USS JOHNSTON was one of the GEARING - class destroyers and the second ship in the Navy to bear the name. Both decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list, the JOHNSTON was transfered to Taiwan in April 1981 and recommissioned as CHEN YANG. She was finally sunk as a target on July 20, 2006.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: 1943|
|Keel laid: March 26, 1945|
|Launched: October 10, 1945|
|Commissioned: August 23, 1946|
|Decommissioned: October 1, 1980|
|Builder: Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, TX|
|FRAM I Conversion Shipyard: Boston Naval Shipyard, Boston, Mass.|
|FRAM I Conversion Period: January 1962 - October 1962|
|Propulsion system: four boilers, General Electric geared turbines; 60,000 SHP|
|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|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS JOHNSTON. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS JOHNSTON Cruise Books:
About the Ship's Name:
John Vincent Johnston of Cincinnati, Ohio, entered the Navy in September 1861 as First Master in gunboat ST. LOUIS. He assisted in the Union gunboat attacks that captured strategic Fort Henry on the Tennessee River 6 February 1862. The night of 1 April 1862 he was the Navy commander of a combined Army-Navy boat expedition from ST. LOUIS which landed and spiked the guns of Fort No. 1 above the Confederate stronghold, Island No. 10. He was promoted to Acting Volunteer Lieutenant for gallantry in this expedition. After joining in the bombardments of Vicksburg, he took command of FORREST ROSE to patrol the Mississippi and its tributaries. On 15 February 1864 his gunboat repelled the attack of confederate raiders, saving the town of Waterproof, La., and its federal garrison. Lt. Johnston resigned from the naval service 23 June 1864 and died 23 April 1912 at St. Louis, Mo.
Accidents aboard USS JOHNSTON:
|May 27, 1947||off New London, Ct.|
USS JOHNSTON collides with the USS TORSK (SS 423) while both vessels are operating of Connecticut.
|January 14, 1961||200 nautical miles off North Carolina|
USS JOHNSTON and USS KEPPLER (DD 765) are involved in a minor collision while underway off North Carolina.
USS JOHNSTON Image Gallery: