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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUMD

Displacement 1,215 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 1 x 3"/23AA, 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 26,500 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco January 18 1919.
Launched May 14 1919 and commissioned December 30 1920.
Decommissioned June 2 1930.
Stricken January 28 1935.
Fate Sunk as target off San Diego June 26 1935.

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Sloat 69kJohn Drake Sloat was born in Sloatbury, N.Y., on 26 July 1781 and was appointed Midshipman in the United States Navy on 12 February 1800. He was sailing master of United States under Commodore Decatur and was promoted to Lieutenant for conspicuous gallantry in the capture of HMS Macedonian on 25 October 1812. He cruised in Grampus, Franklin, Washington, and St. Louis, between 1815 and 1831 and commanded the Pacific Squadron between 1844 and 1846, rendering efficient service on the coast of California in the early part of the Mexican War. Under his direction, the American flag was hoisted on 7 July 1846 above Monterey, symbolizing the conquest of that part of California by the United States. He subsequently held a number of commands ashore including making the plans for the Mare Island Navy Yard and directing the construction of the Stevens Battery in 1855. He was appointed Rear Admiral on the retired list on 25 July 1866 and died at New Brighton, Staten Island, N.Y., on 28 November 1867. Photo Courtesy of The Bancroft Library. University of California, Berkeley.Bill Gonyo
Sloat 115kUndated, location unknown. (L-R) USS Altair (AD-11), USS Marcus (DD-321), unidentified USS Sloat (DD-316), unidentified, unidentified and USS Litchfield (DD-336), NARA # 80G410474.Daniel Dunham
Sloat 138kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Sloat 149kUndated, location unknown. As seen from the USS Cuyama (AO-3).Tommy Trampp
Sloat 75kSan Diego, CA circa 1920's. USS Shirk (DD-318), USS Kidder (DD-319), USS La Valette (DD-315), USS Sloat (DD-316), USS Yarborough (DD-314) and USS Wood (DD-317). Naval Historical Center photo NH 69509.Daniel Dunham
Sloat 108kUSS Sloat (DD-316) underway at sea during the 1920s. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives. Photo #: 19-N-11040.Robert Hurst
Sloat 70kPhoto #: NH 77258: The USS Cuyama (AO-3) with twelve destroyers tied up alongside, during the early 1920s. The ships present include (from left to right): USS Jacob Jones (DD-130); USS Hull (DD-330); USS Thompson (DD-305); USS Corry (DD-334); USS Kennedy (DD-306); USS Reno (DD-303); USS Cuyama (AO-3; USS Stoddert (DD-302); USS Yarborough (DD-314); USS Sloat (DD-316); USS Litchfield (DD-336); USS Shubrick (DD-268); USS Young (DD-312); Courtesy of Mrs. C.R. DeSpain, 1973. From the scrapbooks of Fred M. Butler. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peña
Sloat 337kAerial view of six destroyers in Mare Island's dry dock #2 between August 13 - 25, 1922. The shipyard's records indicate that the six destroyers were in hull number order as: USS Yarborough (DD 314), USS La Vallette (DD 315), USS Sloat (DD 316), USS Wood (DD 317), USS Shirk (DD 318) and USS Kidder (DD 319).Darryl Baker
Sloat 133kUSS Sloat DD 316 off the island of Culebra as the destroyers arrived in mid-February 1924.Robert M. Cieri
Sloat 142kUSS Sloat (DD-316) underway during a Presidential naval review in Hampton Roads, Virginia, on 4 June 1927. US Bureau of Ships. Department of the Navy. This media is available in the holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration, cataloged under the ARC Identifier (National Archives Identifier) 512913.Robert Hurst
Sloat 66kPuget Sound July 1928.Marc Piché

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR John Roy Palmer    Dec 30 1920 - Jan 2 1922
LCDR Lewis Hancock Jr.    Jan 2 1922 - Aug 3 1922
LCDR Harry Dickson McHenry    Aug 3 1922 - Mar 21 1925
LCDR George Mastick Ravenscroft    Mar 21 1925 - May 26 1927
LCDR Howard Hartwell James Benson    May 26 1927 - Jun 7 1929 (Later COMO)
LCDR Morton Lyndholm Deyo    Jun 7 1929 - Jun 2 1930 (Later RADM)

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