Last Updated 03/09/09
Haynsworth DD-700: [Allen M. Sumner Class]
Displacement 3218 Tons (Full), Dimensions 376' 6" (oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 2" (Max)
Armament  5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" TT (2x5)
Machinery = 60,000 SHP, General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 Screws
Speed = 36.5 Knots, Range 3300 Nautical Miles @ 20 Knots
Crew [Full Complement] = 336 Men
YEARS OF DEFENDING PEACE IN THE WORLD
................... Federal Shipbuilding ... Kearny NJ.
............... December 16, 1943
............... April 15, 1944
.......... June 22, 1944
Theater balance of World War II, The Ship received three battle
Training Ship: April 26, 1946 .......... Boston, MA
Training Ship: March 1947 ............. Algiers, LA
....... May 19, 1950 ........... Charleston, SC
....... September 22, 1950 .. Charleston, SC
Training Ship: February 28, 1964 ..... Galveston, TX
....... January 30, 1970 ....... Galveston, TX
AMERICA ......... Twenty-Six Years
Taiwan: ........ May 12 1970. Renamed Yuen Yang - DDG 905
Decommissioned finally in China in 2000
............. Sent to the bottom of the
South China Sea on October 13, 2001.
............. Twenty-Nine Years
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To read an actual US Postal postcard that was postmarked the day
the USS Haynsworth was launched and a concise history of the
TIME IN HISTORY"
shakedown in the Caribbean, Haynsworth departed New York 20
September escorting Queen Mary with Prime Minister Winston
Churchill on board. Rendezvousing with British escorts, she
returned to New York and sailed 26 September via the Canal Zone
and San Pedro, arriving Pearl Harbor 20 October. Haynsworth
sailed 16 December for Ulithi and joined Vice Admiral J. S.
McCain's Fast Carrier Task Force 38 for the final assaults on
the Japanese. During the next 3 months she operated with the 3d
and 5th Fleets as part of the screen for the Fast Carrier Task
Force; the primary mission being to conduct air strikes against
strategic Japanese positions along the China coast, and Formosa,
and to harass enemy shipping during the landings at Luzon 9
after the invasion was launched, Task Force 38 moved into the
South China Sea and conducted raids on the China coast and
Indochina, doing much damage to the enemy. Launching one final
raid against Okinawa, Haynsworth retired to Ulithi 26 January.
She sortied 10 February with Admiral Marc Mitscher's Fast
Carrier Force 58 for strikes against airfields, factories, and
shipping in the Tokyo area. Heavy fighter sweeps were launched
16 February to cover the airfields around Tokyo Bay. Despite
heavy weather with low ceiling, most of the target areas were
effectively neutralized. During the afternoon three Japanese
picket boats that had evaded detection in thick fog were spotted
by Haynsworth and promptly sunk, taking 12 prisoners. In
addition to damaging aircraft frame and engine plants, a number
of ships and small craft were attacked and sunk in Tokyo Bay,
the biggest prize being the 10,600-ton Yamashro Maru.
Pacific war approached its climax, Haynsworth again sailed from
Ulithi for further strikes against Japan. Massive air attacks
were launched against airfields on Kyushu and ships in the
Inland Sea 18 and 19 March, indicting heavy damage on the
dwindling Japanese air and sea power. After participating in the
bombardment of enemy shore positions on Minami Daito Shima 28
March, she sailed for Okinawa. Landings were made on the
Japanese fortress April, with Task Force 58 providing support,
and Haynsworth frequently aiding in the destruction of enemy
aircraft during the many attacks,, when "the fleet had come
to stay." Only after she was crashed by a kamikaze 6 April
did she have to retire to Mare Island via Ulithi for repairs.
repairs Haynsworth had duty at Treasure Island, Calif., as a
training ship from 17 July to 5 September. After several months
of operations at Pearl Harbor, she sailed for the east coast 14
January 1946, reaching Boston 26 April for a year in the Reserve
Fleet. Returning to active service in March 1947, Haynsworth
based her operations from Algiers, La., conducting reserve
training cruises in the Gulf and in the Caribbean until the
summer of 1949.
