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Shaw DD- 68 - History

Shaw DD- 68 - History

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(DD-68: dp. 1,110; 1. 315'3"; b. 29'11", dr. 10'81/4"s. 29.5 k.; cpl. 130; a. 4 4", 2 1-pdrs., 12 21" tt.,cl. Sampson)

The first Shaw (DD-68) was laid down on 7 February 1916 by the Mare Island Navy Yard; launched on 9 December 1916; sponsored by Mrs. Virginia Kemper Lynch Millard; and commissioned on 9 April 1917, Lt. Comdr. Milton S. Davis in command.

Shaw sailed from Mare Island on 25 May 1917 and arrived at New York on 10 June 1917 ready for distant service. She sailed a week later as one of the Escort of Group 4 of the Expeditionary Force from the United States to France. On 26 June, she fueled at sea from a tanker, and the convoy arrived at Quiberon Bay, France, on 1 July. On the 4th, she sailed from St. Nazaire and arrived at Queenstown, Ireland, the next day. On 10 July, she began patrol and convoy escort duty based on Queenstown, convoying eastbound and westbound ships through the submarine danger zone around the British Isles, for the most part without incident. On 1 July 1918, she received an SOS from the torpedoed American transport, USS Covington, and rushed to her aid. On arrival, she found that Covington's survivors had been removed and the ship had been taken under tow. But, the crippled transport sank later in the day. On 25 September, a ship in Shaw's convoy was attacked by a submarine but not damaged.

Shaw's own ordeal came on 9 October 1918. While escorting the giant British transport, Aquitania, Shaw's rudder jammed just as she was completing the right leg of a zigzag, leaving her headed directly towards the transport. A moment later, Aquitania struck Shaw, cutting off 90 feet of the destroyer's bow, mangling her bridge and setting her on fire. Shaw's crew heroically brought her damage under control, and a skeleton crew of 21 men took the wreck 40 miles into port under her own power.

Shaw remained under repair at Portsmouth, England, until 29 May 1919 when she sailed for the United States. She arrived at New York on 17 June 1919 and moved to the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 2 October where she joined the reserve destroyer group and was decommissioned on 21 June 1922.

Shaw was struck from the Navy list on 25 March 1926 and transferred to the Coast Guard the same day. She was returned to the Navy by the Coast Guard and reinstated on the Navy list effective 30 June 1933. Her name was cancelled on 1 November 1933 for assignment to a new destroyer, and the ship was struck again on 5 July 1934 and sold on 22 August 1934 for scrapping to Michael Flynn, Inc, Brooklyn, N.Y.

USS The Sullivans (DDG 68)

USS THE SULLIVANS is the second ship in the Navy named after the five Sullivan brothers. Homeported in Mayport, Fla., she is part of the Atlantic Fleet. According to the German news magazine "Der Spiegel", in January 2000, 10 months before the attack on USS COLE (DDG 67) in Aden, USS THE SULLIVANS was the target of a failed terrorist attack in the port of Aden, Yemen.

General Characteristics: Keel Laid: June 14, 1993
Launched: August 12, 1995
Commissioned: April 19, 1997
Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
Propulsion system: four General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine engines
Propellers: two
Blades on each Propeller: five
Length: 505,25 feet (154 meters)
Beam: 67 feet (20.4 meters)
Draft: 30,5 feet (9.3 meters)
Displacement: approx. 8.300 tons full load
Speed: 30+ knots
Aircraft: None. But LAMPS 3 electronics installed on landing deck for coordinated DDG/helicopter ASW operations.
Armament: two MK 41 VLS for Standard missiles, Tomahawk Harpoon missile launchers, one Mk 45 5-inch/54 caliber lightweight gun, two Phalanx CIWS, Mk 46 torpedoes (from two triple tube mounts)
Homeport: Mayport, Fla.
Crew: 23 Officers, 24 Chief Petty Officers and 291 Enlisted

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS THE SULLIVANS. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.

