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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NAOP

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - BOLD RULER

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 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 71kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
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 81kUnder overhaul at Todd Pacific, Seattle during 1981.David Wright
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 23kHong Kong, circa 1991-1992.William Chiu
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 Elliot (DD-967) at sea on 2 January 2002 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. 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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