Fletcher-class destroyer

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USS Fletcher (DD-445) off New York, 1942.jpg
USS Fletcher in her original layout, 1942.
Class overview
Name: Fletcher-class destroyer
Operators:  United States Navy
Argentina Argentine Navy
Brazil Brazilian Navy
Chile Chilean Navy
Colombia Colombian Navy
Greece Hellenic Navy
Italy Italian Navy
Japan JMSDF
Mexico Mexican Navy
Peru Peruvian Navy
South Korea ROKN
Spain Spanish Navy
Taiwan ROCN
Turkey Turkish Navy
West Germany West German Navy
Preceded by: Gleaves class
Succeeded by: Allen M. Sumner class
Built: 3 March 1941 to 22 February 1945
In commission: 4 June 1942 to 1971 (USN), 2001 (Mexico)
Completed: 175
Lost: 19 and 6 not repaired
Preserved: 4
USS Cassin Young
USS The Sullivans
USS Kidd
HNS Velos
General characteristics
Type: Destroyer
Displacement: 2,050 tons (standard)
2,500 tons (full load)
Length: 376.5 ft (114.8 m)
Beam: 39.5 ft (12.0 m)
Draft: 17.5 ft (5.3 m)
Propulsion: 60,000 shp (45 MW); 4 oil-fired boilers; 2 geared steam turbines; 2 screws
Speed: 36.5 knots (67.6 km/h; 42.0 mph)
Range: 5,500 miles at 15 knots
(8,850 km at 28 km/h) [1]
Complement: 329 officers and men
Armament: 5 × single 5 inch (127 mm)/38 caliber guns
6–10 × 40 mm Bofors AA guns (early ships carried 4 × 1.1 inch (28 mm) automatic cannon (1 × 4))
7–10 × 20 mm Oerlikon cannons,
10 × 21 inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes (2 × 5; Mark 15 torpedoes)
6 × K-gun depth charge projectors
2 × depth charge racks

The Fletcher class was a class of destroyers built by the United States during World War II. The class was designed in 1939, as a result of dissatisfaction with the earlier destroyer leader types of the Porter and Somers classes. Some went on to serve during the Korean War and into the Vietnam War.[2]

The United States Navy commissioned 175 Fletcher-class destroyers between 1942 and 1944, more than any other destroyer class, and the Fletcher design was generally regarded as highly successful. Fletchers had a design speed of 38 knots, and an armament of five 5" guns in single mounts with 10 21" torpedoes in two quintuple centerline mounts.[3] The Allen M. Sumner and Gearing classes were Fletcher derivatives.

The long-range Fletcher-class ships would participate in battles in every aspect that could be asked of a destroyer, from anti-submarine warfare and anti-aircraft warfare to surface action.[4] They could cover the vast distances required by fleet actions in the Pacific. In fact, they served almost exclusively in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II, during which they accounted for 29 Imperial Japanese Navy submarines sunk.[5][not in citation given] In a massive effort, the Fletcher-class ships were built by shipyards across the United States and, after World War II ended, 11 were sold to countries they had been built to fight against: Italy, Germany, and Japan, as well as other navies, where they would go on to have even longer, distinguished careers.

Three have been preserved as museum ships in the U.S., and one in Greece.

Description[edit]

The Fletcher class (named for Admiral Frank F. Fletcher) was the largest class of destroyer ordered, and was also one of the most successful and popular with the destroyer men themselves.[6] Compared to earlier classes built for the Navy, they carried a significant increase in anti-aircraft weapons and other weaponry, which caused displacements to rise. Their flush deck construction added structural strength, although it did make them rather cramped, as less space was available below decks compared with a raised forecastle.

Design[edit]

The Fletcher-class destroyer was the first generation of destroyers to be designed after the series of Naval Treaties that had limited ship designs heretofore. The growth in the design was in part to answer a question that always dogged U.S. Navy designs, that being the long range required by operations in the Pacific Ocean. They were also to carry no less than five 5 in (127 mm) guns and ten deck-mounted torpedo tubes on the centerline, allowing them to meet any foreign design on equal terms. Compared to earlier designs, the Fletchers were large, allowing them to eventually absorb the addition of two 40 mm Bofors quadruple mount AA guns as well as six 20 mm Oerlikon dual AA gun positions. This addition to the AA suite required the deletion of the forward quintuple torpedo mount, a change done under the 4 April 1945 anti-kamikaze program.[7]

