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Photo  By Tony Vrailas


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

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

23 September 1943: Keel laid by the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Corp., Port Newark, N.J.

12 December 1943,: Launched and christened, sponsored by Lt. Betty K. Thomas, Nurse Corps, United States Army, sister of Lt. (j.g.) W. G. Thomas

24 January 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr Richard G. Werner in command

27 March 1947: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla.

26 March 1951: Stricken from the NVR

15 January 1951: Transferred (MDAP) to Greece, renamed HS Panthir (D-67) (stricken in 1992, reported to be laid up in Souda Bay Crete as of 1/98)

Garfield Thomas (DE-193) was laid down 23 September 1943 by the Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newark, N. J.; launched 12 December 1943; sponsored by Lt. Betty K. Thomas, Nurse Corps, United States Army, sister of Lt. (j.g.) W. G. Thomas; and commissioned 24 January 1944, Lt. Comdr. Richard G. Werner in command.

After shakedown out of Bermuda, Garfield Thomas returned to New York 11 March 1944. She stood out of New York 19 March to join Task Group 27.4 as part of the screen for a convoy bound for Bizerte, via Recife Brazil. She proceeded with Task Group 27.4 screening Carrier CVE 67 Solomons along with DE 192 Eisner. On 25 March, plane crashed into after flight deck of Solomons. Crew picked up by Eisner and treated by CD 55 doctor. Plane sunk. Task Group dissolved on 31 March. Eisner and Garfield Thomas proceeded to Recife. Crossed Equator on 31 March arriving Recife on 1st April

USS Garfield Thomas seen as Greek Panthir at Souda Bay Crete.

Photo. By Tony Vrailas


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