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Built to a different set of plans (Bethlehem) than the Wickes (Bath) the Little versions were
considered less successful than the Bath designed ships, with few remaining in service past 1936.
Displacement 1,154 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 2 x 1pdr AA (1 x 3"/23AA In Some Ships), 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 24,200 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 103.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Fore River, Quincy on August 7 1918.
Launched December 14 1918 and commissioned March 21 1919.
Decommissioned July 6 1922, Recommissioned July 2 1940.
Decommissioned september 23 1940.
To Great Britain September 23 1940, renamed HMS Roxborough (I07).
Stricken January 8 1941.
To Soviet Union August 10 1944, renamed Zhostkiy (Rus. "Rigid").
Fate Returned to Great Britain September 8 1952 and broken up for scrap.

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Foote 87kAndrew Hull Foote, born 12 September 1806 at New Haven, Conn., entered the Navy 4 December 1822 as a midshipman. Commanding Portsmouth in the East India Squadron on 20 and 21 November 1856, Foote led a landing party which seized the barrier forts at Canton, China, in reprisal for attacks on American ships. From 30 August 1861 to 9 May 1862, Foote commanded the Naval Forces on Western Rivers with distinction, organizing and leading the gunboat flotilla in the capture of Forts Henry and Donelson and Island No. 10. Wounded in action at Fort Donelson, Foote was commissioned Rear Admiral 16 July 1862, and was on his way to take command of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron when he died at New York 26 June 1863.Bill Gonyo
Foote 151kUSS Foote (Destroyer # 169) anchored, date and location unknown. Dave Wright
Foote 107kUSS Foote (Destroyer # 169/DD-169), In port, circa 1919-1921. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 53932.Robert Hurst
On British Service
HMS Roxborough commissioned on 23 September 1940 and sailed for Britain and refit on 29 September, being obliged by defects to return to Halifax on 10 October. Repaired, she sailed again on 7 December and commenced refit on arrival at Devonport on 27 December, completing on 18 March 1941 when she joined 2nd Escort Group, her first convoy being OB305 on 3 April. Transferred to 4th EG in June 1941, she was taken in hand for refit on the Clyde from 27 July to 22 September. Transferring to WLEF at Halifax, HMS Roxborough took out convoy ON47 on 16 December. In need of repair on arrival she went south to Charleston, SC, for refit from 12 January 1942 to 26 March, and then returned to Halifax. Grounding off Chebogue on 24 June 1942, HMS Roxborough repaired at Norfolk, Va, until 9 September before resuming her WLEF duties. In January 1943, while with convoy HX222 she met such heavy weather that the entire bridge structure was stove in with eleven dead and many injured; the dead included the Commanding Officer and 1st Lieutenant, the ship being handled thereafter by the sole surviving executive officer, a young RCNVR who happened to be aft at the time of damage. This officer managed to regain control of the ship, and under hand steering from aft, she made St. Johns, NF. Further repairs were made at Charleston, SC, and it was not until 15 May 1943 that she was able to resume duty at Halifax. When, with other Towns of WLEF, HMS Roxborough was released from duty, she sailed from St Johns on 31 December 1943 and arrived 10 January 1944 on the Tyne to lay up. She was recommissioned and transferred to Russia as Doblestnyi on 10 August 1944 and went to Kola to serve with the Russian Northern Fleet. Returning to Britain at Rosyth on 7 February 1949, she passed to BISCo on 5 April and arrived at Dunston on Tyne to be broken up by Clayton & Davie Ltd. (Foreign service history by Robert Hurst)
Foote 82kUndated, location unknown. HMS Roxborough (I.07) tied to mooring buoy. Photo taken by Lt. H W Tomlin, Royal Navy official photographer. Photo # A 2784 from the collections of the Imperial War Museum.Robert Hurst
Foote 128kUndated port side view of the HMS Roxborough (I 07) underway. Source: Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection, Photo No. IWM (A 6461).Mike Green
Foote 70kThe 'Town' class destroyer HMS Roxborough (ex-USS Foote, DD-169) taken on 31 January 1941 at Devonport after completion of her first refit. The censor has passed the pictures - subject to deletion of background and pennant number (Admiralty official).Robert Hurst
Foote 45kAs above.Robert Hurst
Foote 120kAt Charleston on March 30 1942.Mike Mohl
Foote 147kThe "flush decker" HMS Roxborough (I 07), (ex-USS Foote DD-169) seen in Hampton Roads, September 1942.Joe Radigan
Foote 38kRoxborough as seen out of Charleston SC, circa 1943 (USN).Robert Hurst
Foote 216kAt Charleston on April 10 1943.Mike Mohl
Foote 91kThe "flush decker" HMS Roxborough (I 07), (ex-USS Foote DD-169) on post refit trials off Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina, May 9 1943.Phil Marley
Foote 109kThe "flush decker" HMS Roxborough (I 07), (ex-USS Foote DD-169) on post refit trials off Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina, May 9 1943.Phil Marley
Foote 91kThe 'Town' class destroyers HMS Georgetown (ex-USS Maddox, DD-168) and HMS Roxborough (ex-USS Foote, DD-169) together in drydock for refitting shortly before their transfer to the Soviet Union.Robert Hurst
On Soviet Service
Depending on the source her name is spelled Zhostki or Zhostkiy.

USS FOOTE DD-169 History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR David Hunt Stuart    Mar 21 1919 - Mar 21 1920

LTJG Lawrence John Murphy    Mar 21 1920 - Jal 15 1920

LTJG John William Collier    Jul 15 1920 - Feb 22 1921

LT Forrest Knox Libenow    Feb 22 1921 - Jan 5 1922

LT Guido Frederick Forster    Jan 5 1922 - Jul 6 1922

(Decommissioned Jul 6 1922 - June 17 1940)

LT Malcolm Alexander Hufty    Jun 17 1940 - September 23 1940


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Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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