USS Eisner (DE-192)

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Aerial view of USS Eisner (DE-192), 16 January 1944
USS Eisner (DE-192), 16 January 1944
Career (USA)
Name: USS Eisner
Namesake: Jacques Rodney Eisner
Builder: Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Newark, New Jersey
Laid down: 23 September 1943
Launched: 12 December 1943
Commissioned: 1 January 1944
Decommissioned: 15 July 1946
Struck: 7 March 1951
Honors and
awards:
1 battle star (World War II)
Fate: Transferred to the Netherlands, 1 March 1951
Career (Netherlands)
Name: HNMS De Zeeuw (F-810)
Acquired: 1 March 1951
Fate: Returned to US Navy, 15 December 1967
Sold for scrapping, February 1968
General characteristics
Class & type: Cannon-class destroyer escort
Displacement: 1,240 long tons (1,260 t) standard
1,620 long tons (1,646 t) full
Length: 306 ft (93 m) o/a
300 ft (91 m) w/l
Beam: 36 ft 10 in (11.23 m)
Draft: 11 ft 8 in (3.56 m)
Propulsion: 4 × GM Mod. 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6,000 shp (4,474 kW), 2 screws
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)
Range: 10,800 nmi (20,000 km) at 12 kn (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 15 officers and 201 enlisted
Armament: • 3 × single Mk.22 3"/50 caliber guns
• 1 × twin 40 mm Mk.1 AA gun
• 8 × 20 mm Mk.4 AA guns
• 3 × 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes
• 1 × Hedgehog Mk.10 anti-submarine mortar (144 rounds)
• 8 × Mk.6 depth charge projectors
• 2 × Mk.9 depth charge tracks

USS Eisner (DE-192) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort built for the United States Navy during World War II. She served in the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean and provided escort service against submarine and air attack for Navy vessels and convoys.

Eisner was named in honor of Jacques Rodney Eisner who was killed in action during the Battle of Guadalcanal on 13 November 1942 while serving in USS San Francisco.

The ship was launched on 12 December 1943 by Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, New Jersey; sponsored by Mrs. Lester Eisner, Jr., sister-in-law of Lieutenant (junior grade) Eisner; and commissioned on 1 January 1944, Lieutenant Commander D. McVickar, USNR, in command.

World War II North Atlantic operations[edit]

On 15 February 1944 Eisner became the flagship for Commander, Escort Division 55. After escorting a convoy to Galveston, Texas, and back to Norfolk, Virginia, Eisner was assigned to Task Force TF 63 for transatlantic escort duty. She made two voyages to the Mediterranean, then five to British and French ports, guarding the supply line indispensable to the advancing troops in Europe.

Transfer to Pacific Theatre operations[edit]

Eisner sailed from New York on 9 June 1945 for Eniwetok the day after European hostilities ended. She escorted convoys between Eniwetok and Ulithi, then screened Achernar (AKA-53) to Wake Island with forces to repossess the island. She continued patrol and escort duty out of Eniwetok until 15 December 1945, then sailed home.

End-of-War Decommissioning[edit]

She was placed out of commission in reserve at Mayport, Florida, on 5 July 1946. On 1 March 1951 she was transferred to the Netherlands under the Mutual Defense Assistance Program, and served as HNMS De Zeeuw (F-810). She was returned to the United States Navy on 15 December 1967, and then sold for scrapping in February 1968.

References[edit]

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Photo gallery of USS Eisner (DE-192) at NavSource Naval History