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USS Hopping (APD-51)
USS Hopping (DE-155) (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Victor - Quebec
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Teresa (A)lpha - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Buckley Class Destroyer Escort / Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 11 December 1942, as Hopping (DE-155), a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Launched, 9 March 1943
  • Commissioned USS Hopping (DE-155), 21 May 1943, LCDR. Frank D. Giambattista in command.
  • Converted during October-November 1944 to a Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport at Frontier Base, Staten Island, N.Y.
  • Redesignated (APD-51) in November 1944
  • During World War II USS Hopping was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, TransDiv One Hundred Five, CAPT. J. M. Kennaday USN and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 30 June 1945
  • Following World War II USS Hopping (APD-51) was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 25 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 5 May 1947, at Green Cove Springs FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange, TX.
  • Struck from the Naval Register in September 1964
  • USS Hopping (APD-51) earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold 15 August 1966, to Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, MD. for scrapping
    APD Specifications:
    Displacement 1,400 t.(lt), 2,130 t.(fl)
    Length 306' ovl.
    Beam 37'
    Draft 12' 7" (limiting)
    Speed 23.6 kts. (trial)
    Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 192
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 150
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Boats 4 LCVP landing craft
    Troop Accoutrements
    six 1/4 ton trucks
    two 1 ton trucks
    four ammunition carts
    four pack howitzers
    Ammunition 6,000 cu. ft.
    General Cargo 3,500 cu. ft.
    Gasoline 1,000 cu. ft.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    three twin 40 mm AA gun mounts
    six single 20 mm AA gun mounts
    two depth charge tracks
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 2,216 Bbls
    Diesel 93 Bbls
    two Combustion Engineering "D" Express boilers, 435psi 750°
    two General Electric turbines, (turbo-electric drive)
    Ship's Service Generators
    two 300Kw 450V A.C.
    two 40Kw 120V D.C.
    two propellers, 12,000shp

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    Hopping and LCI(L) -373 40k USS Hopping (APD-51) and USS LCI(L)-373 off Okinawa during amphibious landing operations there. The Hopping is surrounded by infantry landing craft (LCI) heading for the beach, while two old battleships, USS New York (BB-34) and USS Idaho (BB-42) are off in the background waiting for fire support calls. Photo is a Official US Navy photo. Mike Green

    USS Hopping (DE-155 / APD-51)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Giambattista, Frank Daniel :RADM21 May 1943 - 10 October 1943DE-155
    02LCDR. Loutrel Jr., Louis Frank, USNR10 October 1943 - 16 August 1944DE-155 / APD-51
    03LCDR. McNulty, Willard Jerrold, USNR16 August 1944 - October 1946APD-51
    04LCDR. Patterson, DeWitt McDougal (Pat)October 1946 - 5 May 1947APD-51
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
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