History of USS New DD818
New (DD-818) was laid down 14 April 1945 by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex., Launched 18 August 1945 sponsored by Mrs. Barbara Julien, sister of PFC. John D.New, and commissioned 5 April 1946, Comdr. M. S. Sehmidling in command. Following a Caribbean shakedown and type training off the East Coast, New got underway for the Mediterranean 8 August 1946. During the first week of September she cruised off the coast of Greece with aircraft carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt, providing weight to American diplomatic efforts to assure Greek citizens the right of self determination in the 1 September plebiscite which returned King George II to the throne and reinforced their previously recorded (31 March 1946) repudiation of the Communist Party and its supporters then engaged in guerilla activities. Her mission, a precursor to the Truman Doctrine, completed, New joined TG 125.4, then operating with British warships in the Adriatic to prevent any outbreak of hostilities between Italy and Yugoslavia over Trieste. On 8 February 1947, New got underway for the United States, where, after overhaul, she commenced three years of employment in type training and antisubmarine warfare exercises from Key West to the Davis Straits. In 1949 and 1950 she added midshipman training cruises to that schedule. On 9 September 1950, New, now DDE-818 (effective 4 March 1950), departed her homeport of Norfolk for a month long NATO exercise in the Mediterranean. On her return she resumed local operations with her squadron which on 1 January 1951 became CortDesRon 4. For the next six years New, a unit of the Atlantic Fleet's Destroyer Force, continued to rotate tours in the Mediterranean with duty in the Western Atlantic. Assigned to the same fleet's antisubmarine force in April 1956, she conducted her third midshipman training cruise the following summer and, in July, became flagship of DesRon 36. On 8 May 1958, New departed Hampton Roads for her eighth tour with the 6th Fleet. During this extended Mediterranean deployment she participated in 6th Fleet operations in response to Lebanese President Chamoun's request for aid in countering a coup against his regime. One of the first ships on the spot, she patrolled Beirut Straits awaiting word to evacuate American nationals if it became necessary. 1962 brought another break in New's regular schedule of operations. Reclassified DD-818 once again, 30 June she trained midshipmen during the summer and in the fall was called on to participate in the Cuban Quarantine. Departing Norfolk 26 October she was engaged in ASW screening and surface vessel surveillance as a unit of Task Group Bravo until 20 November. Then quitting the Caribbean, New returned to Norfolk where she underwent availability and upkeep prior to entering the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a FRAM Mark I conversion, during which she received the ASROC system. On 7 December 1963, the modernized New returned to active duty with a new squadron, DesRon 22. With that squadron she participated in further ASW activities throughout most of 1964, taking time out during the summer to conduct a midshipman training cruise to Europe. On 5 March 1965 she resumed her regular 6th Fleet deployment, adding, on that tour, a new dimension by taking on patrol duties in the vital and volatile Red Sea and Persian Gulf areas to bolster units of the Royal Navy's forces East of Suez. In 1967, New's overseas deployment was again shifted to a new area and on 20 June she departed Norfolk for WestPac to support operations in Southeast Asia. On 29 July she arrived at Subic Bay and by 8 August she was at Da Nang, RVN, whence she steamed north to take up duties on the Northern Search and Rescue Station in Tonkin Gulf as a unit of TF 77. On 29 September she took up fire support duties off Quang Ngai. There she supported elements of the 2nd ROK Marine Brigade and the 1st US Marine Division during operation "Dragon Fire," after which she retired from the combat area for a brief R&R period. On 19 November she returned to Vietnam for further fire support missions south of the DMZ, continuing that role until sailing for home 1 December to arrive in Hampton Roads 16 January 1968. Into the summer of 1968, New took part in the search for the ill-fated submarine Scorpion, after which she prepared for another MidEast deployment. Departing the East Coast 30 October, the destroyer set a course, necessitated by the closure of the Suez Canal, for Recife, thence around the Cape of Good Hope and into the Indian Ocean. By the end of the year she had called at Lourengo Marques, Diego Suarez and Mombasa, and with the arrival of 1969, she added Djitouti and Bombay to her good will visits prior to commencing her assigned operations along the coast of the Eurasian heartland. Stricken July 1 1976 from US service and sent to South Korea February 23 1977, where she was renamed Taejon. Still active in South Korean Navy as of May 1998.
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New as DDE as it looked in the fifties
New as DD after the FRAM I conversion with ASROC and DASH Deck along with other modifications to bring it up to date as a modern ASW weapon in the 60's to combat the growing Soviet nuclear submarine threat.
