DDG-41 General Specifications
Class: Farragut class destroyer
Named for: Ernest Joseph King
Complement: 360 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 5648 tons
Length: 512 feet 6 inches
Beam: 52 feet 4 inches
Flank Speed: 33 knots
Range: 5 000 Nautical Miles
Final Disposition:Sold 15 April 1994 and broken up 1995
USS KING (DDG-41)
The second King (DLG-10) was laid down 1 March 1957 by Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
launched 6 December 1958 sponsored by Mrs. Oliver W. Vandenberg
daughter of Fleet Admiral King; and commissioned 17 November 1960
Comdr. Melvin E Bustard
After shakedown along the coast
and in Hawaiian waters
King continued training out of San Diego for the remainder of 1961. Following extensive preparations the guided-missile frigate sailed on her first WestPac cruise
7 June 1962
hening the mighty 7th Fleet with her Terrier missile arsenal. Operating with this mighty peacekeeping force
King helped to check Communist aggression in Southeast Asia.
Upon returning San Diego 31 December
she resumed tactical exercises off the West Coast until 1 August 1963 when she departed on her second WestPac cruise. Once again her operations with the 7th Fleet helped maintain stability in the Far East. King returned San Diego 10 March 1964 and conducted operations along the coast
for the rest of the year constantly perfecting her fighting skills and increasing the peacekeeping ability of the Navy.
King headed back for the Far East 5 April 1965 escorting Oriskany (CVA 34). She operated from the South China Sea during May screening carriers and participating in air-sea rescue work. She continued to serve off Vietnam until returning to S
an Diego 2 November.
The guided missile frigate operated off the West Coast until heading back for the Western Pacific 26 May 1966. On this cruise she carried a helicopter for search and rescue missions to save American pilots during strikes against North Vietnam. She arrived
27 June. During July she saved five downed aviators
including one who was rescued from deep within North Vietnam by the ship's daring helicopter crew. In August the ship was stationed in a positive identification and radar adviso
ry zone (PIRAZ) in the Gulf of Tonkin to help protect American ships from enemy aircraft. Before she was relieved
she had checked over 15
000 aircraft. During this duty she also rescued seven pilots whose planes had gone down during strikes against enemy
targets. She continued this duty
except for brief runs to Hong Kong and Subic Bay
until relieved by Long Beach (CGN-9) on 29 November.
King returned to San Diego 20 December and operated off the West Coast into 1967 preparing for future action.
[Note: The above USS KING (DDG-41) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS KING (DDG-41) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]