Somers Class, U.S. Destroyers

Photograph of Somers-class destroyer

Naval Historical Center #98022

Schematic diagram of Somers class destroyer

ONI 222


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
Complement 294
Armament 4x2 5"/38 dual-purpose guns
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 (52,000 shp)
4 Babcock & Wilcox boilers
Bunkerage 627 tons fuel oil
Range 7500 nautical miles (13,900 km) at 15 knots
QC sonar
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 installed.

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.

Units in the Pacific:


Arrived 1942-1-17


Arrived 1942-5-23



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