CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATION
On the occasion of the commissioning of USS CLAUD JONES as one of our newest escort ships, I wish to convey my sincerest wishes to you, your officers, and your crew for a happy, eventful and successful cruise.
The design of the CLAUD JONES was conceived as an ocean escort that could be produced In large numbers; therefore, her design is somewhat austere. Nevertheless, no effort has been spared In fitting her with the best equipment available for the conduct of anti-submarine warfare.
The experience you will gain in the operation of CLAUD JONES will be useful for further advances in the art of anti-submarine warfare. It is vital to the readiness of the Navy that you achieve the maximum result with the capabilities built into your ship. You have a great responsibility. I am sure you will discharge that responslbilty well and faithfully.
If I could be on board for the commissioning of the CLAUD JONES, here are some of the things I would like to say to the ship's company:
It is your privilege to serve in the most powerful and best Navy In the whole world. Ahead of you there are many hours of hard work and training; at the same time there will be many hours of pleasure and enjoyment. However, the most important fact is that you will carry with you throughout your life a feeling of accomplishment and the memory of having been part of a group engaged in an important task the defense of the United States.
Each of you will perform a vital function In giving life to your ship. Your most diligent efforts are required. The strength of the whole lies in the strength of its individual parts. Be you a seaman of the lowest grade performing your specific duties or the sonarman who actually makes and holds contact, the services of each of you are required to produce an efficient, vigilant ship. Your country Is watching you. Do not fail it or yourself.
To each of you a fair wind and a following sea, and Godspeed In the tasks which lie ahead.
Lieutenant Commander Warren M. Cone, USN
CLAUD JONES (DE-1033)
c/o Commandant, Eighth Naval District
U.S. Naval Station
New Orleans 40, Louisiana
USS CLAUD JONES (DE-1033) is the lead ship of a new four-ship series of U. S. Navy anti-submarine escort vessels. As the first of her type she embodies several new features, including a unique upper deck arrangement, aluminum masts and deckhouse, and the newest electrdnic detection equipment.
Launched on May 27, 1958 at Avondale Marine Ways, Avondale, Louisiana, the 1,750-ton warship was christened by Mrs. M. R. J. Wylie, of Allison Park, Pennsylvania, daughter of the late Rear Admiral Claud A. Jones, USN, for whom the vessel was named. The ship's keel was laid on June 1, 1957.
For her primary mission of protecting wartime convoys from submarine attacks, the CLAUD JONES is equipped with two hedgehog projectors forward, the latest torpedo launchers amidships, depth charge racks, and three-inch 50-caliber rapid fire mounts fore and aft. Her four main diesel engines developing 9,600 horsepower are geared to one shaft to provide speeds in excess of 21 knots. Ships of this class are the Navy's largest single-screw combatant vessels.
The entire ship is air-conditioned, and other habitability features for the convenience of her crew have been incorporated in the living spaces.
Overall length 312 feet Beam 38 feet
Displacement (Standard) 1,750 tons
Band Slections ------------------------- Sixth Naval District Band
Invocation ----------------------------------- Commander Charles H. Iley CHC, USN
Introduction of Mr. Henry Zachary Carter
Executive Vice President, Avondale Marine Ways, Inc.,
Avondale, Louisiana ------------Captain D. C. Brown, USN
Acting Chief of Staff,
Sixth Naval District
Remarks -------------------------- Mr. Carter
Introduction of Rear Admiral John S. Thach, USN
Commander, Hunter/Killer Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet
-------------Rear Admiral John C. Daniel, USN
Commandant, Sixth Naval District
Remarks ------------------------ Rear Admiral Thach
Reading of Navy Department Orders to
Commission USS CLAUD JONES DE1033
---------------------------Rear Admiral Daniel
ENSIGN, JACK AND COMMISSION PENNANT ARE HOISTED
AS SIXTH NAVAL DISTRICT BAND PLAYS THE NATIONAL ANTHEM
READING OF COMMANDING OFFICER'S ORDERS
--- Lieutenant Commander Warren M. Cone, USN
SETTING OF FIRST WATCH ABOARD USS CLAUD JONES
---- Lieutenant D. E. Crawley, USN Executive Officer
PRESENTATION OF HOLY BIBLE TO USS CLAUD JONES IN BEHALF OF
THE AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY --------- Commander Iley
PRESENTATION OF PHOTOGRAPH OF THE LATE
REAR ADMIRAL CLAUD JONES, USN BY HIS SON, CAPTAIN F. C. JONES, USN
BENEDICTION --------- Commander lley
Band Selections ------- Sixth Naval District Band