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Displacement 2395 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 348' 4"(oa) x 36' 1" x 13' 2" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 0.5" MG, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ. July 31 1941.
Launched February 20 1942 and commissioned April 29 1942.
Decommissioned May 2 1946.
Stricken August 15 1949.
To Turkey June 10 1949, renamed Gaziantep.
Fate USS Arthur W. Radford (DD-968) sank the ex-Lansdowne with a Harpoon missile as a target in the Gulf of Sidra July 28 1979.

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Lansdowne 60kZachary Lansdowne was born in Greenville, Ohio, on 1 December 1888. He entered the United States Naval Academy in 1905 and graduated in 1909. In June 1911, following two years' service aboard the battleship Virginia, he was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. During the next five years Lansdowne served in the destroyer McCall and had recruiting and Naval Militia duty in Ohio. He then received aeronautical instruction at Pensacola, Florida, and Akron, Ohio. In September 1917, Lieutenant Lansdowne was sent to England for training in the operation of dirigibles. He spent the rest of the First World War, and the first months of 1919, at the Navy Department and at air stations in France. In July 1919, Lieutenant Commander Lansdowne served on board the British rigid airship R-34 during its historic non-stop flight across the Atlantic to the United States. Service followed at the Navy Department, at Akron, Ohio, and as a White House Aide. He was Assistant Naval Attache in Germany in 1922-1923, during which time his duties involved negotiations that resulted in the construction of USS Los Angeles (ZR-3), the Navy's second rigid airship. Lieutenant Commander Lansdowne took command of USS Shenandoah (ZR-1) early in 1924. Over the next year and a half he carried out an energetic development program with her, including operations at sea and a trans-Continental flight to California. While on a long-distance flight to the Midwest on 3 September 1925, Shenandoah encountered fierce weather conditions and crashed in southern Ohio. Zachary Lansdowne was among those who lost their lives in this accident. Photo #: NH 48388. Lieutenant Commander Zachary Lansdowne, USN, photographed on 7 July 1919, following his arrival at Mineola, New York, on board the British airship R-34, which had flown to the United States from the United Kingdom. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Lansdowne 111kThe ship's data plate.Bill Gonyo
Lansdowne 82kArtist's conception of the Lansdowne as she appeared in World War II by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Lansdowne 83kUndated, early War Image.-
Lansdowne 167kPress photo of the christening of USS Lansdowne (DD-486) by Miss Peggy Lansdowne, daughter of the ship's namesake.S. Dale Hargrave
Lansdowne 198kJune 27 1942 at New York.Ed Zajkowski
Lansdowne 230kJune 27 1942 at New York.Ed Zajkowski
Lansdowne 134kView of Lansdowne in 1943, NA 80G68194.John Chiquoine
Lansdowne 183kView of Lansdowne in 1943 in high-line activity, NA 80G68195.John Chiquoine
Lansdowne 112kThe forward section of the USS Lansdowne (DD 486) at Mare Island on 13 Apr 1943. Circled areas were added or modify while the ship was in overhaul at Mare Island. The mast of the USS Indianapolis (CA 35) is seen behind the Lansdowne.Darryl Baker
Lansdowne 88kThe aft section of the USS Lansdowne (DD 486) at Mare Island on 13 Apr 1943. Circled areas were added or modify while the ship was in overhaul at Mare Island.Darryl Baker
Lansdowne 55kStern view of the USS Lansdowne (DD 486) heading down the Mare Island channel after an overhaul period at Mare Island from 27 Mar to 14 Apr 1943.Darryl Baker
Lansdowne 68kBroadside view of the USS Lansdowne (DD 486) off Mare Island after an overhaul period at the yard from 27 Mar to 14 Apr 1943.Darryl Baker
Lansdowne 96kBow view of the USS Lansdowne (DD 486) heading down the Mare Island channel after an overhaul period at Mare Island from 27 Mar to 14 Apr 1943. The USS Bailey (DD 492), still under repair, can be seen in the background left of the Lansdowne.Darryl Baker
Lansdowne 142kUSS Lansdowne (DD 486) off Mare Island on April 14, 1943. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Lansdowne 107kUSS Lansdowne (DD-486), at right, and the USS Hughes (DD-410), at left take stations to commence the bombarment off Kiska, 6 July 1943. Photographed from USS Louisville (CA-28) USN Photo No NH 97914).Robert Hurst
