USS Kimberly (DD-80)
|Namesake:||Lewis Ashfield Kimberly|
|Builder:||Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts|
|Launched:||14 December 1917|
|Commissioned:||26 April 1918|
|Decommissioned:||30 June 1922|
|Struck:||25 January 1937|
|Fate:||Sold for scrap 20 April 1939|
|Class & type:||Wickes class destroyer|
|Length:||315 ft 5 in (96.14 m)|
|Beam:||31 ft 8 in (9.65 m)|
|Draft:||8 ft 6 in (2.59 m)|
|Speed:||35 knots (65 km/h)|
|Complement:||100 officers and enlisted|
|Armament:||4 x 4" (102 mm), 2 x 1-pdrs., 12 x 21" (533 mm) tt.|
Kimberly was launched 14 December 1917, by Fore River Shipbuilding Company, Quincy, Massachusetts; sponsored by Miss Elsie S. Kimberly, daughter of Rear Admiral Kimberly; and commissioned 26 April 1918, Comdr. A. W. Johnson in command.
After shakedown Kimberly cleared Boston 19 May 1918, escorting a convoy to the United Kingdom. After her arrival in June, the destroyer spent the remainder of the war protecting ships bound for the battle zones in Europe from the British Isles. She departed Queenstown, Ireland, 26 December; and, after arrival Boston 8 January 1919, Kimberly engaged in training operations along the coast. In May the destroyer served as a lifeguard ship in New England waters during the world's first transatlantic flight—that of the Navy's NC-4 hydroplane commanded by Lt. Comdr. Albert C. Read.
In August 1918, "Kimberly", with Undersecretary of the Navy Franklin D Roosevelt and the First Lord of the Admiralty Sir Eric Geddes on board, took a short cruise from Pembroke to Queenstown, escorted by HMS Patrol.
Kimberly completed maneuvers out of Newport, and entered Boston Navy Yard for extensive repairs. She joined the Destroyer Force at Newport 18 April 1921, and throughout the summer operated with submarines. Information gained through these early experiments was of great value in refining the techniques of undersea warfare. Kimberly spent the winter at Charleston, South Carolina, before arriving Philadelphia 29 March 1922, where she decommissioned 30 June. Her hull was sold to Boston Iron & Metal Company, Baltimore, Maryland, for scrapping.
- USS Kimberly for other ships of this name.
- List of United States Navy destroyers
- List of ship launches in 1917
- List of ship commissionings in 1918
- List of ship decommissionings in 1922
- Campbell, Gordon, "Number Thirteen," pp140-145, Hodder & Stoughton 1932.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.