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USS DYESS (DD-880) - a Gearing class destroyer

In Commission 1945 to 1981

DD-880 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
AUG 1944 - Keel Date: 17 AUG 1944
at Charleston Navy Yard N. Charleston SC
JAN 1945 - Launch Date: 26 JAN 1945
MAY 1945 - Commissioned: 21 MAY 1945
SEP 1947 - Shellback Initiation - 11 SEP 1947 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT 1962 - OCT 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
MAY 1963 - OCT 1963 Mediterranean-Lebanon
MAR 1965 - MAY 1965 Guantanamo Bay
JAN 1966 - AUG 1966 West Pac
JUL 1966 - Shellback Initiation - 9 JUL 1966 - Pacific Ocean
AUG 1966 - Shellback Initiation - 9 AUG 1966 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1967 - JUL 1967 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAY 1967 - SEP 1967 Med-Mid-East Cruise
JUL 1967 - SEP 1967 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
AUG 1967 - Shellback Initiation - 9 AUG 1967 - Indian Ocean
NOV 1968 - Shellback Initiation - 12 NOV 1968 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1970 - OCT 1970 Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
APR 1971 - APR 1971 Regular Overhaul
JAN 1978 - JUL 1981 New York Harbor Home Port prior to decommission
JAN 1981 - Decommissioned: 27 JAN 1981

DD-880 General Specifications

Named for: Aquilla J. Dyess

Complement: 336 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 2616 tons

Length: 390.6 feet

Beam: 40.10 feet

Draft: 14.4 feet

Range: 4 500 Nautical Miles

Final Disposition: Sold to Greece for spare parts 8 July 1981


Dyess (DD-880) was launched 26 January 1945 by Consolidated Steel Corp. Orange Tex.; sponsored by Mrs. A. J. Dyess widow of Lieutenant Colonel Dyess; and commissioned 21 May 1945 Commander R. L. Fulton in command. She was reclassified DDR-880 18 March1949

After her shakedown cruise and conversion to a radar picket destroyer Dyess sailed from Norfolk 7 November 1945 to join the 6th Fleet at Tokyo Bay 19 December for occupation duty in the Far East. She returned to San Diego 16 December 1946 and on 6 January 1947 got underway for the east coast arriving at Norfolk 23 January. She served in local training cruises until August of that year when she sailed to Rio de Janeiro Brazil to escort President H. S. Truman embarked in Missouri ( BB-63) as far as Norfolk when he transferred to the Presidential yacht Williamsburg (AGC-9) which Dyess escorted to Washington D.C.

Dyess arrived at Newport R.I. 27 September 1947 for local training operations. After a tour of duty with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean from 29 October to 14 February 1948 she returned to her home port of Norfolk. Until the end of 1958 Dyess made nine tours of duty with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean patrolling to preserve peace and engaging in exercises with NATO forces. She also sailed on two midshipman cruises one to southern Europe in the summer of 1948 and one to Halifax Nova Scotia in the summer of 1951. The remainder of her service has been as varied as her capabilities. She has acted as plane guard during the qualifying of pilots in carrier operations and has joined in hunter-killer exercises amphibious training and large-scale fleet exercises. She assisted in the evacuation of American nationals from Suez during the tense situation which developed during her 1956 Mediterranean cruise. In the summer of 1958 she joined in strengthening the free world's defenses with NATO operations in northern Europe.

Dyess operated along the east coast and off Cuba in 1959 and on 25 July arrived at Charleston S.C. her new home port. On 29 January 1960 she sailed on her tenth deployment to the Mediterranean.

Dyess returned to Charleston S.C. in August and in October entered Charleston Naval Ship Yard where she remained until the end of 1960.

[Note: The above USS DYESS (DD-880) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS DYESS (DD-880) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]