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USS PREBLE (DDG-46) - a Farragut-class guided missile destroyer

In Commission 1960 to 1991

DDG-46 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
DEC 1957 - Keel Date: 16 DEC 1957
at Bath Iron Works Bath ME
MAY 1959 - Launch Date: 23 MAY 1959
MAY 1960 - Commissioned: 9 MAY 1960
JUN 1974 - AUG 1975 Dry Dock
FEB 1976 - AUG 1976 West Pac
JUL 1976 - Shellback Initiation - 7 JUL 1976 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1980 - JUN 1982 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
APR 1981 - NOV 1981 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUL 1981 - NOV 1981 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
AUG 1981 - Shellback Initiation - 10 AUG 1981 - Indian Ocean
APR 1982 - NOV 1982 UNITAS
APR 1984 - NOV 1984 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUN 1985 - JUN 1986 Regular Overhaul
JUN 1987 - NOV 1987 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 1989 - JUN 1989 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
JAN 1989 - JUN 1989 Standing Naval Forces Atlantic
MAY 1989 - MAY 1989 Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
NOV 1990 - JUN 1991 Desert Storm
DEC 1990 - JUN 1991 Desert Storm
NOV 1991 - Decommissioned: 15 NOV 1991

DDG-46 General Specifications

Class: Farragut-class guided missile destroyer

Complement: 21 Officers and 356 Enlisted

Displacement: 5800 tons

Length: 512.5 feet

Beam: 52 feet

Draft: 25 feet

Range: 4500Nautical Miles

Final Disposition: Disposed of by scrapping dismantling10 February 2003


The fifth Preble (DLG-15) was laid down by the Bath Iron Works Corp. Bath Maine 16 December 1957 launched 23 May 1959; sponsored by Mrs. Ralph E. Wilson and commissioned in the Boston Naval Shipyard 9 May 1960 Comdr. Edward G. Fitzpatr ick in command.

After shakedown off the East Coast Preble transited the Panama Canal and arrived San Diego 2 September. After exercises along the coast of California she got underway 27 February 1961 enroute to the Far East for a six month tour with the 7th Flee t. She returned to San Diego 28 September to rejoin the 1st Fleet. She remained in the eastern Pacific through 1963 and on 26 February 1964 departed California for another tour of duty in the Far East 13 March-20 July.

Rotated regularly to WestPac over the next five years she spent much of her deployed time with the 7th Fleet off the coast of Vietnam. During these tours she served as plane guard for carriers in the Tonkin Gulf patrolled on SAR and bombarded enemy posi tions along the coast.

Returning from WestPac in July 1968 she operated briefly along the California coast and in December got underway for Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. There for an extensive overhaul she decommissioned 31 January 1969 recommissioned 23 May 1970 and returned to the Pacific Fleet.

[Note: The above USS PREBLE (DDG-46) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS PREBLE (DDG-46) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]