Fletcher-class destroyer technical drawing 1954.jpg

They also were much less top-heavy than the previous classes, allowing them to take on additional equipment and weapons without major redesign. They were fortunate in catching American production at the right moment, becoming "the" destroyer design, and only Fletcher-class derivatives, the Sumner and Gearing classes, would follow it.[8] The first design inputs were in the fall of 1939 from questionnaires distributed around design bureaus and the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. The design parameters were the armaments desired of the next destroyer. As such, the questions were of how many guns, torpedoes, and depth charges were seen as desirable. Also asked was at what point would the design grow large enough to become a torpedo target instead of a torpedo delivery system.[9] The answer that came back was that five 5 in (127 mm) dual purpose guns, twelve torpedoes, and twenty-eight depth charges would be ideal, while a return to the 1500-ton designs of the past was seen as undesirable. Speed requirements varied from 35 to 38 kn (40 to 44 mph; 65 to 70 km/h), and shortcomings in the earlier Sims class, which were top heavy and needed lead ballast to correct it, caused the Fletcher design to be widened by 18 in (46 cm) of beam.[10] As with other previous U.S. flush deck destroyer designs, seagoing performance suffered. This was mitigated by deployment to the Pacific Ocean, which is relatively calm.[11]

To achieve 38 kn (44 mph; 70 km/h) with a 500-ton increase in displacement, shaft horsepower was increased from 50,000 to 60,000 compared to the previous Benson and Gleaves classes. The Fletchers featured air-encased boilers producing steam at 600 psi and 850°F, with emergency diesel generators providing 80 kW of electric power. Typically, Babcock & Wilcox boilers and General Electric geared steam turbines were equipped, although other designs and manufacturers were probably used to maximize the rate of production.

Armament[edit]

The main gun armament was five dual-purpose 5 inch/38 caliber (127 mm) guns in single mounts, guided by a Mark 37 Gun Fire Control System, including a Mk 25 fire control radar linked by a Mark 1A Fire Control Computer and stabilized by a Mk 6 8,500 rpm gyro. Ten 21 inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes were fitted in two quintuple centerline mounts, firing the Mark 15 torpedo. Initial designed anti-aircraft armament was a quadruple 1.1"/75 caliber gun mount and six .50 caliber machine guns; however, as the attack on Pearl Harbor had shown the need for increased light AA weapons, later ships were typically fitted with two twin 40 mm Bofors mounts plus seven single 20 mm Oerlikon weapons. Anti-submarine armament was initially two depth charge racks at the stern, augmented by up to six K-gun depth charge throwers as the war progressed.

Throughout the course of World War II, the number of anti-aircraft weapons increased, typically resulting in five twin 40 mm Bofors mounts plus seven single 20 mm Oerlikon weapons by 1945. Due to the increasing threat from kamikaze attacks, fifty-one ships received further AA modifications beginning in 1945, replacing the forward torpedo tubes and midships 40 mm twin Bofors with two quad 40 mm mounts for a total of 14 barrels, and the seven 20 mm singles with six 20 mm twins. Three (Pringle, Stevens, and Halford) were built (six planned) with aircraft catapults, resulting in the deletion of one 5-inch mount and the after set of torpedo tubes. This alteration was not a success in service and was not repeated. These three destroyers were later converted to the normal Fletcher-class configuration.

Nineteen were lost during World War II; six more were damaged and not repaired. Postwar, the remainder were decommissioned and put into reserve.

With the outbreak of the Korean War many were returned to active duty. During this time 39 were refitted, reducing their overall main armament and the number of torpedo tubes to accommodate other weapons. A new ahead-throwing weapon called Weapon Alpha was installed in many of the ships. Others carried trainable Hedgehogs. Eighteen ships were redesignated as escort destroyers (DDE), optimized for anti-submarine warfare.

Other navies[edit]

Many of the ships were sold to other navies during the mid-1950s, including:

Argentina: 5
Brazil: 7
Chile: 2
Colombia: 1
Greece: 6
Italy: 3
Japan: 2
Mexico: 2
Peru: 2
South Korea: 3
Spain: 5
Taiwan: 4
Turkey: 4
West Germany: 6

Any remaining were broken up in the 1970s. The last Fletcher in service, BAM Cuitlahuac (ex-John Rodgers), left the Mexican navy in 2001, meaning the total service life of the Fletchers stretched over almost six decades and into the 21st century.[12]

Four ships have been preserved as museum ships, although only Kidd was never modernized and retains her WWII configuration:


Ships in class[edit]

