USS Stump (DD-978)

She was my first assignment.  I served as Damage Control Assistant, Overhaul Assistant in Brooklyn Navy Shipyard and Auxiliary Officer.

USS STUMP was the 16th SPRUANCE - class destroyer and the first ship in the Navy named after Admiral Felix B. Stump. The STUMP was last homeported in Norfolk, Va. Both decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list on October 22, 2004, the STUMP spent the following months berthed at the Inactive Ships On-site Maintenance Office, Philadelphia, Penn., until sunk as a target on June 7, 2006.

General Characteristics:       Awarded: January 26, 1972

                                            Keel laid: August 25, 1975

                                            Launched: January 8, 1977

                                            Commissioned: August 19, 1978

                                            Decommissioned: October 22, 2004

                                            Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding, West Bank, Pascagoula, Miss.

                                            Propulsion system: four General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine engines

                                            Propellers: two  Blades on each Propeller: five

                                            Length: 564,3 feet (172 meters)

                                            Beam: 55,1 feet (16.8 meters)

                                            Draft: 28,9 feet (8.8 meters)

                                            Displacement: approx. 9,200 tons full load

                                            Speed: 30+ knots

                                            Aircraft: two SH-60B Seahawk (LAMPS 3)

                                            Armament: two Mk 45 5-inch/54 caliber lightweight guns, one MK 41 VLS for             

                                                    Tomahawk, ASROC and Standard missiles, Mk 46 torpedoes (two triple 

                                                    tube mounts), Harpoon missile launchers, one Sea Sparrow launcher, 

                                                    one Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) System, two 20mm Phalanx CIWS

                                            Crew: approx. 340


USS STUMP deployed as USCOMSOLANT Flagship for UNITAS XXII. It was on this cruise that STUMP obtained it's mascot Felix, a Bluefronted Amazon Parrot, during a port visit to Brazil.  In October 1982, STUMP deployed to the Persian Gulf as a part of the Middle East Force to conduct radar picket operations.

USS STUMP IS NAMED FOR Admiral Felix B. Stump

A native of Parkersburg, West Virginia, Felix Budwell Stump was appointed to the 

Naval Academy from that state in 1913.  He graduated in March 1917, just prior 

to the United States entrance into World War I, during which he served in the 

gunboat YORKTOWN and as Navigator on the cruiser CINCINNATI, operating on 

escort duty in the Atlantic.

After the war he served in the battleship ALABAMA, had flight training at the 

Naval Air Station, Pensacola, and postgraduate instruction in Aeronautical 

Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He subsequently 

served in Torpedo Squadron 2 of the experimental carrier LANGLEY; as Assembly 

and Repair officer at Naval Air Station, Hampton Roads, Virginia; and in command 

of the Cruiser Scouting Wing and on the Staff of Commander Cruisers, Scouting 

Fleet. He then had two tours of duty in the Bureau of Aeronautics; and was C

ommanding Officer of the SARATOGA's Scout-Bombing Squadron 2, and Navigator 

and Executive Officer, respectively, of the carriers LEXINGTON and ENTERPRISE.

In command of the LANGLEY in Manila Bay, at the outbreak of World War II, he was transferred in January 1942 to the Staff of the Commander in Chief, Asiatic Fleet. For exceptionally meritorious service as "Commander of the combined operation center of the Allied-American, British, Dutch and Australian air command..." he was awarded the U.S. Army's Distinguished Service Medal.

In 1942 he had eight months duty as Air Officer for Commander Western Sea Frontier, then commanded the new carrier LEXINGTON, which was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for Heroism in the Gilbert and Marshall Islands operations 1943. He was awarded the Silver Star Medal for "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against Japanese-held islands..." from September to December 1943. He later commanded Carrier Division 24, and was awarded the Navy Cross twice, the Legion of Merit (three awards) and has the ribbon for the Presidential Unit Citation to his flagship, the NATOMA BAY.

He was Chief of Naval Air Technical Training Command from May 1945 to December 1948, after which he served successively as Commander in Chief, Pacific and U.S. Pacific Fleet, with headquarters at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on July 10, 1953. In February 1958 when the command was divided, he was relieved of duty as Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet, but continued to serve as Commander in Chief, Pacific until his retirement, effective August 1, 1958. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for "exceptionally meritorious Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet; United States Military Advisor to the Southeast Treaty Organizations."

After his retirement, he was appointed to the position of Vice Chairman of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

UNITAS:  Chip Eckles looking out at the last of Chile

Chilean Inland Waterway from Stern of USS Stump

IO Cruise:  Hanging out in my stateroom

IO Cruise:  Suez Canel

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