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USS Elliot (DD-967)

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USS Elliot (DD-967) was a Spruance-class destroyer in the US Navy  Built by the Ingalls Shipbuilding Division of Litton Industries at Pascagoula, MS, the ship was named for Lieutenant Commander Arthur J. Elliot, II, USN (1933–1968), who as commanding officer of Patrol Boat River Squadron 57, was killed in action in the Republic of Vietnam on 29 December 1968.

USS Elliot (DD-967) got underway on 24 January 1977 for her maiden voyage, transiting from Pascagoula, Mississippi, to San Diego, CA, via the Panama Canal. After arrival, USS Elliot (DD-967) conducted five weeks of shakedown training and participated in a combat exercise. Following these evolutions, she returned to her builders for a post shakedown yard availability. USS Elliot (DD-967) departed for her first deployment, a seven-month Western Pacific tour, on 21 February 1979 as flagship of DesRon 31 in company with the aircraft carrier USS Ranger. 

USS Elliot (DD-967) began her second deployment in 1980. On 23 January 1981, USS Elliot (DD-967) suffered a main bearing casualty resulting in one of her gas turbnie engines having to be replaced. USS Elliot (DD-967) departed San Diego, California on 13 April 1983 for the third deployment of her career. Port visits on this deployment included stops in Hawaii, Philippines, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Guam and Hong Kong. In May 1986 USS Elliot (DD-967) began a two-month selected repair availability which included installation of flight deck modifications necessary to support LAMPS Mk III helicopter operations. USS Elliot (DD-967) reported to Southwest Marine Shipyard, San Diego in May 1992 for a yard period where she remained until August. On 16 November USS Elliot (DD-967) departed San Diego for a five-week counter narcotics cruise.

USS Elliot (DD-967) operated out of San Diego, CA until she was decommissioned on 2 December 2003.