USS William H. Standley (CG-32)

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USS William H. Standley CG-32
USS William H. Standley (CG-32)
Career (US)
Name: William H. Standley
Namesake: William H. Standley
Ordered: 16 January 1962
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Laid down: 29 July 1963
Launched: 19 December 1964
Acquired: 28 June 1966
Commissioned: 9 July 1966
Decommissioned: 11 February 1994
Reclassified: CG-32 on 30 June 1975
Struck: 11 February 1994
Homeport: NS Mayport, NS Charleston and finally NS San Diego (former)
Fate: Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise, SINKEX
Badge: USS William H. Standley (CG-32) Badge.jpg
General characteristics
Displacement: 7930 tons
Length: 547 feet
Beam: 55 feet
Draught: 28 feet 10 inches
Speed: 30 knots (35 mph; 56 km/h)
Complement: 418 officers and men
Sensors and
processing systems:

AN/SPS-48E air-search radar
AN/SPS-49(V)5 air-search radar
AN/SPG-55B fire-control radar
AN/SPG-53F gun fire-control radar

AN/SQS-26 sonar
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
AN/SLQ-32
Armament: one Mark 42 five-inch / 54-caliber gun, two three-inch (76 mm) guns, one Terrier missile / SM-2ER launcher, six 15.5-inch (394 mm) torpedo tubes, Harpoon missiles, Phalanx CIWS

USS William H. Standley (DLG/CG-32) was a Belknap-class destroyer leader / cruiser. She was named for Admiral William Harrison Standley, former Chief of Naval Operations and ambassador to the Soviet Union. She was launched as DLG-32, a frigate, and reclassified Cruiser on 30 June 1975.

Standley used as a target for Exercise Talisman Saber 2006

The contract to construct William H. Standley was awarded on 16 January 1962. Her keel was laid down at Bath Iron Works on 29 July 1963. Launched 19 December 1964 and sponsored by Mrs. Charles B. Wincote, daughter of the late Admiral Standley. Delivered 28 June 1966 and commissioned on 9 July 1966.

William H. Standley earned four battle stars for her service along the coast of Vietnam.[1]

From June 1990 to August 1991, William H. Standley received a comprehensive overhaul including New Threat Upgrade (NTU), a major anti-aircraft warfare systems improvement.[2]

After more than 27 years of service, William H. Standley was decommissioned on 11 February 1994. She was struck the same day and would be sunk in a fleet exercise. ex-William H. Standley (DLG-32) and ex-Elliot (DD-967) were sunk off the eastern coast of Australia as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre on 25 June 2005. Both ships are now artificial reefs in the Coral Sea located near 25 degrees south latitude, 155 degrees east longitude, or roughly 100 nautical miles (190 km) east of Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia.

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