Mullinnix (DD 944) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1976

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- inAp1'il 1956 when the men of the Bethlehem Steel Company H1 Quincy, Massachusetts brought ' 'Un 1 ' , It was a chilly mom g h t as to become the keel of the USS MULLINNIX. She was designed to maintain speeds well - - t lt a w - , h I their skill to bearoiithgscjjased frecboard and characteristic "HIGH BOW" allowed for agility in rough weather operations, over30knotsand erin I l ,I H, ,. ,t bl. . , ,, , . , he main deck was built with aluminum to in fain maximum s a iity while maintaining The entire ships structure above 5 h' dis lacement mmi1Eull:,ns'Ztp tozlhe Forrest Sherman Class of Destroyers, MULLINNIX was one of the first United States Warships to e i g g thanforward She was built with the latest in improved habitability features in berthing and air ' ' er aft - ? nllorifrjljlcllqdjut the Ship When the men of Quincy had finished their work, M ULLINNIX had a dispwcement of 3, 850 c t zwwdzszlguipped to provide anti-aircraft and anti-submarine protection to larger ships, was 1118 feet long, and had a beam of ons, 45 feet. l This beautifully proportioned vessel is meant to be lasting tribute to the memory of the man, Henry Matson MULLINNIX. MULLINNIX was the first naval vessel to bear the name of one of America's most gifted "Air Admirals". Rear Admiral MULLINNIX died in action while serving aboard his flagship, the escort carrier, LISCOMBE BA Y. LISCOMBE BAY was torpedoed and sunk by an enemy submarine off Makin Island in the Gilbert Islands area, on November 24, 1943. Rear Admiral MULLINNIX was reported missing in action following that catastrophe and was officzally declared dead a year later. For his services he was awarded the Legion of Merit and the Purple Heart Medal posthumously. On March 7, 1958, MULLINNIX was commissioned a part of the United States Navy. Mrs. Kathryn M ULLINNIX, the widow of Admiral MULLINNIX, presented the officers and crew with Admiral M ULLINNIX 's personal flag and sword as a symbol of Naval Tradition and as a symbol of high standards for M ULLINNIX to achieve and maintain. The standards of one man, the lives of many, and the cold new steel were now linked together by a ship called M ULLINNIX. MULLINNIX spent her first couple of years spreading good will and making friends in Central and South America. She escorted the USS RANGER "around the Horn" and later was the flagship for COMMANDER SOUTH ATZANTIC FORCE. The MUX'sfirst visit to a foreign port was Port of Spain, Trinidad. After Trinidad, M ULLINNIX continued to spread good will in the ports of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil: Racife, Brazilg Tampico, Mexico, Montevideo, Uraguayg and Mardel Plate, Argentina. In the fall of 1959, the men of the MUX were called upon to take the HMULLINNIX MANNERU to the Mediterranean. Upon arriving in the Mediterranean,MULLINNIX wasxthe newest United States Destroyer in the Mediterranean in addition to being the Flagship for DESTROYER SQUADRON 82. As such, she was visited by many dignitaries including West German Minister STRAUSS.:Also, while' in the Mediterranean, MULLINNIX was honored to have been selected to act a primary escort ship for .President EISENHOWER when he travelled from Athens to Tunis to Toulon aboard the USS DES MOINES. In Toulon, the President spoke directly to the crew by radio and congratulated them on doing a magnificent job. Between 1959 and 1961, MULLINNIX had visited many European cities countries including Naples, Barcelona, Cannes, Athens, La Spezut, Istanbul, Malta, Taormina, Palermo, Gaeta, St. Jean, Sam un, and Bregli in the Black Sa. ' tIn1962, MULLINNIX participated in the UNITAS III cruise of South wx re she revisited many of the ports she made im heffifst 6199509109765-. Ifljlllsf Gfew SllO17t,yearsMULLINNIX hadleahied herselfaze reputation as a "steaming can" by l operating over half the world. From October 962 tgsNov5inbe4,P-19,t'f962, 'y inthe now famous Cuban Quafantine as Flagshipvf Task Force 137. 1 A , , ,I 'fi ' if .. ss. y Unsaiiefied with the land and water, me MULL1NN1 ry 'Tef0'Q9"'Zl Wea dating a two Wm Gemini Space shot in March of 1965. Later that year, more earthly problems led the VlHUhUTlLl YVTVJIZ to assist in the Dominican Republic crisis and to remain in the vicinity of Guantanamo Bay ready to render aid to ere nee e . . ' In'J1lne..,0f1'965. MULLINNIX and other units of Task Group Alpha departed for a. three month tour of duty with the US. ,Sui , . .. , I D I gg Fig: lgleet K After much needed rest and extensive repairs to her boilers, M ULLINNIX departed for duty with the Seventh I V 5 A fter stops in Guantanamo Bay, Balboa, Manzanillo, Pearl Harbor, Midway Island, Guam, and Subic Bay. She f11"'iUf?d Off . th ' " ' A - ' e vofvwmam' her tour with the Seventh Fleet. MCILLINNIX was assigned exclusively to Naval Shore bomb dt t, " a .. . ' ,ar men fmng 13'702f0u'1dS ofammunmon m Support of the First Marine Division, the US Army. and Ulf' Arm!! flf the ' R9P14b.liQofS th. V' t I ' . f 'Z T' ' A ze She depwted the Seventh Fleet on 17November and continued 'westward around the world. Affef stopsmPmn ,Mla" ' - A h-e, high. ' ,a wwf Cochin, India, and Athens, GTGGCG. MULLINNIX proudly rcturmwol home.

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