Ship Name Hull No. Builder Laid down Commission Decommission Fate
Fletcher DD-445 Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey 2 June 1941 30 June 1942
23 November 1945
15 January 1947
1 August 1969
Sold for scrap, 22 February 1972
Radford DD-446 Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey 2 October 1941 22 July 1942
17 October 1949
17 January 1946
10 November 1969
Sold for scrap October 1970
Jenkins DD-447 Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey 27 November 1941 31 July 1942
22 November 1951
1 May 1946
2 July 1969
Sold for scrap, 17 February 1971
La Vallette DD-448 Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey 27 November 1941 12 August 1942 16 April 1946 Sold to Peru as parts donor, 26 July 1974 scrapped
Nicholas DD-449 Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine 3 March 1941 4 June 1942
19 February 1951
12 June 1946
30 January 1970
Sold for scrap, October 1970
O'Bannon DD-450 Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine 3 March 1941 26 June 1942
19 February 1951
21 May 1946
30 January 1970
Sold for scrap, 6 June 1970
Chevalier DD-451 Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine 30 April 1941 20 July 1942 Sunk, Naval Battle of Vella Lavella, 6 October 1943
Saufley DD-465 Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey 27 January 1942 29 August 1942
15 December 1949
12 June 1946
29 January 1965
Sunk as target, 20 February 1968
Waller DD-466 Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey 12 February 1942 1 October 1942
5 July 1950
10 June 1946
15 July 1969
Sunk as target, 17 June 1970
Strong DD-467 Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine 30 April 1941 7 August 1942 Sunk, 5 July 1943
Taylor DD-468 Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine 28 August 1941 28 August 1942
3 December 1951
31 May 1946
3 June 1969
Transferred to Italy, 2 July 1969
De Haven DD-469 Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine 27 September 1941 21 September 1942 Sunk, 1 February 1943
Bache DD-470 Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Staten Island, New York 19 November 1941 14 November 1942
1 October 1951
4 February 1946 Wrecked, 6 February 1968
Beale DD-471 Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Staten Island, New York 19 December 1941 23 December 1942
1 November 1951
11 April 1946
30 September 1968
Sunk as target, 24 June 1969
Guest DD-472 Boston Navy Yard 27 September 1941 15 December 1942 4 June 1946 Transferred to Brazil, 5 June 1959
Bennett DD-473 Boston Navy Yard 10 December 1941 9 February 1943 18 April 1946 Transferred to Brazil, 15 December 1959
Fullam DD-474 Boston Navy Yard 10 December 1941 2 March 1943 15 January 1947 Sunk as target, 7 July 1962
Hudson DD-475 Boston Navy Yard 20 February 1942 13 April 1943 31 May 1946 Sold for scrap, 27 November 1973
Hutchins DD-476 Boston Navy Yard 27 September 1941 17 November 1942 30 November 1945 Sold for scrap, January 1948
Pringle DD-477 Charleston Navy Yard 31 July 1941 15 September 1942 Sunk, 16 April 1945
Stanly DD-478 Charleston Navy Yard 15 September 1941 15 October 1942 October 1946 Sold for scrap, 16 December 1971
Stevens DD-479 Charleston Navy Yard 30 December 1941 1 February 1943 2 July 1946 Sold for scrap, 27 November 1973
Halford DD-480 Puget Sound Naval Shipyard 3 June 1941 10 April 1943 15 May 1946 Sold for scrap, 2 April 1970
Leutze DD-481 Puget Sound Naval Shipyard 3 June 1941 4 March 1944 6 December 1945 Sold for scrap, 17 June 1947
Watson DD-482 Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey Contract cancelled 7 January 1946
Philip DD-498 Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey 7 May 1942 21 November 1942
30 June 1950
1 February 1946
30 September 1968
Sank in a storm, 2 February 1972
Renshaw DD-499 Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey 7 May 1942 5 December 1942
February 1947
June 1950
14 February 1970
Sold for scrap, October 1970
Ringgold DD-500 Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey 25 June 1942 30 December 1942 23 March 1946 Transferred to West German Navy, 14 July 1959
Schroeder DD-501 Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey 25 June 1942 1 January 1943 29 April 1946 Sold for scrap, 1 January 1974
Sigsbee DD-502 Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey 22 July 1942 23 January 1943 31 March 1947 Sold for scrap, 31 July 1975
Conway DD-507 Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine 5 November 1941 9 October 1942
8 November 1950
25 June 1946
15 November 1969
Sunk as a target 26 June 1970
Cony DD-508 Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine 24 December 1941 30 October 1942
17 November 1949
18 June 1946
2 July 1969
Sunk as a target, 20 March 1970
Converse DD-509 Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine 23 February 1942 20 November 1942 23 April 1946 Transferred to Spain, 1 July 1959
