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U.S.S. DUPONT

(DD-941)

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The USS DUPONT (DD-941), a Forrest Sherman class destroyer was commissioned on 1 JUL 1957. Built by the Bath Iron works in Bath, Maine, USS DUPONT was served with the Atlantic Fleet for the majority of her career. She deployed to the Mediterranean several times, the Great Lakes to celebrate the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway and participated in the Cuban Missile Blockade in her first five years in service. The war in Vietnam called DUPONT to the Western Pacific in 1967-68. DUPONT spent the remainder of her career stationed on the East Coast and deploying routinely to the Indian Ocean and Lebanon. USS DUPONT served her country for 25 years, 8 months and 3 days, until decommissioned on 4 MAR 1983. The hulk of the DUPONT was scrapped in 1993.

The USS DUPONT (DD-941) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

DD-941 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
FEB1941-JAN1942North Atlantic
FEB1941-JAN1942North Atlantic
MAY1955-Keel Date: 11 MAY 1955
at Bath Iron Works Bath ME
SEP1956-Launch Date: 8 SEP 1956
JUL1957-Commissioned: 1 JUL 1957
NOV1957-DEC1957Commissioning/Shakedown Cruise South America
NOV1957-Shellback Initiation - 12 NOV 1957 - Atlantic Ocean
NOV1957-Shellback Initiation - 12 NOV 1957 - Pacific Ocean
AUG1958-JAN1959Mediterranean
JUL1959-AUG1959Great Lakes
JAN1960-AUG1960Mediterranean
JAN1961-JAN1962Guantanamo Bay
JUN1961-MAY1962Mediterranean
OCT1962-OCT1962Cuban Missle Blockade
NOV1963-MAY1965Mediterranean
JAN1964-AUG1964Mediterranean
SEP1964-NOV1964Portsmith Yards for refit
DEC1964-MAR1965Mediterranean
MAY1965-JUL1965Dominican Republic AE Medal
JUL1965-SEP1965Gemini V Recovery Ship
SEP1965-MAY1966Med. Monico
JAN1967-JAN1968West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1967-JAN1968tet offences
JUN1967-JAN1968West Pac-Viet Nam
NOV1967- Shellback Initiation - 20 NOV 1967 - Pacific Ocean
AUG1968-APR1969West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB1969-Shellback Initiation - 22 FEB 1969 - Pacific Ocean
OCT1969-MAY1970Recommisioning
MAY1970-MAY1970Commisioning
JUL1971-DEC1971Mediterranean
FEB1972-JUL1973Mediterranean
JAN1974-JUN1974North Atlantic
JUN1974-DEC1974North Atlantic
FEB1975-DEC1975Regular Overhaul
JAN1976-MAR1976Guantanamo Bay
SEP1976-APR1977Middle East
DEC1976-Shellback Initiation - 9 DEC 1976 - Indian Ocean
JUN1977-Shellback Initiation - 19 JUN 1977 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN1977-AUG1977Brazil
SEP1977-DEC1977North Atlantic
AUG1978-JAN1979UNITAS
AUG1978-Shellback Initiation - 8 AUG 1978 - Atlantic Ocean
DEC1978-JUN1979Dry Dock
JUN1979-JUN1980Dry Dock
OCT1980-DEC1980Guantanamo Bay
JAN1981-SEP1981Mediterranean-Lebanon
MAR1983-Decommissioned: 4 MAR 1983

DD-941 General Specifications

Class: Forrest Sherman-class destroyer

Named for: Samuel Francis Du Pont

Complement: 15 Officers and 218 Enlisted

Displacement: 2800 tons

Length: 407 feet

Beam: 45 feet

Flank Speed: 32 Knots

Range: 4 500 nautical miles

Final Disposition:Sold for scrap to International Shipbreaking Limited at Brownsville in Texas on 10 February 1999



USS DUPONT (DD-941)



The third Du Pont (DD-941) was launched 8 September 1956 by Bath Iron Works Corp. Bath Maine; sponsored by Mrs. H. B. Du Pont great-great-grandniece of Rear Admiral Du Pont; and commissioned 1 July 1957 Commander W. J. Maddocks in command.


From 6 to 31 July 1958 Du Pont served on a midshipman cruise and antisubmarine exercises in the Atlantic duty broken by a visit to New York. Du Pont sailed 2 September for a tour of duty with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean during which she participated in highly realistic air defense and antisubmarine warfare problems. She returned to Norfolk 12 March 1959 to prepare for Operation "Inland Sea " the historic first passage of a naval task force into the Great Lakes through the Saint Lawrence Seaway. She escorted HMS Brittania with Queen Elisabeth II of England embarked during the dedicatory ceremonies of 26 June.


Du Pont crossed the Atlantic in August and September 1959 visiting Southhampton England after serving as plane guard for the transatlantic flight of President D. D. Eisenhower. On 28 January 1960 Du Pont sailed from Norfolk for a second tour of duty with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean returning to Norfolk on 31 August for an overhaul in the Naval Shipyard where she remained through the end of 1960.

[Note: The above USS DUPONT (DD-941) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS DUPONT (DD-941) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]