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Photo # NH 97678:  USS Coontz underway off Oahu, Hawaii, November 1968

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-- U.S. NAVY SHIPS --

USS Coontz (DLG-9, later DDG-40), 1960-1994

USS Coontz, a 4150-ton Farragut class guided missile frigate, was built at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Washington. She was commissioned in July 1960 and soon joined the Pacific Fleet. Just over a year later, Coontz crossed the Pacific to begin the first of seven tours with the Seventh Fleet. These included active participation in the Vietnam conflict during 1965-70.

Decommissioned in February 1971 for an extensive anti-air warfare modernization, Coontz returned to active service in March 1972 as part of the Atlantic Fleet. During the next seventeen years, she regularly visited the Mediterranean Sea, Northern Europe and Latin America. She was redesignated a guided missile destroyer in July 1975, receiving in the process the new hull number DDG-40.

Coontz operated with the multi-national Standing Naval Forces Atlantic in 1976 and again in 1978-79. In the early and mid-1980s, she cruised in the Black Sea and participated in the Grenada operation. The destroyer served in the Persian Gulf in 1987, a time of great tension in the area during the war between Iraq and Iran. USS Coontz was taken out of service in October 1989. She was sold for scrapping in April 1994, but had to be repossessed in October 1996. The ship was sold again in February 1999.

USS Coontz was named in honor of the Navy's second Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Robert E. Coontz (1864-1935).

This page features selected views of USS Coontz (DLG-9, later DDG-40).


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Photo #: NH 97679

USS Coontz (DLG-9)


At sea off San Diego, California, 25 July 1967.
Photographed by PH2 Erb.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

Online Image: 118KB; 740 x 615 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 97678

USS Coontz (DLG-9)


Underway off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, 24 November 1968.
Photographed by PH3 Bruce M. Laurich.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

Online Image: 131KB; 740 x 585 pixels

 
Photo #: USN 1173582

USS Coontz (DDG-40)


At sea, 11 October 1978.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.

Online Image: 156KB; 740 x 610 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the National Archives photographic reproduction system as Photo # 428-N-1173582.

 
Photo #: NH 97680

USS Coontz (DDG-40)


Underway in the Atlantic Ocean, off Cape Henry, Virginia, on 28 October 1975.
Photographed by PHAN W.H. Flynn.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

Online Image: 63KB; 740 x 510 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 97681-KN (color)

USS Coontz (DDG-40)

Letterpress reproduction of a photograph showing the ship underway in the Atlantic, off the Virginia coast, October 1986.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

Online Image: 131KB; 740 x 620 pixels

 
Photo #: USN 1139570

USS Coontz (DLG-9)


Crewmen at their stations on the ship's bridge, during a naval gunfire support mission in the South China Sea.
This photograph was received by the Naval Photographic Center in July 1969.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.

Online Image: 78KB; 495 x 765 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the National Archives photographic reproduction system as Photo # 428-N-1139570.

 
Photo #: USN 1139574

USS Coontz (DLG-9)


The Landing Signal Officer, Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Ronald E. Braley, signals to the pilot of a Kaman UH-2 "Seasprite" helicopter, as crewmen tie it to the ship's landing deck, July 1969.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.

Online Image: 99KB; 740 x 525 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the National Archives photographic reproduction system as Photo # 428-N-1139574.

 
Photo #: USN 1143716

USS Coontz (DLG-9)


Trails a Soviet Navy "Kresta" class guided missile ship in the Sea of Japan, April 1970. The Soviet warship was then participating in the World-wide naval exercise "Okean".
Note Coontz' ASROC launcher and 5"/54 Mk. 42 gun mount.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.

Online Image: 83KB; 740 x 615 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the National Archives photographic reproduction system as Photo # 428-N-1143716.

 
Photo #: NH 84219-KN (Color)

USS Coontz (DDG-40)

Insignia adopted in 1975.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 63KB; 605 x 700 pixels

 


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Page made 6 October 2001
Photo caption text corrected 21 October 2001