USS Brough (DE-148)

USS Brough (DE-148)

USS "Brough" (DE-148) was an "Edsall" class destroyer escort, the first United States Navy ship so named. This ship was named for Lieutenant Junior Grade David Atkins Brough (15 June 19141942), a Naval Aviator who was awarded the Air Medal posthumously for his actions during the battles of Kiska and Attu.


Construction and commissioning

"Brough" was built by the Consolidated Steel Corporation of Orange, Texas. Her keel was laid on 22 January 1943 and she was launched on 10 April 1943. Mrs. Jack Bell, sister of Lieutenant Brough, served as sponsor. "Brough" was placed in full commission on 18 September 1943 at Orange, Texas under command of Lieutenant Commander Kenneth J. Hartley of Jamestown, New York.

After an intense shakedown period, "Brough" was assigned the task of escorting allied shipping to European ports. She spent two years escorting Allied shipping without the loss of a single vessel during her twenty four Atlantic crossings, and made only five submarine attacks with the presence of U-Boats unverified in each case.

At war

Wind and sea, ice and fog, furnished relentless diversion however, for unspectacular service. Five of her twenty-five months of active duty were spent in repair yards, where the scars of the North Atlantic were smoothed again as she prepared for new crossings. Her first Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander K. J. Hartley was killed when heavy seas smashed him against the splinter shield of her number one gun.

"Brough", under constant and intensive training throughout the war expended 4,050 rounds of convert|3|in|mm|0 50 cal., 15,180 rounds of 40 mm, and 25,093 rounds of 20 mm—all for practice. During anti-submarine actions, 200 depth charges and 372 projectiles were fired. When "Brough" was commissioned her armament included torpedo tubes, eight 20mm guns, a twin 40 mm and three 3"/5O cal. guns. But as the pattern of warfare shifted from surface to air actions, repeated alterations resulted in the removal of the torpedoes, and the addition of another twin and a quad 40 mm, along with two more 20 mm.

At sea for 373 days of her 25 months active duty, most of the time she was on war patrol, with her guns manned and full watches alerted. Her command changed four times, with Lieutenant Commander Hartley being followed by Lieutenant Commanders James A. Rector of Alhambra, California; Milton A. Stein of Los Angeles, California; and Eugene Emerson of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

econd tragedy

The second and last death on "Brough" during World War II was the result of the accidental discharge of a K-gun, when A.W. Wood, Seaman First Class of Floral Park, New York was killed.

Post-war preservation

In January 1947, "Brough" was placed out of commission in reserve, attached to the Florida Group, U.S. Atlantic Fleet at Green Cove, Florida, "Brough" was anchored at Green Cove Springs, Florida, forty statute miles (60 km) from the sea in the sluggish St. Johns River. Here she was pickled in grease, and paint in the longest, hardest fight of all the campaign against rust.


The Korean Emergency in the summer of 1951 brought "Brough" back into naval service. Thoroughly overhauled by the Merrill-Stevens Shipyard, Jacksonville, Florida, "Brough" was commissioned 7 September 1951 under the command of Lieutenant Commander H. J. Hulings of Pennsylvania. She was attached to the U.S. Atlantic Fleet and usual intensive shakedown period followed.

Atlantic Fleet service

In the fall of 1952 "Brough" participated in joint NATO operations in the Atlantic and visited various European ports including Bergen, Norway; Greenwich, Scotland; Cherbourg, France; and various Caribbean ports. Returning in November "Brough" reported for scheduled shipyard overhaul in Philadelphia until the end of February. On 31 January 1953 Commander Hulings was relieved by Lieutenant Commander D. W. Abercrombie, III, of Massachusetts. After a week of "shakedown" she steamed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for refresher training. Despite a green crew, "Brough"’s training progress was such that she was released one week early; the only ship thus privileged during 1953.

"Brough", after a short stay in Newport, Rhode Island left in early June for Key West, Florida, where she reported to provide services to the Fleet Sonar School, Key West. Until late August "Brough" operated daily, acting primarily as a school ship for officers and enlisted students from the Sonar School.

Upon "Brough"'s return from Key West she berthed alongside the "Yosemite" (AD-19) for tender overhaul. The tender discovered that the generators warranted overhaul and "Brough" was sent to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine for repairs.

In November 1953, "Brough", as flagship for Commander Escort Squadron Fourteen participated in Operation SPRING BOARD in the Caribbean and visited San Juan, Puerto Rico; Ciudad Trujillo, Dominican Republic; and Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. "Brough" returned to Newport, in December, for the Christmas leave period, and then operated on a daily basis from Newport. In March 1954 "Brough" again returned to Key West until July for another tour of ASW training sea phase.

