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.
launched 25 October 1945; sponsored by Mrs. George Tilton; and commissioned 17 January 1946
Comdr. Clyde J. Van Arsdall
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
and the Dardanelles-Sea of Marmara-Bosporus. Returning to her homeport
8 March 1947
she conducted local operations and exercises from Puerto Rico to Canada and
served as Engineering School Ship for Destroyer Forces
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.
following her 3rd Mediterranean tour
she again served as Engineering School Ship and participated in type
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
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
she shifted her homeport to Mayport
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
in May 1966
patrol duties with TF 124 off the Dominican Republic.
Perry interrupted her previous schedule and on 11 January got underway for duty in the western Pacific. Arriving at Subic Bay
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]