USS Renshaw DD/DDE 499

The USS Renshaw DD/DDE-499 was the third naval vessel to bear the name and was one of 175 ships of the Fletcher destroyer class. All the ships in this class were built over a two and one-half year period from 1942 to 1944;

The Fletcher Class as Constructed:

Displacement 2924 Tons (Full)
Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 1.1" AA, 4 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5)
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273

Operational and Building Data

Laid down by Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ. 7 May 1942
Launched 13 October 1942 and commissioned 5 December 1942
Decommissioned February 1947
Recommissioned June 1950
Reclassified DDE-499 26 March 1949, reverted back to DD-499 30 June 1962
Decommissioned 14 February 1970
Stricken 14 February 1970
Fate: Sold October 1970 and broken up for scrap, Price: $85,333.33


The original Fletcher class destroyer design called for a 2080-ton, 38-knot vessel. The USS Nicholas (DD-449) was the first ship of the class to be commissioned. The sea trials were considered a success despite achieving only 37 knots at a displacement of 2589 tons. She was one knot short of design and 509 tons overweight, due to armament additions.

History of Renshaw (Tin Can Sailors, Inc.)

Renshaw in heavy seas

Download some historic ship's logs

DesRon 25, "Pineapple" Fleet     DesRon 25 Patch    Renshaw was in DesDiv 252

Biography of Captain Richard T. Renshaw

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Much of the material in this website is taken from "USS Renshaw DD/DDE499 50th Anniversary 1942-1992, A Living History," compiled by Shipmate Donald L. McCurry