- USS John Paul Jones (DD-932)
USS "John Paul Jones" (DD-932/DDG-32), named for
John Paul Jones, was a "Forrest Sherman"-class destroyerof the United States Navy.
"John Paul Jones" was laid down by the
Bath Iron WorksCorporation at Bath in Maineon 18 January 1954, launched on 7 May 1955by Mrs. Carney, wife of Admiral Robert B. Carneyand commissioned on 5 April 1956, Comdr. R. W. Hayler, Jr., in command.
"John Paul Jones", second of the initial class
destroyers of post-war design, conducted exhaustive shakedown training out of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after which she departed for a cruise to Northern Europeand the British Isles. During this voyage Commander Hayler and members of the crew visited the birthplace of John Paul and presented the ship's emblem to the people of Kirkcudbright. She returned to her home port, Newport, 8 October 1956.
The new destroyer departed for her first cruise with Sixth Fleet
25 March 1957. In May she took part in an operation in support of King Hussein of Jordan. After successfully averting his overthrow, "John Paul Jones" sailed for Newport once more, arriving 6 June 1957. NATOmaneuvers in the North Atlanticfollowed in October. After another brief cruise to the Mediterranean, she arrived Fall River 27 Novemberand in January 1958she took part in fleet exercises in the Caribbean.
In the spring of 1958 "John Paul Jones" operated with Canadian ships on training maneuvers in the Atlantic. After further training off the East Coast and in the Caribbean, she sailed again for the Mediterranean
17 March 1959. This tour with the 6th Fleet on its peace-keeping mission ended 24 Julywhen the ship arrived Boston.
1960began with 2nd Fleetoperations out of Newport, and in June the destroyer embarked midshipmenfor a training cruise. She then departed 22 Augustfor a cruise to South America. As part of Operation Unitas, she circumnavigated the continent, visiting many of America's southern allies and taking part in joint exercises with their navies. After transiting the Straits of Magellanand the Panama Canal, "John Paul Jones" returned to Newport 13 December1960. During 1961and 1962the ship carried out antisubmarine exercises in the Caribbean and out of Newport. In April 1962she took part in a fleet review and weapons demonstration for President John F. Kennedy, and in July she again embarked midshipmen for training. In October 1962 the ship was on station with the Atlantic Recovery Forces during the orbital flight of Commander Wally Schirra, and soon afterward moved off the coast of Cuba during the Cuban Crisis.
The following year saw the veteran ship embark on another Mediterranean cruise
6 Februaryto 1 July; the remainder of 1963was spent on antisubmarine exercises in the Atlantic.
Operations along the Atlantic Coast continued until "John Paul Jones" began another 6th Fleet deployment
20 June 1964. She operated primarily in the western Mediterranean, on ASW assignments until returning home 3 September1964. Early in 1965she participated in Operation "Spring board"in the Caribbean. In March the destroyer received a Gemini-recovery crane and on the 19th sailed for her recovery station some 200 miles south of Bermuda. She was to pick up astronauts Major Virgil Grissomand Lt. Cmdr. John W. Youngand their space craft in the event that they ended their flight after two rather than the three scheduled orbits. However, all went well so she returned to Norfolk 27 Marchwithout headlines.
"John Paul Jones" was converted to a
guided missile destroyerat the Philadelphia Naval Shipyardbetween 20 December 1965and 15 March 1967and designated DDG-32.
"John Paul Jones" was a member of the U. S. Pacific Fleet when she was decommissioned on
15 December 1982, stricken from the Naval Vessel Registeron 30 November 1985and sunk as a target off the coast of Californiaon 31 January 2001.
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