Gridley-class destroyer

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USS Gridley (DD-380)
Class overview
Name: Gridley-class destroyer
Builders: Boston Navy Yard
Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation:
Fore River Shipyard
Union Iron Works
Operators: US flag 48 stars.svg United States Navy
Preceded by: Mahan class
Succeeded by: Bagley class
Built: 1935–38
In commission: 1937–46
Completed: 4
Retired: 4
General characteristics
Type: Destroyer
Displacement: 1590 tons, 2219 tons full
Length: 340 ft 10 in (103.89 m)
Beam: 35 ft 10 in (10.92 m)
Draught: 12 ft 9 in (3.89 m)
Propulsion: 50,000 shp; 4 Yarrow boilers, Bethlehem geared steam turbines, 2 screws
Speed: 38.5 knots
Range: 6500 nm@ 12 knots
Complement: 158
Armament: As built:

4 × 5 inch/38 caliber guns
4 × .50 caliber machine guns

4 × quad 21 inch torpedo tubes

The Gridley-class destroyers were a class of four 1500-ton destroyers in the United States Navy.

The initial two ships were laid down on June 3, 1935 and commissioned in 1937. The second two were laid down in March 1936 and commissioned in 1938.

Based on the Mahan-class destroyer, they had the same hull but had only a single stack and mounted sixteen torpedo tubes, an increase of four. To compensate for the increased torpedo armament weight, the gun armament was slightly reduced from five 5"/38 caliber guns to four. Their powerplants were also a significant upgrade from the Mahan class, with steam pressure increased from 400 psi to 565 psi, superheated in both cases to 700F. USS Maury (DD-401) made the highest trial speed ever recorded for a United States Navy destroyer, 42.8 knots.[1]

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Media related to Gridley class destroyers at Wikimedia Commons

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