USS Nahma (SP-771)

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Name: USS Nahma
Builder: Clydebank Engine and Shipbuilding Company, Glasgow, Scotland
Launched: 1897
Commissioned: 27 August 1917
Decommissioned: 19 July 1919
Fate: Returned to owner
General characteristics
Displacement: 2,900 long tons (2,947 t)
Length: 319 ft (97 m)
Beam: 36 ft 6 in (11.13 m)
Draft: 18 ft 6 in (5.64 m)
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 162
Armament: • 2 × 5 in (130 mm) guns
• 2 × 3 in (76 mm) guns
• 2 × machine guns

USS Nahma (SP-771), an armed yacht, was built by the Clydebank Engine and SB Co., Glasgow, Scotland in 1897; acquired by the United States Navy on free lease from Mr. Robert W. Goelet on 21 June 1917 and commissioned on 27 August 1917, Lt. Comdr. E. Friedrick in command.

Service history

Soon after fitting out and shakedown, Nahma reported to Gibraltar to join a group of American vessels based there and serving as convoy escorts. With these ships, she escorted vessels in the Mediterranean, as well as between the UK and Gibraltar until the end of World War I. Following the Armistice she remained in the Mediterranean for relief and quasi-diplomatic work. Operating in the Aegean and Black Seas she carried relief supplies to refugee areas; evacuated American nationals, non-combatants, the sick, and the wounded from civil war torn areas of Russia and Turkey; and provided communications services between ports. She was decommissioned at Greenock, Scotland, on 19 July 1919, and was returned to her owner.


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