- USS Sloat (DD-316)
The first USS "Sloat" (DD-316) was a "Clemson"-class
destroyerin the United States Navyfollowing World War I. She was named for John Drake Sloat.
"Sloat" was laid down on
18 January 1919by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, San Francisco, California; launched on 14 May 1919; sponsored by Mrs. Edwin A. Sherman; and commissioned on 30 December 1920, Lieutenant Commander J. R. Palmer in command.
"Sloat" arrived at
San Diego, Californiafor shakedown on 24 January 1921and then was placed in reserve until October. She conducted gunnery exercises during the winter and carried out torpedo trials in April and May 1922. On 27 June, she sailed with the fleet for Puget Soundand operated in that area until returning to San Diego on 19 September. On 6 February 1923, she departed San Diego with the fleet, and conducted exercises off Panama until returning on 11 April. She spent most of the remainder of the year, and much of the next, undergoing repairs at Mare Islandbefore returning to San Diego on 22 December 1924.
3 April 1925, "Sloat" sailed from San Diego with the fleet for exercises off Hawaii. On 1 July, the Battle Fleetsailed from Hawaii for a goodwill cruise to the Southwest Pacific, and "Sloat" called at Melbourne, Australia; Lyttelton and Wellington, New Zealand; and American Samoabefore returning to San Diego on 19 September.
The destroyer departed San Diego on
1 February 1926and participated in fleet exercises off Panamafrom 15 Februaryto 8 March, and then underwent overhaul at Mare Island from 22 Marchto 4 May. After a summer of reserve training cruises, she again underwent repairs at Mare Island from 30 December 1926to 3 February 1927.
"Sloat" sailed with the Battle Fleet for fleet exercises on
17 February 1927and transited the Panama Canalon 5 March. The exercises in the Caribbeanlasted until 22 April, and the fleet then visited New York and carried out a joint Army and Navy exercise in Narragansett Baybefore arriving in Hampton Roadson 29 Mayfor a Presidential review. After getting underway for Panama on 4 June, "Sloat" received repairs from a tender in Gatun Lake, Canal Zone, and then was ordered to relieve USS|Mervine|DD-322|3 on patrol off the Nicaraguan coast.
Her mission was to protect lives and property of United States citizens and of other foreign nationals in Nicaragua and to help preserve order. She served two tours off Nicaragua under the
Special Service Squadron: from 25 Juneto 6 Julyand from 22 Julyto 8 August 1927. Transiting the canal on 10 August, she returned to San Diego on 23 Augustand underwent overhaul at Mare Island from 19 Februaryto 31 March 1928.
"Sloat" departed San Diego on
9 April 1928and arrived at Pearl Harborwith the fleet on the 28th, having participated in Fleet Problem VIIIen route. She returned to San Diego on 23 Juneand reached Puget Sound on 9 Julyfor summer exercises. Returning to San Diego on 1 September, she took part in exercises off the Canal Zone from 27 Januaryto 6 February 1929and then underwent overhaul at Mare Island from 3 Marchto 13 April. She conducted training off San Diego during the summer; and, after a one-week trip to San Francisco, returned to San Diego on 28 August 1929.
"Sloat" was replaced by the recommissioned USS|Upshur|DD-144|3 and decommissioned on
2 June 1930, struck from the Navy list on 28 January 1935, and sunk at sea as a target off San Diego on 26 June 1935.
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