USS Lynde McCormick (DDG-8)
was a Charles F. Adams-class
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in the United States Navy
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(DDG-8) was laid down 4 April 1958 by Defoe Shipbuilding Company
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, Bay City, Michigan
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; launched 28 July 1959; sponsored by Mrs. Lillian McCormick, wife of Admiral McCormick; and commissioned at Boston 3 June 1961, with Commander
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Ernest S. Cornwall, Jr., in command.
departed Boston 23 August 1961 for her home port, San Diego, arriving 16 September. Early in 1962, she tested her missiles and antisubmarine weaponry in the Pacific missile range. Exercises and experiments continued in preparation for deployment to the western Pacific, for which she sailed 19 November 1962.
She arrived at Yokosuka on 6 December and within a week was on station with a 7th Fleet task group, taking up her part in the schedule of readiness training and exercises. Returning to San Diego 15 June 1963, she proceeded to Sacramento to help initiate its new deepwater port. All‑encompassing refresher training followed overhaul and modification at Hunters Point early in 1964, increasing her antiair warfare capabilities. A high state of readiness had been achieved when the Gulf of Tonkin
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incidents of 2 August and 4 August escalated the Vietnam War
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In company with CruDesFlot 11, Lynde McCormick
departed 5 August for a 6 month deployment along the Vietnamese coast, primarily in the screen for Bon Homme Richard
and other aircraft carriers. She returned to San Diego 6 February 1965. Lynde McCormick
spent the remainder of the year conducting coastal exercises, a successful competitive firing of her, missiles, and a summer cruise to Hawaii training midshipmen.
After anti-submarine exercises with the Canadian Navy in January 1966, Lynde McCormick
prepared for a third tour of duty in WestPac. She left San Diego on 1 March and 1 month later was shelling Vietcong bunkers and gun emplacements in the Mekong Delta
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. In May, she sailed up the eastern coast to support Yankee Station carrier operations against North Vietnam
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until August, when she sailed for her home port, arriving at San Diego the 26 October. On 27 October, she entered drydock at Long Beach
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for a thorough overhaul. This was completed 23 March 1967.
Refresher training began on 15 May, and was interrupted on 27 May when she rushed to the aid of a stricken crewmember of the ship 88 Pacific Comet
. Lynde McCormick
continued operating out of San Diego until 17 August, at which time she departed for another WestPac deployment.
saw extensive action on the gunline and in patrolling the Vietnam coastline. In one instance, enemy artillery shot back at the ship, but no damage was sustained. Many rounds of 5‑inch ammunition were expended at enemy emplacements and supply lines, in aid of United States and other Allied troops ashore. The ship returned to the west coast 6 April 1968 and operated in the eastern Pacific for the remainder of the year, into 1969.
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On July 20, 1983 the New York Times reported that the Lynde McCormick along with seven other vessels in the Carrier Ranger Battle Group left San Diego on Friday July 15, 1983 and were headed for the western Pacific when they were rerouted and ordered to steam for Central America to conduct training and flight operations in areas off the coasts of Nicaragua
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, El Salvador
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as part of major military exercises planned for that summer.
Besides the Ranger, the battle group is composed of the carrier Ranger, the cruiser Horne, the guided missile destroyer Lynde McCormick, the destroyers Fletcher
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, the frigate Marvin Shields
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, the oiler Wichita
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and the support ship Camden
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Operation Praying Mantis
In April 1988, the Lynde McCormick was one of many ships of the U.S. fifth fleet engaged in operations against the Iranian Navy. This included anti - mine operations, stopping small - boat attacks against Persian Gulf shipping & countering tactical operations by Iranian warships near the Strait of Hormuz. These operations were successfully concluded.
The ship was decommissioned 1 October 1991 and was sunk as a target ship on 14 February 2001.