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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. May 9 1975.
Launched July 8 1976 and commissioned December 3 1977.
Decommissioned September 24 2004.
Fate Sunk as a target off Kauai, Hawaii by Lake Erie (CG-70), HMCS Vancouver, and USN aircraft, February 9 2006.

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Captain Jeremiah O’Brien (1744–1818) was in command of Unity when she captured HMS Margaretta in the first naval battle of the American Revolutionary War. He was born at Kittery, Maine. O'Brien and his five brothers, Gideon, John, William, Dennis and Joseph, were crewmembers of the sloop Unity when she captured Margaretta on 12 June 1775, at the entrance to the harbor at Machias (a town then in Massachusetts, later in Maine). Under the command of Jeremiah O’Brien, thirty-one townsmen armed with guns, swords, axes, and pitch forks captured the British armed schooner in an hour-long battle after Margaretta had threatened to bombard the town for interference with the shipment of lumber to British troops in Boston, Massachusetts. This battle is often considered the first time British colors were struck to those of the United States, even though Unity was not formally a member of the Continental Navy. The United States Merchant Marine claims Unity as its member and this incident as their beginning. A privateer, O'Brien continued as the captain of Unity, renamed Machias Liberty, for two years. In later years, he had an appointment as the federal customs collector for the port of Machias. a position he held until his death.Bill Gonyo
O'Brien 65kUndated, Yokosuka, Japan drydock.Matthew Lynn
O'Brien 134kUndated, location unknown.William T. Larkins
O'Brien 70kUndated, location unknown. The CIWS (close in weapons system) in action.-
O'Brien 81kUndated, location unknown. Onboard helicopter operations were possible as the Navy's destroyers increased in size and complexity.-
O'Brien 74kAs above.-
O'Brien 96kPort visit to Victoria, BC, Canada, undated.-
O'Brien 50kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
O'Brien 116kUndated in Sydney, Australia.Bill Gonyo
O'Brien 103kUndated, location unknown. Probably off Point Loma.Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr
O'Brien 198kUndated, in Vancouver. Photo by Rick Garcia.Chris Howell
O'Brien 67kUndated, location unknown.Ron Reeves
O'Brien 64kUndated, USS O'Brien (DD-975) and USS Jack Williams (FFG-24) location unknown.Ron Reeves
O'Brien 307kO'Brien (DD-975) is christened by Mrs. Elizabeth B. Bradford, 17 July 1976.S. Dale Hargrave
O'Brien 161kUSS David R. Ray (DD-971) & the USS O'Brien (DD-975) pier side at NAS North Island circa 1979.Richard Stiles
O'Brien 152kAs above.Richard Stiles
O'Brien 168kAn aerial view of the Subic Bay harbor with docked ships including the guided missile cruiser US STERETT (CG-31), the destroyer USS INGERSOLL (DD-990), next to the STERETT, the oilers USNS NAVASOTA (T-AO-106) and USNS MISPILLION (T-AO-105), astern of the STERETT, the guided missile cruiser USS HALSEY (CG-23) and the destroyer USS O'BRIEN (DD-975)." PHC Lawrence Foster, October 19 1981.Fabio Peña
O'Brien 62kSeattle May 1983.Marc Piché
O'Brien 67kSan Francisco October 13 1983.Marc Piché
O'Brien 101kSeasparrow shoot from the flight deck with an old 110 Instamatic camera. Shoot was during Refresher Training prior to 1984 deployment.Donald Chapin
O'Brien 68kView from the Golden Gate Bridge October 12 1985.Marc Piché
O'Brien 48kSan Francisco October 12 1985.Marc Piché
O'Brien 48kVancouver, BC April 24 1987.Marc Piché
O'Brien 80kApril 18, 1988, location unknown.Ron Reeves
O'Brien 79kFour scenes of an Unrep (underway replenishment) with the USS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO-193) circa 1990-1991 in the Persian Gulf. Approaching the tanker.-
O'Brien 115kAs above, fuel hoses over.-
O'Brien 64kAs above, line handling crew at work.-
O'Brien 90kAs above, fueling complete O'Brien makes her breakaway.-
O'Brien 30kVictoria, BC July 1 1992.Marc Piché
O'Brien 147kAnchored at Singapore August 30 1993.Chris Howell
O'Brien 143k980523-N-4541B-004. Aboard USS Santa Barbara May 23 1998, the destroyer USS O'Brien (DD-975) breaks away after an underway replenishment. O'Brien is currently deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Gloria J. Barry.Bill Gonyo
O'Brien 80kFremantle, Australia July 28 1998.Marc Piché
O'Brien 77kSydney, Australia September 1999.Marc Piché
O'Brien 85kSydney, Australia September 1999.Marc Piché
O'Brien 86kSydney, Australia September 1999.Marc Piché
O'Brien 103kSouth China Sea, May 21 2000, USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) resupplies the destroyer USS O'Brien (DD 975) in a replenishment at sea (RAS) in the South China Sea. The two ships are participating in Exercise Cobra Gold 2000. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class John Sullivan. [000521-N-4697S-002]Bill Gonyo
O'Brien 85kAt sea with the Enterprise battle group, Sept. 24, 2001, USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) leads a formation of ships in a series of close ship maneuvers. With John Paul Jones are USS Nicholson (DD 982), USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) and USS O'Brien (DD 975). U. S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Joshua J. Pina. [010924-N-6562P-001] Sept. 24, 2001.Fabio Peña
O'Brien 58kAt sea with USS Carl Vinson, Oct. 2, 2001, the destroyer USS O'Brien (DD 975) makes her approach to USS Sacramento (AOE 1) for a replenishment at sea (RAS). The two ships, in company with USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), will steam together at a distance of about 50 yards as stores, fuel, or both are transferred. The ability of the U.S. Navy to replenish its ships at sea allows the Navy to be on scene wherever needed and for as long as necessary. U. S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Kerryl Cacho. [011002-N-9421C-003]Bill Gonyo
O'Brien 42kOperation Enduring Freedom, Oct. 9, 2001, the destroyer USS O'Brien (DD 975) receives a load of palatized cargo during a vertical replenishment from a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Ted Banks. [011009-N-3236B-010].Fabio Peña
O'Brien 198k011226-N-6811L-001. Command Fleet Activities Yokosuka, December 26 2001, His Eminence Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles, visits with the crew of the forward based destroyer USS O'Brien (DD 975). O'Brien recently completed a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U. S. Navy photo by PH2 David A. Levy.Robert M. Cieri
O'Brien 170k020207-N-0000N-001. At sea aboard USS O’Brien (DD 975), February 7 2002, a target drone launches from the ship's flight deck and will act as a “hostile” anti-ship missile during a training exercise. Nine U.S. Navy ships took part in missile exercise (MISSILEX) 02-1, an anti-ship missile defense training evolution, part of a Commander Task Force Seven Five (CTF 75) Multi-Sail battle group interoperability exercise. All participating ships are part of forward deployed Naval Forces based in Yokosuka and Sasebo, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by: Ensign Lyn Niemeyer.Robert M. Cieri
O'Brien 157k020208-N-0000N-001. At sea aboard USS O’Brien (DD 975), February 8 2002, sailors assigned to a special drone missile team, make final preparations for the launch of four rocket propelled target drone vehicles on the ship's flight deck. Nine U.S. Navy ships took part in missile exercise (MISSILEX) 02-1, an anti-ship missile defense training evolution, part of a Commander Task Force Seven Five (CTF 75) Multi-Sail battle group interoperability exercise. All participating ships are part of forward deployed Naval Forces based in Yokosuka and Sasebo, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Lyn Niemeyer.(Bill Gonyo
O'Brien 113kAt sea aboard USS O'Brien (DD 975) Nov. 5, 2003. USS O’Brien launches a surface-to-air NATO Sea Sparrow missile during MISSILEX 04-1. MISSILEX 04-1 involves firing missiles at controllable target drones provided by Commander Fleet Activities Okinawa’s ordnance department. US Navy photoFred Weiss
O'Brien 90kInvitation to the Decommissioning Ceremony September 24 2004.George Elmore
O'Brien 94kSummer 2005, USS Fletcher (DD-992) extreme right, anchored by herself, USS Valley Forge (CG-50) anchored in nest with USS O'Brien (DD-975) and being prepared for Sinkex this year or next. To the left are LST's and what looks like a Tender.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
O'Brien 94kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
O'Brien 79kShip's patch.Tommy Trampp
O'Brien 46kShip's Zippo.Tommy Trampp

