Benham-class destroyer

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USS Benham (DD-397)
USS Benham, the lead ship of the class
Class overview
Name: Benham-class destroyer
Builders: Federal Shipbuilding
Boston Navy Yard
Philadelphia Naval Shipyard
Norfolk Naval Shipyard
Charleston Navy Yard
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
Operators: US flag 48 stars.svg United States Navy
Preceded by: Somers class
Succeeded by: Sims class
Built: 1936–39
In commission: 1939–46
Completed: 10
Lost: 2
Retired: 8
General characteristics
Type: Destroyer
Displacement: 1,500 tons (standard)
2,350 tons (full load)
Length: 340 ft 9 in (103.86 m)
Beam: 35 ft 6 in (10.82 m)
Draught: 13 ft 3 in (4.04 m)
Propulsion: 3 Boilers
2 Westinghouse Turbines:
50,000 shp (37 KW)
Speed: 37.7 knots (69.8 km/h; 43.4 mph)
Complement: 16 officers
235 enlisted
Armament:

4 × single 5 inch/38 caliber guns
2 × twin 40 mm Bofors guns
16 × 21 in torpedo tubes

4 × .50 Machine guns

Ten Benham-class destroyers were commissioned into United States Navy during 1938 and 1939. Much of their design is based upon the previous Gridley- and Bagley-class destroyers. Two of the class were lost during World War II, three would be scrapped in 1947, while the remaining five ships would be scuttled after being contaminated from the atomic bomb tests in the Pacific.

Ships in class[edit]

Ship Name Hull No. Builder Laid down Commission Decommission Fate
Benham DD-397 Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey 1 September 1936 2 February 1939 Torpedoed by Japanese at Naval Battle of Guadalcanal 15 November 1942, scuttled by Gwin[1]
Ellet DD-398 Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey 3 December 1936 17 February 1939 29 October 1945 Sold for scrap, 1 August 1947
Lang DD-399 Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey 5 April 1937 30 March 1939 16 October 1945 Sold for scrap, 31 October 1947
Mayrant DD-402 Boston Navy Yard 15 April 1937 13 September 1939 28 August 1946 Damaged during Operation Crossroads atomic tests at Bikini Atoll, July 1946. Sunk as target, 4 April 1948
Trippe DD-403 Boston Navy Yard 15 April 1937 1 November 1939 28 August 1946 Damaged during Operation Crossroads atomic tests at Bikini Atoll, July 1946. Sunk as target, Sunk as target, 3 February 1948
Rhind DD-404 Philadelphia Naval Shipyard 22 September 1937 10 November 1939 26 August 1946 Damaged during Operation Crossroads atomic tests at Bikini Atoll, July 1946. Sunk as target, Sunk as target, 22 March 1948
Rowan DD-405 Norfolk Navy Yard 25 June 1937 23 September 1939 Torpedoed by German E-boats while on convoy duty between Salerno and Oran September 11, 1943
Stack DD-406 Norfolk Navy Yard 25 June 1937 20 November 1939 29 August 1946 Damaged during Operation Crossroads atomic tests at Bikini Atoll, July 1946. Sunk as target, Sunk as target, 24 April 1948
Sterett DD-407 Charleston Navy Yard 2 December 1936 15 August 1939 2 November 1945 Sold for scrap 10 August 1947
Wilson DD-408 Puget Sound Navy Yard 22 March 1937 5 July 1939 29 August 1946 Damaged during Operation Crossroads atomic tests at Bikini Atoll, July 1946. Sunk as target, Sunk as target, 8 March 1948

See also[edit]

Media related to Benham class destroyers at Wikimedia Commons

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lenton, H. T. American Fleet and Escort Destroyers (New York: Doubleday, 1973), Volume 1, p.62.

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