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USS Fiske (DD-842/DDR-842)

Please see below for item level images and donated collections containing photographs of USS Fiske (DD-842/DDR-842)

USS Fiske (DD-842) was launched 8 September 1945 by Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine; sponsored by Mrs. F. E. Ribbentrop; and commissioned 28 November 1945, Commander C. H. Smith in command. She was reclassified DDR-842 on 18 July 1952.

Joining the Atlantic Fleet, USS Fiske (DD-842) served as engineering school ship for Destroyer Force, Atlantic, out of Portland, Maine, and made three cruises to the Mediterranean for duty with the 6th Fleet from her home port at Newport prior to the outbreak of the Korean War. 

On 3 January 1951, USS Fiske (DD-842) sailed from Newport for the Panama Canal and the Far East, reporting on 12 February to the 7th Fleet at Sasebo for duty in the Korean War. Sailing westward for home, she arrived at Newport from her round-the-world cruise 8 August 1951. USS Fiske (DD-842) was decommissioned 1 April 1952 for conversion to a radar picket destroyer.

Recommissioned 25 November 1952, USS Fiske (DD-842) trained with her new equipment in preparation for her participation in the fall of 1953 in NATO Operation "Mariner," which took her north of the Arctic Circle. In 1954 she resumed her annual tours of duty in the Mediterranean, serving the carrier task forces of the 6th Fleet as radar picket. USS Fiske (DD-842)'s training operations when assigned to the 2d Fleet for duty in the western Atlantic and Caribbean included special work in development of antisubmarine warfare, and air defense. Homeported at Mayport, Fla., from August 1960, USS Fiske (DD-842) joined in NATO exercises north of the Arctic Circle in the fall of 1960, and at the close of the year, sailed for patrol duty in the Caribbean.

For a complete history of USS Fiske (DD-842) please its DANFS page.