USS Stormes DD-780



Spacecraft Recovery
    29 November 1961: Mercury-Atlas 5 (orbital flight of Enos the chimpanzee)

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 Displacement 3218 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 2" (Max)
 Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
 Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
 Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 3300 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
 Operational and Building Data
 Laid down by Todd Shipyards, Seattle. February 15 1944.
 Launched November 4 1944 and commissioned January 27 1945.
 Decommissioned December 5 1970.
 Stricken February 16 1972.
 To Iran February 16 1972, renamed Palang.
 Fate Still active in Iranian Navy (Un-operational since 1994 to be scrapped).

After a shakedown cruise, Stormes departed Pearl Harbor en route to Okinawa on 1 May 1945. She was struck in the aft torpedo mount by a kamikaze on 25 May 1945, killing 21 and injuring 15 crew members.  In August 1950 she was sent to Charleston for inactivation. She was reactivated in December 1950 for the Korean War. She sailed for Korea in May 1951, where she served with Task Force 77 shelling enemy lines, rescuing downed pilots, screening large fleet units, and performing antisubmarine duty until January 1952. Stormes participated in the Cuban Blockade in November 1962. The last half of 1966 was spent in the western Pacific, primarily working as a plane guard for the USS Constellation (CVA-64) in the Tonkin Gulf.

Stormes received one battle star for World War II, three for service in Korea, and one for service in Vietnam.

More information on the USS Stormes from the United States Navy.

Ship was struck from the Navy list on 16 February 1972. Stormes was sold to Iran (can you feel your shorts tightening?) on 16 February 1972 and serves that country's government as Palang (DDG-9).