USS Mervine (DD-322)

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For other ships of the same name, see USS Mervine.
Career (US)
Namesake: William Mervine
Builder: Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Union Iron Works, San Francisco
Laid down: 28 April 1919
Launched: 11 August 1919
Commissioned: 28 February 1921
Decommissioned: 4 June 1930
Struck: 3 November 1930
Fate: Scrapped 1931
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 3 inches (2.82 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 × 4" (102 mm), 1 × 3" (76 mm), 12 × 21" (533 mm) torpedo tubes

The first USS Mervine (DD-322) was a Clemson-class destroyer in the United States Navy following World War I. She was named for Rear Admiral William Mervine.

History[edit]

Mervine was laid down at the Union Plant, Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, San Francisco, California, 28 April 1919; launched 11 August 1919; sponsored by Miss Eileen D. McCarthy; and commissioned 28 February 1921, Commander C. E. Battle, Jr., in command.

Mervine, built on the west coast, joined the Pacific Fleet at San Diego, California after shakedown to remain a unit of that fleet’s destroyer force for her entire career. With few interruptions she operated off the west coast for most of that 9-year period. Her participation in Fleet Problems I (1923) and II, III, and IV (1924) took her to the Panama Canal Zone and the Caribbean, while others, VI (1926), VII (1928), and IX (1929), saw her in maneuvers off Central America and near Hawaii. Crossing the Pacific only twice in her career, she completed a good will trip to Samoa and Australia in the summer of 1925 (1 July to 26 September).

On 18 September 1929 she entered San Diego for the last time. Decommissioned 4 June 1930, she was towed to Mare Island on the 14th for scrapping and struck from the Naval Register 3 November 1930.

See USS Mervine for other ships of this name.

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