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USS EUGENE A. GREENE (DD-711) - a Gearing-class destroyer

In Commission 1945 to 1972

DD-711 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
AUG 1944 - Keel Date: 17 AUG 1944
at Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company Kearny NJ
MAR 1945 - Launch Date: 18 MAR 1945
JUN 1945 - Commissioned: 8 JUN 1945
FEB 1947 - Shellback Initiation - 20 FEB 1947 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN 1954 - AUG 1954 Guantanamo Bay
OCT 1962 - OCT 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
JUN 1966 - DEC 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
NOV 1966 - Shellback Initiation - 13 NOV 1966 - Pacific Ocean
NOV 1966 - Shellback Initiation - 30 NOV 1966 - Pacific Ocean
NOV 1967 - MAY 1968 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV 1967 - Shellback Initiation - 12 NOV 1967 - Indian Ocean
JUL 1968 - AUG 1968 UNITAS
MAR 1969 - SEP 1969 Operation Deep Freeze
SEP 1969 - MAR 1970 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
JAN 1970 - JAN 1971 Mediterranean
JAN 1971 - MAY 1971 Regular Overhaul
SEP 1971 - SEP 1971 Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
SEP 1971 - OCT 1971 NATO Exercise Royal Knight
DEC 1971 - JUN 1972 Mediterranean
AUG 1972 - Decommissioned: 31 AUG 1972
AUG 1972 - AUG 1972 Renamed SNS Churruca (D-61)
SEP 1972 - SEP 1972 Blue Nose - Arctic Circle

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


Eugene A. Greene (DD-711) was launched 18 March 1946 by Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. Kearny N.J.; sponsored by Mrs. Anita M. Greene widow of Ensign Greene; and commissioned 8 June 1946 Commander W. V. Pratt III in command.

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 Uruguay 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 schooling reservists 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]