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USS Twining (DD-540), 1943-1971

USS Twining, a 2050-ton Fletcher class destroyer built at San Francisco, California, was commissioned in December 1943. She served in the Pacific through the rest of World War II. Following gunfire support service in the Marianas campaign during June and July 1944, Twining joined the fast carrier task forces and took part in their many activities up to the Japanese surrender in August 1945. Thereafter, she supported the occupation of Japan and participated in routine operations until decommissioned in June 1946.

During the later 1940s Twining was used as a Naval Reserve training ship in the eastern Pacific and was placed back in full commission in June 1950. She twice deployed for Korean war service in 1951-53. Following that conflict, Twining remained active in the Pacific and Asian areas until 1964, when she again became a Naval Reserve training ship. She was decommissioned in July 1971 and transferred to the navy of Taiwan, renamed Kwei Yang. Subsequently modernized, the old destroyer is still in service with the Taiwanese fleet.

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Photo #: 80-G-344505

USS Twining (DD-540)

Steams in Sagami Wan, outside of Tokyo Bay, in company with other Third Fleet warships, to support the occupation of Yokosuka naval base, 28 August 1945. Mount Fuji is in the left center distance
Photographed from USS Cumberland Sound (AV-17).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Online Image: 79KB; 740 x 595 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
National Archives photographic reproduction system.

Photo #: NH 73459

USS Twining (DD-540)

Steaming at sea during the middle or later 1950s.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 81KB; 740 x 605 pixels

Photo #: NH 91826

Destroyer Squadron 17

Photographed at the foot of Broadway, San Diego, California, in March 1955.
Destroyers in front row include (left to right):
USS Twining (DD-540);
USS Erben (DD-631);
USS Halsey Powell (DD-686) and
USS Gregory (DD-802).
Behind them are (left to right):
USS Shields (DD-596);
USS Colahan (DD-658);
USS Marshall (DD-676) and
USS Porterfield (DD-682).
USS Kearsarge (CVA-33) is tied up in the left distance, at Naval Air Station, North Island.
Structure in the bottom center is the "Naval Destroyer Boat House".

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 107KB; 740 x 605 pixels


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21 February 1999