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USS DAHLGREN (DL-12 / DLG-12 / DDG-43)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NJZU

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - WHIP LASH

CLASS - FARRAGUT As Built.
Displacement 5648 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 512' 6" (oa) x 52' 4" x 17' 9" (Max)
Armament 1 x 5"/54 RF, 1 Terrier Missile SAM System, 1 ASROC ASW System,
6 x 12.75" MK 32 ASW TT.
Machinery, 85,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Range 5000 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 360.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Philadelphia Navy Yard on March 1 1958.
Launched March 16 1960 and commissioned April 8 1961.
Reclassified Guided Missile Frigate DLG -12 November 14 1956.
Decommissioned February 24 1972 and recommissioned March 17 1973.
Reclassified Guided Missile Destroyer DDG -43 June 30 1975.
Decommissioned July 31 1992.
Stricken November 20 1992.
Sold April 15 1994 to N.R. Aquisitions, Wilmington, NC for $283,711.78.
Repossessed October 1 1996.
Resold February 1999 to International Shipbreaking, Brownsville, TX for $1,500,000.
Repossessed Jul 10 2000.
Fate Sold July 29 2005 to ESCO Marine Inc. at Brownsville, TX for $285,711.70 scrapping completed March 28 2006.

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Dahlgren 29kJohn Adolphus Dahlgren, born 13 November 1809 in Philadelphia, Pa., was appointed a midshipman 1 February 1826, and early became interested in the problems of ordnance. He developed the famous Dahlgren gun, perfected howitzers for use afloat and ashore, organized the Naval Gun Factory, and wrote several significant books on ordnance. From the outbreak of the Civil War until July 1862 he served as Commandant of the Washington Navy Yard where President Lincoln often conferred with him. He then became Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance and on 7 February 1863 was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral. In command of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron (7 July 1863-17 June 1865), he participated in the bombardment of Fort Wagner and cooperated with Sherman in the capture of Savannah and Charleston. After a tour of duty in command of the South Pacific Squadron (1866-1868), he returned to Washington again as Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance. Rear Admiral Dahlgren resigned this job a year later to return to the command of the Navy Yard and Gun Factory. He died in Washington 12 July 1870 and is buried in Christ Church Graveyard, Philadelphia, PA.Bill Gonyo
Dahlgren 50kSample artist's conception by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
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Dahlgren 66kUndated, location unknown.-
Dahlgren 213kUSS Dahlgren (DLG-12) on the right and USS William V. Pratt (DLG-13) on the left, August 3 1959 at Philadelphia Navy Yard.Ed Zajkowski
Dahlgren 283kUSS Dahlgren (DLG-12) on the right and USS William V. Pratt (DLG-13) on the left, October 30 1959 at Philadelphia Navy Yard. Ed Zajkowski
Dahlgren 181kUSS Dahlgren (DLG-12) and USS William V. Pratt (DLG-13) are shown being completed at Philadelphia Navy Yard on December 31, 1959. Note the mothballed Iowa class battleship in the background.-
Dahlgren 247kUSS Dahlgren (DLG-12) and USS William V. Pratt (DLG-13) on February 9 1960 at Philadelphia Navy Yard. Ed Zajkowski
Dahlgren 343kLaunching program for the USS Dahlgren (DLG-12 and USS William V. Pratt (DLG13) dated March 16 1960.© Ron Reeves
Dahlgren 82kUSS Dahlgren (DLG-12) underway in British waters, circa 1962. Photo by Wright & Logan, Southsea, England 1964-65 Edition of Jane's Fighting Ships.Robert Hurst
Dahlgren 50kAtlantic, Operation CANUS-SILEX August 1965.© Richard Leonhardt
Dahlgren 84kAtlantic, Operation CANUS-SILEX August 1965.© Richard Leonhardt
Dahlgren 79kCirca 1966, location unknown.Charles I. Grasley 1963-1965
Wilson 144kAs seen from the USS England (DLG-22) in February 1967 on SAR station in the Tonkin Gulf.John Spivey
Dahlgren 145kUSS Dahlgren (DLG-12/later DDG-43), Underway off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii on 28 August 1967. Photographer: PHCM (AC) L.P. Bodine. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 106821.Robert Hurst
Dahlgren 72kAtlantic, June 17 1970© Richard Leonhardt
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Dahlgren 39kUndated, location unknown.-
Dahlgren 62kUndated, location unknown.-
Dahlgren 49kUndated postcard Copyright © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, VA.Mike Smolinski
Dahlgren 99kUndated, location unknown.Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr
Dahlgren 143kUndated, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Dahlgren 38kLisbon, Portugal circa 1970's.Marc Piché
Dahlgren 78kView of collision damage from 1974.Tommy Trampp
Dahlgren 108kAt Genoa, Italy on May 20 1980.Carlo Martinelli
Dahlgren 41kBarcelona, Spain February 1983.Marc Piché
Dahlgren 88kUSS Dahlgren, as DDG-43, at Barcelona, Spain, on 29 March 1983. She had an SPS-48 3D radar on her foremast, an SPS-49 2D air search radar on the mainmast, and Harpoon in place of the original twin 3"/50 gun mounts.Fabio Peña
Dahlgren 91kAs above.Fabio Peña
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Welcome Aboard pamphlet - circa 1985
Robert M. Cieri
Dahlgren 122kDN-ST-87-01270. Crew members aboard the guided missile destroyer USS DAHLGREN (DDG 43) man the rails during the International Naval Review in New York. Photo by Emmett Francois, July 4 1986.Bill Gonyo
Dahlgren 178kDN-ST-87-01181. New York Harbor, July 4 1986, sailors "man the rail" aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Dahlgren (DDG 43) during the International Naval Review. U.S. Navy photo by: Emmett Francois.Robert M. Cieri
Dahlgren 51kCalshot, UK April 1989.Marc Piché
Dahlgren 25kCalshot, UK April 1989.Marc Piché
Dahlgren 196kDA-ST-90-06080. St. Croix, September 21 1989, a starboard quarter view of the guided missile destroyer USS Dahlgren (DDG 43) anchored in the harbor. The DAHLGREN is at St. Croix during Operation Hawkeye, a relief effort designed to aid the victims of Hurricane Hugo, which devastated the area on September 19th. Photo by: SPC Brian Cumper.Robert M. Cieri
Dahlgren 149kUSS Dalhgren (DDG-43) underway at sea, circa the 1980s or early 1990s. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 106822-KN.Robert Hurst
Dahlgren 92kAugust 5 1991, US Naval Station, Rodman, Panama. The guided missile destroyer USS Dahlgren (DDG-43), foreground, the tank landing ship USS Barnstable County (LST-1197), center, and the Colombian frigate Arc Antioquia (53), background, lie tied up near the Bridge of the Americas.Fred Weiss
Dahlgren 71kAugust 5 1991, crew members and guests stand aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Dahlgren (DDG-43) as it transits the Panama Canal.Fred Weiss
Dahlgren 76kSeptember 1989, St. Croix, Virgin Islands, USS DAHLGREN (DDG 43) moored in the harbor. The Dahlgren is at St. Croix during Operation Hawkeye, a relief effort designed to aid the victims of Hurricane Hugo, which devastated the area on September 19th.Fred Weiss
Dahlgren 168kDN-SC-91-01120. NAVWPNSTA Yorktown, Va., September 25 1990, an aerial view port beam view of the guided-missile destroyer USS Dalhgren (DDG 43) moored at a pier, to take on ammunition. U.S. Navy photo by: PH3 Martin Norman.Robert M. Cieri
Dahlgren 209kThe crew of the guided missile destroyer USS Dahlgren (DDG-43) mans the rails as the ship arrives for a port visit during Unitas XXXII, a combined exercise involving the naval forces of the United States and nine South American countries, July 13 1991.Bill Gonyo
Dahlgren 67kOctober 1991, USS Dahlgren (DDG-43) comes alongside the Chilean tanker Almirante Jorge Montt (52) during underway replenishment operations off the Chilean coast. U.S. Navy PhotoFred Weiss
Dahlgren 53kOct. 9, 1991, Somewhere in the Atlantic: The destroyer USS Dahlgren (DDG-43), one of the U.S. Navy ships taking part in Unitas XXXII, a combined exercise involving the naval forces of the United States and eight South American nations.Fred Weiss
Dahlgren 80kOctober 20 1991, Chile, small boats come alongside the guided missile destroyer USS Dahlgren (DDG-43) as the ship pauses in the Straits of Magellan while en route to Punte Arenas, Chile, during the multinational naval exercise Unitas XXXII.Fred Weiss
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Decommissioning pamphlet - July 31 1992 - thanks to Robert M. Cieri
Patches
Dahlgren 45kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Dahlgren 41kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Dahlgren 34kShip's patchMike Smolinski

