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U.S.S. PERRY

(DD-844)

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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
MAY1945-Keel Date: 14 MAY 1945
at Bath Iron Works Bath ME
OCT1945-Launch Date: 25 OCT 1945
JAN1946-Commissioned: 17 JAN 1946
OCT1946-Shellback Initiation - 20 OCT 1946 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT1955-MAR1956Mediterranean
JAN1961-APR1961Guantanamo Bay
JAN1962- Shellback Initiation - 1 JAN 1962 - Pacific Ocean
OCT1962-OCT1962Cuban Missle Blockade
NOV1962-MAR1963Mediterranean
MAR1964-JUN1964Mediterranean
JUN1964-JUN1964In June of 1964 sent to blockade Cyprus
MAR1965-APR1965DD-844 sent to Dominican Republic to blockade the island
JUN1965-AUG1965Mediterranean
FEB1967-JUL1967Mediterranean
JAN1968-JAN1970West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN1968-AUG1968Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
SEP1968-NOV1968Antarctic Circle
DEC1968-SEP1969Antarctic Circle
JAN1969-JAN1970Hawii we saw Tora Tora. Tora movie being shot saw Jap planes
JAN1969-AUG1969uss perry dd844
FEB1969-MAR1969ussperrydd814
FEB1969-AUG1969West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB1969-MAR1969uss perry dd844
JUN1970-JUL1970Black sea cruise
AUG1970-MAR1971Mediterranean
JUL1971-FEB1972uss enterprise cvan65
JAN1972-MAR1973West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1972-JAN1973West Pac
AUG1972-FEB1973West Pac
JUL1973-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



USS PERRY (DD-844)



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]