USS SAMPSON (DDG-10)
The third Sampson (DDG-10)
was laid down on 2 March 1959 by the
Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath, Maine; launched on 14 May 1960; sponsored
by Mrs. John S. Crenshaw; and commissioned
at the Boston Navy Yard on 24 June
1961, Comdr. Forrester W. Isen in
Following shakedown off
Guantanamo Bay in September, Sampson
tested and evaluated the Tartar Missile
System off Puerto Rico. Homeported at Norfolk, she conducted further tests and trials in early 1962 before joining Destroyer Squadron (DesRon) 18 and
Destroyer Division (DesDiv) 182 in
July. Composed completely of missile
ships, DesRon 18 was then the most modern squadron in the Navy. Further
radar and missile tests followed in 1963;
and, in July, Sampson operated
in the Midshipman Training Squadron. Finally,
in January 1964, Sampson fired two Tartar missiles under simulated combat conditions. During 1964, she also underwent her first regular
overhaul, and received missile
replenishment at sea from helicopters.
In January 1965, Sampson sailed for her first Mediterranean deployment, but an electrical fire on the
night of 14 January caused extensive
damage to her fire control capability and forced her to abbreviate her deployment and enter the Norfolk Naval Shipyard
for repairs on 15 March.
The destroyer returned to
fleet duties on 24 June. While
conducting gunnery exercises, on 17 July, Sampson spotted
the 50-foot sailing sloop, Cecelia Anna, flying distress signals and rescued her 6 crewmen and mascot puppy moments before the sloop sank. In
1966, Sampson conducted gunnery exercises and escort duties near Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; then, in March, she deployed to the Mediterranean for extensive
operations with the 6th Fleet. She
returned to Norfolk in August. On 28
November, following three weeks of exercises in the Caribbean and
additional tests, Sampson got underway
to participate in exercise Lantflex 66 in which she provided ASW and AAW services for the ASW carrier, Wasp (CVS-18), and conducted
exercises in the Puerto Rico operating
area before returning to Norfolk in
Sampson deployed to the Mediterranean in mid-1967. While
there, a Sampson radarman rescued a German seaman from the harbor at El Ferrol de Caudillo, Spain. Leaving the 6th
Fleet at the end of August 1967, Sampson
steamed back to the United States, and soon shifted to her new home
port of Charleston.
Sampson operated out of Charleston in the Atlantic and Caribbean during 1968 until again deploying
to the Mediterranean in October. She
returned to Charleston in January 1969 and resumed operations in the Atlantic
and the Caribbean until redeploying to the Mediterranean in October of that year. After six months with the 6th
Fleet, she returned to Charleston on 28 March 1970.
Sampson operated out of Charleston in the western Atlantic
until 23 September, when, after only two days notice,
she got underway for special operations in the Mediterranean. She spent the month of October cruising first with John F. Kennedy (CVA-67),
then with Saratoga (CV-60), during the latest Levantine crisis. On 1 November, she stood out of Barcelona, Spain,
to return to the United States. Sampson
entered the mouth of the Cooper
River on the 12th, moored at Charleston,
and began a leave and upkeep period.
She ended 1970 and began
1971 in Charleston. During the first
three months of the new year, she operated
in the vicinity of the British West Indies; then prepared for overseas movement. On 9 April, following exercises and type training, Sampson steamed
out of Charleston, passed Fort Sumter, and headed for the Mediterranean.
She cruised with the 6th Fleet for six months, participating in exercises with
both American and NATO forces. By 16
October, the guided missile destroyer
was back in port at Charleston. She spent the rest of 1971 preparing for regular overhaul.
For four months, from 4 January until 4 May 1972, Sampson underwent the first Compressed Regular Overhaul ever attempted on a DDG.
From mid-May until 9 July, she was
underway for post-overhaul trials,
exercises, and refresher training. She was in Charleston during the period 9 July to 18 August, at which time Sampson stood out for her new
home port, Athens, Greece. She
stopped at Rota, Spain, ten days later
and entered Phaleron Bay on 3 October. The guided missile destroyer remained in the Mediterranean, based at Athens, throughout 1973 and into
1974. In April 1974, she was in port at Athens.
[Note: The above USS SAMPSON (DDG-10) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS SAMPSON (DDG-10), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]