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USS PREBLE (DL-15 / DLG-15 / DDG-46)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NLOH

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - BONECRUSHER later BARBARY

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 Bath Iron Works, Bath ME. on December 16 1957.
Launched May 23 1959 and commissioned May 9 1960.
Reclassified Guided Missile Frigate DLG-15 November 14 1956.
Decommissioned January 31 1969 and recommissioned May 23 1970.
Reclassified Guided Missile Destroyer DDG-46 June 30 1975.
Decommissioned November 15 1991.
Stricken November 20 1992.
Sold April 15 1994, repossessed 10/01/96, scrapping 0% completed.
Fate Sold to Metro Machine Corp., Philadelphia, scrapping completed March 25 2003.

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Preble 104kIn the American Revolution Edward Preble ran away from home to serve on a privateer, entered (1779) the Massachusetts state marine as a midshipman, and saw service aboard the Protector, which was captured in 1781. After his release he joined the Winthrop and, when the Revolution was over, was engaged in the merchant service. Commissioned lieutenant in the U.S. navy in 1798, he was promoted (1799) to captain and given command of the Essex, which sailed to China and convoyed 14 merchant vessels to New York. In 1803, Preble was transferred to the Constitution and set out in command of a squadron for the Mediterranean, where he took a leading part in the Tripolitan War. After the Philadelphia of his squadron had been captured and held in the harbor of Tripoli, Preble blockaded that port and made a number of attacks, but he failed to capture the strongly fortified town. He was relieved of his command on the arrival of Commodore Samuel Barron. Many of those who served under Preble, such as David Porter and Stephen Decatur, rendered distinguished service in the War of 1812.Bill Gonyo/Robert Hurst
Preble 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
Preble 113kUndated, location unknown.-
Preble 47kUndated, location unknown.Ken Owens RM2C
Preble 45kUndated, location unknown.Ken Owens RM2C
Preble 171kUndated newspaper clipping of the Coontz, King, Mahan and Preble together.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Preble 124kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Preble 126kUndated, location unknown.Lonnie Lembke
Preble 267kUSS Preble (DLG-15 later DDG-46), Underway at sea, probably when first completed, circa 1960. Note that the ship's ASROC launcher has not yet been installed. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 106826.Robert Hurst
Preble 73kAt Long Beach, circa 1960's.Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Preble 99kBoston Naval Shipyard, May 1960© Richard Leonhardt
Preble 103kBoston Naval Shipyard, May 1960© Richard Leonhardt
Preble 73kBoston Naval Shipyard, June 1960© Richard Leonhardt
Preble 112kUSS Preble (DLG-15) underway circa 1961, location unknown. Note Terrier missiles on launcher, mounted aft in "Y" position. Photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1961-62 edition.Robert Hurst
Preble 115kUSS Rogers (DDR-876), USS Brinkley Bass (DD-887), USS Preble (DLG-15), USS Mahan (DLG-11), USS King (DLG-10) and USS Coontz (DLG-9) lined up together at San Diego, 4 February, 1961.Robert Hurst
Preble 93kAs above.Robert Hurst
Preble 180kAs above.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Preble 166kJuly 25 1969 at Philadelphia Navy Yard.Ed Zajkowski
Preble 125kJuly 25 1969 at Philadelphia Navy Yard.Ed Zajkowski
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Recommissioning pamphlet - May 23 1970
Robert M. Cieri
Preble 126kAt Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for recommissioning.Ron Reeves
Preble 101kCirca 1971, location unknown.Richard Miller, BMCS, USN (Ret.)
Preble 149kWellington, NZ, October 17 1971.Chris Howell
Preble 172kAt Pearl Harbor on June 29 1972.J. Douglas Martin Jr.
Preble 104kAt Pearl Harbor on June 29 1972.J. Douglas Martin Jr.
Preble 82kCirca 1973, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Preble 228kA fragment of metal from the Preble's tower and a piece of shrapnel. The Preble served as plane guard for aircraft carriers in the Tonkin Gulf. On January 24th 1973 she was fired on by North Vietnamese forces near to the demilitarized zone sustaining damage. These pieces were taken from the ship. Collection of Curator Branch: Naval History and Heritage Command.
