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USS JOSEPH STRAUSS (DDG-16)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NZSR

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - FLEET FOX

CLASS - CHARLES F. ADAMS As Built.
Displacement 4526 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 437' (oa) x 47' x 15' (Max)
Armament 2 x 5"/54 RF (2x1), Tartar SAM (1x1 Mk 13) ASROC ASW (1x8), 6 x 12.75" Mk 32 ASW TT (2x3).
Machinery, 70,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 333-350.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by New York Shipbuilding on December 27 1960.
Launched December 9 1961 and commissioned April 20 1963.
Decommissioned February 1 1990.
Stricken January 11 1995.
To Greece October 1 1992, renamed Formion.
Decommissioned July 29 2002.
Fate: Sold for scrap by the Greek Navy February 19, 2004.

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Strauss 52kJoseph Strauss was born 16 November 1861 in Mount Morris, N.Y. He was commissioned Ensign 1 July 1887 and began a distinguished career as specialist in ordnance in June 1893 when he reported to the Bureau of Ordnance in Washington, D.C. During the Spanish-American War he served in Lancaster blockading the Cuban coast, then returned to the Bureau of Ordnance. He established the Naval Proving Ground, Indian Head, Md., 1900 to 1902; served on a Special Board of Naval Ordnance in 1906; and was a member of the Joint Army-Navy Board on Smokeless Powders the following year. He conducted experimental work with torpedoes while commanding cruiser Montgomery 1909 to 1911; commanded Ohio (BB-12) in 1912; then became Chief of Bureau of Ordnance 21 October 1913. Strauss assumed command of Nevada (BB-36) 30 December 1916 and remained in command as the United States entered World War I. Detached from the battleship in February 1918, he was designated Commander, Mine Force, Atlantic Fleet. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal both for directing the laying of the North Sea Mine Barrage and for the hazardous task of clearing it after peace came. In October 1919 he returned to the Navy Department to serve as a member of the General Board until March 1921 when he became Commander in Chief of the Asiatic Fleet with the rank of Admiral. He resumed duty with the General Board in October 1922. The following year he also worked with Congress on the budget and appropriations. He transferred to the Retired List 16 November 1925 but returned briefly to active duty 8 October 1937 to 8 February 1938 to serve the Advisory Board on Battleship Plans. Admiral Strauss was a founder of the Naval Historical Society and a long time financial adviser of the Navy Relief Society. Among his inventions were the superimposed system of mounting guns; the first spring recoil gun mount, the first disappearing mount for deck guns of submarines, and the 12-inch gun, the fore-runner of the mighty guns for capital ships' main batteries. He received a special letter of appreciation from Secretary of the Navy Charles F. Adams in 1929 for his work on safety devices of submarines and the salvaging of sunken submarines. He died 30 December 1948 and was buried in the Arlington National Cemetery.NHC
Strauss 127kUndated, location unknown.-
Strauss 44kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Strauss 147kUndated image from the NAVSEA Journal.Bob Bush
Strauss 86kUndated image from the NAVSEA Journal.Bob Bush
Strauss 88kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Strauss 174kCommissioned April 20 1963 at New York.Ron Reeves
Strauss 120kCommissioned April 20 1963 at New York.Ron Reeves
Strauss 49kSouth China Sea, March 11, 1966© Richard Leonhardt
Strauss 58kJune 3, 1968, the guided missile destroyer USS Joseph Strauss (DDG-16) underway.Fred Weiss
Strauss 40kCirca 1969-1971 signed by her CO at that time CDR John E. Arnold.Jaroslaw Brancewicz
Strauss 39kVancouver, BC June 1975.Marc Piché
Strauss 48kSan Francisco October 29 1981.Marc Piché
Strauss 71kSan Francisco Fleet Week, October 29, 1981.Robert M. Cieri
Strauss 82kUSS Joseph Strauss (DDG-16) and USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22), San Francisco Fleet Week, October 29, 1981.Robert M. Cieri
Strauss 34kUSS Joseph Strauss (DDG-16) and USS Stoddert (DDG-22) in San Francisco November 1 1981.Marc Piché
Strauss 77kUSS Joseph Strauss (DDG-16) and USS Stoddert (DDG-22) in San Francisco November 1 1981.Marc Piché
Strauss 128kDF-ST-86-09259. A crewman operates a console in the combat information center aboard the guided missile destroyer USS JOSEPH STRAUSS (DDG 16) during Exercise COPE CANINE '85. Photo by TSGT Mau, April 12 1985.Bill Gonyo
Strauss 114kDF-ST-86-09258. The combat information center aboard the guided missile destroyer USS JOSEPH STRAUSS (DDG 16) while participating in Exercise COPE CANINE '85. Photo by TSGT Mau, April 12 1985.Bill Gonyo
Strauss 51kSydney, Australia June 1986.Marc Piché
Strauss 36kSydney, Australia June 1986.Marc Piché
Strauss 36kSeattle, WA October 1986.Marc Piché
Strauss 35kSeattle, WA October 1986.Marc Piché
Strauss 172kDN-SC-92-04485. The guided missile destroyer USS JOSEPH STRAUSS (DDG-16) heads out to sea after departing Naval Station, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Photo by OS2 John Bouvia, November 1 1989.Bill Gonyo
Strauss 307kDN-SC-92-02885. Pearl Harbor, June 1 1991, four decommissioned Charles F. Adams-class guided-missile destroyers lie tied up in the Middle Loch. The ships are, from front to back: the Cochrane (DDG 21), the Henry B. Wilson (DDG 7), the Joseph Strauss (DDG 16) and the Hoel (DDG 13). U.S. Navy photo by OS2 John Bouvia.Robert M. Cieri
Strauss 216kDN-SC-92-02897. Pearl Harbor, June 1 1991, four decommissioned Charles F. Adams class guided missile destroyers lie at anchor in the Middle Loch. The ships are, from left to right: the Hoel (DDG 13), the Joseph Strauss (DDG 16), the Henry B. Wilson (DDG 7) and the Cochrane (DDG 21). U.S. Navy photo by OS2 John Bouvia.Robert M. Cieri
Strauss 54kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Strauss 81kShip's patchMike Smolinski
On Greek Service
Strauss 135kUndated, location unknown.Konstantinos Athanasakis
Strauss 74kUndated, location unknown.Konstantinos Athanasakis
Strauss 143kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Strauss 207kUndated, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
Strauss 95kFive views of the Strauss during Navy Week at Saronikos Bay, Greece MAY 2 1993.George Haralampides
Strauss 87kAs above.George Haralampides
Strauss 80kAs above.George Haralampides
Strauss 81kAs above.George Haralampides
Strauss 87kAs above.George Haralampides

