Chronology and Significant
28 May 1966: Commissioned.
1 Jun - 28 Sep 1966: Fitting Out Availability, Long Beach Naval
Oct - Nov 1966: Sea trials, shore bombardment drills, torpedo tests,
sonar qualifications and other type training in operating areas off San
Diego, Puget Sound and Vancouver, British Columbia.
6 - 7 Dec 1966: Search and rescue (SAR) operations off San Clemente
Island for downed aircraft from attack carrier Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31), in
company with destroyers Edson (DD-946) and Wedderburn (DD-684) and gunboat
12 - 16 Dec 1966: ASW drills and Terrier missile firings in Southern
California (SoCal) operating area.
3 Jan - 17 Mar 1967: Post-shakedown overhaul, Long Beach Naval
23 Mar - 21 Apr 1967: Shakedown training, including gunnery drills,
ASW exercises with auxiliary submarine Bluegill (AGSS-242), independent ship
exercises and missile firings.
15 - 22 May 1967: Participation in Exercise Royal Road, an evolution
designed to train guided missile warships in Positive Identification and
Radar Advisory Zone (PIRAZ) duties, including air space management, enemy
threat identification and Search and Rescue (SAR) responsibilities.
7 Jun 1967: Sailed from San Diego on her maiden Western Pacific
deployment, arriving at Subic Bay on 1 July.
12 Jul - 12 Aug 1967: Took station in Gulf of Tonkin, relieved guided
missile frigate Wainwright (DLG-26) as PIRAZ ship. On day of turnover, HC-1
Det 17 UH-2B rescued LCDR John H. Kirkpatrick, VA-212, Bon Homme Richard,
from waters of Gulf of Tonkin.
15 Jul 1967: Under heavy fire from North Vietnamese shore batteries,
HC-1 Det 17 UH-2B rescued LT John N. Donis, VA-76, Bon Homme Richard, from
Gulf of Tonkin.
20 Jul 1967: HC-1 Det 17 UH-2B rescued CDR Frederick H. Whittemore,
VA-212, Bon Homme Richard, near islands in Gulf of Tonkin.
29 Jul 1967: HC-1 Det 17 UH-2B rescued two crewmen (Guy H. McCormack
and Ray E. Rouge) washed overboard from flight deck fire on board attack
carrier Forrestal (CVA-59); transfered the rescued sailors to nearby attack
carrier Oriskany (CVA-34). Fox's helo detachment operated in concert with
those from Forrestal, Oriskany, and guided missile frigate Worden (DLG-18),
throughout the remainder of that day to deliver fire-fighting equipment and
medical supplies to the stricken Forrestal, and transported casualties to
hospital ship Repose (AH-16).
1 Aug 1967: HC-1 Det 17 UH-2 rescued LT David W. Thornhill, VA-15,
antisubmarine warfare support carrier Intrepid (CVS-11) from waters inside
the island area (karsts) south of Hon Gai, North Vietnam.
12 Aug 1967: HC-1 Det 107 UH-2B rescued LCDR Foster S. Teague, VF-111,
Det 11, from the waters of the Red River Delta, North Vietnam. Teague was
taken to Wainwright for medical treatment.
12 Aug 1967: Relieved by Wainwright as PIRAZ ship and steamed to Subic
Bay for restricted availability.
5 Sep - 14 Oct 1967: Relieved Wainwright for five-week tour as PIRAZ
ship in the Tonkin Gulf before sailing to Subic Bay for upkeep and liberty.
21 Oct 1967: HC-7 Det 105 rescued one of the four survivors of a KA-3B
ditching off Cubi Point, Philippine Islands; remaining crewmen picked up by
25 Oct - 7 Nov 1967: In company with destroyer Buck (DD-761), relieved
guided missile frigate King (DLG-10) on Northern Search and Rescue (NSAR)
26 Oct 1967: RD1 Charles S. Huber vectored F-4B fighters from attack
carrier Constellation (CVA-64) to shoot down North Vietnamese Air Force
(NVAF) MiG-21 (see 30 Oct 1967).
30 Oct 1967: RDCS R. D. Conway vectored F4-Bs from Constellation to
shoot down NVAF MiG-17. RD1 Huber (see 26 Oct 1967) and RDCS Conway later
each received the Navy Commendation Medal for their fighter-direction work.