sailed 6 September 1949 for her first duty with the 6th Fleet in
the Mediterranean, returning to Norfolk 7 February 1950. She
arrived Charleston 10 days later, decommissioned there 19 May
and joined the Reserve Fleet. " OUR TIME IN HISTORY "
On 3 August
1950 the re-activation of the USS Haynsworth commenced due to
our countries involvement in the Korean War. The Haynsworth
recommissioned at Charleston 22 September 1950, and Cmdr.
Herbert F. Rommel was selected as it's new skipper. The hastily
gathered crew was assembled from various other ships and over
half were comprised of reservists. Shortly the ship limped to
Norfolk VA where with the assistance of the Naval Shipyard, and
a Destroyer Tender, and our Crew, the Haynsworth was once more
made "Sea Worthy". Next the ship sailed to Guantanamo
Bay, Cuba for a three-week shakedown cruise, followed by another
three month overhaul back in Charleston. Following this
overhaul, the ship returned to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for seven
more arduous weeks of extensive training, over much of the
Caribbean. Then during the first half of 1951 more gunnery,
anti-submarine etc. training in the Virginia Capes area,
finally, in August 1951, Rear Adm. Solomon held a departure
inspection and on 3 September 1951 the ship set sail for six
months duty in the Mediterranean.
returning to United States the ship and it's crew were delegated
to still more training and operations along the East Coast and
in the Caribbean.
War ended on July 27, 1953.
assignment was a Midshipman cruise to the North Atlantic,
Haynsworth sailed from Norfolk 2 November 1953 for a
round-the-world cruise. Next assigned to the Pacific for 4
months duty in the Far East with the 7th Fleet, a vital peace
keeping force in that part of the world. Haynsworth returned to
Norfolk 4 June 1954 to resume her support of the 6th fleet.
with the Suez crisis still unsettled, Navy units stood by in the
eastern Mediterranean and evacuated U.S. nationals from Egypt.
Haynsworth aided the Navy's preparedness in the event of any
conflict. Between 1956 and 1960 she made five deployments to the
Mediterranean, supporting the Navy's peacekeeping role and
keeping a watchful eye on the troubled spots of the free world.
In 1959 Haynsworth took part in the historic "Operation
Inland Seas," commemorating the opening of the mighty St.
Lawrence Seaway, by steaming up the St. Lawrence to Montreal.
1961 while in the Mediterranean, Haynsworth delivered emergency
food rations to flood-ravaged Africa; and on 3 October 1962, she
stood off Cape Canaveral as a rescue ship and witnessed the take
off of astronaut Comdr. Walter Schirra on his historic
six-orbital flight. Later that month, under much more serious
circumstances, she hastened to the Caribbean and participated in
the naval quarantine of Cuba, effectively checking the
Communists threat to the security of the Western Hemisphere.
1963 Haynsworth deployed to the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, and
the Gulf of Aden for operations with the 6th Fleet. After
returning to Norfolk, she embarked midshipmen for an Atlantic
cruise from 1 August to 10 September; then underwent overhaul at
New Orleans, La., and Orange, Tex., before arriving at Galveston
February 1964 to begin duty as a Naval Reserve training ship.
Reserve Destroyer Squadron 34, Haynsworth since that time has
operated out of Galveston while providing valuable on board
training facilities for hundreds of Naval Reservists. Manned by
a nucleus crew, she has steamed to ports along the Gulf and
Atlantic coast,, and numerous training cruises have carried her
into the Caribbean. Into mid-1967 she has continued to bolster
the strength of the Navy and the Nation through intense,
skilled. and effective training which maintains the caliber and
readiness of the Naval Reserve.
in Galveston, TX on January 30, 1970 .......
SOLD TO TAIWAN IN 1970
Renamed Yuen Yang - DDG 905