DDG-46 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
USS PREBLE (DDG-46)
The fifth Preble (DLG-15) was laid down by the Bath Iron Works Corp.
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 (DDG-46) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS PREBLE (DDG-46) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]