Clemson (DD-213)

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Clemson class, USS Barker (DD-213)
General characteristics
150 peopleCrew
Standard armament
4 inch/50 Mk.9 cannon4 x Primary
300 roundsAmmunition
3inch/23 Mk.4 cannonSecondary
500 roundsAmmunition
20 mm Oerlikon Mk.II cannon2 x Anti-aircraft
2 040 roundsAmmunition
60 roundsBelt capacity
450 shots/minFire rate
533 mm steam turbined Mk.15 torpedo4 x Torpedo
3 roundsAmmunition
18 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
77 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png760 / 988/800 / 1 040/940 / 1 222Repair
22 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
77 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
400 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.36 Rp icon.pngReward for battle


GarageImage Clemson (DD-213).jpg

The Clemson class, USS Barker (DD-213) is a rank III American destroyer with a battle rating of 3.7 (AB/RB/SB). This destroyer was introduced in Update 1.79 "Project X" as part of the fleet closed beta test.

General info

Survivability and armour

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Primary armament

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Secondary armament

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Anti-aircraft armament

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Torpedo armament

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Special armament

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Usage in battles

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Tier Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
I Dry-Docking Tool Set 4inch SP Common Anti-Air Armament Targeting
II Rudder Replacement Fire Protection System Smokescreen 3inch Common Mk.3 Auxillary Armament Targeting
III Propeller Replacement Ventilation Shrapnel Protection Primary Armament Targeting Improved Rangefinder
IV Engine Maintenance New Pumps Ammo Wetting Torpedo Mode

Pros and cons


  • Six torpedoes per side
  • Turret traverse is decent compared to other first-generation destroyers
  • Decent firing arcs
  • Single 20 mm per side offers a minor degree of anti-aircraft protection


  • Slow shell velocity and rate-of-fire. This also makes aiming difficult at long ranges
  • Extremely poor anti-aircraft protection. Single 20 mm is easy for enemy pilots to avoid
  • No Armor
  • Firepower is woefully inadequate for dealing with later destroyers


Laid down in April 1919, the USS Barker was part of the second production batch of the Clemson-class destroyers. She was completed by September of the same year and entered service with the U.S. Navy in December. In the interwar period, USS Barker visited several Turkish and Middle Eastern ports, before joining the Asiatic Fleet in the early 1920s. She cruised the Asiatic waters as well as performing patrols off the coast of Nicaragua before carrying out several visits to European ports in the late ‘20s. USS Barker was kept in the Asian theatre as part of the Asiatic Fleet until 1941, when the United States officially entered WW2 following the Pearl Harbour raid.

At the time of the raid on Pearl Harbour, USS Barker had been stationed on Borneo. Following the outbreak of hostilities between the U.S. and Japan, Barker undertook several patrol and escort missions around Borneo and the Dutch East Indies. Patrol and escort duties comprised most of USS Barker’s routine whilst stationed in the Pacific. In 1943 however, USS Barker was assigned to the Atlantic theatre as part of a hunter killer group. Despite this, the USS Barker rarely engaged in direct combat. Instead, she’s defined by her efforts of saving the lives of dozens of German sailors, who were lucky enough to survive the sinking of their vessel. From 1944 until the end of the war, Barker was mostly relegated to convoy escort duties in the Caribbean and Newfoundland. After the end of WW2, USS Barker was decommissioned and sold for scrap in November 1945, marking the end of her 26-year service period.

- From Devblog


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See also

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External links

USA destroyers
Clemson (DD-336) · Clemson (DD-213) · Farragut (DD-355) · Fletcher (DD-445) · Sumner (DD-692) · Bennion (DD-662) · Cowell (DD-547)