|USS Kleinsmith (DE-376)|
|Namesake:||Chief Watertender Charles Kleinsmith (1904-1942), U.S. Navy Navy Cross recipient|
|Builder:||Consolidated Steel Corporation, Orange, Texas (proposed)|
|Fate:||Construction cancelled 6 June 1944|
|Class & type:||John C. Butler-class destroyer escort|
|Length:||306 ft (93 m)|
|Beam:||36 ft 8 in (11 m)|
|Draft:||9 ft 5 in (3 m)|
|Propulsion:||2 boilers, 2 geared turbine engines, 12,000 shp; 2 propellers|
|Speed:||24 knots (44 km/h)|
|Range:||6,000 nmi. (12,000 km) @ 12 kt|
|Complement:||14 officers, 201 enlisted|
2 × 5 in (127 mm)/38 guns (2×1)|
4 × 40 mm AA guns (2×2)
10 × 20 mm AA guns (10×1)
3 × 21 in. torpedo tubes (1×3)
8 × depth charge projectors
1 × depth charge projector (hedgehog)
2 × depth charge tracks
The first USS Kleinsmith (DE-376) would have been a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort of the United States Navy, the first Navy ship named for Chief Watertender Charles Kleinsmith (1904–1942), who was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his heroism during the Battle of Midway.
The name Kleinsmith was assigned to DE-376 on 31 May 1944, but construction of the ship was cancelled on 6 June 1944.
Subsequently, the name Kleinsmith was reassigned to a Rudderow-class destroyer escort, USS Kleinsmith (DE-718), which was converted during construction into the Crosley-class fast transport USS Kleinsmith (APD-134).
References[edit | edit source]
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- NavSource Naval History: Destroyer Escorts, Frigates, Littoral Combat Vessels
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