From the ship's command history: From 14 through 23 January, PREBLE took up picket station between Hon Gio Island and the Dong Hoi coast. Relieved by USS WORDEN (DLG-18) on the 23rd, the ship returned to the DMZ and gunline duty in support of a South Vietnamese offensive. On 24 January, having laid down gunfire to disrupt an enemy truck convoy and suppress an attacking tank column, the ship took hits from 130-mm shore batteries. An antenna atop the aft mast was destroyed and a shell burst off the port side amidships ripped holes in the superstructure. The Commodore's Cabin was severely damaged, and the port lookout received some minor wounds. The ship did not know it at the time, but this was the last hit on an U.S. Navy warship by North Vietnamese shore batteries in the Vietnam War.
Tom Bateman
Preble 77kFremantle, Australia pre 1975Graeme D. Fuller
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Preble 62kUndated postcard Copyright © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, VA.Mike Smolinski
Preble 58kUndated postcard Copyright © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, VA.Mike Smolinski
Preble 91kUndated, location unknown. Phot used to make the above postcard.Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr
Preble 132kUndated, location unknown.Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr
Preble 106kUndated, departing Pearl Harbor, HI. ID# DN-SC-83-06995.Robert M. Cieri
Preble 274kUndated, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
Preble 92kListed as USS Preble (DDG-46) underway in the Pearl Harbor Channel on 1 April 1983. ID# DN-SC-83-07012. However, the Preble was not in the Pacific in 1983 and the correct date is more likely in the 1980 period.Robert M. Cieri/Tom Bateman
Preble 196kUS Navy photo of USS Preble (DDG 46) refueling from the USS Hassayampa (AO 145) on April 28, 1977. This photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Preble 130k1980 - Just out of ROH, tied starboard side to at Pearl Harbor.Tom Bateman
Preble 239kUSS Preble (DDG-46) letterpress reproduction of a photograph of the ship underway off the Virginia coast, circa the 1980s. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 106825-KN.Robert Hurst
Preble 32kTaken from the cofferdam of the drydock that Preble was layed up in during ROH at Pearl Harbor.Tom Bateman
Preble 190kDN-SC-87-08416. Chesapeake Bay, circa 1981, an aerial starboard view of the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 46) accompanying the aircraft carrier USS America (CV 66), heading to Naval Station Norfolk. US Navy photo.Bill Gonyo/Robert M. Cieri
Preble 60kMay 6, 1981, Suez Canal, the guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG-46) with an Egyptian tugboat during the escorting of the aircraft carrier USS Amreica (CV-66) through the canal on it southward journey.Fred Weiss
Preble 48kFremantle, Australia August 25, 1981.Marc Piché
Preble 128kDN-SN-83-00176. Sonar Technician 3rd Class Michael Cocca of the guided missile destroyer USS PREBLE (DDG-46) helps residents of "Ciudad de Ninos" (a home for boys modeled after Boys Town USA) with painting and repairs during exercise Unitas XXIII '82. Photo by JO1 Gary Miller October 1 1982.Bill Gonyo
Preble 140kDN-SC-83-07012. Pearl Harbor, April 1 1983, a port side view of the Coontz-class guide- missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 46) underway, leaving "Pearl." US Navy photo.Robert M. Cieri
Preble 21kOff Norfolk January 27 1984. (© Atlantic Fleet Sales by Nobe Smith) Bill Gonyo
Preble 53kPuerto Rico March 1984.Marc Piché
Preble 56kMay 1 1984, Two patrol hydrofoil missile ships, the USS Pegasus (PHM-1), foreground, and the USS Aries (PHM-5), underway with the guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG-46).Fred Weiss
Preble 118kDN-SC-87-06752. A starboard bow view of the guided missile destroyer USS PREBLE (DDG-46) underway, April1 1986.Bill Gonyo
Preble 97kDN-ST-86-12482. Crew members man the rail as a tug assists the guided missile destroyer USS PREBLE (DDG 46) away from the dock at NOB Norfolk. Photo by Ron Jobmann July 1 1986.Bill Gonyo
Preble 132kDN-ST-89-00648. A stern view of the guided missile destroyer USS PREBLE (DDG 46) being assisted to the pier by the yard tug boat WATHENA (YTB 825) at NOB Norfolk on October 10 1988. Photo by Don Montgomery.Bill Gonyo
Preble 63kPortsmouth, England June 1989.Marc Piché
Preble 98kPortsmouth, England June 1989.Gilbert Gyssels
Preble 134kPortsmouth, England June 1989.Gilbert Gyssels
Preble 93kDN-SN-90-11997. Commander Thomas Frolich, Commanding Officer of the guided missile destroyer USS PREBLE (DDG 46), exchanges salutes with Vice Admiral John W. Nyquist, Assistant Chief of Naval Operations, Surface Warfare, as Nyquist arrives for a tour of the ship. Photo by PH2 Dante DeAngelis November 29 1989.Bill Gonyo


