USS Broome (DD-210)

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Career (US)
Namesake: John L. Broome
Builder: William Cramp and Sons
Laid down: 8 October 1918
Launched: 14 May 1919
Commissioned: 31 October 1919
Recommissioned: 5 February 1930
Decommissioned: 30 December 1922 and 20 May 1946
Reclassified: AG-96, 23 May 1945
Fate: Sold, 20 November 1946
General characteristics
Class & type: Clemson-class destroyer
Displacement: 1,215 tons
Length: 314 ft 4 in (95.81 m)
Beam: 31 ft 9 in (9.68 m)
Draft: 9 ft 10 in (3 m)
Speed: 35 knots (65 km/h)
Complement: 122 officers and enlisted
Armament: 4 x 4" (102 mm), 1 x 3" (76 mm), 12 x 21" (533 mm) TT.

USS Broome (DD-210/AG-96) was a Clemson-class destroyer in the United States Navy. She was named after Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel John L. Broome.

Broome was launched 14 May 1919 by William Cramp and Sons, Philadelphia; sponsored by Miss Mary Josephine Heyworth Broome, granddaughter of Lieutenant Colonel Broome, and commissioned 31 October 1919, Commander C. M. Austin in command.

Service history[edit]

Broome left New York Navy Yard in May 1920 for duty in European waters. She cruised between English and French ports, as well as in the Baltic Sea and Mediterranean. At the end of the year, she reported to the Asiatic Fleet. After two years, she returned to the United States and went out of commission at San Diego 30 December 1922.

Broome was recommissioned 5 February 1930 and thereafter served actively with the fleet in the Pacific until 1939, except for a period in reduced commission during 1934. In May 1939, Broome arrived at Norfolk Navy Yard for duty in the Atlantic. In 1941, she was attached to Destroyer Division 63, Patrol Force, and operated with the Neutrality Patrol on the Atlantic coast. Later that year, she served as a convoy escort between Iceland and the United States.

From January 1942 until May 1945, Broome engaged in convoy escort, patrol, and training operations in east coast, Icelandic, Canadian, and Caribbean waters. In addition, she escorted several trans-Atlantic convoys to North Africa and the United Kingdom.

Convoys escorted[edit]

Convoy Escort Group Dates Notes
HX 152 30 Sept-9 Oct 1941[1] from Newfoundland to Iceland prior to US declaration of war
ON 26 20-29 Oct 1941[2] from Iceland to Newfoundland prior to US declaration of war
HX 168 4-10 Jan 1942[1] from Newfoundland to Iceland
ON 57 25 Jan-7 Feb 1942[2] from Iceland to Newfoundland
HX 176 MOEF group A1 23 Feb 5 March 1942[1] from Newfoundland to Northern Ireland
ON 57 MOEF group A1 11–19 March 1942[2] from Northern Ireland to Newfoundland
CU 2 21 May-5 June 1943[3] from Curacao to Liverpool
UC 3 10–26 June 1943[4] from Liverpool to Curacao
CU 3 11–24 July 1943[3] from Curacao to Firth of Clyde
UC 3A 30 July-10 Aug 1943[4] from Liverpool to Curacao
CU 4 26 Aug-9 Sept 1943[3] from Curacao to Liverpool

Disposal[edit]

On 4 May 1945 Broome arrived at Charleston Navy Yard for overhaul and on 23 May her designation was changed to AG-96. On 10 June 1945, as a unit of the Atlantic Fleet attached to the Operational Training Command, she reported for duty at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where she served until December 1945. On 10 December she proceeded to Philadelphia and commenced her pre-inactivation overhaul. Broome was decommissioned 20 May 1946 and sold 20 November 1946.

As of 2005, no other U.S. Navy ship has been named Broome.

References[edit]

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

  1. ^ a b c "HX convoys". Andrew Hague Convoy Database. Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  2. ^ a b c "ON convoys". Andrew Hague Convoy Database. Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  3. ^ a b c "CU/TCU convoys". Andrew Hague Convoy Database. Retrieved 2011-06-20. 
  4. ^ a b "UC convoys". Andrew Hague Convoy Database. Retrieved 2011-06-20. 

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