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The USS JOSEPH STRAUSS (DDG-16), a Charles F. Adams-class guided missle destroyer, was commissioned on 20 APR 1963. USS JOSEPH STRAUSS served her country for 26 years, 9 months and 12 days, until decommissioned on 1 FEB 1990.

The USS JOSEPH STRAUSS (DDG-16) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

DDG-16 Deployments - Major Events

Add a DDG-16 Shellback Initiation Add a DDG-16 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
DEC 1960 - Keel Date: 27 DEC 1960
at New York Shipbuilding Corporation Camden NJ
DEC 1961 - Launch Date: 9 DEC 1961
APR 1963 - Commissioned: 20 APR 1963
MAY 1964 - APR 1965 West Pac
JUL 1964 - JUL 1966 West Pac
JAN 1967 - JUL 1967 West Pac
APR 1967 - DEC 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
APR 1967 - DEC 1967 West Pac
FEB 1968 - FEB 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG 1968 - FEB 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1969 - Shellback Initiation - 1 JAN 1969 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1969 - Shellback Initiation - 27 JAN 1969 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1969 - Shellback Initiation - 1 JAN 1969 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1969 - JAN 1969 Crossing Equator. Shellback initiation
JAN 1969 - JAN 1969 Alaska
FEB 1970 - AUG 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1972 - AUG 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY 1973 - DEC 1973 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1973 - Shellback Initiation - 27 SEP 1973 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1976 - SEP 1976 West Pac
DEC 1977 - MAY 1978 West Pac
JUL 1979 - DEC 1979
MAY 1980 - NOV 1980 West Pac
AUG 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 7 AUG 1980 - Pacific Ocean
NOV 1982 - APR 1983 West Pac
JAN 1986 - JUL 1986 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAY 1986 - Shellback Initiation - 24 MAY 1986 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1988 - JUN 1988 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 1988 - JUN 1988 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
APR 1988 - APR 1988 Operation Praying Mantis
FEB 1990 - Decommissioned: 1 FEB 1990

DDG-16 General Specifications

Class: Charles F. Adams-class guided missle destroyer

Named for: Admiral Joseph Strauss

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 Greece


Joseph Strauss (DDG-16) was laid down 27 December 1960 by the New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.; launched 9 December 1961; sponsored by Mrs. Lawrence Haines Coburn, granddaughter of Admiral Joseph Strauss; and commissioned in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard 20 April 1963, Cdr. William M. A. Greene in command.

Joseph Strauss departed Philadelphia 6 June 1963 for a brief cruise to Puerto Rico and Willemstad, Cracao, and then transited the Panama Canal to join the Pacific Fleet on the western seaboard. She arrived in the Long Beach Naval Shipyard 13 July 1963 for alterations, followed by tactics out of San Diego north to Seattle, Wash.

The flagship of Destroyer Squadron 3, Joseph Strauss sailed from Long Beach 30 June 1964. After calling at Pearl Harbor and Midway Atoll, she arrived in Yokosuka, Japan, 18 July. She departed 3 August 1964 to rendezvous off Okinawa 6 August with Constellation (CVA-65). She then patrolled off the Vietnam coast and the South China Sea with task forces built around Constellation, Kearsarge (CVS-33) and Ticonderoga (CVA-14). Brief sweeps were made to the Philippines and ports of Japan. She arrived in Yokosuka 15 December 1964 for upkeep, again sailing 21 January 1965 to support U.S. Forces in Vietnam until 1 March. During this period, she operated with Ranger (CVA-61), Hancock (CVA-19), Coral Sea (CVA-3), and Yorktowm (CVS-10).

Following upkeep in Subic Bay (1-10 March), Joseph Strauss sailed with ships of the Royal Thai Navy for exercises in the Gulf of Thailand. She was briefly flagship of the 7th Fleet (22-26 March) during the official visit of Vice Admiral Paul B. Blackburn, Jr., to Bangkok, Thailand. She departed Yokosuka, 19 April for operations that brought recognition and honor to both the ship and her crew.

Commencing 24 April 1965, Joseph Strauss, together with Ernest G. Small (DDR-838), was part of the first advanced SAR/AAW picket team in the Gulf of Tonkin to support U.S. air strike operations against North Vietnam. From 16 through 21 May, she observed operations of a Russian task unit. She returned to Yokosuka (23 May-4 June), then again sailed for the Gulf of Tonkin. Her ensuing 27 days as flagship of the AAW/SAR picket unit were highly successful, establishing operational procedures and capabilities which remain destroyer standards. On 17 June 1965, two F4B Phantom's from Midway (CVA-41), under Joseph Strauss' advisory control, shot down two MIG-17's, accounting for the first two hostile aircraft downed by U.S. Forces in aerial combat since 1953. Three days later, two propeller-driven Skyraiders, also from Midway and under Joseph Strauss' Combat Information Center team were decorated by the Secretary of the Navy.

Joseph Strauss arrived in Hong Kong 6 July 1965, putting out to sea 14 to 16 July to avoid Typhoon Freda, and again 18 to 19 July to carry the 7th Fleet Salvage Officer to Pratus Reef to assist in refloating Frank Knox (DDR-742). She departed Hong Kong 21 July for Yokosuka. The following day she took a disabled Nationalist Chinese fishing boat in tow and delivered it safely to Keelung the 23d, thence sailed to Yokosuka, arriving 25 July for upkeep.

On 3 September 1965, she successfully fired two improved Tartar missiles off Okinawa. After a 1-day stop at Sasebo, Joseph Strauss proceeded south in the screen of Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31). Upon arrival in the South China Sea, she was detached for picket patrol in the Gulf of Tonkin during the last 3 weeks of September She spent the first 2 weeks of October supporting operations off Vietnam in the screen of Bon Homme Richard and Oriskany (CVA-34). She then returned to Subic Bay for naval gunfire support training which continued off Da-nang, South Vietnam. On 28 October 1965, she fired her first shots in anger, expending 217 5-inch shells in support of a combined ARVN-Marine Corps search-and-destroy operation against the Viet Cong. Throughout November she formed an advanced SAR/AAW picket team with Tucker (DD-875) in the Gulf of Tonkin. She returned to Yokosuka 7 December 1965 for upkeep and preparations to resume operations off South Vietnam. Joseph Strauss returned to the Gulf of Tonkin 10 February 1966 and remained active in the war zone until heading for Hong Kong exactly one month later. Back in the fighting 26 April, she remained in the war zone until returning to Yokosuka 15 June. That day her home port was changed to Pearl Harbor which she reached 26 July.

Joseph Strauss operated in the Hawaiian area until heading back for the Western Pacific 14 January 1967. She remained in the Far East supporting the struggle against Communist aggression until returning to Pearl Harbor 17 June. There she prepared for future action.

[Note: The above USS JOSEPH STRAUSS (DDG-16) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS JOSEPH STRAUSS (DDG-16), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]