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.
16 April 1958; launched 9 July 1959
sponsored by Mrs. Agnes Macdonough Wilson
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
23 September 1962 and assumed duties as flagship for Commander
Cruiser-Destroyer Flotilla 6
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
she resumed operations in the Charleston area. With the new year
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
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
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]