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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NAYW

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - SAWBONES

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 Bath Iron Works, Bath ME October 29 1945.
Launched July 15 1946 and commissioned November 5 1949.
Completed FRAM upgrade November 1964.
Decommissioned February 22 1982.
Stricken August 6 1987.
To Turkey February 22 1982, renamed Alcitepe.
Fate Removed from service in Turkish Navy in 1998.
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Owens 81kRobert A. Owens, born at Greenville, S.C., 13 September 1920, enlisted in the Marine Corps 10 February 1942. Trained at Parris Island, S.C., and New River, N.C., he served in the field from 17 September 1942, until his death on Bougainville, 1 November 1943. Sergeant Owens was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross for his action at Cape Torokina, where he charged a Japanese 75mm. regimental gun, which seriously threatened the success of the operations by sinking landing craft and inflicting numerous casualties on the troops. Entering the gun bunker through the fire port, he drove the guncrew out of the rear door before falling to their bullets. Photo from the USMC History Division.Bill Gonyo
Owens 132kUndated, location unknown.-
Owens 84kUndated, location unknown.-
Owens 67kUndated, the Owens in her 3"/70 gun configuration taken at anchor in Montego Bay, Jamaica.Bill Bruce
Owens 115kUndated, motor whale boat ready for liberty call.Bill Bruce
Owens 108kUndated, location unknown. Launcher 2 firing.Bill Bruce
Owens 88kUndated, location unknown. Launcher 3 firing.Bill Bruce
Owens 176kUndated, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
Owens 62kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Owens 161kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Owens 118kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Owens 77kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Owens 74kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Owens 118kThe incomplete USS Epperson (DD-719) (left) and USS Robert A. Owens (DD-827) at Bath Iron Works, January 1948. The old steam tug Sequin, a long-time resident on the Kennebec River, is in the foreground.Robert Hurst
Owens 32kCirca 1950, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Owens 108kThis was taken in early 1957 I believe. It was just after a short stay in Portsmouth when the MK15 Hedgehogs were removed and SQS 23 Sonar was installed, but prior to a later yard stay when 3" 70s were installed. I believe that the guns in the photo are 3" 50s. This photo shows the clean lines of the ship which can be compared to those of the Destroyer Leaders. I always thought that the Owens and Carpenter were probably the forerunners of the DDLs. You'll also notice that she was armed with 2 Weapon Ables (one forward and one aft, on the 01 level) as well as torpedos and depth charges. Another interesting thing is that the mess deck is on the main deck, amidships. The forward wtd amidships is the forward end of the mess deck and the next wtd aft is the aft end. We were leader of our squadron and carried the Commodore. (a captain) I was aboard from August 1956 to December 1959. I drew this billet because I graduated 3rd in my sonar class in San Diego out of a class of 30 and wanted to go aboard the most modern destroyer that I could. At the time, 827 was the highest number available. I look back at my stay aboard the Owens with fond memories even though I couldn't wait to get off and come home.Bill Schrader SOG2, USNR
Owens 161kUSS Wasp (CVS-18) in formation with destroyers and aircraft of Anti-submarine Task Group Bravo, in the Mediterranean Sea, 19 August 1961. All escorts are Gearing-class DDEs. The planes overhead from Carrier Anti-Submarine Air Group 52 (CVSG-52) include ten Grumman S2F-1 Trackers and two Douglas AD-5W Skyraiders. Two Sikorsky HSS-1 Seabat helicopters are flying just above the ships. The destroyer on the far left is USS New (DDE-818), then USS Rich (DDE-820), in front is USS Robert A. Owens (DDE-827). Official U.S. Navy Photograph. Photo #: USN 1057640 now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives. U.S. Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation photo No. 1996.488.053.001.Robert Hurst
Owens 71kCirca 1964, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Owens 128kGenoa, Italy January 6 1967.Carlo Martinelli
Owens 131kGenoa, Italy January 6 1967.Carlo Martinelli
Owens 91kTaken from USS Wallace L. Lind (DD-703) leaving harbor in Toulon, France February 1967.Jim McCoy
Owens 86kUSS Robert A. Owens (DD-827) entering Valletta harbour, Malta, in 1969. A. & J. Pavia.Robert Hurst
Owens 80kView from the signal bridge of the USS Tidewater (AD-31) in San Juan April-June 1970 of USS Robert A. Owens alongside.Robert Hall
Owens 110kFrom the 1971 cruise book.Jim Reinhart
Owens 46kThe following series of 10 photographs are of ROBERT A. OWENS (DD-827) during two trips she did to the Great Lakes in 1978 and 1980. Starting in 1978, the USN initiated annual freshwater cruises to the Great Lakes to promote recruiting drives. At first, these inland forays involved destroyers but in the mid-1980s, they were taken over by PERRY class FFGs, LSTs and one FF (GLOVER). The last inland cruise was undertaken in 2000 when two minesweepers (DEFENDER & KINGFISHER) visited Great Lake ports. These cruises lasted from 2 to 3 months and were very popular at whatever ports the ships visited. This image is from Vercheres, Quebec August 1980.Marc Piché
Owens 44kSt. Lawrence Seaway August 11 1978.Marc Piché
Owens 97kOff the Florida coast spring 1980 to be used as the ships photo for the Great Lakes tour handout for visitors.David Buell/M. N. Dintinger
Owens 36kVarennes, St. Lawrence River August 1980.Marc Piché
Owens 32kVercheres, Quebec August 1980.Marc Piché
Owens 56kVarennes, St. Lawrence River August 1980.Marc Piché
Owens 52kVercheres, Quebec August 1980.Marc Piché
Owens 61kSt. Lawrence River August 1980.Marc Piché
Owens 44kMontreal June 26 1980.Marc Piché
Owens 31kVarennes, St. Lawrence River August 1980.Marc Piché
Owens 69kArriving Montréal, June 26, 1980 prior to a 2-month freshwater cruise to the Great Lakes.Marc Piché/Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Owens 43kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Owens 55kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Owens 34kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Owens 146kShip's Zippo.Tommy Trampp
Owens 104kShip's plaque.Mike Smolinski
Owens 105kShip's patch.Wolfgang Hechler
On Turkish Service
Owens 42kUndated, location unknown. As the TCG ALCITEPE D346.Murat Kurtulmus
Owens 61kUndated, location unknown.Yücel M.Umar, CPO ( Ret.), Turkish Navy
Owens 38kUndated, location unknown.Yücel M.Umar, CPO ( Ret.), Turkish Navy
Owens 52kUndated, location unknown.Yücel M.Umar, CPO ( Ret.), Turkish Navy
Owens 80kUndated, location unknown.Yücel M.Umar, CPO ( Ret.), Turkish Navy
Owens 58kUndated, location unknown. CPO Engin Erdem next to helicopter.Yücel M.Umar, CPO ( Ret.), Turkish Navy
Owens 118kUndated, location unknown.Cüneyt Demir
Owens 94kUndated, location unknown.Cüneyt Demir
Owens 107kUndated, Malaga, Spain.Cüneyt Demir/Robert Hurst
Owens 54kUndated, location unknown.Yücel M.Umar, CPO ( Ret.), Turkish Navy
Owens 148kUndated, location unknown.Yücel M.Umar, CPO ( Ret.), Turkish Navy
Owens 120kUndated, location unknown.Yücel M.Umar, CPO ( Ret.), Turkish Navy
Owens 201k1982, location unknown.Cüneyt Demir
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ex-USS Charles P. Cecil (DD 835) as the Greek DD Apostolis (D-216), and ex-USS Robert A. Owens (DD 827) as the Turkish Alcitepe (D-347), September 18 1983, during a NATO NAVOCFORMED port call to Barcelona. Ships in the background in the second photo were the British frigate HMS Arethusa (F38) and the Italian frigate Alpino (F580).
Fabio Peña
Owens 63k1986, Agean sea exercise.Cüneyt Demir
Owens 54k1986, Agean sea exercise.Cüneyt Demir
Owens 78kIn the Bosphourus near Istanbul, circa 1990s.Yücel M.Umar, CPO ( Ret.), Turkish Navy
Owens 36k1991, Agean sea exercise.Cüneyt Demir
Owens 148kTwo views of the Owens on Turkish Service in Toulon, France, May 27 1997.Carlo Martinelli
Owens 154kAs above.Carlo Martinelli

