Allied Warships

USS Rhind (DD 404)

Destroyer of the Benham class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 404 
Built byPhiladelphia Navy Yard (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) 
Laid down22 Sep 1937 
Launched28 Jul 1938 
Commissioned10 Nov 1939 
End service28 Aug 1946 

Damaged in the atomic bomb test at Bikini Atoll in July 1946.
Decommissioned 28 August 1946.
Scuttled off Kwajalein 22 March 1948.
Stricken 5 April 1948.


Commands listed for USS Rhind (DD 404)

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1George Randolph Cooper, USN10 Nov 19391 Apr 1942
2Henry Tucker Read, USN1 Apr 194214 Jan 1943
3Otto William Spahr, Jr., USN14 Jan 19433 Jan 1945 (1)
4George Towne Baker, USN3 Jan 194515 Jan 1946

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Notable events involving Rhind include:

12 Aug 1941
HMS Prince of Wales (Capt. J.C. Leach, MVO, RN) departed Placentia Bay, Newfoundland for Hvalfjord, Iceland.

She was escorted by the destroyers USS Rhind (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Cooper, USN), USS Mayrant (Cdr. C.C. Hartman, USN), HMS Reading (Lt.Cdr. D.V. Clift, RN), HMS Ripley (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Agnew, RN), HMCS Assiniboine (A/Lt.Cdr. J.H. Stubbs, RCN) and HMCS Saguenay (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Miles, RCN).

At 1745/14 HMS Reading and HMS Ripley parted company.

At 0735/15 the destroyers HMS Tartar (Cdr. L.P. Skipwith, RN), HMS Punjabi (Cdr. S.A. Buss, MVO, RN) and HMS Escapade (Lt.Cdr. E.N.V. Currey, DSC, RN) joined the screen. (2)

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore


  2. ADM 53/114891

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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