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USS Hamner (DD 718)

- decommissioned -

USS HAMNER was the ninth GEARING - class destroyer and was extensively converted as part of the Navy's FRAM I program from January 1962 - December 1962. A veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, the USS HAMNER was both decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list on October 1, 1979. Transfered to Taiwan on December 17, 1980, the HAMNER was recommissioned as YUN HANG by the Taiwanese Navy and served there until decommissioned on December 16, 2003. The ship was sunk as a target by the Taiwanese Navy on September 6, 2005.

General Characteristics:Awarded: 1942
Keel laid: April 25, 1945
Launched: November 24, 1945
Commissioned: July 12, 1946
Decommissioned: October 1, 1979
Builder: Federal Shipbuilding, Newark, NJ
FRAM I Conversion Shipyard: San Francisco Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, CA
FRAM I Conversion Period: January 1962 - December 1962
Propulsion system: four boilers, General Electric geared turbines; 60,000 SHP
Propellers: two
Length: 391 feet (119.2 meters)
Beam: 41 feet (12.5 meters)
Draft: 18.7 feet (5.7 meters)
Displacement: approx. 3,400 tons full load
Speed: 34 knots
Aircraft after FRAM I: two DASH drones
Armament after FRAM I: one ASROC missile launcher, two 5-inch/38 caliber twin mounts, Mk-32 ASW torpedo tubes (two triple mounts)
Crew after FRAM I: 14 officers, 260 enlisted


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS HAMNER. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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USS HAMNER Cruise Books:


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Accidents aboard USS HAMNER:

DateWhereEvents
January 24, 1971Gulf of Tonkin
USS HAMNER collides with the USS CAMDEN (AOE 2) during an underway replenishment.


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About the Ship's Name:

USS HAMNER is named in honor of LT Henry Hamner who was killed in action 6 April 1944. LT Hamner received his commission from the United States Naval Academy in 1942 and was stationed aboard the USS HOWORTH during the Okinawa Campaign. The HOWORTH was attacked by six Kamikaze aircraft and LT Hamner, as Gunnery Officer, directed his fire to shoot down five of the attacking aircraft. The sixth plane crashed into the gun director and LT Hamner lost his life. He was later awarded the Silver Star posthumously for gallantry in action.


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