HMS Montgomery

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This page is about the British destroyer HMS Montgomery (G95). For other vessels of the class, see Clemson-class.
HMS Montgomery
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HMS Montgomery
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Description

The Town-class, HMS Montgomery (G95), 1941 is a premium rank I British destroyer with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "New Power".

HMS Montgomery, pennant number G95, part of the Town class is a destroyer provided to the Royal Navy by the United States Navy, during the early stages of the Second World War. Originally known as USS Wickes (DD-75), as the lead ship of the Wickes class.

Despite her resemblance with HMS Churchill, the Montgomery is moderately more self-sufficient in combat against other reserve destroyers, thanks to the preservation of 3 high-calibre guns. Though unfortunately, this comes as a trade-off for the support armament of HMS Churchill. Other than these slight main armament changes, the Montgomery retains the same problematic aspects like modest crew count, low top speed and insufficient variety of secondary armaments. Therefore, players should decide whether this support/combat destroyer gameplay is more appealing than the escort role of the Churchill. 

Unquestionably, the Montgomery's premium status and more adept combat characteristics, ensure an effective way to research the early British Bluewater fleet!

General info

HMS Montgomery's plumb bow

With a large black-coloured G95 pennant number painted towards the bow and various green tones with white highlights along a dark green upper deck, she can be distinguished from the HMS Churchill and the other United States' Clemson class destroyers. 

Some distinguishing traits are the low freeboard distance on the stern and four funnels placed at the same height close to each other, with the pairs only divided by a superstructure aftwards of the bridge; this superstructure also settles two of the 102 mm guns.

Although being less combat-worthy than other destroyers, the Montgomery's armament of three 102 mm cannons was conserved for surface defence and convoy support; especially to defend from raiding submarines and German S-boots. Not exactly meant to fight alone against dedicated combat destroyers.

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Main fire tower5 / 0 / 0 mm
Hull16 mm (steel)
Superstructure10 mm (steel)
Number of section7
Displacement1 552 t
Crew141 people

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Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB61 / 26 km/h
RB50 / 22 km/h

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Mobility Characteristics
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Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB160 Sl icon.png
RB210 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications5 130 Rp icon.png
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Crew training150 Sl icon.png
Experts1 000 Sl icon.png
Aces20 Ge icon.png
Research Aces140 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
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Modifications
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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Dry-Docking
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Propeller Replacement
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Engine Maintenance
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Tool Set
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Fire Protection System
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Shrapnel Protection
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Ventilation
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New Pumps
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Ammo Wetting
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Anti-Air Armament Targeting
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Auxiliary Armament Targeting
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Improved Rangefinder
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Primary Armament Targeting
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Torpedo Mode
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Bomb mortar
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Armament

Primary armament

3 х Turret4 in QF Mark V cannon
Ammunition150 rounds
Vertical guidance-10° / 20°

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Secondary armament

Turret3 inch 12pdr 12 cwt QF Mk.V cannon
Ammunition200 rounds

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Anti-aircraft armament

2 х Turret2 x 12.7 mm AN-M2 machine gun
Ammunition4000 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Fire rate577 shots/min
Main article: AN-M2 (12.7 mm)

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Additional armament

Setup 13 x 533 mm steam turbined Mk.V torpedo
Setup 28 x Mk.6 mortar depth charge
1 x Mk.10 Hedgehog mortar
Setup 33 x 533 mm steam turbined Mk.V torpedo
8 x Mk.6 mortar depth charge
1 x Mk.10 Hedgehog mortar

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Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • The Montgomery has three 4-inch guns (unlike Town-class destroyers which have only one)
  • Numerous anti-submarine warfare (ASW) equipment
  • Premium bonuses
  • Thin hull and manoeuvrable, a menace for coastal areas
  • Multipurpose shells: Shrapnel can be used as aircraft an deterrent

Cons:

  • Insufficient dedicated anti-air armament
  • Very limited amount of torpedoes
  • Poor top speed, unable to keep up with most Rank II destroyers
  • Unreliable crew count, won't be able to endure prolonged duels

History

HMS Montgomery (G95), formerly USS Wickes (DD-75), was the lead ship of the Wickes class of destroyers built for the American navy at the end of the First World War, and later transferred to the Royal Navy. Designed as the second-last American “flush-decker” destroyers (the Clemson class were the last), Wickes was built shortly before the end of the First World War and saw extensive service with the USN during the interwar years. Under the “destroyers for bases” deal, Wickes was transferred to the royal navy who renamed her Montgomery. She served during the Second World War before being finally retired and scrapped in 1945.

