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USS PETERSON (DD-969)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NGHY

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - PROUD TRADITION

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. April 29 1974.
Launched June 21 1975 and commissioned July 9 1977.
Decommissioned on October 4 2002.
Stricken November 6 2002.
Fate Sunk as a target on 16 February 2004 as part of the DD-21 program weapon effects test.

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Peterson 17kLCDR Carl J. Peterson graduated from the U.S. Navy Academy. He served as Operations Officer aboard USS OGDEN (LPD-5) from 1967 until his transfer to the Reverie Forces in South Vietnam. He was killed 2 April 1969 when one of the boats which he commanded came under enemy attack. Carl was a highly respected officer and will be remembered by the officers and men of USS OGDEN as one who gave his best to every task.Bill Gonyo
Peterson 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
Peterson 35kUndated, location unknown.-
Peterson 73kUndated postcard Copyright © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, VA.Mike Smolinski
Peterson 125kUndated view of the USS Peterson (DD-969), USS Caron (DD-970) and USS David R. Ray (DD-971) under construction at Pascagoula, MS from the NAVSEA Journal.Bob Bush
Peterson 117kUndated, location unknown. Photo © Atlantic Fleet Sales.Robert M. Cieri
Peterson 245kUndated, NATO Anti-submarine warfare hunting group underway, location unknown. Ships are from bottom to top: the destroyer USS Peterson (DD-969); the Turkish destroyer TCG Gayret, D 352 (ex-USS Eversole); the Italian frigate MM Alpino, F580; and the Royal Navy frigate HMS Active, F171. Royal Navy Museum photo from "Safeguarding The Nation - The Story of the Modern Royal Navy" by John Roberts.Robert Hurst
Peterson 196kUSS Peterson (DD-936) and the frigate USS Miller (FF-1091) moored at Norfolk, VA., 1978. Photo courtesy of Karsten Petersen.Robert Hurst
Peterson 26kLisbon, Portugal July 9, 1979.Marc Piché
Peterson 43kLisbon, Portugal July 9, 1979.Marc Piché
Peterson 42kAtlantic Ocean, 12 December 1979, aerial view of the USS Independence (CV-62) battle group as it heads home from deployment in the Mediterranean Sea. The ships are, clockwise from top, USS Farragut (DDG-37), USS McCandless (FF-1084), USS Independence (CV-62), USS Detroit (AOE-4), USS Garcia (FF-1040), USS Mahan (DDG-42), USS Caron (DD-970) and USS Peterson (DD-969). US Navy photo by PHC C. Pedrick (DVIC id: DNSC8200297).Defense Visual Information Center
Peterson 134kOctober 1983 in the Atlantic near Cuba. USS Peterson (DD-969), with an escort which includes an unidentified Soviet Intelligence Gathering Ship and a Victor 111 attack submarine with its towed array sonar clearly visible in the foreground. The submarine got a cable wrapped around the screw and propeller shaft rendering them unable to move. The Peterson stayed with them for 3 days until the "fishing trawler" arrived and took them in tow.Robert Hurst/Pete Curcio
Peterson 48kLisbon, Portugal October 6 1985.Marc Piché
Peterson 132kDN-ST-90-06821. A port view of the destroyer USS PETERSON (DD-969) underway during Fleet Ex 1-90. Photo by PH1 Michael Flynn, January 1 1990.Bill Gonyo
Peterson 144kDN-SN-90-06291. Crew members monitor the engine control panel in the central control station aboard the destroyer USS PETERSON (DD-969) during FLEET EX 1-90. Photo by PH1 Michael Flynn, January 30 1990. The date could possibly be in error and it may have been taken in the period 1982-1985.Bill Gonyo
Peterson 127kDN-SN-90-06297. A crew member aboard the destroyer USS PETERSON (DD-969) inspects fuel received from the fleet oiler USNS NEOSHO (T-AO-143) during underway replenishment operations. The ship are taking part in FLEET EX 1-90. Photo by PH1 Michael Flynn, January 30 1990.Bill Gonyo
Barry 186kDN-SC-94-00025. Norfolk, October 2 1993, a port quarter view of the guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) moored together with the destroyer USS Peterson (DD 969) at the destroyer and submarine piers, Naval Station Norfolk. U.S. Navy photo by: Don S. Montgomery, USN (Ret).Robert M. Cieri
Peterson 180kDN-SC-97-00785. A starboard bow view of the guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 993) and the Spruance-class destroyer USS Peterson (DD 969) moored together on the north side of pier 24 at the Norfolk Naval Base. This photo shows the differences in the regular destroyer versus the guided missile type. The KIDD is equipped with the more advanced SPS-48 and SPS-49 radar antennae. The Mark 15 missile launcher is aft of the 5" gun mount. Taken by: Don S. Montgomery, USN (Ret) on 12 April 1996.Robert M. Cieri
Peterson 122kNorfolk Naval Shipyard 1997Graeme D. Fuller
Peterson 89kBarcelona, Spain June 8, 1999.Marc Piché
Peterson 48kBarcelona, Spain June 8, 1999.Marc Piché
Peterson 68kIn the Mediterranean June 16 1999.Marc Piché
Peterson 104k020115-N-9769P-005. At sea aboard USS Peterson (DD 969), January 15 2002, Chief Electronics Technician Patrick Books from Norfolk, VA, mans the helicopter control tower as an SH-60B "Seahawk" lifts off from the deck aboard the destroyer USS Peterson (DD 969). Peterson is assigned to the Theodore Roosevelt Battle Group and is deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Jayme Pastoric.Bill Gonyo
Peterson 118kDN-SD-04-09690, 020522-N-3235P-519. The SPRUANCE Class Destroyer USS Peterson (DD 969) sails up the Hudson River, as her crew prepares to join in the festivities of Fleet Week 2002. More than 6,000 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard personnel aboard 22 ships - including six warships returning from deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the war against terrorism - sailed into New York today for the 15th Annual Fleet Week 2002. Photo by PH1 Michael Pendergrass, May 22 2002.Bill Gonyo
Peterson 111k020522-N-3235P-521. May 22 2002, greeted with a traditional fireboat spray, the Spruance-class destroyer USS Peterson (DD 969) makes her way to a pier on the Hudson River, as her crew prepares to join in the festivities of Fleet Week 2002. More than 6,000 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard personnel aboard 22 ships, including six warships returning from deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the war against terrorism, sailed into New York today for the 15th Annual Fleet Week 2002. U.S. Navy Photo by PH1 (AW) Michael Pendergrass.Robert M. Cieri
Peterson 99k020117-N-9769P-001 During a recent visit to the fleet, Chief of Naval Operations ADM Vern Clark reviews charts with QM2 Michael Harrison aboard the destroyer USS Peterson (DD 969). While on board, Clark thanked the deployed Sailors and Marines for their dedication in supporting the war on terrorism. (All Hands magazine photo by: PH3 Jayme Pastoric, December 2002, pg. 16.)Bill Gonyo
Petersen 75kMay 5 2003 at the Philadelphia NISF, USS Arthur W. Radford (DD-968) and USS Petersen (DD-969.Warren Cressman
Petersen 83kMay 5 2003 at the Philadelphia NISF.Warren Cressman
Peterson 74kShip's patchMike Smolinski

