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CONFIGURATION: J Click here for More Info
The Square-Bridge Fletcher-class Destroyers in 1943-1945 configuration. Modified, square-faced bridge; five single 5-inch gun mounts (two forward and three aft); five twin 40-mm gun mounts; seven single 20-mm gun mounts; two quintuple 21-inch torpedo tube mounts; and a pole foremast with SC and SG radar. This configuration is applicable only to the ships listed from 1943 to 1945.

CONFIGURATION: K Click here for More Info
The Round-Bridge Fletcher-class Destroyers in 1943-1945 configuration. Original, round-faced bridge; five single 5-inch gun mounts, two forward and three aft; five twin 40-mm gun mounts; seven single 20-mm gun mounts; two quintuple 21-inch torpedo tube mounts; and a pole foremast with SC and SG radars. This configuration is applicable only to the ships listed from 1943 to 1945.

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Fletcher-Class 1950s (Armament Conversions)
Thirty-nine (39) Fletcher-class destroyers that received the 1950s armament update replacing their 40-mm gun mounts with 3-in. gun mounts. Other class improvements, such as radar and sonar, were also made at that time. The converted ships had the following equipment: four 5-in./38 cal. single MK 30 gun mounts, three twin 3-in/50 cal. gun mounts, one quintuple 21-in. MK 14 torpedo tube mount, two MK 10/11 hedgehog mounts, one MK 9 depth charge release track, tripod foremast with SPS-6 and SPS-10 radars, and QHB sonar.

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Fletcher-Class Korean War Configuration: VV was similar but with new improved radar. Individual units were continually upgraded during overhaul periods, therefore, you may see the same ship listed in both configurations. The primary difference was the configuration: WW had pole foremasts and the configuration: VV had tripod foremasts. A number of minor changes can be found in photographs, such as K-guns off or on, but the profiles represent the activation improvements as ordered by the Bureau of Ships 1951-55.

CONFIGURATION: WW Click here for More Info
Fletcher-Class Korean War Configuration: WW were those which could be quickly recommissioned that were basically in their World War II configuration with some ASW improvements. Individual units were continually upgraded during overhaul periods, therefore, you may see the same ship listed in both configurations. The primary difference was configuration: WW had pole foremasts and the Configuration: VV had tripod foremasts. A number of minor changes can be found in photographs, such as K-guns off or on, but the profiles represent the activation improvements as ordered by the Bureau of Ships 1951-55.


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