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USS Fletcher
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USS Fletcher
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4.7 4.7 4.7
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Description

The Fletcher-class, USS Fletcher (DD-445), 1942 is a rank II American destroyer with a battle rating of 4.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.79 "Project X" as part of the fleet closed beta test.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Main fire tower3 / 3 / 3 mm
Hull16 mm (steel)
Superstructure4 mm (steel)
Number of section7
Displacement2 924 t
Crew273 people

The Fletcher actually has decent survivability for a ship of its class. It has a decent crew count for a ship of its BR (273 crewmembers), though it is mediocre when compared to the German destroyers, which typically have upwards of 320 crew. However, what the Fletcher does have is a main armour belt composed of 13 mm of anti-fragmentation armour. This may not seem like much, but it can actually shatter most low-calibre High-Explosive rounds, and potentially even destroyer-calibre weapons! However, keep in mind that most late-stage American destroyers, such as the Sumner, also have access to a main armour belt. As well, don't rely on your armour to tank damage, as most high-calibre HE shells will still cause serious damage to your ship's compartments.

In terms of critical components, some of the ship's vital parts are hidden underneath the waterline. The ammo racks are all under the waterline, and the rear rack is completely enveloped by a fuel tank. The massive engine compartment is partially underwater, but will easily be hit by any incoming HE shells. The main risk to the Fletcher are its first-stage ammo racks - each of the guns have a first-stage ammunition storage carrying 25 rounds of ready-use ammo. Because these first-stage storages are directly beneath the guns, any hit from an HE shell could detonate the ammo, resulting in severe (or perhaps fatal) damage to your ship.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB79 / 31 km/h
RB65 / 25 km/h

USS Fletcher reaches a flank speed of 35 kn at full steam. This places her middle of the pack compared to other American destroyers, being slower than the Porter-class which it precedes in the tech tree, but fractionally faster than the USS Sumner also at her rank. This speed will allow Fletcher to take objectives and key locations; however captains should be wary since other, faster destroyers such as the IJN Shimakaze may arrive before USS Fletcher is capable of doing so. USS Fletcher only takes 30 seconds to accelerate to flank speed, and 34 seconds to come to a halt. She is very responsive to engine and rudder commands, the latter only taking around 2 seconds to come full over. Speed falls to around 24 kn in a sustained turn; fractionally faster than other American destroyers, but this still leaves Fletcher vulnerable to enemy fire and prolonged manoeuvers are advised against.

Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 79 31
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 65 25

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB990 → 1 287 Sl icon.png
RB1 250 → 1 625 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications8 470 Rp icon.png
16 490 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost640 Ge icon.png
Crew training6 300 Sl icon.png
Experts22 000 Sl icon.png
Aces180 Ge icon.png
Research Aces190 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
110 / 170 / 100 % Sl icon.png
118 / 118 / 118 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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Dry-Docking
Research:
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Cost:
650 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
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Rudder Replacement
Research:
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Cost:
620 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
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Propeller Replacement
Research:
350 Rp icon.png
Cost:
670 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
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Engine Maintenance
Research:
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Cost:
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150 Ge icon.png
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Tool Set
Research:
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Cost:
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90 Ge icon.png
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Fire Protection System
Research:
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Cost:
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90 Ge icon.png
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Smokescreen
Research:
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Cost:
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Shrapnel Protection
Research:
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Cost:
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100 Ge icon.png
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Ventilation
Research:
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Cost:
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New Pumps
Research:
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Cost:
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Ammo Wetting
Research:
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Cost:
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150 Ge icon.png
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127mm_usa_mk32_common_sap_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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40 mm HE clips
Research:
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Cost:
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Anti-Air Armament Targeting
Research:
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Cost:
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90 Ge icon.png
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127mm_usa_mk46_special_common_sap_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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40 mm AP clips
Research:
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Cost:
620 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
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Auxiliary Armament Targeting
Research:
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Cost:
620 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
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Research:
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Cost:
670 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
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Improved Rangefinder
Research:
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Cost:
670 Sl icon.png
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Primary Armament Targeting
Research:
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Cost:
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Torpedo Mode
Research:
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Cost:
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150 Ge icon.png
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Bomb mortar
Research:
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Cost:
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Armament

