USS Gallup (PGM-85)

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USS Gallup (PG-85) at sea c1967.jpg
United States
Name: USS Gallup
Namesake: Gallup, New Mexico
Builder: Tacoma Boatbuilding Company
Laid down: 27 April 1964
Launched: 15 June 1965
Acquired: 21 October 1966
Commissioned: 22 October 1966
Decommissioned: 31 January 1977
Struck: 9 October 1984
Motto: Have Guns Will Travel
Fate: scrapped, 2007
General characteristics
Displacement: 240 tons (full load)
Length: 165 ft (50 m)
Beam: 24 ft (7.3 m)
Draught: 9 ft 6 in (2.90 m)
Propulsion: gas turbine engines
Speed: 40 knots
Complement: 28

USS Gallup (PGM-85/PG-85) was an Asheville-class gunboat acquired by the U.S. Navy for the task of high speed patrolling in shallow waterways.

The third U.S. Navy ship to be named Gallup and the second to be named for Gallup, New Mexico, was laid down 27 April 1964 by Tacoma Boatbuilding Co., Inc., Tacoma, Washington; launched 15 June 1965; sponsored by Mrs. Goodwin Chase; and commissioned 22 October 1966, Lt. William T. Spane, Jr., in command.

Pacific Ocean operations[edit]

From October 1966 until February 1967, the motor gunboat conducted shakedown operations under Commander Amphibious Group 3 off the U.S. West Coast as far north as Juan de Fuca. On 28 March 1967 Gallup was reclassified PG-85. She served as a patrol and surveillance craft in the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Vietnam War operations[edit]

Gallup served in Vietnam while the war continued. Afterwards, she patrolled the Trust Territories of the Pacific.


Gallup was decommissioned 31 January 1977 and struck from the Navy List on 9 October 1984. She was eventually scrapped in 2007.


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