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U.S.S. BROWNSON

(DD-868)

VIRTUTE ET AUDACIA

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USS BROWNSON (DD-868) - a Gearing-class destroyer

In Commission 1945 to 1976

DD-868 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
FEB1945-Keel Date: 13 FEB 1945
JUL1945-Launch Date: 7 JUL 1945
NOV1945-Commissioned: 17 NOV 1945
JAN1946-MAR1946Antarctic Circle
DEC1946-DEC1946Panama Canal
DEC1946-DEC1946Equator
DEC1946-DEC1946Crash of PBM Mariner George one
DEC1946-MAR1947Byrd Antarctic Expedition Operation Highjump
DEC1946-DEC1946Antarctic Circle
JAN1947-JAN1947Rescue of crew of George One
NOV1950-NOV1950Collision with Charles H. Roan (DD-853)
JUN1953-Shellback Initiation - 19 JUN 1953 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN1954-JAN1955Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
AUG1954-MAR1955Far East
SEP1956-MAR1957Med - Iran - Pakistan - India - Africa South America & Jamaca
OCT1962-OCT1962Cuban Missle Blockade
MAY1964-JUL1964Guantanamo Bay
JUN1964-DEC1964Mediterranean
OCT1964-DEC1964Guantanamo Bay
OCT1964-DEC1964North Atlantic
MAR1965-JUL1965Mediterranean
JUN1965-DEC1965North Atlantic
OCT1966-MAY1967West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1967-FEB1967West Pac-Viet Nam
MAR1967-Shellback Initiation - 13 MAR 1967 - Indian Ocean
JAN1969-OCT1969Mediterranean
JUN1972-DEC1972Mediterranean
JAN1974-JUN1974Mediterranean
JAN1974-JUN1974North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
APR1975-OCT1975Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAY1975-Shellback Initiation - 9 MAY 1975 - Atlantic Ocean
MAY1975- Shellback Initiation - 17 MAY 1975 - Atlantic Ocean
SEP1976-Decommissioned: 30 SEP 1976

DD-868 General Specifications

Final Disposition: Scrapped 12 July 1946



USS BROWNSON (DD-868)



The second Brownson (DD-868) was launched 7 July 1945 by Bethlehem Steel Co. Staten Island N. Y.; sponsored by Miss Caroline Brownson Hart granddaughter of Admiral Brownson and commissioned 17 November 1945 Commander W. R. Cox in command.


Brownson conducted shakedown in the Atlantic and Caribbean and was then placed in a reduced operational status at Bath Maine for six months. Resuming active operations in October 1946 she participated in Operation High Jump between November 1946 and April 1947.


Brownson spent the summer and fall of 1947 operating out of Newport. In February 1948 she took part in the 2nd Fleet exercises in the Caribbean and then Joined the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean. She returned to Newport in June 1948 and spent June 1948 to May 1949 conducting reserve cruises.


In May 1949 she entered Boston Naval Shipyard for an extensive modernization which lasted until March 1950. She conducted refresher training in the Caribbean and in the summer of 1950 made a Midshipmen cruise in the Caribbean. She then participated in fleet exercises operating out of Newport.


During night operations on Bermuda on 8 November 1950 Brownson collided with Charles H. Roan (DD-853). She returned to Boston for repairs and further modernization. Leaving the yard in February 1951 she joined the 9th Fleet in the Mediterranean. The period between October 1951 and August 1952 was spent in the vicinity of Newport. In August 1952 she went to the North Atlantic with the 2nd Fleet for NATO's Operation Mainbrace. In October 1952 she rejoined the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean. Returning to Newport in February 1953 she operated along the Atlantic seaboard and in the Caribbean until August 1954 with the exception of one Midshipmen cruise and participation in Operation Springboard.


She departed Newport 2 August for an extended tour in the Far East with the 7th Fleet. In the Far East Brownson cruised in Japanese Philippine and Korean waters until January 1955. Departing the Far East she returned to the east coast via the Suez Canal arriving at Newport 14 March 1955.


Since March 1955 Brownson has operated along the eastern seaboard in the Caribbean and in the Mediterranean.

[Note: The above USS BROWNSON (DD-868) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS BROWNSON (DD-868) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]