USS JOSEPHUS DANIELS was the second ship in the BELKNAP - class of guided missile cruisers and the first ship in the Navy to bear the name. Both decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list on January 21, 1994, the JOSEPHUS DANIELS was sold for scrapping on February 10, 1999. Throughout her service life, the JOSEPHUS DANIELS conducted a total of 18 major deployments.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: May 18, 1961|
|Keel laid: April 23, 1962|
|Launched: December 2, 1963|
|Commissioned: May 8, 1965|
|Decommissioned: January 21, 1994|
|Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine.|
|Propulsion system:4 - 1200 psi boilers; 2 General Electric geared turbines|
|Length: 548 feet (167 meters)|
|Beam: 55 feet (16.8 meters)|
|Draft: 28,5 feet (8.7 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 8,100 tons|
|Speed: 30+ knots|
|Aircraft: one SH-2 helicopter|
|Armament: two Mk 141 Harpoon missile launchers, one Mk-42 5-inch/54 caliber gun, two 20mm Phalanx CIWS, one Mk-10 missile launcher for Standard missiles (ER) and ASROC, Mk 46 torpedoes from two Mk-32 triple mounts|
|Crew: 27 officers and 450 enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS JOSEPHUS DANIELS. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
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Accidents aboard USS JOSEPHUS DANIELS:
|August 25, 1976||western Mediterranean||USS CONYNGHAM (DDG 17) and the JOSEPHUS DANIELS are in a minor collision during National Week 21 exercises in the western Med.|
|January 5, 1982||Atlantic||A SH-3 helicopter operating from the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) crashes aboard the JOSEPHUS DANIELS, slightly injuring some personnel. He helicopter was hovering above the JOSEPHUS DANIELS when the aircraft suddently lost power. The quick reaction of the ship's crew prevented the helo from falling overboard|
About the Ship's Name:
Josephus Daniels was born 18 May 1862 in Washington, N.C. As editor and publisher of the Raleigh, N.C., News and Observer, he became a major editorial voice in the South. He was appointed Secretary of the Navy by President Wilson in 1 913. A number of his naval reforms included abolishing the officer's wine mess, the introduction of women into the service, and establishment of service schools on board ships and stations. He evinced great interest in the common man, favoring promotion from the ranks and inaugurating the practice of making 100 sailors from the fleet eligible for entrance into the Naval Academy annually. Under his leadership, the Navy expanded greatly and fought effectively in World War I. He resigned as head of the Navy Department in 1921, returning to his job as editor and publisher of the News and Observer until his appointment as Ambassador to Mexico from 1933 to 1942. After furthering President Roosevelt's "Good Neighbor" policy with Mexico, he devoted the remainder of his life to editing and the writing of a number of books, including Our Navy at War and Life of Woodrow Wilson. Josephus Daniels died at Raleigh 15 January 1948.
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