My brother stopped by for a little visit recently
and talked turned to the ship we served on while
in the Navy. After he informed me that he did
an internet search and found out she was
decommissioned I admit to being curious as to
The USS Preble, DDG-46, was a Guilded Missle
Destroyer during our hitch and had seen a lot
of action since it was commissioned in 1960.
She was a lean machine at 5,648 tons, with a
length of 512 feet 6 inches, and a crew of 360.
With 85,000 SHP turbines and twin screws the
Preble had a top speed of 33 knots and a range
of 5000 NM at 20 knots.
The Preble was ‘dismantled’ in March of 2002.
That news caused me to wonder how one would go
about scapping something the size of a ship.
After some searching I discovered the Metro
Machine Corporation did indeed dismantle the
Preble, and even some pictures of the deed. You
can see the pictures here.
It seems like a sad end to a ship that had two
different home ports and a drydock while we were
aboard. We were almost hoping it would have been
sunk off the coast for an artificial reef instead.
Comments are always welcome.