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DD-403 USS Trippe

USS Trippe was built at Boston Navy Yard as a 1500-ton Benham class destroyer. She was commissioned in November 1939 and then sent on a shakedown cruise of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. The following year, she was put on Neutrality Patrols in that region, and was then moved to the North Atlantic a year later. In 1942, the Western Atlantic convoys continued and she was eventually damaged in October during a collision with USS Benson. She underwent repair and was back in mid-November to do convoy duty to North Africa.

USS Trippe was sent to the Mediterranean in 1943, where she took part in the invasion of Sicily and the invasion of Salerno in the latter half of that year. She rescued survivors from the USS Bristol when the destroyer was attacked by enemy torpedoes. Her guns helped sink U-73 in December, off Algeria. Trippe returned to the U.S. in March 1944 and was reassigned to trans-Atlantic convoys for the next year before being sent to the Pacific in 1945. She was involved in atomic bomb testing and rendered dangerously radioactive after the Bikini underwater blast in July 1946. USS Trippe was decommissioned in August and sunk as a target in 1948 off Kwajalein.

DD-403 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
APR1937-Keel Date: 15 APR 1937
at Boston Navy Yard
MAY1938-Launch Date: 14 MAY 1938
NOV1939-Commissioned: 1 NOV 1939
MAR1944-MAR1946West Pac
AUG1946-Decommissioned: 28 AUG 1946

DD-403 General Specifications

Class: Benham-class destroyer

Named for: John Trippe

Complement: 230 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 1850 tons

Length: 341 feet 1 inches

Beam: 35 feet 5 inches

Flank Speed: 38 Knots

Final Disposition: Sunk as target 3 February 1948