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Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - BROKEN CROWN

Displacement 4526 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 437' (oa) x 47' x 15' (Max)
Armament 2 x 5"/54 RF (2x1), Tartar SAM (1x2 Mk 11) ASROC ASW (1x8), 6 x 12.75" Mk 32 ASW TT (2x3).
Machinery, 70,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 333-350.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath ME on August 3 1959.
Launched September 9 1960 and commissioned October 28 1961.
Decommissioned October 31 1989.
Stricken November 20 1992.
Fate Sold to Metro Machine Corp, Philadelphia, scrapping completed September 10 2004.

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Sellers 73kDavid F. Sellers, born in Austin, Tex., on 4 February 1874, was appointed to the Naval Academy on 1 May 1890, graduated in 1894, and commissioned Ensign on 1 July 1896. He served in Massachusetts, Essex, and Alliance until 1898 when he joined the Philadelphia for service during the Spanish-American War. Sellers took part in the Samoan Campaign in 1899 and served in Philippine waters on board New York during the Philippine Insurrection. He later commanded Stewart, Salem, Birmingham, Wisconsin, and in 1918, the transport Agamemnon. Sellers was awarded the Navy Cross for his service in World War I. After the war, Sellers served on the staff of the Naval War College, the Bureau of Navigation, commanded Maryland, and as Chief of Staff, Scouting Fleet, from 1926 until his promotion to Rear Admiral on 2 June 1927. He commanded the Special Service Squadron from July 1927 to May 1929 during the uprisings in the Republic of Nicaragua and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. In June 1929, he was appointed Judge Advocate General of the Navy. After commanding Battleship Division I and Battleships, Battle Force, he became Commander in Chief, United States Fleet. Admiral Sellers served as Superintendent of the Naval Academy from 1934 until his retirement in 1938. He died on 27 January 1949 at the Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Md. Photo #: NH 50274. Admiral David F. Sellers, USN (left), Commander in Chief, U.S. Fleet, In the control car of USS Macon (ZRS-5) on 9 November 1933, during his visit to the airship for a flight in the vicinity of San Francisco, California. Standing with him is Macon's Commanding Officer, Commander Alger H. Dresel, USN. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Sellers 118kUndated, location unknown.-
Sellers 70kUndated, location unknown.Igancio F. Lopez, Spanish Navy (RET)
Sellers 130kUndated, refueling from the USS Marius (AO-57) in heavy seas as seen from the USS America (CVA-66).Thomas Becher
Sellers 177kAs above.Thomas Becher
Sellers 60kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Sellers 100kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Sellers 69kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Sellers 177kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Sellers 171kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Sellers 147kUndated, as seen from USS America.Fabio Peña
Sellers 60kBoston Naval Shipyard, December 22 1961© Richard Leonhardt
Sellers 80kOff Guantanamo Bay, Cuba September 28 1965.© Richard Leonhardt
Sellers 57kOff Guantanamo Bay, Cuba September 28 1965.© Richard Leonhardt
Sellers 79kThe USS Sellers DDG-11, taken from the 02 level of the USS Kretchmer DER-329 in 1971 in San Juan Puerto Rico Harbor.David Learn
Sellers 167kOctober 1973.Eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea,close to Crete. DDG-11 comes with the Franklin D. Roosevelt Battle Group during the Arab - Israeli War. View from the Soviet Kashin class DDG Krasny Krim.Eugene Ivkin
Sellers 72kPonta Delgada, Azores Islands on November 9 1973.Carlos Manuel Estrela
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Change of Command pamphlet - March 11 1974
Wolfgang Hechler
Sellers 26kAt Barcelona, Spain, on May 21, 1976. Compare this photo with that taken at Boston, above. A 15-year gap separates both photographs: the ever growing number (and weight) of antennas required by the ship's electronic equipment is made readily evident by the more complex, and considerably heightened, foremast.Fabio Peña
Sellers 28kAntwerp, Belgium September 4 1980.Marc Piché
Sellers 24kAntwerp, Belgium September 7 1980.Marc Piché
Sellers 60kPortsmouth, England September 8 1980.Marc Piché
Sellers 64kPortsmouth, England March 3 1982.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Sellers 61kGulf of Mexico Sept 1, 1982: Aerial port bow view of the ships comprising the Standing Naval Force Atlantic underway. The ships are from left to right: HMS Danae (F-47), HMCS Iroquois (DDH-280), HNLMS Van Nes(F-805), USS Sellers (DDG-11) and FGS Augsburg (F-222). Following the ships is the HMCS Protecteur (AOR-509).Fred Weiss
Sellers 118kPortsmouth, England 1985.Marc Piché/Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
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Welcome Aboard pamphlet - circa 1988
Wolfgang Hechler
Sellers 36kUSS Claude V. Ricketts (DDG-5), USS Sellers (DDG-11) and USS Luce (DDG-38) in Philadelphia July 16 1991.Marc Piché
Sellers 87kPhiladelphia Naval Shipyard, August 31 2002.Roy J. Brooks
Sellers 49kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Sellers 48kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Sellers 61kBumper sticker.Wolfgang Hechler
Sellers 86kEngineering Department Patch.Tommy Trampp

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR William Russell Johnson    Oct 28 1961 - Apr 29 1963
CDR Daniel Joseph Morgiewicz    Apr 29 1963 - Jul 22 1965
CDR Jack Hilton    Jul 22 1965 - 1967
CDR Ralph Glover Spencer    Feb 21 1967 - Oct 23 1968
CDR Robert Dale Hoffman    Oct 23 1968 - Jan 17 1970
CDR Richard Calvin Avrit    Jan 17 1970 - Aug 11 1971 (Later RADM)
CDR Maurice Lamar (Tex) Treiber    Aug 11 1971 - Sep 22 1972
CDR Robert Earl Rumney    Sep 22 1972 - Mar 11 1974
CDR Gerard Joseph Flannery Jr.    Mar 11 1974 - Mar 31 1976 (Later RADM)
CDR Thomas Jacob Bender    Mar 31 1976 - Jun 29 1978
CDR Charles Kenneth Kicker    Jun 29 1978 - Aug 30 1980
CDR Eric Francis Grosfils    Aug 30 1980 - Sep 18 1981
CDR Richard Paul Genet    Sep 18 1981 - Jan 23 1984
CDR Edwin Joseph Kaufman    Jan 23 1984 - May 23 1986
CDR Robert James Shade    May 23 1986 - Aug 7 1988
CDR Frank J. Dobrydney    Aug 7 1988 - Oct 6 1989
CDR James Samuel Hanna    Oct 6 1989 - Oct 31 1989

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Hilton Roberts
Phone: (480)892-8033
E-mail: None

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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