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Gallup II (PGM-85)


A town in New Mexico.


(PGM-85: displacement 235 (full load); length 164'6"; beam 23'11"; draft 5'2"; complement 24; armament 1-inch, 1 40 millimeter, 4 .50 caliber machine guns; class Asheville)

The second Gallup (PGM-85) was laid down on 27 April 1964 at Tacoma, Wash., by Tacoma Boatbuilding Co., Inc.; launched on 15 June 1965; sponsored by Mrs. Goodwin Chase; delivered to the Navy on 21 October 1966; and commissioned on 22 October 1966, Lt. William T. Spane, Jr., in command.

From October 1966 until February 1967, the gunboat conducted her shakedown under Commander Amphibious Group 3 off the West Coast as far north as Juan de Fuca. On 28 March 1967, Gallup was reclassified as PG-85. She  served as a patrol and surveillance craft in the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Ultimately decommissioned on 31 January 1977, Gallup was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 9 October 1984 and sold for scrap on 13 May 2007 to Esco Marine, Brownsville, Texas. The ship was dismantled completely by October 2007.

Robert J. Cressman

12 August 2016 

Published: Fri Aug 12 11:19:05 EDT 2016