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|Tonnage||2047 tons standard displacement
|Dimensions||381' by 36'2" by 16'6"
116.13m by 11.02m by 5.03m
|Maximum speed||37 knots|
3x4 21" torpedo tubes
2x4 1.1" AA guns
2 0.50 machine guns
2 depth charge racks (14 depth charges)
||2-shaft G.E.C. geared turbine
4 Babcock & Wilcox boilers
|Bunkerage||627 tons fuel oil|
|Range||7500 nautical miles (13,900 km) at 15 knots|
1942: 2x4 1.1" gun, 0.50 machine guns and one torpedo bank
removed. 2x2 40mm Bofors AA
guns and 5x1 20mm
Oerlikon AA guns added. 6 depth charge throwers installed and depth charge loadout increased to 62. Radar
1943: 1x2 5" gun mount removed. 1x2 40mm and 1x1 20mm added.
The Somers were completed in 1938-39. Basically improved Porters, they were designed for the same role, as flotilla leaders. The ships were originally proposed to be repeats of the Porters, but there had been substantial improvements in machinery and the design was modified accordingly. Enough weight was saved by simplifying the superstructure to permit shipping a third torpedo bank, but no reloads were provided.
Like almost every other American destroyer class preceding Fletcher, they were top-heavy and close to their stability limit. This limited the amount of additional light antiaircraft that could be shipped during the war.
Gogin (2010; accessed 2012-4-6)
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