Commissioned as a FORREST SHERMAN - class destroyer, the USS PARSONS entered the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Long Beach, Calif., on January 1966, for conversion to a guided missile destroyer. During the conversion, the PARSONS had 90% of her superstructure replaced and received the Tartar surface-to-air missile system and the ASROC antisubmarine rocket system. In addition, her engineering equipment was completely overhauled, and she received a lot of additional electronic gear. Conversion was completed in November 1967 and the PARSONS was recommissioned as DDG 33. For the next 15 years, the PARSONS remained an active unit of the US Pacific Fleet.
USS PARSONS was decommissioned on November 19, 1982. Stricken from the Navy list on December 1, 1984, the ship was finally disposed of as a target on April 25, 1989.
|General Characteristics:||Keel laid: June 17, 1957|
|Launched: August 17, 1959|
|Commissioned: October 29, 1959|
|Decommissioned: November 19, 1982|
|Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding, Passagoula, Miss.|
|Propulsion system: four-1200 lb. boilers; two steam turbines; two shafts|
|Length: 418.3 feet (127.5 meters)|
|Beam: 45,3 feet (13.8 meters)|
|Draft: 22 feet (6.7 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 4,150 tons full load|
|Speed: 32+ knots|
|Armament: one Mk-42 5-inch/54 caliber guns, Mk-32 ASW torpedo tubes (two triple mounts), one Mk-16 ASROC missile launcher, one Mk-13 Mod.1 missile launcher for Standard MR missiles|
|Crew: 25 officers, 339 enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS PARSONS. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
|USS Parsons in her DD configuration serving as DD 949|
Accidents aboard USS PARSONS:
|December 12, 1969||off southern California|
USS PARSONS collides with and sinks the Filipino fishingboat ORIENT. The ORIENT's crew is rescued.
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