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USS Downes was a Cassin-class destroyer laid down on June 27, 1912 and launched on November 8, 1913. It was commissioned on February 11, 1915 under Lt. Comdr. A. W. Johnson’s command with the hull number DD-45 and served in the US Navy for 7 years until it was decommissioned on June 6, 1922. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 101 people on board and had the main missions in New York, Philadelphia, Devonport, Queenstown, Brest, Norfolk, Cuba or Newport. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 5, 1934 and sold for scrapping the same year.