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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
MAY1959-Keel Date: 18 MAY 1959
at New York Shipbuilding Corporation
JUN1960-Launch Date: 14 JUN 1960
MAY1962-Commissioned: 5 MAY 1962
OCT1962-OCT1962Cuban Missle Blockade
SEP1963-MAY1964Mediterranean-Lebanon
JUL1964-DEC1965NATO Mixed Manning Demonstration host ship
FEB1965-JUL1965Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
MAR1965-JUL1965North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
APR1968-AUG1968Mediterranean
JUL1969-NOV1969Mediterranean
SEP1970-SEP1970Guantanamo Bay
JAN1971-JUL1971Mediterranean
MAY1972-NOV1972Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
MAY1972-NOV1972North Atlantic
MAY1973-DEC1973Mediterranean
JUL1973-JAN1974Mediterranean
JAN1975-MAR1975Gitmo
JUL1975-JAN1976Mediterranean
NOV1975-NOV1975Rescue of USS Belknap (CG-26) after collision with CV-67
OCT1976-APR1977North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
JUN1977-JUL1977South America
JUN1977-Shellback Initiation - 19 JUN 1977 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN1977-Shellback Initiation - 17 JUN 1977 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN1978-Shellback Initiation - 17 JUN 1978 - Pacific Ocean
SEP1979-APR1980Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
OCT1979-Shellback Initiation - 9 OCT 1979 - Indian Ocean
JAN1981-DEC1981North Atlantic
APR1981-APR1981Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
SEP1981-SEP1981Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
APR1983-JUN1983Guantanamo Bay
OCT1983-MAY1984Mediterranean-Lebanon
NOV1983-Shellback Initiation - 15 NOV 1983 - Atlantic Ocean
MAR1984-MAR1984Rescue of USS Tatnall
SEP1984-FEB1985UNITAS
OCT1985-OCT1985Shellback Initiation 31 Oct 1985 Atlantic Ocan
OCT1986-MAR1987Mediterranean
SEP1987-MAR1988Mediterranean
APR1988-Shellback Initiation - 17 APR 1988 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT1989-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