Lansdowne 60kAt Puget Sound Navy Yard on September 25 1944.Tracy White
Lansdowne 129kJune 5 1945, Lansdowne coming alongside USS Sproston 577 for mail, photo by Sproston crewman George Rees.Ed Zajkowski
Lansdowne 107kSurrender of Japan, Tokyo Bay, 2 September 1945 The Japanese representatives follow their escort officer along the deck of USS Lansdowne (DD-486), after the surrender ceremonies. Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu is leading the delegation, followed by General Yoshijiro Umezu. Photograph from the Army Signal Corps Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Lansdowne 117kAs above.Randi Leimbach
Lansdowne 93kAs above.Randi Leimbach
Lansdowne 100kUSS Lansdowne (DD-486) disembarking the Japanese party into a boat from Iowa (BB-61) for transport to Missouri (BB-63) for the surrender ceremony, Tokyo Bay, 2 September 1945. National Archives and Records Administration. Photo # 80-G-339352.Robert Hurst
Lansdowne 80kDestroyer Squadron NINETEEN (DesRon 19) homeward bound from the Pacific, via the Cape of Good Hope, circa October-December 1945. Ships present include USS Stevenson (DD-645), USS Stockton (DD-646), USS Lansdowne (DD-486), USS Thorn (DD-647), USS Nelson (DD-623) and USS Lardner (DD-487). Courtesy of Vice Admiral F.H. Schneider, USN (Retired). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
On Turkish Service
Lansdowne 71kUndated, off Istanbul.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.), Turkish Navy
Lansdowne 83kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.), Turkish Navy
Lansdowne 32kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.), Turkish Navy
Lansdowne 43kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.), Turkish Navy
Lansdowne 37kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.), Turkish Navy
Lansdowne 39kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.), Turkish Navy
Lansdowne 83kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.), Turkish Navy
Lansdowne 27kUndated, location unknown.Cüneyt Demir
Lansdowne 30kUndated, location unknown.Cüneyt Demir
Lansdowne 23kUndated, location unknown.Cüneyt Demir
Lansdowne 149kUndated, location unknown.Cüneyt Demir
Lansdowne 84kUndated, location unknown.Cüneyt Demir
Lansdowne 139kUndated, location unknown.Cüneyt Demir
Lansdowne 119kUndated commerative plate with images of the TCG Gaziantep (D-344) and TCG Iskenderun (D-343).Cüneyt Demir
Lansdowne 57kViews of the Turkish commissioning ceremony at Charleston, June 10 1949.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Lansdowne 47kAs above.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Lansdowne 41kAs above.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Lansdowne 103kPostcard from 1951Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Lansdowne 71kTCG Gaziantep D-344 Officers on April 5 1951.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Lansdowne 83kAs the Turkish Gaziantep in the Eastern Mediterranean 1961.Marc Piché
Buchanan 43kTCG Gelibolu D346 (ex USS Buchanan DD-484) and TCG Gaziantep D344 (ex USS Lansdowne DD-486) at Port Poyraz, Golcuk Naval Base during 1962.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Lansdowne 70kLCDR. Hakki Mutlu, TU Navy, Commanding Officer, far right, along with other officers of TCG Basaran (A-582), October 1965. Photo was taken after completion of a NATO exercise in the Mediterranean Sea and ships were heading back to Turkey. TCG Gaziantep (D-344) Ex-Lansdowne (DD-486) is in the background.Danis Mutlu for his father Ret. CAPT. Hakki Mutlu,TU Navy, Commanding Officer TCG Basaran 1965-67
Lansdowne 57kEx-Lansdowne (DD-486)in Turkish Naval service as TCG Gaziantep (D-344), anchored at Izmit Bay in the Marmara Sea, Golcuk Naval Base, May 19 1969.Danis Mutlu
Lansdowne 81kTCG Gaziantep (D344, ex-USS Lansdowne) in 1970, location unknown. Stefan Terzibaschitsch.Robert Hurst
Lansdowne 104kShip's patch.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR William Renwick Smedberg III    Apr 29 1942 - Feb 1943 (Later VADM)
LCDR Francis Joseph Foley    Feb 1943 - May 24 1944
LCDR William Squire Maddox    May 24 1944 - Dec 11 1944
LCDR Dave Johnston Jr.    Dec 11 1944 - Jan 11 1946

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Clifford H. Guion
Address: 457 Charles Street, New Milford, NJ 07646-1944
Phone: (201)261-6167

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Lansdowne Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
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Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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