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U.S.S. MACDONOUGH

(DDG-39)

THE MIGHTY MAC

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USS MACDONOUGH (DDG-39) - a Farragut-class destroyer

In Commission 1961 to 1992

DDG-39 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
APR1958-Keel Date: 15 APR 1958
at Fore River Shipyard Bethlehem Steel Corporation
JUL1959-Launch Date: 9 JUL 1959
NOV1961-Commissioned: 4 NOV 1961
MAY1974-MAY1974Recommisioning
JUN1975-NOV1975North Atlantic
JUN1975-NOV1975Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
JUL1976-DEC1976UNITAS
AUG1976- Shellback Initiation - 1 AUG 1976 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG1976- Shellback Initiation - 1 AUG 1976 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT1976- Shellback Initiation - 25 OCT 1976 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN1977-JAN1978MIDDLE EAST
SEP1977-NOV1977North Atlantic
JUN1981-NOV1981Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUN1982-DEC1982Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN1984-APR1984North Atlantic
JAN1984-JAN1984UNITAS
FEB1984-APR1984North Atlantic
JUN1984-DEC1984UNITAS
JUL1984-Shellback Initiation - 15 JUL 1984 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1986-JUN1986Mediterranean
MAY1986-NOV1986Mediterranean
AUG1988-FEB1989Mediterranean
AUG1990-JAN1991Desert Shield
OCT1990-JAN1991Desert Shield
JAN1991-MAR1991Desert Storm
OCT1992-Decommissioned: 23 OCT 1992

DDG-39 General Specifications

Class: Farragut-class destroyer

Named for: Thomas Macdonough

Complement: 21 Officers and 356 Enlisted

Displacement: 5800 tons

Length: 512.5 feet

Beam: 52 feet

Flank Speed: 33 knots

Final Disposition: Struck - To be disposed of by dismantling



USS MACDONOUGH (DDG-39)



The fourth Macdonough was projected as DL-8 but redesignated DLG-8 prior to keel laying by the Fore River Shipyard Bethlehem Steel Co. Quincy Mass. 16 April 1958; launched 9 July 1959 sponsored by Mrs. Agnes Macdonough Wilson great-gr anddaughter of Commodore Thomas Macdonough; and commissioned 4 November 1961 Comdr. Wm. G. Hurley in command.


The guided-missile frigate Macdonough having undergone an extended shakedown and training period reported to her home port at Charleston S.C. 23 September 1962 and assumed duties as flagship for Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Flotilla 6 Atlantic Fleet. A month later she joined other units of the 2d Fleet in enforcing the Cuban quarantine remaining with that force until it was dissolved on Thanksgiving Day. The first 3 months of 1963 were spent firing missiles off the coast of Florida under the auspices of the Operational Test and Evaluation Force. She returned to Charleston in March and operated in the Charleston-Norfolk area until departing on her first 6th Fleet deployment 4 June.


The frigate cruised the Mediterranean until the following fall taking part in scheduled fleet exercises and training operations. Upon her return to the East Coast 26 October she resumed operations in the Charleston area. With the new year 1964 Macdon ough steamed south to Puerto Rico for training exercises with the 2d Fleet. During these exercises; she participated in an Atlantic Fleet live-firing antiair warfare exercise which included missile firing at drone aircraft. The ship returne d to Charleston for 2 weeks in February and then put out to sea again for carrier exercises off the East Coast followed by helicopter evaluation tests in the Atlantic.


Macdonough's second Mediterranean deployment 10 July to 22 December 1964 was followed by a 6-month overhaul at the Charleston Naval Shipyard. Coastal operations out of home port occupied the frigate until mid-September 1966 when she proce eded to the Atlantic Fleet Missile Range and then to Guantanamo Bay Cuba for training exercises. Having returned to her Charleston home port in early November Macdonough prepared for another Mediterranean deployment departing Charleston at the end of the month


On 8 April 1966 Macdonough returned to South Carolina and once again resumed operations and fleet and squadron exercises along the southern east coast and in the Caribbean. During the summer a midshipman training cruise took the frigate to several east coast ports and to the Caribbean. After participating in "LANTFLEX 66 " and AAW/ASW/amphibious exercise she returned to Charleston 16 December.


After conducting further exercises off the east coast Macdonough prepared once again for overseas movement; and on 2 May 1967 she departed Charleston for her fourth Mediterranean cruise. She conducted summer midshipmen training visited various Mediterranean ports and participate in several joint exercises with ships of Allied navies returning to South Carolina 28 October.


Macdonough continued operating with the mighty 2d Fleet until May 1968 when she again deployed to the Mediterranean returning to her home port in September. She remained off the east coast into 1969.

[Note: The above USS MACDONOUGH (DDG-39) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS MACDONOUGH (DDG-39) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]