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USS McKee (DD-87)
USS McKee (DD-87)
Career (US)
Namesake: Hugh W. McKee
Builder: Union Iron Works, San Francisco, California
Laid down: 29 October 1917
Launched: 23 March 1918
Commissioned: 7 September 1918
Decommissioned: 16 June 1922
Struck: 7 January 1936
Fate: Sold for scrap, January 1936
General characteristics
Class & type: Wickes class destroyer
Displacement: 1,060 tons
Length: 314 ft 5 in (95.83 m)
Beam: 30 ft 11 in (9.42 m)
Draft: 9 ft 2 in (2.79 m)
Speed: 35 knots (65 km/h)
Complement: 100 officers and enlisted
Armament: 4 x 4" (102 mm), 2 x 1-pdr, 12 x 21" (533 mm) torpedo tubes

USS McKee (DD–87) was a Wickes class destroyer in the United States Navy during World War I. She was the second ship named for Hugh W. McKee.

She was laid down 29 October 1917 by Union Iron Works, San Francisco, California, launched 23 March 1918, sponsored by Mrs. J. Tynan, and commissioned 7 September 1918, Lieutenant Commander W. H. Lee in command.

Service history

Following a west coast shakedown, McKee sailed from Mare Island 13 September 1918, transited the Panama Canal the 27th, and reported for duty with Destroyer Flotilla 5 at New York 2 October. In this late phase of World War I, short coastal sailings preceded her departure from Hampton Roads 28 October as a convoy escort. Upon her arrival in the Azores 5 November she was assigned to a returning convoy and entered New York Harbor 2 December. Early in 1919 she steamed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for fleet exercises from 26 January to 4 April. A number of voyages from Key West, Florida, to Halifax, Nova Scotia, kept her crew well trained prior to her reporting Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 13 December to be placed in reduced commission.

From July 1921, McKee based first at Newport, Rhode Island, then at Charleston, South Carolina, and in the aftermath of the Washington Disarmament Conference proceeded to Philadelphia in April 1922. Decommissioning 16 June 1922, she was struck from the Navy list 7 January 1936 and sold to Boston Iron & Metal Company, Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, for scrapping.


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