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DeLong aground at Half Moon Bay, December 1921

Career (US)
Namesake: George W. DeLong
Builder: New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey
Laid down: 21 February 1918
Launched: 29 October 1918
Commissioned: 20 September 1919
Decommissioned: 18 March 1922
Fate: sold, 25 September 1922
General characteristics
Class and type: Wickes class destroyer
Displacement: 1,090 tons
Length: 314 ft 5 in (95.83 m)
Beam: 31 ft 8 in (9.65 m)
Draft: 8 ft 8 in (2.64 m)
Speed: 35 knots (65 km/h)
Complement: 100 officers and enlisted
Armament: 4 × 4" (102 mm) guns,

2 × 3" (76 mm) guns, 12 × 21" (533 mm) torpedo tubes.

USS DeLong (DD–129) was a Wickes class destroyer in the United States Navy. She was named for Lieutenant Commander George W. DeLong (1844–1881), an Arctic explorer.


DeLong was launched 29 October 1918 by New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey; sponsored by Miss E. DeL. Mills, granddaughter of Lt. Cmdr. DeLong; and commissioned 20 September 1919, Lt. Cmdr. J. S. Spore in command.

DeLong sailed from New York 3 November 1919, and after joining in exercises at Guantanamo Bay, and patrolling off Honduras arrived at San Diego 24 December. She sailed in maneuvers and torpedo practice off Coronado Roads until placed in reserve 20 June 1920. After extended overhaul at Mare Island Navy Yard, she returned to San Diego 26 June 1921 and began operating from that port 21 October with 50 percent of her complement. On 1 December 1921 she went aground in a heavy fog at Half Moon Bay. A tug and two destroyers, Badger (DD-126) and Ballard (DD-267), stood by to assist. On 17 December she was salvaged and towed to Mare Island Navy Yard.

DeLong was decommissioned 18 March 1922 and her hulk sold 25 September 1922.


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