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The USS HOEL (DDG-13), a Charles F. Adams-class guided missile destroyer, was commissioned on 16 JUN 1962. USS HOEL was built by the Defoe Shipbuilding Co. of Bay City, MI. Defoe was the builder of three other Charles F. Adams DDGs. HOEL sailed from Boston after fit out to her homport of San Diego, Ca, arriving in September 1962. USS HOEL deployed numerous times to the Western Pacific over the next twenty seven years. Her early "West Pacs" had a eastern terminus in Vietnamese waters, providing shore bombardment and picket duty for the US aircraft carriers operating at Yankee Station. Her later "West Pacs" extended into the "IO" (Indian Ocean) as the US Navy presence grew after Iranian Hostage Crisis. HOEL was decommissioned just before Desert Shield/Desert Storm. USS HOEL served her country for 28 years, 3 months and 15 days, until decommissioned on 1 OCT 1990. HOEL's post service career was unusual. Purchased to become a "power barge", she was moved to Brazil in an attempt to provide "municipal" power to Manaus, Brazil. The enterprise was a failure and her hulk was last report anchored in the Amazon River near Manaus.

The USS HOEL (DDG-13) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

DDG-13 Deployments - Major Events

Add a DDG-13 Shellback Initiation Add a DDG-13 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
AUG 1959 - Keel Date: 3 AUG 1959
at Defoe Shipbuilding Company Bay City MI
AUG 1960 - Launch Date: 4 AUG 1960
JUN 1962 - Commissioned: 16 JUN 1962
OCT 1963 - APR 1964 West Pac
MAR 1965 - SEP 1965 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1965 - FEB 1966 Regular Overhaul
JAN 1966 - JAN 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL 1966 - FEB 1967 west pac viet nam
JUL 1966 - FEB 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC 1967 - JUN 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1968 - MAR 1968 West Pac
AUG 1968 - MAR 1969 Dry Dock
SEP 1968 - JAN 1969 Regular Overhaul
JUL 1969 - MAR 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1969 - Shellback Initiation - 28 SEP 1969 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1970 - DEC 1971 West Pac
JUN 1970 - AUG 1970 Midshipsman Cruise
NOV 1970 - JUN 1971 West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC 1970 - JAN 1971 New Years Eve 1970 Subic Bay
APR 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 27 APR 1971 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1971 - DEC 1971 Regular Overhaul
OCT 1971 - JUL 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL 1972 - JAN 1973 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1973 - OCT 1974 Dependents Cruise
FEB 1974 - AUG 1974 West Pac
NOV 1974 - OCT 1975 Long Beach CA yard period including several months in dry dock
JAN 1975 - JAN 1975 West Pac
SEP 1976 - MAY 1977 West Pac
OCT 1976 - Shellback Initiation - 13 OCT 1976 - Pacific Ocean
OCT 1978 - APR 1979 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
FEB 1979 - Shellback Initiation - 21 FEB 1979 - Indian Ocean
FEB 1979 - Shellback Initiation - 27 FEB 1979 - Indian Ocean
JUN 1979 - JUL 1980 Dry Dock
APR 1981 - NOV 1981 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUN 1981 - Shellback Initiation - 17 JUN 1981 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1982 - JUN 1982 1982 Arleigh Burke Award-Most Improved Ship in the Pacific Fleet
OCT 1982 - MAY 1983 Westpac/Southpac
JAN 1983 - Shellback Initiation - 29 JAN 1983 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1985 - DEC 1985 West Pac-Indian Ocean
SEP 1987 - FEB 1988 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
OCT 1987 - OCT 1987 Operation Nimble Archer
OCT 1987 - Shellback Initiation - 4 OCT 1987 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1988 - Shellback Initiation - 5 JAN 1988 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1988 - JAN 1988 GOLDEN SHELLBACK Initiation 5 JAN 88
FEB 1989 - AUG 1989 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
OCT 1990 - Decommissioned: 1 OCT 1990

DDG-13 General Specifications

Class: Charles F. Adams-class guided missle destroyer

Named for: William R. Hoel

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 to Charleston Shipbuilders Inc. for conversion to a power barge scrapped in Brazil.


The second Hoel (DDG-13) was launched 4 August 1960 by Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, Mich.; sponsored by Mrs. Harry H. Long, granddaughter of the namesake; commissioned 16 June 1962, Commander Allen W. Slifer, USN, in command.

After fitting out at Boston, Hoel got underway for her first homeport, San Diego, putting in at Norfolk; May-port and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Guantanamo Bay; Cartagena, Colombia; Canal Zone; and Acapuloo, Mexico, during the voyage. During the passage from Cartagena to the Canal Zone she came upon sailing yacht Stardrift becalmed and adrift enroute to Sidney, Australia, from London. Hoel towed the 36-foot craft 100 miles to safety in Panama.

Hoel arrived San Diego 11 September 1962 and spent the ensuing months completing the various inspections, tests, and trials by the Board of Inspection and Survey. When successful firing of ASROC and TARTAR missiles completed her qualification and acceptance trials, Hoel joined the ready 1st Fleet.

After a 3-week cruise to Esquimau, Canada, Hoel spent April and May of 1963 in Pearl Harbor conducting specialexercises. She then returned to waters off San Diego to participate in the Presidential Demonstration held for President Kennedy.

The months of July, August, and part of September were spent at Long Beach Naval Shipyard for the post-shakedown availability assigned each new ship approximately 1 year after commissioning. At this time improved fire-control radars were installed and tested by successful missile firings. Hoel departed Long Beach 17 October 1963 for duty in the Western Pacific to serve as the flagship of Commander Destroyer Division 12.

In ensuing years she alternated deployments in the Far East with operations off the West Coast. Her 1966 deployment to the Western Pacific began when she departed San Diego 28 July. On September she was on search and rescue patrol off Da Nang, Vietnam. On 8 December the guided missile destroyer became naval gunfire support ship in the Corps I area. She fired 2,100 rounds destroying at least 20 enemy structures and 2 trench networks; damaging 61 buildings, 3 bunkers, 8 trench networks, and 5 roads; and killing 24 Viet Cong while wounding 7. Hoel retired to Hong Kong 21 December but headed for Yankee Station the day after Christmas to screen Coral Sea (CVA-43). On this patrol she helped to rescue a pilot after his A.-A Sky Hawk had crashed.

Hoel returned to San Diego 3 February 1967 and operated on the West Coast through mid-year preparing for future action.

[Note: The above USS HOEL (DDG-13) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS HOEL (DDG-13), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]