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USS Manley (DD 940)

- decommissioned -

USS MANLEY was a FORREST SHERMAN - class destroyer and the third ship in the Navy to bear the name. In the mid-1960s, the USS MANLEY was one of the eight FORREST SHERMAN - class destroyers chosen to receive an anti-submarine warfare capability upgrade which included the replacement of one of the Mk-42 5-inch guns with a Mk-16 ASROC missile launcher. The ships that underwent the conversion then formed the BARRY - class.

USS MANLEY was decommissioned after more than 26 years of service on March 4, 1983. She was stricken from the Navy list on June 1, 1990, and on June 30, 1994, the destroyer was finally sold for scrapping.

General Characteristics:Awarded: July 30, 1954
Keel laid: February 10, 1955
Launched: April 12, 1956
Commissioned: January 25, 1957
Decommissioned: March 4, 1983
Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
Propulsion system: four-1200 lb. boilers; two steam turbines; two shafts
Propellers: two
Length: 418.3 feet (127.5 meters)
Beam: 45,3 feet (13.8 meters)
Draft: 22 feet (6.7 meters)
Displacement: approx. 4,000 tons full load
Speed: 32+ knots
Aircraft: none
Armament: two Mk-42 5-inch/54 caliber guns, Mk-32 ASW torpedo tubes (two triple mounts), one Mk-16 ASROC missile launcher
Crew: 17 officers, 287 enlisted

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Crew List:

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

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USS MANLEY Cruise Books:

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Accidents aboard USS MANLEY:

December 12, 1957eastern AtlanticUSS MANLEY is heavily damaged by a Winter storm in the eastern Atlantic. Two crewmembers are killed.
December 7, 1966South VietnamUSS MANLEY suffers an accidental shell explosion and small fire, injuring three.
March 17, 1967off Da Nang, South VietnamA five-inch artillery shell accidentally explodes aboard USS MANLEY causing a fire and injuring five.
March 16, 1977off Guantanamo Bay, CubaUSS MANLEY suffers a flash-back in a gun mount dring gunnery exercises, injuring four. The mount is subsequently placed out of commission due to fire and water damage when a second powdercasing explodes after the mount is evacuated.
February 1979Mayport, Fla.Fire breaks out in the forward boiler room during preparation to get underway from Mayport, Fla. Twelve men are injured of which one later dies. Repair cost is estimated at $75 million.

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About the Ship's Name:

John Manley of Boston, born circa 1733, was selected for command of schooner LEE 24 October 1775. As Captain of LEE, on 28 November he captured one of the most valuable prizes of the Revolutionary War - British brigantine NANCY carrying much ordnance and military stores for British troops in Boston that proved invaluable to Washington’s army. For his “great vigilance and industry,” Manley was appointed commodore in January 1776 of “Washington’s fleet,” a group of small armed ships fitted out by him to harass the British and to seize supply vessels. Commissioned captain in the Continental Navy 17 April 1776, he sailed in HANCOCK until the frigate and her prize, HMS frigate FOX, were taken in July 1777. Imprisoned in New York until March 1778, he then entered privateer service to command MARLBOROUGH, CUMBERLAND, and a prize, HMS JASON, until 1782, except for two more periods of imprisonment, one for 2 years in Mill Prison, England. On 11 September 1782, he returned to the Navy with command of frigate HAGUE. On a West Indies voyage he made a spectacular escape from a superior naval force; and, in January 1783, took the last significant prize of the war, BAILLE. Regarded as one of the outstanding captains of the young Navy, he had captured 10 prizes singlehanded and participated in the seizure of five others. Captain Manley died in Boston in 1793.

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