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USS Collett (DD-730)

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USS COLLETT (DD-730)

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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NKKH

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - RIFLEMAN

ALLEN M. SUMNER CLASS DESTROYER - Interior Photographs

CLASS - ALLEN M. SUMNER As Built.
Displacement 3218 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 2" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; Westinghouse Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 3300 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath Me. October 11 1943.
Launched March 5 1944 and commissioned May 16 1944.
Completed FRAM upgrade August 1960.
Decommissioned December 18 1970.
Stricken February 1 1974.
USN_Units To Argentina June 4 1974, renamed Piedra Buena.
Fate Sunk in an Agrentine Navy missile exercise in 1988.
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John Austin Collett was born 31 March 1908 in Omaha, Nebr., and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1929. He was killed in action during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands on 26 October 1942, while commanding Torpedo Squadron 10 in Enterprise (CV-6). Bill Gonyo
USN_Units 154k Artist's conception of the Collett as built in a cutaway view by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource. Navy Yard Associates
USN_Units 96k Artist's conception of the Collett as she appeared following her FRAM overhaul by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource. Navy Yard Associates
USN_Units 153k Undated, location unknown. -
USN_Units 110k Undated, post FRAM Conversion Steve Singlar
USN_Units 139k CCDP number CDP-618, undated. Photo probably taken in Hawaii. David Buell
USN_Units 99k USS Collett (DD 730) date and place unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum. Darryl Baker
USN_Units 164k Undated, location unknown. David Buell
USN_Units 250k Undated, location unknown. Ed Zajkowski
USN_Units 179k Undated, location unknown. Robert M. Cieri/Roy Thomas
USN_Units 139k Undated, location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
USN_Units 156k Undated, location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
USN_Units 126k Undated, location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
USN_Units 99k Undated, location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
USN_Units 200k May 14 1944, Bath, ME, inclining experiment. Ed Zajkowski
USN_Units 67k USS Collett (DD-730) off Boston, Massachusetts, 31 May 1944. National Archives and Records Administration, Photo # 19-N-130517. Robert Hurst
USN_Units 69k Stern view of USS Collett (DD 730) off Mare Island on 29 Dec 1945. Darryl Baker
USN_Units 66k Broadside view of USS Collett (DD 730) off Mare Island on 29 Dec 1945. She was in overhaul at the yard 30 Oct 45 to 5 Jan 46. Darryl Baker
USN_Units 82k Bow on view of USS Collett (DD 730) off Mare Island on 29 Dec 1945. Darryl Baker
USN_Units 138k Aft plan view of USS Collett (DD 730) at Mare Island on 4 Jan 1946. Darryl Baker
USN_Units 81k Forward plan view of USS Collett (DD 730) at Mare Island on 4 Jan 1946. USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD 729) is inboard of Collett. Darryl Baker
USN_Units 166k USS Collett (DD 730) off Mare Island on November 12, 1947. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum. Darryl Baker
USN_Units 96k Forward plan view of USS Collett (DD 730) at Mare Island on 14 Nov 1947. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 13 Sep to 18 Nov 1947. Darryl Baker
USN_Units 147k Aft plan view of USS Collett (DD 730) at Mare Island on 14 Nov 1947. Darryl Baker
USN_Units 95k Mare Island Naval Shipyard, November 14 1947. Pieter Bakels
USN_Units 84k Circa July-August 1948, Destroyer Division 91 (L to R) 728 Mansfield (flag ship); 730 Collett; 727 DeHaven and 729 Lyman K. Swenson, at buoy in San Diego harbor. Richard A. Bowman QM2
USN_Units 51k USS Collet (DD-730) photographed from HMAS Sydney III, probably in Korean waters from August, 1951 to February, 1952. Source: Australian War Memorial, Photo No. P05890.045. Mike Green
USN_Units 128k Highlining with the USS Chara (AK-58) at sea near Songjin, Korea December 1951. From the Wilbur "Casey" Karsten collection. David Kusel
USN_Units 202k Men of Destroyer Division 91 crowd the foc'sle and superstructure of their ships in Sasebo, Japan, to receive their Navy Unit Commendations. During the presentation on the Mansfield, a crane crew in the background continues its task of installing new gun barrels on the De Haven. Streaks of red lead on the Collett and the Swenson in the foreground show the work that has occupied all the crews while in port. By coincidence the famed 'Sitting Duck' destroyers are berthed in their numerical order: USS De Haven (DD-727), Mansfield (DD-728), Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729), and Collett (DD-730)." Photograph and caption released by Commander Naval Forces, Far East, under date of 18 December 1951. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the "All Hands" collection at the Naval Historical Center. Joe Radigan
USN_Units 64k From the January 1952 ALL HANDS magazine. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 31, Design 16d. Stanley Svec
USN_Units 32k DesRon 9 in Long Beach; USS Collett (DD-730), USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729), USS Mansfield (DD-728) and USS De Haven (DD-727). Richard Miller BMCS USNR (Ret.)
USN_Units 24k Circa 1960, location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR (Ret.)
USN_Units 344k In Long Beach Navy Yard after the collision with the Ammen. On 19 July 1960, Collett collided with Ammen (DD-527) off Long Beach, Calif., killing 11 and injuring 20, all members of Ammen's crew. Ed Zajkowski/R. S. Gregory
USN_Units 50k As above. Ron R

 

 

 

