U.S.S. NICHOLAS (DD-449) 1941-1970
USS Nicholas (DD/DDE-449) was a Fletcher-class destroyer of the United States Navy, which served through most of World War II, and for 27 years and two more wars after. She was the second Navy ship to be named for Major Samuel Nicholas.
Nicholas was laid down 3 March 1941 by the Bath Iron WorksCorp., Bath, Maine, launched 19 February 1942; sponsored by Mrs. Edward B. Tryon, descendant of Major Nicholas; and commissioned 4 June 1942, Lieutenant Commander William D. Brown in command.
In addition to her Presidential Unit Citation, Nicholas earned 16 battle stars in World War II, placing her among the most decorated US ships of World War II, a total surpassed among destroyers only by her sister ship, USS O’Bannon. She earned five more in the Korean War and nine in the Vietnam War for a total of 30, a number unmatched by any other U.S. Navy ship in the twentieth century.
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|Namesake:||Major Samuel Nicholas|
|Ordered:||28 June 1940|
|Builder:||Bath Iron Works|
|Laid down:||3 March 1941|
|Launched:||19 February 1942|
|Commissioned:||4 June 1942|
|Decommissioned:||30 January 1970|
|Struck:||30 January 1970|
|30 battle stars|
|Fate:||sold for scrap, October 1970|
|Class and type:||Fletcher-class destroyer|
|Length:||376 ft 6 in (114.7 m)|
|Beam:||39 ft 8 in (12.1 m)|
|Draft:||17 ft 9 in (5.4 m)|
|Propulsion:||60,000 shp (45 MW); 2 propellers|
|Speed:||35 knots (65 km/h)|
|Range:||6500 nmi. (12,000 km) @ 15 kt|
USS Nicholas (DD/DDE-449) was a Fletcher-class destroyerof the United States Navy, which served through most of World War II, and for 27 years and two more wars after. She was the second Navy ship to be named for Major Samuel Nicholas.
Nicholas was laid down 3 March 1941 by the Bath Iron Works