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USS BASILONE (DD-824) - a Gearing-class destroyer

In Commission 1949 to 1977

DD-824 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JUL 1945 - Keel Date: 7 JUL 1945
at Consolidated Steel Corporation Orange TX
DEC 1945 - Launch Date: 21 DEC 1945
JUL 1949 - Commissioned: 26 JUL 1949
JUN 1957 - Shellback Initiation - 26 JUN 1957 - Atlantic Ocean
MAR 1962 - JUN 1962 Eastlant Cruise
OCT 1962 - OCT 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
JAN 1963 - APR 1965 Mediterranean
JUL 1965 - Shellback Initiation - 20 JUL 1965 - Pacific Ocean
SEP 1968 - FEB 1969 Mediterranean
NOV 1969 - MAY 1970 Mediterranean
APR 1972 - DEC 1972 Circumnavigation
JUL 1972 - AUG 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT 1972 - Shellback Initiation - 31 OCT 1972 - Indian Ocean
JAN 1973 - JAN 1977 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1977 - JUN 1977 Mediterranean
NOV 1977 - Decommissioned: 1 NOV 1977

DD-824 General Specifications

Class: Gearing-class destroyer

Named for: John Basilone

Complement: 345 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 2425 tons

Length: 390 feet 6 inches

Beam: 40 feet 10 inches

Flank Speed: 35 knots

Range: 4 500 Nautical Miles

Final Disposition:Sunk in exercise 9 April 1982


Basilone (DD-824) was launched 21 December 1946 by Consolidated Steel Corp. Ltd. Orange Tex.; sponsored by Sergeant Lena Mae Basilone USMCWR widow of Sergeant Basilone. The vessel was deactivated for a period of time and was then moved from Orange Tex. to the Quincy Yard of Bethlehem Steel Co. Quincy Mass. for conversion to an escort destroyer (reclassified DDE-824 28 January 1948). Conversion completed Basilone (DDE-824) was commissioned 26 July 1949 Commander M. E. Dennett in command.

Assigned to Destroyer Force Atlantic Basilone has operated out of Norfolk on local operations and competitive exercises; with the Operational Development Force Surface Anti-Submarine Development Detachment and as a school ship for the Fleet Sonar School at Key West Fla. and in the Caribbean on anti-submarine and hunter-killer exercises. At frequent intervals between March 1952 and September 1964 she conducted four tours of duty with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean. Between 6 June and 4 August 1955 she served as a unit of midshipman cruise Able which visited Spain England and Cuba. In 1956 between October and December Basilone made a cruise of Northern Europe and the Mediterranean after which she returned to Norfolk.

[Note: The above USS BASILONE (DD-824) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS BASILONE (DD-824) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]