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USS Francovich (APD-116)
Career (United States of America)
Namesake: Aviation Machinist's Mate First Class Albert A. Francovich (1920-1942), U.S. Navy sailor and Navy Cross recipient
Builder: Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, Massachusetts
Laid down: 19 April 1945
Launched: 5 June 1945
Sponsored by: Mrs. Mary F. Edmunds
Commissioned: 6 September 1945
Decommissioned: 29 April 1946
Reclassified: From destroyer escort DE-606 to fast transport APD-116 17 July 1945
Struck: 1 April 1964
Fate: Sold for scrapping May 1965
General characteristics
Class & type: Crosley-class high speed transport
Displacement: 1,400 tons
Length: 306 ft (93 m)
Beam: 37 ft (11 m)
Draft: 12 ft 7 in (4 m)
Propulsion: 2 × Babcox and Wilcox DR boilers
2 × GE Turbines, (turbo-electric drive)
2 shafts 12,000 shp (8,900 kW))
Speed: 23.6 knots (43.7 km/h; 27.2 mph)
Range: 6,000 nmi (11,000 km; 6,900 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
Troops: 12 officers
150 enlisted
Complement: 12-15 officers
189-192 enlisted
Armament: 1 × 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
3 × twin 40 mm gun mounts
6 × single 20 mm gun mounts
2 × depth charge tracks

USS Francovich (APD-116), ex-DE-606, was a United States Navy Crosley-class high speed transport in commission from 1945 to 1946.

Construction and commissioning

Originally, Francovich was planned to be the Rudderow-class destroyer escort USS Francovich (DE-606), and was laid down as such on 19 April 1945 by Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard at Hingham, Massachusetts. She was launched on 5 June 1945, sponsored by Mrs. Mary F. Edmunds, sister of Aviation Machinist's Mate First Class Albert A. Francovich, for whom the ship was named. Francovich was re-classified as a Crosley-class high speed transport and redesignated APD-116 on 17 July 1945. She was commissioned on 6 September 1945 with Lieutenant Commander M. Maclean, USNR, in command.

Service history

After her shakedown training, Francovich, commissioned too late to see service during World War II, arrived at Green Cove Springs, Florida, on 18 November 1945 to give assistance in the post-World War II inactivation of ships being readied for reserve there.

Decommissioning and disposal

Francovich was decommissioned on 29 April 1946 and herself placed in reserve at Green Cove Springs. She was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 April 1964 and sold for scrapping in May 1965.


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