USS THE SULLIVAN's Commanding Officers:

April 19, 1997 - September 4, 1998Commander Gerard D. Roncolato, USN
September 4, 1998 - February 9, 2000Commander E. Scott Hebner, USN
February 9, 2000 - July 2001Commander Daniel Paul Keller, USN
July 2001 - March 2003Commander Dixon R. Smith, USN
March 2003 - December 2004Commander Richard A. Brown, USN
December 2004 - June 2006Commander Wade F. Wilkenson, USN
June 2006 - December 2007Commander Anhtony J. Parisi, USN
December 2007 - August 2009Commander Ryan C. Tillotson, USN
August 2009 - May 2010Commander Neil E. Funtanilla, USN
May 2010 - June 2010Commander Robert J. Cepek, USN
June 2010 - September 2011Commander Mark A. Olson, USN
September 2011 - November 2011Commander Sylvester L. Steele, USN
November 2011 - May 2012Commander Derick S. Armstrong, USN
May 2012 - June 2012Captain John M. Esposito, USN
June 2012 - April 2013Commander Wesley A. Smith, USN
April 2013 - October 2014Commander Samuel F. de Castro, USN
October 2014 - presentCommander Jennifer M. Blakeslee, USN


USS THE SULLIVANS was laid down on 14 June 1993 at Bath, Maine, by Bath Iron Works Co. launched on 12 August 1995 sponsored by Kelly Sullivan Loughren, granddaughter of Albert Leo Sullivan and commissioned at Staten Island, N.Y., on 19 April 1997, Commander Gerard D. Roncolato in command.

On 26 April, THE SULLIVANS departed New York for Norfolk where, after arriving on the 27th, the crew completed underway replenishment qualifications with PLATTE (AO 186). The warship then sailed for Mayport on 29 April and arrived in her new homeport on 2 May.

After completing two days of gunnery trials in mid-May, THE SULLIVANS embarked upon her shakedown deployment to the West Indies on 27 May. That cruise took her to the waters off Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, where the destroyer conducted numerous sonar, gunnery, and torpedo exercises. The warship also twice entered Roosevelt Roads and stopped once at St. Thomas for port visits. On 29 June, THE SULLIVANS conducted test firings of Standard SM-2 ER missiles from her vertical launch system (VLS). After a brief stop at Mayport for the 4 July weekend, the warship joined other ARLEIGH BURKE - class destroyers, cruisers, destroyers, and frigates off the Virginia Capes for a multiple-ship missile firing exercise. She returned to Mayport on the 12th for upkeep.

Following three days of damage control exercises in mid-August, the crew began preparations for a post shakedown availability. She sailed for Maine on 3 September, arriving at Bath Iron Works on the 5th. The shipyard repainted the hull, altered the superstructure, and installed equipment upgrades in the engineering plant and combat systems suite. When the yard work was completed THE SULLIVANS got underway for Mayport, arriving there on the 23 November.

On 8 December the destroyer joined ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) off Georgia for a week of underway training. While providing plane guard services on the 11th, a McDonnell Douglas T-45A trainer ("Goshawk") splashed following take-off. THE SULLIVANS made a high-speed dash to the site. While the carrier's rescue helicopter safely rescued the pilot, boats launched by THE SULLIVANS picked up considerable pieces of wreckage which were helpful in determining the cause of the crash. The crew also completed helicopter deck landing qualifications before returning to port for the holidays on the 12th.

In January 1998, the crew of THE SULLIVANS began a series of exercises designed "to build the capability for long-term self-sustained training onboard." They included engineering, combat, seamanship, and battle scenario training exercises. These local operations lasted until 18 May when the warship got underway for New York and the annual "Fleet Week" celebrations.

Following a week long port visit, THE SULLIVANS got underway on 26 May for Halifax, Nava Scotia to conduct training workups for the upcoming Exercise "Unified Spirit `98." During the exercise she joined an amphibious task force formed around NASSAU (LHA 4), two LPDs, and two LSDs. The warship screened the "gator" ships during an exercise focusing on multi-national peace enforcement operations. Ships from Canada, Great Britain, Germany, France, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, and Portugal also participated in the exercise. After this exercise, the ship visited Boston and then sailed with relatives and family for Mayport, arriving on 1 July.

