USS Hoel (DD-768)

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United States
NameUSS Hoel
NamesakeWilliam R. Hoel
BuilderBethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, San Francisco, California
Laid down21 April 1944
Stricken13 September 1946
  • Construction contract cancelled 13 September 1946
  • Scrapped incomplete on building ways
General characteristics
Class and type Gearing-class destroyer
  • 2,425 long tons (2,464 t) (standard)
  • 3,460 long tons (3,520 t) (full)
Length390 ft 6 in (119.0 m) (overall)
Beam40 ft 10 in (12.45 m)
Draft14 ft 4 in (4.37 m)
Speed35 kn (65 km/h; 40 mph)
Range4,500 nmi (8,300 km; 5,200 mi) at 20 kn (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Complement336 officers and enlisted

USS Hoel (DD-768) was a planned United States Navy Gearing-class destroyer laid down during World War II but never completed. The ship was to be named after William R. Hoel (1824-1879), a United States Navy officer Navy Cross recipient.

Hoel was laid down by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation at San Francisco, California on 21 April 1944. The end of World War II in August 1945 resulted in the termination of the contract for her construction on 13 September 1946. She was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register that day and scrapped on the building ways.


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