Original general plans of Gearing Class USS New DD 818 as it was designed for WWII.
1945 at the ending of WWII New is in it's war paint. ( Measure 22 camouflage ) Probobly late August early September 1945. The hostilities with the Axis was now over. Germany had surrendered in April and Japan finally in August. A feeling of relief and celebration was sweeping the land. Many were mourning thier lost loved ones and many more were coming home to a grateful country and happy families to resume thier lives that were interupted just a few years before. Tho peace had been restored it was still a dangerous time as new threats were looming on the horizon of time. New would spend the next 31 years in service to the US Navy fighting a Cold War that would seem to never end. During those years many good men would set to sea on her to many foriegn ports of call. In 1967 New would make a trip thru the Panama and across the Pacific ocean to serve in a war zone off the coast of Vietnam. New and it's entire crew served with honor and dignity.
USS Harwood DD 861 was commision 24 mAY 1945. Shown at her launching in Bethlehem Steel Ship yards, San Pedro, Ca.
USS Harold J. Ellison DD 864 completed 24 June 1945. Picture taken at Bethlehem Steel in Staten Is, New York. Hull section being placed in cradle.
USS Cone DD 866 shown at Bethlehem Steel in Staten Island New York after 10 May, 1944 launching. Completed 17 Aug 1945.
USS Earle DD 635 and USS Knight DD 633 closest to pier. These are two Gleaves-Livermore class destroyers. An earlier design than the Fletcher class. Earle was completed in 1 Sept, 1942 and Knight in 23 June, 1942. The Gearing class of which New was were a later design from these. Gearings were an enlarged version of the Fletcher class and the Allen M. Sumner class. The Fletcher's were a vast improvement in both engineering and living space as well as fuel and ammo storage over these older designs. Fletcher's were a flush deck ship and had no portholes in the sides for better integrety. A much better and sturdier built vessel the Fletcher's earned great respect for the beating they could take and still remain afloat. Gearings were seeing service near the end and like the Fletchers were considered the best destroyers any navy had produced. Gearings were a fairly big ship for a destroyer in 1945 when New was completed. In a few years tho they would be dwarfed by destroyers even larger. In todays navy we have destroyers nearly the size of cruisers of WW!! with smaller crews than the peace time compliment of the New.
USS Hart, DD594 was a Fletcher class design. New was of the same basic design and engineering but longer and wider for more fuel and ammo storage which gave it a longer range. Hart was completed 1 Dec. 1944.
2002 marked the 100th anniversery of destroyers in the US Navy. Originally destroyers were designed as torpedo destroyers to protect the main ships from torpedo attacks. Small crews and small weapons on small fast boats would lay smoke screens and were supposed to intercept torpedos anyway they could, even if it meant taking a hit. They were considered expendable. Thier original role was limited but naval warfare was quickly changing. Advances were being made in all areas and submarines were becoming a bigger threat and torpedos were becoming larger and longer range. Just prior to WWI sonar was developed and destroyers were already being built larger and thier role had changed to hunter/ killer. WWI saw many new flush deck 4 stackers bullt which most didn't make it into service until 1919. Most didn't serve too long as treaties, budget cuts and new devlopements made them obsolete. Most were mothballed. The navy was experimenting with a new weapon by the 1920's. The aircraft carrier. Old traditions die hard but some did see the importance of airpower at sea. Still the big guns were thought the way to go but by WWII this type of thinking was about to change and the real importance of carriers would be fully realized. Along with carriers came a new role for destroyers. These small ships and the men who served them had already proved thier worth as an all around, do anything and ready to fight ship. The size limited the fire power and most were designed for multi purpose ships able to do anti aiir, anti surface and anti submarine warfare. Another valuable duty was one they were originally designed for was screening and then with carriers came plane guard duty. The men as well as the ship have had pride in the fact that they can do anything, any duty they are called upon to do. For this fact destroyermen are a little different breed than those of other type ships. USS New's ships patch reflected this. Anything-Anytime-Anyplace
The following photo's are not of the New but other destoyers in various stages of building. If I had them of New I would put them here instead but since they are the same class this will give a little insight to ship building when New was built. What it looked like. It is incredible the short amount of time they could build them too. And do it well. WWII was won by more than the soldiers and sailors. Rosie the riveter and others did thier part as well.
Rosie the Riveter memorial news article
A website dedicated to women of WWII
The beginning of a long carreer at sea. New being launched in August 1945.