USS Rolf (DE-362)

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Career (US)
Namesake: Robert Walter Rolf
Builder: Consolidated Steel Corporation, Orange, Texas
Laid down: 20 March 1944
Launched: 23 May 1944
Commissioned: 7 September 1944
Decommissioned: 3 June 1946
Struck: 1 December 1972
Fate: Sold for scrapping, 11 September 1973
General characteristics
Class & type: John C. Butler-class destroyer escort
Displacement: 1,350 tons
Length: 306 ft (93 m)
Beam: 36 ft 8 in (11 m)
Draft: 9 ft 5 in (3 m)
Propulsion: 2 boilers, 2 geared turbine engines, 12,000 shp; 2 propellers
Speed: 24 knots (44 km/h)
Range: 6,000 nmi. (12,000 km) @ 12 kt
Complement: 14 officers, 201 enlisted
Armament: 2 × 5 in (127 mm)/38 guns (2×1)
4 × 40 mm AA guns (2×2)
10 × 20 mm AA guns (10×1)
3 × 21 in. torpedo tubes (1×3)
8 × depth charge projectors
1 × depth charge projector (hedgehog)
2 × depth charge tracks

USS Rolf (DE-362) was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort acquired by the U.S. Navy during World War II. The primary purpose of the destroyer escort was to escort and protect ships in convoy, in addition to other tasks as assigned, such as patrol or radar picket.

USS Rolf was named in honor of Robert Walter Rolf who was awarded the Navy Cross for his brave actions at New Guinea. She was laid down 20 March 1944 by Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Texas; launched 23 May 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Martha M. Rolf, mother of Lieutenant (Junior grade) Rolf; and commissioned 7 September 1944, Lt. Comdr. Lester E. Hubbell, USNR, in command.

World War II Pacific Theatre operations[edit]

Following shakedown off Bermuda, she departed Norfolk, Virginia, 30 November and reached San Diego, California, 5 December. Rolf then sailed for the southwest Pacific Ocean and escorted a convoy from Hollandia, New Guinea, to Leyte Gulf. The ship subsequently operated under the Philippine Sea Frontier, and from May to August was part of a hunter-killer group at Subic Bay, Philippine Islands. Just prior to the close of hostilities, Rolf participated in a search for enemy midget submarines believed to be operating northeast of Casiguran Bay, Luzon.

End-of-war activity[edit]

Following the Japanese surrender, the destroyer escort sailed with a task group via Okinawa to Jinsen, Korea, for operations in support of the Korean occupation. She later took part in the occupation of China.

Post-war decommissioning[edit]

Rolf decommissioned 3 June 1946 and entered the Pacific Reserve Fleet at San Diego, California, where she remained until stricken from the Navy list 1 December 1972. She was sold for scrapping 11 September 1973.

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