USS Daraga (SP-43)
USS Daraga (SP-43) was a United States Navy
United States Navy
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A patrol boat is a relatively small naval vessel generally designed for coastal defense duties.There have been many designs for patrol boats. They may be operated by a nation's navy, coast guard, or police force, and may be intended for marine and/or estuarine or river environments...
in commission from 1917 to 1919.
Daraga, a motorboat
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, was purchased by the Navy in 1917, commissioned
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on 23 April 1917 with Ensign
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A. F. Spare, USNRF, commanding.
Daraga was assigned to the 2nd Naval District where she performed harbor entrance patrol duty at Newport
Newport, Rhode Island
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, Rhode Island
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, and served as mother ship to Patrol Squadron 1 until the end of World War I
World War I
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In 1919 Daraga was transferred to the 1st Naval District and decommissioned
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. She was sold on 7 July 1921.