Allied Warships

USS Trippe (DD 403)

Destroyer of the Benham class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassBenham 
PennantDD 403 
Built byBoston Navy Yard (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down15 Apr 1937 
Launched14 May 1938 
Commissioned1 Nov 1939 
End service28 Aug 1946 
History

Damaged in the atomic bomb test at Bikini Atoll in July 1946.
Decommissioned 28 August 1946.
Scuttled off Kwajalein on 3 February 1948.
Stricken 19 February 1948.

 

Commands listed for USS Trippe (DD 403)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Robert Lord Campbell, Jr., USN1 Nov 19391 Jun 1942
2Lt.Cdr. Carl Malcolm Dalton, USN1 Jun 19421 Nov 1942
3Williams Robert Dolan, Sr., USN1 Nov 194228 Dec 1943
4T/Cdr. Russell Champion Williams, USN28 Dec 19432 Sep 1944 (1)
5Carleton Roming Kear, Jr., USN2 Sep 194421 Feb 1946 (1)
6Cmdr William Joseph Keating, Sr., USN21 Feb 194628 Aug 1946 (1)

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Notable events involving Trippe include:


19 Nov 1943
Around 1100 hours, USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) and her escort; USS Ellyson (Lt.Cdr. E.W. Longton, USN), USS Rodman (Cdr. J.F. Foley, USN) and USS Emmons (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Billingsley, USN) joined USS Brooklyn (Capt. R.W. Cary, Jr., USN) and her escort; USS Trippe (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Williams, USN), USS Edison (Lt.Cdr. H.A. Pearce, USN), HMS Troubridge (Capt. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN), HMS Teazer (Lt.Cdr. A.A.F. Talbot, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Tyrian (Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN). In the afternoon USS Ellson, USS Rodman and USS Emmons were detached.

20 Nov 1943
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) arrived at Mers El Kebir where her 'passengers' left the ship.

She departed Mers El Kebir later the same day to proceed to Bahia, Brazil.

At sea she re-joined USS Brooklyn (Capt. R.W. Cary, Jr., USN), HMS Sheffield (Capt. C.T. Addis, RN) and their escort; USS Trippe (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Williams, USN), USS Edison (Lt.Cdr. H.A. Pearce, USN), HMS Troubridge (Capt. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN), HMS Teazer (Lt.Cdr. A.A.F. Talbot, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Tyrian (Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN).

For the daily positions of USS Iowa during this passage see the map below.

21 Nov 1943
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) passed Gibaltar Straits westbound into the Atlantic.

Around 0540 hours, HMS Sheffield, departed the formation.

Around 0820 hours, USS Ellyson (Lt.Cdr. E.W. Longton, USN), USS Rodman (Cdr. J.F. Foley, USN) and USS Emmons (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Billingsley, USN) arrived to take over the escort of USS Iowa and USS Brooklyn (Capt. R.W. Cary, Jr., USN) and her escort; USS Trippe (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Williams, USN), USS Edison (Lt.Cdr. H.A. Pearce, USN), HMS Troubridge (Capt. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN), HMS Teazer (Lt.Cdr. A.A.F. Talbot, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Tyrian (Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN) departed the formation and set course for Gibraltar.

16 Dec 1943
German U-boat U-73 was sunk in the Mediterranean near Oran, in position 36°07'N, 00°50'W, by depth charges and gunfire from the US destroyers USS Woolsey and USS Trippe.

Media links


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U.S. Destroyers

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United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

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