DD-825 General Specifications
Named for: Donald M. Carpenter
Displacement: 3460 tons
Length: 390 feet 6 inches
Beam: 40 feet 10 inches
Draft: 14 feet 4 in
Final Disposition: Leased to Turkey 20 February 1981
USS CARPENTER (DD-825)
Carpenter (DDK 825) was launched as DD-826 on 28 December 1945 by Consolidated Steel Corp.
Tex.; sponsored by Mrs. D. M. Carpenter
and commissioned 15 December 1949
Commander J. B. Grady in command.
Carpenter was reclassified DDK on 28 January 1948
and completed as a hunter-killer destroyer at the Newport News Shipbuilding Corp. in 1949. Following her commissioning and shakedown
she was reclassified DDE on 4 March 1960
and assigned to the Pacific Fleet.
Carpenter cleared Norfolk 26 June 1950 for her home port
arriving 13 July. Local operations were conducted until 4 February 1952
when she sailed for duty in the Korean War. During her tour with TF 77
she patrolled the Taiwan Strait
twice entered the dangerous waters of Wonsan Harbor to rescue downed aviators
and took part in hunter-killer exercises. Reporting to TG 95.1 in the Yellow Sea 28 May
Carpenter's guns pounded the Choda Islands off the west coast of Korea on 1 and 2 June. The destroyer returned to Pearl Harbor 29 June for a summer of operations in Hawaiian waters.
After fleet exercises at Eniwetok and Kwajalein in the fall of 1952
Carpenter prepared for her second tour of duty with TF 77 off the east coast of Korea. She sailed for the western Pacific May 1953
and took part in the smashing bombardment of Hungnam on 12 and 13 June. Once more she returned to patrol vigilantly in the Taiwan Strait
and took part in hunter-killer exercises before returning to Pearl Harbor 19 December 1953.
From the close of the Korean War through 1960 Carpenter alternated periods of training
and regular overhauls at Pearl Harbor with annual deployments in the Far East. These tours in the Western Pacific included operations in the Philippines. assignments on patrol in the Taiwan Strait
exercises off Japan and Okinawa
and visits to ports in Japan as well as Honk Kong. On both her 1957 and 1958 tours
she sailed outward hound by way of Samoa; Sydney
Australia; Manus; and Guam
thus varying the usual passage via Midway to Japan.
Carpenter received five battle stars for Korean War service.
[Note: The above USS CARPENTER (DD-825) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS CARPENTER (DD-825) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]