Farragut (DLG 6) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1964

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\, USS FARRAGUT (DLG-6) was commissioned 10 December 1 960 at Boston Naval Shipyard, CDR Roger E. SPREEN, USN, assuming command, and proudly took her place in the Navy. She was the forth of our nation ' s ships to carry the name FARRAGUT in honor of Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, famous for his achievements dur- ing the Civil War, and the first Admiral of the United States Navy. The first USS FARRAGUT (Torpedo Boat 11) was launched in 1898 and served with the Fleet until 1919. The second USS FARRAGUT (DD-300) was commissioned in 1920 and operated with the Pacific Fleet Destroyer Force through 1930. The third USS FARRAGUT (DD-348) was the first of the two- stack destroyers. Commissioned in 1934, she was berthed at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked. Throughout the war in the Pacific she fought gallantly and by the end of the war had earned 14 battly stars in engagements such as the Battle of the Coral Sea, the First Battle of Savo Island, Iwo Jima, and Oki- nawa. The forth and present USS FARRAGUT (DLG-6) is one of the most powerful ships of the modern Navy. This class of guided missile frigate is designed to carry the latest and best radar and sonar to detect the enemy, and the most powerful anti-aircraft and anti-submarine missiles with which to destroy him. Following commissioning, FARRAGUT participated in shakedown training in the Caribbean, visiting ports including San Juan, Puerto Rico; Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and Guontanamo Bay, Cuba. Enroute northward, the ship visited Pensacola, Florida (taking part in the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Naval Aviation); New Orleans, Louisiana; Mobile, Alabama, the scene of Admiral Farragut ' s most famous exploits during the Civil War. In Mobile, FARRAGUT was the special guest of the pageant celebrating the 350th anniver- sary of Mobile ' s founding. Effective 1 July 1961 the ship ' s homeport was changed from Boston to Mayport, Florida, therby becoming the first guided missile frigate to be home ported in Mayport. In the Fall of 1961, FARRAGUT departed on her Shakedown Cruise to Northern Europe. Arriving in Portsmouth, England, on 30 November 1961, she began a rapid but very enjoyable succession of port visits ending in Lisbon, Portugal the first week of the New Year. Ports visited included Malmo and Stockholm, Sweden; Copenhagen, Denmark; Ham- burg, Germany; and Portsmouth, England. FARRA- GUT ' s officers and men participated in many social affairs and athletic contests acquiring many friends while implementing the President ' s People-to-People Program. Interspersed between port visits were ex- tensive readiness exercises at sea, testing all phases of FARRAGUT ' s complex detection and weapons sy- systems. FARRAGUT deployed with the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean during January and February 1962. A highlight of this deployment was a well received visit to Port Mahon, Menorca, the home of Admiral Farragut ' s father. On 3 March 1962 FARRAGUT arrived home in Mayport and became the flagship of Capt. A. F. JOHNSON, USN, Commander De- stroyer Squadron EIGHT. April brought participation in the Seapower Dem- onstration for President Kennedy, and saw the ar- rival of a new Commanding Officer. CDR. Adam A. HERRON, USN, became FARRAGUT ' s second CO on 21 April 1962 . In May, a short operational cruise to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands for missile firings and shore bombardment was climaxed by an exciting race to the splashdown area of Astronaut Scott CARPENTER, America ' ssecond orbital space traveler. FARRAGUT enjoyed the honor of being the first surface ship to arrive at the scene. In Norfolk in June 1962 FARRAGUT welcomed 29 Naval Academy Midshipmen for their annual summer cruise. A highlight of the cruise spaced be- tween intensive anti-air and anti-submarine warfare exercises, was a Fourth of July visit to Wilmington, Delaware. On 3 August 1962, the ship sailed for the Medi- terranean Sea on a seven-month deployment with the United States SIXTH FLEET. An important page of FARRAGUT ' s history during the deployment was recorded in October, when she was sent on a special cruise into the Black Sea. There FAR RAGUT exercised the Navy ' s historic right of freedom to sail this land-locked sea, and visited two small Turkish ports, Eregil and Trabzon. The major part of the deployment was spent in the day-to-day conduct of advanced fleet train- ing exercises that keep our country ' s first line of

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