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Displacement 2103 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 341' 4" (oa) x 35' 5" x 12' 4" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 0.5" MG, 12 x 21" tt.(3x4).
Machinery, 49,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 158.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Puget Sound Navy Yard August 15 1934.
Launched December 31 1935 and commissioned September 18 1936.
Fate Sunk after collision with the Australian troop ship HMAS Duntroon
off Cape Vogel New Guinea November 29 1943.
9 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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Perkins 52kCommodore George Hamilton Perkins was born at Hopkinton, N.H., 20 October 1835. Appointed midshipman in 1851, he served the Navy to 1899. He fought with Farragut at Forts Jackson and Saint Philip, at the capture of Governor Moore and three ships of the Montgomery Flotilla, and at the surrender of New Orleans in April 1862. He also fought at Port Hudson and Whitehall’s River in July 1862, at the captures of Mary Sorley and Tennessee, the Battle of Mobile Bay, and at Forts Powell, Gaines, and Morgan in August 1864. Following peacetime naval service, he died at Boston, Mass., 28 October 1899. Photo #: NH 47485. Captain George H. Perkins, USN photographed circa 1882-1891. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart/Robert M. Cieri
Perkins 117kUndated, location unknown.-
Perkins 59kUndated, location unknown.-
Perkins 117kMrs. Isabelle Anderson, daughter of the ship's namesake, christening the ship, December 31 1935.S. Dale Hargrave
Perkins 118kUSS Perkins (DD-377) in port during the later 1930s. This view may have been taken at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, circa Autumn 1936 when the ship was completed (USN Photo No 91865).Robert Hurst
Perkins 109kPhoto #: NH 74276. USS Perkins (DD-377) steaming through heavy seas, 27 August 1937. Photographed from the stern of another destroyer. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Perkins 126kPhoto #: NH 74321. USS Perkins (DD-377) underway in harbor (probably at San Diego, California), 1 November 1937. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Perkins 149kDestroyers underway in San Diego Harbor, California, 1938. Identifiable ships are: USS Drayton (DD-366), at left; USS Preston (DD-379), at right; and USS Perkins (DD-377), in center, partially masked by Preston. Note colored bands painted on these destroyer's after smokestacks, possibly for unit identification purposes. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Perkins 112kPhoto #: NH 74322. USS Perkins (DD-377) at anchor on 18 April 1938, with USS Flusser (DD-368) in the right background. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Perkins 104kPhoto #: NH 43518. USS Perkins (DD-377) returning from a Fleet cruise, 28 April 1938. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Perkins 78kPhoto #: NH 68329. USS Perkins (DD-377) underway, circa the later 1930s. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Perkins 60kCirca 1939, location unknown. Image from the 1943-44 Edition of Jane's Fighting Ships.O.W. Waterman
Perkins 166kNorthrup BT-1 bomber (Bureau # 0640), (Bombing Squadron Five's plane number 516) Upside down and sinking after going over the side of USS Yorktown (CV-5) during flight operations in the Pacific, 23 July 1940. USS Perkins (DD-377) is coming up at right to rescue the plane's crew, Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Thomas D. Cummins (Pilot) and Radioman Third Class Donald MacKillop. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Perkins 90kPhoto #: 80-G-266837. USS Perkins (DD-377) photographed from USS Tangier (AV-8) in a south Pacific harbor, 25 February 1942. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Tony Cowart
Perkins 91kUSS Perkins (DD-377) refueling from HMAS Hobart (D 63) while underway in the Coral Sea/Solomon Island area in May, 1942.
Museums Victoria Collections, Photo No. MM 12320
Mike Green
Perkins 34kRoyal Australian Navy heavy cruiser HMAS Australia (D84) is bracketed by bombs during the Battle of the Coral Sea on 7 May 1942. The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Perkins (DD-377) is visible beyond the Australia. Australian armed forces. This image is available from the Collection Database of the Australian War Memorial under the ID Number: 306610/03.Robert Hurst


USS Perkins (DD-377) underway on 8 June 1943, location unknown. Australian armed forces. Images available from the Collection Database of the Australian War Memorial under the ID Numbers: 302700 and 302700/01.Robert Hurst
Perkins 96kPort quarter view of the USS Perkins (DD-377) on August 8, 1943 showing wartime modifications. Two twin 40mm Bofors and their directors have replaced the No. 3 5”/38 open mount. A 20mm Oerlikon is mounted abaft the aft stack and the smoke generator has been moved between the depth charge rails. Source: Australian War Memorial, Photo No. 302700.Tommy Trampp

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Samuel Power Jenkins    Sep 18 1936 - May 27 1938

LCDR John Peter Vetter    May 27 1938 - Jun 4 1940

LCDR Timothy Francis Wellings    Jun 4 1940 - Oct 12 1941

LCDR Stephen Ray Bedford    Oct 12 1941 - Dec 12 1941

LCDR Walter Chilcot Ford    Dec 12 1941 - Mar 1 1943 (Later RADM)

CDR Gerald Lyle Ketchum    Mar 1 1943 - Nov 29 1943

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