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USS ROBERT A. OWENS (DD-827) - a Gearing-class destroyer

In Commission 1949 to 1982

DD-827 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
OCT 1945 - Keel Date: 29 OCT 1945
at Bath Iron Works Bath ME
JUL 1946 - Launch Date: 15 JUL 1946
NOV 1949 - Commissioned: 5 NOV 1949
NOV 1953 - APR 1954 Mediterranean
MAY 1957 - JUL 1957 North Atlantic
JUN 1957 - AUG 1957 Mediterranean
AUG 1957 - DEC 1957 north atlantic
AUG 1957 - DEC 1957 Mediterranean
JUN 1961 - DEC 1961 Mediterranean
OCT 1962 - OCT 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
MAY 1963 - OCT 1963 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
FEB 1965 - Shellback Initiation - 5 FEB 1965 - Indian Ocean
AUG 1965 - Shellback Initiation - 12 AUG 1965 - Indian Ocean
FEB 1966 - Shellback Initiation - 17 FEB 1966 - Indian Ocean
FEB 1966 - Shellback Initiation - 5 FEB 1966 - Indian Ocean
JAN 1967 - JUN 1967 Mediterranean
SEP 1968 - JAN 1969 Mediterranean
DEC 1970 - JUN 1971 Mediterranean
DEC 1971 - JUN 1972 Mediterranean
NOV 1973 - Shellback Initiation - 8 NOV 1973 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN 1978 - AUG 1978 Great Lakes
AUG 1979 - AUG 1979 Dry Dock
JUN 1980 - AUG 1980 Great Lakes
FEB 1982 - Decommissioned: 16 FEB 1982
NOV 1983 - Shellback Initiation - 8 NOV 1983 - Atlantic Ocean

DD-827 General Specifications

Class: Gearing-class destroyer

Complement: 336 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 3460 tons

Length: 390 feet 6 inches

Beam: 40 feet 10 inches

Draft: 14 feet 4 in

Range: 4 500 Nautical Miles

Final Disposition: Transferred to Turkey 16 February 1982


Robert A. Owens (DD-827) was laid down 29 October 1945 by the Bath Iron Works Corp. Bath Maine; launched 15 July 1946; sponsored by Miss Patricia Hannegan; reclassified DDK-827 on 28 January 1948; and commissioned at Boston 5 November 1949 Comdr. Rexford V. Wheeler Jr. in command.

Following shakedown in February 1950 Robert A. Owens one of the first hunter-killer destroyers so designated was reclassified DDE-827 on 4 March 1950. She operated in the western Atlantic and the Caribbean until late 1952 when she deployed to the Mediterranean. From that time into the 1960's she operated with the 6th Fleet for 6 months out of every 18. During the remaining 12 months she conducted antisubmarine patrols off the Atlantic coast and in the Caribbean. In the fall of 1957 she added the North Sea to her operational area as she joined in NATO exercises.

In the 1960's Robert A. Owens continued to rotate between 2d and 6th Fleets. In November 1960 and February 1962 she assisted in the recovery operations for Project Mercury space capsules Mercury 2 and Mercury 6. After the latter Robert A. Owens sailed east to join TG Bravo for eastern Atlantic antisubmarine operations. Reclassified DD-827 on 7 August 1962 she was a unit of the Cuban Quarantine Task Force 136 during October and November. In January and February 1963 she conducted ASW operations in the Atlantic. March brought another period of patrol off Cuba; and in April Robert A. Owens again got underway for extended deployment. Duty in the Mediterranean the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean followed and on 23 December she entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization overhaul.

Completing overhaul on 15 November 1964 Robert A. Owens served as schoolship for the Fleet Sonar School and after refresher training at Guantanamo Bay joined the Recovery Force for Gemini-Titan (GT3) in March 1965 and Gemini-Titan (GT4) in June. On 27 November she sailed for an extended deployment to the 6th Fleet and Middle East Force returning to Fleet Sonar School ship duty in May 1966. She then operated in the Atlantic until deploying to the Mediterranean during the first 5 months of 1967. The balance of the year was spent in Atlantic operations schoolship duties and overhaul which was completed 11 March 1968.

Robert A. Owens then participated in the search for Scorpion 28 May to 13 June and conducted ASW operations before deploying to the 6th Fleet from 5 September 1968 to 27 January 1969. She then operated in the Atlantic and Caribbean without an extended deployment for the balance of that year. Between 1 January 1970 and 31 December 1972 she has alternated two Mediterranean deployments with normal operations in the Atlantic and Caribbean out of her home port Norfolk. The year 1973 has been taken up completely by Atlantic and Caribbean operations as of January 1974 she is in port at Norfolk.

[Note: The above USS ROBERT A. OWENS (DD-827) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS ROBERT A. OWENS (DD-827) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]