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Hull Number: DD-95

Launch Date: 04/20/2018

Commissioned Date: 07/31/2018

Decommissioned Date: 06/21/2022



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 Officers
8 Chief Petty Officers
106 Enlisted


4 Boilers
2 Curtis Geared Turbines: 27,180 horsepower

Highest speed on trials: 34.7 knots

Namesake: HENRY H. BELL 


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (Published 1959)

Henry H. Bell was born in North Carolina in 1808 and appointed a Midshipman 4 August 1823. During the Civil War he served as Fleet-Captain of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron under Admiral Farragut. Promoted to Rear Admiral 25 July 1866, he was drowned when his barge capsized in Osaka Harbor, Japan, 11 January 1868.


Sold on 04/18/1939 to Union Shipbuilding Co., Baltimore, MD. Scrapped.

USS BELL DD-95 Ship History

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (Published 1959)

The first Bell (DD-95) was launched 20 April 1918 by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., Quincy, MA; sponsored by Mrs. Josephus Daniels, wife of the Secretary of the Navy; and commissioned 31 July 1918, Lieutenant Commander D. L. Howard in command.

From August to November 1918 Bell convoyed troopships across the North Atlantic and in December formed part of the escort for George Washington (No. 3018), carrying President Woodrow Wilson from New York to Brest, France. Bell continued serving with the Atlantic Fleet until placed in reserve in June 1920. She was decommissioned at Portsmouth Navy Yard 21 June 1922.

Bell remained out of commission until August 1936 when she was declared in excess of the limits imposed by the London Naval Treaty of 1930 and reduced to a hulk. She was subsequently sold.