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U.S.S. CLAUDE V. RICKETTS

(DDG-5)

International Excellence

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The USS CLAUDE V. RICKETTS (DDG-5), a Charles F. Adams-class guided missle destroyer, was commissioned on 5 MAY 1962. Originally commissioned as USS BIDDLE (DDG-5) and then renamed USS CLAUDE V. RICKETTS (DDG-5) on on 28 July 1964, in honor of Admiral Claude V. Ricketts, the vice Chief of Naval Operations, who had passed away July 6, 1964. An Atlantic DGG her entire career, CLAUDE V. RICKETTS deployed routines as needed from the East Coast to the "MED", "GITMO", "IO" and North Atlantic. USS CLAUDE V. RICKETTS served her country for 27 years, 5 months and 26 days, until decommissioned on 31 OCT 1989. The hulk of the CLAUDE V. RICKETTS was sold for scrapping, repossed ny the Navy and finally sold and scrapped in 2002.

The USS CLAUDE V. RICKETTS (DDG-5) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

DDG-5 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAY 1959 Keel Date: 18 MAY 1959
at New York Shipbuilding Corporation
JUN 1960 Launch Date: 14 JUN 1960
MAY 1962 Commissioned: 5 MAY 1962
OCT 1962 - OCT 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
SEP 1963 - MAY 1964 Mediterranean-Lebanon
JUL 1964 - DEC 1965 NATO Mixed Manning Demonstration host ship
MAR 1965 - JUL 1965 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
APR 1968 - AUG 1968 Mediterranean
JUL 1969 - NOV 1969 Mediterranean
SEP 1970 - SEP 1970 Guantanamo Bay
JAN 1971 - JUL 1971 Mediterranean
MAY 1972 - NOV 1972 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
MAY 1972 - NOV 1972 North Atlantic
MAY 1973 - DEC 1973 Mediterranean
JUL 1973 - JAN 1974 Mediterranean
JAN 1975 - MAR 1975 Gitmo
JUL 1975 - JAN 1976 Mediterranean
NOV 1975 - NOV 1975 Rescue of USS Belknap (CG-26) after collision with CV-67
OCT 1976 - APR 1977 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
JUN 1977 - Shellback Initiation - 17 JUN 1977 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN 1977 - Shellback Initiation - 19 JUN 1977 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN 1977 - JUL 1977 South America
JUN 1978 - Shellback Initiation - 17 JUN 1978 - Pacific Ocean
SEP 1979 - APR 1980 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
OCT 1979 - Shellback Initiation - 9 OCT 1979 - Indian Ocean
JAN 1981 - DEC 1981 North Atlantic
APR 1981 - APR 1981 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
APR 1983 - JUN 1983 Guantanamo Bay
OCT 1983 - MAY 1984 Mediterranean-Lebanon
NOV 1983 - Shellback Initiation - 15 NOV 1983 - Atlantic Ocean
MAR 1984 - MAR 1984 Rescue of USS Tatnall
SEP 1984 - FEB 1985 UNITAS
OCT 1985 - OCT 1985 Shellback Initiation 31 Oct 1985 Atlantic Ocan
SEP 1987 - MAR 1988 Mediterranean
OCT 1989 Decommissioned: 31 OCT 1989

DDG-5 General Specifications

Class: Charles F. Adams-class guided missle destroyer

Named for: Claude V. Ricketts

Complement: 24 Officers and 330 Enlisted

Displacement: 3277 tons

Length: 437 feet

Beam: 47 feet

Flank Speed: 33 knots

Range: 4 500 nautical miles

Final Disposition:Disposed of by scrapping 8 November 2002