+12-16-04 Disposition of DesRon45 Ships & USS Edward Rutledge P52
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DISPOSITION OF
DESTROYER SQUADRON 45 SHIPS
EDWARD RUTLEDGE P52



DISPOSITION DESDIV 89
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


My First Ship USS EDWARD RUTLEDGE P52:
Sunk at Fadiella North Africa, Nov 1942 by German Submarine after unloading troops for invasion. Two other ships were sunk also.


DesDiv 90 Disposition
FINAL DISPOSITION OF THE SHIPS OF DESRON 45 -/- DESDIV 90

ANTHONY
17 November 1945. Anthony returned to Charleston, S. C., and was placed out of commission in reserve 17 April 1946. She remained in "mothballs" until 29 April 1947 when she was transferred to Commandant, 6th Naval District for modernization and repair preparatory to transfer to Germany. On 17 January 1948 the transfer was effected and she was renamed Z-1.

BRAINE
Subject: USS BRAINE - DD630
Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2000 11:52:53 -0400
From: "Paul L. Conway"
To: "Bob Ross"
Bob:
If you want to add the BRAINE to the "Final Disposition" list, the following is the information:
Struck from the records on 10 August 1971 and sold to the Republic of Argentina. She was renamed ADMIRANTE DOMECQ GARCIA - D23. She served in the Malvinas Conflict (Falklands). She was decommissioned in October 1982. On 19 November 1986 she was used as target practice and was sunk by an Exocet missle. Her final resting place is 39 degrees 57 minutes South latitude, 57 degrees 57 minutes West longitude.
Paul Conway

TERRY
In January 1947, the destroyer was placed out of commission and berthed with the San Diego Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet. Terry spent the remainder of her Navy career in reserve, first at San Diego, then at Long Beach, and finally at Bremerton Wash. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 1 April 1974. She was sold to Peru the following July.

WADSWORTH
Decommissioned on 18 April 1946, Wadsworth was assigned to the Charleston Group of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. The destroyer remained inactive until selected for transfer to the Federal Republic of Germany under the Military Assistance Program. In the summer of 1959, the German transfer crew assembled at Charleston, S.C., for indoctrination, while the ship herself was being prepared for turnover. On 6 October 1959,

Wadsworth was turned over to the West Germans and simultaneously commissioned in their service as Z-3 (D-172).

After her initial six-year loan period was extended, Z-3 remained with the West German Navy into the 1970's. Struck from the United States Navy list on 1 October 1974, Wadsworth was sold to the Federal Republic of Germany on that date. She remained active with the West German Navy into 1980.


THE SHIPS

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USS Anthony DD515 USS Bennett DD473
USS Braine DD630 USS Fullam DD474


USS Guest DD472 USS Halford DD480
USS Hudson DD475
USS Terry DD513

USS Thatcher DD514
USS Wadsworth DD516 USS Edward Rutledge P52


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