The colors gold and dark blue, associated with the Navy, symbolize the sun and the Pacific Ocean, the area where Admiral (then Lieutenant Commander) McClusky led dive bombing attacks on Japan’s aircraft carrier force. The pheon, winged and red in color to indicate fiery destruction from the air, represents the Dauntless dive-bombers in action sinking four aircraft carriers at Midway. The carriers are symbolized by the four red rounders which allude to Japanese aircraft markings. For his heroic actions during the Battle of Midway, alluded to by the pile diving through enemy forces, Admiral McClusky was awarded the Navy Cross represented by the blue cross.
Admiral McClusky’s achievements during the Korean War, for which he was awarded the Legion of Merit, and his distinguished service as Chief of Staff of the Seventh Fleet during that period, are indicated by the wreath and the Neptune spear of seven barbs, respectively. The gold and blue taeguk and the red dragon refer to Korea.
Persistent, Courageous and Victorious!
Power Plant: 2 - General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine engines; single shaft, 41,000 shaft horsepower.
Length: 453 feet (135.9 meters)
Beam: 45 feet (13.5 meters)
Displacement: 4,100 tons (full load)
Speed: 30 plus knots (33.4+ miles per hour)
Birth: Built by Todd Pacific Shipyards Los Angeles Division
Keel Laid: 21 October 1981
Christened: 18 Sept 1982
Commissioned: 10 December 1983 in Long Beach CA Important Events since commissioning:
1986: Involved in the patrolling of Taiwan International Waters during Chinese large scale exercises in region.
1991: Changed homeports to Yokosuka Japan. USS McCLUSKY assisted in Operation Fiery Vigil, the evacuation of civilians from the Philippines during the eruption of Mt Pinatubo.
1992: The ship visited Vladivostok Russia, the first ship to do so after the break up of the Soviet Union.
1996: After three Arabian Gulf Deployments, 15 Bilateral exercises and over 40 port visits, McCLUSKY departs Yokosuka for homeport shift back to San Diego.
2000: First Counter Narcotics Operation – numerous drug seizures
2002: While on deployment McCLUSKY rescued Richard Van Pham.
2003: Battle “E” Winner