Primary armament

5 х Turret5 inch/38 Mk.12 cannon, mount Mk.30
Ammunition360 rounds
Vertical guidance-15° / 85°

The Fletcher carries a strong main armament and is a step up from the preceding USS Aylwin. It is armed with 5 x single mount 5-inch/38 Mk.12s with an eye-watering fire rate of 22 rounds per minute with first stage ammo supplies, and a very respectable 15 rounds per minute once the first stage ammo is exhausted. USS Fletcher is capable of easily dispatching most similar rank opponents, up to lightly armoured cruisers, provided the captain aims accurately. The arrangement of the gun mounts is similar to that of the earlier USS Aylwin, but with an extra mount placed behind the torpedo tubes facing forward. Captains of the USS Fletcher should expect reasonable engagement ranges to be below 10,000 metres, and once within around 7,000 metres accurate fire will be possible.

USS Fletcher uses the same ammunition as other 5-inch/38 armed destroyers, with the AAC Mk.34 shell being the default. Additionally, the Common Mk.32, SP Common Mk.46, and AAVT Mk.31 are available as tier 1, 2, and 3 modifications respectively. The HE-VT shells are quite potent against aircraft, and with a 23-metre trigger radius, the 3.2 kg explosive mass is almost guaranteed to damage or destroy any aircraft which finds itself too close. Additionally, the AAVT shell works as well as the HE shell against unarmoured targets such as patrol boats: once it is unlocked it is recommended to replace the AAC shell. At the rank which USS Fetcher is placed, there is a high chance of seeing early light cruisers which can have formidable armour, for these and any destroyers with anti-fragmentation armour such as other American destroyers, the Common and SP Common shells are recommended. The Common shell will have greater effect against destroyers with its larger filler, and is the recommended shell in most cases. The SP Common shell with extra penetration should be utilized against cruisers, and still does reasonable damage to destroyers, so it can be utilized instead of the Common shell if ammo count is a concern.

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
1,000 m 2,500 m 5,000 m 7,500 m 10,000 m 15,000 m
AAC Mk.34 HE 36 36 36 36 36 36
Common Mk.32 Common 124 103 77 58 46 37
SP Common Mk.46 SP Common 150 125 93 71 56 45
AAVT Mk.31 HE-VT 36 36 36 36 36 36
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(s)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
AAC Mk.34 HE 792 25 0 0.1 3,220 79° 80° 81°
Common Mk.32 Common 792 24.49 0.01 6 1,150 47° 60° 65°
SP Common Mk.46 SP Common 792 25 0.01 6 906.5 48° 63° 71°
Proximity-fused shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Arming distance
(m)
Trigger radius
(m)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
AAVT Mk.31 HE-VT 792 25 0 0.1 457 23 3,220 79° 80° 81°

Secondary armament

Turret2 x 40 mm Bofors L/60 Mark 1 gun
Ammunition4000 rounds
Belt capacity4 rounds
Fire rate156 shots/min

The Fletcher has a secondary armament of a single twin 40 mm Bofors L/60 Mark 1 mount which is located in an elevated position in between the main guns near the aft section of the ship. This location provides a very wide arc of fire (-15 degrees/+88 degrees) along with clear vertical firing angles. This mount can be devastating if it hits an aircraft and can make short work of smaller torpedo boats which come in too close looking for a kill shot.

The 40 mm Bofors L/60 Mark 1 has three available belts:

  • Universal: AP-T · HEFI-T
  • 40 mm HE clips: HEFI-T · HEFI-T · HEFI-T · AP-T
  • 40 mm AP clips: AP-T · AP-T · AP-T · HEFI-T
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
40 mm HEFI-T HEFI-T 3 3 3 3 3 3
40 mm AP-T AP-T 81 78 68 58 49 41
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
40 mm HEFI-T HEFI-T 874 0.9 0 0.1 67.13 79° 80° 81°
40 mm AP-T AP-T 874 0.89 N/A N/A N/A 47° 60° 65°

Anti-aircraft armament

6 х Turret20 mm/70 Oerlikon Mk.II autocannon
Ammunition1800 rounds
Belt capacity60 rounds
Fire rate450 shots/min

The anti-aircraft armament for Fletcher is 6 x 20 mm Oerlikon Mk.II cannons. These are spread along the ship with two of them being near the bridge and facing forward with the other four being on the main deck amidships, which gives a balanced level of coverage. Combined with the 40 mm Bofors L/60, these can give a decent level of short range defence and can easily take out aircraft which stray by and fail to evade. These guns can also be the last line of defence against small boats if necessary.

