The USS DEWEY (DDG-45), a Farragut-class guided missile destroyer, was commissioned on 7 DEC 1959. Orginally built as a Guided Missile Destroyer Leader (DLG-15) at the Bath Iron Works, USS DEWEY was commissioned with COMMANDER Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr., the future chief of Naval Operations, in command. She joined the Atlantic Fleet, in 1960. Homeported successively at Norfolk, Va, Newport, R.I, Charleston, S.C. and Mayport, Florida, DEWEY deployed the the Northern Atlantic, Mediterranean, Far East and Caribbean, always living up to her motto, "The First and Finest". USS DEWEY served her country for 30 years, 8 months and 24 days, until decommissioned on 31 AUG 1990. The hulk of the DEWEY was scrapped in 1994.
The USS DEWEY (DDG-45) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:
DDG-45 General Specifications
Class: Farragut-class guided missile destroyer
Named for: George Dewey
Complement: 21 Officers and 356 Enlisted
Displacement: 5800 tons
Length: 512.5 feet
Beam: 52 feet
Flank Speed: 36 Knots
Range: 4500Nautical Miles
Final Disposition:Disposed of sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping15 April 1994
USS DEWEY (DDG-45)
The second Dewey (DLG-14) was launched 30 November 1958 by Bath Iron Works Corp.
Maine; sponsored by Mrs. K. St. George
United States Representative from New York State
and commissioned 7 December 1959
Commander E. R. Zumwalt
Training operations off New England
the Virginia Capes and in the Caribbean through the first 6 months of 1960 prepared Dewey for her significant role with the Atlantic Fleet.
[Note: The above USS DEWEY (DDG-45) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS DEWEY (DDG-45) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]