Laid down at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard 25 September 1962, she launched 30 June 1964, commissioned 8 April 1967 as DLG 31 and, after shakedown, operated from Yokosuka, Japan until 1970. For the duration of the Vietnam War thereafter, she served as an air traffic control ship and engaged in rescuing downed aviators off North Vietnam.
On 30 June 1975, with all her sister DLGs, Sterett was redesignated as a guided missile cruiser (CG 31).
From 1981 to 1991, she made her home port at Subic Bay, Philippine Islands. During this period:
Transferred to the Atlantic in 1993, Sterett supported “Operation Support Democracy” off Haiti and performed counter-drug operations in the Caribbean.
Sterett decommissioned 24 March 1994 and was sold for scrapping on 31 July 2005.
Sources: Bauer & Roberts, Friedman, Silverstone; Global Security.
Reference: Last Voyage.