USS Biddle (DD-151)
|Builder:||William Cramp and Sons|
|Laid down:||22 April 1918|
|Launched:||3 October 1918|
|Commissioned:||22 April 1919|
|Decommissioned:||5 October 1945|
|Reclassified:||AG-114, 30 June 1945|
|Struck:||24 October 1945|
|Fate:||Sold for scrapping, 3 December 1946|
|Class & type:||Wickes class destroyer|
|Length:||314 ft 5 in (95.83 m)|
|Beam:||31 ft 8 in (9.65 m)|
|Draft:||9 ft (2.74 m)|
|Speed:||35 knots (65 km/h)|
|Complement:||159 officers and enlisted|
|Armament:||4 × 4" (102 mm), 2 × 3" (76 mm), 12 × 21" (533 mm) torpedo tubes|
Biddle was launched 3 October 1918 by William Cramp and Sons Ship and Engine Building Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, sponsored by Miss Elise B. Robinson, a great-great-grandniece of Captain Biddle; and commissioned 22 April 1919, Commander C. T. Blackburn in command.
Following her commissioning, Biddle made a cruise to the Mediterranean and returned to New York 1 July 1920. After assignment to Division 48, Atlantic Fleet, she cruised along the east coast until decommissioned at Philadelphia Navy Yard 20 June 1922. She remained laid up until recommissioned 16 October 1939. Until November 1940 she served on patrol duty with Destroyer Division 66, Atlantic Squadron, and on training duty with Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. She patrolled in the Caribbean under orders of the Commandant, 15th Naval District (November 1940-May 1941) and then rejoined Destroyer Division 66 patrolling out of Key West, Florida.
Biddle spent March 1942-February 1945 on convoy duty in the Caribbean except for two short periods. She formed part of anti-submarine TG 2. (18 January 1944 – 27 February 1944) and escorted a convoy to North Africa (24 March 1944 – 11 May 1944). During the latter mission, 11–12 April, while fighting off an air attack, she had seven men wounded by a strafing attack by a German plane. Biddle operated off the east coast, March–July 1945, on training exercises with motor torpedo boats. She was reclassified a miscellaneous auxiliary (AG-114) 30 June 1945, and arrived at Boston Navy Yard 15 July for conversion. Her conversion was completed just as the war with Japan ended and she remained at Boston until decommissioned 5 October 1945. She was sold 3 December 1946.
Biddle received one battle star for her service with Convoy UGS-37.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.