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Rexford Vinal Wheeler Jr.    Nov 5 1949 - Apr 9 1952
CDR John Blake Carroll    Apr 9 1952 - May 29 1952
LCDR Joseph Wesley Ady    May 29 1952 - Jun 12 1952 (Acting)
CDR George Ely Dawson    Jun 12 1952 - Oct 24 1953
CDR Jack Raymond English    Oct 24 1953 - Nov 29 1955
CDR Edward George Miller    Nov 29 1955 - Oct 31 1957
CDR Burns Walling Spore    Oct 31 1957 - Feb 14 1959
CDR Ralph Kenneth Holter    Feb 14 1959 - Oct 26 1960
LCDR David Dyer Ansel    Oct 26 1960 - Dec 8 1960 (Acting)
CDR Mortimer Carl Johnson    Dec 8 1960 - Oct 12 1962
CDR Everett Austin Parke    Oct 12 1962 - Jan 2 1964
LCDR Gerald Michael Carter Jr.    Jan 2 1964 - Jul 24 1964
LCDR John Harold Scott Jr.    Jul 24 1964 - Sep 25 1964
CDR Jack Willard Bennett    Sep 25 1964 - Feb 14 1966
CDR Samuel Arnold Martin    Feb 14 1966 - Mar 8 1968
CDR Richard Frank Ackerman    Mar 8 1968 - Dec 17 1969
CDR Gerald Reese Bradford    Dec 17 1969 - Aug 3 1971
CDR Dale Arthur Peterson    Aug 3 1971 - Jan 19 1973
CDR Raymond James Hart    Jan 19 1973 - Jul 5 1974
CDR Robert James (Kip) Keough    Jul 5 1974 - Jul 9 1976
CDR James Ray Seeley    Jul 9 1976 - Oct 6 1978
CDR Charles Hunter Crigler    Oct 6 1978 - 1980
CDR Brian Francis Boyce    1980 - Jan 31 1981
CDR Richmond Bruce Stoakes    Jan 31 1981 - Feb 22 1982

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Bob Kopec
Address: 4912 Havana Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15239-2402

Note About Contacts.

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