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CLASS - ALLEN M. SUMNER (As Built)
  • Displacement: 2200 tons (3218 Tons Full load)
  • Dimensions, 376' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 2" (Max) 
  • Armament: 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" TT.(2x5). 
  • Machinery: 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws, 
  • Speed 36.5 Knots, Range 3300 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336. 
  • Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ. May 23 1944.
  • Launched December 17 1944 and commissioned March 1 1945. 
  • Decommissioned June 15 1972. (Stricken February 1 1973.) 




Post Fram





CLASS - ALLEN M. SUMNER CLASS (POST-FRAM SPECIFICATIONS)
  • Displacement: 2,200 tons standard (3,315 tons full load)
  • Dimensions: 376' 6" x 40 10" beam x 15' 8" maximum draft
  • Armament:3 qty, TWIN 5 inch/38 caliber MK 12 mod 1 guns installed on MK 38 gun mount (kept all three original mounts)
  • Weapons: 2 qty, DASH Helicopters, 6 homing torpedo tubes (2 MK 32 Triple Torpedo mounts). 2 Mark-10, 7.2" HEDGEHOG Projector ( "ahead-thrown-missiles" launches 24 - 7.2 inch missiles with contact fuses)   located on deckhouse abreast Bridge front
  • Machinery: 2 Westinghouse turbines coupled to 2 DeLaval locked-train double reduction gears, 2 shafts, 350 RPM
  • SHP: 60,000 = 36.5 knots
  • Boilers: 4 Babcock & Wilcox working pressure 565 PSI at 850 degree F
  • Fuel: 3,293 barrels NSFO and 167 barrels of Diesel Oil 
  • Radius: At 2,200 tons standard, maximum speed is 36.5 knots with endurance of 6,500 miles at 15 knots At 3,315 tons full load    maximum speed is 32.1 knots with endurance of 3,600 miles at 15 knots
  • Complement: Allowance: 274 (14 officers, 260 enlisted men) Accommodations: 322 (22 Officers and 300 enlisted men)

USS HUGH PURVIS COMMISSIONING PROGRAM

Location - US Navy Yard, New York.

Date -  March 1, 1945

  1. Invocation.
  2. Reading of Orders to commission the Huqh Purvis. By direction of the Commandant, U. S. Navy Yard, New York.
  3. Commissioning:
    1. The National Ensign is hoisted and saluted.
    2. The commission pennant and Union Jack are hoisted at the mainmast and jackstaff respectively.

  4. Assumption of Command by the Commanding Officer, Commander B. L. Gurnette, U. S. Navy.
  5. Setting the Watch.
  6. Hoisting  the  personal  flag of  Rear Admiral F. A. Daubin, U. S. Navy.
  7. Speakers:
    1. Rear Admiral F. A. Daubin, U. S. Navy, Commandant, U. S. Navy Yard, New York.
    2. Commander B. L Gurnette, U. S. Navy, Commanding Officer, will read a letter from the Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable James Forrestal.

  8. Presentation of gift from the sponsor.
  9. "Pipe Down."

USS HUGH PURVIS - DD 709 NAME SAKE   (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Hugh Purvis (1843 – 1922)

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Purvis enlisted in the Marine Corps on October 27, 1869. He reported immediately to the Marine detachment on board Alaska soon departing for the Far East. During the punitive United States expedition to Korea (1871), he took part in the assault on an enemy fort on the Han River. In desperate hand-to-hand fighting, the sailors and Marines stormed the walls of the citadel. Private Purvis ran immediately to the flagstaff which bore the Korean colors and loosed the halyards. He was joined by Cpl. Charles Brown, and the two tore down the flag. For his "inspiring and heroic" act Private Purvis received the Medal of Honor.

He was discharged in 1873 and served two later tours with the Marine Corps, 1874 to 1879 and 1879 to 1884, rising to Corporal.