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
USS DAMATO (DD-871)
Damato (DD-871) was launched 21 November 1946 by Bethlehem Steel Co.
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
and after December 1947
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
and in August sailed north again to pass through the St. Lawrence Seaway
dedicated a month previously. She called at Montreal
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
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]