DE-1034 General Specifications
Class: Claud Jones-class destroyer escort
Named for: John R. Perry
Complement: 167 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 1750 tons
Length: 310 feet
Beam: 37 feet
Final Disposition: Sold for Scrapping 30 September 2009 to International Shipbreaking Brownsville Tx
USS JOHN R. PERRY (DE-1034)
John R. Perry (DE-1034) was laid down 4 January 1956 by Avondale Marine Ways, Avondale, La.;
launched 29 July 1958; sponsored by Mrs. John R. Perry, widow of Rear Admiral
Perry; and commissioned 5 May 1959, Lt. Comdr.
W. L. Atkinson in command.
John R. Perry made a shakedown cruise to Northern Europe and Scandinavian
countries, thence sailed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She then became a school ship for the Fleet Sonar
School, basing at Key West, Fla., for antisubmarine warfare operations that took her to
Caribbean and Gulf ports, sailing as far east as the Azores, and up the eastern
seaboard to Norfolk. She was one of the Atlantic Fleet's warships responding to
call for a quarantine of Cuba (24 October-20 November 1962), which was being developed as a
base. She patrolled off the island to help choke off the flow of military supplies to Cuba and
demands for the withdrawal of Soviet missiles. After American demands were substantially complied with, the persuasive
tentacles of force were withdrawn.
John R. Perry resumed sonar schoolship duties out of Key West which continued through 1965. This
principal service was interrupted by
overhauls in the Charleston Navy Yard,
special antisubmarine warfare tactics in the Caribbean and along the eastern seaboard with Task Force Alpha, and joint operations with
units of the Venezuelan Navy (2-8
February 1964). During these years John
R. Perry has helped train the men
of the Navy in the latest ASW
techniques and has steadily perfected her own ability to defend the Nation against the threat of a growing Soviet submarine force.
John R. Perry was transferred to the Pacific Fleet 1 May 1966. She departed Key West on the 16th,
transited the Panama Canal 3 days later, and
arrived Pearl Harbor 4 June to
operate in the Hawaiian area through mid-1967.
[Note: The above USS JOHN R. PERRY (DE-1034) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS JOHN R. PERRY (DE-1034), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]