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USS Reno (DD-303)
USS Reno (DD-303)
Career (US)
Namesake: Walter E. Reno
Builder: Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Union Iron Works, San Francisco
Laid down: 4 July 1918
Launched: 22 January 1919
Commissioned: 23 July 1920
Decommissioned: 18 January 1930
Struck: 8 July 1930
Fate: sold for scrapping, 1931
General characteristics
Class & type: Clemson-class destroyer
Displacement: 1,308 tons
Length: 314 ft 4 in (95.81 m)
Beam: 30 ft 11 in (9.42 m)
Draft: 9 ft 10 in (3 m)
Propulsion: 26,500 shp (20 MW);
geared turbines,
2 screws
Speed: 35 knots (65 km/h)
Range: 4,900 nmi (9,100 km)
  @ 15 kt
Complement: 122 officers and enlisted
Armament: 4 × 4 in (102 mm), 1 × 3 in (76 mm), 12 × 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes

The first USS Reno (DD-303) was a Clemson-class destroyer in the United States Navy following World War I. She was named for Walter E. Reno.


Reno was laid down by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Union Iron Works, San Francisco, 4 July 1918; launched 22 January 1919; sponsored by Miss Kathryn Baldwin Anderson, daughter of former Lieutenant Governor of California Alden Anderson,[1] and commissioned 23 July 1920. Reno's mother, Mrs. L. D. Reno, of Eldon, Iowa was approached to sponsor the ship, but declined due to her health. Reno's widow, Beatrice Tracy Reno, daughter of former assistant secretary of the Navy Frank Tracy, was also considered as a potential sponsor.[2]

Attached to the Pacific Fleet, Reno operated along the west coast until January 1921 when she joined other fleet units in a cruise to Valparaíso, Chile. Resuming west coast operations on her return, she ranged between Washington and Lower California, with occasional runs to Hawaii or the Panama Canal Zone. In April 1927 she came as far east as Guantanamo, Cuba, and in July of that year she was at Prince Rupert, British Columbia, to participate in the celebrations of the Canadian Diamond Jubilee. Decommissioned at San Diego 18 January 1930, Reno was struck from the Navy list 8 July 1930. She was scrapped in 1931, in accordance with the terms of the London Treaty limiting naval armament.


  1. Destroyer Reno Launched Here. Oakland Tribune. Oakland, California. Thursday, 23 January 1919. Page 4
  2. Name a Destroyer Reno. Kansas City Star. Kansas City, Missouri. 8 January 1919. Page 24.

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