USS Dealey (DE-1006)

USS Dealey (DE-1006)
USS Dealey (DE-1006)
Career (USA)
Name: USS Dealey
Namesake: Samuel David Dealey
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Laid down: 15 December 1952
Launched: 8 November 1953
Commissioned: 3 June 1954
Decommissioned: 28 July 1972
Struck: 28 July 1972
Fate: Transferred to Uruguay
Career (Uruguay) Uruguayan Navy Jack
Name: ROU 18 De Julio (DE-3)
Acquired: 28 July 1972
Struck: 1991
Fate: Broken up for scrap, 1991
General characteristics
Class and type: Dealey-class destroyer escort
Displacement: 1,270 long tons (1,290 t)
Length: 314 ft 6 in (95.86 m)
Beam: 36 ft 9 in (11.20 m)
Draft: 18 ft (5.5 m)
Propulsion: 2 × Foster-Wheeler boilers
1 × De Laval geared turbine
20,000 shp (15 MW)
1 shaft
Speed: 25 knots (29 mph; 46 km/h)
Complement: 170
Armament: • 4 × 3"/50 caliber guns
• 1 × Squid ASW mortar
• 6 × 324 mm (12.8 in) Mark 32 torpedo tubes
Mark 46 torpedoes

USS Dealey (DE-1006), the lead ship of her class of destroyer escort, was a ship of the United States Navy named for Commander Samuel D. Dealey, who was awarded the Medal of Honor as captain of the famous World War II submarine USS Harder.



Dealey was launched 8 November 1953 by Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath, Maine, sponsored by Mrs. Samuel D. Dealey, widow of Commander Dealey; and commissioned 3 June 1954, Lieutenant Commander R. H. Rossell in command.

Homeported at NS Newport, Rhode Island, Dealey sailed on local exercises, cruised to Key West, Florida, to serve with the Fleet Sonar School, and joined in convoy exercises in the Caribbean during her first two and a half years of service.

On 4 January 1957 she sailed from Newport for a South American cruise, returning 21 March for exercises off the Atlantic coast. NATO exercises in the Irish Sea in September and October took her to Plymouth, England, and Brest and Cherbourg, France.

On 12 May 1958 Dealey sailed for the Mediterranean as flagship of Escort Squadron 10 (CortRon 10), screening Wasp (CV-18) to her duty with the 6th Fleet. She patrolled the eastern Mediterranean during the Lebanon crisis and returned to Newport 7 October.

On 3 February 1959 she put to sea for Guantanamo Bay, and after exercises there sailed through the Panama Canal for calls at Buenaventura, Colombia; Salinas, Ecuador; Talara and Callao, Peru; and Valparaíso and Antofagasta, Chile. During this cruise she exercised with the navies of all four countries. She returned to Newport 20 April, and sailed on NATO exercises, calling at Derry, Northern Ireland; Greenwich, England; and Lisbon, Portugal, before returning to Newport 11 October. She operated in the Narragansett Bay area for the remainder of 1959.

Dealey continued these operations, plus a cruise to the Caribbean and an amphibious exercise off the Virginia and North Carolina coasts, until 20 June 1960 when she began a short overhaul at the New York Naval Shipyard. Returning to Newport on 22 July, the escort prepared for distant duty. On 22 August, she sailed for exercises in the Caribbean, and continued on a voyage around South America. After visits to Trinidad, Venezuela, and Colombia, Dealey sailed through the Panama Canal, down the coast of South America, calling in Ecuador, Peru, and Chile, transited the Straits of Magellan, and turned northward, visiting Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, and Trinidad. On 13 December, Dealey arrived home in Newport, where she passed the remainder of the year.


ROU 18 De Julio (DE-3)

Dealey was decommissioned 28 July 1972 and stricken 28 July 1972. The ship was transferred to the Uruguayan Navy the same day, and renamed constitution. Under the command of Germán Lariau, she arrived at Montevideo, Uruguay on 17 April 1973.

In 1981 the 18 de Julio under the command of Commander Julio Lamarthee, has an exceptional actuation in the rescue of the crew of the MS "Harp" sunk in heavy storm in Southern Atlantic. 18 de Julio was stricken and broken up for scrap during 1991.

See also


This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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