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U.S.S. HARRY E. YARNELL

(CG-17)

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The USS HARRY E. YARNELL (CG-17), a Leahy class cruiser, was commissioned on 2 FEB 1963. USS HARRY E. YARNELL served her country for 30 years, 8 months and 18 days, until decommissioned on 20 OCT 1993.

The USS HARRY E. YARNELL (CG-17) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

CG-17 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAY1960-Keel Date: 31 MAY 1960
at Bath Iron Works Bath ME
DEC1961-Launch Date: 9 DEC 1961
FEB1963-Commissioned: 2 FEB 1963
SEP1964-SEP1964Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
SEP1964-FEB1965Mediterranean
SEP1965-MAY1966Mediterranean
JAN1967-MAY1967Mediterranean
SEP1967-DEC1967Mediterranean
JAN1968-JAN1970Decommisioning
JAN1970-NOV1970UNITAS - which is accurate? please re-enter
JUL1970-DEC1970UNITAS
AUG1970-Shellback Initiation - 8 AUG 1970 - which is accurate? please re-enter
AUG1970-Shellback Initiation - 16 AUG 1970 - Atlantic Ocean
DEC1971-JUN1972Mediterranean
AUG1973-FEB1974Mediterranean
JUN1976-DEC1976Mediterranean
JUN1977-NOV1977North Atlantic
JAN1978-JUN1978Mediterranean
APR1978-OCT1978Mediterranean
NOV1978-MAR1980Dry Dock
JAN1980-Shellback Initiation - 3 JAN 1980 - Indian Ocean
MAR1980-JUL1980Guantanamo Bay
NOV1980-JUN1981Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
DEC1980-Shellback Initiation - 15 DEC 1980 - Indian Ocean
JAN1981-Shellback Initiation - 2 JAN 1981 - Indian Ocean
FEB1981-FEB1981port call Perth Australia
APR1981-APR1981port call Mombosa Kenya
MAY1981-MAY1981transit Suez Canel
MAY1981-MAY1981C N O visit in Mediterranean
JUN1981-JUN1981arrived Norfolk end of cruise
FEB1982-Shellback Initiation - 15 FEB 1982 - Indian Ocean
MAR1982-JUL1982Mediterranean
OCT1982-NOV1982Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
OCT1982-NOV1982Shellback / Equatorial Crossing
SEP1983-APR1984Mediterranean-Lebanon
OCT1983-NOV1983Grenada
JUN1985-JUN1985North Atlantic
OCT1986-MAR1987Mediterranean
NOV1989-APR1990Mediterranean
SEP1991-SEP1991Shellback Initiation
SEP1991-SEP1991Panama Canal
SEP1991-SEP1991Shellback Initiation W84.00.0 degrees Pacific Ocean
JUN1992-DEC1992UNITAS
JUL1992-Shellback Initiation - 20 JUL 1992 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT1993-Decommissioned: 20 OCT 1993
FEB1995-FEB1995Sold to Northern Metal for $294 692.34 ...Quonset Point R.I
JAN1996-JAN1996HEY never appeared in Down Periscope. It was CG 21 22 and 23
JAN1996-JAN1996down periscope while waiting disposal/at portsmith
JAN1996-JAN1996appears in the movie
DEC1996-DEC1996Scrapping contract cancled towed to Philadelphia for storage.
APR2002-APR2002Scrapping was ultimately completed

CG-17 General Specifications

Class: Leahy class cruiser

Named for: Harry E. Yarnell

Complement: 395 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 7800 tons

Length: 547 feet

Beam: 55 feet

Flank Speed: 30+ knots

Final Disposition: Disposed of by scrapping dismantling 17 April 2002



USS HARRY E. YARNELL (CG-17)



Harry E. Yarnell was launched 9 December 1961 by the Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine; sponsored by Mrs. PhilipYarnell, wife of the late Admiral Tarnell; and commissioned 2 February 1963 at the Boston Naval Shipyard, Captain Charles E. Nelson in command.

Second of the "double-end," Leahy-class guided-missile frigates to join America's sea-going arsenal, Harry E. Yarnell is equipped with Terrier surface-to-air missile launching tubes both fore and aft and ASROC anti-submarine missiles as well as more conventional torpedo tubes and guns. Before taking her place in America's powerful deterrent force, the new ship was fitted out at Boston and received a grim reminder that even in peacetime the sea can be a powerful enemy. As she was out on trials, Harry E. Yarnell was diverted 10 April 1963 to search for Thresher, the nuclear submarine later found on the bottom some 8,000 feet down. Quartering the area where the sub was last reported, the guided missile frigate found an oil slick and some debris but could not contact the lost submarine.

On her way to her new home base at Norfolk 23 April, Harry E. Yarnell passed and photographed several Russian ''merchant" ships. The next few months were spent conducting training for shakedown and missile qualification. Designated to carry out standardization trials for her claiss as well as special acoustical tests, Harry E. Yarnell spent 28 October-26 November in the Caribbean operating out of Guantanamo and then returned to Norfolk.

Harry E. Yarnell continued operating in the Virginia Capes area and the Caribbean until departing Norfolk 8 September 1964 for her first Atlantic crossing. NATO ASW exercises en route took the guided missile frigate far north, and she crossed the Arctic circle on the 21st. She visited Amsterdam en route to the Mediterranean, where she remained until returning to Norfolk in February 1965.

On her next Mediterranean deployment, which began 8 October, she transited the Dardanelles 3 January 1966 and entered the Black Sea to operate close to the Soviet Union before returning to Norfolk in March. After NATO exercises in the North Atlantic, Harry E. Yarnell received the battle efficiency "E" for the preceeding year.

Operations in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean brought the fine ship and her crew to a high degree of readiness before she sailed for her 3d Med deployment early in 1967. She cruised the Mediterranean ready to help snuff out trouble, should it occur in that troubled area, until returning to Norfolk in May. At mid-year she operated in the North Atlantic, honing her fighting edge to prepare for the challenges of the future.

[Note: The above USS HARRY E. YARNELL (CG-17) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS HARRY E. YARNELL (CG-17), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]