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Photo. By Ed Zajkowski. USS Cannon under sea trials September 1943 off Wilmington Delaware. 


TYPE: DET (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, long hull, 3" guns)

Laid down by Dravo, Wilmington DE on 14 November 1942.

Launched 25 May 1943.

Commissioned 26 September 1943.

Decommissioned 19 December 1944.

Stricken 20 July 1953.

Fate: To Brazil 19 December 1944, renamed Baependi (D-17) stricken and scrapped in 1974.

Displacement: 1,240 tons (std) 1,620 tons (full)

Dimensions: 306' (oa), 300' (wl) x 36' 10" x 11' 8" (max)

Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1),1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks.

Machinery: 4 GM Mod. 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws.

Speed: 21 knots.

Range: 10,800 nm @ 12 knots.

Crew: 15 / 201.

On 30 November 1943, Cannon cleared Philadelphia for Trinidad, where she arrived 5 December to begin a year of duty escorting convoys from that oil rich island to Recife and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. During this time, she made one voyage from Brazil to Gibraltar, guarding convoys whose tankers carried the fuel essential to the success of operations in the Mediterranean.

Cannon's protection of the Allied fuel supply through the dangerous sea lanes of the Caribbean and the Atlantic Narrows ended on 4 December 1944, when she arrived at Natal, Brazil, to begin training a Brazilian crew in the operation of the ship. CANNON was decommissioned and transferred to Brazil on 19 December 1944 at Natal. Through 1960, she continued to serve in the Brazilian Navy as destroyer escort BAEPENDI.

Photo. By Luiz Carlos Cotta. FT3 Brazilian Navy Ret. USS Cannon as Brazilian Baependy. 

Photo. By NARA Courtesy Chris Wright. USS Cannon on sea trials off Wilmington Del. September 1943.

Photo. By Ed Zajkowski. USS Cannon perform sea trials off Wilmington. 



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