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The USS ROBISON (DDG-12), a Charles F. Adams-class guided missle destroyer, was commissioned on 9 DEC 1961. USS ROBISON was built at Defoe Shipbuilding Company in Bay City, Michigan, commissioned in Boston, then initially homeported in San Diego. the end of 1963 began the regular deployments that marked ROBISON's career. Her 1960s deployments usually placed her as part of a screening force around the aircraft carriers at Yankee Station. ROBISON, when the opportunity arose, provided shore bombardment and destroyed light enemy supply craft in Vietnamese waters. After Vietnam, ROBISON resumed a regular cycle of "West Pacs", standing her "watches" in the Far East. USS ROBISON made a total seventeen deployments always "In War...In Peace...In Readiness". USS ROBISON served her country for 29 years, 9 months and 22 days, until decommissioned on 1 OCT 1991. The hulk of ROBISON was sold to Consolidated Minerals for conversion into a "power barge", but the scheme failed to pan out and she was scrapped in 1996.

The USS ROBISON (DDG-12) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

DDG-12 Deployments - Major Events

Add a DDG-12 Shellback Initiation Add a DDG-12 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
APR 1959 - Keel Date: 28 APR 1959
at Consolidated Steel Corporation Orange TX
APR 1960 - Launch Date: 27 APR 1960
DEC 1961 - Commissioned: 9 DEC 1961
NOV 1962 - JUN 1963 West Pac
AUG 1964 - FEB 1965 West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG 1964 - FEB 1965 West Pac
JAN 1966 - JUL 1966 West Pac
JAN 1966 - JUL 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1967 - JUL 1968 West Pac
APR 1967 - APR 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL 1967 - FEB 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL 1967 - FEB 1968 West Pac
AUG 1967 - JAN 1968 Sea Dragon
JUN 1968 - AUG 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN 1968 - AUG 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1969 - JUN 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN 1970 - DEC 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1971 - JAN 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN 1971 - DEC 1971 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1972 - DEC 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN 1972 - DEC 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL 1974 - JAN 1975 West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG 1974 - JAN 1975 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1976 - AUG 1976 West Pac
MAR 1976 - AUG 1976 West Pac
JUL 1978 - OCT 1978 SouthPac Goodwill Cruise
FEB 1979 - SEP 1979 West Pac-Indian Ocean
APR 1979 - Shellback Initiation - 10 APR 1979 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 23 MAY 1980 - Indian Ocean
AUG 1980 - JAN 1981 West Pac
MAR 1983 - SEP 1983 West Pac-Indian Ocean
OCT 1984 - MAR 1985 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
FEB 1985 - Shellback Initiation - 6 FEB 1985 - Pacific Ocean
SEP 1985 - FEB 1986 West Pac
SEP 1986 - MAR 1987 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 1987 - Shellback Initiation - 22 JAN 1987 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1988 - DEC 1988 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUN 1989 - NOV 1989 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUN 1989 - NOV 1989 West Pac-Indian Ocean
FEB 1990 - JUL 1990 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
OCT 1991 - Decommissioned: 1 OCT 1991

DDG-12 General Specifications

Class: Charles F. Adams-class guided missle destroyer

Named for: Samuel Shelburne Robison

Complement: 24 Officers and 330 Enlisted

Displacement: 3277 tons

Length: 437 feet

Beam: 47 feet

Flank Speed: 33 knots

Range: 4 500 nautical miles

Final Disposition:Sold for scrap on 20 June 1994


Robison (DDG-12), a guided missile destroyer, was laid down 28 April 1959 by Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, Mich.; launched 28 April 1960; sponsored by Mrs. John H. Sides, wife of the Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet; and commissioned 9 December 1961 at the Boston Naval Shipyard, Comdr. D. V. Cox in command.

Robison steamed for the west coast 29 January 1962 via the Panama Canal. On 1 March she received a message diverting her to Clipperton Island, to rescue 10 stranded seamen from the tuna boat Monarch, which had capsized 20 days earlier.

