|USS William H. Standley (CG-32)|
USS William H. Standley (CG-32)
|Ordered:||16 January 1962|
|Builder:||Bath Iron Works|
|Laid down:||29 July 1963|
|Launched:||19 December 1964|
|Acquired:||28 June 1966|
|Commissioned:||9 July 1966|
|Decommissioned:||11 February 1994|
|Struck:||11 February 1994|
|Homeport:||NS Mayport, NS Charleston and finally NS San Diego (former)|
|Fate:||Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise, SINKEX|
|Draught:||28 feet 10 inches|
|Speed:||30 knots (35 mph; 56 km/h)|
|Complement:||418 officers and men|
|Sensors and |
|Electronic warfare |
|Armament:||one Mark 42 five-inch / 54-caliber gun, two three-inch (76 mm) guns, one Terrier missile / SM-2ER launcher, six 15.5-inch (394 mm) torpedo tubes, Harpoon missiles, Phalanx CIWS|
USS William H. Standley (DLG/CG-32) was a Belknap-class destroyer leader / cruiser. She was named for Admiral William Harrison Standley, former Chief of Naval Operations and ambassador to the Soviet Union. She was launched as DLG-32, a frigate, and reclassified Cruiser on 30 June 1975.
The contract to construct William H. Standley was awarded on 16 January 1962. Her keel was laid down at Bath Iron Works on 29 July 1963. Launched 19 December 1964 and sponsored by Mrs. Charles B. Wincote, daughter of the late Admiral Standley. Delivered 28 June 1966 and commissioned on 9 July 1966.
After more than 27 years of service, William H. Standley was decommissioned on 11 February 1994. She was struck the same day and would be sunk in a fleet exercise. ex-William H. Standley (DLG-32) and ex-Elliot (DD-967) were sunk off the eastern coast of Australia as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre on 25 June 2005. Both ships are now artificial reefs in the Coral Sea located near 25 degrees south latitude, 155 degrees east longitude, or roughly 100 nautical miles (190 km) east of Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia.
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