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U.S.S. PREBLE

(DDG-46)

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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
DEC1957-Keel Date: 16 DEC 1957
at Bath Iron Works Bath ME
MAY1959-Launch Date: 23 MAY 1959
MAY1960-Commissioned: 9 MAY 1960
JUN1974-AUG1975Dry Dock
FEB1976-AUG1976West Pac
JUL1976-Shellback Initiation - 7 JUL 1976 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1980-JUN1982Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
APR1981-NOV1981Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUL1981-NOV1981Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
AUG1981-Shellback Initiation - 10 AUG 1981 - Indian Ocean
APR1982-NOV1982UNITAS
APR1984-NOV1984Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUN1985-JUN1986Regular Overhaul
JUN1987-NOV1987Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN1989-JUN1989North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
JAN1989-JUN1989Standing Naval Forces Atlantic
MAY1989-MAY1989Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
NOV1990-JUN1991Desert Storm
DEC1990-JUN1991Desert Storm
NOV1991-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



USS PREBLE (DDG-46)



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]