USS Ray K. Edwards (APD-96)

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USS Ray K. Edwards
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Name: USS Ray K. Edwards
Namesake: Corporal Ray K. Edwards (1923-1942), U.S. Marine Corps Silver Star recipient
Builder: Charleston Navy Yard
Laid down: 1 December 1943
Launched: 19 February 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. Lena M. Edwards
Commissioned: 11 June 1945
Decommissioned: 30 August 1946
Reclassified: From destroyer escort (DE-237) to high-speed transport (APD-96) 17 July 1944
Struck: 1 June 1960
Fate: Sold for scrapping 15 June 1961
Notes: Laid down as Rudderow-class destroyer escort USS Ray K. Edwards (DE-237)
General characteristics
Class and type: Crosley-class high speed transport
Displacement: 2,130 long tons (2,164 t) full
Length: 306 ft (93 m)
Beam: 37 ft (11 m)
Draft: 12 ft 7 in (3.84 m)
Speed: 23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph)
Troops: 162
Complement: 204
Armament:

USS Ray K. Edwards (APD-96), ex-DE-237, was a United States Navy high-speed transport in commission from 1945 to 1946.

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Construction and commissioning

Destroyer escort Ray K. Edwards bring launching at Charleston Navy Yard, on 19 February 1944, prior to her conversion into a high-speed transport. Launch of USS Ray K. Edwards (DE-237) at the Charleston Naval Shipyard on 19 February 1944.jpg
Destroyer escort Ray K. Edwards bring launching at Charleston Navy Yard, on 19 February 1944, prior to her conversion into a high-speed transport.

Ray K. Edwards was laid down as the Rudderow-class destroyer escort USS Ray K. Edwards (DE-237) on 1 December 1943 by the Charleston Navy Yard and was launched on 19 February 1944, sponsored by Mrs. Lena M. Edwards, Corporal Edwards' mother. The ship was reclassified as a Crosley-class high-speed transport and redesignated APD-96 on 17 July 1944. After conversion to her new role, she was commissioned on 11 June 1945 with Lieutenant Caldwell R. Keyser in command.[ citation needed ]

Destroyer escort United States Navy mid-20th century ship classification

Destroyer escort (DE) was the United States Navy mid-20th-century classification for a 20-knot (23 mph) warship designed with endurance to escort mid-ocean convoys of merchant marine ships. Kaibōkan were designed for a similar role in the Imperial Japanese Navy. The Royal Navy and Commonwealth forces identified such warships as frigates, and that classification was widely accepted when the United States redesignated destroyer escorts as frigates (FF) in 1975. From circa 1954 until 1975 new-build US Navy ships designated as destroyer escorts (DE) were called ocean escorts. Destroyer escorts, frigates, and kaibōkan were mass-produced for World War II as a less expensive antisubmarine warfare alternative to fleet destroyers. Other similar warships include the 10 Kriegsmarine escort ships of the F-class and the two Amiral Murgescu-class vessels of the Romanian Navy.

Ray K. Edwards (1923–1942) was a United States Marine Corps corporal who received a posthumous Silver Star for his actions in the Guadalcanal campaign during World War II.

High-speed transport converted destroyers used to support US Navy amphibious operations

High-speed transports were converted destroyers and destroyer escorts used in US Navy amphibious operations in World War II and afterward. They received the US Hull classification symbol APD; "AP" for transport and "D" for destroyer.

Service history

Following shakedown off Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Ray K. Edwards steamed for the Pacific. World War II ended on 15 August 1945 while she was en route. She reached San Diego, California, on 21 August 1945 and Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, on 12 September 1945. There she became flagship of Transport Division 104.[ citation needed ]

Shakedown (testing)

A shakedown is a period of testing or a trial journey undergone by a ship, aircraft or other craft and its crew before being declared operational. Statistically, a proportion of the components will fail after a relatively short period of use, and those that survive this period can be expected to last for a much longer, and more importantly, predictable life-span. For example, if a bolt has a hidden flaw introduced during manufacturing, it will not be as reliable as other bolts of the same type.

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Ray K. Edwards departed Pearl Harbor on 14 September 1945 bound for Eniwetok and Okinawa, whence she steamed to Japan. She passed through the Bungo Strait and anchored in Fukuru Wan on 8 October 1945 to replenish minesweepers, tank landing ships (LSTs) and infantry landing craft (LCIs) assigned to that area. She remained in Japan through the end of 1945.[ citation needed ]

Japan Country in East Asia

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Returning to the United States, Ray K. Edwards transited the Panama Canal on 24 April 1946 and, after visits to Boston, Massachusetts, Jacksonville, Florida, and Charleston, South Carolina, she was towed to Mayport, Florida, where she arrived on 13 August 1946.[ citation needed ]

Panama Canal Large artificial waterway in the Republic of Panama, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans

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Decommissioning and disposal

Decommissioned on 30 August 1946, Ray K. Edwards was berthed at Green Cove Springs, Florida, as part of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. She was stricken from the Navy List on 1 June 1960, and sold on 15 June 1961 to Diamond Manufacturing Company of Georgia for scrapping.[ citation needed ]

Green Cove Springs, Florida City in Florida

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