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Chandler (AG 108)
ex-DMS-9



Call sign:
Nan - Able - George - Love

ex-DD-206


Wickes Class Destroyer/Chandler Class Highspeed Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 19 August 1918 by William Cramp and Sons Ship and Engine Building Co., Philadelphia, PA
  • Launched 19 March 1919
  • Commissioned USS Chandler, Destroyer No. 206, 5 September 1919
  • Designated DD-206, 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned 20 October 1922 at San Francisco, CA
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Mare Island, CA
  • Recommissioned 31 March 1930
  • Reclassified and converted to a Highspeed Minesweeper, DMS-9, 19 November 1940
  • Reclassified as a Miscellaneous Auxiliary, AG-108, 5 June 1945
  • Decommissioned, 21 November 1945 at Norfolk, VA
  • Struck from the Navy Register 5 December 1945
  • Sold for scrap 18 November 1946.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 1,190 t.
  • Length 314' 5"
  • Beam 31' 8"
  • Draft 12' 2"
  • Speed 32.5 kts.
  • Complement 149
  • Armament: Three 3"/50 dual purpose mounts and one twin 40mm mount
  • Propulsion: Three White-Forster boilers, two 26,000shp Bethelehem (Parsons design) geared turbines, De Laval single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    USS Chandler (DD 206)
    Chandler 41k William Eaton Chandler was born in Concord, New Hampshire, 28 December 1835, and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1854. Chandler served as Secretary of the Navy from 1882 to 1886, and as Senator from New Hampshire from 1887 to 1901. He died at Concord, 30 November 1917
    Library of Congress photo
    Bill Gonyo
    Chandler 358k U.S. Navy photo DD 206-1 from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum Darryl Baker
    Chandler 387k Broome (DD 210) is astern of Chandler
    U.S. Navy photo DD 206-3 from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
    USS Chandler (DMS 9)
    Chandler 82k Chandler throws up spray as she steams out of Pearl Harbor at about the time of the Japanese raid on 7 December 1941. She returned to Pearl Harbor 2 days later.
    National Archives photo 80-G-32544
    Naval Historical Center
    Chandler 214k c. 1942 Barbara Rebold
    Chandler 77k 27 December 1943
    Broadside view of Chandler at San Francisco.
    U.S. Navy photo 8431-43
    Darryl Baker
    Chandler 134k Camouflage Measure 32, Design 7D drawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for a camouflage scheme intended for high speed minesweepers of the DMS-9 (Chandler) class. This plan, approved by Captain Torvald A. Solberg, USN, is dated 14 June 1944. It shows the ship's starboard side and superstructure ends and port side
    National Archives photo 80-G-173484 and 80-G-173485 at the Naval Historical Center
    Paul Rebold
    Chandler 103k
    Chandler 144k 28 April 1945
    The bridge of the Chandler is visible while she was in dry dock No. 2 at Mare Island. USS William C. Miller (DE 259), USS Cabana (DE 260) and USS Canfield (DE 262) were in dock with Chandler.
    U.S. Navy photo 3042-45
    Darryl Baker
    Chandler 108k 2 May 1945
    Stern view off Mare Island.
    U.S. Navy photo 3944-45
    Chandler 91k 2 May 1945
    Bow on view off Mare Island.
    U.S. Navy photo 3948-45
    Chandler 169k 7 May 1945
    The bridge of the Chandler is visible while she was in dry dock No. 2 at Mare Island. USS William C. Miller (DE 259), USS Cabana (DE 260) and USS Canfield (DE 262) were in dock with Chandler.
    U.S. Navy photo 3043-45
    Chandler 274k 23 May 1945
    Off Mare Island, CA
    U.S. Navy photo 3946-45 from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
    Darryl Baker
    Chandler 83k 23 May 1945
    Off Mare Island Navy Yard
    Her minesweeping duties were finished at this date and she was reclassified as a miscellaneous auxiliary (AG-108) on June 5th. For the remainder of the war she spent her duty towing targets in gunnery exercises for new ships engaged in shakedown training
    U.S. Navy photo from U.S. Warships of World War II by Paul H. Silverstone
    Mike Green
    Chandler 433k 24 May 1945
    At Mare Island Navy Yard
    From the collection of John Dickey
    U.S. Navy photos
    Ed Zajkowski
    Chandler 795k
    Chandler 939k

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