Allied Warships

USS Heywood L. Edwards (DD 663)

Destroyer of the Fletcher class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 663 
Built byBoston Navy Yard (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered18 Dec 1941 
Laid down4 Jul 1943 
Launched6 Oct 1943 
Commissioned26 Jan 1944 
End service1 Jul 1946 

Decommissioned 1 July 1946.
Transferred to Japan 10 March 1959 being renamed Ariake.
Ariake was stricken in 1974 and broken up for scrap in 1976.


Commands listed for USS Heywood L. Edwards (DD 663)

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1Lt.Cdr. Joe Wood Boulware, USN26 Jan 194425 Dec 1944
2T/Cdr. Albert Lee Shepherd, USN25 Dec 1944Jan 1946
3Ralph Lee Roy Johnson, USNJan 19461 Jul 1946

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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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