Allied Warships


Clemson class

88 ships

The destroyer USS Swasey (DD 273) of the US Navy.

Technical information

Displacement1215/1308 BRT 
Length314 feet 
Complement122 men 
Armament4 4inch guns
12 21inch torpedo tubes
AA guns 
Max speed35 knots
EnginesSteam boilers or turbines 
Notes on class

These destroyers were the last ones built for the US Navy until the Farragut class came along 14 years later. They are most famous for being the "flush-deckers" of WWII - many of these being sold very expensively to Britain in 1940.

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 Clemson class

US Navy US Navy (more on US Navy)

USS Alden (DD 211)
USS Aulick (i) (DD 258) (to Britain as HMS Burnham (H 82))
USS Bailey (i) (DD 269) (to Britain as HMS Reading (G 71))
USS Bancroft (i) (DD 256) (to Canada as HMCS St Francis (I 93))
USS Barker (DD 213)
USS Barry (DD 248)
USS Branch (DD 197) (to Britain as HMS Beverley (H 64))
USS Breck (DD 283)
USS Brooks (DD 232)
USS Broome (DD 210)
USS Bulmer (DD 222)
USS Dahlgren (DD 187)
USS Dallas (DD 199)
USS Decatur (DD 341)
USS Edwards (i) (DD 265) (to Britain as HMS Buxton (H 96))
USS Fox (DD 234)
USS Gilmer (DD 233)
USS Goff (DD 247)
USS Hatfield (DD 231)
USS Herndon (i) (DD 198) (to Britain as HMS Churchill (I 45))
USS Humphreys (DD 236)
USS Hunt (i) (DD 194) (to Britain as HMS Broadway (H 90))
USS John D. Edwards (DD 216)
USS John D. Ford (DD 228)
USS Kane (DD 235)
USS King (DD 242)
USS Laub (i) (DD 263) (to Britain as HMS Burwell (H 94))
USS Lawrence (DD 250)
USS Litchfield (DD 336)
USS MacLeish (DD 220)
USS Mason (DD 191) (to Britain as HMS Broadwater (H 81))
USS McCalla (i) (DD 253) (to Britain as HMS Stanley (I 73))
USS McCook (i) (DD 252) (to Canada as HMCS St Croix (I 81))
USS McCormick (DD 223)
USS McLanahan (i) (DD 264) (to Britain as HMS Bradford (H 72))
USS Meade (i) (DD 274) (to Britain as HMS Ramsey (G 60))
USS Noa (i) (DD 343) Lost on 12 Sep 1944
USS Overton (DD 239)
USS Parrott (DD 218)
USS Paul Jones (DD 230)
USS Rodgers (DD 254) (to Britain as HMS Sherwood (I 80))
USS Sands (DD 243)
USS Satterlee (i) (DD 190) (to Britain as HMS Belmont (H 46))
USS Shubrick (i) (DD 268) (to Britain as HMS Ripley (G 79))
USS Simpson (DD 221)
USS Sturtevant (i) (DD 240) Lost on 26 Apr 1942
USS Welborn C. Wood (DD 195) (to Britain as HMS Chesterfield (I 28))
USS Welles (i) (DD 257) (to Britain as HMS Cameron (I 05))
USS Whipple (DD 217)
USS Abel P. Upshur (DD 193) (to Britain as HMS Clare (I 14))
USS Bainbridge (DD 246)
USS Borie (i) (DD 215) Lost on 2 Nov 1943
USS Edsall (i) (DD 219) Lost on 1 Mar 1942
USS Peary (DD 226) Lost on 19 Feb 1942
USS Pillsbury (i) (DD 227) Lost on 1 Mar 1942
USS Pope (i) (DD 225) Lost on 1 Mar 1942
USS Reuben James (i) (DD 245) Lost on 31 Oct 1941
USS Stewart (i) (DD 224) Lost on 2 Mar 1942
USS Swasey (DD 273) (to Britain as HMS Rockingham (G 58))
USS Truxtun (DD 229) Lost on 18 Feb 1942

Destroyer minelayer

US Navy US Navy (more on US Navy)

USS Preble (DM 20)
USS Pruitt (DM 22)
USS Sicard (DM 21)
USS Tracy (DM 19)

High speed minesweeper

US Navy US Navy (more on US Navy)

USS Chandler (DMS 9)
USS Hopkins (DMS 13)
USS Hovey (DMS 11) Lost on 6 Jan 1945
USS Long (DMS 12) Lost on 6 Jan 1945
USS Southard (DMS 10)
USS Trever (DMS 16)
USS Zane (DMS 14)
USS Perry (i) (DMS 17) Lost on 13 Sep 1944
USS Wasmuth (DMS 15) Lost on 29 Dec 1942

Sea plane tender

US Navy US Navy (more on US Navy)

USS Ballard (AVD 10)
USS Belknap (AVD 8)
USS Childs (AVD 1)
USS Clemson (AVD 4)
USS George E. Badger (AVD 3)
USS Gillis (AVD 12)
USS Goldsborough (AVD 5)
USS Greene (AVD 13)
USS McFarland (AVD 14)
USS Osmond Ingram (AVD 9)
USS Thornton (AVD 11)
USS Hulbert (AVD 6)
USS William B. Preston (AVD 7)
USS Williamson (AVD 2)

Sonar test ship

US Navy US Navy (more on US Navy)

USS Semmes (AG 24)

88 Destroyers of the Clemson class. 14 of them were lost.

See all Destroyer classes.

Clemson class ships hit by U-boats (1)

31 Oct 1941USS Reuben James (i)SunkU-552

Books dealing with this subject include:

World War II American Destroyer Seaplane Tenders, Clemson Hull Conversions AVD-1 through AVD-14, Borchers, Duane D., Sr.,

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