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USS COURTNEY (DE-1021) - a Dealey-class destroyer escort

In Commission 1956 to 1973

DE-1021 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
SEP 1954 - Keel Date: 2 SEP 1954
at Defoe Shipbuilding Company Bay City MI
NOV 1955 - Launch Date: 2 NOV 1955
SEP 1956 - Commissioned: 24 SEP 1956
MAY 1958 - MAY 1958 Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
AUG 1958 - Shellback Initiation - 16 AUG 1958 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG 1958 - SEP 1958 Shellback Initiation
AUG 1961 - DEC 1961 UNITAS
SEP 1961 - Shellback Initiation - 4 SEP 1961 - Atlantic Ocean
SEP 1961 - Shellback Initiation - 4 SEP 1961 - Pacific Ocean
OCT 1962 - OCT 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
AUG 1963 - Shellback Initiation - 26 AUG 1963 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN 1967 - APR 1967 Mediterranean
JAN 1968 - JUN 1968 Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
DEC 1970 - DEC 1972 Mediterranean

DE-1021 General Specifications

Class: Dealey-class destroyer escort

Named for: Henry A. Courtney

Complement: 170 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 1877 tons

Length: 314 feet 6 inches

Beam: 36 feet 9 inches

Flank Speed: 27 knots

Range: 6 000 Nautical Miles

Final Disposition:Sold for scrap 17 June 1974


Courtney (DE 1021) was launched 2 November 1955 by Defoe Shipbuilding Co. Bay City Mich.; sponsored by Mrs. H. A. Courtney ; commissioned 24 September 1956 Lieutenant Commander C. W. Coe in command; and reported to the Atlantic Fleet.

Joining Escort Squadron 10 at Newport R.I. 26 April 1957 Courtney operated from that port exercising in antisubmarine warfare and convoy escort techniques in the British West Indies until 3 September. She arrived at Milford Haven Wales 14 September for maneuvers with ships of other NATO navies in the Irish Sea visiting Plymouth England and Brest France before returning to Newport 21 October 1957 to resume local operations. She took part in hunter-killer exercises off North Carolina and in convoy exercises extending into the waters off Florida.

Courtney sailed from Newport 1 April 1958 and called at Reykjavik Iceland on the way to Bodo Norway to conduct exercises with ships of the Norwegian Navy. She put in to Antwerp Belgium and Argentia Newfoundland and returned to Newport 14 May. From 7 August to 30 September she cruised in the Atlantic with her squadron on convoy escort and screening duties visiting Rio de Janeiro Brazil from 15 to 19 September. Again cruising to South American waters from February through March 1959 she called at ports in Colombia Ecuador Peru and Chile and exercised with ships of the Colombian and Peruvian navies. NATO exercises in August and September 1959 found her calling in Newfoundland Northern Ireland England and Portugal. Through the first half of 1960 she cruised along the east coast on a variety of exercises including an amphibious operation with Marines on the coast of North Carolina.

From August through December Courtney participated in Operation "Unitas " the combined antisubmarine training cruise of the American nations.

[Note: The above USS COURTNEY (DE-1021) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS COURTNEY (DE-1021) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]