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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
APR 1956 Keel Date: 5 APR 1956
at Bethlehem Steel Fore River Shipyard
MAR 1957 Launch Date: 18 MAR 1957
MAR 1958 Commissioned: 7 MAR 1958
MAY 1958 - AUG 1958 South America
JUL 1958 Shellback Initiation - 6 JUL 1958 - Atlantic Ocean
FEB 1959 - MAY 1959 South America
FEB 1959 - Shellback Initiation - 25 FEB 1959 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG 1962 - Shellback Initiation - 28 AUG 1962 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG 1962 - Shellback Initiation - 18 AUG 1962 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG 1962 - Shellback Initiation - 18 AUG 1962 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG 1962 - Shellback Initiation - 18 AUG 1962 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG 1962 - OCT 1962 UNITAS
AUG 1962 - Shellback Initiation - 18 AUG 1962 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT 1962 - OCT 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
JUN 1966 - DEC 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
NOV 1966 - Shellback Initiation - 12 NOV 1966 - Indian Ocean
JAN 1969 - AUG 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
APR 1970 - NOV 1970 Mediterranean
APR 1972 - OCT 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1974 - AUG 1974 middle east cruise 1974
SEP 1975 - MAY 1976 Mediterranean
SEP 1975 - DEC 1975 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
JUL 1978 - JAN 1979 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 1979 - AUG 1979 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 1980 - JUN 1980 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV 1982 - MAY 1983 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
JUN 1983 - Shellback Initiation - 27 JUN 1983 - Indian Ocean
AUG 1983 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]