USS JOSEPH STRAUSS DDG-16 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR William Morris Ari Greene    Apr 20 1963 - Jul 22 1964 (Later RADM)
CDR Bruce Keener III    Jul 22 1964 - Mar 1 1966 (Later RADM)
CDR James Donald Elliott    Mar 1 1966 - Jul 17 1967
CDR Lawrence Layman    Jul 17 1967 - Aug 16 1969 (Later RADM)
CDR John Elwin Arnold    Aug 16 1969 - Mar 27 1971
CDR James Joseph Clarkin    Mar 27 1971 - May 17 1972
LCDR Shane Patrick Daniels    May 17 1972 - Nov 2 1973
CDR David Michael Bennett    Nov 2 1973 - Sep 20 1975 (Later VADM)
CDR Ronald Frank Ingram    Sep 20 1975 - Sep 17 1977
CDR Richard Harring Wyttenbach    Sep 17 1977 - Sep 21 1979
CDR John Wesley Benepe    Sep 21 1979 - Dec 15 1981
CDR Robert Charles Bartlett    Dec 15 1981 - Jan 21 1984
CDR Linton Wells II    Jan 21 1984 - Jun 10 1986
CDR Samuel Kaaloa Anderson    Jun 10 1986 - Dec 1988
CDR John Howard Strauss    Dec 1988 - Feb 1 1990

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Bart Bartholomew
Address: 2448 Ellington Rd, Gerry, NY 14740
Phone: 716-985-4273
E-mail: obarth@windstream.net


Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Joseph Strauss Website
Adams Class Veterans Association Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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