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U.S.S. JOHN KING

(DDG-3)

AUDETTE IMPERIO

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The USS JOHN KING (DDG-3), the second of the Charles F. Adams-class guided missile destroyers, was commissioned on 4 FEB 1961. Built at the Bath Iron works in Bath, Maine, USS JOHN KING was an Atlantic Fleet DDG homeported in Norfolk, Virgina for the majority of her service career with a single West Pac deployment to Vietnam in 1972-73. An early call to arms had her participating in the Cuban Missile, then a series of "MEDS", "North Atlantics", "IOs" with REFRTRAs in "GITMO" after extended maintenance periods. USS JOHN KING served her country for 29 years, 1 month and 26 days, until decommissioned on 30 MAR 1990. The hulk of the JOHN KING was sold for scrapping to International Shipbreakers of Brownsville, TX in February 1999.

The USS JOHN KING (DDG-3) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

DDG-3 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
AUG1958-Keel Date: 25 AUG 1958
at Bath Iron Works Bath ME
JAN1960-Launch Date: 30 JAN 1960
FEB1961-Commissioned: 4 FEB 1961
NOV1961-APR1962North Atlantic - Mediterranean
OCT1962-OCT1962Cuban Missle Blockade
FEB1963-JUL1963Mediterranean
MAY1963-Shellback Initiation - 10 MAY 1963 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG1964-JAN1965Mediterranean
OCT1965-MAR1966Mediterranean
OCT1965-MAR1966Mediterranean
JAN1967-MAY1967Mediterranean
DEC1968-MAY1969Mediterranean
MAR1970-SEP1970Mediterranean
JUN1971-AUG1971Guantanamo Bay
SEP1971-MAR1972Mediterranean
SEP1972-NOV1972Mediterranean
SEP1972-NOV1972North Atlantic
DEC1972-JUN1973Offthecoastofvietnam
DEC1972-MAY1974West Pac
DEC1972-JUN1973West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1973-JAN1974West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP1973-Shellback Initiation - 3 SEP 1973 - Atlantic Ocean
DEC1973-MAY1974Guantanamo Bay
SEP1974-OCT1974North Atlantic
MAR1977-SEP1977Mediterranean
SEP1978-APR1979Mediterranean
AUG1979-OCT1979North Atlantic
SEP1979-OCT1979Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
JAN1980-MAY1981Regular Overhaul
JUL1981-SEP1981Sea Trials
SEP1981-NOV1981Guantanamo Bay
FEB1982-Shellback Initiation - 19 FEB 1982 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN1982-NOV1982Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
DEC1982-JAN1985UNITAS
JAN1987-JAN1987UNITAS
JUN1987-DEC1987UNITAS
JUL1987-DEC1987UNITAS
AUG1987-Shellback Initiation - 11 AUG 1987 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN1989-JAN1990Decommisioning
MAR1990-Decommissioned: 30 MAR 1990
APR1990-OCT1990Mediterranean

DDG-3 General Specifications

Class: Charles F. Adams-class guided missle destroyer

Named for: John King

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 10 February 1999