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USS Don Juan de Austria (1898-1919)

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USS Don Juan de Austria  (1898-1919) was a US Navy gunboat. Formerly a Spanish Navy unprotected cruiser, she was captured in 1898 during the Spanish-American War and commissioned into the U.S. Navy. USS USS Don Juan de Austria  (1898-1919) commissioned at Hong Kong on 11 April 1900, Commander T. C. McLean in command.

USS Don Juan de Austria  (1898-1919) sailed from Hong Kong 25 November 1900 and arrived at Cavite in the Philippine Islands on 28 November 1900. She was employed in the Philippines in general duties in connection with taking possession of the newly acquired territory, supporting US Army operations against the insurgent native forces. After repairs at Yokohama, Japan, from 27 April 1903 to 1 June 1903, USS Don Juan de Austria  (1898-1919) cruised along the Chinese coast for maneuvers with the U.S. fleet, an indication of intensified American interest in the Far East after the acquisition of Pacific island territories.

Joining the Third Squadron, Atlantic Fleet, USS Don Juan de Austria  (1898-1919) sailed from Norfolk, VA, on 28 February 1906 to patrol off the Dominican Republic to protect American interests there. She returned to Portsmouth Navy Yard on 21 February 1907 and was placed out of commission there on 7 March 1907. USS Don Juan de Austria  (1898-1919) was recommissioned on 6 April 1917, and left Detroit on 17 July 1917 for Newport, RI, arriving there on 6 August 1917. She patrolled inshore and at sea off New England's coast. On 3 April 1919, USS Don Juan de Austria  (1898-1919) arrived at Boston, MA, to join the special escort for the transports returning members of the 26hth Division, U.S. Army, from Europe. She was decommissioned at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on 18 June 1919.