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USS Doherty (DE-14)
USS Doherty (DE-14) underway off the Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 23 February 1943 (NH 107268)
USS Doherty (DE 14) 23 February 1943: off Mare Island
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Name: USS Doherty (DE-14)
Namesake: John Joseph Doherty
Laid down: 28 February 1942
Launched: 29 August 1942 as HMS Berry (BDE-14)
Commissioned: 6 February 1943 as USS Doherty (DE-14)
Decommissioned: 14 December 1945
Struck: 8 January 1946
Fate: Sold for scrap on 26 December 1946
General characteristics
Class & type: Evarts class destroyer escort
Displacement: 1,140 (standard), 1,430 tons (full)
Length: 283 ft 6 in (86.41 m) (waterline), 289 ft 5 in (88.21 m) (overall))
Beam: 35 ft 2 in (10.72 m)
Draft: 11 ft 0 in (3.35 m) (max)
  • 4 General Motors Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive *6000 shp
  • 2 screws
Speed: 19 kn (35 km/h)
Range: 4,150 nm
Complement: 15 officers, 183 enlisted
Armament: 3 × 3 in/50 cal Mk 22 dual purpose guns (1x3), 4 × 1.1 in/75 cal Mk 2 AA guns (1x4), 9 × Oerlikon 20 mm Mk 4 AA cannons, 1 × Hedgehog Projector Mk 10 (144 rounds), 8 × Mk 6 depth charge projectors, 2 × Mk 9 depth charge tracks

USS Doherty (DE-14) was an Evarts class destroyer escort constructed for the United States Navy during World War II. She was sent off into the Pacific Ocean to protect convoys and other ships from Japanese submarines and fighter aircraft. She performed escort and antisubmarine operations in dangerous battle areas and returned home safely at war's end.

USS Doherty was named in honor of John Joseph Doherty, who received a Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroic work in the Marshall Islands which resulted in him being lost in action. The ship, originally intended for transfer to Great Britain, was launched on 29 August 1942 as Berry (BDE-14) by Mare Island Navy Yard; retained for use by the United States Navy; named Doherty on 6 January 1943; and commissioned on 6 February 1943, Lieutenant Commander A. Jackson, Jr. in command.

Service historyEdit

World War IIEdit

After escorting a convoy to Cold Bay, Alaska from 23 April-11 May 1943, Doherty served on escort duty between the west coast and Pearl Harbor from 23 May – 15 September. She sailed from San Francisco, California on 15 September for duty in Alaskan waters where she escorted merchant ships and occasionally served as plane guard for United States Army Air Forces bomber strikes over the Kuriles. Doherty returned to San Francisco for overhaul on 28 September 1944, then sailed to San Diego, California, for training.

Leaving San Diego on 23 November, Doherty operated as a training vessel in submarine exercises at Pearl Harbor from 2 December 1944 – 5 February 1945. She arrived at Guam on 16 February on escort duty and for the rest of the war plied between Guam and Okinawa on escort, patrol and air-sea rescue missions.

Sailing from Guam on 12 October, Doherty arrived at San Pedro, California on 28 October, was decommissioned on 14 December 1945, and sold for scrap on 26 December 1946.


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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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