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Reynolds (DE 91)
HMS Halsted (K-556)

Class: Buckley (lend-lease), Royal Navy - Captain Class
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 13' 6" (max draft)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 4,940 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1-1.1"/75 Mk2 quad AA (4x1), 8-20mm Mk 4 AA (varied by ship), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10, 4 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 186
HMS Halsted (K-556) Building and Operational Data:
  • 28 July 19443: Keel laid by the Bethlehem Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, Mass.
  • 14 October 1943: Launched
  • 03 November 1943: Transferred to Great Britain as Lend-Lease, commissioned as HMS Halsted (K-556)
  • 03 November 1944: Struck from the NVR
  • 11 June 1944: Torpedoed off Cherbourg, France, by German torpedo boats Jaguar and Mowe
  • 28 March 1947: After being cannabalized for spares she was sold to Dutch shipbreaker R. V. Holland Shipbreaking Yard
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    Reynolds 161k HMS Halsted at St. Georges, Bermuda, more than likely just after being commissioned. Newly commissioned American destroyer escorts were sent to Bermuda for crew shakedown training.

    (Photo credit: P. W. Hayward)
    Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.

    History of HMS Halsted (K-556), ex-Reynolds DE-91
    (No U.S. Navy service, History Not Available)

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