USS DAHLGREN DL-12 / DLG-12 / DDG-43 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
(Located On The hazegray Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Cary Edward Landis    Apr 8 1961 - Apr 19 1963
CDR Leon Ivan Smith Jr.    Apr 19 1963 - Jun 15 1964
CDR Allan Edward White    Jun 15 1964 - Dec 17 1965
CDR James Arthur Baxter    Dec 17 1965 - Nov 3 1967
CDR Lucien Capone Jr.    Nov 3 1967 - Aug 4 1969 (Later RADM)
CDR Jack Edward McQueston    Aug 4 1969 - Dec 20 1970
CDR John Robert Allingham    Dec 20 1970 - Feb 24 1972
(Decommissioned Feb 24 1972 - Mar 17 1973)
CDR Gordon Lewis Thorpe    Mar 17 1973 - Mar 30 1974
CDR Ned Charles Wolfe    Mar 30 1974 - Oct 15 1975
CDR Wendell Norman Johnson    Oct 15 1975 - Jun 25 1977
CDR James John Kulescz Jr.    Jun 25 1977 - Oct 27 1979
CDR Edward Louis Christensen    Oct 27 1979 - Nov 11 1981
CDR Harold Webster Gehman Jr.    Nov 11 1981 - Sep 13 1983 (Later ADM)
CDR Donald Lee Pilling    Sep 13 1983 - Sep 7 1985 (Later ADM)
CDR Donald D. Geismar    Sep 7 1985 - Dec 13 1987
CDR William Joseph Laz Jr.    Dec 13 1987 - Dec 5 1989
CDR John Michael Barry    Dec 5 1989 - Dec 1 1991
CDR Lawrence Verne Kester    Dec 1 1991 - Jul 31 1992

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Tom James
Address: 506 Arlington Road, Savannah, GA 31419
Phone: (912)200-3398 (Home) (256)656-6432 (Cell)
E-mail:tomalynn@hotmail.com
Next Reunion: Oglethorpe Inn and Suites (1(800)344-4378), 7110 Hodgson Memorial Drive, Savannah, GA from April 30 through May 4.

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.


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