Eaton DD-510 Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine 17 March 1942 4 December 1942
11 December 1951
21 June 1946
30 May 1969
Sunk as target, 27 March 1970
Foote DD-511 Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine 14 April 1942 22 December 1942 18 April 1946 Sold for scrap, 2 January 1974
Spence DD-512 Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine 18 May 1942 8 January 1943 Foundered, 18 December 1944
Terry DD-513 Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine 8 June 1942 26 January 1943 11 July 1947 Transferred to Peru 26 July 1974 for spare parts
Thatcher DD-514 Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine 20 June 1942 10 February 1943 23 November 1945 Sold for scrap, 23 January 1948
Anthony DD-515 Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine 17 August 1942 26 February 1943 17 April 1946 Transferred to West Germany, 17 January 1958
Wadsworth DD-516 Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine 18 August 1942 16 March 1943 18 April 1946 Transferred to West Germany, 6 October 1959
Walker DD-517 Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine 31 August 1942 3 April 1943
15 September 1950
31 May 1946
2 July 1969
Sold to Italy, 2 July 1969
Brownson DD-518 Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Staten Island, New York 15 February 1942 3 February 1943 Sunk, 26 December 1943
Daly DD-519 Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Staten Island, New York 29 April 1942 10 March 1943
6 July 1951
18 April 1946
2 May 1960
Sold for scrap, 22 April 1976
Isherwood DD-520 Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Staten Island, New York 12 May 1942 12 April 1943
5 April 1951
1 February 1946
11 September 1961
Loaned to Peru, 8 October 1961
Kimberly DD-521 Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Staten Island, New York 27 July 1942 22 May 1943
8 February 1951
5 February 1947
15 January 1954
Loaned to Taiwan, 1 June 1967
Luce DD-522 Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Staten Island, New York 24 August 1942 21 June 1943 Sunk, 4 May 1945
Abner Read DD-526 Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, San Francisco, California 30 October 1941 5 February 1943 Sunk, 1 November 1944
Ammen DD-527 Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, San Francisco, California 29 November 1941 20 March 1943
5 April 1951
15 April 1946
15 September 1960
Sold for scrap, 20 April 1961
Mullany DD-528 Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, San Francisco, California 15 January 1942 23 April 1943
8 March 1951
14 February 1946
6 October 1971
Transferred to Taiwan, 6 October 1971
Bush DD-529 Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, San Francisco, California 12 February 1942 10 May 1943 Sunk, 6 April 1945
Trathen DD-530 Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, San Francisco, California 17 March 1942 28 May 1943
1 August 1951
18 January 1946
11 May 1965
Used as target hulk November 1973, scrapped
Hazelwood DD-531 Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, San Francisco, California 11 April 1942 18 June 1943
12 September 1951
18 January 1946
19 March 1965
Sold for scrap 14 April 1976
Heermann DD-532 Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, San Francisco, California 8 May 1942 6 July 1943
12 September 1951
12 June 1946
20 December 1957
Transferred to Argentina, 14 August 1961.
Hoel DD-533 Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, San Francisco, California 4 June 1942 19 July 1943 Sunk, Battle off Samar, 25 October 1944
McCord DD-534 Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, San Francisco, California 17 March 1942 19 August 1943
1 August 1951
15 January 1947
9 June 1954
Sold for scrap 2 January 1974
Miller DD-535 Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, San Francisco, California 18 August 1942 31 August 1943
19 May 1951
19 December 1945
30 June 1964
Sold for scrap, 31 July 1975
Owen DD-536 Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, San Francisco, California 17 September 1942 20 September 1943
17 August 1951
10 December 1946
27 May 1958
Sold for scrap, 27 November 1973
The Sullivans DD-537 Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, San Francisco, California 10 October 1942 30 September 1943
6 July 1951
10 January 1946
7 January 1965
Donated to Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, Buffalo, New York
Stephen Potter DD-538 Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, San Francisco, California 27 October 1942 21 October 1943
29 March 1951
21 September 1945
21 April 1958
Sold for scrap, 27 November 1973
Tingey DD-539 Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, San Francisco, California 22 October 1942 25 November 1943
27 January 1951
March 1946
30 November 1963
Sunk as target, May 1966
