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Online Library of Selected Images:
-- U.S. NAVY SHIPS --

USS Eldridge (DE-173), 1943-1951

USS Eldridge, a 1240-ton Cannon class destroyer escort built at Newark, New Jersey, was commissioned in August 1943. She was employed on escort duties in the Atlantic until May 1945, when she departed for service in the Pacific. Eldridge was decommissioned in July 1946 and placed in the Reserve Fleet. In January 1951, she was transferred to the Greek Navy, in which she served as Leon into the 1990s.

This page features our only view of USS Eldridge and provides links to other related items of possible interest.

Some authors have described USS Eldridge as being involved in the so-called "Philadelphia Experiment". For information on this subject, see The "Philadelphia Experiment"

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Photo #: 306-PSG-51-686 (Box 45)

USS Eldridge (DE-173)

and
USS Garfield Thomas (DE-193)

Ceremony at the Boston Naval Shipyard, Massachusetts, transferring the ships to the Royal Hellenic Navy. The transfer, which was made under the provisions of the U.S. Mutual Defense Assistance Program, took place on 15 January 1951.
The ships served in the Greek Navy as, respectively, Leon and Panthir.

Photograph source: U.S. Department of State - O'Donnell.

U.S. Information Agency Photograph in the U.S. National Archives.

Online Image: 70,194 bytes; 740 x 615 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the National Archives photographic reproduction system.

 


While the Naval Historical Center has no other views of USS Eldridge, the National Archives appears to hold several. The following list features some of these photographs:

The images listed below are NOT in the Naval Historical Center's collections. DO NOT try to obtain them using the procedures described in "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions.".


  • Photo #: 80-G-80644
    USS Eldridge (DE-173), photo taken by NAS New York, NY, 12 September 1943.
    Port bow aerial view.
  • Photo #: 80-G-80645
    USS Eldridge (DE-173), photo taken by NAS New York, NY, 12 September 1943.
    Port broadside aerial view.
  • Photo #: 80-G-80647
    USS Eldridge (DE-173), photo taken by NAS New York, NY, 12 September 1943.
    Stern-on aerial view.

  • Photo #: 80-G-229140
    USS Eldridge (DE-173), photo taken by NAS New York, NY, 25 April 1944.
    Port bow aerial view.
  • Photo #: 80-G-229141
    USS Eldridge (DE-173), photo taken by NAS New York, NY, 25 April 1944.
    Port broadside aerial view.
  • Photo #: 80-G-229139
    USS Eldridge (DE-173), photo taken by NAS New York, NY, 25 April 1944.
    Bow-on (slightly to port) aerial view.


    Reproductions of these images should be available through the National Archives photographic reproduction system for pictures not held by the Naval Historical Center.

     

    The images above are NOT in the Naval Historical Center's collections. DO NOT try to obtain them using the procedures described in "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions.".

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    1 November 1998