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USS J R  Ward seen somewhere in the Atlantic. Photo Wikipedia


TYPE: FMR (geared diesel, Fairbanks-Morse reverse gear drive, 3" guns)

Displacement: 1,200 tons (std) 1,590 tons (full)

Dimensions: 306' (oa), 300' (wl) x 36' 10" x 12' 3" (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 Fairbanks-Morse Mod. 38d81/8 geared diesel engines, 4 diesel-generators, 6000 shp, 2 screws.

Speed: 21 knots.

Range: 9,100 nm @ 12 knots.

Crew: 8 / 201.

30 September 1942: Keel laid by the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.

6 January 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Miss Marjorie Ward, sister of Seaman First Class Ward

5 July 1943: Commissioned, Lt. T. S. Dunstan in command

13 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla.

2 January 1971: Stricken from the NVR

10 April 1972: Sold for scrapping

After training in March 1944, Destroyer Escort DE 243 J. Richard Ward was assigned to a hunter-killer group built around Tripoli (CVE-64). Departing New York 15 March, the ships patrolled the Atlantic between the Brazilian coast and the Cape Verde Islands. No German submarines were encountered; and they returned to New York 18 June 1944.


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