Allied Warships

USS Charrette (DD 581)

Destroyer of the Fletcher class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 581 
Built byBoston Navy Yard (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered9 Sep 1940 
Laid down20 Feb 1942 
Launched3 Jun 1942 
Commissioned18 May 1943 
End service15 Jan 1947 

Decommissioned 15 January 15 1947.
Transferred to Greece 16 June 1959 being renamed Velos.
Velos was stricken in 1991.
Velos was preserved as a museum at Poros Island near Athens.


Commands listed for USS Charrette (DD 581)

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1Cdr. Eugene Simon Karpe, USN18 May 19436 Jun 1944
2Lt.Cdr. Gerald Patrick Joyce, USN6 Jun 1944

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Notable events involving Charrette include:

The following photographs were taken during Easter 2006 by Alain Craniotakis and are reproduced her with his permission.
They show Velos as museum ship.

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

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