USS Hazelwood (DD-107)

USS Hazelwood (DD-107) was a Wickes class destroyer that served in the Mediterranean just after the First World War, off the US West Coast in the early 1920s, and as a training ship in the second half of the 1920s.

The Hazelwood was named after John Hazelwood, a British-born officer in the Pennsylvania Navy during the War of Independence, who helped defend the Delaware River and Delaware Bay.

USS Hazelwood (DD-107) at San Diego, early 1920s
USS Hazelwood (DD-107)
at San Diego, early 1920s

The Hazelwood was laid down on 24 December 1917 at the Union Iron Works, San Francisco, launched on 22 June 1918 and commissioned on 20 February 1919, with Commander A.A. Corwin in command. She left from New York to the Mediterranean on 15 April 1919, reaching Gibraltar on 9 May. She operated in the Mediterranean and visited the Black Sea, where she visited Sebastopol. She didn’t spend long in the Mediterranean, leaving Malta on 28 July and reaching New York on 13 August.

On 14 August 1919 the Hazelwood left New York at the start of a voyage to the West Coast. She met up with the Badger (DD-126) and Schley (DD-103) at Philadelphia, and the three ships travelled together, via Cuba and the Panama Canal. She reached San Diego on 5 September 1919, and spent the next three years operating off the US West Coast. She was decommissioned at San Diego on 7 July 1922. 

The Hazelwood was recommissioned on 1 April 1925, and spent the next five years taking part in training and readiness exercises with the Pacific Fleet. She was decommissioned or the final time on 15 November 1930 and sold for scrap on 30 August 1935.

Displacement (standard)


Displacement (loaded)


Top Speed

35kts design
34.81kts at 27,350shp at 1,236t on trial (Kimberly)


2 shaft Parsons turbines
4 boilers
27,000shp design


2,500nm at 20kts (design)

Armour - belt


 - deck



314ft 4.5in


30ft 11.5in


Four 4in/ 50 guns
Twelve 21in torpedo tubes in four triple mountings
Two 1-pounder AA guns
Two depth charge tracks

Crew complement


U.S. Destroyers: An Illustrated Design History, Norman Friedmann . The standard history of the development of American destroyers, from the earliest torpedo boat destroyers to the post-war fleet, and covering the massive classes of destroyers built for both World Wars. Gives the reader a good understanding of the debates that surrounded each class of destroyer and led to their individual features.
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (8 June 2017), USS Hazelwood (DD-107) ,

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