USS Kidder (DD-319)

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Career (US)
Namesake: Hugh Kidder
Builder: Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Union Iron Works, San Francisco
Laid down: 5 March 1919
Launched: 10 July 1919
Commissioned: 7 February 1921
Decommissioned: 18 March 1930
Struck: 22 July 1930
Fate: Scrapped; materials sold 31 October 1930
General characteristics
Class & type: Clemson-class destroyer
Displacement: 1,190 tons
Length: 314 feet 5 inches (95.83 m)
Beam: 31 feet 8 inches (9.65 m)
Draft: 9 feet 10 inches (3 m)
Propulsion: 26,500 shp (20 MW);
geared turbines,
2 screws
Speed: 35 knots (65 km/h)
Range: 4,900 nmi (9,100 km)
  @ 15 kt
Complement: 122 officers and enlisted
Armament: 4 x 4" (102 mm), 12 x 21" (533 mm) tt.

USS Kidder (DD-319) was a Clemson-class destroyer in the United States Navy following World War I. She was named for Hugh Kidder.

History[edit]

Kidder was launched 10 July 1919 by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, San Francisco, California; sponsored by Miss Ethel Murry Jonstone; and commissioned 7 February 1921, Cmdr. H. J. Abbett in command.

After shakedown along the coast, Kidder was assigned to Destroyer Division 34, Battle Fleet, at San Diego, California. From 1921 to 1924 she operated along the West Coast between Washington and the Panama Canal Zone engaging in training maneuvers, fleet problems, and gunnery exercises. The destroyer played a significant role in the development of naval warfare through using experimental torpedoes in exercises.

Kidder transited the Panama Canal during January 1924 for fleet concentrations in the Caribbean, returning San Diego 22 April. She continued her training operations before clearing San Francisco 15 April 1925 for a fleet problem and joint exercises off Hawaii. Kidder then accompanied the Battle Fleet to Samoa, Australia, and New Zealand before returning to Mare Island 26 September.

For the rest of her naval service she was almost constantly at sea, including winter fleet concentrations in the Caribbean during 1927 and a joint submarine exercise off Hawaii in the spring and summer of 1928.

Fate[edit]

During her final year of service, Kidder operated out of San Diego and decommissioned there 18 March 1930. After scrapping, her materials were sold 31 October 1930 in accordance with the terms of the London Treaty limiting naval armament.

As of 2005, no other ship of the US Navy has been named Kidder.

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