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U.S.S. PETERSON

(DD-969)

Proud Tradition

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The USS PETERSON (DD-969), was the seventh Spruance class destroyer, was commissioned on 9 JUL 1977. USS PETERSON, named for LCDR Carl Jerrold Peterson, killed in 1969 while in action with the Riverine Forces in Vietnam, was built at the Ingalls Shipyard of Litton corp. at Pascagoula, Mississippi. Joining the Atlantic Fleet after commissioning, PETERSON began a career of deployments that often had her on scene with incidents in the Middle East. USS PETERSON made multiple deployments to the Indian Ocean and was off Beirut and Libya at times in her service life. USS PETERSON served her country for 25 years, 2 months and 25 days, until decommissioned on 4 OCT 2002. the hulk of the PETERSON was disposed of during a SINKEX fleet training exercise on 16 FEB 2004

The USS PETERSON (DD-969) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

DD-969 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
APR 1974 Keel Date: 29 APR 1974
at Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula MS
JUN 1975 Launch Date: 21 JUN 1975
JUL 1977 Commissioned: 9 JUL 1977
JUN 1979 - JAN 1980 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP 1980 - MAR 1981 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
DEC 1981 - APR 1982 Mediterranean
JUL 1982 - MAR 1983 Regular Overhaul
JUL 1983 - OCT 1983 Guantanamo Bay
MAR 1984 - OCT 1984 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
MAR 1984 - OCT 1984 Mediterranean
MAR 1986 - SEP 1986 Mediterranean - Libya
FEB 1988 - AUG 1988 USS Peterson DD-969 Med Cruise
MAR 1989 - SEP 1989 Mediterranean-West Africa
APR 1990 - MAY 1991 Regular Overhaul
JUN 1990 - Shellback Initiation - 2 JUN 1990 - Atlantic Ocean
JUL 1990 - Shellback Initiation - 2 JUL 1990 - Atlantic Ocean
APR 1991 - MAY 1992 Regular Overhaul
APR 1991 - MAY 1992 Regular Overhaul
FEB 1993 - AUG 1993 Maritime Expedition Force Red Sea
JUN 1993 - JUN 1993 14 missile Tomahawk Strike against Iraq
OCT 1994 - APR 1995 Mediterranean
JUN 1996 - Shellback Initiation - 29 JUN 1996 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1996 - JUL 1996 Panama Canal
APR 1999 - OCT 1999 Mediterranean
SEP 2001 - MAR 2002 Mediterranean
OCT 2002 Decommissioned: 4 OCT 2002

DD-969 General Specifications

Class: Spruance-class destroyer

Named for: Carl Jerrold Peterson

Complement: 19 Officers and 315 Enlisted

Displacement: 8040 tons

Length: 529 feet

Beam: 55 feet

Flank Speed: 32 Knots

Range: 6 000 nautical miles

Final Disposition:Sunk in support of fleet training exercise February 16 2004