Bennion (DD-662)

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Fletcher class, USS Bennion (DD-662)
us_destroyer_fletcher_bennion.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
4.3/4.3/4.3BR
273 peopleCrew
Standard armament
127 mm 5/38 Mark 12 Dual Purpose gun5 x Primary
360 roundsAmmunition
2 x 40 mm Bofors L/60 Mark 1 gun5 x Secondary
5 000 roundsAmmunition
500 roundsBelt capacity
156 shots/minFire rate
20 mm Oerlikon Mk.II cannon7 x Anti-aircraft
2 400 roundsAmmunition
60 roundsBelt capacity
450 shots/minFire rate
533 mm steam turbined Mk.15 torpedo2 x Torpedo
5 roundsAmmunition
Additional armament
6 x Mk.6 mortar depth chargeSetup 1
Economy
Sl icon.png2 500/2 500/1 670Repair
10 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
310 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
700 Ge icon.pngAces
x 2.54 Rp icon.pngReward for battle

Description

GarageImage Bennion (DD-662).jpg


The Fletcher class, USS Bennion (DD-662) is a gift Rank III American destroyer with a battle rating of 4.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.79 "Project X" as a Xbox One exclusive vehicle purchasable on the Microsoft Store.

As a Fletcher-class destroyer, the USS Bennion resembles its sister ships Fletcher and Cowell in terms of performance characteristics. The most distinctive differences the USS Bennion has compared to its sisters is its unique dazzle camouflage following the MS-32/13D design pattern. Compared to its closer relative, the Cowell, the Bennion possess an extra 5,000 rounds of 40 mm Bofors ammunition.

General info

Survivability and armour

As part of the Fletcher-class family, the USS Bennion's armour profile are not so different from its sisters, with armour plates covering the individual 127 mm gun turrets and primarily hull protection at the sides and roof.

Armour type:

  • Antifragmentation armour
  • Cast homogeneous armour
  • Hardened armour
Armour Bow (Slope angle) Sides Stern Deck
Hull N/A 13 mm (0-24°) N/A 13 mm (85-89°)
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Turrets 3.2 mm Front
15 mm Gun mantlet
3.2 mm 3.2 mm 3.2 mm

Notes:

  • The fire-control radar atop the bridge is covered with an antifragmentation armour with 19 mm thickness.
  • Gun shields around the 20 mm Oerlikon autocannons are 12.7 mm thick.

Mobility

Mobility characteristic
Weight (tons)
2,924
Max Speed (km/h)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 58 79
Realistic/Simulator 56 65

Armament

Primary armament

127 mm 5/38 Mark 12 Dual Purpose gun (x5)
Turrets (Bow to stern)
Turret 1 Turret 2 Turret 3 Turret 4 Turret 5
Vertical guidance -15°/+85°
Horizontal guidance ±150° ±143° ±150°
Ammo capacity 1,800
Ammunition
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration in mm @ 0° Angle of Attack
1000m 2500m 5000m 7500m 10000m 15000m
127 mm AAC Mk.34 HE 54 49 40 36 36 36
127 mm Common Mk.32 SAP 125 100 70 50 38 25
127 mm AAVT Mk.31 HE-VT 54 49 40 36 36 36
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay

in m:

Fuse sensitivity

in mm:

Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
Ricochet:
0% 50% 100%
127 mm AAC Mk.34 HE 792 25 0.4 0.1 3,220 +0° 79° 80° 81°
127 mm Common Mk.32 SAP 792 25 10 10 1,150 -1° 47° 60° 65°
127 mm AAVT Mk.31 HE-VT 792 25 0.0 0.1 3,220 +0° 79° 80° 81°

Secondary armament

Main article: Bofors (40 mm)
40 mm Bofors Mk. I (x10)
Turrets (Bow to stern)
Front port turret (x2) Front starboard turret (x2) Middle port turret (x2) Middle starboard turret (x2) Rear turret (x2)
Vertical guidance -15°/+88° -10°/+88° -15°/+88°
Horizontal guidance -150°/+90° -90°/+150° -180°/+20° -20°/+180° ±180°
Ammo capacity 25,000
Belts
Belts Shell composition Combat usage
Universal AP-T – HEF-T – AP-T – HEF-T
40 mm HE clips HEF-T – HEF-T – HEF-T – AP-T
40 mm AP clips AP-T – AP-T – AP-T – HEF-T

