USS Jouett (DD-41)

USS Jouett (DD-41) was a Monaghan class destroyer that took part in the US intervention in Mexico in 1914, then largely operated off the US coast after the American entry into the First World War. In the 1920s she was loaned to the Coast Guard.

The Jouett was named after James Edward Jouett, a US Naval officer during the American Civil War who took part in the battle of Mobile Bay in 1864.

USS Jouett (DD-41) in 1918
USS Jouett (DD-41) in 1918

The Jouett was laid down on 7 March 1911, launched on 15 April 1912 and commissioned on 24 May 1912. She joined the Atlantic Fleet Torpedo Flotilla. She operated along the US East Coast from them until 1914.

In 1914 she took part in the US intervention in Mexico, supporting the Marine landings on 21 April 1914. Anyone who served on her on 22 April-25 May or 31 May-12 June 1914 qualified for the Mexican Service Medal.

After the Mexican intervention the Jouett returned to the East Coast, where she spent much of her time taking part in manoeuvres.

After the US entry into the First World War in April 1917 the Jouett operated from Delaware Bay. On 8 August she departed from New York escorting a five-ship troop convoy across the Atlantic. She then returned to the US and resuming her anti-submarine patrols.

On 15 January 1918 the Jouett began experiments with anti-submarine detection devices from New London, Connecticut. This lasted until 4 June 1918, and she then spent the rest of the war operating with a hunter-killer anti-submarine group, once again operating along the US East Coast.

Anyone who served on her between 25 May and 4 October 1918 qualified for the First World War Victory Medal.

The Jouett was decommissioned on 24 November 1919, but was later reactivated and loaned to the Coast Guard on 23 April 1924 to take part in the 'Rum Patrol'. She returned to the Navy on 22 May 1931, and was later sold for scrap.

Displacement (standard)


Displacement (loaded)


Top Speed

29.5kt design
30.89kts at 14,978shp at 883 tons on trial (Trippe)
29.5kts at 13,472shp at 891 tons on trial (Henley)


3-shaft Parsons turbines
4 Thornycroft or Normand or Yarrow boilers


2,175nm at 15kts on trial
1,913nm at 20kts on trial

Armour - belt


 - deck



292ft 8in




Five 3in/50 guns
Six 18in torpedo tubes in twin tubes

Crew complement



15 April 1912


24 May 1912


Sold for scrap

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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