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USS MADDOX (DD-168)


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CLASS - WICKES (LITTLE)
Built to a different set of plans (Bethlehem) than the Wickes (Bath) the Little versions were
considered less successful than the Bath designed ships, with few remaining in service past 1936.
Displacement 1,154 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 2 x 1pdr AA (1 x 3"/23AA In Some Ships), 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 24,200 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 103.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Fore River, Quincy on July 20 1918.
Launched October 27 1918 and commissioned March 10 1919.
Decommissioned June 14 1922, Recommissioned June 17 1940.
Decommissioned September 23 1940.
To Great Britain September 23 1940, renamed HMS Georgetown (I40).
Stricken January 8 1941.
To Soviet Union August 10 1944, renamed Doblestny (Rus. "Valiant").
Returned to Great Britain February 4 1949.
Fate Broken up for scrap in 1952.

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-William A. T. Maddox, born in Charles County, Md., in 1814, commanded a volunteer company in the Creek and Seminole Wars in 1836, and was appointed 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps 14 October 1837. Serving in the Mexican War, he was breveted captain for "gallant and meritorious conduct" as Military Commandant of the Middle District of California during a Mexican uprising at Monterey and during the Battle of Santa Clara, 3 January 1847. Captain Maddox retired in 1880 and died in Washington, D.C., 1 January 1889.Robert M. Cieri
Maddox 78kUndated postcard, drydock location unknown.© Richard Leonhardt
Maddox 59kUSS Maddox (Destroyer # 168) underway at sea in 1919, seen from USS Pocahontas (ID # 3044). Collection of the USS Pocahontas Reunion Association, 1974. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Maddox 157kTied up to a mooring buoy in port, circa 1920. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker/Robert Hurst
On British Service
HMS Georgetown (ex-USS Maddox, DD-168) transferred at Halifax on 23 September 1940 and sailed for Britain six days later, but a collision with HMS Hamilton at St John's, NF returned her to Halifax for repair and she did not finally arrive at Devonport until 13 November 1940. Completing a brief refit there, she worked up at Scapa Flow until 17 December 1940, and then joined 4th Escort Group. A collision with an unknown ship on 26 February 1941 sent her to the Tyne for repair in early June 1941, followed by more work on Clydeside until mid-July 1941. On completion she transferred to 3rd Escort Group and returned to North Atlantic escort work. Georgetown transferred again to 27th Escort Group in September 1941, and commenced her Stage 2 refit on the Clyde in mid-November 1941. Completion was delayed by a boiler room fire on 13 December 1941 and it was mid-April 1942 before she was ready for service. Her first escort duty was to escort convoy WS18, and then the aircraft carriers HMS Eagle and USS Wasp en-route to Gibralter for Operation BOWERY (the transfer of RAF Spitfires to Malta) after which she returned to the Clyde for a further four weeks repair. In June 1942 Georgetown joined the Special Escort Division of the Greenock force, covering two WS troop convoys, a homeward bound HG convoy and a minelaying sortie. She was then allocated to support the RCN and sailed to join the Western Local Escort Force based at Halifax where she saw the balance of her active service in British hands. She refitted at Charleston, SC between March and May 1943, and in November 1943 returned to Britain via the Azores to lay up in reserve at Hartlepool. Selected for loan to Russia and, after refit at Middle Docks, Tyneside, was transferred as Zhostki during August 1944, to join the Northern Fleet. She was returned in tow from Murmansk to Rosyth and handed over on 9 September 1952, passing at once to the shipbreakers and arriving at Inverkeithing on 16 September 1952 to be broken up by T W Ward. (History thanks to Robert Hurst.)
Maddox 80kThe 'Town' class Fourth Group destroyer HMS Georgetown (ex-USS Maddox), date and location unknown.Robert Hurst
Maddox 72kThe 'Town' class destroyer HMS Georgetown (ex-USS Maddox, DD-168) in Stage 2 condition, complete with Hedgehog but prior to bridge alterations, date and location unknown (Admiralty Official).Robert Hurst
Maddox 62kMay 1943, Seen here as HMS Georgetown as modified by the Royal Navy.-
Maddox 60kHMS Georgetown after her 1943 Charlestown, SC refit (USN). Robert Hurst
Maddox 87kHMS Georgetown after her 1943 Charlestown, SC refit (USN). Robert Hurst
Maddox 49kHMS Georgetown taken after her May 1943 American refit at Charleston, SC.Robert Hurst
Maddox 121kHMS Georgetown taken after her May 1943 American refit at Charleston, SC.Robert Hurst
Maddox 110kHMS Georgetown taken after her May 1943 American refit at Charleston, SC. Photo # FL 3224 from the collections of the Imperial War Museum.Robert Hurst
Maddox 95kMid 1943, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Maddox 91kThe 'Town' class destroyers HMS Georgetown (ex-USS Maddox, DD-168) and HMS Roxburgh (ex-USS Foote, DD-169) together in drydock for refitting shortly before their transfer to the Soviet Union.Robert Hurst
On Soviet Service
Depending on the source her name is spelled Doblestni or Doblestny or Doblestnyi.
Maddox 80kAs the Doblestny. Undated, location unknown.Igor Ageev

USS MADDOX DD-168 History
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(Located On The hazegray Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Edward Constant Southword Parker    Mar 10 1919 - ?

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