DD-851 General Specifications
Class: Gearing-class destroyer
Named for: William H. Rupertus
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:Loaned to Greece 10 July 1973
USS RUPERTUS (DD-851)
Rupertus (DD-851) was laid down 2 May 1945 by Bethlehem Steel Co.
Mass.; launched 21 September 1945; sponsored by Mrs. William H. Rupertus
and commissioned 8 March 1946 Comdr. William C. F. Robards in command.
Following shakedown off Guantanamo Bay and visits to various east coast ports
Rupertus transited the Panama Canal and steamed to San Francisco. Since 1946 she has alternated deployments to the western Pacific with operations off the west coast of the United States.
On her first deployment in 1947 she operated throughout the Far East
but particularly at Tsingtao
China. In the eastern Pacific throughout 1948
she returned to Tsingtao in 1949 only to be one of the last three American ships to leave that port before it fell to the Communists.
Returning to San Diego in December for operations in the eastern Pacific and overhaul
she departed San Diego 13 November 1950 to operate with U.N. forces off Korea. She escorted carrier Sicily from Sasebo to Hungnam
then from 14 May 1951
operated with blockade and escort TF 95 off the west coast of Korea and in the Yellow Sea. Leaving TF 95 and steaming to Wonsan
Rupertus spent 10 days off the coast near Songju and fired thousands of rounds of ammunition at shore targets. Rupertus saw continuous combat service until 4 July 1951
when she returned to Inchon during the armistice talks.
Returning to San Diego 8 August 1951
Rupertus steamed out again to rejoin the 7th Fleet 23 February 1952. Operating first with carrier TF 77
she then departed to bombard the Hungnam-Hannum area with Manchester and rescued a pilot from Boxer while under heavy Communist shore battery fire. Rupertus put in to the Long Beach Naval Shipyard for overhaul on 6 October.
Departing San Diego for the western Pacific again 16 May 1953
Rupertus screened Bremerton (CA-130) in TF 77
participated in shore bombardment missions off Korea
conducted hunter-killer exercises
trained Chinese Nationalist naval students in Formosan waters
and participated in the centennial celebration of Commodore M. C. Perry's first visit to Japan
before returning to San Diego.
After the Korean truce
Rupertus continued her annual deployments to WestPac until 1960 when she was assigned Yokosuka as a homeport. In WestPac for almost 3 consecutive years
she operated off Vietnam during the Communist advance there in April 1961.
Rupertus returned to San Francisco 13 December 1962
and following a FRAM I overhaul
which replaced her World War II armament with a modern integrated ASW weapons system including ASROC and DASH
she entered her temporary homeport of Long Beach
Calif. On 26 May 1964 she again steamed for Yokosuka
Taiwan Patrol and after the August Tonkin Gulf incident
the South China Sea. Remaining in the Far East
in June 1965 she Participated in operations supporting the Gemini IV space flight
then returned to Vietnamese waters for "Market Time" operations boarding and inspecting many boats and ships off South Vietnam in search of Communist contraband; and provided naval gunfire support to U.S. forces in Vietnam. Operations on Taiwan Patrol and in the South China Sea continued throughout 1966
interrupted by participation in GT-9A recovery operations in May and June.
again homeported at Long Beach
arrived there 3 August 1966. A year later she sailed for the Far East again arriving on Yankee Station in the Gulf of Tonkin in July. With Forrestal (CVA-59) when a series of explosions temporarily disabled the giant carrier on 29 July
Rupertus maneuvered to within 20 feet of the crippled ship and remained alongside for a period of 3 hours assisting in fighting fires
and rescuing personnel thrown into the sea. Rupertus then participated in "Sea Dragon" operations involving the interdiction of waterborne logistics craft staging from North Vietnamese ports
and drew enemy fire off Dong Hoi
which resulted in minor shrapnel hits. Assigned to gunfire support off South Vietnam in October
she returned to Long Beach on 4 December.
Following overhaul and exercises off the California coast
Rupertus again got underway for WestPac on 3 July 1968. She arrived in her new homeport
and assumed naval gunfire support responsibilities off South Vietnam on 14 August. Taking up "Sea Dragon" duties on 29 August
she again came under fire from enemy coastal defense sites. After serving as part of the Apollo 7 recovery team
she returned to duties off Vietnam and then plane guard duty off Korea
winding up 1968 in Yokosuka.
Continuing to operate throughout the Far East during 1969
part of that time off Vietnam
Rupertus returned to San Diego 15 August 1970. She remained in San Diego for the rest of 1970
spending much of the time in drydock.
Both 1971 and 1972 brought Rupertus a WestPac cruise
each of about six months duration and alternated with operations in the San Diego area. Soon after her return from the second of these latest deployments
in the spring of 1973 she underwent an INSURV inspection which resulted in her being declared unfit for further service. Rupertus was offered to the Hellenic Navy on a loan basis and she was decommissioned 10 July 1973. Concurrent with her decommissioning
she was transferred to the Hellenic Navy and recommissioned as Kountouriotis (D-213).
Rupertus earned seven battle stars for service in the Korean Conflict.
[Note: The above USS RUPERTUS (DD-851) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS RUPERTUS (DD-851) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]