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USS MORTON

(DD-948)

Saltiest Ship in the Navy

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USS MORTON (DD-948) - a Forrest Sherman-class destroyer

In Commission 1959 to 1982

DD-948 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAR 1957 Keel Date: 4 MAR 1957
at Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula MS
MAY 1958 Launch Date: 23 MAY 1958
JAN 1959 - JAN 1982 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY 1959 Commissioned: 26 MAY 1959
APR 1960 - Shellback Initiation - 19 APR 1960 - Pacific Ocean
AUG 1964 - AUG 1964 International Date line
AUG 1964 - FEB 1965 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1965 - DEC 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAR 1966 - JUL 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY 1967 - OCT 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT 1968 - MAR 1969 westpac 1968_1969
OCT 1968 - MAR 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1970 - SEP 1970 Recommisioning
SEP 1971 - APR 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1972 - Shellback Initiation - 28 FEB 1972 - Pacific Ocean
OCT 1972 - APR 1973 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1977 - SEP 1977 West Pac-Indian Ocean
MAY 1977 - Shellback Initiation - 7 MAY 1977 - Indian Ocean
APR 1978 - NOV 1978 West Pac
FEB 1982 - AUG 1982 West Pac
FEB 1982 - MAY 1982 West Pac
NOV 1982 Decommissioned: 22 NOV 1982

DD-948 General Specifications

Class: Forrest Sherman-class destroyer

Named for: Dudley

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:Broken up in 1993



USS MORTON (DD-948)



Morton (DD-948) was laid down 4 March 1957 by Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. Pascagoula Miss.; launched 23 May 1958; sponsored by Miss Edwina R. Morton; and commissioned 26 May 1959 Comdr. John M. DeLargy in command.


After a training cruise in the Caribbean Morton proceeded to the west coast arriving San Diego Calif.. 20 October 1959. She deployed to the western Pacific in January 1960 participated in "Blue Star " a joint Navy Marine Air Force amphibious operation in March and made a special "People-to-People" visit to Bombay India before returning to the west coast 31 May Departing San Diego 3 April she reported for 1 months duty in the Formosa Patrol during which time she participated in operation "Handclasp " carrying food medicine and clothing to the less fortunate people of free China. She returned to San Diego 28 September 1961 and continued operations off the west coast until sailing 13 November 1962 for another WestPac deployment. Following duty with the Formosa Patrol and operations off Japan she steamed home arriving San Diego 15 June 1963.


Morton continued operations off the west coast until August 1964 when she steamed to the South China Sea to support South Vietnam in its struggle against Communist aggression during which time she engaged hostile forces in the Gulf of Tonkin before returning to the west coast 6 February 1965.


Arriving off South Vietnam in April 1966 she shelled Vietcong supply points and encampments for the next 4 months. Morton resumed operations off Vietnam in May 1967. At first assigned to intercept Vietcong supply craft she later provided gunfire support for the 12th Marine Regiment near the DMZ returning to San Diego 3 November. Morton departed San Diego 31 October 1968 for WestPac where she continues to serve into 1969.

[Note: The above USS MORTON (DD-948) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS MORTON (DD-948) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]