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Hovey (DMS 11)
ex-DD-208



Call sign:
Nan - Easy - Peter - Baker

Sunk 7 January 1945

Clemson Class Destroyer/Chandler Class High Speed Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 7 September 1918 by William Cramp and Sons Ship and Engine Building Co., Philadelphia, PA
  • Launched 26 April 1919
  • Commissioned USS Hovey, Destroyer No. 208, 2 October 1919
  • Designated DD-208, 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned 1 February 1923 at San Diego, CA and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned 20 February 1930
  • Reclassified and converted to a High Speed Minesweeper, DMS-11, 19 November 1940
  • Lost to enemy action 7 January 1945 at Lingayen Gulf, Philippines
  • Struck from the Naval Register 8 February 1945.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 1,190 t. (lt), 1,308 t. (fl)
  • Length 314' 4"
  • Beam 30' 10"
  • Draft 9' 10"
  • Speed 35.8 kts.
  • Complement 122
  • Armament: Two twin 4"/50 mounts, one 3"/23 gun mount, and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Four White-Forster boilers, two 27,000shp geared turbines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Hovey 35k U.S. Navy photo Adam Paradise
    Hovey 70k Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 7 June 1942. Note that she retained four smokestacks at this time.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99560
    Naval Historical Center
    Hovey 67k Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 7 June 1942. The ship retains her original four tall smokestacks, pre-war type pilothouse and tall foremast. She appears to carry twin 4"/50 gun mounts fore and aft and eight .50 caliber anti-aircraft machine guns.
    Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
    U.S. Navy photo 19-N-30499
    Hovey 63k Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 7 June 1942. The ship appears to have twin 4"/50 gun mount forward, with a hinged sponson by it to allow a greater working circle for the gun crew.
    Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
    U.S. Navy photo 19-N-30500
    Hovey 71k Plan view, forward, at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 20 May 1943. USS LST-485 is in the left background. White outlines mark recent alterations to Hovey.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99565
    Hovey 143k Plan view, amidships, at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 20 May 1943. Tracks on deck are for shifting weights during an inclining experiment to determine the ship's stability. USS LST-485 is in the background. White outlines mark recent alterations to Hovey.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99566
    Hovey 138k Plan view, amidships looking aft, at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 20 May 1943. USS LST-485 (left) and USS
    LST-481
    are in the background. White outlines mark recent alterations to Hovey, among them, 20mm guns and minesweeping gear.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 995670
    Hovey 110k Plan view, aft, at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 20 May 1943. The bow of USS LST-485 is visible in the right background. White outlines mark recent alterations to Hovey.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99568
    Hovey 62k Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 26 May 1943.
    U.S. Navy photos NH 99561 and NH 99562
    Hovey 68k
    Hovey 72k Seen from astern, off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 26 May 1943.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99560
    Hovey 69k Seen from ahead, off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 26 May 1943.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99560

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    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    NavSource Destroyer Pages, USS Hovey (DD-208)
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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