Design and development

The Wickes class consisted of 111 destroyers built for the United States Navy (USN) at the end of the First World War. Designed as a follow-up to the previous Caldwell class, the ships were the second class of “flush-decker” destroyers, in that their main deck was level throughout the entire ship. The following Clemson class had an even larger production run, with 156 vessels built, and would not be surpassed until the 175-ship Fletcher class was built during World War II. The lead ship of this class, USS Wickes, was laid down in June of 1917 at Bath Iron Works in Maine, and eventually commissioned in June of 1918.

Wickes displaced 1247 tons and had a crew complement of 100 officers and men. Her main armament consisted of four 4-inch (100 mm) guns in single mounts, with one at the front, two on side sponsons and one aft. She also carried two 37 mm 1-pounder anti-aircraft guns. Finally, Wickes carried twelve 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes in four triple mounts, with six being able to fire to each side. Powered by geared turbines, the ship was capable of 35 knots (65 km/h).

Operational history

After her commissioning, USS Wickes began her short service of the First World War as an escort ship, escorting a convoy towards the British isles. However, her crewmembers were soon hit with the Spanish Flu, and 30 were hospitalized ashore. She later collided with an unidentified ship and took damage, and was receiving repairs when the armistice was signed to end the First World War. Wickes subsequently served as an escort ship as president Woodrow Wilson travelled to Europe to sign the surrender treaties. 

After the cessation of hostilities, Wickes was sent to the Pacific through the Panama canal. Later on in 1919, she was captained by Commander William F. Halsey, who would later become one of the most famous and tactically-brilliant commanders in the Pacific war. With the decreased military expenditures of the post-war situation, Wickes was decommissioned in 1922 and laid up in reserve.

In 1930, Wickes was recommissioned, this time in the Atlantic fleet. She participated in fleet training exercises for the large part of the interwar period, including neutrality patrols after the outbreak of war in Europe. She visited numerous Caribbean ports during this time, and exercised with other American fleet units such as the battleships New York, Texas, and Arkansas.

In 1940, the British signed an agreement with the United States to exchange 50 over-age destroyers for 99-year leases on British overseas ports. Thus, the Wickes was one of the 50 ships transferred, renamed HMS Montgomery (G95). Montgomery had three of her four 100 mm guns removed, and received a heavy anti-submarine armament to make her more effective in the convoy escort role. During the war, she spent most of her time escorting convoys between the British Isles and North America. In 1944, the veteran flush-decker was retired, to be scrapped in 1945, after almost twenty years of active service.

Media

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See also

Shared operational history

Related development

Analogues on other nations

External links

References

  • Helgason, G. (1995). USS Wickes. Retrieved January 26, 2021, from https://uboat.net/allies/warships/ship/2227.html
  • Helgason, G. (1995). HMS Montgomery. Retrieved January 26, 2021, from https://uboat.net/allies/warships/ship/4299.html


Britain destroyers
Town-class  HMS Churchill · HMS Montgomery
G-class  HMS Grafton · ORP Garland
Hunt-class  HMS Calpe · HMS Brissenden
Tribal-class  HMCS Haida · HMS Eskimo
J-class  HMS Jervis
K-class  HMS Kelvin
N-class  HMS Nepal
Battle-class  HMS Armada · HMAS Tobruk

Britain premium ships
Motor torpedo boats  MTB-1(2) · Fairmile D (5001)
Motor gun boats  MGB-75 · SGB Grey Goose
Gunboats  HMS Spey
Destroyers  HMS Montgomery · ORP Garland · HMS Jervis · HMCS Haida
Light cruisers  HMS Belfast