Lieutenant Commander G. E. Lockee from Columbia, S.C. relieved Commander Abercrombie in August 1954 and with her new captain, "Brough" in company with "Huse", "Blair" and "M. J. Manuel" journeyed to Newfoundland for a three weeks fleet exercise with submarines.

Returning in mid-September, "Brough" started preparations for the Joint Atlantic Fleet Exercise of 1954. "Brough"'s assignment was operating against submarines off the Labrador Coast in the vicinity of Hamilton's Inlet. Accordingly extra foul weather clothing was loaded aboard in anticipation of the many cold watches that were to come. On October 20, "Brough", in company with the rest of the squadron, departed on her biggest operation LANTFLEX 1-55. First "Brough" participated in convoy escort work to Labrador; anti-submarine patrol, and then she escorted a force making amphibious landings along the coast of North Carolina. After thirty days continuous steaming, on 20 November "Brough" returned to Newport for a much welcomed Christmas leave period.

"Brough" reported to the Boston Navy Yard for overhaul and modification to equipment in February 1955 and completed the refitting on 30 April 1955. In May "Brough" spent two weeks at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Maine, under-going a restricted availability. An intensive three-week refresher program at Newport followed in June. On 9 July 1955 "Brough" departed from Norfolk, Virginia on the first leg of Midshipman Cruise Baker. This cruise included Edinburgh, Scotland; Copenhagen, Denmark; and finally Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as ports-of-call. On completion of this cruise, on 3 September, "Brough" was given a two-week upkeep and tender availability period in Newport and then reported on 25 September 1955 to provide services to Fleet Sonar School, Key West. Upon returning to Newport, in November "Brough" was given a two-week availability alongside the "Yosemite", followed by two weeks of type training out of Newport. On 13 December 1955 the holiday leave started. This period also saw "Brough"'s first berthing at the new Destroyer Pier Number 1. On completion of one week of type training in the Newport area "Brough" moored alongside the "Yosemite" on 30 January 1956 for ten days availability.

Early on the morning of 13 February 1956, "Brough" sailed with Escort Squadron Fourteen for Key West, Florida. From 20 February until 30 March "Brough" again provided services for Fleet Sonar School. Afterwards "Brough" engaged in type training out of Newport during April and participated in exercises CONVEX and HOURGLASS under Commander Antisubmarine Atlantic during May and June. After three weeks of upkeep the ship departed for a six week restricted availability at Portsmouth, New Hampshire to prepare for Operation DEEPFREEZE II. Prior to Lieutenant Commander W. P. Duhon of New Orleans, Louisiana, relieving Lieutenant Commander Lockee, "Brough" received the Battle Efficiency "E" Plaque. The change of command took place on 23 August 1956.

Deepfreeze II

On 4 September 1956, "Brough" departed Newport, R.I. to join Task Force 43 in Operation DEEPFREEZE II. Steaming independently by way of the Panama Canal, "Brough" reached Dunedin, New Zealand one month later. From October 1956 to March 1957, "Brough" operated out of Dunedin on her assigned picket station at 57° South - 170° East. Her assignment: act as weather reporting, communication and search and rescue ship in an area where high winds and forty foot waves were not uncommon. The pattern of operations was five or six days in port, nineteen to twenty-one days at sea. En route to station "Brough" occasionally made calls at isolated Campbell Island, New Zealand.

Deepfreeze III

The return trip to Newport R.I. began 2 March 1957. On the way, "Brough" visited Callao, Peru, and stopped briefly at Newport before continuing to Boston Naval Shipyard where on 8 May, she commenced an overhaul period in preparation for DEEPFREEZE III.

After completing the regular overhaul in July, "Brough" returned to Newport and continued preparation for DEEPFREEZE III. On 7 August 1957, Lieutenant Commander B. E. Boney of Toxey, Alabama, relieved Lieutenant Commander W. P. Duhon as Commanding Officer. The period 19-23 August was spent alongside the tender "Yellowstone" (AD-27) completing preparations for seven months independent duty.

On 26 August "Brough" departed Newport, R.I. for Dunedin, N.Z. via Panama Canal, arriving 25 September. During the deployment with DEEPFREEZE III, "Brough" made five trips to 61° South 170° East. One trip took her across the Antarctic Circle, on 5 February 1958 a "first" for Destroyer Escorts. On three occasions 75-knot (139 km/h or 86 mph) winds were encountered, but "Brough" came through with negligible damage.

"Brough" left Dunedin, N.Z. for. Newport, R.I. on March 1958, arriving 2 April. During April she enjoyed a tender, leave, and upkeep period—before departing for her new home port, Key West, Florida. From 5 May until 21 July, "Brough" operated with Fleet Sonar School, Key West. During that period, CORTRON 14 was disestablished and "Brough" joined Destroyer Division Six Zero One.

