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USS CARPENTER (DD-825) - a Gearing-class destroyer

In Commission 1949 to 1981

DD-825 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JUL 1945 - Keel Date: 30 JUL 1945
at Consolidated Steel Corporation Orange TX
SEP 1945 - Launch Date: 28 SEP 1945
DEC 1949 - Commissioned: 15 DEC 1949
JAN 1952 - JAN 1953 Middle Pacific
JAN 1952 - JAN 1954 pearl harbor
MAR 1957 - Shellback Initiation - 15 MAR 1957 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1960 - OCT 1960 West Pac
JUL 1962 - DEC 1962 West Pac
JUL 1963 - Shellback Initiation - 14 JUL 1963 - Pacific Ocean
NOV 1963 - APR 1964 West Pac
DEC 1965 - JUN 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC 1965 - JUL 1966 West Pac
JAN 1966 - DEC 1971 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1967 - JAN 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAR 1967 - SEP 1967 Far East 1967
AUG 1967 - Shellback Initiation - 8 AUG 1967 - Pacific Ocean
OCT 1968 - APR 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT 1968 - MAR 1970 West Pac
MAY 1969 - Shellback Initiation - 22 MAY 1969 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1969 - JUN 1969 Apollo 11
SEP 1971 - MAR 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL 1973 - AUG 1973 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1981 - Decommissioned: 20 FEB 1981

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


Carpenter (DDK 825) was launched as DD-826 on 28 December 1945 by Consolidated Steel Corp. Orange 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 Pearl Harbor 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 exercises 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]