USS Marts (DE-174)

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USS Marts in port
USS Marts in port
United States
Name: USS Marts
Namesake: Alvin Lee Marts
Builder: Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Newark, New Jersey
Laid down: 26 April 1943
Launched: 8 August 1943
Commissioned: 3 September 1943
Decommissioned: 20 March 1945
Struck: 20 July 1953
Fate: Transferred to Brazil, 20 March 1945
Name: Bocaina (D-22)
Commissioned: 20 March 1945
Struck: 1975
Fate: Sold for scrap, 1975
General characteristics
Class and type: Cannon-class destroyer escort
  • 1,240 long tons (1,260 t) standard
  • 1,620 long tons (1,646 t) full
  • 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

USS Marts (DE-174) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort built for the United States Navy during World War II. She served in the Atlantic Ocean and provided escort service against submarine and air attack for Navy vessels and convoys.

Marts was named in honor of Alvin Lee Marts who earned the Navy Cross for his heroic efforts during the Battle of Tassafaronga. The ship was laid down by Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newark, New Jersey, on 26 April 1943; launched on 8 August 1943; sponsored by Miss Betty Marts; and, commissioned on 3 September 1943. Lt. Carl M. Fellows in command.

World War II South Atlantic operations[edit]

Miss Betty Marts at Ceremonial Launching of USS Marts.

After shakedown off Bermuda, Marts departed New York on 4 November for convoy escort duty off the Atlantic coast of South America. She reached Trinidad, British West Indies, on 9 November, and during the next five months operated in the 4th Fleet escorting ships between Trinidad and Recife, Brazil. As escort for Omaha (CL-4), she departed Bahia, Brazil, on 23 May 1944 and patrolled the mid-Atlantic, south of the Equator, in search of German U-boats, until returning to Bahia on 5 June. She made two more patrols during the next month; and, after escorting Omaha to Gibraltar on 13 July, she returned to Recife the 23rd.

Between 24 July and 3 August Marts screened the British cable repair ship SS Cambria during repairs on communications cables off the Brazilian coast. Thence, she joined Escort Division 24 on hunter-killer patrols in the Atlantic. Operating with Tripoli (CVE-64), she made four offensive ASW patrols out of Recife between 22 August and 12 November. After completing sonar repairs at Bahia, Brazil, she sailed to Trinidad, where she arrived on 5 December to resume convoy escort duty. From 6 to 18 December she screened a merchant convoy to Recife; thence, she continued escort duty between Brazilian Ports and Trinidad until the end of January 1945.

Marts joined Cincinnati (CL-6) at Bahia on 1 February and escorted the cruiser on patrol in the South Atlantic until returning to Recife on 10 February.

Post-War deactivation and decommissioning[edit]

USS Marts at sea.

Scheduled for transfer under lend lease to the Brazilian government, she steamed to the Brazilian naval base at Natal on 2 March, and there trained Brazilian sailors. Marts decommissioned on 20 March 1945 and recommissioned the same day in the Brazilian Navy as Bocaina (D-22). On 30 June 1953, she was returned to the United States and simultaneously transferred outright to Brazil under terms of the Mutual Defense Assistance Program. She continued to serve in the Brazilian Navy until struck and scrapped in 1975.

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

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