Brown (DD 546)

USS Brown (DD-546)

USS Brown (DD-546) was a of the United States Navy, named for George Brown, a seaman on the crew of USS Intrepid during the raid that destroyed the captured USS Philadelphia in Tripoli harbor during the First Barbary War.

Brown was launched 21 February 1943 by Bethlehem Steel Co. San Pedro, California, sponsored by Mrs. Claude O. Kell wife of Captain Kell, and commissioned 10 July 1943 Lieutenant Commander Thomas H. Copeman in command.

World War II

On 10 November 1943 Brown departed Pearl Harbor in company with Task Force 50 (TF 50) enroute to the forward area. During Brown's very active service in the Pacific she screened carriers during

Task Force 88 was caught in a typhoon (17–18 December) and strikes against Luzon were canceled in order to search for survivors of three missing destroyers. On 21 December Brown recovered 18 survivors of and six survivors of . Brown then proceeded to Ulithi and received orders to return to Seattle, Washington, for overhaul. Repairs completed on 1 March 1945, she was ready for sea. After a brief stop at Pearl Harbor, Brown headed westward to take part in the Okinawa operation (1 April30 June 1945), during which she was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for her service as a radar picket ship; 3d Fleet operations against Japan (30 June15 July); and the minesweeping operations southwest of Okinawa.

With the cessation of hostilities Brown served with the occupation forces in Japan until 28 October 1945. She then departed for San Diego, arriving 17 November 1945. Ordered to duty with the 19th Fleet, she went out of commission in reserve 1 August 1946 at San Diego.

1950 – 1962

Brown was recommissioned 27 October 1950. She conducted intensive shakedown operations off the west coast and then reported to Commander, Naval Forces, Far East, in March 1951. From March until September she operated with TFs 77 and 95 and participated in the siege of Wonsan Harbor on two occasions. Brown returned to California in October 1951. Her next Western Pacific tour was between July 1952 and January 1953 during which time she operated on the Formosan Patrol. She made four further Far Eastern tours and has operated along the west coast.

Brown was decommissioned 9 February 1962.

HNS Navarino (D-63)

The ship was transferred to Greece on 27 September 1962. She served in the Greek Navy as HNS Navarino (D-63).

In 1981, the ship was stricken and scrapped.


Brown received the Navy Unit Commendation, for services rendered during the Okinawa operation, in addition to 13 battle stars for her World War II service. She was awarded two battle stars for her Korean War service.


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