The USS PARSONS (DDG-33), a Forrest Sherman class destroyer, was commissioned on 29 OCT 1959. USS PARSONS served her country for 23 years and 21 days, until decommissioned on 19 NOV 1982.
The USS PARSONS (DDG-33) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:
DDG-33 General Specifications
Class: Forrest Sherman-class destroyer
Named for: R.Adm. William S. Parsons
Complement: 256 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 4000 tons
Length: 418 feet
Beam: 45 feet
Flank Speed: 33 knots
Range: 4 500 nautical miles
Final Disposition:Sunk as a target 25 April 1989
USS PARSONS (DDG-33)
(DD-949) was laid down 17 June 1957 by the Ingalls SB Corp.,
Pascagoula, Miss.; launched 17 August 1958; sponsored by Mrs. William S.
Parsons; and commissioned 29 October 1959 at Charleston, S.C., Comdr. W. R.
Loomis in command.
After shakedown, Parsons reported to her home port, San Diego, and commenced
operations with the 1st Fleet in February 1960. In October she deployed to the
Western Pacific with 7th Fleet units. She returned to resume West Coast
operations in July 1961 and entered the Long Beach Naval Shipyard 6 October for
major improvements in her communications and ASW equipment. She then rejoined
the 1st Fleet in extensive coastal training from January to November 1962,
deployed for her second WestPac tour in November, and returned in July 1963 to
the California coast.
During the summer and fall of 1963 she
carried out AAW and ASW operations in the San Diego area. During November she
escorted Midway (CVA-41) and Hancock (CVA-19) to the Western Pacific
and returned to San Diego. Parsons continued
her training and service operations alternately with the 1st and 7th fleets
until selected for conversion to a Guided Missile Destroyer and decommissioned
at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard 19 January 1966.
was reclassified (DDG-33) 15 March 1967 and recommissioned 3
November 1967, assigned to the CruiserDestroyer Force, Pacific Fleet. Following
shakedown she carried out a rigorous testing program for her missile systems,
and in September 1968 she assumed duties as flagship for DesRon 31 and
immediately deployed to the Western Pacific for operations with the 7th Fleet
off Vietnam. Interspersed with her carrier escort duties on Yankee Station, she
conducted on-station training operations, assuming duties as ASW training
coordinator ship with Commander Destroyer Squadron 31 embarked. Parsons also visited Kaohsiung,
Yokosuka, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sasebo. She returned to San Diego 12 May
1969 to resume operations from there and train for her next deployment.
Into 1970, Parsons continues to serve the U.S. Navy.
[Note: The above USS PARSONS (DDG-33) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS PARSONS (DDG-33), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]