USS Childs (AVD 1)
Destroyer of the Clemson class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Mod||Sea plane tender|
|Built by||New York Shipbuilding Corp. (Camden, New Jersey, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||19 Mar 1919|
|Launched||15 Sep 1920|
|Commissioned||22 Oct 1920|
Reclassified as sea plane tender AVP-14 on 1 July 1938
Commands listed for USS Childs (AVD 1)
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|1||Harold Foster Fick, USN||30 Sep 1937||16 May 1940 (1)|
|2||Lt.Cdr. John Lockwood Pratt, USN||16 May 1940||10 Apr 1942 (1)|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Frank O'Beirne, USN||10 Apr 1942||9 Nov 1942|
|4||T/Lt.Cdr. Thomas Aloysius Christopher, USN||9 Nov 1942||10 Sep 1943|
|5||Charles Daniel Ingebrand, USNR||10 Sep 1943||17 Apr 1945|
|6||Richard William Evans, USNR||17 Apr 1945||21 Sep 1945|
|7||Ted J. Welch, USNR||21 Sep 1945||10 Dec 1945|
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Notable events involving Childs include:
1 Jun 1942
HMAS Stuart (Cdr. S.H.K. Spurgeon, DSO, RAN) and HMAS Voyager (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Robison DSC, RAN) departed Geraldton for exercises but shortly after departure they were informed that a strange ship escorted by two destroyers had been spotted by aircraft. The destroyers worked up to full speed to intercept and investigate but later a signal was received that there was one destroyer and that she had been identified as USS Chields (Lt.Cdr. F. O'Beirne, USN) en-route from Exmouth Bay to Fremantle. The movements of this ship had been unknown to the local naval command.
The destroyers then return to Geraldton. HMAS Voyager had one engine out of action due to her starboard condenser outlet being blocked by thick seaweed. which was subsequently removed. (2)
- Report of proceedings of HMAS Voyager for June 1942
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