17 Nov - 20 Dec 1967: Returned to San Diego following liberty port
visits to Sydney, Australia; Wellington, New Zealand; Nuku'alofa, Tonga; and
Pago Pago, American Samoa. Departure from Wellington was delayed on 6
December owing to the discovery, about an hour after initial departure, of
two young women stowaways under the deck plates in the auxiliary machinery
1 Jan - 19 Feb 1968: Restricted availability for test evaluation
projects D/S 417 and D/S 454, designed to evaluate new electronic counter
measure (ECM) capabilities and fire control updates for the Navy's long-range
Standard Missile (SM).
28 Feb 1968: While approaching Naval Weapons Station (NWS) Seal Beach
wharf, miscommunication between the conn, harbor pilot and supporting tugs
resulted in collision with pier, damaging the ships' bow. After a few days
for repairs, the warship sailed for San Diego, arriving there 7 March.
4 Mar - 3 Jul 1968: Periodically underway in SoCal areas for D/S 417
missile firings as well as ECM and fire control testing for Project D/S 454.
Evolutions delayed by poor weather, difficulties with drone support and
cracked welds in two boilers, the latter requiring pierside repair. In June,
analysis by the Naval Ship Engineering Center, Philadelphia Division,
confirmed substandard materials and improper boiler tube installation at the
builders' yard. Over 500 boiler tubes were replaced over the course of the
next three months, with the last tubes refitted on 7 October.
Aug - Sep 1968: Predeployment workups, including fleet exercises,
PIRAZ refresher training and various service inspections. On 11 September Fox
conducted a SAR operation for an F-111B that splashed off San Miguel Island,
though only some floating debris recovered.
7 Oct 1968: Fox sailed from San Diego on her second Western Pacific
deployment, arriving at Subic Bay on 6 November.
14 Nov 1968 - 7 Jan 1969: The destroyer relieved guided missile
frigate Richmond K. Turner (DLG-20) as NSAR ship and conducted two passive
surveillance and station patrols in the Tonkin Gulf.
7 - 9 Jan 1969: Conducted tactical drills and ASW exercises with destroyers
Huntington (DD-781) and Lofberg (DD-759) in vicinity of Yankee Station.
12 - 23 Jan 1969: Upkeep at Ship Repair Facility, Sasebo, Japan.
27 Jan - 25 Feb 1969: Relieved guided missile frigate Sterett (DLG-31)
as Southern SAR (SSAR) ship.
27 Feb - 5 Mar 1969: Port visit and liberty in Hong Kong.
10 - 21 Mar 1969: Maintenance and upkeep, Yokosuka, Japan.
22 Mar - 2 Apr 1969: Enroute to San Diego via Pearl Harbor.
4 Jun - 1 Nov 1969: Regular overhaul, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard,
Bremerton, Wash. In addition to boiler valve, pipe and pump repairs, the
warship received new radio equipment, ECM and NTDS gear, two new anti-missile
chaff dispensers and two new gun mounts. An extended leave and upkeep period
at San Diego continued through to the new year.
Jan - Mar 1970: Refresher training out of San Diego.
17 March 1970: An HC-5 helicopter shifted on the flight deck, striking
the hanger and shattering the rotor blades. Remarkably, no injuries ensued,
but the helicopter and hanger were both seriously damaged.
14 - 19 April 1970: Participated in Exercise ROPEVAL II-70, a training
exercise simulating a hostile WestPac environment.
19 Apr 1970: Fired a non-warhead Terrier missile while alongside
Oriskany as part of a joint civilian orientation cruise demonstration.
26 May - 06 Nov 1970: Fox sailed from San Diego on her third Western
Pacific deployment in company with destroyer Bausell (DD-845), joining
destroyers Carpenter (DD-825) and James C. Owens (DD-776) at Pearl Harbor.
All four warships conducted formation exercises enroute to Subic Bay via a
fuel stop at Midway Island.
