DD-711 General Specifications
Class: Gearing-class destroyer
Named for: Ensign Eugene A. Greene (1921-1942)
Complement: 336 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 3460 tons
Length: 390 feet 6 inches
Beam: 40 feet 10 inches
Flank Speed: 35 knots
Range: 4 500 Nautical Miles
Final Disposition:Transferred to Spain 31 August 1972
USS EUGENE A. GREENE (DD-711)
Eugene A. Greene (DD-711) was launched 18 March 1946 by Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co.
N.J.; sponsored by Mrs. Anita M. Greene
widow of Ensign Greene; and commissioned 8 June 1946
Commander W. V. Pratt
Eugene A. Greene operated along the east coast and in the Caribbean on shakedown training
acting as plane guard during the qualification of pilots in carrier operations
and training men for the crews of new destroyers. From her home port in Norfolk
she sailed to Guantanamo Bay for training early in 1947
and on 13 February sailed in a task group bound for Montevideo
to participate in the festivities accompanying the inauguration of Uruguay's president. The group also paid a good will visit to Rio de Janeiro before returning to Norfolk 31 March.
On 10 November 1947 Eugene A. Greene sailed on the first of 9 Mediterranean cruises made over the next 13 years. During those years
she and her sisters of the U.S. 6th Fleet have guarded the interests of peace and order in that sea which was the cradle of democratic government. Voyages to northern Europe and the Arctic varied the routine of overseas deployment for Eugene A. Greene.
Except for the period 1 April 1962 to 1 December 1952 when she was out of commission being converted to a radar picket destroyer
Eugene A. Greene
like nearly all other destroyers
has had little time for relaxation. When not on distant duty
she has sailed east coast and Caribbean waters constantly
serving as plane guard in carrier operations
exercising with large task groups
and standing watch against any air or seaborne threat to the security of the free world.
[Note: The above USS EUGENE A. GREENE (DD-711) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS EUGENE A. GREENE (DD-711) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]