- USS Israel (DD-98)
The first USS "Israel" (DD-98) was a "Wickes"-class
destroyerin the United States Navyduring World War Iand the years following. She was named in honor of Joseph Israel.
"Israel" was launched
22 June 1918by the Fore River Shipbuilding Corporation, Quincy, Massachusetts; sponsored by Miss Dorothy Brown; and commissioned 13 September 1918, Lt. Comdr. George N. Barkerin command.
Following shakedown out of Boston, "Israel" rendezvoused with "South Carolina" at
Newport, Rhode Islandon 24 September 1918, and performed escort duty on the East Coast as a unit of the Destroyer Force, Atlantic Fleet. She departed New York 13 Octoberwith a convoy, and arrived at Gibraltar 6 November, via the Azoresand Port Leixoes, Portugal. Having escorted the Brazilian Detachment to Gibraltar Harbor 9 November, "Israel" arrived Venice 18 Novemberand joined the Eastern Mediterranean Forces. She operated out of Venice and Splitas a station ship transporting supplies and personnel until 12 July 1919when she departed Villefranche, France, via Gibraltar and the Azores, arriving Boston 24 July.
While undergoing overhaul at the
Portsmouth Navy Yard, "Israel" was fitted out as a light minelayerand her classification changed 17 July 1920to DM-3.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 4 March 1921, "Israel" cruised along the East Coast until 5 Julywhen she joined Mine Squadron 1, Atlantic Fleet, at Gloucester, Massachusetts. During the remainder of the year she engaged in mining practice and exercises on the East Coast; and from January to April 1922, participated in important fleet exercises based at Guantanamo Bay and Culebra, Puerto Rico.
Philadelphia 15 May 1922and decommissioned there 7 July. Remaining inactive during the following years, she was reduced to a hulk in 1936 in accordance with the London Treaty. Her name was struck from the Navy List 25 January 1937, and she was sold to the Union Shipbuilding Company, Baltimore, Maryland, 18 April 1939. As of 2008, no other ships in the United States Navy have gone by this name.
List of United States Navy destroyers
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