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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NAYK

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - TAMPICO

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 Consolidated Steel,Orange Texas June 5 1945.
Launched October 19 1945 and commissioned August 23 1946.
Completed FRAM upgrade November 1962.
Decommissioned and Stricken February 27 1981.
To Taiwan April 1981, renamed Chen Yang.
Commissioned in Taiwan July 9 1981.
Fate 20 July 2006, sunk as target off Yilan County in the annual Hang-Kuang 22 excersise.

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Johnston 89kJohn Vincent Johnston of Cincinnati, Ohio, entered the Navy in September 1861 as First Master in gunboat St. Louis. He assisted in the Union gunboat attacks that captured strategic Fort Henry on the Tennessee River 6 February 1862. The night of 1 April 1862 he was the Navy commander of a combined Army-Navy boat expedition from St. Louis which landed and spiked the guns of Fort No. 1 above the Confederate stronghold, Island No. 10. He was promoted to Acting Volunteer Lieutenant for gallantry in this expedition. After joining in the bombardments of Vicksburg, he took command of Forrest Rose to patrol the Mississippi River and its tributaries. On 15 February 1864 his gunboat repelled the attack of confederate raiders, saving the town of Waterproof, Louisiana, and its federal garrison. LT Johnston resigned from the naval service 23 June 1864 and died 23 April 1912 at St. Louis, Missouri.Robert M. Cieri/Bill Gonyo
Johnston 116kUndated, location unknown.-
Johnston 151kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Johnston 97kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Johnston 181kCrew photo from 1946, looks like they are waiting for liberty call. From the collection of RM2 Everett J. Jensen.Gary A. Jensen
Rush 179kUSS Johnston (DD-821) and USS William R. Rush (DD-714) in Dublin, Ireland in April 1948.Ed Zajkowski
Johnston 244kThree views, circa 1951 at NAS Pensacola as seen from the USS Monterey (CV-26). From the collection of Evan R. Wescott.Robert E. Wescott
Johnston 278kAs above.Robert E. Wescott
Johnston 253kAs above.Robert E. Wescott
Johnston 118kAmsterdam, Holland, January 28 - February 5 1953, (L to R) USS Bristol (DD-857) and USS Johnston (DD-821) during a regularly scheduled port call.Robert M. Cieri
Johnston 149kUSS Chukawan (AO-100) conducting a replenishment-at-sea with USS Essex (CVS-9) and USS Johnston (DD-821), in 1960, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
Johnston 127kUSS Johnston (DD-821) underway circa 1969. Johnston was deployed to the Mediterranean Sea in 1969-70. U.S. Navy photo from the from the USS Johnston (DD-821) 1969-70 cruise book.Robert Hurst
Johnston 30kJohnston entering Delaware Bay enroute to Philadelphia Navy Yard, April 1971. Photo taken from USS Lowry (DD-770).CWO4 Al Baxter USN (Ret.)
Johnston 37kUSS Johnston (DD-821), underway from the Philadelphia Navy Yard on the Delaware River on 15 November 1973. The ship was running test runs on coal power propulsion.
Mike Green
Johnston 38kUSS Johnston (DD-821), underway from the Philadelphia Navy Yard on the Delaware River on 15 November 1973. The ship was running test runs on coal power propulsion.
Mike Green
Johnston 126kPenn's Landing in Philadelphia, June 1978.Ed Zajkowski
Johnston 26kPhiladelphia Navy Yard, 4 Jan 1980 photo by PH1 Frank Jankowski.John Hummel
Johnston 107kJohnston and USS Fiske (DD-842) after she had been transferred to Turkey as D350. It was taken in 1980 or 1981 (more likely 1980) in the Reserve Basin at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. The picture was taken within a day or two of the turnover of the Fiske from the USS Corry (DD-817).Howard P. Thomas ETCS (SS)(SW) USN (Ret)
Johnston   Johnston   Johnston   Johnston   Johnston   Johnston
At a Philadelphia civilian pier awaiting transfer to Taiwan, 08 April 1981.
Ed Zajkowski
Johnston 48kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Johnston 62kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Johnston 71kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Johnston 54kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Johnston 82kShip's patch.Don McGrogan
On Taiwanese Service
Johnston 101kAt Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard, 26 March 1981.David Buell/Ed Zajkowski
Johnston 110kChen Yang (DDG-928, ex USS Johnston) and Shao Yang (DDG-929, ex USS Hollister) in Keelung Harbor September 21 2002.Michael from Taiwan
Johnston   Johnston   Johnston   Johnston
Chen Yang (ex USS Johnston) moored starboard side to the Shao Yang (ex USS Hollister) in Su'ao Port, Taiwan, 2006.
Perry Huang

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Elmer Cecil Long    Aug 23 1946 - Jul 24 1948

CDR Forrest Rosecrans (Tex) Biard    Jul 24 1948 - May 21 1949

CDR William Crowe Howes    May 21 1949 - Aug 4 1951

CDR John Bauman Dudley    Aug 4 1951 - Aug 28 1952

CDR Wayne Wesley Watkins    Aug 28 1952 - Sep 30 1954

CDR Paul Theodore Roy    Sep 30 1954 - Oct 19 1956

CDR James Casper Rock    Oct 19 1956 - Jul 1 1958

LCDR William Henry Glye    Jul 1 1958 - Aug 8 1958

CDR Maxey Bryant Davis    Aug 8 1958 - Aug 15 1959

LCDR William Henry Glye    Aug 15 1959 - Nov 4 1959

CDR Emory Parker Smith    Nov 4 1959 - Apr 25 1961

CDR William Henry Morgan    Apr 25 1961- Jan 10 1962

LCD Howard Norman Kay    Jan 10 1962 - Sep 7 1962

CDR Robert Joseph Fay    Sep 7 1962 - Jun 10 1964

CDR Robert Charles Pringle    Jun 10 1964 - Oct 30 1965

CDR John James Mingo    Oct 30 1965 - Mar 9 1967

CDR Robert Welch Curran    Mar 9 1967 - Mar 9 1969

CDR Daniel Frank Anglim Jr.    Mar 9 1969 - Sep 4 1970

CDR Burnham Clough McCaffree Jr.    Sep 4 1970 - Jun 23 1972 (Later RADM)

CDR George Irvin Knowles    Jun 23 1972 - Oct 12 1973

CDR Ferdinand Chatard Dugan III    Oct 12 1973 - Aug 14 1975

CDR Vilbert H. Davis    Aug 14 1975 - Aug 18 1976

CDR Delma C. Robison Jr.    Aug 18 1976 - Sep 19 1977

CDR James Cyril Kronz    Sep 19 1977 - Jun 16 1979

LCDR Robert James Maloit Jr.    Jun 16 1979 - Apr 18 1980

CDR Henry Frederick Dalton    Apr 18 1980 - May 23 1980

CDR William Francis Mellin Jr.    May 23 1980 - Feb 27 1981

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