Allied Warships

USS Niblack (DD 424)

Destroyer of the Benson / Gleaves class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassBenson / Gleaves 
PennantDD 424 
Built byBath Iron Works (Bath, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down8 Aug 1938 
Launched18 May 1940 
Commissioned1 Aug 1940 
End serviceJun 1946 
History

Decommissioned in June 1946.
Stricken 31 July 1968.
Sold 16 August 1973 and broken up for scrap.

 

Commands listed for USS Niblack (DD 424)

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CommanderFromTo
1Edward Robison Durgin, USN1 Aug 194031 Jul 1942
2Walter Leo Dyer, USN31 Jul 194224 Apr 1943
3Ray Russell Conner, USN24 Apr 194325 Oct 1944 (1)
4Thomas Glover Warfield, USN25 Oct 194423 Mar 1945
5Robert Edward Lapides, USNR23 Mar 194512 Dec 1945
6Lt. Partee Wilson Crouch, Jr., USN12 Dec 1945Jun 1946

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Notable events involving Niblack include:


11 Apr 1941
While picking up survivors from the Dutch merchant Saleier, the US destroyer USS Niblack (Lt.Cdr Edward R. Durgin) picked up a sonar contact and attacked it with 3 depth charges. This action is often mentioned as first military action between Germany and the USA in the Second World War, but no U-boat reported being under attack on that day in the area, so the contact was probably false.

16 Mar 1942
HMS H 50 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Niblack and USCGC Ingham. (2)

17 Mar 1942
HMS H 50 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Niblack and USCGC Ingham. (2)

18 Aug 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxburgh, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with aircraft, HMS Monkshood (Lt. G.W. McGuiness, RNR), USS Gleaves, USS Mayo, USS Niblack and USS Benson. (3)

19 Aug 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxburgh, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Niblack, USS Benson, USS Gleaves and USS Mayo. (3)

19 May 1944
German U-boat U-960 was sunk in the Mediterranean north-west of Algiers, in position 37°20'N, 01°35'E, by the US destroyers USS Niblack, USS Ludlow and Wellingtons (Sqdn 36) and Venturas (Sqdn 500).

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

Sources

  1. http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/424.htm
  2. ADM 173/17271
  3. ADM 173/17252

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


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