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Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - SALVATION

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 April 23 1945.
Launched September 27 1945 and commissioned December 20 1945.
Completed FRAM upgrade May 1962.
Decommissioned September 30 1972.
Stricken October 1 1972.
Fate To Taiwan April 24 1973 and cannibalized for spare parts.

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Warrington 33kLewis Warrington was born on 3 November 1782 at Williamsburg, Va. and attended the College of William and Mary briefly before accepting an appointment as a midshipman in the Navy on 6 January 1800. His first duty, in the frigate Chesapeake, took him to the West Indies where his ship cruised with a squadron during the last year of the Quasi-War with France. His ship appears to have engaged in one action near the end of the cruise. On New Year's Day 1801, she took the French privateer La Jeune Creol . Following the cessation of hostilities with France, Midshipman Warrington remained in the Navy. His ship spent most of 1801 in ordinary at Norfolk. The following year, Warrington was transferred to the frigate President for service in the Mediterranean against the Barbary pirates. Over the next five years, he remained with the Mediterranean Squadron, serving successively in President, Vixen, and Enterprise. Promoted to lieutenant in 1805, he returned home in 1807 to assume command of a gunboat at Norfolk, Va. In 1809, Lt. Warrington voyaged to Europe in Siren as a dispatch courier. He next served a tour of duty in Essex. When the war with England began in June of 1812, Warrington was in Congress serving as the frigate's first lieutenant while she patrolled the North Atlantic. During his tour of duty in that warship, she made two successful war cruises, capturing nine prizes off the east coast of the United States during the first and four off the Atlantic seaboard of South America during the second. Promoted to master commandant in July 1813, he took command of the sloop-of-war Peacock later in the year. On 12 March 1814, he put to sea with his new command bound for the naval station at St. Mary's, Ga. After delivering supplies to that installation, he encountered the British brig Epervier off Cape Canaveral, Fla. Peacock emerged victorious from a brisk 45-minute exchange with that opponent, inflicting 10 times her own losses on the enemy. For his role in the victory, Warrington received the thanks of Congress in the form of a gold medal, and of the state of Virginia in the form of a gold-hilted sword. Warrington took his prize into Savannah, Ga., and then embarked upon his second cruise on 4 June. On that voyage—which took him to the Grand Banks, the Irish coast, the Shetland Islands, and the Faroe Islands —he took 14 prizes. After returning via the West Indies to New York, Warrington took Peacock on her third and final war cruise. His sloop-of-war stood out of New York with Hornet and Tom Bowline on 23 January 1815, sailed around the Cape of Good Hope, and entered the Indian Ocean. Unaware that peace had been concluded in December 1814 at Ghent, Belgium, Warrington led his little force on another successful foray against British commerce. After taking three prizes in the Indian Ocean, he entered the East Indies in search of more game. On 30 June, he encountered the East India Company cruiser Nautilus in the Sunda Strait and attacked her. After a sharp action which cost the British ship 15 men including her first lieutenant, she surrendered to Warrington and his force. At this point, Warrington learned of the peace, and he therefore released the prize and started for home. Peacock arrived back in New York on 30 October 1815. In 1816, he commanded Macedonian briefly for a voyage to Cartagena, Spain, to convey there Christopher Hughes, the representative of the United States at negotiations over the release of some Americans imprisoned by Spanish authorities. In 1819 and 1820, Capt. Warrington commanded Java, followed by Guer-riere in 1820 and 1821. Each ship was assigned to the Mediterranean Squadron during his tenure as her commanding officer. Capt. Warrington returned