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BRISTOL USS (DD-453)

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Built as a destroyer under yard No 194 by Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny for the USA Navy.
02 December 1940 laid down.
25 July 1941 launched as the USS BRISTOL (DD-453).
Displacement 1,630 ton standard, 2,395 full load, dim. 106.15 x 11.0 x 5.33m. (full load), length bpp. 104.0m.
Powered by two General Electric geared steam turbines, 50,000 shp, twin shafts, speed 37.5 knots.
Range by a speed of 15 knots, 6,000 mile.
Armament: 4 x 5 inch, 1 x 1.1 inch AA and 6 x 0.5 inch guns, 10 x 21 inch torpedo tubes.
Crew 208 during war 276.
22 October 1941 commissioned.

USS BRISTOL (DD 453) was a Gleaves-class destroyer of the United States Navy, named for Rear Admiral Mark Lambert Bristol. She was launched 25 July 1941 by Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny, New Jersey; sponsored by Mrs. Powell Clayton.The destroyer was commissioned on 22 October 1941, Lieutenant Commander C. C. Wood in command.

Service history
During her first year of service, BRISTOL operated as a patrol and convoy escort in the North Atlantic, making several trans-Atlantic voyages to Ireland. On 22 September 1942, Cmdr John Albert Glick took over command of the ship. On 24 October 1942, she made her first voyage to North Africa, as part of the Operation Torch landings at Fedala, French Morocco (8–17 November). Returning to the United States in late November, she operated out of Norfolk, Virginia until 14 January 1943, when she again steamed to the Mediterranean where, with the exception of one trip to the Panama Canal Zone in April 1943, she served exclusively until 13 October 1943.
While on duty in that area, she took part in Operation Husky (9 July – 17 August 1943) and the Salerno landings (9–21 September). On 11 September 1943, BRISTOL rescued 70 survivors from the torpedoed destroyer ROWAN. While performing shore bombardment during the same operation, she destroyed an Italian Navy armed train around the port of Licata
At 04:30 on 13 October 1943, while escorting a convoy to Oran, Algeria, BRISTOL was struck on the port side at the forward engine room by a single torpedo from U-boat U-371 commanded by Waldemar Mehl. BRISTOL was broken in half by the single explosion. No fires resulted, but steam, electrical power, and communications were lost and the ship had to be abandoned. Eight minutes after the explosion the aft section sank, followed four minutes later by the foreparts. BRISTOL suffered the loss of 52 of her crew; the survivors were rescued by the destroyers TRIPPE and WAINWRIGHT.
Awards
BRISTOL received three battle stars for her World War II service.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_BRISTOL_(DD-453)
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