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 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)
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
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]