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USS ELLIOT (DD-967)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NAOP

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - BOLD RULER

CLASS - SPRUANCE As Built.
Displacement 7800 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 563' (oa) x 55' x 20' 6" (Max)
Armament 2 x 5"/54 RF (2x1), 1 Sea Sparrow SAM (1x8) ASROC ASW (1x8),
6 x 12.75" Mk 32 ASW TT (2x3). 1 Helicopter.
Machinery, 80,000 SHP; 4 LM 2500 Gas Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 30 Knots, Range 6000 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 296.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Litton Ingalls, Pascagoula Miss. October 15 1973.
Launched December 19 1974 and commissioned January 22 1977.
Decommissioned December 2 2003.
Stricken April 6, 2004.
Fate Sunk as a target July 23 2005 in the Coral Sea.

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Elliot 18kLCDR Arthur James Elliot, II was mortally wounded on December 29, 1968 while leading River Squadron 57 on an interdiction mission on the Vam Co Dong River in the Mekong Delta area of South Vietnam. He received the Bronze Star with Combat "V" for heroic achievement in coordinating suppressing fire and personally directing his patrol boat to provide covering fire for the other units during the action in which he was hit by enemy rocket fire.Bill Gonyo/Robert M. Cieri
Elliot 62kArtist's conception of the ship 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
Elliot 22kUndated, location unknown.-
Elliot 48kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Elliot 54kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Elliot 79kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Elliot 75kUndated, San Diego Bay.David Buell
Elliot 106kUndated, cover of the Welcome Aboard pamphlet.David Buell
Elliot 23kHong Kong, circa 1991-1992.William Chiu
Elliot 166kLitton East Bank Shipyard, Pascagoula, Mississippi. Six Spruance class destroyers fitting out, circa May 1975. Ships are, from left: Paul F. Foster (DD-964); Spruance (DD-963), then running trials; Arthur W. Radford (DD-968); Elliot (DD-967); Hewitt (DD-966) and Kinkaid (DD-965). Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Fred Weiss
Elliot 67kSeattle, Washington May 1977.Marc Piché
Elliot 114kUSS Elliot (DD-967) in the channel at San Diego harbor in mid 1980.Richard Stiles
Elliot 53kFremantle, Australia June 12 1986.Marc Piché
Elliot 116kDN-SN-87-07271. Crew members from the destroyer USS ELLIOT (DD 967) transport equipment to the destroyer tender USS PRAIRIE (AD 15) for repair. Photo by JO2 Todd Willebrand, Janaury 1 1987.Bill Gonyo
Elliot 42kSydney, Australia June 1987.Marc Piché
Elliot 82kSydney, Australia June 1987.Marc Piché
Elliot 76kSydney, Australia June 1987.Marc Piché
Elliot 51kFremantle, Australia June 6 1990.Marc Piché
Elliot 63kLongview, Washington June 8 1993.Marc Piché
Elliot 61kVancouver, BC September 4 1994.Marc Piché
Elliot 150kUSS Harry W. Hill (DD-986) and USS Elliot (DD-967) on March 4 1995, location unknown.L. M. Montgomery
Elliot 74kFremantle, Australia September 27 1995.Marc Piché
Elliot 32kVancouver, BC June 21 1996.Marc Piché
Elliot 38kVancouver, BC June 21 1996.Marc Piché
Elliot 143kDN-SC-04-09288, 980415-N-3612M-004. Aerial of an SH-60 Light Airborne Multipurpose System (LAMPS) MK III Seahawk Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL-43), Battle Cats, Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI), California, approaching the landing platform of the Spruance Class destroyer, USS ELLIOT (DD 967), during a missile exercise off the coast of California. Photo by PH1 James McCarter, April 7 1998.Bill Gonyo
Elliot 80kSan Diego July 28 2001.Marc Piché
Elliot 77kUSS Elliott (DD-967) at sea on 2 January 2002 in support of Operation Enduring Freedon. The destroyer is part of the Nuclear-powered aircraft carrier John C. Stennis Battle Group. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Tina Lamb.Robert Hurst
Elliot 116k021104-N-8590B-001 Pacific Ocean, Nov. 4, 2002, USS Elliot (DD 967) steams off the coast of California. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Andrew Betting.Fred Weiss
Elliot 112k030101-O-4633P-001, San Diego, CA January 1 2003, the first sunset of the year provides a beautiful backdrop for the destroyers USS Elliot (DD 967), USS Olendorf (DD 972), USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), and the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5). The ships are decorated with holiday lights as they are moored in San Diego. U.S. Navy photo by Geoffrey Patrick.Bill Gonyo
Elliot 78kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Elliot 80kShip's patchTommy Trampp

USS ELLIOT DD-967 History
Note: History is unavailable at this time
This ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Donald Lee Gurke    Jan 22 1977 - Feb 16 1979
CDR Stephen Scott Clarey    Feb 16 1979 - Jan 8 1981 (Later RADM)
CDR Douglas Marvin Norton    Jan 8 1981 - Jul 18 1983
CDR Stephen Richard Farrow    Jul 18 1983 - Apr 17 1984
CDR Eugene Earl Cragg Jr.    Apr 17 1984 - Jul 12 1986
CDR Thomas Richard Mooney    Jul 12 1986 - Oct 29 1988
CDR Timothy William LaFleur    Oct 29 1988 - Dec 14 1990 (Later VADM)
CDR Dallas George Wilfong III    Dec 14 1990 - Jul 31 1992
CDR Barry Michael Costello    Jul 31 1992 - Apr 1 1994 (Later VADM)
CDR Lee Harold Rosenberg    Apr 1 1994 - Jan 30 1996
CDR Kenneth Alan Graber    Jan 30 1996 - Oct 31 1997
CDR Steven Richard Strausser    Oct 31 1997 - May 21 1999
CDR Steven Paul DesJardins    May 21 1999 - Jan 12 2001
CDR Jerome Ralph Provencher Jr.    Jan 12 2001 - Jul 12 2002
CDR John Patrick Nolan    Jul 12 2002 - Dec 2 2003

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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