24 Jun 1970: Sailed for Vietnam, arriving in Danang harbor on 25 June
for a senior staff briefing. During the meeting, while the captain's gig was
in the water, a helicopter from VH-1E taking off from hospital ship Sanctuary
(AH-17) lost power and splashed in the harbor. BM3 Ronald Wallace, coxswain,
and EN3 David Lovenberg, boat engineer, responded to the emergency and sped
the gig to the crash site, skillfully rescuing the four crew members and
passengers. BM3 Wallace later received the Navy Achievement Medal and EN3
Lovenberg the Navy Commendation medal for their heroic efforts.
26 Jun - 4 Oct 1970: Relieved guided missile frigate Josephus Daniels
(DLG-27) as SAR/picket coordinator, and conducted three patrols in Tonkin
06 Nov 1970: Arrived San Diego via Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and Yokosuka,
01 - 07 Jan 1971: Availability alongside destroyer tender Samuel
Jan - Jul 1971: Conducted local operations out of San Diego,
interspersed with port visits to Vancouver, British Columbia (23-25 April)
and Acapulco, Mexico (14-17 May).
17 Aug 1971 - 12 Feb 1972: Underway on her fourth western Pacific
deployment on Great Circle Route, with detour north for "special
operations" in the Bering Sea and transit of the Sea of Okhotsk before
reaching Sasebo, Japan.
Sep 1971 - Jan 1972: Operated on PIRAZ duty in Tonkin Gulf (28
September - 22 October; 12 November - 7 December, and 27 December 1971 - 19
January 1972); punctuating that time with port visits to Sattahip, Thailand;
Kaohsiung, Subic Bay, and Hong Kong.
12 Feb 1972: Arrived at San Diego via Keelung, Taiwan; Subic Bay; and
Mar - Dec 1972: Fox conducted local training evolutions, warfare
certification tests and pre-deployment workups through the end of the year.
19 Jan - 16 Aug 1973: Underway for fifth deployment to the western
Pacific, arriving at Yokosuka, Japan, on 2 February.
10 Feb - 26 Jul 1973: NSAR Station, Tonkin Gulf (10 - 24 February); PIRAZ
duty in Tonkin Gulf (10-24 March, 3 April-9 May, 26 May-10 June, and 14-26
July), interspersing port visits to Singapore; Sattahip; Kaohsiung; Subic
Bay; Sasebo; and Hong Kong, with those underway periods.
16 Aug 1973: Arrived at San Diego via Subic Bay, Guam and Pearl
4 Dec 1973 - 28 Oct 1974: Received regular overhaul at Long Beach
Nov 1974 - Oct 1975: Conducted weapon systems trials, qualification
tests, inspections and refresher training in Southern California operating areas.
1 Jul 1975: Redesignated from a guided missile frigate, DLG, to a
guided missile cruiser, CG.
21 Nov 1975: Underway for her sixth deployment to the western Pacific,
arriving at Subic Bay, via Pearl Harbor, on 15 December.
10 Jan - 13 Mar 1976: In company with frigates Hepburn (FF-1055) and
Gray (FF-1054) and Military Sealift Command oiler USNS Passumpsic (T-AO-107),
Fox led TG 75.1 into the Indian Ocean via Malacca Strait. The ships conducted
surveillance operations against Soviet naval forces at sea and off Socotra -
collecting data on Soviet Krivak and other warships there - and visited
Karachi, Pakistan; Mombasa, Kenya; as well as the Seychelles and Mauritius
Apr - June 1976: Operated with 7th Fleet units out of Subic Bay,
conducting plane guard duties with carrier Ranger (CV-61) and participating
in ASW exercises in the South China Sea.
2 - 6 July 1976: Fox hosted Bi-Centennial Reception at Guam held by
VADM Thomas B. Hayward, Commander, 7th Fleet; guests included the Governor of
Guam and the Secretary of the Air Force.
20 Jul 1976: Arrived at San Diego via Pearl Harbor.
30 Aug - 6 Sep 1976: Shadowed a four-ship Soviet naval task group
sailing northwest from Vancouver, British Columbia.
Sep - Nov 1976: Conducted local operations, missile test firings, ASW
exercises with Pintado (SSN-672) and naval gunfire support qualifications in
SoCal operating areas.
5 Nov 1976 - 1 Feb 1977: Restricted availability at San Diego to
upgrade helicopter operating systems and carry out ship alterations and
Feb - Jun 1977: Sea trials, service inspections, propulsion plant
examinations and refresher training. After workups, she visited Monterey,
Calif.,(2-6 June). Participated in Exercise COMBATSYSEX 1-77 (20-30 June).
