Allied Warships

USS Harwood (DD 861)

Destroyer of the Gearing class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 861 
Built byBethlehem Steel Corp. (San Pedro, California, U.S.A.) 
Ordered14 Jun 1943 
Laid down29 Oct 1944 
Launched22 May 1945 
Commissioned8 Sep 1945 
End service 

Decommissioned at an unknown date.
Transferred to Turkey 17 December 1971 being renamed Kocatepe.
Kocatepe was sunk in error by Turkish aircraft on 22 July 1974 during Turkish landings on Cyprus.
The Turkish airforce thought that Kocatepe, along with two other sister ships, Andapete & Tiznatepe were Greek ships so they bombed them.
Kocatepe was sunk in ten minutes.


Commands listed for USS Harwood (DD 861)

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1T/Cdr. Reid Puryear Fiala, USN29 Sep 1945Sep 1946

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Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore

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