USS Moffett

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The Porter-class, USS Moffett (DD-362), 1942 is a premium rank III American destroyer with a battle rating of 5.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "New Power".

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Main fire tower3 / 3 / 3 mm
Hull16 mm (steel)
Superstructure4 mm (steel)
Number of section6
Displacement2 597 t
Crew194 people

Moffett is equipped with anti-fragmentation armour, but this only helps against HE and is useless against shells from most cruisers. That being said, given its reasonable crew size (for a destroyer) and anti-frag protection, Moffett can serve as a destroyer leader and (briefly) tank shells whilst the rest of its team follows up behind. Moffett's turrets are somewhat protected from HMG and autocannon fire but are also large and prone to being disabled by dedicated artillery pieces above 76 mm, though you do have eight of them. The ship also has a row of torpedo tubes which can act as an easy ammo rack to detonate if torpedoes are loaded.


Speedforward / back
AB84 / 35 km/h
RB69 / 29 km/h

The ability to steam above 60 km/h makes Moffett a swift vessel, at the cost of some turning time.

Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 84 35
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 69 29

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
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RB650 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts120 000 Sl icon.png
Aces400 Ge icon.png
Research Aces570 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 290 / 390 / 50 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 136 / 136 / 136 % Rp icon.png
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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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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Shrapnel Protection
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New Pumps
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Ammo Wetting
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20 mm HE magazines
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Anti-Air Armament Targeting
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20 mm AP magazines
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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


Primary armament

4 х Turret2 x 5 inch/38 Mk.12 cannon, mount Mk.22
Ammunition720 rounds
Vertical guidance-10° / 35°

USS Moffett is equipped with 8 x 5 inch/38 (127 mm) SP gun mounts. All are built in a dual mount setup, allowing for more guns on target than single mounts. When using her first stage ammo storage, she can fire 22 rounds per minute, decreasing to 15 rpm once the first stage storage is empty. Each first stage ready rack can hold up to 40 rounds in total. Turret turning speed is 15 degrees per second, and gun elevation speed is 12 degrees per second.

Both forward and rear turret groups have a 150-degree turning radius and can elevate 35 degrees and depress a total of 10 degrees.

Secondary armament

2 х Turret4 x 1.1 inch/75 Mk.1 automatic gun
Ammunition7800 rounds
Belt capacity65 rounds
Fire rate150 shots/min

Moffett has only two 1 inch AA guns. They are slow to traverse and slow to fire, and you are better off using your main cannons with the proximity-fused shells to combat aircraft. Still, they do serve as a deterrent and are still decent enough to destroy any PT boat that comes nearby.

Anti-aircraft armament

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

Instead of using the M2 Browning MG like its tech tree counterpart, Moffett features five Oerlikon autocannons, which is a beefy upgrade compared to the Porter. Along with 28mm secondary, Moffett can deter any incoming aircraft and occasionally destroy them.

Additional armament

Setup 18 x 533 mm steam turbined Mk.15 torpedo
Setup 24 x Mk.6 mortar depth charge
Setup 38 x 533 mm steam turbined Mk.15 torpedo
4 x Mk.6 mortar depth charge

Moffett is equipped with 8 x 21 inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes, positioned into twin mounts, one placed just behind the rear smokestack and the other between the two smokestacks. While it is not the most powerful in-game torpedo, it can still do its job well.

Usage in battles

Similar to her sister ship, the Moffett is excel at hunting other destroyers with its eight 127 mm guns and its anti-fragmentation armour. While it will struggle against larger cruisers (which it will face most of time), it is still doing its job well at supporting larger friendly vessel by providing anti-air support.

Pros and cons


  • High rate of fire
  • Twin quadruple torpedo tube mounts (totalling 8 tubes)
  • Beefy AA armament
  • Top speed of 37 knots (69 km/h)
  • Utilizes anti-fragmentation armour to protect the crew and internal components


  • Poor survivability against larger ships
  • Shorter torpedo distance compared to its comtemporaries
  • Low crew count of 194
  • Carries only 8 torpedoes instead of 16 of its tech tree counterpart


USS Moffett (DD-362) underway on March 26th 1944. Note that she retained her original armament throughout the course of the war, while her sister ships typically had a turret removed to counter their top-heaviness.