Jul - Dec 1977: Local operation continued, interspersed with port
visits to Vancouver, BC (9-16 July), and two more Fleet Exercises, CompTUEx
3-77 in mid-September and FleetEx 2-77 in early October.
10 Jan - 16 Jul 1978: Underway for seventh deployment to the western Pacific,
with HSL-35 Detachment 7 embarked, arriving in Subic Bay via Pearl Harbor and
Guam on 4 February.
15 Feb - 28 Apr 1978: In company with frigate Ouellet (FF-1077) and
oiler Hassayampa (AO-145), Fox sailed south to Fremantle, Australia, arriving
there - after a crossing the line ceremony on the 19th - on 24 February.
After a week-long port visit, the warships sailed into the Indian Ocean for
surveillance operations against Soviet Naval Forces. The warships observed
various Soviet warships and auxiliaries in the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, at
Socotra, and off Ethiopia.
3 May 1978: Sighted a small fishing boat in distress in the Gulf of
Thailand, Fox crew repaired the boat's engines and radio.
13 May - 2 June 1978: Mid-deployment upkeep at Subic Bay.
June 1978: Underway for Japan, arriving at Yokosuka via Kaohsiung, 12
June. Departed three days later for Operation Free Seas in the Sea of Okhotsk
in company with frigate Stein (FF-1065) and Hassayampa. The task group was
initially shadowed by Soviet Badger and Bear reconaissance aircraft, later
joined by Soviet destroyers and patrol boats. With the demonstration of
transit rights complete, the task group returned to Yokosuka on 28 June.
16 Jul 1978: Arrived at San Diego via Pearl Harbor.
19 Sep 1978 - 7 Sep 1979: Regular overhaul at Puget Sound Naval
Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash. Modifications included removal of 3-inch gun
mounts and installation of Harpoon anti-ship missile system, upgrades of fire
control radars from analog to digital, a new chaff system, a new fire
fighting system (AFFF) on the helicopter flight deck and general repairs and
Oct 1979 - Mar 1980: Sea trials, refresher training and weapon
qualification tests in SoCal operating areas.
Apr - Aug 1980: Local operations, SM-1 missile test firings and
participated in anti-ship Tomahawk missile project. On 2 June, the warship
hosted an official visit by a delegation from the People's Republic of China
led by Vice Premier Geng Biao. On 16 June, Fox successfully fired a Harpoon
against ex-destroyer John R. Craig (DD-885) during ReadiEx 3-80.
12 Sep 1980 - 05 May 1981: Deployed as part of the Ranger (CV-61)
Battle Group, arriving at Subic Bay on 15 Oct.
21 Oct 1980 - 26 Feb 1981: Underway for first deployment to the
Arabian Gulf, and third deployment to the Indian Ocean, as part of the U.S.
Navy response to the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and the outbreak of the
Iran-Iraq War that began with Saddam Hussein's invasion of Iran in September
1980. Fox conducted turnover with guided missile cruiser Leahy (CG-16) in the
Gulf on 2 November and began service as flagship for Commander, Middle East
Force. Fox remained in the volatile region, warily keeping an eye on the
fighting in the northern Arabian Gulf until 26 February 1981 when the warship
set course for home.
20 Mar 1981: Rescued 27 Vietnamese (17 adults, 10 children), refugees,
from a sinking boat before noon; later, that night, she rescued an additional
9 (6 adults, 3 children) from a second craft. Both boats were scuttled to
prevent their becoming a menace to navigation. Fox disembarked the refugees
at Subic Bay on 25 March 1981.
05 May 1981: Arrived at San Diego via Hong Kong and Pearl Harbor.
May 1981 - Mar 1982: Local operations out of San Diego, including service
inspections, fleet exercises and carrier escort exercises.
07 Apr 1982: Underway for fourth deployment to the Indian Ocean with
the Ranger Battle Group. Following RIMPAC exercises out of Hawaii in April,
the Battle Group sailed west in May, reaching Subic Bay on the 13th. The
warships got underway 23 May for the Middle East.
