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USS Foote (DD-169) converted to HMS Roxborough (I-07)

Career (US)
Name: USS Foote (DD-169)
Namesake: Andrew Hull Foote
Builder: Fore River Shipbuilding Company, Quincy, Massachusetts
Laid down: August 7, 1918
Launched: 14 December 1918
Commissioned: 21 March 1919 to 6 July 1922

2 July 1940 to 23 September 1940

Struck: January 8, 1941
Fate: Transferred to UK, 23 September 1940
Career (UK) [2]
Name: HMS Roxborough (I07)
Commissioned: 23 September 1940
Fate: Transferred to USSR, 1 August 1944
Career (USSR) [3]
Name: Zhyostky (Rigid)
Acquired: 1 August 1944
Fate: Returned to UK, 7 February 1949 for scrapping, 14 May 1949
General characteristics
Class and type: Wickes class destroyer
Displacement: 1,060 tons
Length: 314 ft 5 in (95.83 m)
Beam: 31 ft 8 in (9.65 m)
Draft: 9 ft 2 in (2.79 m)
Speed: 35 knots (65 km/h)
Complement: 101 officers and enlisted
Armament: 4 x 4" (102 mm), 12 x 21" (533 mm) tt., 1 dcp

The second USS Foote (DD–169) was a Wickes-class destroyer in the United States Navy following World War I. She was transferred to the Royal Navy as HMS Roxborough (I07) and later to the Soviet Navy as Zhyostky.


[hide] *1 As USS Foote

As USS FooteEdit

Named for Admiral Andrew Hull Foote, she was launched 14 December 1918 by Fore River Shipbuilding Company, Quincy, Massachusetts; sponsored by Mrs. Lelia F. Cady, daughter of Admiral Foote; and commissioned 21 March 1919, Lieutenant Commander D. H. Stuart in command.

Foote sailed from Boston 3 May 1919 to take up an observation station off Newfoundland for the historic first aerial crossing of the Atlantic, made later that month by Navy seaplanes. She returned to Boston 22 May to complete her interrupted fitting out, then took part in training operations until sailing from Newport 27 August bound for a tour of duty with Naval Forces European Waters. From September through December, she served in the Adriatic, and then called at Italian and French ports homeward bound. Arriving at Boston 12 February 1920, she was placed in reserve 24 February for repairs there and at Charleston.

In the summer of 1921, Foote operated with 50 percent of her complement during summer target practice in Narragansett Bay, and returning to Charleston, she lay there and at Boston for alterations and repairs until decommissioned at Philadelphia 6 July 1922. Recommissioned 2 July 1940, Foote operated on patrol out of Charleston, until sailing 7 September for Halifax, Nova Scotia. There, on 23 September 1940, she was decommissioned and transferred to the Royal Navy in the destroyers for land bases exchange.

As HMS RoxboroughEdit

For other ships of the same name, see HMS Roxborough.Commissioned as HMS Roxborough 23 September 1940, the destroyer crossed the Atlantic to join the Western Approaches Command, guarding convoys during the dangerous last leg of their voyages into British ports. In March 1942, Roxborough took up western Atlantic escort duty out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Roxborough was modified for trade convoy escort service by removal of three of the original 4"/50 caliber guns and one of the triple torpedo tube mounts to reduce topside weight for additional depth charge stowage and installation of hedgehog.[1]

While with convoy HX222 Roxborough met with such heavy weather that the entire bridge structure was crushed, with eleven dead, including the Commanding Officer and 1st Lieutenant. The sole surviving executive officer managed to regain control of the ship, and under hand steering from aft, she made St. Johns, Newfoundland.

Returning to the Tyne 10 January 1944, Roxborough lay in reserve there until transferred to the Soviet Navy on 1 August 1944.

As ZhyostkyEdit

On 1 August 1944 Roxborough was transferred to the Soviet Navy and renamed Zhyostky (rus. "Rigid"). She was returned to Great Britain 7 February 1949 and was scrapped on 14 May 1949.


  1. ^ Lenton&Colledge (1968) p.92


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