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Histories for USS Richard S. Edwards - DD 950

1981-82 Welcome Aboard Pamplet
WELCOME ABOARD U.S.S. RICHARD S. EDWARDS (DD-950) (From 1981-82 Welcome Aboard Pamphlet) The officers and men of USS Richard S. Edwards (DD-950) take pleasure in welcoming you aboard. We hope that your visit aboard the USS Richard S. Edwards will be enjoyable and informative. USS Richard S. Edwards is filled with an impressive array of equipment but her most distinctive feature is the men who man her. They are the essential ingredient that transforms a steel hull into a United States Navy ship. While you are aboard the USS Richard S. Edwards take time to meet the crew. They are America?s finest young men. Aloha, C.O. signature Commander James E. Traver (and after change of command in 1982) Jerry R. Bailey Commander, U.S. Navy Commanding Officer The Ship?s Seal The symology of the seal tells the story of USS Richard S. Edwards. First, the motto or ?Vigilance - Valor - Victory?. Vigilance is the peacetime mission of the USS Richard S. Edwards. Victory is the wartime mission of USS Richard S. Edwards and is the ultimate goal. Valor is the quality of the USS Richard S. Edwards crew which brings victory in war from vigilance in peace. The knight with trident held ready is the motivating force and guiding spirit of Richard S. Edwards. The Trident is the traditional weapon of Neptune. The four stars represent the highest rank held by ADM Richard S. Edwards. Ship?s History USS Richard S. Edwards (DD-950) was commissioned on 5 February 1959 at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington. She is named for Admiral Richard Stanislaus Edwards, United States Navy. Admiral Edwards was the submarine officer who coined the phrase ?the silent service? referring to the underwater branch to which he belonged. He served during a large part of World War II as Vice Chief of Naval Operations. Richard S. Edwards is a DD945 (HULL) class general purpose destroyer. She is fitted with some of the U.S. Navy?s most modern radars, communications, sonar, and weapons systems giving her combat capabilities in anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and naval gunfire support. Richard S. Edwards is 418 feet long and has a beam of 45 feet. She displaces 4100 tons and with her high pressure steam propulsion plant is capable of speeds in excess of 30 knots. USS Richard S. Edwards is manned by a crew of 22 officers and 300 enlisted men. All living spaces and most working spaces are air-conditioned. Since her ASW Modernization in 1970, USS Richard S. Edwards is one of the most formidable ASW ships in the fleet today. With installation of a modern high power hull mounted sonar and a new variable depth sonar, she is able to detect modern quiet, deep running submarines. The installation of an ASROC launcher with a quick reload capability and two triple tube torpedo launchers hives her a most effective ASW weapons suite. Tow long range 5-inch 54 caliber rapid fire fully automatic guns, capable of firing more than 30 rounds per minute per mount, have been retained for shore bombardment, anti-surface and anti-air warfare. Richard S. Edwards has made eleven deployments to the Western Pacific as a member of the Seventh Fleet. Her primary missions during the Vietnam war were gunfire support for the allied troops in South Vietnam and surface strikes against North Vietnam. Richard S. Edwards was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation for her Western Pacific deployment of 19 April through 5 November 1972. Richard S. Edwards completed a 12 month overhaul at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in January 1980. USS Richard S. Edwards then conducted operations in the local Operating Areas prior to commencing her Western Pacific Deployment in May 1981. USS Richard S. Edwards returned to Pearl Harbor on 14 October 1981. Since joining the U.S. Navy in 1959, Richard S. Edwards has visited ports in many countries throughout the Pacific. Her crew has enjoyed the hospitality of ports in South America, the Philippine Islands, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and several South Pacific Islands. Richard S. Edwards is home ported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as a unit of Destroyer Squadron 25, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Posted by William Padgett
Jan 02 2005 10:50:34:000PM

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