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USS Francovich (APD-116)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Whiskey - Tango
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort - Crosley Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 19 April 1945, as Francovich (DE-606), a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Co, Hingham MA.
  • Launched, 5 June 1945
  • Redesignated a Crosley Class High-speed Transport, 17 July 1945
  • Commissioned USS Francovich (APD-116), 6 September 1945, LCDR, Malcolm R. MacLean, USNR, in command
  • Decommissioned, 29 April 1946 at Green Cove Springs FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs FL.
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 April 1964
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in May 1965
    APD Specifications:
    Displacement 1,630 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.
    12 Officers
    192 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    12 Officers
    150 Enlisted
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Boats four 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 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    three twin 40 mm gun mounts
    six single 20 mm gun mounts
    two depth charge tracks
    two Babcox and Wilcox "D" Express type boilers, 435 PSI 750°
    two General Electric turbines, (turbo-electric drive) Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 300Kw 450V A.C.
    two turbo-drive 40Kw 120V D.C.
    two shafts, shaft horsepower 12,000

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    Begor 215k Launch of Francovich (APD-116), 5 June 1945, launching at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Co, Hingham MA. Robert Hurst
    Begor 210k Francovich (APD-116) fitting out, 5 July 1945, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Co, Hingham MA. Note 5"/38 Mount 51 at high elevation, the gunhouse not yet being fitted, and a sister ship in the upper left background, painted in Camouflage Measure 31, Design 5L.
    US National Archives photo # BS 85929 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Francovich (APD-116)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. MacLean, Malcolm R, USNR6 September 1945 - 31 October 1945
    02LT. Brill, Harry Kevin, USNR31 October 1945 - 11 January 1946
    03LT. Huckbee, Frank Robert, USNR11 January 1946 - 29 April 1946
    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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    Last Updated 19 April 2019