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USS Samuel S. Miles (DE-183)
USS Samuel S. Miles (DE-183)
United States
Name: USS Samuel S. Miles (DE-183)
Namesake: Samuel Stockton Miles
Builder: Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Newark, New Jersey
Laid down: 5 July 1943
Launched: 3 October 1943
Commissioned: 4 November 1943
Decommissioned: 28 March 1946
Struck: 26 September 1950
Honors and
8 battle stars (World War II)
Fate: Transferred to France, 12 August 1950
French destroyer escort Arabe (F717)
French destroyer escort Arabe (F717)
Name: Arabe (F717)
Namesake: Arab people
Acquired: 12 August 1950
Struck: 1968
Fate: Broken up, 1968
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Cannon-class destroyer escort
  • 1,240 long tons (1,260 t) standard
  • 1,620 long tons (1,646 t) full
  • 306 ft (93 m) o/a
  • 300 ft (91 m) w/l
Beam: 36 ft 10 in (11.23 m)
Draft: 11 ft 8 in (3.56 m)
Propulsion: 4 × GM Mod. 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6,000 shp (4,474 kW), 2 screws
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)
Range: 10,800 nmi (20,000 km) at 12 kn (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 15 officers and 201 enlisted

USS Samuel S. Miles (DE-183) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort built for the United States Navy during World War II. She served in the Pacific Ocean and provided escort service against submarine and air attack for Navy vessels and convoys. She returned home at war's end with eight battle stars to her credit.[2]

She was laid down on 5 July 1943 by the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newark, New Jersey; launched on 3 October 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Samuel S. Miles; and commissioned on 4 November 1943, Lt. Comdr. George B. Coale in command.


World War II Pacific Theatre operations[edit]

Following shakedown off Bermuda, Samuel S. Miles departed New York City, on 30 December 1943, and steamed via the Panama Canal to the Marshall Islands, arriving on 19 February 1944.

Serving as an escort ship in the Marshall Islands area, she protected fleet oilers during fast carrier air strikes against the Caroline Islands and the Hollandia, New Guinea, area in April.

Shoots down three Japanese planes, sinks one submarine[edit]

Next she guarded oilers during the capture of Saipan and Tinian, and splashed two enemy planes on 18 June. She supported the Leyte and Luzon, Philippine Islands, campaigns in late 1944 and early 1945. Samuel S. Miles sank Japanese submarine I-177 near the Palau Islands on 3 October. After guarding the invasion force at Iwo Jima in February, she screened the bombardment group that pounded Okinawa, where she destroyed one enemy plane on 27 March.

Targeted by a kamikaze[edit]

A kamikaze near-miss killed one of her crew members (Robert Cecil Allen) on 11 April, and damaged some of her equipment. After screening escort carriers operating north of Okinawa, she sailed to the West Coast in July.

Post-War decommissioning[edit]

After overhaul, she sailed via the Panama Canal to Norfolk, Virginia, arriving on 21 October. Reaching St. Johns River, Florida, on 8 November 1945, she was decommissioned and entered the Reserve Fleet on 28 March 1946.[3] Samuel S. Miles was transferred to France under the Mutual Defense Assistance Program on 12 August 1950.[4] and was renamed Arabe, with the pennant number F 717.[5] She was formally struck from the US Navy List on 26 September 1950.[3] She was stricken from French service in 1958.[5][a]


Samuel S. Miles received eight battle stars for World War II service.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jane's Fighting Ships says that Arabe was formally stricken from French service in 1960,[6] while Friedman claims the ship was broken up in 1968.[7]
  1. ^ "USS Samuel S. Miles (DE 183)". Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Samuel S. Miles". Naval History and Heritage Command. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Samuel S. Miles (DE-183)". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Navy Department, Naval History and Heritage Command. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  4. ^ "USS Samuel S. Miles (DE 183)". Navsource online. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  5. ^ a b Gardiner & Chumbley 1995, p. 116
  6. ^ Blackman 1960, p. 156
  7. ^ Friedman 1982, p. 461

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

  • Blackman, Raymond V. B. (1960). Jane's Fighting Ships 1960–61. London: Sampson Low, Marson & Co., Ltd.
  • Friedman, Norman (1982). U.S. Destroyers: An Illustrated Design History. Annapolis, Maryland, USA: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-733-X.
  • Gardiner, Robert; Chumbley, Stephen, eds. (1995). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1947–1995. Annapolis, Maryland, USA: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-132-7.,_Texas.jpg

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