Hull Number: DD-78
Launch Date: 10/30/2018
Commissioned Date: 11/11/2018
Decommissioned Date: 10/23/1940
Namesake: ROBLEY DUNGLISON EVANS
ROBLEY DUNGLISON EVANS
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (Published 1963)
Robley Dunglison Evans, born 18 August 1846 in Floyd County, VA, was a member of the Naval Academy clas of 1864, ordered to active duty in September 1863.
In the attacks on Fort Fisher, NC, he exhibited great gallantry under fire on 15 January 1865, when already wounded, he led his landing party through heavy fire to charge the confederate defenses. In 1891 and 1892, commanding Yorktown on the Pacific Station, he won great acclaim for his firm and skillful handing of a tense situation with Chile. During the Spanish-American War he commanded Iowa in the Battle of Santiago. Rear Admiral Evans commanded the Great White fleet in its passage in 1907 and 1908 from the Atlantic through the Straits of Magellan to the pacific, where he was relieved of command because of ill health. He died in Washington, DC, 3 January 1912. DD-78 and DD-552 were named in his honor.
Transferred to England 10/23/1940 as HMS MANSFIELD (G-76). To Royal Norwegian Navy in 1941. To Royal Canadian Navy in 1942. Scrapped in Canada in 1944.