After a summer of conducting midshipmen training off the Florida coast, Commander Roncolato was relieved by Commander E. Scott Hebner, USN, in a change of command ceremony on 4 September 1998. THE SULLIVANS is assigned to Destroyer Squadron Twenty-Four, a component of the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) Battle Group. In 1999, the ship participated in various training exercises to prepare for her maiden deployment in October to the Mediterranean and then in 2000 continued into the Arabian Sea and participated in exercises and boarding operations until late March. On 9 February, 2000, Commander Daniel Paul Keller, USN relieved Commander Heber in a change of command ceremony, held at sea on station in the Arabian Gulf. After port visits in the Persian Gulf, she returned through the Mediterranean to her homeport in April 2000, successfully completing her first six month deployment. After participating in BEACHFEST at Port Canaveral, FL, THE SULLIVANS underwent a major maintenance overhaul to prepare for future operations.

In February 2002, the destroyer again deployed with the KENNEDY Battle Group to the Arabian Sea in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In mid-August 2002, THE SULLIVANS returned to Mayport.

Accidents aboard USS THE SULLIVANS:

July 22, 2015off VirginiaA SM-2 Block IIIA missile detonates during a test launch while the ship is underway off the coast of Virginia. The explosion causes a small fire on the ship's stern and slightly damages THE SULLIVANS' port side. No injuries are reported. The photo below is an official US Navy photo taken just after the explosion.

Destroyers are named for naval heroes and leaders. Thus the Navy decided to honor the five Sullivan brothers by naming a new destroyer THE SULLIVANS. This name has caused some confusion because the Navy does not use the article "the" in front of the names of its ships. In this particular instance "the" is part of the ship's name.

George, Francis, Joseph, Madison, and Albert Sullivan, all sailors from Waterloo, Iowa, gave their lives in World War II, when on November 12, 1942, the cruiser JUNEAU (CL 52) was sunk during the battle of Guadalcanal. Tragically, most of the crew was lost, including all five Sullivan brothers.


The photos below were taken by me and show THE SULLIVANS at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., on July 31, 2000.

The photos below were taken by Verena Suess and show THE SULLIVANS at Reykjavik, Iceland, on July 6, 2013. The port visit was the first stop for THE SULLIVANS after her departure from Mayport, Fla., on June 24, 2013. The ship is presently on an independent deployment.

The photo below was taken by Michael Jenning and shows THE SULLIVANS at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., on April 28, 2015.

The photos below were taken by me and show THE SULLIVANS getting underway from Faslane, UK., on October 4, 2015, to join Exercise Joint Warrior 15-2. Note the markings on the portside of the 5-inch gun on the first two photos.

What Was the Tet Offensive?

As the celebration of the lunar new year, the Tet holiday is the most important holiday on the Vietnamese calendar. In previous years, the holiday had been the occasion for an informal truce in the Vietnam War between South Vietnam and North Vietnam (and their communist allies in South Vietnam, the Viet Cong).

In early 1968, however, the North Vietnamese military commander General Vo Nguyen Giap chose January 31 as the occasion for a coordinated offensive of surprise attacks aimed at breaking the stalemate in Vietnam. Giap, in coordination with Ho Chi Minh, believed that the attacks would cause Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) forces to collapse and foment discontent and rebellion among the South Vietnamese population.

Furthermore, Giap believed the alliance between South Vietnam and the United States was unstable—he hoped the offensive would drive the final wedge between them and convince American leaders to give up their defense of South Vietnam.

Did you know? In February 1968, in the wake of the Tet Offensive, the respected TV journalist Walter Cronkite, who had been a moderate and balanced observer of the war&aposs progress, announced that it seemed "more certain than ever that the bloody experience of Vietnam is to end in a stalemate."

What Did Alan Turing Invent?

