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USS DEWEY

(DDG-45)

The First and Finest

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The USS DEWEY (DDG-45), a Farragut-class guided missile destroyer, was commissioned on 7 DEC 1959. Orginally built as a Guided Missile Destroyer Leader (DLG-15) at the Bath Iron Works, USS DEWEY was commissioned with COMMANDER Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr., the future chief of Naval Operations, in command. She joined the Atlantic Fleet, in 1960. Homeported successively at Norfolk, Va, Newport, R.I, Charleston, S.C. and Mayport, Florida, DEWEY deployed the the Northern Atlantic, Mediterranean, Far East and Caribbean, always living up to her motto, "The First and Finest". USS DEWEY served her country for 30 years, 8 months and 24 days, until decommissioned on 31 AUG 1990. The hulk of the DEWEY was scrapped in 1994.

The USS DEWEY (DDG-45) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

DDG-45 Deployments - Major Events

Add a DDG-45 Shellback Initiation Add a DDG-45 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
AUG 1957 Keel Date: 10 AUG 1957
at Bath Iron Works Bath ME
NOV 1958 Launch Date: 30 NOV 1958
DEC 1959 Commissioned: 7 DEC 1959
JAN 1977 - AUG 1977 Mediterranean
OCT 1977 - DEC 1977 North Atlantic
MAR 1978 - OCT 1978 Mediterranean
FEB 1979 - SEP 1979 UNITAS
JUL 1979 - Shellback Initiation - 29 JUL 1979 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1982 - JUL 1982 Mediterranean
JUN 1983 - DEC 1983 Standing Naval Force Atlantic (STANAVFORLANT)
MAR 1985 - OCT 1985 Mediterranean
SEP 1988 - FEB 1989 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
AUG 1990 Decommissioned: 31 AUG 1990

DDG-45 General Specifications

Class: Farragut-class guided missile destroyer

Named for: George Dewey

Complement: 21 Officers and 356 Enlisted

Displacement: 5800 tons

Length: 512.5 feet

Beam: 52 feet

Flank Speed: 36 Knots

Range: 4500Nautical Miles

Final Disposition:Disposed of sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping15 April 1994



USS DEWEY (DDG-45)



The second Dewey (DLG-14) was launched 30 November 1958 by Bath Iron Works Corp. Bath Maine; sponsored by Mrs. K. St. George United States Representative from New York State and commissioned 7 December 1959 Commander E. R. Zumwalt Jr. in command.


Training operations off New England the Virginia Capes and in the Caribbean through the first 6 months of 1960 prepared Dewey for her significant role with the Atlantic Fleet.

[Note: The above USS DEWEY (DDG-45) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS DEWEY (DDG-45) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]