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USS Eugene A. Greene (DD 711)

- formerly DDR 711 -
- decommissioned -
- sunk as target -




USS EUGENE A. GREENE was the second GEARING - class destroyer and the first ship in the Navy to bear the name. Originally, the name Eugene A. Greene was assigned to DE 549 on 28 October 1943. However, when the construction of DE 549 was canceled on June 10, 1944, the name was reassigned to DD 711 on July 10, 1944.

From April-December 1952, the EUGENE A. GREENE was converted to a radar picket destroyer and was reclassified DDR 711. This designation was reverted to DD 711 on March 15, 1963. Decommissioned on August 31, 1972, the EUGENE A. GREENE was subsequently loaned to Spain where she was recommissioned as CHURRUCA (D 61). Purchased by Spain on May 17, 1978, the ship continued to serve into the late 1980s. On December 12, 1991, the destroyer was sunk as a target by the Spanish Navy.

General Characteristics:Awarded: 1942
Keel laid: August 17, 1944
Launched: March 18, 1945
Commissioned: June 8, 1945
Decommissioned: August 31, 1972
Builder: Federal Shipbuilding, Newark, NJ
FRAM I Conversion Shipyard: Boston Naval Shipyard, Boston, Mass.
FRAM I Conversion Period: 1962 - October 1963
Propulsion system: four boilers, General Electric geared turbines; 60,000 SHP
Propellers: two
Length: 391 feet (119.2 meters)
Beam: 41 feet (12.5 meters)
Draft: 18.7 feet (5.7 meters)
Displacement: approx. 3,400 tons full load
Speed: 34 knots
Aircraft after FRAM I: two DASH drones
Armament after FRAM I: one ASROC missile launcher, two 5-inch/38 caliber twin mounts, Mk-32 ASW torpedo tubes (two triple mounts)
Crew after FRAM I: 14 officers, 260 enlisted


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS EUGENE A. GREENE. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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Accidents aboard USS EUGENE A. GREENE:

DateWhereEvents
June 18, 1970eastern Mediterranean
USS EUGENE A. GREENE collides with the USS WACCAMAW (AO 109) during an underway replenishment. Damage to both ships is minor.


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About the Ship's Name:

Eugene A. Greene, born 21 November 1921 in Smithtown, L.I., N.Y., enlisted in the Naval Reserve 13 January 1941, and after aviation training, was commissioned ensign 30 August 1941. Serving in Bombing Squadron 6 in ENTERPRISE (CV 6), he was killed in action 4 June 1942 in the Battle of Midway. He distinguished himself in breaking through heavy Japanese fighter and antiaircraft opposition to dive bomb a Japanese carrier, and was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his selfless heroism. The name Eugene A. Greene was assigned to DE 549 on 28 October 1943, canceled on 10 June 1944, and reassigned to DD 711 on 10 July 1944.


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