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Rizal DD-174

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(Destroyer No. 174: dp. 1,060; 1. 314'5"; b. 31'8"; dr. 9'10";
s. 35 k.; cpl. 101; a. 4 4", 2 3", 12 21" tt.; cl. Hickes)

Rizal, a steel, flush-deek destroyer, donated to the United States by resolution of the Philippine legislature, was laid down 26 June 1918 by Union Iron Works, San Francisco Calif.; launched 21 September 1918, sponsored by Mrs. Sofia R. de Veyra; and commissioned 28 May 1919, Comdr. Edmund S. Root in command.

Joining the Pacific Fleet upon commissioning, Rizal cruised along the U.S. west coast into 1920 on exercises and training duty. Subsequently modified for service as a light minelayer she was classified DM-14 on 17 July 1920. Rizal departed San Diego 25 March 1920 for the Far East. Calling at Honolulu, Midway, and Guam, Rizal arrived Cavite, Philippine Islands, on 1 May 1920 to assume the duties of flagship of the Mine Detachment Division of the Asiatie Fleet. With Filipinos constituting the majority of her crew, Rizal remained on the Asiatie Station for 10 years. She spent long months anchored in Chinese ports during the spring, summer, and autumn months. Her most frequent ports of eall were Shanghai, Chefoo, Chinwangtao, and Hong Kong. Rizal cruised eastward to Apra Harbor, Guam, during November 19"8, and visited Yokohama, Japan, from 11 to 20 April 1929.

Rizal spent each winter generally from November through March, anchored in Maniia Bay. She was docked annually at Olongapo and upon resuming active service each spring operated in Philippine waters. Ordered home late in 1930 Rizal departed Manila on 11 December 1930 for Guam, Honohllu, and San Diego. She decommissioned on 20 August 1931 at San Diego and was towed northward to Mare Island on 31 August 1931 by the minesweeper Tern (AM-31) to be placed in reserve. Struck from the Navy list on 11 November 19;31, Rizal was dismantled and her materials were sold 25 February 1932 for scrapping in aceordanee with the provisions of the London Treaty for the reduction and limitation of naval armament.