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U.S.S. MULLINNIX

(DD-944)

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USS MULLINNIX (DD-944) - a Forrest Sherman class destroyer

In Commission 1958 to 1983

DD-944 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
APR1956-Keel Date: 5 APR 1956
at Bethlehem Steel Fore River Shipyard
MAR1957-Launch Date: 18 MAR 1957
MAR1958-Commissioned: 7 MAR 1958
MAY1958-AUG1958South America
JUL1958-Shellback Initiation - 6 JUL 1958 - Atlantic Ocean
FEB1959-Shellback Initiation - 25 FEB 1959 - Atlantic Ocean
FEB1959-MAY1959South America
AUG1962-OCT1962UNITAS
AUG1962-Shellback Initiation - 28 AUG 1962 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG1962-Shellback Initiation - 18 AUG 1962 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT1962-OCT1962Cuban Missle Blockade
JUN1966-DEC1966West Pac-Viet Nam
NOV1966-Shellback Initiation - 12 NOV 1966 - Indian Ocean
MAY1967-SEP1967Mullinnix was part of UNITAS VIII in 1967. (??Months)
SEP1967-DEC1967Unitas VIII
OCT1967- Shellback Initiation - 3 OCT 1967 - Pacific Ocean
OCT1967- Shellback Initiation - 3 OCT 1967 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1969-AUG1969West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1970-DEC1970Mullinnix call sign was
APR1970-NOV1970Mediterranean
APR1972-OCT1972West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB1974-AUG1974middle east cruise 1974
AUG1974-Shellback Initiation - 10 AUG 1974 - Indian Ocean
SEP1975-DEC1975Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
SEP1975-MAY1976Mediterranean
JUL1978-JAN1979Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN1979-AUG1979Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN1980-JUN1980Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV1982-MAY1983Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
FEB1983-Shellback Initiation - 3 FEB 1983 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN1983-Shellback Initiation - 27 JUN 1983 - Indian Ocean
AUG1983-Decommissioned: 11 AUG 1983

DD-944 General Specifications

Class: Forrest Sherman class destroyer

Named for: Henry M. Mullinnix

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:Sunk as a target 22 August 1992



USS MULLINNIX (DD-944)



Mullinnix (DD-944) was laid down 5 April 1966 by the Bethlehem Steel Co. Quincy Mass.; launched 18 March 1957; sponsored by Mrs. Kathryn F. Mullinnix; and commissioned 7 March 1958 Comdr. Clyde B. Anderson in command.


Following shakedown off Cuba Mullinnix escorted Ranger to Rio de Janeiro returning to Boston September 1968. After a second cruise to the South Atlantic she sailed to join the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean 7 August 1959. During the next 2 years she engaged in NATO exercises in the Atlantic patrol duty in the Caribbean and a 6th Fleet deployment early in 1961.


Between 24 October 1962 and 19 November Mullinnix as flagship of TF 137 composed of American Argentine Venezuelan and Dominican warships took part in the Cuban quarantine which brought about the removal of Russian missiles threatening the security of the entire Western Hemisphere. The next 2 years she operated in the Caribbean and Atlantic taking part in "Steel Pike I " the largest amphibious training operation since World War II in October 1964 off the coast of Spain.


Following ASW training off the east coast she participated in Gemini recovery operations in March 1966. During the Dominican Republic crisis in April she steamed off Guantanamo helping to stabilize the tense situation in the Caribbean.


After a 3-month deployment with the 6th Fleet she sailed for the western Pacific to aid the Vietnamese in their struggle against Communist tyranny. Between 2 August and 1 November 1966 she was intermittently deployed off South Vietnam ranging from the DMZ to Saigon River providing valuable gunfire support. She departed Subic Bay and sailed for the east coast via the Indian Ocean and Suez Canal arriving Norfolk 17 December. In August 1967 she participated in NASA tests involving the newest Apollo space capsule. She continued training exercises in the Atlantic and Caribbean from her base at Norfolk into 1969 adding to the deterrent strength Of the United States in the Atlantic.

[Note: The above USS MULLINNIX (DD-944) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS MULLINNIX (DD-944) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]