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USS STORMES (DD-780)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NKQT

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - LUCKY STRIKE

CLASS - ALLEN M. SUMNER As Built.
Displacement 3218 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 2" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; Allis Chalmers Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 3300 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Todd Shipyards, Seattle. February 15 1944.
Launched November 4 1944 and commissioned January 27 1945.
Completed FRAM upgrade January 1961.
Decommissioned December 5 1970.
Stricken February 16 1972.
To Iran February 16 1972, renamed Palang.
Fate Still active in Iranian Navy (Un-operational since 1994 to be scrapped).

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Stormes 27k Max Clifford Stormes (27 July 1903-15 November 1942) was a World War II American naval commander. Born in Big Flats, New York, Stormes was appointed midshipman on 15 June 1920 and graduated on 15 May 1924. He was assigned to USS Nevada (BB-36) and subsequently served in USS Chewink (AM-39) and USS S-33 (SS-138). Stormes served with Submarine Division 20 in 1929 and 1930 and then attended a post-graduate course at the US Naval Academy in 1931 and 1932. His next tour of sea duty was as commanding officer of USS Talbot (TB-15) followed by a tour in USS Chicago (CA-29) as damage control officer. Stormes became commanding officer of USS Preston (DD-379) on 31 October 1941 and was promoted to commander on 20 August 1942. Comdr. Stormes was killed in action during the night of 14 and 15 November 1942, when Preston was sunk in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. Comdr. Stormes was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross as "his coolness and courage in the face of grave danger, inspired his men to supreme efforts of determination and endurance to carry on the attack."Bill Gonyo
Stormes 95kArtist's conception of the Stormes as she appeared after the early 1950's conversion 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
Stormes 96kArtist's conception of the Stormes as she appeared after FRAM II overhaul 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
Stormes 74kUndated, at anchor in Hong Kong Harbor, taken from the USS Iwo Jima.Larry Lee
Stormes 92kApril 1945, on the way to drydock at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton on Sinclair Inlet,WA.Ed Zajkowski/Cheryl Lee
Stormes 136kPort side aft view of the USS Stormes (DD-780) at Hunters Point Navy Yard awaiting permanent battle damage repairs. This photo shows temporary repairs made at Kerama Retto and the bomb and plane paths from a kamikaze attack on May 25, 1945. Source: Navy Department Library, Destroyer Gunfire, Bomb and Kamikaze Damage Report; War Damage Report No. 51.Mike Green
Stormes 109kUSS Stormes (DD-780) showingafter superstructure and No.3 mount before temporary repairs were done. The after torpedo mount had been jettisoned, its foundation in the foreground. The large hole is where the plane impacted the ship. A smaller hole further aft, not visible, is where the bomb penetrated the ship exploding in No. 3 magazine. Source: Navy Department Library, Destroyer Gunfire, Bomb and Kamikaze Damage Report; War Damage Report No. 51.Mike Green
Stormes 86kPhoto #: NH 102748, USS Stormes (DD-780) coming alongside USS Leyte (CV-32) for refueling during Operation "Frigid", 17 November 1948. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Stormes 115kPhoto #: NH 102749, USS Stormes (DD-780) underway during the 1950s. Courtesy of the Mariners Museum, Newport News, Virginia, from the Ted Stone collection. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Stormes 136kFebruary 20 1957 USN photo 1015636, location unknown.David Buell
Stormes 223kMay 20 1957, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Stormes 190kU.S. Navy destroyers in the harbour at Naples, Italy, circa 1959-60. The destroyers are: USS Stormes (DD-780), USS Myles C. Fox (DD-829), and USS William R. Rush (DD-714). U.S. Navy photo from the USS Essex (CVA-9) 1959-60 cruise book.Robert Hurst
Stormes 120kUSS Stormes (DD 780) shown on June 11, 1959. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Stormes 97kPhoto #: NH 102750, USS Stormes (DD-780) underway during the 1960s. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Stormes 150kFebruary 13 1962, CVA-64 refueling DD-780. It was the first time Constellation refueled a ship at sea.Ed Zajkowski
Stormes 49kNorfolk, August 1964 Richard Leonhardt
Stormes 49kIcy Norfolk, January 1966.Colin Benporath, Australian Navy (Ret)
Stormes 102kPhoto #: NH 102822, USS Stormes (DD-780) underway on 3 November 1966. Photographed by Chief Photographer's Mate D. L. Podbreger, USN, of USS Constellation (CVA-64). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Stormes 133kPhoto #: NH 102823, USS Stormes (DD-780) underway on 3 November 1966. Photographed by Chief Photographer's Mate D. L. Podbreger, USN, of USS Constellation (CVA-64). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Stormes 110kPhoto #: NH 102824, USS Stormes (DD-780) underway on 3 November 1966. Photographed by Chief Photographer's Mate D. L. Podbreger, USN, of USS Constellation (CVA-64). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Stormes 131kPhoto #: NH 102825, USS Stormes (DD-780) underway on 3 November 1966. Photographed by Chief Photographer's Mate D. L. Podbreger, USN, of USS Constellation (CVA-64). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Stormes 78kPhoto #: NH 67914, USS Stormes (DD-780) coming alongside USS Altair (AKS-32) for replenishment in April 1968. Received from USS Altair, 1969. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Stormes 76kPhoto #: K-61834, USS Stormes (DD-780) off Hampton Roads, Virginia, on 13 November 1968. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Tony Cowart
Stormes 126kPhoto #: K-61835, USS Stormes (DD-780) off Hampton Roads, Virginia, on 13 November 1968. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Tony Cowart
Stormes 107kPhoto #: K-61836, USS Stormes (DD-780) off Hampton Roads, Virginia, on 13 November 1968. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Tony Cowart
Stormes 47kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Stormes 103kPhoto #: NH 75801-KN, USS Stormes (DD-780) plaque received in 1964, featuring an insignia design that was probably used during the 1950s. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
On Iranian Service
Stormes 123kUndated, as the Iranian Palang.Ed Zajkowski
Stormes 210kAugust 22 1973 as the Iranian Palang.Ed Zajkowski
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR William Naylor Wylie    Jan 27 1945 - May 4 1947
CDR Ronald Karl Irving    May 4 1947 - Aug 27 1949
CDR Clarence Walker Petrie    Aug 27 1949 - Aug 15 1950            
CDR John Nevin Shaffer    Aug 15 1950 - Jan 21 1952 (Later RADM)
CDR Stephen Lobdell Johnson    Jan 21 1952 - Jul 1 1953
CDR Aubrey Delos Engle    Jul 1 1953 - Jun 30 1955
CDR David Abbot Merrill    Jun 30 1955 - Feb 28 1957
CDR Charles Depuy Robinson    Feb 28 1957 - Dec 31 1958
CDR Arthur Dennis Sullivan    Dec 31 1958 - Jan 14 1961
CDR Walter James Millar    Jan 14 1961 - 1962
CDR Daniel August York    1962 - Aug 14 1964
CDR Harold Robert MacMillan    Aug 14 1964 - Nov 1965
CDR Charles Edward Rawson    Nov 1965 - 1967
CDR William Cowan Darwin    1967- Nov 17 1969
CDR Hugo E. Schulter    Nov 17 1969 - 1970

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