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USS Dent (DD-116/APD-9)

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USS Dent (DD-116) was launched 23 March 1918 by William Cramp and Sons, Philadelphia, Pa.; sponsored by Miss A. W. Collins, great-granddaughter of Captain Dent; and commissioned 9 September 1918, Commander B. C. Allen in command.

USS Dent (DD-116) escorted a convoy to Ireland between 19 September and 8 November 1918, then carried out training at Guantanamo Bay. On 1 May 1919 she got underway from New York to serve on station off Trepassey Harbor, Newfoundland, during the historic first aerial crossing of the Atlantic, a feat accomplished by a Navy seaplane. 

USS Dent (DD-116) arrived at San Pedro, Calif., 6 August 1919 to join the Pacific Fleet. She cruised to Hawaii as escort for USS New York (BB-34) with the Secretary of the Navy embarked in August, then steamed to Seattle for a Fleet Review in September. USS Dent (DD-116) was placed out of commission in reserve 7 June 1922. Recommissioned 15 May 1930 Dent acted as plane guard for carrier operations, trained reservists, and sailed for a fleet problem in the Caribbean and a visit to the east coast from April to November 1934. On 18 December she entered the Rotating Reserve at San Diego and tested ordnance until returning to active commission 10 June 1935. USS Dent (DD-116) operated along the West Coast and in the Hawaiian Islands until the United States entered World War II. 

Returning to San Francisco 29 December 1941 USS Dent (DD-116) duty with the Sound School at San Diego and operated along the west coast on convoy duty until 27 April 1942 when she sailed for Alaskan waters. From 8 May she operated out of Dutch Harbor on convoy and patrol duty, escorting transports for the invasion of Adak 1 September. She returned to Seattle 30 January 1943 for repairs and conversion to a high-speed transport. She was reclassified APD-9, 7 March 1943. From 8 November 1944 until the end of the war USS Dent (DD-116) served with the Amphibious Training Force, Pacific Fleet, at San Diego. She sailed 20 October 1945 for the east coast, arriving at Philadelphia, Pa., 6 November. USS Dent (DD-116) was decommissioned there 4 December 1945 and sold 13 June 1946.

For a complete history of USS Dent (DD-116) please see its DANFS page.