USS O'BRIEN DD-975 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 James Joseph Mullen    Dec 3 1977 - Nov 26 1980

CDR Donald R. Hess    Nov 26 1980 - Nov 12 1982

CDR Thomas Edward Blount Jr.    Nov 12 1982 - Feb 23 1985

CDR James Gregory Prout III    Feb 23 1985 - Jun 19 1987

CDR Robert James Abbott    Jun 19 1987 - Aug 5 1989

CDR Powell Alexander Fraser Jr.    Aug 5 1989 - Jul 31 1991

CDR Charles Samuel Hamilton II    Jul 31 1991 - Jun 14 1993 (Later RADM)

CDR John Terence Blake    Jun 14 1993 - May 25 1995 (Later RADM)

CDR Michael Anthony LeMieux    May 25 1995 - Mar 31 1997

CDR Jan Maarten Van Tol    Mar 31 1997 - Nov 10 1998

CDR Thomas Edward Arnold    Nov 10 1998 - Aug 10 1999

CDR Eric James Lindenbaum    Aug 10 1999 - Apr 4 2001

CDR Marcus Baron Yonehiro    Apr 4 2001 - Dec 7 2002

CDR Gene Frederick Harr    Dec 7 2002 - Jul 31 2004

CDR John James McCracken III    Jul 31 2004 - Sep 24 2004

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Duff E. McFadden

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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