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Displacement 2250 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 340' 9" (oa) x 35' 6" x 12' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 0.5" MG 16 x 21" tt.(4x4).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38.5 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 184.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Boston Navy Yard April 15 1937.
Launched May 14 1938 and commissioned November 1 1939.
Damaged in Atom Bomb Test at Bikini Atoll July 1946.
Decommissioned August 28 1946.
Fate Scuttled off Kwajalein February 3 1948.
Stricken February 19 1948.

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Trippe 86kJohn Trippe was born in 1785 in Dorchester County, Md. He was appointed a midshipman in the Navy on 5 April 1799. During the Quasi-War with France, he made his first cruise in the frigate Constitution and later served in the schooner Experiment. On 21 May, he was assigned to Commodore Richard Dale's flagship President, and he served in her until early 1802 in operations against the Tripolitan corsairs in the Mediterranean. He returned to the United States in April 1802 and received a furlough to make a mercantile voyage. On 24 May 1803, the Navy Department ordered Trippe to Vixen as an acting lieutenant. The schooner sailed for the Mediterranean on 3 August and joined Commodore Preble's squadron off Tripoli on 14 September 1803. Lt. Trippe served with distinction in the Mediterranean until the fall of 1805. On 3 August 1804, he led his crew of Gunboat No. 6, manned by another midshipman and nine sailors, to victory over the 36-man crew of a large Tripolitan boat. Trippe and his men boarded the enemy, and Trippe himself grappled with the leader of the pirates. Though his adversary towered over him, Lt. Trippe used his own agility and tenaci ty to emerge victorious in a desperate hand-to-hand struggle. Seriously wounded, he was unable to participate in the next three of Preble's five attacks on Tripoli. However, by the beginning of September, he had recovered sufficiently to resume command of Gunboat No. 6 for the fifth and final assault carried out on the 3d. For his gallantry in action against the Barbary pirates, Lt. Trippe received a sword and a commendation from Congress. Trippe returned to the United States in November 1805, but 1806 found him back on duty in the Mediterranean. In 1808, Trippe served at Charleston, S.C., enforcing the embargo legislation. He took command of Enterprise on 23 January 1809, departed New York on 24 June, and headed for Holland. On 31 July, he reached Amsterdam, where he delivered official dispatches and conducted negotiations which helped cement commercial relations between The Netherlands and the United States. Having helped open Dutch ports to American shipping, he weighed anchor on 10 October and reentered New York harbor on 2 December. On 26 April, Trippe transferred to the command of Vixen and, a month later, departed New Castle, Del., bound for New Orleans. Off Stirrup Key on 24 June, Vixen came under the fire of a British ship, HMS Moselle. When summoned on board the Britisher, Trippe refused, cleared Vixen for action, and demanded an explanation of Moselle's untoward action. Her captain responded with an apology, stating that he had mistaken the American man-of-war for a Frenchman. Vixen then continued peacefully on her way and put into Havana, Cuba, six days later. On 9 July 1810, while en route from Havana to New Orleans, Lt. Trippe died. Photo #: NH 61303. Lieutenant John Trippe, U.S. Navy, (1785-1810) engraved portrait by Charles Ste. Memin, 1809. Trippe was Commanding Officer of the U.S. Schooner Enterprise in that year. Courtesy of the U.S. Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart/Robert M. Cieri
Trippe 114kUndated, location unknown.-
Trippe 171kUSS Mayrant (DD-402) and USS Trippe (DD-403) on May 14 1938 at Boston Navy Yard launching. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.Ed Zajkowski
Trippe 180kPhoto #: 19-N-21332. USS Trippe (DD-403) Ship's Historical Data Plaque, photographed at the Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, on 11 December 1939. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Tony Cowart
Trippe 65kPhoto #: 80-G-K-454. USS Trippe (DD-403) steaming down the Anacostia River into the Potomac, off Washington, D.C., 18 July 1940. Photographed from the Officer's Club at Naval Air Station Anacostia. National Airport is under construction in the distance. Hains Point is at the right. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Tony Cowart
Trippe 95kPhoto #: 80-G-415474. USS Trippe (DD-403) steaming down the Anacostia River, after a visit to the Washington Navy Yard, D.C., 18 July 1940. Photographed from the Naval Air Station, Anacostia, with Hains point park in the background. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Tony Cowart
Trippe 112kPhoto #: 80-G-K-14443. USS Trippe (DD-403) steaming down the Anacostia River, off Washington, D.C., 18 July 1940, after visiting the Washington Navy Yard. The Army War College is in the background, with a blimp overhead. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Tony Cowart
Trippe 130kUSS Trippe (DD-403) underway in 1941. Photograph # 80-G-466169 from the U.S. National Archives.Bill Gonyo
Trippe 109kPhoto #: NH 99649. USS Trippe (DD-403) off the Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, 23 May 1941. She is painted in Camouflage Measure 2. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Trippe 99kPhoto #: 80-G-405270. USS Trippe (DD-403) covered with ice in February 1942, after arriving at Portland, Maine, from a North Atlantic patrol. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Tony Cowart
Trippe 88kBoston, July 24, 1944. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 3d.Robert Hurst

USS TRIPPE DD-403 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Robert Lord Campbell Jr.    Nov 1 1939 - Jun 1 1942 (Later RADM)

LCDR Carl Malcolm Dalton    Jun 1 1942 - Nov 1 1942 (Later RADM)

CDR William Robert Dolan Sr.    Nov 1 1942 - Dec 28 1943

LCDR Russell Champion Williams    Dec 28 1943 - Sep 2 1944 (Later RADM)

CDR Carleton Romig Kear Jr.    Sep 2 1944 - Feb 21 1946

LCDR William Joseph Keating Jr.    Feb 21 1946 - Aug 28 1946

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