Cold War Ship History

Although history generally considers The Cold War to have begun in 1947, for USS Taylor, recommissioned as DDE 468 in 1951, The Cold War began in 1953, after her Korean War service. During this time between the Korean War and the Vietnam War, Taylor made numerous deployments to the western Pacific, conducting goodwill port visits, joint training exercises with allies, and “Taiwan Patrol” missions in the Formosa Strait (now called the Taiwan Strait). In 1962, the same year USS Taylor reverted back to her destroyer designation as DD 468, the ship was assigned to Operation Dominic, a series of nuclear tests conducted in the mid-Pacific. All of these missions were intended to support the objective of keeping Communist ambitions in check. USS Taylor Cold War History.