Alan Turing was an English mathematician and pioneer of computer science whose biggest achievement was developing a code-breaking machine known as the Bombe that was used to decipher messages encoded by German machines. This invention is widely thought to have changed the course of World War II and saved countless lives, and Turing is known as the father of artificial intelligence and theoretical computer science.

Turing pioneered the concepts of computation and algorithms with his Turing machine, which is considered by many to be the first general purpose computer. Turing was employed by the British government in its Government Code and Cypher School where he worked on breaking ciphers related to German communications.

Winston Churchill stated that Turing's contribution was the "single biggest" contribution in the war against the Nazis. Military strategists estimate that the development of Turing's machine shortened World War II by up to four years.

Despite his achievements, Turing was prosecuted for homosexuality in 1952 and chemically castrated as punishment. He committed suicide in 1954 at the age of 41 when he ate an apple laced with cyanide. Decades after his death, the queen of England pardoned him for his "crimes" and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown apologized to him publicly on behalf of the British government.

Daily life and social customs

Historically, English daily life and customs were markedly different in urban and rural areas. Indeed, much of English literature and popular culture has explored the tension between town and country and between farm and factory. Today, even though the English are among the world’s most cosmopolitan and well-traveled people, ties to the rural past remain strong. Urbanites, for example, commonly retire to villages and country cottages, and even the smallest urban dwelling is likely to have a garden.

Another divide, though one that is fast disappearing, is the rigid class system that long made it difficult for nonaristocratic individuals to rise to positions of prominence in commerce, government, and education. Significant changes have accompanied the decline of the class system, which also had reinforced distinctions between town and country and between the less affluent north of England and the country’s wealthy south. For example, whereas in decades past English radio was renowned for its “proper” language, the country’s airwaves now carry accents from every corner of the country and its former empire, and the wealthy are likely to enjoy the same elements of popular culture as the less advantaged.

Many holidays in England, such as Christmas, are celebrated throughout the world, though the traditional English Christmas is less a commercial event than an opportunity for singing and feasting. Remembrance Day (November 11) honours British soldiers who died in World War I. Other remembrances are unique to England and are nearly inexplicable to outsiders. For example, Guy Fawkes Night (November 5) commemorates a Roman Catholic conspiracy to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605, and Saint George’s Day (April 23) honours England’s patron saint—though the holiday is barely celebrated at all in England, in marked contrast to the celebrations in Wales, Scotland, and Ireland for their respective patron saints. Indeed, the lack of official celebration for Saint George contributes to the ambiguity of “Englishness” and whether it can now be distinguished from “Britishness.” The monarch’s official birthday is also observed nationally and commemorated in the summer by a military parade called Trooping the Colour, which has been celebrated since the 18th century.

English cuisine has traditionally been based on beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and fish, all cooked with the minimum of embellishment and generally served with potatoes and one other vegetable—or, in the case of fish (most commonly cod or haddock) deep-fried in batter and served with deep-fried potato slices (chips). Fish and chips, traditionally wrapped in old newspapers to keep warm on the journey home, has long been one of England’s most popular carryout dishes. By convention, at least for middle-income households, the main family meal of the week was the “Sunday joint,” when a substantial piece of beef, lamb, or pork was roasted in the oven during the morning and served around midday. In the 1950s and ’60s, however, these traditions started to change. Immigrants from India and Hong Kong arrived with their own distinctive cuisine, and Indian and Chinese restaurants became a familiar sight in every part of England. By the 1980s, American-style fast-food restaurants dotted the landscape, and the rapid post-World War II growth of holiday travel to Europe, particularly to France, Spain, Greece, and Italy, exposed the English to new foods, flavours, and ingredients, many of which found their way into a new generation of recipe books that filled the shelves of the typical English kitchen.

Does File History support wildcards in FolderExclude entries (Config1ǘ.xml)?

