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USS DAVID W. TAYLOR (DD-551)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NISB

CLASS - FLETCHER As Built.
Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 10 x 40mm, 7 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; Allis Chalmers Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Gulf Shipbuilding, Chickasaw Ala. June 12 1941.
Launched July 4 1942 and commissioned September 18 1943.
Decommissioned August 17 1946.
Stricken October 1 1972.
To Spain May 15 1957, renamed Almirante Ferrándiz (hull# 41, then reclassified as D 22).
Fate Stricken November 17 1987 and scrapped.

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Taylor 92kDavid Watson Taylor, born 4 March 1864 in Louisa County, Va., entered the Naval Academy after graduating from Randolph-Macon College in 1881. Appointed Naval Constructor 5 December 1891 he served in this post and as Chief of the Bureau of Construction and Repair during his 40 years of active service. Recognized as an international authority on naval architecture and marine engineering, Rear Admiral Taylor also aided in the development of the NC-type flying boat, the first aircraft to make a transatlantic flight. For his services during World War I he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and the French government made him a Commander of the Legion of Honor. Admiral Taylor retired 16 January 1923 and died in Washington, D.C., 28 July 1940. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.Bill Gonyo
Taylor 102kArtist's conception of the Taylor as she appeared in late World War II 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
Taylor 78kArtist's conception of a cutaway view of the Taylor 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
Taylor 105kDecember 1943.Ed Zajkowski
Taylor 60kHunters Point, 1945.Pieter Bakels
Taylor 62kHunters Point, April 1945.Pieter Bakels
Taylor 34kHunters Point, April 25 1945.Pieter Bakels
On Spanish Service
Taylor 11kJosé Ferrándiz y Niño (b. Sevilla, 1847; d. Madrid, 1918), Spanish sailor and politician, vice admiral in the Armada Española (Spanish Navy).Javier Santos Vázquez
Taylor 105kAlmirante Fernandiz (ex-USS David W. Taylor, DD-551), circa 1958. Photo Spanish Navy, Official. Photo and text taken from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1958-59" Edition.Robert Hurst
Taylor 136kJorge Juan (D-25), ex-USS McGowan (DD-678); Almirante Ferrándiz (D-22), ex-USS David W. Taylor (DD-551); Alcalá Galiano (D-24), ex-USS Jarvis (DD-799); and Almirante Valdés (D-23), ex-USS Converse (DD-509). Cartagena, Spain, circa 1961. Note Ferrándiz and Valdés still have pole masts and WWII-era radars; Galiano and Jorge Juan have tripod masts and more modern radars.Camil Busquets
Taylor 77kAlmirante Ferrandiz, D 22, (ex-USS David W. Taylor, DD-551) underway, circa 1962, location unknown. Photo Spanish Navy, Official. Photo from the 1964-65 Edition of Jane's Fighting Ships.Robert Hurst
Taylor 163kThis postcard photo is undated but it shows Almirante Ferrándiz (D 22), ex-USS David W. Taylor (DD 551) as she appeared in the mid-60s, with a tripod, vice a pole, foremast, and SPS-6 and SPS-10 search radars substituted for her W.W. II SC- and SG-series sets. Her Mk.37 gun director (mounted on a pedestal, atop the bridge), however, was still fitted with Mk.12 and Mk.22 radars; they were later replaced by a single Mk.25.Fabio Peña
Taylor 135kUndated, SPS Almirante Ferrandiz (D-22) tied up at Cartagena, Spain, November 1972. Photo courtesy of Francisco Tevar Baños. Taken from Los Barcos de Eugenio.com.Robert Hurst
Taylor 156kCirca 1980's, Spanish port possibly Cadiz.Chris Howell

USS DAVID W. TAYLOR DD-551 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR William Harry Johnsen    Sep 18 1943 - Feb 23 1945
CDR Francis O'Conner Fletcher Jr.    Feb 23 1945 - Oct 10 1945
LCDR Frank Henry McDonald    Oct 10 1945 - Jul 15 1946
LT Clarence Lee Branum    Jul 15 1946 - Aug 17 1946

Commanding Officers under Spanish Command
Thanks to Fabio Peña and Ministerio de Defensa de España, Gabinete del AJEMA

CdF Juan Carlos Munoz-Delgado Y Pinto    May 15 1957 - Aug 19 1959 (later ADM)
CdF Jaime Gomez-Pablos Duarte    Aug 19 1959 - Aug 19 1961 (Later VADM)
CdF Jaime Diaz Deus    Aug 19 1961 - Aug 19 1963 (Later ADM)
CdF Mauricio Hermida Guerra-Mondragon    Aug 19 1963 - Aug 19 1964 (Later VADM)
CdF Luis Martinez-Canavate Ballesteros    Aug 19 1964 - Aug 19 1965 (Lter RADM)
CdF Manuel Morgado Aguirre    Aug 19 1965 - Aug 12 1966 (Later RADM)
CdF Joaquin Contreras Franco    Aug 12 1966 - Feb 17 1968 (Later ADM)
CdF Alberto de La Guardia Y Oya    Feb 17 1968 - Sep 16 1969 (Later ADM)
CdF Ignacio Cela Diz    Sep 16 1969 - Mar 18 1971 (Later RADM)
CdF Juan Manuel Garcia Moreton    Mar 18 1971 - Sep 18 1972 (Later RADM)
CdF Jose Antonio Hevia Moran    Sep 18 1972 - Mar 21 1974
CdF Ramon Barnuevo Marin-Barnuevo    Mar 21 1974 - Sep 22 1975
CdF Manuel Santos Lopez    Sep 22 1975 - Mar 22 1977
CdF Victor Guimera Beltri    Mar 22 1977 - Sep 22 1978
CdF Alberto Alonso Ojea    Sep 22 1978 - Mar 25 1980
CdF Pedro Pemartin de La Rocha    Mar 25 1980 - Sep 25 1981
CdF Miguel Molinero Fernandez    Sep 25 1981 - Sep 27 1982 (Later VADM)
CdF Joaquin Boado Gonzalez-Llanos    Sep 27 1982 - Mar 28 1984
CdF Manuel Acedo Manteola    Mar 28 1984 - Oct 1 1985 (Later ADM)
CdF Luis Molins Saenz-Diaz    Oct 1 1985 - Nov 17 1987

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: George Elliott
Address: 90 McGhee Lane, Springville, TN 38256-4858
Phone: (731)641-0426
E-mail: None


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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