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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NAYK

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - TAMPICO

Displacement 3460 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 390' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 4" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Consolidated Steel,Orange Texas June 5 1945.
Launched October 19 1945 and commissioned August 23 1946.
Completed FRAM upgrade November 1962.
Decommissioned and Stricken February 27 1981.
To Taiwan April 1981, renamed Chen Yang.
Commissioned in Taiwan July 9 1981.
Fate 20 July 2006, sunk as target off Yilan County in the annual Hang-Kuang 22 excersise.

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Johnston 89kJohn Vincent Johnston of Cincinnati, Ohio, entered the Navy in September 1861 as First Master in gunboat St. Louis. He assisted in the Union gunboat attacks that captured strategic Fort Henry on the Tennessee River 6 February 1862. The night of 1 April 1862 he was the Navy commander of a combined Army-Navy boat expedition from St. Louis which landed and spiked the guns of Fort No. 1 above the Confederate stronghold, Island No. 10. He was promoted to Acting Volunteer Lieutenant for gallantry in this expedition. After joining in the bombardments of Vicksburg, he took command of Forrest Rose to patrol the Mississippi River and its tributaries. On 15 February 1864 his gunboat repelled the attack of confederate raiders, saving the town of Waterproof, Louisiana, and its federal garrison. LT Johnston resigned from the naval service 23 June 1864 and died 23 April 1912 at St. Louis, Missouri.Robert M. Cieri/Bill Gonyo
Johnston 116kUndated, location unknown.-
Johnston 151kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Johnston 97kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Johnston 181kCrew photo from 1946, looks like they are waiting for liberty call. From the collection of RM2 Everett J. Jensen.Gary A. Jensen
Rush 179kUSS Johnston (DD-821) and USS William R. Rush (DD-714) in Dublin, Ireland in April 1948.Ed Zajkowski
Johnston 244kThree views, circa 1951 at NAS Pensacola as seen from the USS Monterey (CV-26). From the collection of Evan R. Wescott.Robert E. Wescott
Johnston 278kAs above.Robert E. Wescott
Johnston 253kAs above.Robert E. Wescott
Johnston 118kAmsterdam, Holland, January 28 - February 5 1953, (L to R) USS Bristol (DD-857) and USS Johnston (DD-821) during a regularly scheduled port call.Robert M. Cieri
Johnston 149kUSS Chukawan (AO-100) conducting a replenishment-at-sea with USS Essex (CVS-9) and USS Johnston (DD-821), in 1960, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
Johnston 127kUSS Johnston (DD-821) underway circa 1969. Johnston was deployed to the Mediterranean Sea in 1969-70. U.S. Navy photo from the from the USS Johnston (DD-821) 1969-70 cruise book.Robert Hurst
Johnston 126kPenn's Landing in Philadelphia, June 1978.Ed Zajkowski
Johnston 26kPhiladelphia Navy Yard, 4 Jan 1980 photo by PH1 Frank Jankowski.John Hummel
Johnston 107kJohnston and USS Fiske (DD-842) after she had been transferred to Turkey as D350. It was taken in 1980 or 1981 (more likely 1980) in the Reserve Basin at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. The picture was taken within a day or two of the turnover of the Fiske from the USS Corry (DD-817).Howard P. Thomas ETCS (SS)(SW) USN (Ret)
Johnston 177kApril 8 1981 at a Philadelphia private pier awaiting transfer to Taiwan.Ed Zajkowski
Johnston 142kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Johnston 194kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Johnston 150kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Johnston 294kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Johnston 386kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Johnston 48kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Johnston 62kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Johnston 71kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Johnston 54kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Johnston 82kShip's patch.Don McGrogan
On Taiwanese Service
Johnston 101kMarch 26 1981 at Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard.David Buell/Ed Zajkowski
Johnston 110kUSS Johnston (928) and USS Hollister (929) in Keelung Harbor September 21 2002.Michael from Taiwan
Johnston 92kUSS Johnston moored starboard side to the USS Hollister in Duao, Taiwan horbor 2006.Perry Huang
Johnston 162kAs above.Perry Huang
Johnston 89kAs above.Perry Huang
Johnston 126kAs above.Perry Huang

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Elmer Cecil Long    Aug 23 1946 - Jul 24 1948
CDR Forrest Rosecrans (Tex) Biard    Jul 24 1948 - May 21 1949
CDR William Crowe Howes    May 21 1949 - Aug 4 1951
CDR John Bauman Dudley    Aug 4 1951 - Aug 28 1952
CDR Wayne Wesley Watkins    Aug 28 1952 - Sep 30 1954
CDR Paul Theodore Roy    Sep 30 1954 - Oct 19 1956
CDR James Casper Rock    Oct 19 1956 - Jul 1 1958
LCDR William Henry Glye    Jul 1 1958 - Aug 8 1958
CDR Maxey Bryant Davis    Aug 8 1958 - Aug 15 1959
LCDR William Henry Glye    Aug 15 1959 - Nov 4 1959
CDR Emory Parker Smith    Nov 4 1959 - Apr 25 1961
CDR William Henry Morgan    Apr 25 1961- Jan 10 1962
LCD Howard Norman Kay    Jan 10 1962 - Sep 7 1962
CDR Robert Joseph Fay    Sep 7 1962 - Jun 10 1964
CDR Robert Charles Pringle    Jun 10 1964 - Oct 30 1965
CDR John James Mingo    Oct 30 1965 - Mar 9 1967
CDR Robert Welch Curran    Mar 9 1967 - Mar 9 1969
CDR Daniel Frank Anglim Jr.    Mar 9 1969 - Sep 4 1970
CDR Burnham Clough McCaffree Jr.    Sep 4 1970 - Jun 23 1972 (Later RADM)
CDR George Irvin Knowles    Jun 23 1972 - Oct 12 1973
CDR Ferdinand Chatard Dugan III    Oct 12 1973 - Aug 14 1975
CDR Vilbert H. Davis    Aug 14 1975 - Aug 18 1976
CDR Delma C. Robison Jr.    Aug 18 1976 - Sep 19 1977
CDR James Cyril Kronz    Sep 19 1977 - Jun 16 1979
LCDR Robert James Maloit Jr.    Jun 16 1979 - Apr 18 1980
CDR Henry Frederick Dalton    Apr 18 1980 - May 23 1980
CDR William Francis Mellin Jr.    May 23 1980 - Feb 27 1981

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