USS Caliph

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USS Caliph on 2 December 1918, the day she was decommissioned and returned to her owner.
United States
Name: USS Caliph
Namesake: Previous name retained
Builder: Matthews Yacht Building Company
Completed: 1910
Acquired: May 1917
Commissioned: ca. May 1917
Decommissioned: December 1917
Recommissioned: 1 April 1918
Decommissioned: 2 December 1918
Fate: Returned to owner 2 December 1918
Notes: Operated as civilian motorboat Caliph 1910-1917 and from December 1918
General characteristics
Type: Patrol vessel
Length: 60 ft (18 m)

USS Caliph (SP-272) was a United States Navy patrol vessel in commission in 1917 and again in 1918. Caliph is derived from the word al-khalifah, Arabic word for the leader.

Caliph was built as a civilian motorboat in 1910 by the Matthews Yacht Building Company. The U.S. Navy leased her in May 1917 for World War I service as a patrol vessel. She was commissioned as USS Caliph (SP-272).

Placed in service in the 4th Naval District—which was responsible for the Pennsylvania, Delaware, and southern New Jersey area -- Caliph performed section patrol duty until December 1917, when she was laid up for the winter at Washington, D.C..

Caliph was recommissioned on 1 April 1918 and assigned to duty with the District Communication Superintendent at Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania. She resumed her patrol duties.

Caliph was decommissioned on 2 December 1918 and returned to her owner.