Twining DD-540 Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, San Francisco, California 20 November 1942 1 December 1943
10 June 1950
14 June 1946
1 July 1971
Sold to Taiwan, 16 August 1971
Yarnall DD-541 Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, San Francisco, California 5 December 1942 30 December 1943
28 February 1951
15 January 1947
30 September 1958
Loaned to Taiwan, 10 June 1968
Boyd DD-544 Bethlehem Steel Company, San Pedro, California, Terminal Island 2 April 1942 8 May 1943
24 November 1950
15 January 1947
1 October 1969
Transferred to Turkey, 1 October 1969
Bradford DD-545 Bethlehem Steel Company, San Pedro, California, Terminal Island 28 April 1942 12 June 1943
27 October 1950
11 July 1946
28 September 1961
Transferred to Hellenic Navy, 27 September 1962
Brown DD-546 Bethlehem Steel Company, San Pedro, California, Terminal Island 27 June 1942 10 July 1943
27 October 1950
1 August 1946
9 February 1962
Transferred to Hellenic Navy, 27 September 1962
Cowell DD-547 Bethlehem Steel Company, San Pedro, California, Terminal Island 7 September 1942 23 August 1943
21 September 1951
22 July 1946
17 August 1971
Transferred to Argentina, 17 August 1971
Capps DD-550 Gulf Shipbuilding Corporation, Chickasaw, Alabama 12 June 1941 23 June 1943 15 January 1947 Transferred to Spain, 15 May 1957
David W. Taylor DD-551 Gulf Shipbuilding Corporation, Chickasaw, Alabama 12 June 1941 18 September 1943 17 August 1946 Leased to Spain, 15 May 1951
Evans DD-552 Gulf Shipbuilding Corporation, Chickasaw, Alabama 21 July 1941 11 December 1943 7 November 1945 Sold for scrap, 11 February 1947
John D. Henley DD-553 Gulf Shipbuilding Corporation, Chickasaw, Alabama 21 July 1941 2 February 1944 30 April 1946 Sold for scrap, May 1970
Franks DD-554 Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation, Seattle, Washington 8 March 1942 30 July 1943 31 May 1946 Sold for scrap, 1 August 1973
Haggard DD-555 Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation, Seattle, Washington 27 March 1942 31 August 1943 1 November 1945 Sold for scrap, 1946
Hailey DD-556 Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation, Seattle, Washington 11 April 1942 30 September 1943
27 April 1951
27 January 1946
3 November 1960
Loaned to Brazil, 20 July 1961
Johnston DD-557 Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation, Seattle, Washington 6 May 1942 27 October 1943 Sunk, Battle off Samar 25 October 1944
Laws DD-558 Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation, Seattle, Washington 19 May 1942 18 November 1943
2 November 1951
10 December 1946
30 March 1964
Sold for scrap, 3 December 1973
Longshaw DD-559 Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation, Seattle, Washington 16 June 1942 4 December 1943 Ran aground, 18 May 1945
Morrison DD-560 Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation, Seattle, Washington 30 June 1942 18 December 1943 Sunk, 4 May 1945
Prichett DD-561 Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation, Seattle, Washington 20 July 1942 15 January 1944
17 August 1951
14 March 1946
10 January 1970
Transferred to Italy, 17 January 1970
Robinson DD-562 Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation, Seattle, Washington 12 August 1942 31 January 1944
3 August 1951
12 June 1946
1 April 1964
Sunk as target, 13 April 1982
Ross DD-563 Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation, Seattle, Washington 7 September 1942 21 February 1944
27 October 1951
4 June 1946
6 November 1959
Sunk as a target, 26 January 1978
Rowe DD-564 Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation, Seattle, Washington 7 December 1942 13 March 1944
5 October 1951
31 January 1947
6 November 1959
Sunk as a target, 23 February 1978
Smalley DD-565 Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation, Seattle, Washington 14 February 1943 31 March 1944
3 July 1951
July 18 1946
30 September 1957
Sold for scrap, 4 January 1966
Stoddard DD-566 Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation, Seattle, Washington 10 March 1943 15 April 1944
9 March 1951
8 July 1946
26 September 1969
Sunk in an exercise, 22 July 1997
Watts DD-567 Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation, Seattle, Washington 26 March 1943 29 April 1944
6 July 1951
12 April 1946
26 September 1969
Sold for scrap, 5 September 1974
Wren DD-568 Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation, Seattle, Washington 24 April 1943 20 May 1944
7 September 1951
13 July 1946
30 December 1963
Sold for scrap, 22 October 1975
Aulick DD-569 Consolidated Steel Corporation, Orange, Texas 14 May 1941 27 October 1942 18 April 1946 Transferred to Hellenic Navy, 21 August 1959
Charles Ausburne DD-570 Consolidated Steel Corporation, Orange, Texas 14 May 1941 24 November 1942 18 April 1946 Transferred to West Germany, 12 April 1960
