The USS McMorris (DE1036), fourth and last ship of her class, was designed primarily as an antisubmarine escort vessel. She was built with several recent developments at the time including a unique upper deck arrangement, aluminum mast and superstructure, and the latest in electronic detection equipment which continued to change over the years. The ship was designed with crew comfort in mind which included complete air-conditioning, improved recreation facilities, a ship-wide recorded entertainment system, and semiprivate living quarters.
McMorris was 312 feet long, displaced 1900 tons, with a maximum beam of 38 feet. The ship was powered by four Fairbanks-Morse diesel engines that delivered 9200 shaft horsepower to the single screw, propelling the ship to speeds in excess of 20 knots. Her main battery originally consisted of two 3"/50 single gun rapid fire mounts and two trainable MK 32 torpedo tube mounts, a stern mounted depth charge rack, and two sets of ahead firing hedgehog batteries behind the forward gun mount. The hedgehogs were subsequently removed and replaced temporarily by a Norwegian built Terne II antisubmarine missile launcher which was later removed. The depth charge rack was also removed in later years.
(Stricken December 16 1974. To Indonesia December 16 1974. Renamed Ngurah Rai, Still in service as of MAR 2002.)
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With the passing of Skip Reynolds the reunion group is re-organizing to fill the shoes of a dynamic leader. We are doing everything in our power to keep growing the group and moving forward.
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