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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. January 16 1976.
Launched September 28 1977 and commissioned March 10 1979.
Decommissioned October 16, 2000.
Fate: Broken up by International Shipbreakers, Brownsville, TX, completed April 28 2007.

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Hancock 59kJohn Hancock (1737-1793) was president of the Massachusetts-provincial Congress and president of the Continental Congress (1775-77). As holder of this office, he was the first signer of the Declaration of Independence. Hancock served the Continental Congress until he became Governor of Massachusetts in 1780. He presided over the State's Constitutional Convention held in that year and also over the Massachusetts Convention of 1788 which ratified the Federal Constitution. With the exception of a term in the Congress of the Confederation (1785-86), he was Governor of Massachusetts until his death. (Painting by John Singleton Copley, circa 1770-72). Fabio Peña
Hancock 41kUndated, location unknown.-
Hancock 109kUndated, location unknown. Photo © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Robert M. Cieri
Hancock 148kFitting out at Ingalls February 24 1978.Bill Gonyo
Hancock 122kJanuary 1981 in the Eastern Mediterranean, close to Cyprus. The shot is from the Soviet Amur class repair ship (PM-9).EugeneIvkin
Hancock 145kDN-SN-82-07916. Data Systems Technician 3rd Class Tim Russell operates a sophisticated computer aboard the destroyer USS JOHN HANCOCK (DD-981). Photo by PH1 Douglas Tesner, June 1 1981.Bill Gonyo
Hancock 213kDN-SN-82-07932. Data Systems Technician 3rd Class Tim Russell re-enlists aboard the destroyer USS John Hancock (DD 981) during operations with the U.S. 6th Fleet, in the Mediterranean Sea. Taken by: PH1 Douglas Tesner on 1 June 1981.Robert M. Cieri
Hancock 189kDN-SN-82-07915. An SH-2 Seasprite light airborne multi-purpose system (LAMPS) helicopter from Light Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 34 (HSL-34) "Greencheckers", as it prepares to land aboard the destroyer USS John Hancock (DD-981). Taken by: PH1 Douglas Tesner on 1 June 1981.Robert M. Cieri
Hancock 201kDN-SN-82-07924. A stern view of the destroyer USS John Hancock (DD 981) anchored during a port visit to Gaeta, Italy. The HANCOCK is unique among U.S. Ships, in that rather than having her name in standard block letters on the transom, a reproduction of John Hancock's signature appears, the way he signed it on the Declaration of Independence. Taken by: PH1 Douglas Tesner on 1 June 1981.Robert M. Cieri
Hancock 109kDN-SN-82-07925. A bow on view of the Spruance-class destroyer USS John Hancock (DD 981) "Med-moored" during a port visit to Gaeta, Italy. Taken by: PH1 Douglas Tesner on 1 June 1981.Robert M. Cieri
Hancock 289kA port bow view of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) underway, leading USS John Hancock (DD-981) and other ships. Official U.S. Navy photo by PH3 Ron Thigpen. Photo is dated July 1981. Ike conducted TYT I&II and READEX 2-81 in the Puerto Rican OPAREA, 6–23 July.Fabio Peña
Hancock 230kDN-SC-88-09156. A starboard bow view of the destroyer USS John Hancock (DD 981) underway in the Atlantic. Taken by: PH2 Bates on 1 November 1983.Robert M. Cieri
Hancock 69kFeb 1 1986, Carribean Sea, the 5-inch 54 caliber Mark 45 gun mounted on the bow of destroyer USS John Hancock (DD-981) is fired during naval gunfire support qualifications near Puerto Rico.Fred Weiss
Hancock 122kDN-SC-86-04636. Crewmen aboard the destroyer USS JOHN HANCOCK (DD-981) prepare an SH-2F Seasprite helicopter of Detachment 8, Light Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 34, for a mission during Exercise SAFEPASS. Photo by HM2 Robert E. Wilson, February 1 1986.Bill Gonyo
Hancock 284kDN-SC-87-05128. Atlantic Ocean, circa mid-1981 and mid-1983, an aerial view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), underway. Ike's escorts are, clockwise from upper left, the destroyer USS Comte De Grasse (DD 974), the frigate USS Garcia (FF 1040), and the destroyers USS John Hancock (DD 981) and USS Nicholson (DD 982).Robert M. Cieri
Hancock 186kAt Genoa on October 13 1988.Carlo Martinelli
Hancock 165kDN-ST-90-10060. Sailors and shipyards workers watch as the battleship USS WISCONSIN (BB-64) moves away from the pier after a visit. Tied up at center is the destroyer USS JOHN HANCOCK (DD-981) at Pascagoula, MS on December 1 1989. Navy photo by LT Rob Raine.Bill Gonyo
Hancock 88kRefueling from the USS Savannah (AOR-4) in the Atlantic July 13 1992.Marc Piché
Hancock 240kDN-SC-93-06016. A starboard bow view of the destroyer USS John Hancock (DD 981) at her berth in port, at Naval Station Mayport, Florida. Taken by: OS2 John Bouvia on 22 May 1993.Robert M. Cieri
Hancock 221kDN-SC-95-01140. A starboard quarter view of the Spruance-class destroyers USS John Hancock (DD 981) and USS Thorn (DD 988) undergoing a routine overhaul at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Corporation located on the James River in Virginia. Taken by Don S. Montgomery, USN (Ret) on 29 October 1994.Robert M. Cieri
Hancock 39kBarcelona, Spain August 7 1997.Marc Piché
Hancock 66kBarcelona, Spain August 7 1997.Marc Piché
Hancock 68kA series of 6 images of the Hancock during a visit to Baltimore on July 12 1998.Larry Backus
Hancock 115kAs above.Larry Backus
Hancock 105kAs above.Larry Backus
Hancock 113kAs above.Larry Backus
Hancock 122kAs above.Larry Backus
Hancock 107kAs above.Larry Backus
Hancock 134kMayport Fla. March 1 1999Chris Chapman GSE1 USN
Hancock 122kTwo views from the Persian Gulf during November 1999.SN Eric R Bunzow
Hancock 135kAs above.SN Eric R Bunzow
Hancock 45kJuly 4, 2000 in New York Harbor during OpSail/ Fleet Review. Photo by Ian MacCorquodale.Fred Weiss
Hancock 148kUSS Comte de Grasse (DD-974), USS John Rodgers (DD-983), USS Moosbrugger (DD-980) and USS John Hancock (DD-981) in Philadelphia Navy Yard, April 2003.Ed Zajkowski
Hancock 105kPhiladelphia Naval Shipyard, September 2004, USS Butte (AE-27), in the background, starting from left to right: USS Moosbrugger (DD-980), USS John Hancock (DD-981) and USS El Paso (LKA 117).Jon White
Hancock 54kThree views of the USS John Hancock under tow off Ft. Lauderdale on July 15 2006.Tom Leddy
Hancock 35kAs above.Tom Leddy
Hancock 46kAs above.Tom Leddy
Hancock 108kJohn Hancock awaiting scrapping at the Port of Brownsville, TX, August 1 2006. Photo copyright Michael Martin.Joe Gardella
Hancock 94kJohn Hancock being scrapped at Brownsville, TX. Photo copyright Michael Martin.Joe Gardella
Hancock 84kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Hancock 95kA piece of Hancock's armor plate removed by International Shipbreaking Limited L.L.C a full service ship recycling company located in Brownsville, Texas.Tommy Trampp

