(DD-445) USS Fletcher

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(DD-445) USS Fletcher Empty (DD-445) USS Fletcher

Post  Kiwi's son on Thu Jan 21, 2010 8:51 am

Specifications:


Displacement: 2,100 tons
Length: 376 ft 3 in (114.68 m)
Beam: 39 ft 8 in (12.09 m)
Draft: 13 ft (4.0 m)
Propulsion:

Steam turbines, 60,000& shp (45 MW)

* 2 propellers

Speed: 36 knots (41 mph; 67 km/h)
Complement: 273 officers and enlisted
Armament:

* As built: 5 x 5 in/38 caliber (5×1), 4 × 1.1 inch (28 mm)/75 guns (1×4), 6 × Oerlikon 20 mm cannons (6×1), 10 × 21 in torpedo tubes (2x5; 10 Mark 15 torpedos), 6 x K-guns, 2 x depth charge racks
* After conversion to DDE: 2 x 5 in/38 caliber (2×1), 4 x 3 in/50 caliber (2×2), 1 x Weapon Alpha, 2 x depth charge racks


History:

Fletcher arrived at Nouméa, New Caledonia on 5 October 1942 from the east coast, and at once began escort and patrol duty in the Guadalcanal operation, bombarding Lunga Point on 30 October. Sailing from Espiritu Santo 9 November to cover the landing of reinforcements on the embattled island, she joined in driving off a heavy enemy air attack on the transports 12 November, splashing several enemy aircraft. This was the opening phase of the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, a 3-day air and surface action. Fletcher played an important part in the surface action off Guadalcanal 13 November, firing guns and torpedoes in the general melee which sank two Japanese destroyers and damaged Hiei, later sent to the bottom by carrier and Marine aircraft.

Fletcher retired to replenish at Espiritu Santo, arriving the day after the battle, and after patrolling against submarines off Nouméa, sortied on 30 November 1942, with a force of cruisers and destroyers, to intercept a force of enemy transports and destroyers expected to attempt a reinforcement of Guadalcanal that night. Fletcher led the force through Lengo Channel, and made the first radar contact with the enemy off Tassafaronga Point just before midnight. The resulting Battle of Tassafaronga saw one Japanese destroyer sunk, and one slightly damaged, and four American cruisers badly damaged, though all but one were saved by superb damage control measures. Fletcher rescued survivors of Northampton, ingeniously using cork-floated cargo nets to take great groups of them from the water.

this is some of the information that can be found on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Fletcher_%28DD-445%29
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