DD-877 General Specifications
Class: Gearing-class destroyer
Named for: George H. Perkins
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:Transferred to Argentina 15 January 1973
USS PERKINS (DD-877)
The third Perkins (DD-877) was laid down 19 June 1944 by the Consolidated Steel Corp.
Tex.; launched 7 December 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Larz Anderson; and commissioned 5 April 1945
Comdr. T.M. Fleck in command.
Following shakedown off Cuba
Perkins entered the Norfolk Navy Yard for conversion to a radar picket destroyer. In July 1945 she underwent refresher training
rendezvoused with Boxer on the 20th
and headed for the Pacific. At Pearl Harbor she joined DesDiv 52 and on 19 August sailed for the Far East. She entered Tokyo Bay the day of the formal Japanese surrender
and on the 3rd joined TF 38. Operations in the Marshalls
and off Japan followed and in April 1946 she returned to Pearl Harbor. On the 28th she arrived at San Diego whence she operated for the next year.
In May 1947
she returned to the Far East for three months on the China station
two weeks of which were spent off Chinwangtao
on the Gulf of Po Hai
observing Communist Chinese forces.
Perkins returned to California in October and in January 1948 sailed to the Marshalls for the atomic test series operation "Sandstone". Overhaul followed her return to San Diego in June and on 4 January 1949 she departed the west coast for another tour off the China coast. Arriving at Tsingtao 7 February
she was redesignated DDR-877 on the 18th. Scheduled exercises soon began
she was called on to lift foreign residents of Tsingtao to Hong Kong as Communist forces took over the former city in May. In June she battled her first typhoon
and after visiting Singapore in August
she returned to San Diego.
Engaged in training exercises off the west coast and yard overhaul for the next year
Perkins reassigned to DesDiv 11 sailed west again in mid-August 1950. She served on SAR station in the central pacific
returned to the west coast in October
and on 2 February 1951 got underway for the embattled coast of Korea. Between March and September she performed screening and plane guard duties for the carriers of TF 77 and carried out gunfire support and shore bombardment missions with TF 95. On 25 September Perkins arrived at Yokosuka from the bombline and the next day continued on toward the United States. In June 1952 she returned to Korea. She spent July entirely on the bombline
shifted briefly to TF 77
then steamed south for duty on the Taiwan Patrol. By 8 September she was back on the bombline. On 15 October
while covering minesweeping operations preparatory to an amphibious feint against Kojo
35 miles north of the battlefront
one of her crew was killed and 17 were wounded by 2 near misses from Communist shore batteries. Only slightly damaged
she continued her combat activities and for the remainder of her tour alternated gunfire support operations with carrier escort duties.
At the end of the year Perkins returned to the United States. In July 1953 she completed a six month overhaul and in August she returned to the Far East. There six months she patrolled off the Korean Truce line and Taiwan Strait and participated in exercises from Japan to the Philippines. After that deployment Perkins continued to rotate between duty with the 7th Fleet in the western pacific and operations with the 1st Fleet off the west coast. In July 1956 she contributed to the information gathering effort of the IGY by "chasing" weather balloons and in September 1959 helped TF 77 forestall overt hostilities during the Laotian crisis. In March 1962 she entered the Long Beach Naval Shipyard for Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization. Redesignated DD-877
she emerged from the Mark II overhaul and conversion in December with a new superstructure configured for DASH.
The "new" destroyer spent the next ten months exercising off the west coast and in mid-October 1963 resumed annual deployments to WestPac
her first mission to conduct operations with the carrier Hancock in the South China Sea. Continuing to alternate 7th Fleet and 1st Fleet duty tours into 1970
each of Perkins's WestPac deployments have returned her to the South China Sea where
off the coast of Viet Nam
she has performed screening and plane guard duties for TF 77
provided gunfire support to Allied ground forces
and intercepted North Vietnamese logistics craft navigating along the indented coastline to supply areas in South Viet Nam.
Perkins (DDR-877) earned three battle stars during the Korean Conflict.
[Note: The above USS PERKINS (DD-877) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS PERKINS (DD-877) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]