USS Sumner

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The Allan M. Sumner-class, USS Sumner (DD-692), 1944 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.

The ship is, along with the similarly names Somers (DD-381), the ultimate destroyer ship in the American tree.

General info

Survivability and armour

The USS Sumner has very little but still significant armor. Encased in 19mm of antifragmentation hull armor and 13mm of antifragmentation deck armor, the USS Sumner's armor won't stop any destroyer or larger caliber guns armed with AP or HE with Base fuse. What the minor amount of armor can do is stopping machine gun fire from PT boats and near hit splash damage. However, the major weak point of this ship is the paper thin armor on the dual gun turrets. Anything from 50 caliber machine guns to what seems like a stiff breeze can and will knock out 1/3 of the ship's offensive armament. Understandably, once this ship is targeted by more than one other destroyer, the USS Sumner is quick to sink.

Armour Bow (Slope angle) Sides Stern Deck
Hull N/A 19 mm (0-19°) N/A 13 mm (88-89°)
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Turrets 6 mm 6 mm 6 mm 6 mm


  • The 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.


The USS Sumner's vastly increased firepower compared to previous destroyers come at yet more cost to the max speed of the vessel. While not much, the decrease in 1 or 2 km/h in max speed is noticeable on larger maps as much faster Russian or German ships could appear to have flanked this ship with their much faster max speeds. However, the USS Sumner gains one additional rudder over previous US destroyers, greatly increasing the turn rate of the ship and allowing much greater maneuverability. This is especially noticeable in dodging torpedoes.

Mobility characteristic
Weight (tons)
Max Speed (km/h)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 54 73
Realistic/Simulator 54 63


Primary armament

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Secondary armament

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Anti-aircraft armament

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Torpedo armament

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Special armament

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Usage in battles

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Pros and cons


  • Quick fire rate (4 seconds Aced)
  • Powerful main armaments
  • Great AA defense (12x 40mm cannons and 10x 20mm cannons)
  • Large crew size
  • Good armour for a destroyer


  • Dual turrets are an easy target
  • Expensive repair costs


The Sumner class was introduced as a improvement to the previous Fletcher Class destroyers incorporating many of the lessons learned during the war. Twin 5" guns simplified the deck layout to allow for the installation of more powerful anti-aircraft battery. Two quad 40mm Bofors mounts and two dual 40mm Bofors mounts supplied heavy anti-aircraft fire with 11 x 20mm guns further improving the weight of fire coming from the ship.

Majority of the class would find service in the Pacific Theater from 1944 to 1945 serving as fleet escort. Several in the class would serve as radar picket ships during and after the Battle of Okinawa.

Post War service saw many ships undergoing significant upgrades with the last of the class decommissioned from US Navy service on December 15, 1973.


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See also

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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