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USS CHARLES P. CECIL (DD-835) - a Gearing-class destroyer

In Commission 1945 to 1979

DD-835 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
DEC 1944 - Keel Date: 2 DEC 1944
at Bath Iron Works Bath ME
APR 1945 - Launch Date: 2 APR 1945
JUN 1945 - Commissioned: 29 JUN 1945
OCT 1954 - MAR 1955 Mediterranean
JUL 1955 - AUG 1955 Guantanamo Bay
OCT 1962 - NOV 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
SEP 1964 - JAN 1965 Mediterranean
AUG 1965 - DEC 1965 Mediterranean
APR 1966 - MAR 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY 1966 - OCT 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY 1966 - OCT 1967 Circumnavigation
JUN 1966 - SEP 1966 Dependents Cruise
OCT 1966 - OCT 1966 Panama Canal
OCT 1966 - APR 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1967 - APR 1967 SUEZ CANAL
MAR 1967 - Shellback Initiation - 17 MAR 1967 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1968 - DEC 1970 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
MAR 1969 - SEP 1969 Red Sea cruise
MAR 1969 - Shellback Initiation - 19 MAR 1969 - Atlantic Ocean
FEB 1972 - Shellback Initiation - 13 FEB 1972 - Atlantic Ocean
APR 1972 - JUL 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT 1979 - Decommissioned: 1 OCT 1979

DD-835 General Specifications

Class: Gearing-class destroyer

Named for: Charles P. Cecil

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:Sold to Greece 8 August 1980


Charles P. Cecil (DD-835) was launched 22 April 1945 by Bath Iron Works Bath Maine; sponsored by Mrs. C. P. Cecil; and commissioned 29 June 1945 Commander W. Outerson in command.

Charles P. Cecil arrived at San Diego her home port 20 November 1945 and almost at once sailed on a tour of Pacific duty which found her operating as part of Joint Task Force One in the atomic bomb tests at Bikini as well as supporting occupation forces with operations in Japanese waters. She returned to San Diego 9 August 1946 and took part in exercises off the west coast until 26 August 1947 when she cleared for her second deployment to the Far East. She touched at many Pacific islands as well as calling at ports in China Japan and Okinawa before her return to San Diego 5 May 1948.

Reclassified DDR-835 18 March 1949 Charles P. Cecil left San Diego astern 4 April 1949 bound for Newport R.I. and assignment to the Atlantic Fleet. First from Newport and from December 1950 from Norfolk Va. Charles P. Cecil operated through 1960 with the Atlantic Fleet taking part in midshipmen training cruises periodic deployments to the Mediterranean and the overhauls and refresher training necessary to maintain her readiness. She participated in a long list of North Atlantic Treaty Organization operations in waters ranging from those north of the Arctic Circle to the Mediterranean. Her tours of duty with 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean included one which coincided with the Suez Crisis of fall 1956 during which she took up watchful patrol in the eastern Mediterranean.

From January 1959 when she was fitted with highly complex electronic computational and tracking equipment Charles P. Cecil concentrated on air defense experiments and exercises contributing to the development of advanced techniques. Her training however continued to include the areas such as antisubmarine warfare and amphibious operations required of the versatile destroyer.

[Note: The above USS CHARLES P. CECIL (DD-835) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS CHARLES P. CECIL (DD-835) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]