Fox file photo [1273]


CountryUnited States
Ship ClassClemson-class Destroyer
BuilderNew York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, NJ
Laid Down25 Jun 1918
Launched12 Jun 1919
Commissioned17 May 1920
Decommissioned29 Nov 1945
Displacement1,215 tons standard
Length315 feet
Beam32 feet
Draft10 feet
MachineryGear turbines with two screws
Power Output26,500 shaft horsepower
Speed35 knots
Recommissions1 Apr 1932, 25 Sep 1939
Prior Decommissions2 Feb 1931, 16 Sep 1938


ww2dbaseNamed after Gustavus Vasa Fox, a former Assistant Secretary of the United States Navy, the destroyer Fox was commissioned in 1920. Although she was a proven veteran having been to far away ports in countries like Turkey and Russia, she was of an older design by the time the European War started. Nevertheless, she was recommissioned on 25 Sep 1939 and performed escort and patrol duties along the Atlantic coast and in the Caribbean Sea. She spent 1940 operating out of San Francisco on the Pacific coast, then out of Seattle between Jan 1941 and the start of the Pacific War. Her primary duty during the Pacific War was escort. She escorted ships between Seattle and Alaska in the first two years of the war, with three separate voyages to San Pedro in 1942. Between 3 Jul and 8 Sep 1942, she was modernized in Seattle. After the modernization, she returned to escort duties in the Pacific. In 1944, she began transporting troops between Seattle and the Alaskan bases of Kodiak and Adak. On 1 Oct 1944, she was reclassified AG-85, and was relegated to support roles. Fox was decommissioned in Nov 1945 and sold for scrapping on 12 Nov 1946.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia.

Last Major Revision: Sep 2006

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Fox Operational Timeline

17 May 1920 Fox was commissioned into service.
29 Nov 1945 Fox was decommissioned from service at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States.

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1. Alan Wiederhold says:
15 Feb 2010 10:56:35 AM

Many years ago, I acquired the scale model of the USS FOX when Marvin Helf designed it. I still have the model and would like to find those who would be interested in it. Please contact me at this email and I can send photos of the ship.

Thank you

Alan Wiederhold

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