USS Ely (DE-309)

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USS Ely (DE-309).jpg
The incomplete USS Ely (center) at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, on 3 July 1944. She is flanked by the incomplete destroyer escorts Delbert W. Halsey (DE-310) (left) and Creamer (DE-308).
Name: USS Ely
Namesake: Lieutenant Arthur V. Ely (1912-1942), U.S. Navy officer and Navy Cross recipient
Builder: Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California
Laid down: 2 August 1943
Launched: 10 April 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. Ann G. Ely
Completed: Never
Commissioned: Never
Fate: Construction cancelled, 5 September 1944; scrapped incomplete 1945
General characteristics
Type: Evarts-class destroyer escort
  • 1,140 long tons (1,158 t) standard
  • 1,430 long tons (1,453 t) full
  • 289 ft 5 in (88.21 m) o/a
  • 283 ft 6 in (86.41 m) w/l
Beam: 35 ft 2 in (10.72 m)
Draft: 11 ft (3.4 m) (max)
Speed: 19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph)
Range: 4,150 nmi (7,690 km)
Complement: 15 officers and 183 enlisted

The first USS Ely (DE-309) was a United States Navy Evarts-class destroyer escort launched during World War II but never completed.

Mrs. Ann G. Ely christens USS Ely on 10 April 1944

Ely was laid down at Mare Island Navy Yard at Vallejo, California, on 2 August 1943 and launched on 10 April 1944, sponsored by Mrs. Ann G. Ely, widow of Lieutenant Arthur V. Ely, the ship's namesake.

Construction of Ely was cancelled on 5 September 1944. She was stored incomplete in dry dock No. 1 from 25 September 1944 to 3 October 1945, cut in two in preparation for scrapping. She was scrapped at Mare Island.