USS Stribling (DD-96)

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USS Stribling (DD-96)
USS Stribling in the Panama Canal c. 1920.
Career (US)
Namesake: Cornelius Kinchiloe Stribling
Builder: Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts
Laid down: 14 December 1917
Launched: 29 May 1918
Commissioned: 16 August 1918
Decommissioned: 26 June 1922
Reclassified: 17 July 1920, DM-1
Struck: 1 December 1936
Fate: Sunk as target, January 1937
General characteristics
Class & type: Wickes class destroyer
Displacement: 1,191 tons
Length: 314 ft 4 12 in (95.822 m)
Beam: 30 ft 11 14 in (9.430 m)
Draft: 9 ft 2 in (2.79 m)
Speed: 35 knots (65 km/h)
Complement: 108 officers and enlisted
Armament: 4 × 4" (102 mm), 2 × 1-pdr, 12 × 21" (533 mm) torpedo tubes

USS Stribling (DD-96) was a Wickes-class destroyer in the United States Navy during World War I and the years following. She was the first ship named in honor of Cornelius Stribling.

Stribling was laid down at Quincy, Massachusetts, on 14 December 1917 by the Fore River Shipbuilding Company, launched on 29 May 1918, sponsored by Miss Mary Calvert Stribling, and commissioned at the Boston Navy Yard on 16 August 1918, Lieutenant Commander Thomas E. Van Metre in command.

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On 31 August, Stribling departed New York to escort a convoy across the Atlantic. However, machinery trouble forced her back into New York the following day. After almost three weeks in port, she got underway again on 18 September, this time as an escort to a Gibraltar-bound convoy. She fueled at Ponta Delgada in the Azores and made Gibraltar in early October. From there, she sailed with a convoy for Marseilles on 10 October. For the next month, she made several Gibraltar-to-Marseilles circuits with Allied convoys.

After the Armistice, she sailed to Venice, Italy, to investigate post-armistice conditions there and at various other ports on Italy's Adriatic coast and in Dalmatia. At the completion of that duty, she headed back to the United States, arriving home in July 1919. Stribling entered the Portsmouth Navy Yard for overhaul and repairs before being placed in reduced commission at Philadelphia. There, she was converted to a minelayer and, on 17 July 1920, she was redesignated DM-1.

In September 1921, she departed Philadelphia and sailed to the west coast and, from there, proceeded on to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After a series of maneuvers in the islands, Stribling was decommissioned on 26 June 1922. On 1 December 1936, her name was struck from the Navy list. The following month, her hulk was towed to San Pedro, California, where she was sunk as a target.

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