Cold War 1953–1965
Following her Korean War service, USS Taylor (DDE 468) made several more deployments to the western Pacific. These missions included joint training exercises with allies, goodwill visits to Asian ports, including some in South Korea, and Taiwan Patrol missions to maintain a deterrent presence in the waters between Taiwan and mainland China. In 1960 Taylor visited Australia for the 18th annual celebration commemorating victory in the Battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942. Taylor spent the spring and summer of 1962 in the mid Pacific as a support unit for Operation Dominic, the largest nuclear weapons testing program – and the last atmospheric tests – ever conducted by the United States. After a repair period, Taylor’s classification was changed from escort destroyer DDE 468 to destroyer DD 468 on 7 August 1962.