USS Melville (AD-2)

Baker III, A. D.
April 2005
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Apr2005, Vol. 131 Issue 4, p94
Conference Proceeding
The article reports that the first U.S. Navy ship built as a destroyer tender was the Melville, named for the first Chief of the Bureau of Engineering and former Arctic explorer Rear Admiral George W. Melville. Laid down on November 13, 1913 by New York Shipbuilding Corporation at Camden, New Jersey, the Melville launched on March 2, 1915 and commissioned on 3 December of that year. The ship's first operational duty came with the U.S. entry into World War I, when she was deployed to Queenstown, Ireland, during May 1917 to act as tender to U.S. destroyers protecting Allied convoys and as flagship for the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, in Europe, Vice Admiral William S. Sims.


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