USS Breck (DD-283)

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DD-283 USS Breck.JPG
United States
Namesake: Joseph Berry Breck
Builder: Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Squantum Victory Yard
Cost: $1,217,835.79 (hull & machinery)[1]
Laid down: 8 May 1919
Launched: 5 September 1919
Commissioned: 1 December 1919
Decommissioned: 1 May 1930
Fate: sold for scrapping, 17 January 1931
General characteristics
Class and type: Clemson-class destroyer
Displacement: 1,215 tons
Length: 314 feet 4 inches (95.81 m)
Beam: 31 feet 8 inches (9.65 m)
Draft: 9 feet 10 inches (3 m)
  • 26,500 shp (20 MW);
  • geared turbines,
  • 2 screws
Speed: 35 knots (65 km/h)
  • 4,900 nmi (9,100 km)
  •   @ 15 kt
Complement: 122 officers and enlisted
Armament: 4 × 4 in (102 mm)/50 guns, 1 × 3 in (76 mm)/25 gun, 12 × 21 inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes

USS Breck (DD-283) was a Clemson-class destroyer in the United States Navy following World War I. She was named for Joseph Berry Breck.


Breck was launched 5 September 1919 by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Squantum, Massachusetts, sponsored by Mrs. Forest MacNee, granddaughter of Lieutenant Commander Breck; and commissioned 1 December 1919, Lieutenant Commander C. E. Van Hook in command.

Breck served with the Atlantic Fleet, attached to Destroyer Squadron 1 and for six months operated in the Caribbean area. From 15 July 1920 until June 1921 she was at Newport, Rhode Island, in reserve commission, having only limited duty training Naval Reserves on the Atlantic coast. In June 1921 she rejoined the Destroyer Force and participated in scheduled drills and exercises along the Atlantic coast and for a time had special duty in connection with the calibration of coastal Radio Compass Stations.

In June 1922 she joined Squadrons Escorting fleet, and annually took part in squadron and fleet operations in August 1925 her home yard was changed from Boston, Massachusetts to Norfolk Navy Yard and Breck was attached to Destroyer Division 25. As a unit of that Division she served with United States Naval Forces Europe, between June 1926 and June 1927 showing the flag along the European and North African coasts and engaging in target and engineering competition. Upon returning to the United States she put in at New York Navy Yard and then proceeded to Newport where she embarked Naval Reserves for the training cruise with the Scouting Fleet. The succeeding years were similar in the established routine of gunnery practice, war games, and maneuvers until the end of September 1929 when Breck arrived with other units of Destroyer Squadron 9 at Philadelphia Navy Yard, ending her active service. Breck was decommissioned 1 May 1930 and sold 17 January 1931.

As of 2005, no other ship have been named Breck.


  1. ^ "Table 21 - Ships on Navy List June 30, 1919". Congressional Serial Set. U.S. Government Printing Office: 762. 1921.

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