Claud Jones-class destroyer escort

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USS McMorris (DE-1036) underway off Oahu on 10 March 1972
USS McMorris
Class overview
Builders: Avondale Shipyard
Preceded by: Dealey-class destroyer escort
Succeeded by: Bronstein-class frigate
Built: 1956–1959
In commission: 1958–1974
Completed: 4
General characteristics
Type: Destroyer escort
  • 1,314 long tons (1,335 t) standard
  • 1,970 long tons (2,000 t) full load
Length: 312 ft (95 m)
Beam: 38 ft 10 in (11.84 m)
Draft: 12 ft 1 in (3.68 m)
  • 4 × Fairbanks-Morse 38ND8 Diesels
  • 9,240 shp; 7,000 bhp
  • 1 shaft
Speed: 20–22 knots (37–41 km/h)
Range: 7,000 nmi (13,000 km) at 12 kn (22 km/h)
  • 171 total:
  • 12 Officers
  • 159 enlisted men

The Claud Jones class destroyer escorts were four ships built for the US Navy in the late 1950s. These ships were a Diesel version of the earlier Dealey class and were designed with the aim of producing a cheaper ship suitable for rapid production in wartime. These ships also had reduced armament and speed compared to their predecessors. They were not seen as effective anti-submarine vessels and were sold after only 15 years service.

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A total of four ships of the Claud Jones class were built. All were decommissioned in 1973-1974 and sold onto the Indonesian Navy. All ships were built by Avondale.

  • Claud Jones (DE-1033) : Commissioned 1958. Sold in 1974 and renamed KRI Monginsidi, in honor of Robert Wolter Monginsidi, an Indonesian hero from Sulawesi.
  • John R. Perry (DE-1034) : Commissioned 1959. Sold in 1973 and renamed KRI Samadikun, in honor of Indonesian Navy First Lieutenant Samadikun, Commanding Officer of sunk-fated RI Gadjah Mada (408), a wooden boat, in Battle of Cirebon Bay against a Dutch destroyer.
  • Charles Berry (DE-1035) : Commissioned 1960. Sold in 1974 and renamed KRI Martadinata in honor of Vice Admiral Raden Eddy Martadinata, a former Indonesian Navt Commander.
  • McMorris (DE-1036): Commissioned 4 March 1960 at Charleston, S.C., Lieutenant Cdr Martin Zenni in command, assigned to Escort Squadron 3 (CruDesFlot 7) at Naval Station San Diego, Calif. Sold in 1974 and renamed KRI Ngurah Rai after I Gusti Ngurah Rai, an Indonesian hero from Bali.


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