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USS Vandivier (DE 540)

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N - H - M - W
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Class: John C. Butler
Type: WGT (geared-turbine drive, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1350 tons (light), 1745 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, 2 geared turbine engines, 12,000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 cal. DP guns (2x1), 4 - 40mm AA (2x2), 10 - 20mm AA, 3 - 21" TT, 1 Mk10 Hedgehog, 8 Mk6 Depth Charge Projectors, 2 Mk9 Depth Charge Stern Racks
Complement: 14 / 201
Vandivier (DE 540) Building and Operational Data:
  • 08 November 1943: Keel laid by the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Mass.
  • 27 December 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Mary Hardin Vandivier
  • 17 February 1947: Construction suspended due to postwar cutbacks, towed to the Naval Industrial Reserve Shipyard, Boston and "mothballed"
  • 01 July 1954: Construction resumed at the Boston Naval Shipyard, chosen for completion as a radar picket escort ship
  • 02 September 1954: Redesignated DER 540
  • 11 October 1955: Commissioned, Lcdr Frank B. Correia in command, assigned to Newport, R.I.
  • 30 June 1960: Decommissioned at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard after 4.7 years of service
  • 01 November 1974: Struck from the NVR
  • 07 February 1975: Sunk as a target off the Florida coast
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    Vandivier 81k undated Robert Hurst
    Vandivier 61k 12 May 1956 (U.S. Navy photo) -

    View the USS Vandivier (DE 540) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website.

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    Additional Resources

    Tin Can Sailors
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    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Vandivier

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