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 ====== Command History for 1961 ====== ====== Command History for 1961 ======
  
-This first Ship's History Report for the USS KING (DLG-10) for the period ending 31 December ​1960 is submitted herewith. ​+###1. Ship's History Report for the USS KING (DLG-IO) for the period ending 31 December ​1961 is submitted herewith. ​
  
-The USS KING was authorized by Congress in the 1956 Shipbuilding ProgramHer keel was laid in March 1957 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Bremerton, ​Washington. She was launched 6 December 1958, and commissioned on 17 November 1960. The USS KING (DLG-10) is the first ship to be named after Fleet Admiral Ernest JKINGCDR Melvin E. BUSTARD was the first Commanding Officer+a. At the beginning of 1961, KING was at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Puget_Sound_Naval_Shipyard|Puget Sound Naval Shipyard]] completing her fitting out period. While at Bremerton, ​KING was attached ​to Commandant [[http://en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Thirteenth_Naval_district|THIRTEENTH Naval District]]
  
-The KING is approximately 512 feet long and has a beam of 52 feet. Fully loaded she displaces 5600 tons and is capable of speeds in excess of 30 knots. +b. KING departed Bremerton 14 January 1961 and reported ​to Commander Cruiser-Destroyer ForceU.S. Pacific Fleet in San Diegofor conduction ​of Ship Qualification Tests and Shakedown Cruise
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-For armament, the KING is equipped with a Terrier Missile Launcher which fires the Terrier, a surface-to-airsolid propellant, beam riding missileMissiles aboard ship are selected automatically from the storage magazine below deck and loaded onto the launcherwhich is then automatically aimed at the target and fired. Next is the anti-submarine battery consisting ​of the potent ASROC (anti-submarine rocket) system and two triple tube, torpedo launchers. Combined with the ship's high speed capability and maneuverability and the latest sonar equipment these weapons give KING a terrific sub killing potential. The KING is also equipped with one (1) 5"/50 mount forward ​and two (2) twin 3”/50 mounts amidships+
  
-The KING was designed to outfit Fast Task Force as anti-aircraft defense ships with radar picket and anti-submarine capabilitiesIn order to accomplish this missionshe is provided with the latest in air search and fire control radar and sonar to detect the enemy and the most advanced anti-aircraft ​and anti-submarine missiles with which to destroy him+cWhile in San DiegoKING successfully completed Qualification Tests including [[ASROC]] ​and [[Terrier]] firings
  
-After commissioning the KING was assigned to the Commandant, Thirteenth Naval District for fitting outWhile under the control ​of COMTHIRTEEN KING underwent builder'​s trials at the Puget Sound Naval ShipyardBremertonWashington prior to departing Bremerton for Shakedown Cruise ​and Underway Training. Scheduled departure date from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and detachment from COMTHIRTEEN set for 14 January 1960+dUpon completion ​of Qualification Tests11 February 1961KING proceeded ​to Pearl Harbor and the Equator on her Shakedown Cruise.
  
 +<box 425px round blue center | USS KING in dry dock, Pearl Harbor, HI - March 1961 //(from Gerry Cook, Plankowner)//​ > {{ :​196103xx-cook-drydock01.jpg?​400x272 }} </​box>​
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 +KING returned to San Diego, 28 March 1961 and commenced underway Training. Underway Training was ompleted with an overall grade of Excellent. ​
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 +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. ​
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 +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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