Allied Warships

USS Laning (DE 159)

Destroyer Escort of the Buckley class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
PennantDE 159 
Built byNorfolk Navy Yard (Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jan 1942 
Laid down23 Apr 1943 
Launched4 Jul 1943 
Commissioned1 Aug 1943 
End service13 Sep 1956 

Converted to High Speed Transport and reclassified as APD-55 on 24 November 1944.
Decommissioned 28 June 1946.
Recommissioned 6 April 1951.
Decommissioned 13 September 1956.
Stricken 1 March 1975.
Sold 30 September 1975 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Laning (DE 159)

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1T/Cdr. Edwin Charles Woodward, USN1 Aug 19438 Nov 1943
2Edwin Arthur Shuman, Jr., USNR8 Nov 1943Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Laning include:

5 May 1944
USS Laning picks up 136 survivors from the American destroyer escort USS Fechteler (DE 157) that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-967 about 120 nautical miles north-west of Oran, Algeria in position 36°07'N, 2°40'W.

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

The Buckley-Class Destroyer Escorts

Bruce Hampton Franklin

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