DD-880 General Specifications
Named for: Aquilla J. Dyess
Complement: 336 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 2616 tons
Length: 390.6 feet
Beam: 40.10 feet
Draft: 14.4 feet
Range: 4 500 Nautical Miles
Final Disposition: Sold to Greece for spare parts 8 July 1981
USS DYESS (DD-880)
Dyess (DD-880) was launched 26 January 1945 by Consolidated Steel Corp.
Tex.; sponsored by Mrs. A. J. Dyess
widow of Lieutenant Colonel Dyess; and commissioned 21 May 1945
Commander R. L. Fulton in command. She was reclassified DDR-880 18 March1949
After her shakedown cruise and conversion to a radar picket destroyer
Dyess sailed from Norfolk 7 November 1945 to join the 6th Fleet at Tokyo Bay 19 December for occupation duty in the Far East. She returned to San Diego 16 December 1946
and on 6 January 1947
got underway for the east coast
arriving at Norfolk 23 January. She served in local training cruises until August of that year when she sailed to Rio de Janeiro
to escort President H. S. Truman embarked in Missouri ( BB-63) as far as Norfolk when he transferred to the Presidential yacht Williamsburg (AGC-9) which Dyess escorted to Washington
Dyess arrived at Newport
27 September 1947 for local training operations. After a tour of duty with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean from 29 October to 14 February 1948
she returned to her home port of Norfolk. Until the end of 1958 Dyess made nine tours of duty with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean
patrolling to preserve peace and engaging in exercises with NATO forces. She also sailed on two midshipman cruises
one to southern Europe in the summer of 1948 and one to Halifax
in the summer of 1951. The remainder of her service has been as varied as her capabilities. She has acted as plane guard during the qualifying of pilots in carrier operations and has joined in hunter-killer exercises
and large-scale fleet exercises. She assisted in the evacuation of American nationals from Suez during the tense situation which developed during her 1956 Mediterranean cruise. In the summer of 1958 she joined in strengthening the free world's defenses with NATO operations in northern Europe.
Dyess operated along the east coast and off Cuba in 1959
and on 25 July arrived at Charleston S.C.
her new home port. On 29 January 1960 she sailed on her tenth deployment to the Mediterranean.
Dyess returned to Charleston
S.C. in August
and in October entered Charleston Naval Ship Yard
where she remained until the end of 1960.
[Note: The above USS DYESS (DD-880) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS DYESS (DD-880) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]