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Destroyer Division 89 and 90
FINAL DISPOSITION OF THE SHIPS OF DESRON 45/DESDIV 89
by James R. Qualey
USS GUEST DD472:
Loaned to Brazil for service as the PARA, D-27 and commissioned on June 5, 1959. Stricken from U.S. Navy list and sold to Brazil August 1, 1973. After nearly twenty Years of service to the Brazilian Navy, she was decommissioned on August 21, 1978.
Disposition: Used as a target in December, 1981 to provide practice for Brazilian frigates with their Exocet missiles and other armament, then returned to Rio De Janeiro and eventually sold to be dismantled for scrap.
USS BENNETT DD473:
Loaned to Brazil for service as the PARAIBA, D-28 and commissioned in 1959. Stricken from U.S. Navy list and sold to Brazil August 1, 1973.
Disposition: Presumed similar to USS GUEST.
USS FULLAM DD474:
The FULLAM was used as an unmanned target vessel at two underwater detonations, shots Wahoo and Umbrella, of Operation Hardtack I, an atmospheric nuclear test series conducted at Bikini and Eniwetok Atolls in 1958. She was within the base surge and area contaminated water following Wahoo on May 16, 1958, and Umbrella on June 9, On June 11, 1958 the highest reading on the ship was 0.145 r/hour. Towed to Pearl Harbor she remained there in the Inactive Service Craft Facility until June 22, 1959 when she was put under tow to Norfolk, Virginia. Beginning on November 1, 1960, after the installation of a wide variety of experimental shock mounted equipment, she was subjected to the detonation of a series of large underwater charges of conventional explosives. At completion of the November test series she was prepared for one last series of similar tests that were held in April of 1961.
Disposition: Stricken from the U.S. Navy list on June 1, 1962 and sunk by missiles and gun fire during training exercises off Cape Henry, Virginia on July 1, 1962.
USS HUDSON DD475:
Disposition: Stricken from the U.S. Navy list on December 1, 1972 and eventually sold to be dismantled for scrap.
USS HALFORD DD480:
Disposition: Stricken from the U.S. Navy list on May 1, 1968 and sold in 1970 to National Metal & Steel Corp., Terminal Island, San Pedro, California to be dismantled for scrap.
© Copyright 1997 James R. Qualey
Permission granted to use above by son, Jim Qualey III