USS HARTLEY (DE-1029)
Hartley was laid down by the New York Shipbuilding Co., Camden, N.J., 31
October 1955; launched 24 November 1956; sponsored by Mrs.Henry Hartley, widow of
Admiral Hartley; and commissioned 26 June 1957 at Philadelphia, Pa., Lt.
Comdr. C. N. Crandall, Jr., in command.
shakedown in the Caribbean to test the latest and most efficient antisubmarine equipment, Hartley
Escort Squadron 14 in Newport, R.I., for a series of ASW and convoy
tactics exercises 28 January 1958. Departing Newport 12 May in company with CortRon 14, CortRon 10, and Wasp (CVS-18),
Hartley deployed to the Mediterranean for operations with the mighty 6th Fleet. During the Lebanese crisis
in July she patrolled off the coast of Lebanon as the 6th Fleet acted quickly and effectively to stabilize
the tense political situation and to prevent the spread of violence to other
parts of the unsettled Middle
East. For the next 2 months she continued peace-keeping
patrols and ranged the Mediterranean from Turkey to France. She returned to Newport 7 October.
a series of ASW exercises out of her home port, Hartley sailed with CortRon 14 for an extended South American cruise 6 February 1959. American units joined ships from the Brazilian, Argentine, Uruguayan,
and Venezuelan navies for intensive
ASW training exercises. Hartley returned to Newport 5 May 1959 and engaged in
further escort and ASW exercises until June 1960, when she entered Monroe Shipyard, Chelsea, Mass.,
for installation of a new high speed
sonar dome. Hartley then served
as Fleet Sonar School training ship at Key West, Fla., until November 1960.
exercises out of Newport filled Hartley's schedule for the following 4 years, punctuated by occasional special
operations. In October 1961, Hartley sailed to Norfolk to work with
NASA research teams in improving shipboard recovery and space capsule egress procedures for American
astronauts. After another tour with the Sonar School at Key West, Hartley prepared
II, a joint Canadian-American exercise which was cancelled because of the Cuban missile
crisis in October 1962. In
response to the Russian attempt to establish
offensive missile bases in Cuba the United States established an effective naval blockade off Cuba.
Vigilant American ships helped repulse this threat to world peace; and, operating off the East Coast, Hartley provided
essential support during one of the most tense and dangerous international situations of the Cold War.
Since 1962, Hartley
has continued operating in the Atlantic and the Caribbean. In March 1963,
she conducted surveillance patrols off Cuba,
and during the next 5 months she
participated in extensive ASW exercises out of Key West and Newport. Early in September she entered the Boston Naval Shipyard where she
underwent overhaul and modification. Equipped with the latest advances
in sonar equipment and DASH, Hartley resumed duty 27 January 1964. During February and March she trained out of Guantanamo Bay and served at the
Sonar School at Key West. Returning to Newport 8 April, sihe spent the remainder of the year participating in
antisubmarine exercises which sent
her from the Gulf of Maine to the
Straits of Florida.
conducting surveillance patrols and sonar training out of Key West during the early part of 1965,
heavily damaged by Norwegian freighter Blue Master 16 June. As Hartley entered Chesapeake
Bay in heavy weather, the merchantman hit the destroyer escort broadside, and her bow almost cut Hartley in half.
She suffered no casualties but was extensively damaged in the
engineering spaces. Prompt and effective rescue and salvage operations kept her from grounding; 19 hours after the collision, she reached Norfolk under tow.
repairs at Norfolk Navy Yard, Hartley returned to Newport early in
October. There she resumed antisubmarine operations.
Hartley operated out of Newport along the New England coast and in the
Caribbean until she sailed for Northern Europe late in May 1987. After cruising along the Scandinavian coast, she arrived Copenhagen 23 June.
She next visited Holy Loch, Scotland,
before getting underway 17 July for
the Mediterranean, where she became an
element of stability in that tense and explosive region so recently
disturbed by the war between Israel and Arab States
[Note: The above USS HARTLEY (DE-1029) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS HARTLEY (DE-1029), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]