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USS Percival (DD-298)

For other ships of the same name, see USS Percival.
Career (US)
Namesake: John Percival
Builder: Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Union Iron Works, San Francisco
Laid down: 4 July 1918
Launched: 5 December 1918
Commissioned: 1 March 1920
Decommissioned: 26 April 1930
Struck: 18 November 1930
Fate: scrapped, 1931
General characteristics
Class & type: Clemson-class destroyer
Displacement: 1,215 tons
Length: 314 feet 4 12 inches (95.822 m)
Beam: 30 feet 11 12 inches (9.436 m)
Draft: 9 ft 4 in (2.84 m)
Propulsion: 26,500 shp (20 MW);
geared turbines,
twin propellers
Speed: 35 knots (65 km/h)
Range: 4,900 nmi (9,100 km)
  @ 15 kt
Complement: 128 officers and enlisted
Armament: 4 × 4" (102 mm) guns, 1 × 3" (76 mm) anti aircraft guns, 12 × 21" (533 mm) torpedo tubes

The first USS Percival (DD-298) was a Clemson-class destroyer in the United States Navy following World War I. She was named for John Percival.


Percival was launched 5 December 1918 by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, San Francisco, California; sponsored by Miss Eleanor Wartsbaugh; and commissioned 1 March 1920, Commander Raymond A. Spruance, who was to lead the US 5th Fleet in World War II, in command.

With trials off the California coast completed, Percival reported for duty with Squadron 4 Flotilla 5 of the Cruiser Destroyer Force Pacific based at San Diego, California. On 8 September 1923, the ship was involved in the Honda Point Disaster, and a few days later, she became flagship of Squadron 11 and made annual deployments with the Pacific Battle Fleet in fleet problems.

Percival was decommissioned 26 April 1930 and scrapped in 1931.

See also

See USS Percival for other ships of this name.


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