DD-949 General Specifications
Class: Forrest Sherman-class destroyer
Named for: R.Adm. William S. Parsons
Complement: 256 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 4000 tons
Length: 418 feet
Beam: 45 feet
Flank Speed: 33 knots
Range: 4 500 nautical miles
Final Disposition:Sunk as a target 25 April 1989
USS PARSONS (DD-949)
Parsons (DD-949) was laid down 17 June 1957 by the Ingalls SB Corp.
Miss.; launched 17 August 1958; sponsored by Mrs. William S. Parsons
and commissioned 29 October 1959 at Charleston
Comdr. W. R. Loomis in command.
Parsons reported to her home port
and commenced operations with the 1st Fleet in February 1960. In October she deployed to the Western Pacific with 7th Fleet units. She returned to resume West Coast operations in July 1961 and entered the Long Beach Naval Shipyard 6 October for major improvements in her communications and ASW equipment. She then rejoined the 1st Fleet in extensive coastal training from January to November 1962
deployed for her second WestPac tour in November
and returned in July 1963 to the California coast.
During the summer and fall of 1963 she carried out AAW and ASW operations in the San Diego area. During November she escorted Midway (CVA-41) and Hancock (CVA-19) to the Western Pacific and returned to San Diego. Parsons continued her training and service operations alternately with the 1st and 7th fleets until selected for conversion to a Guided Missile Destroyer and decommissioned at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard 19 January 1966.
Parsons was Reclassified (DDG-33) 15 March 1967 and recommissioned 3 November 1967
assigned to the Cruiser-Destroyer Force
Pacific Fleet. Following shakedown she carried out a rigorous testing program for her missile systems
and in September 1968 she assumed duties as flagship for DesRon 31 and immediately deployed to the Western Pacific for operations with the 7th Fleet off Vietnam. Interspersed with her carrier escort duties on Yankee Station
she conducted on-station training operations
assuming duties as ASW training coordinator ship with Commander Destroyer Squadron 31 embarked. Parsons also visited Kaohsiung
Singapore and Sasebo. She returned to San Diego 12 May 1969 to resume operations from there and train for her next deployment.
Parsons continues to serve the U.S. Navy.
[Note: The above USS PARSONS (DD-949) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS PARSONS (DD-949) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]