USS Cone (DD-866)

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USS Cone (DD-866)
USS Cone (DD-866)
Career (US)
Name: Cone
Namesake: Rear Admiral Hutch Ingham Cone
Builder: Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Staten Island
Laid down: 30 November 1944
Launched: 10 May 1945
Acquired: 18 August 1945
Commissioned: 18 August 1945
Struck: 1 October 1982
Fate: Disposed of through the Security Assistance Program (SAP) to Pakistan
Career (Pakistan) Pakistan Navy Jack
Name: Alamgir
Namesake: Alamgir
Acquired: 1 October 1982
Decommissioned: 4 December 1998
Status: scrapped
General characteristics
Class & type: Gearing class destroyer
Displacement: 2,425
Length: 390 ft 6 in (119.02 m)
Beam: 41 ft 1 in (12.52 m)
Draft: 18 ft 6 in (5.64 m)
Speed: 35 knots
Complement: 367
Armament: 6x 5" gun, 5x 21" torpedo tubes, 6x depth charge projector, 2x depth charge track/ after being converted to fram 1 type class ship- (4) 5" 38 guns, anti submarine rockets mid-ships, depth charges removed

USS Cone (DD-866) was a Gearing-class destroyer of the United States Navy, named for Rear Admiral Hutch Ingham Cone USN (1871–1941). She was laid down by the Bethlehem Steel Corporation at Staten Island, New York, on 30 November 1944, launched on 10 May 1945 by Mrs. H. I. Cone, and commissioned on 18 August 1945.

Cone alternated operations along the east coast and in the Caribbean with the 2nd Fleet. She deployed with the 6th Fleet to the Mediterranean, participated in Sea Dragon and Market Time operations, patrolled on search and rescue duties, and carried out Naval Gunfire Support missions during the Vietnam War.

History[edit]

Cone's first cruise was to Portsmouth, England, between 12 February and 9 April 1946. After a week at Newport, Rhode Island, she sailed on an extensive goodwill tour to ports in northern and southern Europe, welcoming visitors at each city. Cone returned to Newport on 24 October 1946. She operated along the east coast and in the Caribbean from her homeport of Norfolk, Virginia, until the summer of 1947; then carried midshipmen on a training cruise to northern Europe.

Continuing training and service activities along the east coast and in the Caribbean, when not deployed, Cone served her first tour of duty with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean in 1948, joining the United Nations Palestine Patrol. She returned to the Mediterranean in 1949, and later that year crossed the Arctic Circle on maneuvers. East coast and Caribbean operations and another 6th Fleet tour occupied Cone in 1950. Her 1951 Mediterranean cruise was highlighted with a visit by Winston Churchill at Venice on 9 September, and. by Cone's transportation of the United States and British Ambassadors to Greece on a diplomatic call on the monasteries of Mount Athos. She served again in the Mediterranean in 1952, and on 28 August 1953, cleared Newport for a cruise around the world, sailing by way of Panama, San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Midway, and Yokosuka to join TF 77 on patrol off Korea, and continuing home with calls at Hong Kong, Bahrein, Port Said, Naples, Villefranche, and Lisbon, returning to Norfolk 9 April 1954.

From September to November 1954, Cone sailed to join other NATO navies in antisubmarine training off Ireland and in Operation "Blackjack," then called briefly at Mediterranean ports. Nineteen fifty-five found her concentrating on air defense exercises and acting as planeguard for carriers. In 1956, she joined in NATO exercises in the Mediterranean, returning home in June. Alerted during the Suez Crisis, she joined a task force which sailed to the eastern Atlantic to stand by, then called at Lisbon and returned home when its services were not needed. In 1958 and 1959-60 Cone served with the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean; through the remainder of the 1960s, she conducted exercises in the Caribbean, operated locally from her new home port, Charleston, S.C., and visited northern European waters during NATO maneuvers.

[1960-1982]

1981–1982, the Cone's two twin mount guns went through a complete overhaul, with assistance from Charleston's SIMA, and of course some select parts from the decommed destroyer Laffey, which is moored at Patriot's Point museum facilities in Charleston. note; (the Laffey was the experimental ship used in the movie Philadelphia experiment). Gunnersmates Eastwood and Larson brought the deteriorating condition of the gunmounts back to original status, both in cosmetic, and operational capabilities. When pulling in to Savannah, Georgia, it was thought that a gun salute would be appropriate as the ship passed the waterfront with the crowds all standing in the majesty of the old cotton warehouses converted into shops, restaurants, bars, etc., and of course it was St. Patty's day 1982, so Gunnersmate Eastwood painted a large 3 leafed clover on the forward gunmount on both sides. There was also smoke grenades (green smoke) that were put in the boilers to make the stacks look like they were steaming green smoke, but something tragic happen, when the guns went off, from the decks it looked like the people were just going crazy like at a rock concert, so, lt cmdr. Hard weapons div head had us fire another round, same reaction from the crowd, then all of a sudden the gun capt. said silence. Well, what we found out later was the percussion from the guns were echoing off the tall forest on the other side of the river, and giving a double wammy to the glass in the renovated 3–4 stories high cotton warehouses, the people cheering and enjoying the festivities, were people scammering for their lives, and many with nowhere to go but in the drink (Savannah River), because shards of glass was dropping on them from above.

Decommissioning and transfer[edit]

Cone was decommissioned and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 October 1982, transferred to Pakistan and renamed Alamgir. Alamgir's first crew included Cdr A U Khan (CO) later Commodore, Lcdr Aqeel Farooqi (XO), Cdr Ubaid (LO), Lt M Bashir Chaudhry (EO)later Commodore and Lcdr Shahid Latif (SO) later Rear Admiral. She was commissioned at Charleston, USA on 1st Oct 1982. She was decommissioned on 4 December 1998 and scrapped.

References[edit]

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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