Allied Warships


Somers class

5 ships

The destroyer USS Somers (DD 381) of the US Navy.

Technical information

Displacement1850 BRT 
Length371 feet 
Complement198 men 
Armament8 5" guns
various smaller guns
12 torpedo tubes 
Max speed37 knots
Notes on class

The Somers class was designed to counter the new large destroyers being built by Japan in the early 30's. They used new boilers enabling them to use only one smokestack and add another torpedo tube mount. These ships were overweight and top heavy - all 4 surviving ships being scrapped in 1946.

US Navy destroyer classes during WWII:
Sampson - Caldwell - Wickes - Clemson - Farragut - Porter - Mahan - Gridley - Bagley - Somers - Benham - Sims - Benson / Gleaves - Fletcher - Allen M. Sumner - Gearing


All ships of the Somers class

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USS Davis (DD 395)
USS Jouett (DD 396)
USS Sampson (DD 394)
USS Somers (DD 381)
USS Warrington (i) (DD 383) Lost on 13 Sep 1944

5 Destroyers of the Somers class. 1 of them was lost.

See all Destroyer classes.

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