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USS Maddox (DD-168)
USS Maddox (DD-168)
Career (United States)
Name: USS Maddox (DD-168)
Namesake: William A. T. Maddox
Builder: Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts
Laid down: 20 July 1918
Launched: 27 October 1918
Commissioned: 10 March 1919 to 14 June 1922
17 June 1940 to 23 September 1940
Struck: 8 January 1941
Fate: Transferred to UK, 23 September 1940
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Georgetown (I40)
Commissioned: 23 September 1940
Fate: Transferred to Canada September 1942; returned by Canada December 1943; transferred to USSR 10 August 1944
Career (Canada)
Name: HMCS Georgetown
Commissioned: September 1942
Fate: Returned to United Kingdom December 1943
Career (Soviet Union)
Name: Doblestny ("Valiant")
(or Zhyostky ("Rigid")
Acquired: 10 August 1944
Fate: Returned to UK, 4 February 1949 for scrapping, 16 September 1952
General characteristics
Class & type: Wickes class destroyer
Displacement: 1,060 tons
Length: 314 ft 5 in (95.83 m)
Beam: 31 ft 8 in (9.65 m)
Draft: 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m)
Speed: 35 knots (65 km/h)
Complement: 101 officers and enlisted
Armament: 4 x 4 in (102 mm) guns, 2 × 1 pounder (0.454 kg) guns, 12 x 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes

USS Maddox (DD–168) was a Wickes class destroyer in the United States Navy during World War I. She was later transferred to the Royal Navy as HMS Georgetown (I-40), to the Royal Canadian Navy as HMCS Georgetown, and then to the Soviet Navy as Doblestny (or Zhyostky; sources vary). She was the last "four piper" destroyer to be scrapped.


Named for William A. T. Maddox, she was laid down 20 July 1918 by the Fore River Shipbuilding Company, Quincy, Massachusetts; launched 27 October 1918; sponsored by Mrs. Clarence N. Hinkamp, granddaughter of Captain Maddox; and commissioned 10 March 1919, Comdr. Edward C. S. Parker in command. On 17 July 1920 she was designated DD-168.

Assigned to Division 21, Atlantic Fleet, Maddox departed Boston 3 May 1919 for Trepassey, Newfoundland, en route to the Azores where she became part of a “bridge of ships” assigned to guide Navy flying boats NC-1 and NC-4 across the ocean on the first transatlantic flight. Returning to Boston on the 22d, the destroyer operated out of there until she sailed for Europe 26 August 1919. Arriving Brest, France, 19 September, she soon joined an honor escort for George Washington, then bound for Ostend, Belgium, to embark the Belgian King and Queen for the United States. Detached on the 25th, Maddox commenced cross-channel service. Until 24 October she escorted ships and carried naval and Army passengers from Dover and Harwich to Boulogne, France, and the Hook of Holland. Departing Harwich 25 October, the four stacker proceeded through Kiel Canal to visit various Baltic ports.

Returning to the United States 12 February 1920, Maddox operated out of Boston for the next 2 years, off the east coast. Departing Boston 25 February 1922 for Philadelphia, she decommissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard 14 June 1922.

Inactive for the next 18 years, Maddox recommissioned 17 June 1940. After brief duty on mid-Atlantic Neutrality Patrol, she departed Newport, Rhode Island, 16 September 1940 for Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she decommissioned 23 September 1940. The same day, under the destroyer-naval base agreement, she was transferred to Great Britain and commissioned in the Royal Navy as HMS Georgetown.

As HMS Georgetown and HMCS Georgetown

As Georgetown, she participated in operation “Bowery”, escorting Wasp in May 1942 on her second reinforcement of the spitfire strength on the island of Malta. In September 1942, she transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy for convoy escort duties in the western Atlantic. Georgetown was modified for trade convoy escort service by removal of three of the original 4"/50 caliber guns and one of the triple torpedo tube mounts to reduce topside weight for additional depth charge stowage and installation of Hedgehog anti-submarine launcher.[1] Returned to the United Kingdom in December 1943, she joined the Reserve Fleet.

In Soviet service

In August 1944 Georgetown was turned over to the Soviet Navy. She was renamed (sources vary) either Doblestny (rus. "Glorious or Valiant")[2] or Zhyostky (rus. "Rigid").[3]

She was returned to the Royal Navy on 9 September 1952 and scrapped on 16 September 1952.


  1. Lenton&Colledge (1968) p.91
  2. DANFS
  3. Conway p332
  • Gardiner R, Chesnau R (1980) Conways All the Worlds Fighting Ships: 1922-1946 ISBN 0-85177-146-7
  • Lenton, H.T. and Colledge J.J. (1968). British and Dominion Warships of World War II. Doubleday and Company. 
  • This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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