Allied Warships

USS Snowden (DE 246)

Destroyer Escort of the Edsall class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
PennantDE 246 
Built byBrown Shipbuilding Co. (Houston, Texas, U.S.A.) 
Ordered18 Jan 1942 
Laid down7 Dec 1942 
Launched19 Feb 1943 
Commissioned23 Aug 1943 
End service1 Aug 1962 

Decommissioned in March 1946 and placed in reserve with the Atlantic Fleet.
Recommissioned on 6 June 1951 for service with the Atlantic Fleet.
Decommissioned in August 1960 and placed in service as a Group II, Naval Reserve Training Ship at Philadelphia.
Recommissioned again on 2 October 1961 and based at Key West.
Decommissioned on 1 August 1962 and again placed in service as a Group II, Naval Reserve Training Ship at Philadelphia.
Stricken 23 September 1968.
Sunk as a target off the coast of Newport, Rhode Island 27 June 1969.


Commands listed for USS Snowden (DE 246)

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1Lcmdr Alexander Jackson, Jr., USNR23 Aug 194327 Dec 1943
2lcmdr Norman W Swanson, USNR27 Dec 1943

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Notable events involving Snowden include:

26 Apr 1944
German U-boat U-488 was sunk in the mid-Atlantic west of Cape Verde in position 17°54'N, 38°05'W by depth charges from the US destroyer escorts USS Frost, USS Huse, USS Barber and USS Snowden.

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

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