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DE 3 / HMS Berry (K.312)

Class: Evarts (lend-lease)
Type: GMT (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, short hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1140 tons (light), 1430 tons (full)
Length: 283' 6" (wl), 289' 5" (oa)
Beam: 35' (extreme)
Draft: 11' (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 19 kts
Range: 4,150 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3-3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 4-20mm Mk 4 AA (varied by ship), 4 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 156
Building and Operational Data:
  • 01 November 1941: Contract Awarded
  • 22 September 1942: Keel Laid at the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Mass.
  • 23 November 1942: Launched
  • 15 March 1943: Transferred to RN and commissioned as HMS Berry (K.312)
  • 02 February 1946: Returned to U. S. Navy custody at the Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • 12 March 1946: Decommissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard and struck from the NVR
  • 09 November 1946: Sold to the North American Smelting Co., Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 04 November 1948: Scrapping completed
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    Berry 202k memorabilia from the christening of the future HMS Berry S. Dale Hargrave
    Newport News, Va.
    Berry 89k undated wartime image: HMS Berry (ex-DE 3), HMS Duckworth (K.351, ex-DE 61) and HMS Essington (K.353, ex-DE 67), tied up to a mooring buoy in Plymouth harbour after returning from convoy escort duty.

    (Imperial War Museum photo #A023465, from the book "U-boats vs Destroyer Escorts", by Gordon Williamson)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom

    View the HMS Berry (K.312) (ex-DE 3), DANFS history entry
    located on the U.S. Naval Historical Center web site.

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