24 May 1982: Fox rescued 53 Vietnamese refugees (see 26 May 1982)
26 May 1982: Frigate Brewton (FF-1086) rescued 81 Vietnamese refugees
from a sinking 32-foot boat and transfered them to Fox for transportation to
Singapore. Fox disembarked the refugees she rescued on 24 May, together with
those picked up by Brewton, on 27 May.
9 Jun - 27 Aug 1982: After a brief stop at Diego Garcia in the Indian
Ocean, the Battle Group begins presence operations in the Arabian Sea in
mid-June. These operations, as well as frequent training exercises continue
until 27 August, when the ships get underway for Fremantle, Australia.
18 Oct 1982: Arrival in San Diego via Subic Bay and Pearl Harbor.
Oct 1982 - Feb 1983: Local operations out of San Diego, including
individual ship exercises, service inspections and department certifications.
On 26-27 February, Fox hosted the wardroom of frigate HMS Diomede during
Queen Elizabeth II's visit to San Diego.
5 Feb 1983 - 08 Feb 1984: Fox entered Long Beach Naval Shipyard for a
base line overhaul, remaining there for sea trials until 7 April 1984, when
she shifted back to San Diego.
Mar 1984 - Feb 1985: Refresher training, including combat system
trials, missile and gunfire support exercises and various qualifications and
21 Feb 1985 - 4 Apr 1985: Training cruise to Pearl Harbor, highlighted
by a war-at-sea and missile shoot exercise in Hawaiian waters.
Apr - Jun 1985: Pre-deployment exercises and workups, interspersed
with a port visit to San Francisco in late April.
24 Jul - 21 Dec 1985: Underway for WestPac 85, the guided missile
cruiser's fifth deployment to the Indian Ocean. Fox transited the Straits of
Malacca on 30 August, and crossed the equator on 6 October before visiting
Mombasa, Kenya, on the 9th. Following a visit to Masirah, and participation
in Exercise Valiant Usher (29 October - 3 November), Fox visited Colombo, Sri
Lanka, before turning for home, stopping at Subic Bay and Pearl Harbor before
arriving at San Diego four days before Christmas.
24 Feb - 30 Apr 1986: Maintenance and dry dock repairs at Southwest
Marine, San Diego.
30 Jun - 12 Jul 1986: Cruise north for port visit to Everett,
08 Sep - 23 Sep 1986: Cruise to Vancouver, B.C., and Anchorage,
13 Apr - 13 Oct 1987: Underway for sixth deployment to the Indian
Ocean, arriving at Diego Garcia via Subic Bay on 19 May. Fox then escorted
Acadia (AD-42) to Bahrain, where the destroyer tender commenced repairs of
guided missile frigate Stark (FFG-31) which had been heavily damaged by an
Iraqi Exocet missile on 17 May. With the Iran-Iraq War still ongoing, Fox,
guided missile frigate Crommelin (FFG-37) and guided missile destroyer Kidd
(DDG-993) sailed in the first convoy of Operation Earnest Will on 3 June,
escorting reflagged Kuwaiti oil tankers to protect them from attack by either
of the belligerent powers. During those escort operations, Fox conducted
almost two dozen transits of the Strait of Hormuz. On 24 July, Fox assisted
tanker Bridgeton, which struck a moored, floating, contact mine earlier that
day. Departing the Gulf on 15 August, Fox arrived at San Diego, via
Fremantle, Subic Bay and Pearl Harbor, on 13 October.
28 Jan 1988: Fox presented with the Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund
Award for FY 1987.
11 - 26 Apr 1988: Underway for FleetEx 88-2.
16 - 20 May 1988: Embarked U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment
(LED) for anti-drug smuggling operations; her LED seized a fishing boat for
marijuana smuggling on 18 May.
Jun - Dec 1988: Refresher training, combat system tests, engineering
inspections and other pre-deployment workups.
2 Dec 1988 - 01 Jun 1989: Underway for seventh deployment to the
Indian Ocean. Assisted in unsuccessful search for a missing EA-6B Prowler on
5 December. Arrived in Arabian Gulf in late January 1989, before conducting
surveillance operations in the Northern Arabian Sea in March. Departing the
area on 7 April, Fox returned home via Phattaya Beach, Thailand, Subic Bay
and Hong Kong on 1 June 1989.
1 Oct 1989 - 27 Oct 1990: New Threat Upgrade (NTU) modernization at
National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Francisco.
