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USS MEREDITH (DD-890) - a Gearing-class destroyer

In Commission 1945 to 1979

DD-890 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JAN 1945 - Keel Date: 27 JAN 1945
at Consolidated Steel Corporation Orange TX
JUN 1945 - Launch Date: 28 JUN 1945
DEC 1945 - Commissioned: 31 DEC 1945
JAN 1954 - JUN 1954 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
JAN 1956 - JUN 1956 Mediterranean-Lebanon
SEP 1956 - DEC 1956 Mediterranean - Egypt - Suez Canal
APR 1957 - JUL 1957 Caribbean
JUN 1958 - SEP 1958 Mediterranean
AUG 1958 - OCT 1958 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
FEB 1959 - AUG 1959 Mediterranean
JUN 1960 - JUN 1961 FRAM MK I Conversion U.S. Naval Shipyard Philadelphia PA
JAN 1961 - JAN 1962 Guantanamo Bay
AUG 1961 - Shellback Initiation - 8 AUG 1961 - Atlantic Ocean
SEP 1961 - DEC 1961 South Atlantic
AUG 1962 - MAR 1963 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
FEB 1964 - JUL 1964 Mediterranean
JUN 1966 - DEC 1966 Mediterranean
MAY 1967 - DEC 1967 Mediterranean
FEB 1968 - JUL 1968 Regular Overhaul
JAN 1969 - SEP 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAR 1969 - AUG 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN 1970 - DEC 1970 Mediterranean
JUN 1970 - DEC 1970 Mediterranean
SEP 1970 - APR 1971 Mediterranean
JUN 1971 - NOV 1971 Dry Dock
FEB 1972 - SEP 1972 Mediterranean
JUN 1979 - Decommissioned: 29 JUN 1979

DD-890 General Specifications

Class: Gearing-class destroyer

Named for: Jonathan Meredith

Complement: 267 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 2425 tons

Length: 391 feet

Beam: 41 feet

Flank Speed: 32 knots

Final Disposition: Transferred to Turkey 29 June 1979


The fourth Meredith (DD-890) was laid down by the Consolidated Steel Corp. Orange Tex. 27 January 1945; launched 28 June 1945 sponsored by Miss Juliette S. Kepper great-great-great-grandniece of Sergeant Meredith and commissioned 31 December 1945 Comdr. W. B. Wideman in command.

Following sea trials and shakedown exercises in the spring of 1946 Meredith was employed for a brief period in training submarine officers at New London Conn. before steaming south to serve as plane guard for Randolph during the 1946 midshipmen summer cruise. In the late fall she pointed her bow northward for operations off Newfoundland and Greenland. Remaining in the western Atlantic the following year she cruised from Maine to the Caribbean participating once again in a midshipmen training cruise. The first part of 1948 was spent in conducting experimental tests for the Operational Development Force after which in May she sailed with other ships of her squadron DesRon 6 for her first overseas deployment. From that time until 1953 she got underway in the spring of each year for the Mediterranean and duty with the 6th Fleet. Her 2d Fleet employment for the same period included Arctic maneuvers (November 1949) and several Caribbean cruises as well as training cruises with reservists and another midshipmen summer cruise (1952).

On 7 January 1953 Meredith entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for habitability conversion which lasted into November. She then resumed the alternation of duty tours with the 2d and 6th Fleets. During her 1958 oversee deployment she served briefly with the Middle East Force as she and HMS Loch Fyne stood by in the Euphrates Delta area after the Iraqi revolution of 15 July.

Toward the end of the following year Meredith reassigned to DesRon 14 was slated for FRAM (Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization). Entering the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard 28 June 1960. she remained for 1 year and 2 days during which time her bridge was enclosed her torpedo deck was modified to allow the installation of ASROC and her 7-year-old 3-inch battery was replaced by a helicopter hanger and flight deck to accommodate the DASH (Drone Antisubmarine Helicopter) weapons system.

On 1 July 1961 the "new" Meredith sailed for her new home port Mayport Fla. After refresher training she got underway for a good will tour of various ports in the Caribbean and along the west coast of Africa from Freetown Sierra Leone to Capetown Republic of South Africa. While en route she collected oceanographic data which included piscatoral and avian surveys as well as hydrologic information. Returning to Mayport 18 February 1962 she further tested and evaluated the ASROC system before heading north to embark midshipmen for the fourth time. In August the destroyer once again transited the Atlantic for overseas deployment. This time as in 1958 part of that deployment (14 October to 1 December) was spent with MidEastFor the remainder In the Mediterranean. Since that time into 1969 Meredith has continued to rotate between duty in the Mediterranean and operations in the western Atlantic the latter of which in November 1965 brought her into the space age with an assignment to the Project Gemini Recovery Operations.

[Note: The above USS MEREDITH (DD-890) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS MEREDITH (DD-890) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]