So I am using File History to back up some folders, as I want regular continuous backups of the data. This works, but I create a lot of dynamic folders that have large sub-folders containing temporary files and build artefacts that I do not want to back up. I do not want to have to go into the UI every time and exclude these as I will likely not remember to do this and the backup drive will fill up with data I do not need. The structure of the folders I create is consistent so the sub-folders I do not want could easily be excluded via wildcard syntax. However, the UI does not appear to support this. Looking at how File History works it is configured from an XML file in %LOCALAPPDATA%MicrosoftWindowsFileHistoryConfiguration, which has XML "FolderExclude" entries listing the folders that were specified in the UI.

So the question is: Do these FolderExclude XML entries support wildcards in the implementation? Even if I cannot input these in the UI, could I manually add them to the XML and expect that it would work, or is this going to cause 'trouble' ?


In May 1960, Orleck’s rotation schedule changed and she joined DesRon 3, the first squadron to be homeported in the Western Pacific since before World War II. Based at Yokosuka for 27 months she operated primarily with fast carrier forces and served three tours with TF 72. In August 1962 she returned to the west coast for Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization. The Mark I overhaul and conversion brought on board the newest in technical equipment and weaponry, including ASROC and DASH.

From November 1963 to June 1964, the “new” destroyer, homeported at Long Beach, conducted training exercises with the 1st Fleet off the west coast. Then rotated back to Yokosuka, she joined TF 77 in the South China Sea as American commitments to the Republic of South Viet Nam escalated. Into October she escorted carriers in the Gulf of Tonkin, then returned briefly to Japan before taking up patrol of Taiwan Strait. From Taiwan she sailed to the Philippines, thence to the Viet Namese coast for TF 77 operations until June. Detached for a month, she joined TF 130 to assist in the recovery of the Gemini IV space capsule. In July she returned to Vietnam to provide escort and plane guard services to Oriskany. Shore bombardment and gunfire support activities followed as the destroyer participated in operations “Starlight”, a regimental attack involving amphibious, helo-borne and ground operations in the Chu Lai area, and “Pirania”, a similar assault at Van Tuong. In late September she departed the gun line only to return the next month to support the last “Dagger Thrust” operations at Lang Ke Ga and Phu Thu.

Spending Christmas in Japan, Orleck was back off Vietnam in January 1966 for surveillance operations followed by 30 days bombardment duty in the Chu Lai-Tam Ky area during operation “Double Eagle”. In mid-March she returned to Japan, whence she headed for the west coast, again to be homeported at Long Beach. She remained on the west coast for overhaul and local operations until departing for Viet Nam 19 September 1967. Assigned first to Yankee Station in Tonkin Gulf, she alternated plane guard duties with surveillance of a Russian electronic intelligence “trawler”. At the end of January 1968, as the Tet offensive reached a climax she shifted to gunfire support duty off Vung Tau. She remained in that area until setting a homeward course 17 February.

Arriving at Long Beach in March, she departed 31 July for her third tour as a non-rotated unit of the 7th Fleet. Asian based at Yokosuka, she was off Vietnam by 13 September to support the 9th R.O.K. Infantry in the Cam Ranh Bay-Nha Trang area. She spent much of the remainder of the year off that embattled coast in roles which ranged from blockade and interdiction of Viet Cong logistic vessels in the I Corps area to gunfire support south of Saigon.

DD886 Vietnam War Engagements

Orleck earned 14 battle stars for action in the Vietnam Conflict as described in Table 2 below as well as the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Vietnam), and Vietnam Service Medal.


  • Promote the memories of George, Francis, Madison, Joseph & Albert – the five Sullivan brothers – who died when their ship USS Juneau (CL-52) sank after being torpedoed by a Japanese submarine during the battle for Guadalcanal on November 13, 1942.
  • Continue to foster the spirit and unity that lived and continues to live among the crews of these gallant ships – USS THE SULLIVANS (DD-537) & USS THE SULLIVANS (DDG-68) – during the years of service to our country.
  • Build and sustain fellowship, camaraderie and communication among our members and their extended families.
  • Pledge our continued loyalty to our great nation, the United States of America.
  • Honor the dedication and service of our departed shipmates.

What Are Real Life Examples of Conic Sections?

