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Laying the keel.  31 July 1957 Contributed by Jerry Emmett.
Keel laying.  31 July 1957  USS Bennington CVA-20 in the background. Contributed by Jerry Emmett.
Stern view prior to christening. Contributed by Jerry Emmett.
Bow view before christening. Contributed by Jerry Emmett.
Another view of ship prior to christening. Contributed by Jerry Emmett.
Commissioning program for the DLG-11.  (PDF format of the entire program) Contributed by Ron Lynch.
Christening date 25 August 1960. Contributed by Jerry Emmett.
  Contributed by Jerry Emmett.
Champaign bottle used to christen the ship. Contributed by Jerry Emmett.
Official party for christening of Mahan. Contributed by Jerry Emmett.
Christening by Mrs. H. Page Smith. Contributed by Jerry Emmett.
  Contributed by Jerry Emmett.
Easing out of drydock after christening. Contributed by Jerry Emmett.
Being moved to pier after christening. Contributed by Jerry Emmett.
Christening day. Contributed by Jerry Emmett.
Crew is on board. Contributed by Jerry Emmett.
Hoisting the colors. Contributed by Jerry Emmett.
Taking command. Contributed by Jerry Emmett.
  Contributed by Jerry Emmett.
Captain Busik on the bridge during sea trials. Contributed by Jerry Emmett.
Hunnters Point Naval Shipyard Newsletter. Contributed by Jerry Emmett.
Newspaper photo of rooster tail during sea trials. Contributed by Jerry Emmett.
Mahan at Berth 4, Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard after completing sea trials and shakedown cruise in June 1961. Contributed by Kenneth L. Chastain.
Mahan being eased into Drydock #3 at Hunters Point. Contributed by Kenneth L. Chastain.
Another dry dock view. Contributed by Kenneth L. Chastain.
Stern view in dry dock. Contributed by Kenneth L. Chastain.
Mahan in dry dry dock. Contributed by Kenneth L. Chastain.
Stern view in dry dock. Contributed by Kenneth L. Chastain.
View of sonar dome. Contributed by Kenneth L. Chastain.
View of screws and rudders. Contributed by Kenneth L. Chastain.
Sister-ship USS King DLG-10 coming alongside in San Diego, 1961. Contributed by Kenneth L. Chastain.
USS Coontz DLG-9, another sister-ship coming alongside.  Contributed by Kenneth L. Chastain.
USS Coontz, USS King, USS Mahan and USS Preble in a nest.  Contributed by Russ Owens.
Church pennant flying on a Sunday morning in 1961 in San Diego. Submarine tenders USS Proteus and USS Sperry are anchored in the background. Contributed by Kenneth L. Chastain.
Captain William Busik directs helmsman "Steer 090 degrees. 1961 Contributed by Kenneth L. Chastain.
Mahan conducting a personnel transfer. 1961 Contributed by Russ Owens.
Mahan in dry dock. 1961 Contributed by Russ Owens.
Ken Chastain on his bunk in W Division compartment. 1961 Contributed by Kenneth L. Chastain.
Ken Chastain next to missile carrier on 01 deck.  Homeport San Diego 1961 Contributed by Kenneth L. Chastain.
Art Crawford on shakedown cruise to Hawaii 1961 Contributed by Kenneth L. Chastain.
W Division Missilement (LtoR) Shavulski and Baker 1961 Contributed by Kenneth L. Chastain.
W Division Missilemen (LtoR) Bukowski, Crawford, Rice and LaRue 1961 Contributed by Kenneth L. Chastain.
W Division Berthing Compartment (LtoR) Rice and Vigil, 1961. Contributed by Kenneth L. Chastain.
Mahan pulling alongside USS King DLG-10 in WestPac 63-64'. Contributed by Bill Longacre.
Photo of Mahan taken by Phil Howell on board USS King when ships were leaving Japan in 1964. Contributed by Russ Owens.
Mahan astern of USS Oriskany CV-34 in South China Sea 63-64'. Contributed by Bill Longacre.
High lining with USS King. Contributed by Bill Longacre.
Mahan alongside an AE, with USS Midway (CVA-41) on the port side, circa mid 1960s.  Notice the forward elevator on the Midway between the catapults.  This was modified in 1968-1971 modernization. Contributed by Russ Owens.
Mahan passing King in Yokosuka with the Oriskany in the background, Feb 1964. Contributed by USS King Webmaster, Chuck White.
Mahan and King at the HMS Tamar Pier in Hong Kong Feb. 1964. Contributed by USS King Webmaster, Chuck White.
Mahan moored in Subic Bay.  I'm sure a lot of you remember AFDM-5 floating drydock! Contributed by Bill Longacre.
Mary Soo's side cleaners painting the ship in Hong Kong. Contributed by Bill Longacre.
Mahan and King moored to a bouy in Hong Kong Harbor, forward of the Oriskany. Contributed by Bill Longacre.
Mahan preparing to get underway in Hong Kong as the King pulls away. Contributed by Bill Longacre.
"Mickey Mahan" patch designed by an industrious DLG-11crew member during one of many tedious line periods on PIRAZ station in the Tonkin Gulf circa 1968-1970. Contributed by Ben Dopp
"Piraz Pirat" patch designed by the DLG-11 crew during the 1968-1970 PIRAZ station period. Contributed by Ben Dopp
Security Group Detachment patch for the PIRAZ period from 1968 to 1969. Contributed by Kelly Murphy.
Gulf of Tonkin buffer zones, etc. from the PIRAZ station. Contributed by Ben Dopp
Another view of PIRAZ area with North Vietnam to the west, Hainan, China to the east. Contributed by Ben Dopp
A major roll to port in the Sea of Japan, 1968. Contributed by Ben Dopp
And back to starboard! Contributed by Ben Dopp
Refueling from USS Oriskany CV-34, around 1968. Contributed by Steve Karolyi.
Refueling from USS Oriskany CV-34, around 1968. Contributed by Steve Karolyi.
With "Big Mother" HC-3 CSAR helo on board in the Tonkin Gulf.  circa 1968-69 Contributed by Dick Hallowell
"Big Mother 71" on the fantail. Contributed by Dick Hallowell
"Big Mother 71" on board with "Clementine" HC-2 CSAR helo tucked in on the starboard side. Contributed by Dick Hallowell
Refueling from an oil tanker, name unknown, around 1968/69. Contributed by Steve Karolyi.
HC-7 SAR helo patch.  Click on it to read the story of HC-7 and their relationship to Mahan and others.  
Mahan tied up in Yokosuka, circa 1969.  
Mary Soo's paint crew heading to ship to paint the sides in Hong Kong. Contributed by Steve Karolyi.
Stern section of USS Frank E. Evans DD-754 in Subic Bay after collision with HMAS Melborne in June 1969. Contributed by Steve Karolyi.
Captain Altwegg on the phone with tanker CO. Contributed by Steve Karolyi.
In waiting station to go alongside an oiler.  USS Oriskany is pulling away to port. Contributed by Steve Karolyi.
The "PIRAZ PIRATS" story. Contributed by Paul David Travis.
[photogallery/photo29096/real.htm] "Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club" patch worn on many jackets during the 1968-1970 Westpac deployment period.

