1970 - 1974

"Fair Winds and Following Sea..."



Machinist's Mate

Working deep within the hulls of the Navy's massive ships, every Machinist's Mate is charged with the task of maintaining the machinery that propels the Navy's ships forward to victory.

Skilled technicians, they operate, maintain, and repair the complex network of steam and gas driven engines that comprise the ship's propulsion system. They also maintain auxiliary machinery, such as electro-hydraulic steering engines, elevators, and desalinization equipment, ensuring the efficient completion of vital shipboard tasks.









(via Persian Gulf)






Golf Juan (Riviera)


Keil (via Baltic Sea & Keil Canal)

Hamburg (by train)



Athens (by taxi)


Bandar 'Abbas (via Persian Gulf)


Naples (U.S. Naval Station)

Rome (by bus)









Subic Bay (U.S. Naval Station)

Clark (U.S. A.F. Base)

Olongapo City




Puerto Rico

San Juan

Roosevelt Roads (U.S. Naval Station)




Rosyth (British Naval Station)





Rota (U.S. Naval Station)

Trinadad & Tobago

Port of Spain

United Kingdom




London (by train)


(while in Rome)


1972 (via Tokin Gulf)


U.S.S. Joseph K. Taussig

DE - 1030

(Destroyer Escort)

1971 - 1972



Joseph K. Taussig

1959 - 1973

 Joseph K. Taussig, born 30 August 1877 in Dresden, Germany, entered the Naval Academy in 1895. As a midshipman, he served on the flagship New York during the Battle of Santiago in the Spanish-American War. Following his graduation, in 1899 he was assigned to Newark and participated in the Allied Peking Relief Expedition during the Boxer Rebellion. After 2 years as a naval cadet, he was commissioned Ensign 28 January 1901 to begin a series of promotions and distinctions that would underscore his illustrious service to the Navy.

 Joseph K. Taussig (DE-1030) was laid down 3 January 1956 by the New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N. J.; launched 9 March 1957; sponsored by Mrs. Joseph K. Taussig, widow of Vice Admiral Taussig, and commissioned 10 September 1957, Lt. Comdr. R. S. Moore in command.


Displacement:  1,450 t.
Length:  314’6”
Beam:  36’9”
Draft:  9’1”
Speed:  25 k.
Complement:  170
Armament:  3 3”; 
        1 depth charge track;
        6 depth charge projectors;
        1 rocket
Class:  EVANS


[Stricken from the Navy Register on 1 July 1972, JOSEPH 
K. TAUSSIG was sold on 15 June 1973.
K. Jack Bauer and Stephen S. Roberts, “Register of Ships of 

the U. S. Navy, 1775-1990,” p.239.]



U.S.S. Dewey

DLG - 14

 (Guided Missle Frigate)

1972 - 1974

[ a.k.a.  DDG - 45 / Guided Missle Destroyer ]




1957 - 1990

George Dewey, born 26 December 1837 in Montpelier, Vt., graduated from the Naval Academy in 1868 and after varied important service assumed command of the Asiatic Station 3 January 1898, with his flag in the protected cruiser Olympia. On the nig ht of 30 April 1898 Admiral Dewey led his squadron into Manila Bay and the next morning in 2 hours destroyed the Spanish fleet without a single American loss. Admiral Dewey was relieved of his command 4 October 1899 and ordered to Washington, D.C., where he was designated President of the General Board. On 24 March 1903 he was commissioned Admiral of the Navy, a rank created for him, which he held until his death 16 January 1917.

The second Dewey (DLG-14) was launched 30 November 1958 by Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath, Maine; sponsored by Mrs. K. St. George, United States Representative from New York State, and commissioned 7 December 1959, Commander E. R. Zumwalt, Jr., in command.

Overall Length:

512 ft


Waterline Length:

490 ft

Extreme Beam:

53 ft


Waterline Beam:

52 ft

Maximum Navigational Draft:

25 ft


Draft Limit:

19 ft

Light Displacement:

4989 tons


Full Displacement:

6270 tons

Dead Weight:

1281 tons




Hull Material: Steel hull, aluminum superstructure.

Number of Propellers: 2

Propulsion Type: Steam Turbines


Officers: 27


Enlisted: 396


Overall Length

The overall length of the ship, in feet, is measured from the foremost part of the stem to the aftermost part of the stern, including any fixed projections extending beyond the stem and stern.

Extreme Beam

For ships other than aircraft carriers, the extreme beam is the maximum breadth, in feet, of the ship at or below the main deck to the outside of the hull over blister plating, guards, or armor.

For aircraft carriers, this is the maximum breadth, in feet, at or about the flight deck including any fixed projections at nearby levels.

Maximum Navigational Draft

For surface ships, the maximum navigational draft represents the greatest depth, in feet, of the keel, including projections, when operating at the assigned draft limit.

For submarines, the maximum navigational draft corresponds to the full-load surface condition N, or condition M where applicable, with maximum oil in normal and fuel ballast tanks. Conditions N and M for submarines are defined in the Naval Sea Systems Command Manual, Chapter 29.

Light Displacement

The ship is complete and ready for service in every respect, including permanent ballast (solid and liquid), and liquids in machinery at operating levels but is without officers, men, their effects, ammunition, or any items of consumable or variable load.

Dead Weight

Is the difference between the Full displacement and the Light displacement. This represents the carrying capacity of the ship.


Waterline Length

The waterline length of the ship, in feet, is measured on the designed waterline from the stem to the stern. This is the length between perpendiculars (LBP) in Navy practice.

Waterline Beam

This is the maximum breadth of the ship, in feet, at the designed waterline over blister plating, guards, or armor.

Draft Limit

The draft limit is the maximum allowable draft, in feet, as assigned by the Naval Sea Systems Command. As shown, it is the average of the distances at the bow and at the stern between the waterline and the keel. It serves as a guide against overloading in connection with strength and/or ability to survive underwater damage.

Full Displacement

The ship is complete and ready for service in every respect, with liquids in machinery at operating levels; authorized complement of officers, men and their effects; full allowances of ammunition, provisions, and stores for ship's own use in tanks to full capacity; and cargo, dunnage, passengers, and supplies other than for ship's own use in amounts that will bring the ship to its limiting draft or legal load line.

Unit Identification Code (UIC)

The Unit Identification Code is the number assigned to serve as a permanent identification of the ship or service craft for fiscal purposes by the Navy Comptroller Manual Volume 2, Chapter 5.


Navy assets must first be stricken from the Naval Vessel Register before they can be disposed. Once stricken their disposition can be by several methods:

  • Scrapping
  • Transfer to MARAD
  • Foreign transfer
  • Experimental/target
  • Donation
  • Historic memorial
  • Transfer to other government/non-government agencies
  • Navy sale