Claxton DD-571 Consolidated Steel Corporation, Orange, Texas 25 June 1941 8 December 1942 18 April 1946 Transferred to West Germany, 16 December 1959
Dyson DD-572 Consolidated Steel Corporation, Orange, Texas 25 June 1941 30 December 1942 31 March 1947 Transferred to West Germany, 17 February 1960
Harrison DD-573 Consolidated Steel Corporation, Orange, Texas 25 June 1941 25 January 1943 1 April 1946 Sold to Mexico, 19 Aug 1970
John Rodgers DD-574 Consolidated Steel Corporation, Orange, Texas 25 July 1941 9 February 1943 25 May 1946 Transferred to Mexico, 19 Aug 1970
McKee DD-575 Consolidated Steel Corporation, Orange, Texas 2 March 1942 31 March 1943 25 February 1946 Sold for scrap, 2 January 1974
Murray DD-576 Consolidated Steel Corporation, Orange, Texas 16 March 1942 20 April 1943
16 October 1951
27 March 1946
1 June 1965
Sold for scrap, 16 August 1966
Sproston DD-577 Consolidated Steel Corporation, Orange, Texas 1 April 1942 19 May 1943
15 September 1950
18 January 1946
30 September 1968
Sold for scrap, 15 September 1971
Wickes DD-578 Consolidated Steel Corporation, Orange, Texas 15 April 1942 16 June 1943 20 December 1945 Sunk as target 8 April 1974
William D. Porter DD-579 Consolidated Steel Corporation, Orange, Texas 7 May 1942 6 July 1943 Sunk, 10 June 1945
Young DD-580 Consolidated Steel Corporation, Orange, Texas 7 May 1942 31 July 1943 January 1947 Sunk as a target, 6 March 1970
Charrette DD-581 Boston Navy Yard 20 February 1942 18 May 1943 15 January 1947 Transferred to Hellenic Navy, 16 June 1959
Conner DD-582 Boston Navy Yard 6 April 1942 8 June 1943 5 July 1946 Transferred to Hellenic Navy, 15 September 1959
Hall DD-583 Boston Navy Yard 16 April 1942 6 July 1943 10 December 1946 Transferred to Hellenic Navy, 9 February 1960
Halligan DD-584 Boston Navy Yard 9 November 1942 19 August 1943 Lost to mine, 26 March 1945
Haraden DD-585 Boston Navy Yard 9 November 1942 16 September 1943 2 July 1946 Sunk as a target, November 1973
Newcomb DD-586 Boston Navy Yard 19 March 1943 10 November 1943 20 November 1945 Scrapped, October 1947
Bell DD-587 Charleston Navy Yard 30 December 1941 4 March 1943 14 June 1946 Sunk as target, 11 May 1975
Burns DD-588 Charleston Navy Yard 9 May 1942 3 April 1943 25 June 1946 Sunk as a target, 20 June 1974
Izard DD-589 Charleston Navy Yard 9 May 1942 15 May 1943 31 May 1946 Sold for scrap, 2 April 1970
Paul Hamilton DD-590 Charleston Navy Yard 20 January 1943 25 October 1943 24 September 1945 Sold for scrap, 2 April 1970
Twiggs DD-591 Charleston Navy Yard 20 January 1943 4 November 1943 Sunk, 16 June 1945
Howorth DD-592 Puget Sound Naval Shipyard 26 November 1941 3 April 1944 30 April 1946 Sunk as target, March 1962
Killen DD-593 Puget Sound Naval Shipyard 26 November 1941 4 May 1944 9 July 1946 Sunk as a target, 15 April 1975
Hart DD-594 Puget Sound Naval Shipyard 10 August 1943 4 November 1944 31 May 1946 Sold for scrap, 3 December 1973
Metcalf DD-595 Puget Sound Naval Shipyard 10 August 1943 18 November 1944 March 1946 Sold for scrap, 6 June 1972
Shields DD-596 Puget Sound Naval Shipyard 10 August 1943 8 February 1945
15 July 1950
14 June 1946
1 July 1972
Transferred to Brazil, 1 July 1972
Wiley DD-597 Puget Sound Naval Shipyard 10 August 1943 22 February 1945 15 May 1946 Sold for scrap, 2 April 1970
Abbot DD-629 Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine 21 September 1942 23 April 1943
26 February 1951
21 May 1946
26 March 1965
Sold for scrap, 31 July 1975
Braine DD-630 Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine 12 October 1942 11 May 1943
6 April 1951
26 July 1946
17 August 1971
Transferred to Argentina, 17 August 1971
Erben DD-631 Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine 28 October 1942 28 May 1943
19 May 1951
31 May 1946
27 June 1958
Transferred to South Korea, 16 May 1963
Hale DD-642 Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine 23 November 1942 15 June 1943
24 March 1951
15 January 1947
30 July 1960
Transferred to Colombia, 23 January 1961
Sigourney DD-643 Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine 7 December 1942 29 June 1943
7 September 1951
20 March 1946
1 May 1960
Sold for scrap, 31 July 1975
Stembel DD-644 Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine 21 December 1942 16 July 1943
9 November 1951
31 May 1946
27 May 1958
Loaned to Argentina, 7 August 1961
Albert W. Grant DD-649 Charleston Navy Yard 30 December 1942 24 November 1943 16 July 1946 Sold for scrap, May 30 1972
Caperton DD-650 Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine 11 January 1943 30 July 1943
6 April 1951
6 July 1946
27 April 1960
Sunk as a target in the 1980s
Cogswell DD-651 Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine 1 February 1943 17 August 1943
7 January 1951
30 April 1946
1 October 1969
Transferred to Turkey, 1 October 1969
Ingersoll DD-562 Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine 18 February 1943 31 August 1943
4 May 1951
19 July 1946
20 January 1970
