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Crest of the USS Harry W. Hill

  HWH Crest

Speed Surprise Success

DD 986

Above: USS Harry W. Hill (DD 986), underway just outside San Diego, California.


Ship Characteristics

Named for Admiral Harry Wilbur Hill, amphibious commander World War II.

Length - 563 feet, 4 inches
Beam - 55 feet
Draft - 29 feet
Displacement -8,040 tons
Complement - 19 officers, 351 enlisted
Engineering - 4 General Electric Gas Turbines, 2 shafts, 2 rudders, Shaft Horsepower = 80,000
Speed - 32.5 knots
Armament - Two 5"/54cal MK45 Mod 0 Gun Mounts, One Mk 16 ASROC Launcher, Two Mk 32 Torpedo Tubes, One Mk 29 NATO Sea Sparrow Missile Launcher, Two quad Mk 141 Harpoon Launchers, and Two Mk 15 Phalanx CIWS.
Aircraft - Two SH-2F Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System (LAMPS) II

Commissioned - 17 November 1979

Noted accomplishment - Participated in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm

Status - Decommission 29 May, 1998


HWH inport San Diego

Photograph taken by website author

Above: USS Harry W. Hill moored at the San Diego Naval Station pier 2 after returning from Operation Desert Storm.

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