home and received orders to duty at the Norfolk Navy Yard. In February 1825, he relieved Porter as commander of the West Indian Squadron during the latter stages of the piracy suppression campaign and thereafter bore the title, commodore. In 1826, Warrington returned home and served ashore for the remainder of his career. After four years in Washington—1826 to 1830—as one of three commissioners on the Navy Board, a body charged with the administration of naval materiel, Warrington returned to Norfolk for a decade as commandant of the navy yard. In 1840, he was reassigned to Washington for another two years as commissioner on the Navy Board. After the 1842 reorganization of the Navy Department, Warrington became Chief of the Bureau of Yards and Docks. On 28 February 1844, he took over temporarily the duties of the Secretary of the Navy after Secretary Thomas W. Gilmer died as a result of wounds received when the large cannon "Peacemaker" exploded during a firing demonstration on board Princeton at Washington. Near the end of March, Warrington relinquished those duties to the new secretary, John W. Mason, and resumed his former assignment. In 1846, he became Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance, which office he held until his death on 12 October 1851. Painting by Rembrandt Peale, 1801-1802, from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.Bill Gonyo
Warrington 48kUndated, location unknown.Bruce Helmboldt
Warrington 29kUndated, in Venice harbor.Bruce Helmboldt
Warrington 149kUndated, location unknown.Chuck Whelan
Warrington 82kUndated, location unknown.Yücel M.UMAR, CPO ( Ret.), Turkish Navy
Warrington 145kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships website.Robert Hurst
Warrington 191kUndated, USS Neosho (AO-143) refueling the USS Warrington (DD-843), USS Hammerburg (DE-1015) and USS Bearss (DD-654).Tommy Trampp
Warrington 42kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Warrington 114kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Warrington 146kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Warrington 87kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Warrington 148kAugust 10 1963, Port Royal Bay, Bermuda. Keppler along with the USS Warrington (DD-843), USS Samuel B. Roberts (DD-823) and USS Stribling (DD-867). Photo by PHC Warren Jackman.Ed Zajkowski
Warrington 155kAugust 10 1963, Port Royal Bay, Bermuda. Keppler along with the USS Warrington (DD-843) and USS Samuel B. Roberts (DD-823). Photo by PHC Warren Jackman.Ed Zajkowski
Warrington 77kAtlantic, July 28 1966© Richard Leonhardt
Warrington 153kUSS Warrington (DD-843), USS Hugh Purvis (DD-709) and USS Dealey (DE-1006) in Newport, RI.Vince Venincasa
Warrington 126kCirca 1972 at Newport, Rhode Island. USS Compton (DD-705), USS Warrington (DD-843, USS Brownson (DD-868) and USS Grand Canyon (AD/AR-28).ctorbann
Warrington 126kAs above.ctorbann
Warrington 88kWarrington in Subic Bay awaiting her fate.Chuck Whelan
Warrington 50kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Warrington 69kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Donald Wesley Wulzen    Dec 20 1945 - Oct 1 1947 (Later RADM)
CDR Robert Arthur Paton    Oct 1 1947 - Jul 12 1949
CDR Albert Thomas Church Jr.    Jul 12 1949 - Nov 16 1950
CDR Alfred Frederick Gerken    Nov 16 1950 - Jan 2 1952
CDR Pride Cinclair Brown Jr.    Jan 2 1952 - Feb 14 1953
CDR John Frederick Weilding    Feb 14 1953 - Oct 30 1954
CDR Corwin Guy Mendenhall Jr.    Oct 30 1954 - Nov 9 1956 (Later RADM)
CDR Raymond William Baker    Nov 9 1956 - Oct 8 1958
CDR Vincent Lloyd Murtha    Oct 8 1958 - Mar 1961
CDR Kirk Crothers Miller Jr.    Mar 1961 - Oct 1961
LCDR Albert Francis Shimmel    Oct 1961 - Jan 1962
CDR Paul Clinton Boyd    Jan 1962 - Sep 1963 (Later RADM)
CDR Toria Joel Bratten Jr.    Sep 1963 - Feb 1965
CDR Robert Glenn Walker    Feb 1965 - Jul 1966
XDR William Abromitis Jr.    Jul 1966 - Nov 14 1967
CDR Eugene Joseph Reiher    Nov 14 1967 - Aug 1969
CDR Richard Frederick Rockwell    Aug 1969 - Feb 1971
CDR Christos Zirps    Feb 1971 - Jun 22 1972
CDR Noel Harper Petree Jr.    Jun 22 1972 - Sep 30 1972

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