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USS BASILONE CDD-8245 was constructed at
Boston Naval Shipyard and was commissioned on 26 July
1949. A GEARING class destroyer, she was named after
the late Gunnery Sergent John Basilone, USMC, of
Raritan, New Jersey, who was awarded the congressional
Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism displayed dur-
ing the fighting at Guadalcanal. BASILONE is 390 feet
long and 40 feet wide, draws 22 feet of water and displaces
3500 tons. Two turbines, using steam generated by four oil-
fired boilers, develop 60,000 shaft horse-power and drive
BASILONE at a maximum speed in excess of 30 knots. In
peacetime she is normally manned by a crew of 266 enlisted
men and 15 officers.
Since her commissioning, BASILONE has operated
extensively in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Caribbean.
In 1956 BASILONE deployed to the Sixth Fleet during the
Suez Crisis, and in 1958 she went back to the Mediterra-
nean when another crisis developed in Lebanon. Upon
returning to the United States, she joined a hunter-killer
group engaged in Anti-Submarine Warfare. When the
Cuban missile crisis developed in the fall of 1962,
BASILONE was in Guantanamo Bay, she immediately
proceeded to join in the naval blockade that eventually
forced the withdrawal of the Russian missiles.
ln July 1963 BASILONE entered the Philadelphia
Naval Shipyard to be remodeled under the Navyls Fleet
Rehabilitation and Modernization CFRAMJ Program, the
purpose of which was to extend the useful life of destroyers
by providing them with the latest anti-submarine and elec-
tronic warfare equipment. It was during this yard period
that BASILUNE received a modern sonar and Anti-
Submarine Rocket CASROCJ. BASILONE retained her
two dual purpose 5"38 twin mounts which gave her secon-
dary capabilities of anti-air warfare and shore bombard-
Returning from her FRAM overhaul in April of 1964,
BASILONE was transferred to Destroyer Squadron
Twelve, homeported in Newport. In January of 1966 she
deployed to the Western Pacific and that fall, BASILONE
returned to operations in the Western Atlantic. In May of
1967, soon after BASILONEjoined the Sixth Fleet in the
Mediterranean, war broke out between Israel and the Arab
Nations. Moving to a ready station off the coast of Crete,
BASILONE remained at sea with other units of the Sixth
Fleet for seven weeks until the crisis had passed.
Returning to Newport in September of 1967,
BA SILONE sailed on two training cruises before entering
Boston Naval Shipyard for a Regular Overhaul in January
of 1968. Following Refresher Training at Guantanamo
Bay, BASILONE once again deployed to the Med. in
September of that year.
BA SILONE returned to Newport in January of 1969,
and conducted Destroyer School Training. She again
deployed to the Mediterranean in November to return in
May of 1970. After spending the summer in upkeep, she
participated in the Americals Cup Races by hosting of-
ficial and dignitaries. In September of 1970 lighting broke
out in Jordan and with three days notice, BASILONE was
on her way to the Mediterranean. She spent two months
there and was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commenda-
The next operation after Christmas in Newport in-
volved special ASW Tactics evaluations in the months of
February and April of 1971. BASILONE again went to
Boston Naval Shipyard for a Regular Overhaul, completed
in November of 1971. This was followed by Refresher
Training in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, ending in February
Next, BASILONE participated in task group
operations in April to prepare for upcoming cruise. In
June, 1972, she began a 46,000 mile World Cruise that in-
cluded operations with the Seventh Fleet in Southeast Asia
and with Middle East Forces. BASILONE returned to
Newport in December. 1973 began with Destroyer School
Training and was a conversion year for the ship to Naval
Distillate fuel systems, accomplished during a yard period
at Boston Naval Shipyard.
BASILONE once again deployed to the Mediterra-
nean in January of 1974 returning to Norfolk, her new
homeport, in July of 1974.
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Charles A. McLellan
Commander, U.S. Navy
Born in Calumet, Michigan, Commander McLellan
enlisted in the Navy in 1949. After attending electronics
school at Great Lakes, Illinois, he served at the Naval Air
Station, Grose Ile, Michigan, onboard USS TILLS CDE-
748J, and as an instructor at Naval Damage Control
School, Philadelphia, Pa.
Selected for the integration program, Commander
McLellan attended Officer Candidate School in 1975 and
upon completion was commissioned an ensign. He then
served onboard USS GEARING CDD-7105 as both Elec-
tronic Maintenance Officer and Operations Officer. His
next duty was as Staff Operations Officer for Commander,
Destroyer Division 262 during 1958 and 1959.
Following a tour of instructor duty at the Fleet Anti-
Air Warfare Training Center, Dam Neck, Virginia, Com-
mander McLellan served on the commissioning crew ofthe
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USS BAINBRIDGE QDLGN-255 as Combat Information
Center Officer from 1962 to 1964. His next three years were
at Fuchu, Japan where he was stationed at the Pacific
Command Electronic Intelligence Center.
In 1968 he reported aboard USS BELKNAP QDLG-
265 where he served as Operations Officer until 1969 when
he assumed duties as Executive Officer of USS SA MPS ON
QDDG-105. Commander McLellan returned to Dam Neck,
Virginia for a tour of duty at the Fleet Computer Program-
ming Center from 1970 to 1973. I
Commander McLellan holds a BS degree in Business
Administration from George Washington University. He
is married to the former Anna L. Brooks of Philadelphia,
Pa. The McLellans have a son and two daughters and
reside at 4504 McGregor Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginla-
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