USS PETERSON DD-969 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 Stephen Kent Chadwick    Jul 9 1977 - Jul 9 1980 (Later RADM)
CDR Gerald Max Grunwald    Jul 9 1980 - Jul 1 1982
CDR Morris Cooper Foote    Jul 1 1982 - Oct 20 1984
CDR Rufus Lackland Taylor III    Oct 20 1984 - Dec 12 1986
CDR William Linwood (Chip) Boyd    Dec 12 1986 - Feb 24 1989
CDR Lawrence Anthony Lewandowski    Feb 24 1989 - Apr 12 1991
CDR Richard H. Stringer    Apr 12 1991 - Jan 29 1993
CDR James Augustus Woods Jr.    Jan 29 1993 - Sep 2 1994
CDR Milton Arthur Outten    Sep 2 1994 - May 2 1996
CDR Edward Charles Zurey Jr.    May 24 1996 - Dec 8 1997
CDR Martin David Moke    Dec 8 1997 - May 21 1999
CDR John Gilbert Randall Wilson    May 21 1999 - Jan 19 2001
CDR Robert Scott Anderson    Jan 19 2001 - Oct 4 2002

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Todd Fenwick
Address: 372 Lincoln St, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
Phone: 908-387-0222
E-mail: Toddlerf@yahoo.com
Next reunion: Summer 2008, Northern NJ

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


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Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
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Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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