USS John R. Perry (DE-1034)

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USS John R. Perry (DE-1034) underway in the Pacific Ocean, circa in 1971 (K-88514).jpg
United States
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)
Acquired: 1973
Fate: Decommissioned in 2003
General characteristics
Class and type: Claud Jones-class destroyer escort
Displacement: 1750 tons
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.

USS John R. Perry (DE-1034) was a Claud Jones-class destroyer escort in the United States Navy.

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.


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

This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain.

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