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USS Dewey CDDG-455 was built by Bath Iron Works of Bath, Maine. The keel was laid on August
10, 1957, and she was christened November 30, 1958. USS Dewey was commissioned as guided missle
destroyer ,leader fourteen CDLG-141 on December 7, 1959, the 18th anniversary of the Japanese attack
on Pearl Harbor. During the next ten years, USS Dewey served as a unit of the second, sixth and the
seventh fleets, visiting Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and the Asiatic areas. She
took part in the 'Cuban quarantine and the Vietnam conflict. In addition to the National Defense Medal,
USS Dewey displays a Vietnam Service Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for service
during-the same period. In October, 1969, USS Dewey was decommissioned to undergo extensive anti-air
warfare modernizationin the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. After being recommissioned in March, 1971,
USS Dewey underwent an extensive five month program to test the sophisticated new equipment. In
addition to patrolling the Atlantic, the ship returned to Vietnam for several months of service with the
Seventh Fleet. In the fall of 1973, she served with the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean. The following
year she joined various units of the other NATO countries for training in Northern European waters.
After routine operations in the Atlantic, she entered the Charleston Naval Shipyard in the spring of 1975
for a complete overhaul, lasting untill 1976. Early in USS Deweyts history, all destroyer leaders were
redesignated "frigates", More recently, as part of a major program to improve the Navy's system of ship
classification, guided missle frigates in USS Dewey's class were redesignated guided missle destroyers.
Therefore, on July 1, 1975, USS Deweyis hullanumber changed from DLG-14 to DDG-45.
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