USS John R. Perry (DE-1034)
|Name:||USS John R. Perry (DE-1034)|
|Namesake:||John R. Perry|
|Builder:||Avondale Marine Ways, Avondale, Louisiana|
|Laid down:||1 October 1957|
|Launched:||29 July 1958|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. John R. Perry|
|Commissioned:||5 May 1959|
|Struck:||20 February 1973|
|Fate:||transferred to Indonesia, 1973|
|Name:||KRI Samadikun (341)|
|Fate:||Decommissioned in 2003|
|Class and type:||Claud Jones-class destroyer escort|
|Length:||310 ft (94 m)|
|Beam:||37 ft (11 m)|
|Draft:||18 ft (5.5 m)|
|Complement:||167 officers and enlisted|
|Armament:||2 3"; 6 21 inch (533 mm) tt.; 1 dct.|
John R. Perry was laid down 1 October 1957 by Avondale Marine Ways, Avondale, Louisiana; launched 29 July 1958; sponsored by Mrs. John R. Perry, widow of Rear Admiral Perry; and commissioned 5 May 1959, Lieutenant Commander W. L. Atkinson in command.
John R. Perry made a shakedown cruise to Northern Europe and Scandinavian countries, thence sailed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She then became a school ship for the Fleet Sonar School, basing at Key West, Florida, for antisubmarine warfare operations that took her to principal Caribbean and Gulf ports, sailing as far east as the Azores, and up the eastern seaboard to Norfolk, Virginia. She was one of the Atlantic Fleet's warships responding to the President John F. Kennedy's call for a quarantine of Cuba (24 October-20 November 1962) during the Cuban Missile Crisis. She patrolled off the island to enforce the blockade.
John R. Perry resumed sonar schoolship duties out of Key West which continued through 1965. This principal service was interrupted by overhauls in the Charleston Navy Yard, special antisubmarine warfare tactics in the Caribbean and along the eastern seaboard with Task Force Alpha, and joint operations with units of the Venezuelan Navy (2–8 February 1964). During these years John R. Perry helped train the men of the Navy in the latest ASW techniques.
John R. Perry was transferred to the Pacific Fleet 1 May 1966. She departed Key West on the 16th, transited the Panama Canal 3 days later, and arrived Pearl Harbor 4 June to operate in the Hawaiian area through mid-1967.
She was decommissioned in the early 1970s, struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 20 February 1973 and transferred to Indonesia. There she was renamed Samadikun (D-1), reclassified as DE-341 in 1982, and reportedly still in service in 1999.
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