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USS MAHAN (DLG-11) - a Farragut-class guided missile destroyer

In Commission 1960 to 1993

DLG-11 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JUL 1957 - Keel Date: 31 JUL 1957
at San Francisco Naval Shipyard
FEB 1959 - Shellback Initiation - 2 FEB 1959 - Pacific Ocean
OCT 1959 - Launch Date: 7 OCT 1959
JAN 1960 - MAR 1960 Hawaii
JAN 1960 - JAN 1966 West Pac
DEC 1960 - Commissioned: 25 DEC 1960
JUN 1962 - DEC 1962 West Pac
JUN 1962 - DEC 1962 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1963 - JAN 1964 West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG 1963 - MAR 1964 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1964 - JAN 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1964 - MAR 1965 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1965 - MAR 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
NOV 1965 - NOV 1965 replaced the USS King in Gulf of Tonkin
SEP 1966 - SEP 1966 Annapolis Midshipmen training cruise to Hawaii
DEC 1966 - JUL 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC 1967 - DEC 1967 West Pac
JAN 1968 - FEB 1970 emergency unrep for fuel Danang while on North SAR Station
AUG 1968 - SEP 1970 Home Port-Yokosuka Japan
APR 1969 - JUL 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
NOV 1969 - DEC 1969 West Pac
MAY 1970 - SEP 1973 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1970 - Shellback Initiation - 15 SEP 1970 - Pacific Ocean
SEP 1970 - Shellback Initiation - 24 SEP 1970 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1972 - JUN 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAR 1972 - Shellback Initiation - 22 MAR 1972 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1993 - Decommissioned: 15 JUN 1993

DLG-11 General Specifications

Class: Farragut-class guided missile destroyer

Complement: 21 Officers and 356 Enlisted

Displacement: 5800 tons

Length: 512.5 feet

Beam: 52 feet

Draft: 25 feet

Range: 4500Nautical Miles

Final Disposition: Disposed of by scrapping18 May 2004


The third Mahan (DLG-11) was laid down 31 July 1957 by the San Francisco Naval Shipyard; launched 7 October 1969; sponsored by Mrs. H. P. Smith wife of Vice Adm. H. Page Smith; and commissioned 25 August 1960 Comdr. Wm. S. Busik in command.

During the first year and a half of her commissioned service Mahan's primary assignment was the testing and evaluation of her weapons systems ASROC and Terrier missiles. A unit of the Pacific Fleet's Cruiser-Destroyer Force she operated out of San Diego participating in local and fleet exercises off the west coast and in Hawaiian waters. Leaving San Diego 6 June 1962 she commenced her first western Pacific deployment. For the nest 6 months she cruised with other units of the 7th Fleet taking part in antisubmarine antiaircraft and amphibious exercises as well as making good will calls on ports in the Far East. Included in these latter visits was a stop at Saigon 24 to 28 October for the Republic of Vietnam's Independence anniversary celebrations.

1963 brought Mahan's entrance into the standard schedule of the Pacific Fleet beginning with a shipyard overhaul at Long Beach Naval Shipyard. Following her yard period she conducted training exercises off the west coast She then departed San Die go 6 August for deployment in the western Pacific. In addition to assignments in Japanese and Philippine waters she spent on this tour a total of 4 weeks cruising off South Vietnam before returning to California 10 March 1964.

Remaining on the west coast until late 1965 the guided missile frigate underwent a 5-month overhaul 1 May to 20 October followed by test and training exercises and a demonstration of her antisubmarine warfare capabilities before members of the United S tates-Canadian Military Cooperation Committee 9 December. During the summer of 1965 she embarked midshipmen from the Naval Academy and various NROTC units for summer training. Departing San Diego 19 October she sailed to Pearl Harbor for antisubmarine t raining operations and then continued on to the western Pacific arriving at Subic Bay 22 November. Mahan operated with the 7th Fleet spending alternate monthly periods on patrol off Vietnam until returning to California in April 1966.

Upon arrival at San Diego 28 April Mahan continued her previous west coast activities local and fleet training operations missile firing exercises at the Pacific Missile Range and as during the summer of 1965 the training of midshipmen during June and July. August brought the installation of a helicopter flight deck.

The period 1 December 1966 through 4 June 1967 again saw Mahan In the western Pacific where as before she operated off Vietnam patrolling and providing gunfire support in the fight to prevent the aggressive spread of communism. Arriving back at San Diego 17 June Mahan sailed on 31 July to represent the Navy at Seattle's annual Sea Fair. Following further coastal operations she entered Long Beach Naval Shipyard 1 November for overhaul. This was completed late in April 1968 and Mahan remained off the west coast until departing for the western Pacific in August. She remained as a part of the 7th Fleet into 1969.

[Note: The above USS MAHAN (DLG-11) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS MAHAN (DLG-11) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]