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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
FEB 1941 - JAN 1942 North Atlantic
FEB 1941 - JAN 1942 North Atlantic
MAY 1955 - Keel Date: 11 MAY 1955
at Bath Iron Works Bath ME
SEP 1956 - Launch Date: 8 SEP 1956
JUL 1957 - Commissioned: 1 JUL 1957
NOV 1957 - DEC 1957 Commissioning/Shakedown Cruise South America
NOV 1957 - Shellback Initiation - 12 NOV 1957 - Pacific Ocean
NOV 1957 - Shellback Initiation - 12 NOV 1957 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG 1958 - JAN 1959 Mediterranean
JUL 1959 - AUG 1959 Great Lakes
JAN 1960 - AUG 1960 Mediterranean
JAN 1961 - JAN 1962 Guantanamo Bay
JUN 1961 - MAY 1962 Mediterranean
OCT 1962 - OCT 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
NOV 1963 - MAY 1965 Mediterranean
JAN 1964 - AUG 1964 Mediterranean
SEP 1964 - NOV 1964 Portsmith Yards for refit
DEC 1964 - MAR 1965 Mediterranean
MAY 1965 - JUL 1965 Dominican Republic AE Medal
JUL 1965 - SEP 1965 Gemini V Recovery Ship
SEP 1965 - MAY 1966 Med. Monico
JAN 1967 - JAN 1968 tet offences
JAN 1967 - JAN 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN 1967 - JAN 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG 1968 - APR 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1969 - Shellback Initiation - 22 FEB 1969 - Pacific Ocean
OCT 1969 - MAY 1970 Recommisioning
MAY 1970 - MAY 1970 Commisioning
JUL 1971 - DEC 1971 Mediterranean
FEB 1972 - JUL 1973 Mediterranean
JAN 1974 - JUN 1974 North Atlantic
JUN 1974 - DEC 1974 North Atlantic
FEB 1975 - DEC 1975 Regular Overhaul
JAN 1976 - MAR 1976 Guantanamo Bay
SEP 1976 - APR 1977 Middle East
DEC 1976 - Shellback Initiation - 9 DEC 1976 - Indian Ocean
JUN 1977 - AUG 1977 Brazil
JUN 1977 - Shellback Initiation - 19 JUN 1977 - Atlantic Ocean
SEP 1977 - DEC 1977 North Atlantic
AUG 1978 - JAN 1979 UNITAS
AUG 1978 - Shellback Initiation - 8 AUG 1978 - Atlantic Ocean
DEC 1978 - JUN 1979 Dry Dock
JUN 1979 - JUN 1980 Dry Dock
OCT 1980 - DEC 1980 Guantanamo Bay
JAN 1981 - SEP 1981 Mediterranean-Lebanon
MAR 1983 - 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]