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DE 267 / Dempsey / HMS Cooke (K.471)

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 January 1942: Contract Awarded
  • 11 March 1943: Keel laid by the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Mass.
  • 22 April 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. J. A. Dempsey, mother of the late Lieutenant (junior grade) Dempsey, USNR
  • 23 August 1943: Transferred to the Royal Navy, commissioned as HMS Cooke (K.471)
  • 05 March 1946: Returned to USN at Harwich, England
  • 10 June 1947: Sold for scrapping
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    HMS Capel 148k USS Dempsey (DE 267) and USS Wintle (DE 266) were christened on the same day, 22 April 1943, and are both named for Naval officers killed in the Battle of Savo Island on 09 August 1942. The mother of Richard John Dempsey, Mrs. J. A. Dempsey, and the widow of Jack William Wintle christened each respectively. The picture shows Mrs. J. A. Dempsey (L) and Mrs. Mary Clyde Wintle (R), at the Boston Navy Yard, on the day of the christening. (Photo courtesy of USS Dempsey (DE 26) Association thanks to Steve Carlson) Bill Gonyo
    HMS Cooke 326k 22 April 1943: Boston, Mass. - Mrs. James A. Dempsey, Sponsor of USS Dempsey (DE 267), christening and launching the destroyer escort at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts, April 22, 1943. Rear Admiral Robert A. Theobald, USN, is in the background. Mrs. Dempsey was the mother of ship’s namesake, Lieutenant Junior Grade Dempsey who was killed in the Battle of Savo Island, August 09, 1942, when his ship USS Vincennes (CA 44) was sunk. (U.S. Navy Photo from the National Archives #80-G-62011)
    HMS Cooke 108k HMS Cooke (K.471) underway in 1943.
    (Photo NPS Catalog #10703-3907 from the Charlestown Navy Yard National Historical Park Collection)
    John Chiquoine

    View the USS Dempsey (DE 267) / HMS Cooke DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
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