USS Charles P. Cecil (DD-835)

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USS Charles P. Cecil, 1971
USS Charles P. Cecil, 1971
Career (United States)
Name: USS Charles P. Cecil (DD-835)
Namesake: Charles P. Cecil
Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
Laid down: 2 December 1944
Launched: 2 April 1945
Commissioned: 29 June 1945
Reclassified: DDR-835, 18 March 1949
Decommissioned: 1 October 1979
Fate: Sold to Greece, 8 August 1980
Career (Greece)
Name: Apostolis (D216)
Acquired: 8 August 1980
Commissioned: 1980
Struck: 1993
Fate: Sold for scrap, March 2003
General characteristics
Class & type: Gearing-class destroyer
Displacement: 3,460 long tons (3,516 t) full
Length: 390 ft 6 in (119.02 m)
Beam: 40 ft 10 in (12.45 m)
Draft: 14 ft 4 in (4.37 m)
Propulsion: Geared turbines, 2 shafts, 60,000 shp (45 MW)
Speed: 35 knots (65 km/h; 40 mph)
Range: 4,500 nmi (8,300 km) at 20 kn (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Complement: 336
Armament: • 6 × 5"/38 caliber guns
• 12 × 40 mm AA guns
• 11 × 20 mm AA guns
• 10 × 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes
• 6 × depth charge projectors
• 2 × depth charge tracks

USS Charles P. Cecil (DD/DDR-835) was a Gearing-class destroyer, the only ship of the United States Navy to be named after Rear Admiral Charles P. Cecil. She was launched on 22 April 1945 by Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine; sponsored by Mrs. C. P. Cecil; and commissioned on 29 June 1945 with Commander W. Outerson in command.

Service history[edit]

Charles P. Cecil arrived at San Diego, her home port, on 20 November 1945, and almost at once sailed on a tour of Pacific duty which found her operating as part of Joint Task Force One in the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll, as well as supporting occupation forces with operations in Japanese waters. She returned to San Diego on 9 August 1946, and took part in exercises off the west coast until on 26 August 1947, when she cleared for her second deployment to the Far East. She touched at many Pacific islands as well as calling at ports in China, Japan and Okinawa before her return to San Diego on 5 May 1948.

Reclassified DDR-835 on 18 March 1949, Charles P. Cecil left San Diego astern on 4 April 1949, bound for Newport, Rhode Island, and assignment to the Atlantic Fleet. First from Newport, and from December 1950, from Norfolk, Virginia, Charles P. Cecil operated through 1960 with the Atlantic Fleet, taking part in midshipmen training cruises, periodic deployments to the Mediterranean, and the overhauls and refresher training necessary to maintain her readiness. She participated in a long list of NATO operations, in waters ranging from those north of the Arctic Circle to the Mediterranean. Her tours of duty with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean included one which coincided with the Suez Crisis of fall 1956, during which she took up watchful patrol in the eastern Mediterranean.

From January 1959, when she was fitted with highly complex electronic computational and tracking equipment, Charles P. Cecil concentrated on air defense experiments and exercises, contributing to the development of advanced techniques. Her training, however, continued to include the areas such as anti-submarine warfare and amphibious operations required of the versatile destroyer.

Charles P. Cecil and a P5M with a Soviet Foxtrot class submarine during the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962.

Charles P. Cecil participated in thirteen Mediterranean cruises, two Middle East cruises, and two Vietnam cruises; She was one of the first ships on the Cuban Quarantine Line in the fall of 1962, where she was the principal unit that challenged a Russian submarine and forced her to surface.

In 1963, Charles P. Cecil entered the New York Naval Shipyard for her FRAM I modernization. Her armament was optimised for anti-submarine warfare and she was redesignated DD-835 on 30 July 1963. Her yard period lasted until May 1964.

In July 1973 Charles P. Cecil was assigned to naval reserve squadron COMDESRON TWO EIGHT and homeported in New London, Connecticut.

Charles P. Cecil was struck from the United States Navy's rolls of fighting ships on 1 October 1979 and subsequently sold to Greece and renamed Apostolis on 8 August 1980. She served with the Hellenic Navy until she was decommissioned in 1993. She was scrapped in March 2003.

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External links[edit]

  • Photo gallery of USS Charles P. Cecil at NavSource Naval History