Sunk as a target, 19 May 1974
Knapp DD-653 Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine 8 March 1943 16 September 1943
3 May 1951
5 July 1946
4 March 1957
Sold for scrap, 27 August 1973
Bearss DD-654 Gulf Shipbuilding Corporation, Chickasaw, Alabama 14 July 1942 12 April 1944
7 September 1951
31 January 1947
30 December 1963
Sold for scrap, 14 April 1976
John Hood DD-655 Gulf Shipbuilding Corporation, Chickasaw, Alabama 12 October 1942 7 June 1944
3 August 1951
3 July 1946
30 June 1964
Sold for scrap, 12 April 1976
Van Valkenburgh DD-656 Gulf Shipbuilding Corporation, Chickasaw, Alabama 15 November 1942 2 August 1944
8 March 1951
12 April 1946
26 February 1954
Transferred to Turkey, 28 February 1967
Charles J. Badger DD-657 Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Staten Island, New York 24 September 1942 23 July 1943
10 September 1951
21 May 1946
20 December 1957
Sold to Chile for parts, 10 May 1974
Colahan DD-658 Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey 24 October 1942 23 August 1943
16 December 1950
14 June 1946
1 August 1966
Sunk as a target, 18 December 1966
Dashiell DD-659 Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey 1 October 1942 20 March 1943
3 May 1951
30 March 1946
29 April 1960
Sold for scrap, 21 September 1975
Bullard DD-660 Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey 16 October 1942 9 April 1943 20 December 1946 Sold for scrap, 3 December 1973
Kidd DD-661 Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey 16 October 1942 23 April 1943
28 March 1951
10 December 1946
19 June 1964
Museum ship
Bennion DD-662 Boston Navy Yard 19 March 1943 14 December 1943 20 June 1946 Sold for scrap, 30 May 1973
Heywood L. Edwards DD-663 Boston Navy Yard 4 July 1943 26 January 1944 1 July 1946 Transferred to Japan, 10 March 1959
Richard P. Leary DD-664 Boston Navy Yard 4 July 1943 23 February 1944 10 December 1946 Transferred to Japan, 10 March 1959
Bryant DD-665 Charleston Navy Yard 30 December 1942 4 December 1943 15 January 1947 Sunk as a target, 24 August 1969
Black DD-666 Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey 14 November 1942 21 May 1943
18 July 1951
5 August 1946
26 September 1969
Sold for scrap, 17 February 1971
Chauncey DD-667 Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey 14 November 1942 31 May 1943
18 July 1950
19 December 1945
14 May 1954
Sold for scrap, 2 January 1974
Clarence K. Bronson DD-668 Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey 9 December 1942 11 June 1943
7 June 1951
16 July 1946
29 June 1960
Transferred to Turkey, 14 January 1967
Cotten DD-669 Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey 8 February 1943 24 July 1943
3 July 1951
15 July 1946
2 May 1960
Sold for scrap, 31 July 1975
Dortch DD-670 Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey 2 March 1943 7 August 1943
4 May 1951
19 July 1946
13 December 1957
Transferred to Argentina, 1 August 1961
Gatling DD-671 Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey 3 March 1943 19 August 1943
4 June 1951
16 July 1946
2 May 1960
Sold for scrap, 22 February 1977
Healy DD-672 Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey 4 March 1943 3 September 1943
3 August 1951
11 July 1946
11 March 1958
Sold for scrap, 12 April 1976
Hickox DD-673 Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey 12 March 1943 10 September 1943
19 May 1951
10 December 1946
20 December 1957
Transferred to South Korea, 15 November 1968
Hunt DD-674 Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey 31 March 1943 22 September 1943
31 October 1951
15 December 1945
30 December 1963
Sold for scrap, 14 August 1975
Lewis Hancock DD-675 Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey 31 March 1943 29 September 1943
19 May 1951
10 January 1946
8 December 1957
Transferred to Brazil, 1 August 1967
Marshall DD-676 Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey 29 April 1943 16 October 1943
27 April 1951
December 1945
19 July 1969
Sold for scrap, July 1970
McDermut DD-677 Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey 14 June 1943 19 November 1943
29 December 1950
15 January 1947
16 December 1963
Sold for scrap, 4 January 1966
McGowan DD-678 Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey 30 June 1943 20 December 1943
6 July 1951
30 April 1946
30 November 1960
Transferred to Spain, 1 December 1960
McNair DD-679 Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey 30 June 1943 30 December 1943
6 July 1951
28 May 1946
30 December 1963
Sold for scrap, 10 June 1976
Melvin DD-680 Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey 6 July 1943 24 November 1943
26 February 1951
31 May 1946
13 January 1954
Sold for scrap, 14 August 1975
Hopewell DD-681 Bethlehem Steel Company, San Pedro, California, Terminal Island 29 October 1942 30 September 1943
28 March 1951
15 January 1947
2 January 1970
Sunk as target, 11 February 1972