1991 Pro Set trading card from The Operation Desert Storm series.Tommy Trampp
Preble 61kFebruary 9 1991, Red Sea: Ships of Task Force 155 gather during Operation Desert Storm. At left is the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV-60), flanked by the guided missile cruisers USS San Jacinto (CG-56) and Thomas S. Gates (CG-51). At center is the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS Mississippi (CGN-40), flanked by the aircraft carriers USS America (CV-66) and John F. Kennedy (CV-67). At rear are, from top, the guided missile destroyer USS Peble (DDG-46), the guided missile cruisers USS Phillipine Sea (CG-58) and Normandy (CG-60) and the guided missile destroyer USS WIilliam V. Pratt (DDG-44).Fred Weiss
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Decommissioning pamphlet - November 15 1991 - thanks to Robert M. Cieri
Preble 111kPhiladelphia Naval Shipyard, August 31 2002.Roy J. Brooks
Preble 51kPhiladelphia Naval Shipyard, 2002, with USS Preble (DDG-46) to the left and the bow of the USS Coontz (DDG-40) to the right.Ron Reeves/Brian Kroenung
Preble 29kStern sheet of the ex-USS Preble (DLG-5/DDG-46) at Tim's home.Timothy C. Cummings, CPMM, CHS-1
Preble 60kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Preble 56kShip's patchMike Smolinski

USS PREBLE DL-15 / DLG-15 / DDG-46 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CAPT Edward Geary Fitz-Patrick    May 9 1960 - Jul 26 1961
CDR Stuart Tees Sadler    Jul 26 1961 - Mar 23 1963
CDR Alan Russel Cameron    Mar 23 1963 - Jul 6 1964
CDR Alva Manly Bowen Jr.    Jul 6 1964 - Mar 4 1966
CDR Kenneth George Haynes    Mar 4 1966 - Sep 16 1967 (Later RADM)
CDR Paul Coy Gibbons Jr.    Sep 16 1967 - Jan 31 1969 (Later RADM)
(Decommissioned Jan 31 1969 - May 23 1970)
CDR Kleber Sandlin Masterson Jr.    May 23 1970 - Jul 29 1971 (Later RADM)
CDR Pervil Blundell    Jul 29 1971 - Mar 20 1973
CDR Morton Egner (Jim) Toole    Mar 20 1973 - Sep 14 1974 (Later RADM)
CDR David Elmer Jeremiah    Sep 14 1974 - Nov 23 1976 (Later ADM)
CDR Edwin Earl Killinger    Nov 23 1976 - Jul 30 1978
CAPT Fred Wilkin Bailey    Jul 30 1978 - Jun 27 1980
CDR Thomas Edward Stone    Jun 27 1980 - Aug 4 1982 (Later RADM)
CAPT Robert Sutton    Aug 4 1982 - Nov 20 1984
CDR Charles Frank Votava III    Nov 20 1984 - Dec 19 1986
CDR Peter Wood Bulkeley    Dec 19 1986 - Feb 24 1989
CDR Thomas William Frohlich    Feb 24 1989 - Feb 12 1991
CDR Lawrence Verne Kester    Feb 12 1991 - Nov 15 1991

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Tom Bateman
Address: 15571 Hickory Lane, Southgate, MI 48195-6829
Phone: 734-281-9021

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 Preble DL-15/DLG-15/DDG-46 website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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