USS Fiske (DE-143)
USS Fiske (DE-143) underway in New York Harbor on 20 October 1943.
|Career (United States)|
|Builder:||Consolidated Steel Corp.|
|Laid down:||4 January 1943|
|Launched:||14 March 1943|
|Commissioned:||25 August 1943|
|1 × battle star|
|Fate:||Sunk by enemy fire
2 August 1944
|Class and type:||Edsall-class destroyer escort|
|Displacement:||1,200 long tons (1,200 metric tons)|
|Length:||306 ft 0 in (93.27 m)|
|Beam:||36 ft 7 in (11.15 m)|
|Draft:||8 ft 7 in (2.62 m)|
|Propulsion:||4 × Fairbanks-Morse Model 38d81/8 geared diesel engines
6,000 shp (4.5 MW), 2 × screws
|Range:||9100 nmi @ 12 knots|
|Armament:||3 × 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3)
1 × twin 40 mm Mk1 AA
8 × 20 mm Mk 4 AA
3 × 21" (533 mm) Mk15 Torpedo Tubes (3x1)
1 × Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds)
8 × Mk6 depth charge projectors
2 × Mk9 depth charge tracks
The USS Fiske (DE-143) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort built for the United States Navy during World War II. Named for Rear Admiral Bradley Allen Fiske, she was the first of two U.S. Naval vessels to bear the name.
Fiske (DE-143) was laid down 4 January 1943 by the Consolidated Steel Corporation of Orange, Texas; launched 14 March 1943; sponsored by Mrs. H. G. Chalkley; and commissioned 25 August 1943 with Lieutenant Commander R. P. Walker in command. Fiske began her service as a convoy escort with a voyage from Norfolk to Coco Solo, C.Z. to New York between 12 and 25 November 1943. On 3 December, the escort ship cleared Norfolk on the first of three convoy assignments from Norfolk and New York to Casablanca. During the third of these, on 20 April 1944 her convoy came under attack by German torpedo bombers in the western Mediterranean, but none of the enemy planes came within range of Fiske.
Completing her Casablanca runs with her return to New York 21 May 1944 Fiske joined the hunter-killer group formed around the USS Wake Island (CVE-65) at Norfolk 10 June. Five days later her group sailed to patrol across the Atlantic, putting into Casablanca to replenish 20 to 24 July. On 2 August, during a special hunt for submarines known to be transmitting weather information from stations in the central Atlantic, Fiske and USS Douglas L. Howard (DE-138) were detached from the task group to investigate a visual contact both had made. The contact (north of the Azores), surfaced U-804, quickly dived, but the two escorts picked it up on sonar, and began their attack approach. Suddenly, Fiske was torpedoed on her starboard side amidships, and within 10 minutes, she broke in two and had to be abandoned. Thirty-three of her men were killed and 50 badly wounded by the explosion, but all who survived it were rescued by the USS Farquhar (DE-139).
- See List of U.S. Navy losses in World War II for other Navy ships lost in World War II.
- "Fiske". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Retrieved 22 March 2007.
- "USS Fiske (DE-143)". Destroyer Escort Photo Archive. Retrieved 22 March 2007.
The bow of the USS Fiske floating in the North Atlantic after she was broken in two by a torpedo from the German submarine U-804 on 2 August 1944. This section had to be sunk by gunfire. Photographed from an airplane based on the USS Wake Island (CVE-65); note the sonar dome on Fiske's keel.