb 1972

WestPac/Vietnam

18 Jan 1973

16 Aug 1973

WestPac/Vietnam

21 Nov 1975

20 Jul 1976

Indian Ocean (IO)

10 Jan 1978

16 Jul 1978

HSL-35, Det 7

Indian Ocean

12 Sep 1980

05 May 1981

Arabian Gulf / IO

07 Apr 1982

18 Oct 1982

Indian Ocean

24 Jul 1985

24 Dec 1985

Indian Ocean

13 Apr 1987

13 Oct 1987

Arabian Gulf / IO

02 Dec 1988

01 Jun 1989

Arabian Gulf / IO

08 Nov 1991

30 Apr 1992

Arabian Gulf / IO

13 Jun 1993

15 Dec 1993

Arabian Gulf / IO

Unit Awards Received

Dates

Meritorious Unit Commendation  

12 Jul - 13 Nov 1967

        

24 Jun - 28 Aug 1987

Vietnam Service Medal 

13 Nov 1968 - 10 Jan 1969

26 Jan - 27 Feb 1969

24 Jun - 16 Jul 1970

7 - 28 Aug 1970

7 Sep - 5 Oct 1970

28 Sep - 22 Oct 1971

11 Nov - 7 Dec 1971

28 Dec 1971 - 18 Jan 1972

9 - 24 Feb 1973

7 - 28 Mar 1973

Navy "E" Ribbon

1 Jul 1977 - 31 Dec 1978

1 Jul 1980 - 31 Dec 1981

1 Jul 1986 - 31 Dec 1987

1 Jan 1988 - 30 Jun 1989

Navy Expeditionary Medal

2 Nov 1980 - 11 Mar 1981

24 Jun - 23 Jul 1987

Humanitarian Service Medal

20 Mar 1981

24 May 1982

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

24 Jul - 18 Aug 1987

Southwest Asia Service Medal

20 Dec 1991 - 13 Mar 1992


Command Histories Submitted:

1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970(S), 1971(S), 1972, 1973(C), 1974(C), 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978(S), 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994

Additional Sources:

HC-1 Rescue Report Files, 1967, AvH

All Hands, May 1981

Brewton (FF-1086) Command History Report, 1982, SH


Timothy L. Francis and Robert J. Cressman, 27 June 2007