USS Gearing

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USS Gearing
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Description

The Gearing-class, USS Gearing (DD-710), 1945 is a rank III American destroyer with a battle rating of 4.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Danger Zone".

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Main fire tower3 / 3 / 3 mm
Hull16 mm (steel)
Superstructure4 mm (steel)
Number of section7
Displacement3 460 t
Crew336 people

The USS Gearing possesses a surprising amount of armour compared to many destroyers of the same BR. This comes in the form of a main belt of 19 mm (3/4 inch) of antifragmentation armour with additional protection around main emplacements and the main rangefinder. The machinery spaces also possess 12 mm (1/2 inch) of deck armour to protect again small calibre plunging fire.

Survivability of the ship comes down to two main points. The first is the very large crew complement of 336 being over 70 crew larger than the USS Fletcher at the same BR. This results in the ship being able to take more overall punishment as there is more crew available to replace losses. The second point and the main downfall of this ship is the dangerously exposed ammo elevators under the main guns that if hit may result in a catastrophic ammo explosion. This may be partially avoided by angling the ship so that incoming shells may hit fore or aft of these elevators but this tactic cannot be used every time.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB78 / 31 km/h
RB64 / 25 km/h

The mobility of the USS Gearing is typical of most American destroyers, meaning that it accelerates quickly, turns surprisingly well, and can switch to reverse in a short amount of time. The overall top speed is competitive at its BR, but will still be beaten by the likes of the Z25 or Soviet destroyers such as the Leningrad.

Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 78 31
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 64 25

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
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RB3 130 → 4 069 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications26 600 Rp icon.png
58 100 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 100 Ge icon.png
Crew training29 000 Sl icon.png
Experts100 000 Sl icon.png
Aces500 Ge icon.png
Research Aces320 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
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142 / 142 / 142 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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Dry-Docking
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Rudder Replacement
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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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Smokescreen
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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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40 mm HE clips
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Anti-Air Armament Targeting
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40 mm AP clips
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Auxiliary Armament Targeting
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Improved Rangefinder
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Primary Armament Targeting
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Bomb mortar
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Torpedo Mode
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Armament

Primary armament

3 х Turret2 x 5 inch/38 Mk.12 cannon, mount Mk.38
Ammunition720 rounds
Vertical guidance-15° / 85°

The 5 inch guns of the USS Gearing are the same as on other American destroyers with their fast fire rate and access to both SAP shells and proximity-fused shells. Unlike the destroyers USS Somers or USS Porter, the USS Gearing only has 3 twin turrets instead of 4, thus resulting in 25% less main calibre firepower.

Secondary armament

2 х Turret2 x 40 mm Bofors L/60 Mark 1 gun
Ammunition4000 rounds
Belt capacity4 rounds
Fire rate156 shots/min
2 х Turret4 x 40 mm Bofors L/60 Mark 2 gun
Ammunition8000 rounds
Belt capacity4 rounds
Fire rate156 shots/min

The USS Gearing has a strongest secondary armament with a total of 12 x 40 mm Bofors cannons that can completely shred any aircraft at medium range and obliterate any small boat that would come too close. These cannons can also make quick work of exposed modules on destroyers at close range.

Anti-aircraft armament

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

The short range AA of the USS Gearing is made up of no less than 11 x 20 mm Oerlikon autocannons. These can quickly handle most close range threats but their range is limited so if they start firing then look out for closing threats.

Additional armament

Setup 110 x 533 mm steam turbined Mk.15 torpedo
Setup 224 x Mk.6 mortar depth charge
Setup 310 x 533 mm steam turbined Mk.15 torpedo
6 x Mk.6 mortar depth charge

The USS Gearing is capable of carrying both 10 x 533 mm Mk.15 Torpedoes and 24 x Mk.6 depth charges. The torpedoes are effective at close range with a powerful warhead consisting of 224 kg of TNT however their limited range of 5.50 km (9.15 km with Torpedo Mode) can limit their utility on larger maps prevalent at higher BRs.

The depth charges are dropped from the back of ship and as such are only useful in the event of an opponent being directly behind the ship. This is a very rare event even at low BRs so carrying these exposed drums of TNT is not recommended.

Usage in battles

The USS Gearing can be played aggressively as the fast firing 5 inch guns and powerful 40 mm cannons can shred most opponents with ease and the large crew count allows for punishment to be taken in return. It is recommended to release torpedoes early in the match to prevent them from being detonated later in the match.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Very powerful close and medium AA armament
  • Large crew complement for a destroyer for longer survivability
  • Fast firing 5 inch guns
  • Good antifragmentation armour

Cons:

  • Torpedoes have a relatively short range even with torpedo mode activated
  • Only 6 main guns compared to most American destroyers with 8
  • Can be easily destroyed by an ammo rack detonation caused by SAP and APHE shots

History

Design and Construction

Design work of the Gearing class started with the preceding Sumner class, which were themselves a modified Fletcher incorporating the new twin high angle twin mounts for the 5"/38 calbre guns. The Gearing design mainly evolves from the Sumner by increasing the length of the hull by 4.3 metres, allowing greater fuel storage and therefore increased range. The higher beam to length ratio also increased the top speed, most of the ships in the class achieving 36 knots. USS Gearing herself was commissioned on May 3rd 1945.

FRAM I Upgrades

During the 1960s, USS Gearing received the Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization (FRAM) 1 upgrades. This converted the Gearing from a primarily anti aircraft destroyer into a dedicated anti submarine warfare destroyer. Modifications include the new advanced sonar, the ASROC anti-submarine torpedo launcher (also capable of launching nuclear depth charges), the Mk.44 torpedo and the DASH anti-submarine helicopter which had a range of 35km as well as the hangar and facilities needed to maintain it.

Service History

USS Gearing was commissioned a few months before the end of WW2 and trained crews for other destroyers until early October of 1945. Her immediate postwar career was spent in peacetime operations on the Atlantic side of the Americas before sailing into the Mediterranean in 1947 until 1948. Gearing would then operate around the Caribbean before taking part in Operation Frostbite, sailing into the Arctic to test and develop cold water techniques and equipment before returning to operate in the Caribbean and Mediterranean until 1961 when she took part in the negotiations for the Santa Maria hijacking. In the following year, Gearing would take part in the blockade of Cuba before moving on to operate in the Atlantic when diplomatic negotiation ended the crisis. After receiving the FRAM I upgrades she would continue her normal operations.

USS Gearing would be decommissioned in 1973 and then sold for scrap the following year.

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Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company
Gun Destroyers (DD) 
Somers-class  USS Somers
Fletcher-class  USS Fletcher
Allen M. Sumner-class  USS Sumner
Gearing-class  USS Gearing
Cruiser, Light (CL) 
Atlanta-class  USS Atlanta

USA destroyers
Clemson-class  USS Welborn C. Wood · USS Barker · USS Litchfield
Farragut-class  USS Aylwin
Porter-class  USS Porter · USS Phelps · USS Moffett
Somers-class  USS Somers · USS Davis
Fletcher-class  USS Fletcher · USS Bennion · USS Cowell
Allen M. Sumner-class  USS Sumner
Gearing-class  USS Gearing
Mitscher-class  USS Mitscher · USS Wilkinson