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Israel (DM 3)

Call sign (1924):
Nan - Easy - Nan - George


Call sign (1919):
George - Sail - Dog - Vice

Wickes Class Destroyer/Stribling Class Light Minelayer:

  • Laid down 26 January 1918 by the Fore River Shipbuilding Corp., Quincy, Massachusetts
  • Launched 22 June 1918
  • Commissioned USS Israel, Destroyer No. 98, 13 September 1918 at Boston Navy Yard
  • Reclassified as a Light Minelayer, DM-3, 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned 7 July 1922 at Philadelphia, PA and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Philadelphia
  • Struck from the Navy Register 25 January 1937
  • Sold for scrap 18 April 1939 to the Union Shipbuilding Co. of Baltimore, MD.


  • Displacement 1,191 t.
  • Length 314' 4½"
  • Beam 30' 11¼"
  • Draft 9' 2"
  • Speed 34 kts.
    1921 - 33.97 kts.
  • Complement 103
    1921 - 122
  • Armament: Four 4"/50 mounts, two 1-pounders, one depth charge projector and two depth charge tracks
    1921 - Two 1-pounders replaced by one 3"/23 mount
  • Propulsion: Four White-Foster boilers, two 12,100shp Parsons turbines, two shafts
    1921 - Four Yarrow boilers and two 29,250shp Curtis geared turbines.
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    Israel 66k Photographed circa 1920, just after she had been converted to a light minelayer. Though formally designated as DM-3 in July 1920, she is still wearing her destroyer number, "98".
    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1973.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 78129
    Robert Hurst
    Israel 91k c. 1921
    Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA
    Still wearing their destroyer bow numbers with the mine force insignia painted on immediately behind, are (from left to right): USS Mahan (DM-7, formerly DD-102); USS Lansdale (DM-6, formerly DD-101); USS Maury (DM-5, formerly DD-100); and Israel.
    Photographed by H. J. Darley, 46 Water Street, Charlestown, Massachusetts
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 103189
    Barb Rebold

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    NavSource Destroyer Pages, USS Israel (DD-98)
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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