DER-386 as Target Ship
"For almost four decades, duties of the USS Savage rendered consistent and faithful service in the cause of peace and freedom. Now her tour is over.
May she continue to steam in the memories of the many who served aboard her in peace and war.
We ask your protection and blessing upon the thousands who sailed in her as part of the Savage crew.
Enable her shipmates to contribute expertise and enthusiam developed aboard her to positions throughout the United States Navy and the world.
And when, like United States Ship Savage, our colors are struck and our logbook sealed, grant us safe haven, a
peaceful harbor, and perfect peace ."
[This photo was taken by Lyle Humphrey of the U.S. Navy, as part of his official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image is in the public domain.]
An aerial port bow view of the United States Naval radar picket destroyer escort USS Savage (ex DER-386) with cameras and antennas positioned on her decks, for use during the High Altitude Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) project at the Pacific Missile Test Center off Point Mugu, California, on 25 September, 1982.
Ex-Savage was sunk on Monday 25 October, 1982.