USS Perkins (DD 377)
Destroyer of the Mahan class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Puget Sound Navy Yard (Bremerton, Washington, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||15 Aug 1934|
|Launched||31 Dec 1934|
|Commissioned||18 Sep 1936|
|Lost||29 Nov 1943|
|Loss position||9° 39'S, 150° 04'E|
The American destroyer USS Perkins (DD 377) lost on 29 Nov 1943 in position 9° 39'S, 150° 04'E.
USS Perkins (Lt.Cdr. Gerald Lyle Ketchum, USN) was sunk in a collision with the Australian troop ship HMAS Duntroon off Cape Vogel, New Guinea in position 09º39'S, 150º04'E, 9 of her crew were lost.
Commands listed for USS Perkins (DD 377)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Samuel Power Jenkins, USN||18 Sep 1936||27 May 1938|
|2||John Peter Vetter, USN||27 May 1938||4 Jun 1940|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Timothy Francis Wellings, USN||4 Jun 1940||12 Oct 1941|
|4||Stephen Ray Benford, USN||12 Oct 1941||12 Dec 1941|
|5||Lt.Cdr. Walter Chilcot Ford, USN||12 Dec 1941||25 Feb 1943|
|6||T/Cdr. Gerald Lyle Ketchum, USN||25 Feb 1943||29 Nov 1943|
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Notable events involving Perkins include:
17 May 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Sydney for sea. She was ordered to perform an A/S search off Sydney together with the brand new Australian destroyer HMAS Arunta (Cdr. J.C. Morrow, DSO, RAN) and the US destroyer USS Perkins (Lt.Cdr. W.C. Ford, USN).
The previous day the Russian freighter Uelen (5106 GRT, built 1913) was attacked to the north of Sydney by the Japanese submarine I-29.
All three Allied ships returned to Sydney later the same day having found no enemy submarine. (1)
- File 2.12.03.6849 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)