Nov 1990 - Jun 1991: Refresher training, local operations, individual
ship training and other exercises out of San Diego.
19 Feb - 18 Mar 1991: Missile qualification training out of Pearl
Jul - Oct 1991: Refresher and pre-deployment training.
8 Nov 1991 - 30 Apr 1992: Underway for her eighth deployment to the
Indian Ocean, reaching Subic Bay 1 December. There, Fox was visited by RADM
Paul E. Tobin, ComNavSurfPac, former CO, on the 4th. Underway three days
later, the warship stopped at Singapore; Phuket, Thailand; and Colombo, Sri
Lanka; before chopping to NavCent on 27 December. Fox conducted patrols in
the Northern Arabian Gulf in early 1992, departing for Singapore on 12 March
1992. After stops at that port, Hong Kong, Guam and Pearl Harbor, she reached
San Diego on 30 April.
13 Jul - 06 Oct 1992: Overhaul at Continental Marine yard, San Diego.
Oct 1992 - May 1993: Refresher training and predeployment battle group
13 Jun - 15 Dec 1993: Fox underway for her ninth deployment to the
Indian Ocean with two female officers embarked, a first for the warship.
After a stop at Singapore to refuel, Fox arrived at Bahrain on 26 July and
began Northern Arabian Gulf patrols two days later. On 8 August, Fox receives
distress signal after two EA6B Prowlers collide over the Northern Arabian
Gulf and coordinates successful rescue of four aviators, including one
by Fox's embarked SH-2 helicopter. The warship departed the Arabian Gulf on
27 October and after stops at Fremantle and Pearl Harbor, arrived at San
Diego on 15 December.
14 - 31 Jan 1994: Underway to Indian Island, Washington, to unload all
01 Feb 1994: Commenced inactivation procedures.
15 Apr 1994: Decommissioned and stricken from the Naval Vessel
Register, San Diego, California. Laid up at Inactive Ship Facility, Suisun
18 Jul 2006: Scrapping contract awarded to International
Shipbreaking, Ltd., Brownsville, Texas.
Commanding Officers - Date
CAPT Robert E. Welander28 May 1966
CAPT Marshall D. Ward28 May 1968
CAPT Paul Boland 14 Aug 1969
CAPT Robert E. McCabe 22 Jan 1971
CAPT Robert M. Collins 17 Mar 1972
CAPT Robert E. Weeks 8 May 1974
CAPT James F. Kelly, Jr. 17 Apr 1976
CAPT Robert J. Steele 23 May 1978
CAPT Leslie N. Palmer 14 Mar 1980
CAPT Donald R. Anderson 3 Apr 1982
CAPT Paul E. Tobin, Jr. 28 Sep 1984
CAPT William W. Mathis 27 Jan 1986
CAPT Raymond W. Addicott 30 Apr 1988
CAPT Francis K. Holian 14 Apr 1990
CAPT David L. Peck 20 Apr 1991
CAPT Robert E. McCabe, III13 Feb 1993
Major Overseas Deployments
(or deployments away from home port for more than 2 months)
Date of Departure - Return
Date - Area of Operation
7 Jun 1967 - 20 Dec 1967 - Western Pacific/Vietnam
17 Oct 1968 - 02 Apr 1969 - WestPac/Vietnam
26 May 1970 - 06 Nov 1970 - WestPac/Vietnam
17 Aug 1971 - 12 Feb 1972 - WestPac/Vietnam
18 Jan 1973 - 16 Aug 1973 - WestPac/Vietnam
21 Nov 1975 - 20 Jul 1976 - Indian Ocean (IO)
10 Jan 1978 - 16 Jul 1978 - Indian Ocean
12 Sep 1980 - 05 May 1981 - Arabian Gulf / IO
07 Apr 1982 - 18 Oct 1982 - Indian Ocean
24 Jul 1985 - 24 Dec 1985 - Indian Ocean
13 Apr 1987 - 13 Oct 1987 - Arabian Gulf / IO
02 Dec 1988 - 01 Jun 1989 - Arabian Gulf / IO
08 Nov 1991 - 30 Apr 1992 - Arabian Gulf / IO
13 Jun 1993 - 15 Dec 1993 - Arabian Gulf / IO