Allied Warships

USS Solar (DE 221)

Destroyer Escort of the Buckley class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
PennantDE 221 
Built byPhiladelphia Navy Yard (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) 
Ordered8 Jun 1942 
Laid down22 Feb 1943 
Launched29 May 1943 
Commissioned15 Feb 1944 
Lost30 Apr 1946 

USS Solar exploded at her berth at the Naval Ammunition Depot in Earle, New Jersey while unloading ammunition on April 30 1946.
7 members of her crew and dock workers were killed in the explosion and 65 were injured.
Decomissioned 21 May 1946.
Stricken 5 June 1946.
Her hulk was towed 100 miles out to sea and scuttled in 700 fathoms of water on 9 June 1946.


Commands listed for USS Solar (DE 221)

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1Hadlai A Hull, USNR15 Feb 19443 Dec 1944
2Lcmdr Wendell Francis Grubbs, USN3 Dec 19447 Sep 1945
3Donough Prince, USNR7 Sep 194522 Oct 1945

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

The Buckley-Class Destroyer Escorts

Bruce Hampton Franklin

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