Command History for 1961

1. Ship's History Report for the USS KING (DLG-IO) for the period ending 31 December 1961 is submitted herewith.

a. At the beginning of 1961, KING was at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard completing her fitting out period. While at Bremerton, KING was attached to Commandant THIRTEENTH Naval District.

b. KING departed Bremerton 14 January 1961 and reported to Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet in San Diego, for conduction of Ship Qualification Tests and Shakedown Cruise.

c. While in San Diego, KING successfully completed Qualification Tests including ASROC and Terrier firings.

d. Upon completion of Qualification Tests, 11 February 1961, KING proceeded to Pearl Harbor and the Equator on her Shakedown Cruise.

USS KING in dry dock, Pearl Harbor, HI - March 1961 (from Gerry Cook, Plankowner)


KING returned to San Diego, 28 March 1961 and commenced underway Training. Underway Training was ompleted with an overall grade of Excellent.

Upon successful completion of Underway Training KING proceeded to Bremerton, arriving 21 May 1961 and commenced Post-shakedown Availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. During the availability, NTDS was installed and some minor alterations accomplished for accommodation of Commander Cruiser¬-Destroyer Flotilla THREE.

g. Upon completion of the Availability and Sea Trials ~ October 1961, KING returned to San Diego and commenced NTDS evaluation which continued through 31 December 1961.

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