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USS Joseph K. Taussig (DE-1030)

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USS Joseph K. Taussig (DE-1030) was laid down 3 January 1956 by the New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N. J.; launched 9 March 1957; sponsored by Mrs. Joseph K. Taussig, widow of Vice Admiral Taussig, and commissioned 10 September 1957, Lt. Comdr. R. S. Moore in command.

Following a Caribbean shakedown USS Joseph K. Taussig (DE-1030) reported to Newport, R.I., 22 December for duty with the Atlantic Fleet. She departed Newport 12 May 1958 for Mediterranean service with the 6th Fleet. During this tour that a crisis erupted in Lebanon, and the 6th Fleet was dispatched to the area to prevent a Communist takeover. USS Joseph K. Taussig (DE-1030) was assigned to an antisubmarine warfare group and continued these operations until 6 February 1959 when she made a goodwill cruise to South America. Upon completion of an overhaul at Boston Naval Shipyard, USS Joseph K. Taussig (DE-1030) operated out of Newport prior to Caribbean exercises during January 1960. She returned to Newport 14 February and resumed operations along the Atlantic coast.

During January and February 1961, USS Joseph K. Taussig (DE-1030) once again participated in annual exercises in the Caribbean and in April engaged in joint American-Canadian exercises off Nova Scotia. For the remainder of the year she operated in a state of readiness along the Atlantic coast and in mid February 1962 commenced 6 months of extensive ASW exercises. With the easing of tensions, she began preparations for a goodwill cruise to Africa, and departed Newport 15 February 1963. After visiting 9 African and 3 Mediterranean ports, she returned Newport 25 May for summer convoy escort exercises and Cuban patrol duty. From August to December, USS Joseph K. Taussig (DE-1030) engaged in coastal training operations.

Between January and May 1965 USS Joseph K. Taussig (DE-1030) received DASH installation at Boston Naval Shipyard; and after completing training in the Caribbean, she participated in the massive amphibious exercise, Operation "Steel Pike I," in October. During the remainder of 1965 and throughout 1966, she trained along the Atlantic Coast and in the Caribbean and, in addition, served as sonar school ship at Key West. USS Joseph K. Taussig (DE-1030) resumed squadron training exercises in July. During the next 12 months she operated from New England waters to the Caribbean maintaining her high degree of readiness for defense of the nation and the free world.

For a complete history of USS Joseph K. Taussig (DE-1030) please see its DANFS page.