USS O'Bannon (DD-177)

USS O'Bannon (DD-177) was a Wickes class destroyer that had a very short service career at the start of the 1920s.

USS O'Bannon (DD-177) in harbour, 1920
USS O'Bannon (DD-177)
in harbour, 1920

The O'Bannon was named after Presley Neville O'Bannon, a US Marine who took part in the War with Tripoli in 1805.

The O'Bannon was laid down at the Union Iron Works, San Francisco, on 11 November 1918, launched on 28 February 1919 and commissioned at San Francisco on 27 August 1919.

At the start of 1920 the O'Bannon was part of Destroyer Division 22 (USS Rizal (DD-174); USS Renshaw (DD-176); USS O'Bannon (DD-177); USS Hogan (DD-178); and USS MacKenzie (DD-175)).

The O'Bannon's active career only lasted until 1922. During that period she was used for training and exercises, both on the Californian coast and in Hawaiin waters. In the spring of 1920 she took part in experiments with torpedoes. From June to November 1920 she was in the reserve. She was decommissioned on 27

22nd Destroyer Division, 1919
22nd Destroyer Division, 1919

May 1922 and remained out of commission until 19 May 1936 when she was struck off the Navy List. She was sold for scrap on 29 September 1936.

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


Laid down

11 November 1918


28 February 1919


27 August 1919


27 May 1922


29 September 1936

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 (pending), USS O'Bannon (DD-177) ,

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