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USS Cowell (DD-167)
United States
NameUSS Cowell
NamesakeJohn G. Cowell
BuilderFore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts
Laid down15 July 1918
Launched23 November 1918
Commissioned17 March 1919
Decommissioned27 June 1922
Commissioned17 June 1940
Decommissioned23 September 1940
IdentificationHull number: DD-167
FateTransferred to United Kingdom, 23 September 1940
United Kingdom
NameHMS Brighton
Commissioned23 September 1940
IdentificationPennant number: I08
FateTransferred to USSR, 16 July 1944
Soviet Union
NameZharky (Жаркий / Torrid)
Acquired16 July 1944
FateReturned to United Kingdom for scrapping, 28 February 1949
General characteristics
Class and typeWickes-class destroyer
Displacement1,060 tons
Length314 ft 5 in (95.83 m)
Beam31 ft 9 in (9.68 m)
Draft9 ft 2 in (2.79 m)
Speed35 kn (65 km/h; 40 mph)
Complement101 officers and enlisted

The first USS Cowell (DD–167) was a Wickes-class destroyer in the United States Navy during World War I. She was transferred to the Royal Navy as HMS Brighton, and later to the Soviet Navy as Zharky.[note 1]

As USS Cowell[edit]

Named for John G. Cowell, she was launched on 23 November 1918 by Fore River Shipbuilding Company, Quincy, Massachusetts; sponsored by Miss E. P. Garney; and commissioned on 17 March 1919.

Cowell cleared Boston, Massachusetts, 3 May 1919, to take station at Trepassey Bay, Newfoundland, first stopping point for the Navy seaplanes which that month began the historic first aerial crossing of the Atlantic. After patrolling her station, she returned to Boston 22 May to prepare for European service, and on 30 June sailed from New York to join the American naval force in the Adriatic. Here she served as dispatch ship for the Allied Peace Commission, and as station ship at Croatian (then in Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes ports of Rijeka, Split, and Trogir, in turn until 23 October, when she cleared for home.

In reserve at Boston and Charleston from 1 December 1919, Cowell put to sea for a training period out of Newport, Rhode Island, with a reserve organization from April through October 1921, returning to Charleston. On 27 June 1922, she was decommissioned at Philadelphia Navy Yard, where she lay until recommissioned 17 June 1940 for patrol duty in the Atlantic. She cruised along the United States East Coast on this duty until 18 September 1940 when she arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, there to be decommissioned 23 September 1940 and transferred to the Royal Navy the same day in the land bases for destroyers exchange.

As HMS Brighton[edit]

Commissioned as HMS Brighton, the destroyer served with minelayers in the Denmark Strait and off the Faroe Islands. On 27 February 1941, she rescued from the sea 19 survivors of torpedoed SS Baltisan. Brighton was modified for trade convoy escort service by removal of three of the original 4"/50 caliber guns and one of the triple torpedo tube mounts to reduce topside weight for additional depth charge stowage and installation of Hedgehog.[1] After refit, she served during 1943 and 1944 as target ship for naval aircraft training in the Western Approaches and at Rosyth, Scotland.

As Zharky[edit]

Soviet destroyer Zharky

On 16 July 1944 she was transferred to Russia, in whose Navy she served as Zharky (rus. Жаркий, "Torrid")[note 2] until returned to the British at Rosyth 28 February 1949. She was sold for scrap on 5 April 1949.


  1. ^ Alternate spelling Zharkiy
  2. ^ Alternate spelling Zharkiy
  1. ^ Lenton&Colledge (1968) p.91


  • Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) [1969]. Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8.
  • Destroyers for Great Britain: A History of 50 Town Class Ships Transferred From the United States to Great Britain in 1940 (Rev. and expanded ed.). Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. 1988. ISBN 0-87021-782-8.
  • Lenton, H.T. and Colledge J.J. (1968). British and Dominion Warships of World War II. Doubleday and Company.

Public Domain This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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