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USS Myers (APD-105)

USS Myers
Career
Name: USS Myers
Namesake: Machinist's Mate First Class Merton B. Myers (1921-1943), a U.S. Navy sailor and Navy Cross recipient
Builder: Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, Massachusetts
Laid down: 15 January 1944
Launched: 15 February 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. Ralph W. Myers
Commissioned: 26 March 1945
Decommissioned: 13 January 1947
Reclassified: From destroyer escort (DE-595) to high-speed transport (APD-105) 17 July 1944
Struck: 1 June 1960
Fate: Sold to Colombia for use as a floating power station
Notes: Laid down as Rudderow-class destroyer escort USS Myers (DE-595)
General characteristics
Class & 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: • 1 × 5 in (130 mm) gun
• 6 × 40 mm guns
• 6 × 20 mm guns
• 2 × depth charge tracks

USS Myers (APD-105), ex-DE-595, was a United States Navy high-speed transport in commission from 1945 to 1947.

Construction and commissioning

Myers was laid down as the Rudderow-class destroyer escort USS Myers (DE-595) on 15 January 1944 by Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., at Hingham, Massachusetts, and was launched on 15 February 1944, sponsored by Mrs. Ralph W. Myers, the mother of the ship '​s namesake, Machinist's Mate First Class Merton B. Myers. The ship was reclassified as a Crosley-class high-speed transport and redesignated APD-105 on 17 July 1944. After conversion to her new role, she was commissioned on 26 March 1945 with Lieutenant Donald H. Petterson, USNR, in command.

Service history

After shakedown off Cuba, Myers moved to Norfolk, Virginia, where she trained officers and men assigned to new high-speed transports. After a period of refresher training in the Caribbean, she proceeded to Newport, Rhode Island, to train prospective crews for new aircraft carriers and cruisers. She operated along the United States East Coast for the rest of her active career.

Decommissioning and disposal

Myers was decommissioned on 13 January 1947 and entered the Atlantic Reserve Fleet at Green Cove Springs, Florida. She was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 June 1960 and subsequently sold to the government of Colombia for use as a floating power plant.

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