Deepfreeze IV

Between 21 July and 22 August 1958, preparations were made for DEEPFREEZE IV. On 23 August 1958, "Brough" departed for her third trip to Dunedin, N.Z. and her third consecutive year under the operational control of Commander Task Force 43. Arriving in Dunedin on 22 September, she departed almost immediately to continue her usual duties on station between New Zealand and Antarctica. Between 23 August and 19 November, "Brough" was at sea 78 days and in port only 8 days.

When "Brough" left Dunedin, N.Z. for the last time, on 7 February 1959, four thousand New Zealanders were there to see her sail, indicative of the excellent relations that existed between "Brough" personnel and the citizens of Dunedin.

Another first

The return trip to Key West represented another "achievement", "first" Destroyer Escort to circumnavigate the world alone. Ports of call during the next 66 days included Perth, Australia; Colombo, Ceylon; Aden, Arabia; Athens, Greece; Naples, Italy; Cannes, France; Barcelona, Spain and Gibraltar. Arriving in Key West, Florida on 14 April 1959, a two-week tender availability period was followed by leave and upkeep lasting until 22 May. Following this, "Brough" deployed for ten days off Puerto Rico as a missile recovery ship for the famous Jupiter missile that carried two monkeys, Alfa and Bravo, into space. "Brough"’s Commanding Officer was in command of the recovery group.

Between 1 July and 29 September 1959 "Brough" underwent a regular shipyard overhaul in Key West. On 18 August 1959, Lieutenant Commander J. L. Moss relieved Lieutenant Commander B. E. Boney as Commanding Officer.

After the overhaul period, "Brough" provided services to Fleet Sonar School until departing for refresher training at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Underway refresher training from 17 October to 24 November molded the ship into a more effective fighting unit. An upkeep period followed by a leave period kept the ship in Key West until after New Year's Day.

Beginning in January 1960, "Brough" settled into a regular schedule of providing services for Fleet Sonar School, Key West. She traveled to Charleston, South Carolina for tender availability between 29 February and 10 March 1960. Returning to Key West, Fleet Sonar School operations during the spring of 1960 were broken by occasional weeks of upkeep and type training.

On 14 May 1960, "Brough" journeyed to Norfolk, Va., for tender availability along-side "Sierra" (AD-18), returning to Key West on 31 May. Over the 4th of July, "Brough" visited Tampa, Florida, returning to provide services to Fleet Sonar School until 18 August.

While en route to Norfolk again, in late August "Brough" stopped over in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for a recreational visit before a period of availability alongside "Amphion" (AR-13) at Norfolk Va. Skirting Hurricane Donna with no damage in mid-September, she returned to Key West for Fleet Sonar School operations.

Training at Guantanamo Bay between 8 October and 12 October was followed by liberty and recreation in Montego Bay, Jamaica. "Brough" again provided services to Fleet Sonar School until the next tender availability alongside "Sierra" (AD-18) in Norfolk, 14 November to 1 December.

After the Christmas leave period "Brough" was once again providing services of Fleet Sonar School until 5 February 1961. On 6 February 1961 Lieutenant Commander E. J. Carey of Seattle, Washington relieved Lieutenant Commander J. L. Moss as Commanding Officer. On the following day, "Brough" departed for a three day visit to Nassau in the Bahamas and continued to Norfolk, Virginia for an availability alongside "Tutuila" (ARG-4) from 13 February to 24 February.

Operations out of Key West from March to May were interrupted by a week of upkeep and a week of type training. At the end of April, "Brough" visited Miami, Florida to represent the U.S. Navy at the Miami Beach Serviceman's Center's Ninth Anniversary celebration.

Miss USA and another 'E'

A period of upkeep and restricted availability at U.S. Naval Station, Key West began 1 May. An In Service inspection was conducted 11 May to 12 May. From 21 May Fleet Sonar School operations continued through the summer, interrupted by a return visit to Miami 14 July16 July, a week of type training during August, and two weeks of upkeep. While in Miami, "Brough" was favored by a visit from Miss USA, a finalist in the Miss Universe Pageant.

On 15 July 1961, Commander Destroyer Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet announced that "Brough" won the Battle Efficiency Award for "Competitive Excellence" in Destroyer Division 601 for fiscal year 1961—the second "E" for "Brough".

During the remainder of 1961 and early 1962 "Brough" continued operating out of Key West to provide training to student officers and enlisted personnel from Fleet Sonar School in various phases of anti-submarine warfare.

Decommissioning and disposal

"Brough" decommissioned in June 1965 and was removed from the Navy List on 1 November 1965. The ship was sold for scrap to Buyer Boston Metals Company in Baltimore, Maryland in January 1967.

External links

* [ USS "Brough" homepage]
* [ DANFS entry]


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