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USS Fairfax (DD-93)

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The unnamed Destroyer No. 93 was laid down on 10 July 1917 at Vallejo, Calif., by the Mare Island Navy Yard; named Fairfax (Destroyer No. 93) on 14 July 1917 in General Order No. 311; launched on 15 December 1917; sponsored by Miss Elizabeth George, daughter of Capt. Harry George, Commandant of the Mare Island Navy Yard; and commissioned on 6 April 1918, Lt. Cmdr. Stanford C. Hooper in command.

USS Fairfax (DD-93) arrived at Hampton Roads 6 June 1918 for convoy escort duty out of Newport News. She guarded convoys of troop transports to midocean meeting points with escorts who had come out of English and French ports to meet them. On 3 December 1918, USS Fairfax (DD-93) arrived in the Azores to meet and escort to Brest, the troop transport George Washington (Id. No. 3018) carrying President Woodrow Wilson to the Peace Conference. USS Fairfax (DD-93) sailed for home 21 December, reaching Norfolk 8 January 1919. 

On 17 July 1920, USS Fairfax (DD-93) was reclassified from Destroyer No. 93 as DD-93. On 19 June 1922, she was decommissioned at Philadelphia, and placed in reserve. Recommissioned 1 May 1930, USS Fairfax (DD-93) operated primarily on training cruises for members of the Naval Reserve during the following 2 years, based at Newport, R.I., and Camden, N.J. On 12 March 1932 she sailed from Hampton Roads for San Diego, Calif., arriving 26 March. The destroyer joined in representing the United States Navy at the opening of the New York City World's Fair in April 1939, and after war broke out in Europe that September, operated on neutrality patrol along with her training duties. On 21 November 1940, USS Fairfax (DD-93) arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she was decommissioned on 26 November, and transferred to Great Britain under the destroyers for-base agreement. Her name was stricken from the Navy Register on 8 January 1941.

For a complete history of USS Fairfax (DD-93) please see its DANFS page.