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Defiance (ID 3327)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Mike - Tare - Dog


  • Built in 1918 as War Ocean by the Union Iron Works, San Francisco, CA
  • Completed as Defiance
  • Commissioned USS Defiance (ID 3327), 29 July 1918
  • Delivered to the Navy 5 September 1918
  • Decommissioned 1 March 1919 and transferred to the Shipping Board for disposal
  • Sold in 1938 to National Bulk Carriers, Inc. of New York, converted to a tanker and renamed Pan Delaware
  • Sold in 1947 to Partrederiet Ingrid of Oslo, Norway and renamed Ingrid
  • Sold in 1949 to Fassio Soc. Anon di Navigazione of Genoa, Italy and renamed Giacinta Fassio
  • Renamed Emma Fassio in 1959
  • Scrapped in 1960 at LaSpezia, Italy.


  • Displacement 16,400 t.
  • Length 440' 1" (Lengthened in 1929 to 456')
  • Beam 56'
  • Draft 29' 9"
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Complement 60
  • Propulsion: Three single ended oil fired boilers, one 3,000shp Curtis steam turbine, one shaft.
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    Defiance 62k Underway, probably while running trials in San Francisco Bay, California, circa early September 1918
    U.S. Navy photo NH 94489
    Naval Historical Center
    Defiance 78k Photographed by her builder, the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Alameda, California, probably while on her trial trip, circa early September 1918
    U.S. Navy photo NH 96088

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships:


    Unyielding resistance.

    The first Defiance (No. 3327) was built in 1918 by Union Iron Works of Bethlehem Shipbuilding Co., Alameda, Calif.; acquired by the Navy 6 September 1918 and commissioned the same day, Lieutenant Commander F. A. Vega, USNRF, in command.

    Defiance sailed from San Francisco 14 September 1918 with a cargo of flour and naval stores, and arrived at New York 11 October to exchange her cargo for Army supplies. Ten days later she was underway for Norfolk to join a convoy bound for Southampton, England, and Dunkirk, France, where she delivered her cargo to the Army of Occupation. She returned to Immingham and Dublin, Ireland, to load material being returned to the "States," departed 27 January 1919 for Hampton Roads, and arrived 16 February. Defiance was decommissioned 1 March 1919 and delivered to the Shipping Board the same day for disposal.

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