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USS Thomas F. Nickel (DE 587)
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - H - N - X
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 star
Second Row: World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon
Type: TEV (turbo-electric drive, long hull, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1,450 tons (light), 1,810 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 13' 9" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 CE boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 5,050 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 Mk30, 4 - 40mm Mk1 AA (2x2), 10 x 20mm/70 Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (230 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors (40), 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks (60)
Complement: 12 / 192
Thomas F. Nickel (DE 587) Building and Operational Data:
15 December 1943: Keel laid by the Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyards, Hingham, Mass.
22 January 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Fred W. Nickel, Private Nickels' mother
09 June 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr Claude S. Farmer, USNR, in command
31 May 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal.
-- June 1946: Assigned to NRT, 12th Naval District; towed to Sacramento, Cal. for use as a Naval Armory
08 July 1948: Reactivated, placed "In Service"; assigned to NRT, 12th Naval District at San Francisco, Cal.
22 September 1950: Recommissioned, continued assignment at San Francisco, Cal.
-- December 1951: Reassigned to NRT, 11th Naval District at San Diego, Cal.
22 February 1958: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 13.7 years of service
01 December 1972: Struck from the NVR
09 June 1973: Sold for scrapping to the Levin Metals Co., San Jose, Cal.
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||1945: Hollandia, New Guinea - Thomas F. Nickel (DE 587), taken while she was at anchor. My father, then Lcdr Claude S. Farmer, USNR, was her
commissioning CO and was in command when she destroyed two Japanese midget submarine in August 1945.
||Claude S. Farmer, Jr.
Commander, USN (ret.)
||27 July 1955: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - USS Thomas F. Nickel (DE 587) lies off while preparing to moor at Vancouver.
(Photograph by Walter E. Frost) (Photo #AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-8445 from the City of Vancouver
||Undated post-war view of Thomas F. Nickel underway.
||1957: San Francisco, Cal. - Thomas F. Nickel, taken from Treasure Island.
|Thomas F. Nickel History
|View the USS Thomas F. Nickel (DE 587) DANFS history entry
located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
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