The 20 mm Oerlikon Mk.II cannons on Fletcher come only with a Default belt:

  • Default: HEF-T / AP-T / HEF-T / AP-T

Additional armament

Setup 110 x 533 mm steam turbined Mk.15 torpedo
Setup 230 x Mk.6 mortar depth charge
Setup 310 x 533 mm steam turbined Mk.15 torpedo
6 x Mk.6 mortar depth charge

The torpedo armament on Fletcher is 2 x quintuple launchers carrying the 21" (533 mm) Mk.15 torpedo. The launchers are amidships and grouped together, but the tight spaces mean that you do need to manoeuvre the ship a bit to launch the torpedoes at their intended targets. The standard setting for the torpedo is 5,500 m at 45 knots and by using the Torpedo Mode upgrade it can be modified to 9,150 m at 33.5 knots. A single hit on a ship from one of these torpedoes will either be severely crippling or outright destroy it. Having 10 torpedoes allows for a wide range saturation attack with the increased range, or a wall at closer ranges.

After unlocking the Bomb Mortar upgrade, you have the option to equip 6 x Mk.6 mortar depth charges. With three on each side of the ship near the aft main battery mounts, this ship has more than the Farragut. These weapons have a very limited and short-range, but can be highly destructive in a close-quarters duel if their deployment is timed correctly.

Usage in battles

Considered one of many strong destroyers on the American tech tree, the Fletcher is most effective in gunning down its targets and maintaining that pressure on enemy destroyers. With the 5 main cannons and its quick rate of fire, even if one of these cannons gets destroyed, it will still be able to maintain its firepower with the remaining four. Altogether giving enemies a hard time when they're in range. The most favoured maps for the Fletcher will be maps that will have multiple island cover, as you will be able to take advantage of your speed of 40 knots and decent turn speed to swiftly attack a target and escape if needed. The torpedoes come in handy by locking down choke-points and common paths for players, making a long range attacks on the AI ships in encounter games, or forcing enemy ships to dodge.

As for playstyle, it can be used for hit and runs against other enemy destroyers and PT boats that are looking to capture objectives. When faced against cruisers, the Fletcher does have the rate of fire and shells to fight back. However, your anti-fragmentation armour will not be enough to prevent the powerful punch of large HE shells or AP shells that even early cruisers will use against you so it is highly advised to avoid larger ships.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Main battery has a very high rate of fire and quick turret traverse
  • Single twin 40 mm Bofors provides powerful defence against aircraft
  • Good speed and manoeuvrability
  • Anti-fragmentation armour provides moderate protection from splinters and near misses

Cons:

  • First stage ammo racks can be detonated with fire or explosion damage, potentially cause crippling damage
  • Torpedo firing arcs are less effective

History

One of the most prolific ships during World War II 175 ships of the Fletcher-class destroyer were commissioned between 1942 and 1944. The designed proved so successful that it continued to serve into the Korean and Vietnam War.[1] The Fletcher class saw widespread use across the pacific theatre and was highly successful due to its long operational range and a high degree of flexibility that made it able to tackle almost any task.[1]

Being the first generation of ship designed after the collapse of the Washington and London Naval treaties, the Fletcher was designed to be larger and carry more armament than previous destroyers. Due to the increased threat of air targets, the fletcher was also given substantial Anti-Aircraft armaments, which became very useful against the Imperial Japanese Navy. [2]

During World War 2, nineteen Fletcher class destroyers were sunk while 6 were damaged to such a degree that repair was not carried out[3]

The last Fletcher Class destroyer was decommissioned in 2001 from the Mexican Navy, which gives it an impressive service record of almost 60 years.[3]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Friedman, Norman. US Destroyers: An Illustrated Design History (revised edition, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, 2004), pp.111-112.
  2. Friedman, Norman. US Destroyers: An Illustrated Design History (revised edition, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, 2004), pp 117-119
  3. 3.0 3.1 Destroyer History Foundation. (n.d.). Fletcher Class - 2,100-ton destroyers in WWII. Retrieved October 2019, from http://destroyerhistory.org/fletcherclass/.


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