Allied Warships

USS Collett (DD 730)

Destroyer of the Allen M. Sumner class

NavyThe US Navy
ClassAllen M. Sumner 
PennantDD 730 
Built byBath Iron Works (Bath, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered7 Aug 1942 
Laid down11 Oct 1943 
Launched5 Mar 1944 
Commissioned16 May 1944 
End service18 Dec 1970 

Decommissioned 18 December 1970.
Stricken 1 February 1974.
Transferred to Argentina 4 June 1974 being renamed Piedra Buena.
Pierdra Buena was stricken and broken up for scrap in 1984.


Commands listed for USS Collett (DD 730)

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1T/Cdr. James Dahlman Collett, USN16 May 194417 Aug 1945
2T/Cdr. Charles Richard Herms, USN17 Aug 194514 Mar 1946

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Notable events involving Collett include:

20 Sep 1944
Around 1100Q/20, the troopship Queen Mary (British, 81235 GRT, built 1936) with Prime Minister Churchill on board, departed New York for the U.K. Escort was provided by the destroyers USS Haynsworth (T/Cdr. R. Brodie, Jr., USN), USS Collett (T/Cdr. J.D. Collett, USN) and USS Samuel N. Moore (T/Cdr. H.A. Lincoln, USN).

Around 0930O/20, HMS Berwick (Capt. S.H.T. Arliss, DSO, RN) departed Halifax to make rendezvous with the Queen Mary. Rendezvous was effected around 1245O/21, when the US destroyers were detached.

Around 1800N/23, HMS Devonshire (Capt. D.K. Bain, DSO, RN) took over from HMS Berwick which was then detached to proceed to the Clyde where she arrived around 1500A/26. HMS Devonshire had departed Milford Haven for the rendezvous position around 0900A/21.

Around 1225A/24, the destroyers HMS Nubian (Lt.Cdr. T.A. Pack-Beresford, RN) and HMS Serapis (Lt.Cdr. E.L. Jones, DSC, RN) joined coming from Milford Haven.

Around 0845A/25, HMS Devonshire parted company and proceeded to Milford Haven arriving there around 1130A/25.

The Queen Mary, HMS Nubian and HMS Serapis arrived at Greenock later on the 25th. (1)

16 Oct 1944
USS Collett arrived at Pearl Harbor.

3 Nov 1944
USS Collett arrived at Ulithi to join the fleet.

12 Sep 1945
USS Collett enters Tokyo Bay.

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


  1. ADM 53/119001 + ADM 53/119254 + ADM 199/1427

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

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