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USS Burns (DD-171)
USS Burns (DD-171)
Career (US)
Name: USS Burns (DD-171)
Namesake: Otway Burns
Builder: Union Iron Works, San Francisco, California
Laid down: 15 April 1918
Launched: 4 July 1918
Sponsored by: Miss Alice H. Palmer
Commissioned: 7 August 1919
Decommissioned: 2 June 1930
Reclassified: 15 March 1921, as DM-11
Struck: 30 November 1930
Fate: Sold for scrapping, 22 April 1932
General characteristics
Class & type: Wickes class destroyer
Displacement: 1,191 tons
Length: 314 ft 5 in (95.83 m)
Beam: 31 ft 8 in (9.65 m)
Draft: 9 ft 2 in (2.79 m)
Speed: 35 kn (65 km/h; 40 mph)
Complement: 107 officers and enlisted
Armament: 4×4 in (100 mm)
2×3 in (76 mm)
12×21 in (530 mm) tt.

USS Burns (DD–171) was a Wickes-class destroyer in the United States Navy following World War I, later redesignated DM-11. She was named for Otway Burns.


Burns was launched 4 July 1918 by Union Iron Works, San Francisco, California; sponsored by Miss Alice H. Palmer, and commissioned 7 August 1919, Commander W. H. Lee in command.

Burns was attached to Destroyer Force, Pacific, until March 1920 when she was ordered to special duty as a tender for NC Seaplane Division. On 15 March 1921 she was reclassified DM-11 and on 5 May she was assigned to the Mine Force, Pacific. She was at Mare Island Navy Yard 11 July undergoing conversion and overhaul when her home yard was changed and she departed for Naval Station Pearl Harbor, where she completed the yard period. Thereafter, attached to Mine Squadron 2 Pacific Fleet, she served throughout her active service in the vicinity of the Hawaiian Islands except for periodic concentrations of the Fleet in other areas for maneuvers and Fleet problems.

In 1925 she joined the Fleet for a tour of Australia and New Zealand. In the summers of 1926, 1927, and 1928 she conducted training cruises for Naval Reservists. In 1927 Burns returned to San Diego with her squadron for inspection, training, and recreation. Returning to Pearl Harbor, she participated in mining and gunnery practice, and acted as a high-speed target for submarines in Hawaiian waters until November 1929. Arriving at San Diego 26 November, Burns was decommissioned 2 June 1930. On 11 June she was towed to Mare Island Navy Yard where she was used as a barracks ship. She was later scrapped and her material sold 22 April 1932.


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