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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
MAY 1960 Keel Date: 31 MAY 1960
at Bath Iron Works Bath ME
DEC 1961 Launch Date: 9 DEC 1961
FEB 1963 Commissioned: 2 FEB 1963
SEP 1965 - MAY 1966 Mediterranean
JAN 1970 - NOV 1970 UNITAS - which is accurate? please re-enter
JUL 1970 - DEC 1970 UNITAS
AUG 1970 - Shellback Initiation - 16 AUG 1970 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG 1970 - Shellback Initiation - 8 AUG 1970 - which is accurate? please re-enter
AUG 1970 - Shellback Initiation - 16 AUG 1970 - Atlantic Ocean
DEC 1971 - JUN 1972 Mediterranean
AUG 1973 - FEB 1974 Mediterranean
JUN 1976 - DEC 1976 Mediterranean
JUN 1977 - NOV 1977 North Atlantic
JAN 1978 - JUN 1978 Mediterranean
JAN 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 3 JAN 1980 - Indian Ocean
NOV 1980 - JUN 1981 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
DEC 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 15 DEC 1980 - Indian Ocean
JAN 1981 - Shellback Initiation - 2 JAN 1981 - Indian Ocean
FEB 1981 - FEB 1981 port call Perth Australia
APR 1981 - APR 1981 port call Mombosa Kenya
MAY 1981 - MAY 1981 transit Suez Canel
MAY 1981 - MAY 1981 C N O visit in Mediterranean
JUN 1981 - JUN 1981 arrived Norfolk end of cruise
FEB 1982 - Shellback Initiation - 15 FEB 1982 - Indian Ocean
MAR 1982 - JUL 1982 Mediterranean
OCT 1982 - NOV 1982 Shellback / Equatorial Crossing
OCT 1982 - NOV 1982 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
SEP 1983 - APR 1984 Mediterranean-Lebanon
OCT 1983 - NOV 1983 Grenada
JUN 1985 - JUN 1985 North Atlantic
OCT 1986 - MAR 1987 Mediterranean
NOV 1989 - APR 1990 Mediterranean
JUN 1992 - DEC 1992 UNITAS
JUL 1992 - Shellback Initiation - 20 JUL 1992 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT 1993 Decommissioned: 20 OCT 1993
FEB 1995 - FEB 1995 Sold to Northern Metal for $294,692.34 ...Quonset Point, R.I
JAN 1996 - JAN 1996 appears in the movie
JAN 1996 - JAN 1996 down periscope while waiting disposal/at portsmith
JAN 1996 - JAN 1996 down periscope while waiting disposal/at portsmith
DEC 1996 - DEC 1996 Scrapping contract cancled, towed to Philadelphia for storage.
APR 2002 - APR 2002 Scrapping 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]