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USS PREBLE (DLG-15) - a Farragut-class guided missile destroyer

In Commission 1960 to 1991

DLG-15 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
DEC 1957 - Keel Date: 16 DEC 1957
at Bath Iron Works Bath ME
MAY 1959 - Launch Date: 23 MAY 1959
MAY 1960 - Commissioned: 9 MAY 1960
FEB 1961 - SEP 1961 First Guided Missile Ship deployed to show it off 7th Fleet.
FEB 1964 - JUN 1964 Wes Pac Left ship June 1964
JUN 1965 - DEC 1965 West Pac
JAN 1966 - JAN 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
NOV 1966 - FEB 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1968 - FEB 1968 Operation Formation Star
JAN 1968 - APR 1969 Panama Canal
JAN 1968 - JUL 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 23 SEP 1971 - Pacific Ocean
AUG 1972 - JAN 1973 West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG 1973 - APR 1974 West Pac-Viet Nam
NOV 1991 - Decommissioned: 15 NOV 1991

DLG-15 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 scrapping dismantling10 February 2003


The fifth Preble (DLG-15) was laid down by the Bath Iron Works Corp. Bath Maine 16 December 1957 launched 23 May 1959; sponsored by Mrs. Ralph E. Wilson and commissioned in the Boston Naval Shipyard 9 May 1960 Comdr. Edward G. Fitzpatr ick in command.

After shakedown off the East Coast Preble transited the Panama Canal and arrived San Diego 2 September. After exercises along the coast of California she got underway 27 February 1961 enroute to the Far East for a six month tour with the 7th Flee t. She returned to San Diego 28 September to rejoin the 1st Fleet. She remained in the eastern Pacific through 1963 and on 26 February 1964 departed California for another tour of duty in the Far East 13 March-20 July.

Rotated regularly to WestPac over the next five years she spent much of her deployed time with the 7th Fleet off the coast of Vietnam. During these tours she served as plane guard for carriers in the Tonkin Gulf patrolled on SAR and bombarded enemy posi tions along the coast.

Returning from WestPac in July 1968 she operated briefly along the California coast and in December got underway for Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. There for an extensive overhaul she decommissioned 31 January 1969 recommissioned 23 May 1970 and returned to the Pacific Fleet.

[Note: The above USS PREBLE (DLG-15) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS PREBLE (DLG-15) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]