Anti-aircraft armament

20 mm Oerlikon Mk.II (x7)
Turrets (Bow to stern)
Front port turret Middle port turret Front starboard turret Middle starboard turret Rear port turret Rear starboard turret Rear stern turret
Vertical guidance -80°/+65° ±100° -65°/+80° ±100° ±180°
Horizontal guidance -4°/+50°
Ammo capacity 16,800

Torpedo armament

Main article: Mk.15
533 mm steam turbined Mk.15 torpedo (x10)
Mode Mass (kg) Maximum speed
in water (km/h)
Travel distance (km) Depth stroke (m) Arming
distance (m)
Explosive type Explosive mass (kg)
Stock 1,559 83 5.50 1.0 50 TNT 224
Torpedo mode 62 9.15

Special armament

  • Without load
  • 6 x Mk.6 mortar depth charge

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Dual-purpose 5-inch guns
  • Access to proximity-fuze shells for anti-aircraft duties

Cons:

  • More protected only against fragmentation and shrapnel than against shells

History

Featured Image: Historical image of USS Bennion underway on 13 January 1945.

The Fletcher-class destroyers were conceived as a 2,100 ton class destroyer following the underwhelming construction of the Benson and Gleaves-class destroyers that could not equip a total of five 5-inch guns and ten torpedoes. The design was approved in 27 January 1940 by the Secretary of the Navy, Charles Edison, with construction plans expanded after the Battle of France in Europe when Congress passed the Two-Ocean Navy Act on July 19th, allowing for the construction of 115 destroyers. The Fletcher-class destroyers began construction in October 1941, with eleven shipyards involved in their production. By the war's end, 175 Fletcher-class destroyers were produced.[1]

The USS Bennion was first laid down on 19 March 1943 at the Boston Navy Yard, named after Captain Mervyn S. Bennion, who was killed during the Japanese Pearl Harbor attack on 07 December 1941 while commanding the USS West Virginia battleship.[2] The destroyer, christened by Bennion's widow, was launched on 04 July 1943, and following sea trials was commissioned into service on 14 December 1943 with Joshua W. Cooper in command.[3] The USS Bennion was put into service in Destroyer Squadron 56 in Destroyer Division 111.[1]

USS Bennion left for the Pacific on 03 March 1944, conducting training around Pearl Harbor until May 29th. From then, the USS Bennion joined the Pacific War as as a fighter director and radar picket ship and saw action at Saipan, Tinian, Guam, Peliliu, Philippines, Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.[3] At Leyte Gulf, the USS Bennion was involved in the Battle of Surigao Strait, where it assisted with the sinking of the Japanese battleship Yamashiro.[4] For the USS Bennion's actions off of Okinawa, the destroyer received eight battle stars and a presidential unit citation.[3][5]

After the war, the USS Bennion was sent to the Puget Sound Navy Yard on 21 October 1945 before being decommissioned on 20 June 1946 and became part of the reserve fleet. USS Bennion was stricken from the register on 15 April 1971 and was sold in 30 May 1973 and broken up for scrap.[3]

Media

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See also

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)

USA premium ships
MTB  58 ft PT-3 · Elco 80 ft PT-109 · Elco 80 ft PT-556
Destroyers  Bennion (DD-662) · Cowell (DD-547)

  1. 1.0 1.1 McComb, Dave, and Paul Wright. US Destroyers, 1942-45: Wartime Classes. Osprey Publishing Ltd., 2010
  2. Willshaw, Fred. "USS BENNION (DD-662)." NavSource Naval History, Website
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 History Central. "USS Bennion DD 662." History Central, 1999, Website
  4. Holloway, James L. "Second Salvo at Surigao Strait." U.S. Naval Institute, Oct. 2010, Website
  5. Parkinson, Bill. "USS Bennion DD 662 Presidential Unit Citation." Destroyer History Foundation, Website