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Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 40mm, 10/11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ. November 14 1942.
Launched March 28 1943 and commissioned May 31 1943.
Decommissioned December 19 1945 and recommissioned July 18 1951.
Decommissioned May 14 1954.
Stricken October 1 1972.
Fate Sold to Southern Scrap, New Orleans for $134,377.60 January 2 1974 and broken up for scrap.

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Chauncey 58kIsaac Chauncey, born in Black Rock, Conn., 20 February 1779, was appointed a Lieutenant in the Navy from 17 September 1798. He fought with gallantry in the West Indies during the Quasi-War with France; in the Mediterranean during the War with the Barbary Powers; and commanded John Adams (1804-5), Hornet (1805-6), Washington and the Mediterranean Squadron (1815-1820). Perhaps his most outstanding service was during the War of 1812 when he commanded the naval forces on Lake Ontario, conducting amphibious operations in cooperation with the Army, and containing the large British squadron stationed there. His last service was as member, and, for 4 years, President, of the Board of Navy Commissioners. Commodore Chauncey died in Washington 27 January 1840. Photo #: KN-10889. Commodore Isaac Chauncey, USN (1772-1840)oil on wood, 26" by 21.5", by Gilbert Stuart (1775-1828). Painted circa 1818. Painting in the U.S. Naval Academy Museum Collection. Transferred from the U.S. Naval Lyceum, 1892. Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Tony Cowart/Robert M. Cieri
Chauncey 78kArtist's conception of the Chauncey 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
Chauncey 46kUndated, location unknown.Wally Brockway
Chauncey 152kUndated, location unknown.Wally Brockway
Chauncey 38kUndated, location unknown.Wally Brockway
Chauncey 127kUndated, location unknown. USS Black (DD-666), USS Chauncey (DD-667) and USS McCord (DD-534). From the collection of Ronald Roy, SMC, USN (Ret.).Scott Nelson
Chauncey 101kAs above from a different angle.Scott Nelson
Chauncey 163kUndated, location unknown..Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Chauncey 86kNew York Harbor with Statue of Liberty, 13 August 1943. NARA photo BS 51526Fred Weiss
Chauncey 27kEntering New York September 15, 1952.Marc Piché
Chauncey 86kNPC-1045812 dated 1959.Don Scott, YNCS (SS) USN (Ret.)
Chauncey 126kShip's patch.Gerd Matthes

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Merle Van Metre    May 31 1943 - Nov 1 1943 (Later RADM)
LCDR Lester Cameron Conwell    Nov 1 1943 - Mar 2 1945
LCDR Preston Bennett Haines Jr.    Mar 2 1945 - Dec 19 1945
(Decommissioned Dec 19 1945 - Jul 18 1951)
CDR James Wallace Daniel Jr.    Jul 18 1951 - Aug 1 1953
CDR George Woodruff Forbes Jr.    Aug 1 1953 - May 14 1954

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

DESRON 48 Association has been dissolved or “decommissioned” as of October of 2010.

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