USS McCaffery (DD-860)

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United States
Name: USS McCaffery
Namesake: Joseph P. McCaffery
Operator:  United States Navy
Laid down: 1 October 1944
Launched: 12 April 1945
Commissioned: 26 July 1945
Struck: 30 September 1973
Identification: DD-860
Nickname(s): "Big Mac"
Fate: Sold for scrap, 11 June 1974
General characteristics
Class & type: Gearing-class destroyer
Displacement: 3,460 tons (full)
Length: 390 ft 6 in (119 m)
Beam: 40 ft 10 in (12 m)
Draft: 14 ft 4 in (4 m)
Propulsion: Two-screw General Electric geared turbines, 60,000 shp
Speed: 36.8 kn (68.2 km/h; 42.3 mph)
Range: 4,500 nmi (8,300 km; 5,200 mi) at 20 kn (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Complement: 336
  • 6 × 5" (127 mm)/38 caliber (3x2)
  • 12 × 40 mm
  • 11 × 20 mm
  • 10 × 21" torpedo tubes (2x5) 10 torpedoes

USS McCaffery (DD/DDE-860) was a Gearing-class destroyer, named for Lieutenant Colonel Joseph P. McCaffery, USMC, (1906–1943) killed in action at Bougainville on 1 November 1943 and posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.

Nicknamed "Big Mac", McCaffery was laid down by the Bethlehem Steel Corporation at San Pedro in California on 1 October 1944, launched on 12 April 1945 by Miss Patricia McCaffery, niece of Lieutenant Colonel McCaffery and commissioned on 26 July 1945.

McCaffery operated with the Seventh Fleet in support of United Nations Forces during the Korean War, alternated operations along the east coast and in the Caribbean with the 2nd Fleet with deployments to the Mediterranean with the Sixth Fleet, underwent an extensive Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization (FRAM) overhaul at the New York Naval Shipyard in 1961, participated in quarantine operations during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, acted as communications relay ship for the Mercury space shot in May 1963, participated in the recovery missions for the Gemini IX and Gemini XII missions, and participated in Sea Dragon and Market Time operations, patrolled on search and rescue duties and carried out Naval Gunfire Support missions during the Vietnam War.

McCaffery was decommissioned and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 30 September 1973, and sold for scrap on 11 June 1974.


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.