Some real-life examples of conic sections are the Tycho Brahe Planetarium in Copenhagen, which reveals an ellipse in cross-section, and the fountains of the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, which comprise a parabolic chorus line, according to Jill Britton, a mathematics instructor at Camosun College. The conics curves include the ellipse, parabola and hyperbola.

The ellipse is the most common conic curve frequently seen in everyday life because each circle appears elliptical when viewed obliquely, states Britton. For example, the surface of water in a glass obtains an elliptical outline when the glass is tilted. Salami is usually cut obliquely to acquire elliptical slices. The orbits of the earth's artificial satellites and the moon are elliptical as well as the paths of comets that permanently orbit the sun. Another elliptic structure is the Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capital building. An elliptical billiard table demonstrates the ability of the ellipse to rebound an object beginning from one focus to another, causing a ball to rebound to the other focus when positioned at a certain focus and thrust with a cue stick.

A real-life example of a parabola is a baseball being hit into the air and following a parabolic path, explains Britton. The center of gravity of a jumping porpoise also describes a parabola.

Equality vs. Freedom — why they can’t coexist

In the Declaration of Independence we are told that all men are created equal, but I think that this is actually one of the great lies that our society perpetuates. Especially, in democracies it is common to think of freedom and equality as essentially synonymous. Surely, they are both core values that must both be upheld in order to have any semblance of democracy.

In fact, I think the opposite ends u p being true. Equality and freedom are directly opposed — the more you have of one, the less you have of the other. As historians Will and Ariel Durant testify in The Lessons of History, “freedom and equality are sworn and everlasting enemies, and when one prevails the other dies.”

How can this be the case? I think our misunderstanding of how equality and freedom relate stems from a misunderstanding of the process of evolution. If we were all truly born equal, as the Declaration claims, then there would be no evolution. We are all in fact born unique, with different amounts and types of intelligence, attractiveness, and a range of other physical and mental qualities. Naturally, these differences lead some to have natural advantages over others. These variations and differences are necessary for the process of evolution and natural selection to work.

This is not a fashionable way to think because throughout history natural differences between humans have been used to justify subjugation. While this is true, what I think turns out to also be true is if we reject reality and buy into the idea that we are all created equal, then we will necessarily end up subjugating others due to a misunderstanding of the way that freedom and equality relate to each other.

In order to understand how this can be the case, it is easiest to look at examples within society. If you look at relatively free societies, like democracies, you’ll see tremendous amount of inequality exist. In the United States, the hot issue now is income inequality. Similarly, there are inequalities in terms of social influence and political power. These inequalities exist in free societies because they allow the natural inequalities of humans to compound. In other words, left unchecked or free, the natural state of humanity is inequality. Similarly, if you look at relatively less free societies, like ones based on socialism or communism, you will see that the people are much more equal. Most people living in socialist or communist countries are around the same socio-economic status. While there may be more equality, the people in these societies have much less individual freedom. There is a tradeoff between equality and freedom.

Now, all of this exists on a spectrum with complete equality on one end and complete freedom on the other. All societies choose some balance that those in power elect as optimal. In most democracies, citizens still sacrifice personal freedoms in some cases for greater equality. For example, in the United States and in all democracies, individuals hand over large portions of their income in income taxes in order to ensure access for all to basic goods like schools, roads, and public infrastructure. Surely, people would have more individual freedom if they had complete control over how to spend all their money, but this tradeoff is made because it secures greater equality.

Why is this important to understand? As mentioned earlier, if we do not understand the true relationship between equality and freedom we may unwillingly end up advocating for the subjugation of others. This is because any attempts to create equality will necessarily result in the subjugation of people that have natural advantages over others. Is it better to be in a society that is free and lets natural inequalities among people persist, leading to widespread inequalities, or is it better to be in a society where personal freedoms are sacrificed and those with advantages are subjugated in order to create equality among people? This is obviously not a black and white issue, and it is beyond the scope of this short essay to discuss fully, but any answer must be founded on a correct understanding of how equality and freedom interact.

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