Arriving at San Diego on 7 March, Robison underwent shakedown and then post-shakedown availability 14 June in San Francisco. Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz, who had twice served on Admiral Robison's staff, visited the ship on 25 June.

Following completion of availability 31 July, Robison proceeded to Mare Island for ammunition, took on ASROC and Tartar missiles at Seal Beach, and then commenced 3 months of local training operations out of San Diego. She got underway with Cruiser-Destroyer Flotilla 11 on 13 November for her first WestPac tour of duty. Upon completion of this deployment, Robison arrived San Diego 21 June 1963 for coastal operations.

She departed San Diego 18 November in company with Parsons (DD-949) for escort duties. Calling at Pearl Harbor 23 November, she departed 2 days later in company with Midway (CVA-41). Upon detachment from Midway, she touched at Guam, and then escorted Hancock (CVA-19) eastward. Following fueling stops at Midway and Pearl Harbor, she arrived San Diego 19 December.

In January 1964 Robison entered Long Beach Naval Shipyard for regular overhaul. After missile qualifications and refresher training, she steamed 14 August for her second WestPac deployment. Following her successful participation in modern naval warfare training exercises and calls at various Far Eastern ports, she departed Yokosuka 24 January 1965 and arrived San Diego 6 February.

Local spring operations were followed by a midshipman training cruise from 10 June to 5 August. The latter month also brought a call at Portland, Oreg., and a visit, on the 24th, by the Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. David L. McDonald. In the fall she sharpened her ASW, AAW, and shore bombardment techniques during coastal operations. Early in the new year 1966, the destroyer prepared for her third tour of duty in support of 7th Fleet operations in WestPac.

That deployment ended with her return to San Diego 18 July 1966. Overhaul in San Francisco took her through the fall and into the winter months, culminating in her return to homeport on 3 February 1967. Refresher and type training filled the next 5 months, and 25 July saw Robison once again en route to the Orient.

After calling at Pearl Harbor 31 July and Yokosuka, Japan, 5 August, she commenced Tonkin Gulf operations 25 August in the screen for Coral Sea (CVA-43). In naval gunfire support and "Sea Dragon" operations during the period from 26 August 1967 to 9 January 1968, Robison was credited with the destruction of 78 waterborne logistics craft. Her remarkable degree of combat readiness during this period earned for her the Meritorious Unit Commendation.

Upkeep, availability, training, and operating off the west coast maintained Robison's state of readiness through the next 11 months. She steamed from San Diego for her fifth WestPac deployment on 30 December 1968 in company with carrier Kitty Hawk (CVA-63). The usual call at Pearl Harbor was followed by arrival at Subic Bay, 20 January 1969. After voyage repairs Robison joined Task Group 77.3 in Tonkin Gulf. The destroyer, flagship of her division, served in the screen of both Kitty Hawk and Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31). She also provided naval gunfire support to troops ashore in the I Corps Zone.

Robison returned to San Diego on 6 July 1969, remaining there until 2 October, when she arrived at the San Francisco Naval Shipyard, Hunters Point, for overhaul. Work was completed 4 months later, and Robison returned to her homeport of San Diego 27 February 1970, ready for refresher training and yet another WestPac deployment.

With the advent of 1970, Robison began a cycle of deployments which endured for three years. She spent the spring of each year on the west coast of the United States and then, in late spring or early summer, she deployed to WestPac. This cycle continued until 1973. During that year she remained on the west coast, engaged in normal operations out of San Diego, where she is berthed as of January 1974. The guided missile destroyer decommissioned on 1 October 1991, was struck from the navy list on 20 November 1992 and sold to Consolidated Metals, Inc., for scrapping.

Robison earned seven battle stars for service off the Vietnamese coast. 19 October 2005

[Note: The above USS ROBISON (DDG-12) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS ROBISON (DDG-12), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]