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USS HENRY B. WILSON (DDG-7) - a Charles F. Adams-class guided missle destroyer

In Commission 1960 to 1989

DDG-7 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
FEB 1958 - Keel Date: 28 FEB 1958
at Defoe Shipbuilding Company Bay City MI
APR 1959 - Launch Date: 22 APR 1959
DEC 1960 - Commissioned: 17 DEC 1960
MAR 1961 - Shellback Initiation - 27 MAR 1961 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1965 - NOV 1965 West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC 1967 - OCT 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1968 - AUG 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN 1968 - JUN 1968 Damaged by Enemy gunfire
JUL 1968 - Shellback Initiation - 17 JUL 1968 - Pacific Ocean
OCT 1969 - APR 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN 1971 - DEC 1971 West Pac
JUN 1971 - DEC 1971 West Pac-Viet Nam
NOV 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 28 NOV 1971 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1972 - FEB 1973 West Pac
JAN 1975 - SEP 1975 Mayaguez Rescue - May 12-15 1975
OCT 1975 - Shellback Initiation - 2 OCT 1975 - Pacific Ocean
OCT 1976 - Shellback Initiation - 2 OCT 1976 - Pacific Ocean
OCT 1976 - MAR 1977 West Pac
AUG 1979 - FEB 1980 West Pac
FEB 1981 - SEP 1981 West Pac
MAR 1983 - JAN 1984 West Africa
FEB 1986 - AUG 1987 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
APR 1986 - Shellback Initiation - 22 APR 1986 - Pacific Ocean
DEC 1988 - JUN 1989 West Pac
OCT 1989 - Decommissioned: 2 OCT 1989

DDG-7 General Specifications

Class: Charles F. Adams-class guided missle destroyer

Named for: Henry Braid Wilson

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:Sunk as target ship 15 August 2003


Henry B. Wilson (DDG-7) was launched 22 April 1959 by Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, Mich.; sponsored by Mrs. Patrick J. Hurley, daughter of Admiral Wilson ; and commissioned 17 December 1960, Comdr. L. D. Caney in command.

One of a new class of destroyers built from the keel up to fire guided missiles, Henry B. Wilson was the first ship of her size to be side-launched and when launched was the largest warship ever constructed on the Great Lakes. Because of these unique circumstances, she was christened not with the traditional champagne but with a bottle filled with water from the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River, and the Atlantic Ocean. Following shakedown in the Caribbean she arrived in early May 1961 at her new home port, San Diego. During the months that followed Henry B. Wilson conducted tests and drills of her missile systems, fleet exercises, and type training.

The guided missile destroyer sailed 6 January 1962 for duty in the Western Pacific, the first ship in that region to be armed with Tartar missiles. Stopping at Pearl Harbor and Yokosuka, she carried out antisubmarine exercises until returning to the United States 19 July 1962.

Training off the California coast, punctuated with several missile firings, occupied Henry B. Wilson until 17 October 1963, when she sailed with carrier Kitty Hawk for duty with 7th Fleet in the Western Pacific. During the next 5 months she operated as part of America's mobil peacekeeping fleet between Japan and the Philippines. After returning to San Diego 16 April 1964, she resumed ASW and fire support operations.

Henry B. Wilson sailed on her third deployment to the Far East 4 June 1965. Arriving Subic Bay, Luzon, 21 June, she became flagship for Destroyer Squadron 21, then began rescue and air defense picket duty in the Gulf of Tonkin 31 July, along with shore bombardment support. As escort for Midway (CV-41), she departed Subic Bay 7 November and arrived San Diego the 24th.

After a year's operation off the West Coast, Henry B. Wilson departed San Diego for the Far East 5 November 1966. She resume picket duty off Vietnam 23 December. During the first 3 months of 1967 she cruised the South China Sea and Gulf of Tonkin, performing search and rescue missions and pounding enemy coastal positions in support of ground operations. She returned to San Diego early in May.

Henry B. Wilson (DDG-7) decommissioned on 2 October 1989 and was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean on 15 August 2003.

[Note: The above USS HENRY B. WILSON (DDG-7) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS HENRY B. WILSON (DDG-7), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]