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|01||ENS Harris Laning, USN - USNA Class of 7 June 1895|
Retired as Rear Admiral - Awarded the Navy Cross (World War I)
|3 June 1899 - 7 August 1902|
|02||Midshipman Chester William Nimitz, USN - USNA Class of 1905|
Attained the rank of Fleet Admiral - Awarded four Navy Distinguished Service Medals and the Army Distinguished Service Medal
|12 January 1907 - 5 October 1907|
Throughout the Philippine Insurrection, Panay served on blockade and patrol duty, intercepting contraband and aiding the Army on Mindanao, Leyte, Cebu, Samar, and Negros. Decommissioning at Cavite 7 August 1902, she was repaired and recommissioned 12 January 1907, Midshipman (Ens. from 2 February 1907) Chester W. Nimitz in command. Assigned to patrol Mindanao, Nimitz, who was to be Commander-in-Chief Pacific in World War II as a Fleet Admiral, took Panay, his first command, into many of the small ports to show the flag. He also commanded the naval station at Polloc. Returning to Cavite in July, Nimitz and his men were assigned to recommission Decatar, and Panay went into reserve, decommissioning 5 October 1907.
Panay served as a yard craft at Olongapo and Cavite and as a ferryboat between Cavite and Manila in the years that followed, even after she was struck from the Navy List 19 June 1914. She was sold 15 April 1920.
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