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 Ronald Charles Wilgenbusch    Mar 12 1979 - May 19 1981 (Later RADM)

CDR James Matthew Arrison III    May 19 1981 - May 27 1983

CDR John Patrick Collins Jr.    May 27 1983 - Jun 20 1985

CDR Michael Frederick Martus    Jun 20 1985 - Aug 15 1987

CDR Robert Bernard O'Donnell    Aug 15 1987 - Aug 9 1989

CDR Donald Eugene Peters    Aug 9 1989 - Jun 28 1991

CDR David Malcolm Stone    Jun 28 1991 - Apr 16 1993 (Later RADM0

CDR Elliott Lawrence Bloxom    Apr 16 1993 - Jun 16 1995

CDR Thomas Edward Linder    Jun 16 1995 - Feb 14 1997

CDR Marc Anthony Fleming    Feb 14 1997 - Aug 21 1998

CDR Thomas Martin Rossi    Aug 21 1998 - Oct 16 1998

CAPT William Douglas Crowder    Oct 16 1998 - Oct 22 1998 (Later VADM)

CDR Robert Edward Dolan Jr.    Oct 22 1998 - May 5 2000 (Died at the Pentagon, September 11 2001)

CDR Joel Tally Griner Jr.    May 5 2000 - Oct 16 2000

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

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