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USS Chew (DD-106) alongside USS Ward (DD-139)
|Builder:||Union Iron Works, San Francisco, California|
|Laid down:||2 January 1918|
|Launched:||26 May 1918|
|Commissioned:||12 December 1918 to 1 June 1922
14 October 1940 to 15 October 1945
|Struck:||1 November 1945|
|Fate:||Sold, 4 October 1946|
|Class and type:||Wickes class destroyer|
|Length:||314 ft 5 in (95.83 m)|
|Beam:||31 ft 9 in (9.68 m)|
|Draft:||8 ft 6 in (2.59 m)|
|Speed:||35 knots (65 km/h)|
|Complement:||113 officers and enlisted|
|Armament:||4 × 4" (102 mm), 12 × 21" (533 mm) torpedo tubes|
Chew sailed for the east coast on 21 December 1918, arriving at Newport 10 January 1919. After repairs at New York and refresher training at Guantanamo Bay, she cleared New York 28 April to patrol during the first historic transatlantic seaplane flight, made by Navy craft, then made visits to the Azores, Gibraltar, Malta, and Constantinople before returning to New York 5 June. After repairs, she cleared 17 September for San Diego, which she reached 12 October. From 19 November 1919 she was in reduced commission, operating only infrequently with Reserve Division 10 until placed out of commission 1 June 1922.
World War IIEdit
Recommissioned 14 October 1940, Chew was assigned to Defense Force, 14th Naval District, and arrived at Pearl Harbor 17 December 1940. Chew conducted patrols and had training duty from her home port until the outbreak of hostilities. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941, she was moored in port and opened fire at the enemy planes, aiding in shooting down one and hitting two more. She got underway for patrol immediately, making depth charge attacks on eight different contacts. Two of her crew was killed while on board Pennsylvania assisting in rescue work.
Chew remained at Pearl Harbor throughout the war on patrol, inter-island escort, and submarine training duty. She also made occasional voyages as a convoy escort and screening vessel to San Francisco and Seattle. She departed Pearl Harbor 21 August 1945 for the east coast, arriving at Philadelphia 13 September. She was decommissioned there 10 October 1945, and sold 4 October 1946.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.