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USS PERRY (DD-844) - a Gearing-class destroyer

In Commission 1946 to 1973

DD-844 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAY 1945 - Keel Date: 14 MAY 1945
at Bath Iron Works Bath ME
OCT 1945 - Launch Date: 25 OCT 1945
JAN 1946 - Commissioned: 17 JAN 1946
OCT 1946 - Shellback Initiation - 20 OCT 1946 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT 1955 - MAR 1956 Mediterranean
JAN 1961 - APR 1961 Guantanamo Bay
JAN 1962 - Shellback Initiation - 1 JAN 1962 - Pacific Ocean
OCT 1962 - OCT 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
NOV 1962 - MAR 1963 Mediterranean
MAR 1964 - JUN 1964 Mediterranean
JUN 1964 - JUN 1964 In June of 1964 sent to blockade Cyprus
MAR 1965 - APR 1965 DD-844 sent to Dominican Republic to blockade the island
JUN 1965 - AUG 1965 Mediterranean
FEB 1967 - JUL 1967 Mediterranean
JAN 1968 - JAN 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN 1968 - AUG 1968 Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
SEP 1968 - NOV 1968 Antarctic Circle
DEC 1968 - SEP 1969 Antarctic Circle
JAN 1969 - JAN 1970 Hawii we saw Tora Tora. Tora movie being shot saw Jap planes
JAN 1969 - AUG 1969 uss perry dd844
FEB 1969 - MAR 1969 ussperrydd814
FEB 1969 - AUG 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1969 - MAR 1969 uss perry dd844
JUN 1970 - JUL 1970 Black sea cruise
AUG 1970 - MAR 1971 Mediterranean
JUL 1971 - FEB 1972 uss enterprise cvan65
JAN 1972 - MAR 1973 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1972 - JAN 1973 West Pac
AUG 1972 - FEB 1973 West Pac
JUL 1973 - Decommissioned: 1 JUL 1973

DD-844 General Specifications

Class: Gearing-class destroyer

Named for: Oliver Hazard Perry

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 for scrap 24 June 1974


The fourth Perry (DD-844) was laid down 14 May 1945 by the Bath Iron Works Corp. Bath Maine launched 25 October 1945; sponsored by Mrs. George Tilton; and commissioned 17 January 1946 Comdr. Clyde J. Van Arsdall Jr. in command.

Following shakedown off Cuba and plane guard exercises off Pensacola Perry departed the east coast 12 June 1946 for her first overseas deployment a 9 month cruise which took her first to northern Europe thence to the Mediterranean. There she joined other American units in patrolling off tension ridden areas bordering on that sea particularly on the Adriatic the Aegean and the Dardanelles-Sea of Marmara-Bosporus. Returning to her homeport Newport 8 March 1947 she conducted local operations and exercises from Puerto Rico to Canada and in addition served as Engineering School Ship for Destroyer Forces Atlantic Fleet and in October assisted in fighting the fire which ravaged the Maine resort of Mt. Desert Island.

Perry remained in the western Atlantic until January 1951 when she got underway again for the Mediterranean. 6th Fleet operations were followed by exercises with the British Home Fleet and in May she returned to New England and plane guard duties local operations and training exercises.

In 1952 following her 3rd Mediterranean tour she again served as Engineering School Ship and participated in type fleet and NATO exercises until resuming overseas employment in 1954. In the Mediterranean from January to June she served as Gunnery School Ship on her return.

During the next four years Perry regularly deployed to the Mediterranean patrolling in early 1956 off the Suez Canal as the United States attempted to promote a peaceful settlement to the mounting crisis between Israel and the Arab League nations.

Between 29 April 1959 and 10 May 1960 Perry underwent Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization (FRAM) Conversion the first such conversion at the Boston Naval Shipyard. In addition to improved living spaces she received the latest in sonar and anti-submarine weaponry including ASROC and DASH. Exercises in the Caribbean followed and in August she shifted her homeport to Mayport Fla. whence she began operations with Task Group Alpha. Over the next 2 years she operated with that group participated in Polaris missile tests in the Atlantic Missile Range and conducted local operations and training cruises. On 2 August 1962 she departed Florida to resume overseas deployments and for the next seven years rotated between 6th Fleet and Middle East Force tours and operations in the western Atlantic the latter including further Polaris tests school ship duties for the Sonar School at Key West and in May 1966 patrol duties with TF 124 off the Dominican Republic.

In 1969 Perry interrupted her previous schedule and on 11 January got underway for duty in the western Pacific. Arriving at Subic Bay P.I. 29 February she joined the 7th Fleet for operations off Viet Nam. On 3 September she returned to Mayport and resumed her duties with the Atlantic Fleet continuing them into 1970.

[Note: The above USS PERRY (DD-844) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS PERRY (DD-844) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]