Porterfield DD-682 Bethlehem Steel Company, San Pedro, California, Terminal Island 12 December 1942 30 October 1943
27 April 1951
15 July 1946
7 November 1969
Sunk as a target, 18 July 1982
Stockham DD-683 Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, San Francisco, California 19 December 1942 11 February 1944
14 November 1951
30 August 1946
2 September 1957
Sunk as target 17 February 1977
Wedderburn DD-684 Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, San Francisco, California 10 January 1943 9 March 1944
21 November 1950
April 4 1946
1 October 1969
Sold for scrap, 25 January 1972
Picking DD-685 Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Staten Island, New York 24 November 1942 21 September 1943
26 January 1951
20 December 1945
6 September 1969
Sunk as a target, 27 February 1997
Halsey Powell DD-686 Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Staten Island, New York February 3, 1943 25 October 1943
27 April 1951
10 December 1946
27 April 1968
Transferred to the Republic of Korea, 27 April 1968
Uhlmann DD-687 Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Staten Island, New York 6 March 1943 22 November 1943
23 May 1950
14 June 1946
15 July 1972
Sold for scrap, 21 March 1974
Remey DD-688 Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine 22 March 1943 30 September 1943
14 November 1951
10 December 1946
30 December 1963
Sold for scrap, 10 June 1976
Wadleigh DD-689 Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine 5 April 1943 19 October 1943
3 October 1951
20 June 1946
28 June 1962
Transferred to Chile, 26 July 1972
Norman Scott DD-690 Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine 26 April 1943 5 November 1943 30 April 1946 Sold for scrap, 3 December 1973
Mertz DD-691 Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine 10 May 1943 19 November 1943 23 April 1946 Sold for scrap, 16 December 1971
Callaghan DD-792 Bethlehem Steel Company, San Pedro, California, Terminal Island 21 February 1943 27 November 1943 Sunk, 28 July 1945
Cassin Young DD-793 Bethlehem Steel Company, San Pedro, California, Terminal Island 18 March 1943 31 December 1943
8 September 1951
28 May 1946
29 April 1960
Museum ship at the former Boston Navy Yard in Boston, Massachusetts
Irwin DD-794 Bethlehem Steel Company, San Pedro, California, Terminal Island 2 May 1943 14 February 1944
26 February 1951
31 May 1946
10 January 1958
Transferred to Brazil, 10 May 1968
Preston DD-795 Bethlehem Steel Company, San Pedro, California, Terminal Island 13 June 1943 20 March 1944
26 January 1951
24 April 1946
15 November 1969
Transferred to Turkey, 15 November 1969
Benham DD-796 Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Staten Island, New York 23 April 1943 20 December 1943
24 March 1951
18 October 1946
30 June 1960
Loaned to Peru, 15 December 1960
Cushing DD-797 Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Staten Island, New York 3 May 1943 17 January 1944
17 August 1951
3 February 1947
8 November 1960
Loaned to Brazil, 20 July 1961
Monssen DD-798 Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Staten Island, New York 1 June 1943 14 February 1944
31 October 1951
30 April 1946
September 1957 or 3 December 1957
Sold for scrap, 21 October 1963
Jarvis DD-799 Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation, Seattle, Washington 7 June 1943 3 June 1944
8 February 1951
29 June 1946
24 October 1960
Transferred to Spain, 3 November 1960
Porter DD-800 Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation, Seattle, Washington 6 July 1943 24 June 1944
9 February 1951
3 July 1946
10 August 1953
Sold for scrap, 21 March 1974
Colhoun DD-801 Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation, Seattle, Washington 3 August 1943 8 July 1944 Sunk, 6 April 1945
Gregory DD-802 Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation, Seattle, Washington 13 August 1943 29 July 1944
27 April 1951
15 January 1947
1 February 1964
Sunk as a target, 4 March 1971
Little DD-804 Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation, Seattle, Washington 13 September 1943 19 August 1944 Sunk, 3 May 1945
Rooks DD-804 Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation, Seattle, Washington 27 October 1943 2 September 1944
19 May 1951
11 June 1946
26 July 1962
Transferred to Chile, 26 July 1962

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "USS Bush-Fletcher class". Retrieved 2007-04-12. 
  2. ^ Friedman, Norman "US Destroyers: An Illustrated Design History (Revised Edition)", Naval Institute Press, Annapolis:2004, p.111-112.
  3. ^ Friedman p.472
  4. ^ Friedman p.111-112
  5. ^ Friedman p.111-112
  6. ^ Friedman p.111
  7. ^ Friedman, p.118
  8. ^ Friedman, pp.111-112
  9. ^ Friedman, p.112
  10. ^ Friedman, pp.112-113
  11. ^ Friedman, p.111
  12. ^ destroyerhistory.org: Fletcher class

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