USS DU PONT was a FORREST SHERMAN - class destroyer and the third ship in the Navy to bear the name. In the mid-1960s, the USS DU PONT was one of the eight FORREST SHERMAN - class destroyers chosen to receive an anti-submarine warfare capability upgrade which included the replacement of one of the Mk-42 5-inch guns with a Mk-16 ASROC missile launcher. The ships that underwent the conversion then formed the BARRY - class.
Decommissioned after almost of 26 years of service on March 4, 1983, the DU PONT was stricken from the Navy list on June 1, 1990, and on December 11, 1992, the destroyer was finally sold for scrapping.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: July 30, 1954|
|Keel laid: May 11, 1955|
|Launched: September 8, 1956|
|Commissioned: July 1, 1957|
|Decommissioned: March 4, 1983|
|Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine|
|Propulsion system: four-1200 lb. boilers; two steam turbines; two shafts|
|Length: 418.3 feet (127.5 meters)|
|Beam: 45,3 feet (13.8 meters)|
|Draft: 22 feet (6.7 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 4,000 tons full load|
|Speed: 32+ knots|
|Armament: two Mk-42 5-inch/54 caliber guns, Mk-32 ASW torpedo tubes (two triple mounts), one Mk-16 ASROC missile launcher|
|Crew: 17 officers, 287 enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS DU PONT. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Accidents aboard USS DU PONT:
|April 25, 1974||Yorktown, Va.||USS DU PONT collides with the left swing span of a bridge at Yorktown, Va. The DU PONT suffers damage to the forward mast while the bridge is closed to traffic for approx. one hour.|
About the Ship's Name:
Samuel Francis Du Pont, born 27 September 1803 in Bergen Point, N.J., became a midshipman 19 December 1815. He commanded the sloop CYANE during the Mexican War and gave distinguished service at San Diego, Mazatlan, San Jose, and other ports. In command of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron from 18 September 1861 to 3 June 1863, he directed many operations along the coast including the victorious campaign which resulted in the fall of Port Royal, S.C., 7 November 1861. For this accomplishment he received the thanks of Congress. Rear Admiral Du Pont died 23 June 1865 in Philadelphia, Pa.