USS Meade (DD-274)

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USS Meade
Career (U.S.)
Name: USS Meade (DD-274)
Namesake: Richard Worsam Meade and Robert Leamy Meade
Builder: Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Squantum Victory Yard
Laid down: 23 September 1918
Launched: 24 May 1919
Commissioned: 8 September 1919
Decommissioned: 18 December 1939
Struck: 8 January 1941
Fate: transferred to United Kingdom, 26 November 1940
Career (UK)
Name: HMS Ramsey (G60)
Acquired: 26 November 1940
Fate: Scrapped 1947
General characteristics
Class & type: Clemson-class destroyer
Displacement: 1,190 long tons (1,210 t)
Length: 314 ft 5 in (95.83 m)
Beam: 31 ft 8 in (9.65 m)
Draft: 9 ft 4 in (2.84 m)
Installed power: 26,500 shp (19,800 kW)
Propulsion: 2 × geared steam turbines
2 shafts
Speed: 35 kn (40 mph; 65 km/h)
Range: 4,900 nmi (5,600 mi; 9,100 km) at 15 kn (17 mph; 28 km/h)
Complement: 120 officers and enlisted
Armament: 4 × 4 in (100 mm) guns
2 × 3 in (76 mm) guns
12 × 21 in (530 mm) torpedo tubes

The first USS Meade (DD-274) was a Clemson-class destroyer in the United States Navy and transferred to the Royal Navy as HMS Ramsey (G60).

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As USS Meade[edit]

Named for brothers Richard Worsam Meade and Robert Leamy Meade, she was laid down by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Squantum, Massachusetts on 23 September 1918; launched on 24 May 1919; sponsored by Miss Annie Paulding Meade; and commissioned at Boston, Massachusetts, on 8 September 1919, Lieutenant Commander Benjamin F. Tilley, Jr., in command.

After shakedown along the east coast, Meade was assigned to duty with the Pacific Fleet. For more than two years afterward, she operated out of west coast ports including San Diego, California and San Francisco, California while participating in fleet and squadron maneuvers. After duty with several destroyer divisions, she decommissioned at San Diego on 25 May 1922 and was placed in reserve.

Meade recommissioned at San Diego on 18 December 1939, Lt. Cdr. C. A. Printup in command. After returning to the east coast in 1940, she served with ships of Destroyer Squadron 9 (DesRon 9) of the United States Fleet.

As HMS Ramsey[edit]

In accordance with provisions of the Destroyers for Bases Agreement of September 1940, Meade was designated one of the 50 destroyers to be transferred to Britain. She decommissioned and was turned over to the British on 26 November 1940. Renamed HMS Ramsey (G60), she served the Royal Navy in the North Atlantic and later performed duty as an aircraft training ship. She completed her service on 30 June 1945 and was scrapped in July 1947 at Boness, England.

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