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USS AULICK (DD-569)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NAHM

CLASS - FLETCHER As Built.
Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 40mm, 5 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Consolidated Steel, Orange Tx. May 14 1941.
Launched March 2 1942.
Commissioned October 27 1942.
Decommissioned April 18 1946.
Stricken September 1 1975.
To Greece August 21 1959, renamed Sfendoni.
Stricken in 1991.
Fate Scrapped in 1997 at Aliaga, Turkey

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Aulick 214kJohn H. Aulick was born in 1787 at Winchester, Va. and was appointed a midshipman on 15 November 1809. During the War of 1812, he served in Enterprise and took part in her battle with HMS Boxer on 4 September 1813. After that engagement ended in a glorious American victory, Aulick served as prize master of the prize. Following the war, he served in Saranac, Ontario, Brandywine, Constitution, and Vincennes. From 1851 to 1853, Aulick commanded the East India Squadron but was forced by ill health to give up command of the projected Japanese expedition to Commodore Matthew C. Perry. Aulick retired in 1861 and died at Washington, D.C., on 27 April 1873.Bill Gonyo
Aulick 102kArtist's conception of the Aulick 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
Aulick 78kArtist's conception of a cutaway view of the Aulick 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
Aulick 156kChristening ceremony at Orange, TX on March 2 1942.Tommy Trampp
Aulick 128kLaunching at Orange, TX on March 2 1942.Tommy Trampp
Aulick 53kLaunching at Orange, TX on March 2 1942.Ron Reeves
Aulick 104kMare Island damage photo from December 27 1944. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Tracy White
Aulick 95kMare Island damage photo from December 27 1944. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Tracy White
Aulick 106kMare Island damage photo from December 26 1944. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Tracy White
Aulick 63kMare Island damage photo from December 26 1944. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Tracy White
Aulick 169kFebruary 1945 at Mare Island.Ed Zajkowski
Aulick 109kFebruary 24 1945 at Mare Island. Photo from NARA San Francisco, Mare Island Naval Shipyard Ship Files.Tracy White
Aulick 129kChurch services at Mare Island Chapel for the fallen crew members of the USS Aulick (DD 569) held on 9 Feb 1945.Darryl Baker
Aulick 89kBow on view of the USS Aulick (DD 569) departing Mare Island on 24 Feb 1945. YTL-95 is aft on the left.Darryl Baker
Aulick 107kBroadside view of the USS Aulick (DD 569) off Mare Island on 24 Feb 1945. She was in overhaul at the yard from 24 Dec 1944 until 28 Feb 1945.Darryl Baker
Aulick 100kStern view of the USS Aulick (DD 569) off Mare Island on 24 Feb 1945Darryl Baker
Aulick 152kUSS Aulick (DD 569) off Mare Island on February 24, 1945. Photo from the collection of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker/Tom Kermen
On Greek Service
Aulick 108kOn Greek service as the HNS SFENDONI, D-85, which in Greek translates to "Slingshot", in heavy seas, outside Souda Naval Base, island of Crete, Greece.Anthony J. Vrailas
Aulick 113kAs above.Anthony J. Vrailas
Aulick 110kAs above.Anthony J. Vrailas
Aulick 52kSfendoni (ex-USS Aulick, DD-569) underway circa 1960, location unknown. Photo Royal Hellenic Navy, Official. Photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1961-62 edition".Robert Hurst
Aulick 224kThe Greek Salamis Naval Base on 31 August 1979. Visible among other ships are the six Greek Fletcher-class destroyers: Kimon (ex-USS Ringgold (DD-500), Nearchos (ex-USS Wadsworth (DD-516), Sfendoni (ex-USS Aulick (DD-569), Aspis (ex-USS Connor (DD-582), Lonchi (ex-USS Hall (DD-583), and Velos (ex-USS Charrette (DD-581). Also visible are the landing ships Nafkratoussa (ex-USS Fort Mandan (LSD-21), Oinoussai (ex-USS Terrell County (LST-1157), and Kos (ex-USS Whitfield County (LST-1169). Photo by PHC C. Pedrick, USN. U.S. DefenseImagery photo VIRIN: photo VIRIN: DN-SC-82-00328.Robert Hurst
Aulick 110kIn Souda Bay, Crete summer 1995. From L to R : USS Corry (DD-817), USS Aulick (DD-569), USS Arnold J. Isbell (DD-869) and USS Ingraham (DD-694) waiting to be scrapped.Anthony J. Vrailas
Aulick 94kBeing scrapped circa 1997.Ron Reeves

USS AULICK DD-569 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Olin Perry Thomas Jr.    Oct 27 1942 - Mar 16 1944
CDR John Douglas Andrew    Mar 16 1944 - Mar 24 1945
LCDR William Reese Hunnicutt Jr.    Mar 24 1945 - Apr 18 1946

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