Gray (DE 1054) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1973

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«*mh DE-1054 USS (.RAY (DH-1054) is named in honor of Sergeant Ross Franklin United States Marine Corps Reserve, who earned the Congressional Medal of Honor in action on 21 lebruary 1945, during the inva- sion of Iwo Jima. Commissioned 4 April 1970, GRAY is the eighth ship of the KNOX class of destroyer escorts to be commissioned, this series of ships being specially designed to locate and destroy submarines. The ship is also equipped to perform effectively in patrol, anti-air warfare, shore bombardment, and command functions. GRAY is equipped with the newest long- range underwater sound detection (SON ARi installation in the fleet today, as well as highly sophisticated radar, communications, and other electronic units. The principal arma- ment is the anti-submarine homing torpedo, which can be delivered to a water entry point miles distant by the Anti-Submarine Rocket (ASROC) or launched from conventional above-water torpedo tubes. Additionally, her 5-inch 54-caliber gun is GRAY ' s main anti- aircraft weapon and can also be used for shore bombardment in support of military operations several miles inland. In the future, a manned helicopter capability and a basic point defense missile system are scheduled to be added. GRAY is powered by a single screw, driven by a single 35,000 shaft horsepower steam turbine, with steam provided by two 1200 pound boilers. The ship is actively stabilized by two gyro-controlled fins protruding from the ship ' s skin. GRAY is manned by 15 officers and 220 enlisted men and has accommodations available to include a unit commander and his staff. The ship also has modern living and messing compartments, recreation and lounge facilities, post office, ship ' s store, barber shop, library, and phar- macy. GRAY was built by Todd Shipyards of Seattle, Washington, with her keel being laid on 19 November 1966, and her launching tak- ing place on 3 November 1967 under the spon- sorship of Mrs. E. B. Armel of Pinson. Alabama. It is a credit to the modern craft- manship of Todd Shipyards that GRA ' t is one of the finest ships afloat. This book covers dR\ > - second WestPac deployment, from 13 June 1972 to 13 January 1973. mmm J

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