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USS Camp (DE 251)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - D - R - S
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Rocky Mount"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Expeditionary Medal - American Campaign Medal
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row: Vietnam Service Medal w/ 7 stars - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation w/ 4 stars - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Class: Edsall
Type: FMR (geared diesel, Fairbanks-Morse reverse gear drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1200 tons (light), 1590 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 20' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 Fairbanks-Morse Mod. 38d81/8 geared diesel engines, 4 diesel-generators, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 9,100 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 8 / 201
Camp (DE 251) Building and Operational Data:
  • 27 January 1943: Keel laid by the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 16 April 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. O. H. Camp, mother of Ensign Camp
  • 16 September 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr P. B. Mavor, USCG, in command
  • 01 May 1946: Decommissioned at the New York Navy Yard after 2.6 years of service
  • 21 October 1955: Reclassified DER 251
  • 31 July 1956: Recommissioned, assigned to Newport, R.I. as a unit of Escort Squadron 16
  • August 1965: Assigned to new homeport at Pearl Harbor, Hi.
  • 13 February 1971: Decommissioned, transferred to South Vietnam, renamed Tran Hung Dao (HQ-1), escaped with South Vietnamese forces to the Philippines in 1975.
  • 30 December 1975: Struck from the NVR with a total of 17.2 years of service
  • 05 April 1976: To Philippines, renamed BRP Rajah Lakandula (PS-4), stricken 1988, still in use as stationary barracks ship in Subic Bay as of 1999
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    Camp 109k 25 April 1945: Boston, Mass. - USS Camp (DE 251) off the Boston Navy Yard, following rearming with 5"/38 guns. She was the only FMR class DE to get these guns. (U.S. Navy photo #NH 91559 from the collection of A.D. Baker III, Naval History and Heritage Command) Robert Hurst
    Camp 147k 31 July 1956, Recommissioning ceremony Gary Bee EN3
    Camp 85k As DER 251, undated
    Camp 145k
    Camp 103k floating dry-dock, undated
    Camp 197k July 1964: Boston Harbor (These five photos © Richard Leonhardt) Richard Leonhardt
    Camp 87k
    Camp 71k
    Camp 67k
    Camp 48k
    Camp 50k 28 July 1965: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - USS Kretchmer (DER 329), Camp, and USS Hissem (DER 400) mooring at Pearl Harbor Naval Station. All three ships left Newport, R.I. on Wednesday 07 July 1965 headed for Operation Market Time in South Vietnam. (U.S. Navy Photo by Robert L. Ziesler PH3) Allan M. Wilson
    USS Kretchmer (DER329)
    1964 - 1968
    Camp 249k 1968: location unknown - USS Camp (DER 251) underway. (Official U.S. Navy photo by Lt T. S. Storek) Robert Hurst
    Camp 42k Off the coast of Oahu about 1970 Dennis Clark
    Camp 38k In the South Vietnamese Navy as Tran Hung Dao (HQ-1), undated William Toohey
    Camp 15k ex-USS Camp as HQVN Tran Hung Dao (HQ-1), undated Bang Le
    Camp 113k Republic of Vietnam Navy HQ-1 Tran Hung Dao, undated Thanh Duong
    Camp 15k In the Philippine Navy as the BRP Rajah Lakandula (PS-4), undated Joe Radigan
    Camp 70k 20 April 1990: The ex-BRP Rajah Lakandula (PS-4) awaiting her scrapping. Edison Sy

    Camp Memorabilia
    Ship's Reunion Patch

    Courtesy of
    John Gannon

    Camp History
    View the USS Camp (DE 251) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Next Reunion: 12 September 2015 at Groton, Conn.

    Contact Name: Gail Sweeden
    Address: 110 Mockingbird Lane / Oak Ridge TN 37830
    Phone: (865) 482-7981
    E-mail: Gail Sweeden

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