Hull Number: DD-80
Launch Date: 12/04/2017
Commissioned Date: 04/26/2018
Decommissioned Date: 06/30/2022
Data for USS Little (DD-79) as of 1921
Length Overall: 314’ 4 1/2"
Beam: 31' 8"
Draft: 9’ 2"
Standard Displacement: 1,191 tons
Full Load Displacement: 1,284 tons
Four 4″/50 caliber guns
One 3″/23 caliber anti-aircraft gun
Four 21″ triple torpedo tubes
8 Chief Petty Officers
2 Curtis Geared Turbines: 27,180 horsepower
Highest speed on trials: 34.7 knots
Namesake: LEWIS ASHFIELD KIMBERLY
LEWIS ASHFIELD KIMBERLY
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
Lewis Ashfield Kimberly was born 22 April 1838, in Troy, N.J., and was appointed a Midshipman 8 December 1946. From 1847 to 1860 he was in the African, Pacific, and East-India Squadrons. During the Civil War he served on Potomac in the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, and took part in the Mississippi River operations at Port Hudson, Grand Gulf, and Vicksburg. He was Executive Officer of Hartford, in the Battle of Mobile Bay, and was warmly commended for gallant and efficient service.
During the period 1866 to 1889 he cruised in European, Atlantic, Pacific, and East Indian waters. He commanded Canonicus, Monongahela, and Omaha, before assuming the Presidency of the Naval Examining Board in 1885 with the rank of Commodore. On 11 April 1887, he took command of the Asiatic Station, and 2 months later was promoted to Rear Admiral. While Commander in Chief of the Pacific station, he was unable to save his flagship Trenton for a violent typhoon which struck Samoa 15 to 17 March 1889. Guiding his men with the inspiring words, “If we go down, let us do so with our flag flying,” Kimberly skillfully beached his flagship, losing only one man in the raging storm that wrecked Trenton. Following his return to the United States in January 1890, Rear Admiral Kimberly was appointed President, Board of Inspection and Survey; and he held that post until retirement in April 1892. Rear Admiral Kimberly died in West Newton, Mass., 28 January 1902.
Stricken 1/25/1937. Sold 4/20/1939.