HMS Lewes (G68)

Craven in Royal Navy Service as HMS Lewes, date unknown. Royal Navy photo, in the collection of the Imperial War Museums.

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USS Craven was a Caldwell-class destroyer, commissioned 19 October, 1918. She didn't get over to Europe in time to see action during World War I, and was placed into reserve in 1922. She was renamed Conway in 1939, to free her name for a new ship, but was recommissioned 9 August, 1940, and sent to Newfoundland. There, she was decommissioned and transferred to the Royal Navy on 23 October, as part of the Destroyers for Bases Agreement. Commissioned the same day as HMS Lewes (G68) she was badly damaged by air raids in April, 1941, and kept out of action for eight months. Joining the Home Fleet, Lewes was on convoy escort duty, engaging E-boats on 9 and 10 November, 1942, then heading for South Africa in early 1943. She transferred to the Indian Ocean as a sub tender and torpedo target ship, then to the Pacific Fleet as an aircraft training target. She operated in this role off Australia until the end of the War, and was declared surplus in October. Stripped of usable materials, Lewes was scuttled off Sydney on 25 May, 1946.