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USS Amesbury (DE 66 / APD 46)
Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - D - O - D
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon - American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 198
Amesbury (DE 66) Building and Operational Data:
8 March 1943: Keel laid by the Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, Mass.
6 June 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Janet Kenney Amesbury, the widow of the late Lt. (jg.) Amesbury
31 August 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr Allen B. Adams, Jr., in command
23 February 1945: Arrived at the Philadelphia Navy Yard for APD conversion, reclassified APD 46
3 July 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla.
1 June 1960: Stricken from the NVR
24 October 1962: Sold for scrapping to Chet Alexander Marine Salvage, Key West, Fla.
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||6 June 1943: Hingham, Mass. - Having just been christened, USS Amesbury (DE 66) slides into the water for the first time.
||6 July 1943: Hingham, Mass. - Amesbury (DE 66) fitting out at her builder's yard, while an unidentified sister ship fits out at right. (Photo from the U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM. Photo # 19-N-85626 as printed in "The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships")
||15 July 1943: Hingham, Mass. - USS Amesbury (DE 66) and USS Lee Fox (DE 65) in the background during the handing over and commissioning ceremony for HMS Calder. (Photo from the private collection of Electrical Artificer Ron Ayres as printed in "The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War" by Donald Collingwood)
View the USS Amesbury (DE 66 / APD 46) DANFS history entry
located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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