USS Rathburne II

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Rathburne II DE-1057

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Rathburne II

(DE-1057: dp. 4,064 (f.); 1. 438'; b. 47'; dr. 25'; s. 27 k.;
cpl. 243; a. ASROC, 1 5", 4 tt.; el. Kno~)

The second Rathburne (DE-1057) was laid down 8 January 1968 by Loekheed Shipbuilding & Construetion Co., Seattle, Wash., launched 2 May 1969 sponsored by Mrs. Charles A. Bowsher; and commissioned 16 May 1970, Comdr. Richard B. Evans in command.

Rathburne arrived at her home port of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on 20 July 1970 and spent the remainder of that year and the first quarter of the next engaged in weapons systems' testing and various exercises. On 14 April 1971, she departed Pearl Harbor for a six-month WestPae deployment, returning to Ilawaii on 27 October for an extended upkeep period. After a short visit to the west coast in May and June 1972, Rathburne embarked upon her second tour of duty in WestPae 31 July 1972. She ended 1972 and began 1973 in the western Pacific, off the coast of Vietnam, and did not return to Pearl Harbor until 25 February 1973. She remained in the Pearl Harbor area throughout 1973 and is still operating there as of January 1974.