DE-388 General Specifications
Class: Edsall-class destroyer escort
Named for: William Henry Lansing
Complement: 8 Officers and 201 Enlisted
Displacement: 1253 tons
Length: 306 feet
Beam: 36.58 feet
Flank Speed: 21 knots
Range: 9 100 Nautical Miles
Final Disposition:Sold for scrapping 16 August 1974
USS LANSING (DE-388)
was laid down 15 May 1943 by Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.; launched 2
August 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Alberta L. Lansing, widow of William H. Lansing;
and commissioned 10 November 1943, Lt. Comdr. S. R. Sands in command.
After shakedown, Lansing departed Norfolk
13 February 1944 on her first transatlantic cruise escorting convoy UGS 33
bound to Casablanca, the first of eight voyages to north African ports
protecting convoys loaded with vital war material. During Lansing's
second cruise, a convoy ship G. S. Walden was damaged by a
torpedo fired from a German submarine on 12 May.
Arriving Boston 12 June 1945 from her final
transatlantic mission, the destroyer escort prepared for service in the
Pacific. She transited the Panama Canal 2 August and was en route to Pearl
Harbor when she received news of the Japanese surrender. Lansing returned
New York 26 September, and decommissioned at Green Cove Springs 25 April 1946,
joining the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.
She was transferred to the Coast Guard in June
1952. Upon her return to the Navy in 1954 Lansing was converted to a
radar picket escort ship and reclassified DER-388 21 October 1955. She was
recommissioned 18 December 1956, Lt. Comdr. G. N. DeBuer in command.
the Pacific Barrier 2 June 1957 for operations out of Pearl Harbor as a radar
picket. From 1957 until 1965 she made regular patrols, ready to provide early
warning in the event of an enemy attack. Lansing participated in the
atomic tests at Johnston Island in the summer of 1958 and again in the fall of
1962. She sailed on Far East cruises during 1961 and 1963 and engaged in search
operations for a downed Air Force Globemaster in January 1964.
Arriving Bremerton, Wash., 22 February 1965, Lansing
decommissioned there 21 May and entered the Pacific Reserve Fleet.
[Note: The above USS LANSING (DE-388) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS LANSING (DE-388), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]