USS COLLETT DD-730 History


Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR James Dahlman Collett    May 16 1944 - Aug 17 1945
CDR Charles Richard Herms    Aug 17 1945 - Mar 14 1946
CDR Paul Sheppard Savidge    Mar 14 1946 - Jun 1947 (Later RADM)
CDR Thomas Hodgskin DuBois    ? (Later RADM)
CDR Bernard Franklin Roeder    Jun 1947 - Aug 1949 (Later VADM)
CDR Robert Hamilton Close    Aug 1949 - Sep 1951
CDR Edward Peter Madley    Sep 1951 - Nov 1953
CDR John Earl Boyle Jr.    Nov 1953 - Sep 1956
CAPT John Randolph Schwartz    Sep 1956 - Jan 1958
CDR John Durant Patterson    Jan 1958 - 1959
CDR Albert Tenney Ford    1959 - Sep 6 1960
CDR Robert Bruce Kitt    Sep 6 1960 - Jul 12 1962
CDR William Webster Bischof    Jul 12 1962 - Jan 1 1964
CDR William Rice Zimmerman Jr.    Jan 1 1964 - May 1965
CDR Richard Roy Davison    May 1965 - Nov 1966
CDR John Robert Kearney    Nov 1966 - Dec 18 1968
CDR Walter Raymond Beck    Dec 18 1968 - Sep 1970
LCDR David Winston Geer    Sep 1970 - Dec 18 1970

DD-730


Collett

(DD-730: dp. 2,200; l. 376'; b. 41'1"; dr. 19,; s. 34 k; cpl. 336; a. 6 5", 10 21" tt., 6 dcp., 2 dct.; cl. Allen M. Sumner)

Collett (DD-730) was launched 5 March 1944 by Bath Iron Works Corp. Bath, Maine; sponsored by Mrs. C. C. Baughman as proxy for Mrs. J. D. Collett, and commissioned 16 May 1944, Commander J. D. Collett in command.

Assigned to the Pacific Fleet, Collett reached Pearl Harbor 16 October 1944 and Ulithi 3 November. From this base, she screened the mighty carrier task force variously designated TF 38 and TF 58 for the remainder of the war. She first saw action in the air raids on Luzon and Formosa, which accompanied the advance of ground forces on Leyte, and prepared for the invasion At Lingayen from November 1944 into January 1945. In January the carriers she screened continued to launch air attacks on Formosa, the China coast, and the Nansei Shoto, and on 16 and 17 February sailed daringly close to the Japanese coast to strike targets on Honshu before giving air cover to the invasion of Iwo Jima from 20 to 22 February.

Collett returned to Empire waters with the carrier task force to screen during air raids on Honshu 25 February 1945, joined in the bombardment of Okino Daito Shima 2 March, and returned to screening during the air strikes on Kyushu and southern Honshu of 18 to 20 March. From 23 March to 24 April, the force concentrated its strikes on Okinawa, invaded on 1 April. On 18 April Collett joined with four other destroyers and carrier aircraft to sink Japanese submarine I-56 in 26 42' N., 130 38' E.

After replenishing at Ulithi, Collett rejoined TF 58 11 May 1945 for its final month of air strikes supporting the Okinawa operation, and from 10 July to 15 August sailed with the carriers as they flew their final series of heavy air attacks on the Japanese home islands. With her squadron, she swept through the Sagami Nada on 22 and 23 July, aiding in the sinking of several Japanese merchantmen. After patrol duty off Japan, and guarding the carriers as they flew air cover for the landing of occupation troops, Collett entered Tokyo Bay 14 September 1945, and 4 days later sailed for a west coast overhaul.

Remaining on active duty with the Pacific Fleet from World War II into 1960, Collett alternated local operations and cruises along the west coast with tours of duty in the Far East, the first of which came in 1946-47.

Korea

She was in the Far East upon the outbreak of the Korean war in June 1950, and after patrolling off Pusan from her base at Sasebo, and escorting cargo ships laden with military supplies to Korea, she sailed up the difficult channel to Inchon on 13 September to begin the preinvasion bombardment. She carried out her mission although hit four times by counter fire which wounded five of her men, and on the 16th, returned with the invasion force, to whom she provided gunfire support once the landings had been made, as well as protective cover at sea. Her outstanding accomplishment in the invasion of Inchon was recognized with the awarding of the Navy Unit Commendation. After taking part in the Wonsan landings on 26 October, she returned to San Diego 18 November 1950.

Her second tour of duty in the Korean war, from 18 June 1951 to 17 February 1952, found her screening TF 77 as it conducted air strikes on the Korean east coast, training with an antisubmarine group off Okinawa patrolling in the Taiwan Straits, and conducting shore bombardments along the coast of Korea. Similar duty, aside from bombardment, was her assignment during her third tour, from 29 August 1952 to 9 April 1953.

End of War

From the close of the Korean war, Collett served in the Far East in 1953 54, 1954-55, 1956, 1957, 1958, and 1959. Early in 1960 she began an extensive modernization, which continued until July 1960. On 19 July 1960, Collett collided with Ammen (DD-627) off Long Beach, Calif., killing 11 and injuring 20, all members of Ammen's crew. Despite a badly "mashed bow", Collett made port under her own power, entering the Long Beach Naval Shipyard for extensive repairs. Her bow was removed and replaced with that of Seaman (DD-791) an uncompleted destroyer in the Reserve Fleet.

On 6 November 1960, Collett departed Long Beach for coastal operations, which continued intermittently for the remainder of the year.

Collett received six battle stars for World War II service, and in addition to the Navy Unit Commendation, six battle stars for the Korean war.


June 25, 1950

In June 1950, slightly more than one-third of the United States naval operating forces were in the Pacific under the command of Admiral Arthur W. Radford. Only about one-fifth of this was in Far Eastern waters.

Vice Adm. Charles Turner Joy commanded U.S. Naval Forces, Far East. The naval strength of the Far East Command when the Korean War started comprised

1 cruiser, the USS Juneau (CLAA-119);

4 destroyers, the USS Mansfield (DD-728), USS De Haven (DD-727), USS Collett (DD-730), and USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729);

and a number of amphibious and cargo-type vessel