DD-700 General Specifications
Class: Allen M. Sumner class destroyer
Complement: 336 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 2200 tons
Length: 376 feet 6 inches
Beam: 40 feet
Draft: 15 feet 8 in
Range: 6500 Nautical Miles
Final Disposition: Sunk as a target 13 October 2001
USS HAYNSWORTH (DD-700)
Haynsworth(DD-700) was launched 15 April 1944 by the Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co.
N.J.; sponsored by Mrs. Haynsworth
widow of Comdr. Haynsworth; and commissioned 22 June 1944
Comdr. Robert Brodie
After shakedown in the Caribbean Haynsworth departed New York 20 September escorting Queen Mary with Prime Minister Winston Churchill on board. Rendezvousing with British escorts
she returned to New York and sailed 26 September via the Canal Zone and San Pedro
arriving Pearl Harbor 20 October. Haynsworth sailed 16 December for Ulithi and joined Vice Admiral J. S. McCain's Fast Carrier Task Force 3S for the final assaults on the Japanese. During the next 3 months she operated with the 3d and 5th Fleets as part of the screen for the Fast Carrier Task Force; the primary mission being to conduct air strikes against strategic Japanese positions along the China coast
and to harass enemy shipping during the landings at Luzon 9 January 1945.
The day after the invasion was launched
Task Force 38 moved into the South China Sea and conducted raids on the China coast and Indochina
doing much damage to the enemy. Launching one final raid against Okinawa
Haynsworth retired to Ulithi 26 January. She sortied 10 February with Admiral Marc Mitscher's Fast Carrier Force 58 for strikes against airfields
and shipping in the Tokyo area. Heavy fighter sweeps were launched 16 February to cover the airfields around Tokyo Bay. Despite heavy weather with low ceiling
most of the target areas were effectively neutralized. During the afternoon three Japanese picket boats that had evaded detection in thick fog were spotted by Haynsworth and promptly sunk
taking 12 prisoners. In addition to damaging aircraft frame and engine plants
a number of ships and small craft were attacked and sunk in Tokyo Bay
the biggest prize being the 10
600-ton Yamashro Maru.
As the Pacific war approached its climax
Haynsworth again sailed from Ulithi for further strikes against Japan. Massive air attacks were launched against airfields on Kyushu and ships in the Inland Sea 18 and 19 March
indicting heavy damage on the dwindling Japanese air and sea power. After participating in the bombardment of enemy shore positions on Minami Daito Shima 28 March
she sailed for Okinawa. Landings were made on the Japanese fortress April
with Task Force 58 providing support
and Haynsworth frequently aiding in the destruction of enemy aircraft during the many attacks
when "the fleet had come to stay." Only after she was crashed by a kamikaze 6 April did she have to retire to Mare Island via Ulithi for repairs.
After repairs Haynsworth had duty at Treasure Island
as a training ship from 17 July to 5 September. After several months of operations at Pearl Harbor
she sailed for the east coast 14 January 1946
reaching Boston 26 April for a year in the Reserve Fleet. Returning to active service in March 1947
Haynsworth based her operations from Algiers
conducting reserve training cruises in the Gulf and in the Caribbean until the summer of 1949.
Haynsworth sailed 6 September 1949 for her first duty with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean
returning to Norfolk 7 February 1950. She arrived Charleston 10 days later
decommissioned there 19 May and joined the Reserve Fleet.
With the expansion of operations due to the Korean War
Haynsworth recommissioned at Charleston 22 September 1950
Comdr.. Herbert F. Rommel in command. Following training and operations along the East Coast and in the Caribbean she sailed 3 September 1951 for duty in the Mediterranean.
After more operations on the East Coast and in the Caribbean
and a Midshipman cruise to the North Atlantic
Haynsworth sailed from Norfolk 2 November 1953 for a round-the-world cruise. While in the Pacific she was assigned duty for 4 months in the Far East with the 7th Fleet
a vital peace keeping force in that part of the world. Haynsworth returned to Norfolk 4 June 1954 to resume her support of the 6th fleet. In 1956 with the Suez crisis still unsettled
Navy units stood by in the eastern Mediterranean and evacuated U.S. nationals from Egypt. Haynsworth aided the Navy's preparedness in the event of any conflict. Between 1956 and 1960 she made five deployments to the Mediterranean
supporting the Navy's peacekeeping role and keeping a watchful eye on the troubled spots of the free world. In 1959 Haynsworth took part in the historic "Operation Inland Seas
" commemorating the opening of the mighty St. Lawrence Seaway
steaming up the St. Lawrence to Montreal.
Late in 1961 while in the Mediterranean
Haynsworth delivered emergency food rations to flood-ravaged Africa; and on 3 October 1962
she stood off Cape Canaveral as a rescue ship and witnessed the take off of astronaut Comdr. Walter Schirra on his historic six-orbital night. Later that month
under much more serious circumstances
she hastened to the Caribbean and participated in the naval quarantine of Cuba
effectively checking the Communists threat to the security of the Western Hemisphere.
In February 1963 Haynsworth deployed to the Mediterranean
the Red Sea
and the Gulf of Aden for operations with the 6th Fleet. After returning to Norfolk
she embarked midshipmen for an Atlantic cruise from 1 August to 10 September; then underwent overhaul at New Orleans
before arriving Galveston 28 February 1964 to begin duty as a Naval Reserve training ship.
Assigned to Reserve Destroyer Squadron 34
Haynsworth since that time has operated out of Galveston while providing valuable on board training facilities for hundreds of Naval Reservists. Manned by a nucleus crew
she has steamed to ports along the Gulf and Atlantic coast
and numerous training cruises have carried her into the Caribbean. Into mid-1967 she has continued to bolster the strength of the Navy and the Nation through intense
skilled. and effective training which maintains the caliber and readiness of the Naval Reserve.
Haynsworth received three battle stars for World War II service.
[Note: The above USS HAYNSWORTH (DD-700) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS HAYNSWORTH (DD-700) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]