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USS Brinkley Bass (DD-887)
USS Brinkley Bass (DD-887)
Career (United States)
Name: USS Brinkley Bass
Namesake: Harry Brinkley Bass
Builder: Consolidated Steel Corporation at Orange, Texas
Laid down: 20 December 1944
Launched: 26 May 1945
Commissioned: 1 October 1945
Decommissioned: 3 December 1973
Fate: Transferred to Brazil on 3 December 1973
Career (Brazil)
Name: D-26 Mariz e Barros
Acquired: 3 December 1973
Commissioned: December 1973
Decommissioned: 1 September 1997
Fate: Sunk as a target December 2000.
General characteristics
Class & type: Gearing-class destroyer
Displacement: 2,425 tons
Length: 390 ft 6 in (119 m)
Beam: 40 ft 10 in (12.4 m)
Draft: 18 ft 6 in (5.6 m)
Speed: 34.6 knots (64.1 km/h)
Complement: 345
  • 6 x 5"/38 (127 mm/38) guns
  • 16 x 40mm AA guns
  • 10 x 21" (533 mm) torpedo tubes
  • 6 x depth charge projectors
  • 1 depth charge projector (hedgehog-type)
  • 2 x depth charge tracks

USS Brinkley Bass (DD-887) was a Gearing-class destroyer of the United States Navy. She was named for Lieutenant Commander Harry Brinkley Bass USN (1916–1944), who was killed in action when his plane crashed in combat during the invasion of southern France on 20 August 1944.[1]


Brinkley Bass was laid down by the Consolidated Steel Corporation at Orange, Texas on 20 December 1944, launched on 26 May 1945 by Mrs. Percy Bass, mother of Lt. Cmdr. Bass and commissioned on 1 October 1945.


United States Navy service

Brinkley Bass operated with the Seventh Fleet in support of United Nations Forces during the Korean War.

During the Vietnam War, Brinkley Bass served as plane guard for aircraft carriers on Yankee Station in the Tonkin Gulf, participated in Operation Sea Dragon, patrolled on search and rescue duties, and carried out naval gunfire support missions.

Brinkley Bass was decommissioned and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 3 December 1973,

Brazilian Navy service

Brinkley Bass was transferred to Brazil and renamed Mariz e Barros in Brazilian Navy service.

The Brazilian Navy decommissioned Mariz e Barros(D-26) on 1 September 1997. She then served as a pierside training ship until expended as a target.


  1. Mann, Raymond A. (5 December 2005). "Brinkley Bass". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval Historical Center. Retrieved 2006-09-27. 

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