Altain F 591 ex-USS Gandy DE 764

ALTAIR F 591
(Italian Frigate)

ex-USS GANDY DE 764

"Photo was taken in the Taranto Bay when we first arrived from the US after taking
possession of the ship.  Note there is not yet a hull number on the ship.

I came out of the Italian Navy Academy as Aspirante (Cadet) and I was assigned aboard
ALTAIR as responsible for the ammunitions and deposit of these ones.

A few months later I was promoted to Guardiamarina (Ensign) and I became
galloper to the Firing Officer (Commander of the weapons and the guns).
With the rank of Guardiamarina, I was disembarked from the Altair at the end of 1952.

I was reshipped on other units of the Italian Navy and I left the Navy
in 1958 acquiring the grade of Tenente di Vascello (Lieutenant)".

Photo and information submitted by Mario Giubileo

Photo 1  |  Photo 2  |  Photo 3

USS GANDY DE 764
Laid down by Tampa Shipbuilding, Tampa, FL 1 Mar 1943
Launched 12 Dec 1943
Commissioned 7 Feb 1944
Decommissioned 17 Jun 1946
Stricken from the USN fleet 26 Mar 1951
Transferred to Italy 10 Jan 1951 and renamed Altair F 591
Sold for scrap in 1971

 

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