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Benham Class (DD-397) Click here for More Info
Benham (DD-397) Class. This release is represented by the USS Ellet (DD-398) as outfitted October 1943 - April 1945. Specifications for this configuration of the Benham Class were taken from Ships’ Data U.S. Naval Vessels, Vol. 1, April 1945.

USS Ellet (DD-398), Benham-CLASS destroyer. Displacement: 1,766 tons trial, 2,350 tons full load. Dimensions: 340'-9" overall, 35'-6" beam, 17'-3" max. draft. Machinery: 50,000 SHP, three B & W boilers @ 565 psi/700 deg. F, two Westinghouse geared turbines, two shafts/propellers, trial speed 40.7 knots, range 9,500 nautical miles at 15 knots/1,762 tons, 5,390 nautical miles at 20 knots. Complement: 16 officer and 235 enlisted. Armament: four single 5-inch/38 caliber gun mounts, two twin 40mm gun mounts, four single 20mm gun mounts, two quadruple 21-inch torpedo tube mounts, two depth charge tracks (for 600 lb. charges), and four single K-gun depth charge projectors (for 300lb. charges). Fire Control: one MK 33 GFCS/MK 12 FC radar (for 5-inch battery), two MK 51 (for 40mm battery), MK 27 TFCS. Radar: one SC air search set and one SG surface search set. Sonar: one QCE set. Operational and building data: laid down 3 December 1936 at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearney, New Jersey, launched 11 June 1938, commissioned 17 February 1939, stricken 13 November 1945, sold 1 August 1947.

Benham Class as built Click here for More Info
Specifications for this configuration of the Benham Class were taken from Ships Data U.S. Naval Vessels, Vol. 1, 15 April 1945. Displacement: 1,500 tons (trial). Dimensions: 340’-6” overall, 35’-6” beam, 17’-3” max. draft. Speed: 35.9 knots (trial). Armament: four single 5-in./38 cal. gun mounts, one twin 40mm gun mount, four single 20mm gun mounts, 5-inch/38-cal. AA gun 16 21-inch torpedo tubes in 4 quad mounts, two depth charge tracks (for 600 lb.charges), and four single K-Gun depth charge projectors (for 300 lb. charges). Radar: one SC air search set and one SG surface search set. Fire Control: one MK 33 GFCS/MK 4 (FD) radar and one MK 51 GFCS. Sonar: one QC set. Complement: 16 officers and 235 enlisted.

Basically an improved version of the BAGLEY-class with the SOMERS-class propulsion. To save weight, BENHAMS had 3 boilers instead of 4, all into a large single stack. They exceeded 40 kts during trials.



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