 

Contributed by Jim Plummer
Patch commemorating water hours during the 68-70 cruise. Contributed by J.P. Paulus.
[photogallery/photo1539/real.htm] DLG-11 logo. Contributed by Jim Plummer
[photogallery/photo21855/real.htm] Forging ahead at Sea Contributed by Jim Plummer

Photo by C. L. Parks

[photogallery/photo21031/real.htm] The first "Piraz Pirats" house flag, raised at breakaway from an  unrep to the accompaniment of "The Rat Patrol" theme song.

Pictured front row: RD3 Don Guth, RD2 Pete Ross, RD3 Bernie Bernier, RD3 Ed Lair, RD3 Bob Rodier, RD2 Dave Ortmeyer, RD2 Rex Ratcliff, RD3 George Hollowell.  Back row: RD3 Tom Rochford, RD3 Ed Redlin, RDSN Mark Sugarman, RD3 Art Crumb, RDSN Larry Shields, and RDSN Jim Finch.

Contributed by Jim Plummer

Photo by R. L. Webb

[photogallery/photo31327/real.htm] Missile launch.  
Birds Away!  Terrier leaving the rail. Contributed by Bob "Spud" Spilinek
  Contributed by Bob "Spud" Spilinek
  Contributed by Bob "Spud" Spilinek
  Contributed by Bob "Spud" Spilinek
Sunset in the South China Sea, 1969. Contributed by Bob Moe.
A slide of RDC Maurice St Clair taken in CIC, circa 1970.  
BT3 Peter O. Holcomb's name added to the Vietnam Memorial Wall on Memorial Day 2011. Contributed by Russ Owens.
Photo of Peter Holcomb placed at the Wall, along with his favorite candy, by his family on May 29, 2011. Contributed by Russ Owens.
Shipmates of Peter Holcomb present for the dedication ceremony, Russ Owens, Mal Wiseman and David Camillo, with name in the background between Mal and David. Contributed by Russ Owens.