USS Moffett was the fourth destroyer of the Porter class to be commissioned and the third to be launched. She was an inter-war destroyer design built for the US Navy. Commissioned in late 1936, the Moffett was immediately put to service as a peacekeeper in the South American theatre. She escorted President Franklin D. Roosevelt to the Atlantic Charter Conference with Winston Churchill and saw active service as a convoy escort in the Atlantic theatre. During her time as a submarine escort, she contributed to the sinking of two U-boats. Moffett was decommissioned after the end of the war and scrapped in 1947.[1][2]

The USS Moffett received her namesake from the "Air Admiral" or "Architect of Naval Aviation", William Adger Moffett, and was sponsored by the late Admiral's daughter Beverly Moffett. W. Moffett is most noted for his in-depth involvement in American naval aviation tactics, supporting the Navy in building the USS Langley, USS Lexington, and USS Saratoga, and his advocacy of the development of lighter-than-air crafts (dirigibles) prior to his death on the USS Akron. [3]

No other US Naval ship has since borne the name Moffett.

Design and development

The Moffett was a member of the Porter class, a class of eight American destroyers intended to replace the preceding Farragut class. Despite being initially designed in 1916, the ships were not built until the early 1930s. Intended to fit within the 1,850-ton displacement limit of the London Naval Treaty, Moffett ended up displacing almost 2,700 tons full as the design was improved.[1] She was 116 metres long, and with 50,000 shaft horsepower, could make 37 knots (69 km/h).[1] Her main armament consisted of eight 5-inch (127 mm) single-purpose guns in four double mounts.[1] She also carried various anti-aircraft defences and eight torpedo tubes in two quadruple mounts.

Moffett was laid down in 1934 by the Bethlehem Steel Shipyard and was launched in December of 1935.[1] After being completed, she was formally commissioned on August 28th, 1936.[1]

Operational History

After her commissioning, the Moffett was immediately put to use in peacekeeping operations. She sailed as part of the Southern Atlantic Neutrality Patrol in 1941, which was responsible for maintaining peace off Brazil's coast. During this time, she also escorted President Franklin D. Roosevelt to his conference with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in Labrador, Canada.[2]

Following the American entry into World War II, Moffett served as a convoy escort in the Atlantic ocean.[2] It was during this time that she achieved her first submarine kill; this occurred when the Moffett sighted a U-boat that had been previously attacked by allied PBM Mariners. Along with the destroyer USS Jouett (DD-396), she successfully sank the submarine using gunfire.[2] Just three months later, Moffett was escorting another allied convoy when she encountered another submarine, U-604. Following a chase that lasted an entire week, the Moffett managed to severely damage the submarine using depth charges, which led to its scuttling.[2]

Moffett spent the remainder of the war as a convoy escort, defending allied convoys travelling from the Caribbean to Europe. She returned to the US in 1945 to receive a refit, but the war ended while she was still in the drydock. As a result, Moffett was decommissioned and scrapped in 1947.[1][2] She received two stars for her service during the war.



See also

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Willishaw, F. (1996)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 The Tin Can Sailors. (1996)
  3. Moffett, William Adger; The National Aviation Hall of Fame;


  • Willishaw, F. (1996). USS Moffett (DD-362). Retrieved November 29, 2020, from
  • The Tin Can Sailors. (1996). USS Moffett. Retrieved November 29, 2020, from

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Gun Destroyers (DD)  USS Phelps · USS Moffett · USS Cowell
Cruiser, Light (CL)  USS Raleigh
Cruiser, Armored (CA)  USS Northampton · USS Portland

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

USA premium ships
Motor torpedo boats  PT-3 · PT-811 · PT-109 · Thunderbolt (PT-556)
Sub-chasers  Carmi (PC-466)
Destroyers  USS Welborn C. Wood · USS Bennion · USS Cowell · USS Moffett · USS Phelps
Light cruisers  USS Detroit · USS Helena