The USS REEVES (CG-24), a Leahy class cruiser, was commissioned on 15 MAY 1964 as guided missile destroyer leader (DLG-24). USS REEVES was built in Bremerton, Washington by the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. After fit out and shakedown, REEVES was homeported in Long Beach, California. Her service life began with a deployment to the Western Pacific and the waters of Vietnam. After returning to the US for upkeep, REEVES changed station to Yokosuka, Japan in June 1966, and for the next two years, steamed the area of Yankee Station with aircraft carriers sending strikes into Vietnam. Returning to the US in late summer 1968, REEVES sailed for the East Coast and a extensive overhaul in 1969. Returning to service in 1970, resumed operations in the Western Pacific off of Vietnam. As the war wound down, REEVES continued deploying to the "West Pac". In June 1975 REEVES was redesignated guided missile cruiser (CG-24). In the 1980s REEVES made a post call in Qingdao, China. Her later career was spent deploying to the Indian Ocean several times. USS REEVES served her country for 29 years, 5 months and 28 days, until decommissioned on 12 NOV 1993. The hulk of the REEVES was disposed of by a joint US/Australian "SINKEX" off of Queensland, Australia on 31 May 2001.
The USS REEVES (CG-24) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:
USS REEVES (CG-24)
The second Reeves
(DLG-24) was laid down 1 July 1960 by the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard,
Bremerton, Wash.; launched 12 May 1962; sponsored by Mrs. Joseph M. Reeves,
Jr., daughter-in-law of Vice Adm. J. M. Reeves; and commissioned 15 May 1964,
Capt. Wynne A. Stevens, Jr., in command.
Following an extended trial and shakedown period, Reeves, a guided missile frigate
homeported at Long Beach, underwent availability and further training and, on
10 April 1965, departed California for her first tour with the 7th Fleet in the
western Pacific. Deployed for just over 6 months, she operated primarily in
support of Allied operations in the Republic of Vietnam, serving as an AAW
picket, first with TG 77.3 built on Oriskany
(CVA-34), then with TG 77.6 centered on Midway
(CVA-41). Returning to Long Beach 3 November, she conducted local operations for
the remainder of the year and into 1966. On 26 May, she got underway for Japan
and a 2-year non-rotated tour with the 7th Fleet. Arriving at her new homeport,
Yokosuka, 16 June, she departed again in July and on the 7th anchored at
Danang, RVN to begin another tour off that embattled coast. For the next 2
years, she regularly sailed south from Japan for air-sea rescue tours off
Vietnam, compiling a total of 493 days underway, 312 of which were spent in the
Gulf of Tonkin.
Rotated back to the United States in August 1968, Reeves operated out of Long Beach for
the remainder of the year, participating in local operations and testing and
evaluating radar systems. With the new year, 1969, however, Reeves was ordered to Bath, Maine, for
overhaul and modernization. Arriving 31 March, she was placed out of
commission, special, 10 April, and the extensive modification work was begun.
recommissioned 29 August 1970 at Bath, Captain W. S. Mayer, USN, in command.
She spent the period 10 September-19 November making the passage from Bath to
her new home port, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The uncommonly long duration of the
passage was due to frequent stops along the way at various places for
additional work to be done and by a three-week refresher training period in the
vicinity of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. After arriving at Pearl Harbor, Reeves engaged in numerous exercises and
operations in the area around Hawaii.
June 1971 found her steaming westward for deployment in the
Gulf of Tonkin. Reeves returned to
Pearl Harbor 20 December 1971 and remained in the Hawaii-west coast area until
September 1972, participating in various operations and exercises, notably a
Midshipman cruise in July. She departed Hawaii, 18 September, headed for her
second WestPac deployment since recommissioning, arriving in Subic Bay,
Philippine Islands, 14 days later. After six months in the western Pacific,
stationed off the coast of Vietnam, Reeves sailed into port at Pearl Harbor 17 March 1973.
Reclassified a guided missile cruiser CG-24, on 30 June 1975, Reeves was
decommissioned and stricken from the Navy Register on 12 November 1993 at Pearl
Reeves earned three battle stars for Vietnam service.
[Note: The above USS REEVES (CG-24) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS REEVES (CG-24), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]