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USS Deyo (DD-989)

The USS Deyo (DD-989) served in the U.S. Navy for almost two and a half decades in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. She was named for Vice Admiral Morton Lyndholm Deyo who served in World War II and headed Cruiser Division 13. Deyo was designed to Spruance-class destroyer specifications.


Deyo was laid down at Pascagoula, Mississippi by the Litton Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation in October 1977, launched in January 1979, and commissioned in March 1980 with Commander Joseph J. Hutton, Jr., in command. Carrying a crew of 296, Deyo had a displacement of 7,800 tons and was 563 feet long. Four gas turbines and two screws supported a cruising speed of 30 knots, and a range of 6,000 nautical miles at 20 knots. Deyo was armed with two five-inch rapid fire guns, a surface-to-air missile system, an anti-submarine rocket launcher, six 12.75-inch anti-submarine torpedo tubes, and one helicopter.

Naval History

Deyo was deployed to the Persian Gulf in May 1981, and participated in various special operations in the Caribbean and eastern Pacific. She was awarded the Navy Expeditionary Medal and the Sea Service Deployment award for duty in the Middle East. While deployed to the Persian Gulf in 1983, Deyo received the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation. Deyo participated in a joint Navy/Coast Guard anti-drug operation in October 1984 and was commended for her service during this mission.

Deyo was named the top destroyer of Destroyer Squadron 6 in March 1985, and then received a 15-month overhaul at Portland, Maine. In May 1986, Deyo sailed to her home port of Charleston, South Carolina and was deployed with Iowa to the Mediterranean, Arabian Sea, and Indian Ocean in July 1987. Duty in the Persian Gulf was served in 1989, and Deyo then supported anti-drug operations in the Caribbean in 1990 and 1992.

Deyo participated in non-warfare battle exercises in mid-1993, and served during various operations in the Mediterranean in 1994. In May 1995, Deyo changed home ports to Norfolk, Virginia and then returned to counter-drug service in the Caribbean and Pacific. Mediterranean duty followed from June to December 1998, and Deyo participated in technological warfare experiments off the east coast and in the Gulf of Mexico in September 2000. Deyo then served with the Harry S. Truman Battle Group to support United Nations sanctions against Iraq from December 2001 to May 2002. Decommissioned in November 2003, Deyo was struck from the Navy list in April 2004 and sunk in August 2005.

Asbestos Risk on the USS Deyo (DD-989)

Asbestos insulation was used in the design and construction of both merchant and naval craft like the USS Deyo since the early 1900’s. Asbestos was employed almost universally on board ships and at shipyards by the Navy because it was plentiful, inexpensive and an excellent insulation. Unfortunately it was later determined that exposure to the substance could lead to a diagnosis of pleural or peritoneal mesothelioma, a serious and often life-threatening form of asbestos cancer.

Engine mechanics and those responsible for the repair and maintenance of boilers and pumps had a greater risk of asbestos exposure as the machinery they worked on generally contained large amounts of asbestos insulation, gaskets, valves and other asbestos parts. In addition, the rooms that this heavy machinery was housed in were small and poorly ventilated so the chance of breathing in asbestos dust was very high for these individuals.

There is legal recourse available to those sailors who have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure that they sustained on the USS Deyo or other ships. We have created a complete mesothelioma information packet to aid you in understanding your options. Please take a moment to fill in the request form on this page and we'll send you your information kit, free of charge.



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