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USS DAMATO (DD-871) - a Gearing-class destroyer

In Commission 1946 to 1980

DD-871 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAY 1945 - Keel Date: 10 MAY 1945
NOV 1945 - Launch Date: 21 NOV 1945
APR 1946 - Commissioned: 27 APR 1946
SEP 1952 - DEC 1952 Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
JAN 1957 - JAN 1957 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
JUN 1957 - Shellback Initiation - 18 JUN 1957 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN 1957 - Shellback Initiation - 18 JUN 1957 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN 1961 - Shellback Initiation - 30 JAN 1961 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN 1961 - FEB 1961 Pursuit of hijacked Portuguese Liner Santa Maria 1-23-1961 2-4-1
OCT 1962 - OCT 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
JUN 1964 - AUG 1964 North Atlantic
JUN 1966 - DEC 1966 Panama Canal
DEC 1966 - FEB 1968 recieved two hits from shore batteries
JUN 1967 - JAN 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL 1967 - JAN 1968 West Pac
AUG 1968 - Shellback Initiation - 7 AUG 1968 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1969 - JAN 1969 UNITAS
MAY 1969 - NOV 1969 Mediterranean
JUL 1970 - AUG 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1971 - AUG 1971 Mediterranean
SEP 1971 - NOV 1971 Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
SEP 1980 - Decommissioned: 30 SEP 1980

DD-871 General Specifications

Class: Gearing-class destroyer

Named for: Anthony P. Damato

Displacement: 2616 tons

Length: 390.5 feet

Beam: 40.9 feet

Draft: 14.3 feet

Range: 4 500 Nautical Miles

Final Disposition: Scrapped 1994


Damato (DD-871) was launched 21 November 1946 by Bethlehem Steel Co. Staten Island N.Y.; sponsored by Mrs. A. P. Damato and commissioned 27 April 1946 Commander I. S. Presler in command. She was reclassified DDE-871 on 4 March 1951.

From her home port at Newport R.I. and after December 1947 from Norfolk Damato cruised the Atlantic from Cuba to Newfoundland in training and exercises. In the summer of 1949 she carried midshipmen on a training cruise to France and England and that fall joined in experimental cold-weather operations in Arctic waters.

From September to November 1950 Damato had her first tour of duty with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean and during the next year joined in hunter-killer operations in the South Atlantic. She returned to the Mediterranean in the fall of 1951 the summers of 1952 1953 and 1954. In both 1952 and 1953 she joined in autumn North Atlantic Treaty Organization exercises in the North Atlantic and during the summer of 1955 joined a Midshipman Training Cruise to Norway and Sweden.

Between October and December 1956 she served with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean and on 12 June 1957 was in Hampton Roads for the International Naval Review. That summer she cruised to Brazil with midshipmen on board for training then sailed for the Mediterranean in March 1958. She patrolled off the Levant then passed through the Suez Canal to join the Middle East Force in the Persian Gulf returning to Norfolk for local operations in September. During 1959 she served with TF "Alfa " concentrating on the development of improved antisubmarine warfare techniques. She visited Quebec Canada in July and in August sailed north again to pass through the St. Lawrence Seaway dedicated a month previously. She called at Montreal at Rochester N.Y. and arrived at Toronto for the Canadian National Exposition joining the review of NATO naval forces taken by Admiral of the Fleet the Earl Mountbatten of Burma Britain's senior military officer. Returning home she called at Ogdensburg N.Y. and resumed east coast and Caribbean operations through 1962.

[Note: The above USS DAMATO (DD-871) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS DAMATO (DD-871) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]