USS William H. Standley

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USS William H. Standley (CG-32)
United States
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, 30 June 1975
Struck: 11 February 1994
Homeport: NS Mayport, NS Charleston and finally NS San Diego (former)
Fate: Sunk as target, 23 June 2005
Badge: USS William H. Standley (CG-32) Badge.jpg
General characteristics
Class and type: Belknap-class cruiser
Displacement: 7930 tons
Length: 547 ft (167 m)
Beam: 55 ft (17 m)
Draft: 28 ft 10 in (8.79 m)
Speed: 30 knots (35 mph; 56 km/h)
Complement: 418 officers and men
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:

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.


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. The vessel was delivered 28 June 1966, and commissioned on 9 July 1966.

Service history[edit]

Standley used as a target for Exercise Talisman Saber 2005

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 and ex-Elliot were sunk off the eastern coast of Australia as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre, Elliot on 22 June 2005 and William H. Standley on 23 June 2005. Both ships are now artificial reefs in the Coral Sea, with William H. Standley resting at a depth of 4,526 metres (14,849 ft; 2,475 fathoms) at 24°47′S 155°48′E / 24.783°S 155.800°E / -24.783; 155.800, or̃ roughly 100 nautical miles (185 km) east of Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia.[citation needed]


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  2. ^ [2] Archived February 23, 2005, at the Wayback Machine

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