USS Moffett (DD-362)

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USS Moffett (DD-362)
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USS Moffett (DD-362)
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Description

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The Porter class, USS Moffett (DD-362) 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

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Mobility

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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

Armament

Primary armament

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 a total of 35 degree and depress a total of 10 degrees.

Secondary armament

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Anti-aircraft armament

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Torpedo armament

Main article: Mk.15 (533 mm)

Moffett is equipped with 8 x 21 inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes, positioned into twin mounts, one placed just behind the rear smoke stack and the other between the two smoke stacks.

Special armament

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Usage in battles

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Modules

Tier Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
I Dry-Docking Tool Set 5 inch Common Mk.32 20 mm HE Anti-Air Armament Targeting
II Rudder Replacement Fire Protection System Smokescreen 5 inch SP Common Mk.46 20 mm AP Auxiliary Armament Targeting
III Propeller Replacement Shrapnel Protection Ventilation 5 inch AAVT Mk.31 Improved Rangefinder Primary Armament Targeting
IV Engine Maintenance New Pumps Ammo Wetting Torpedo Mode Bomb mortar
This is a premium vehicle: all modifications are unlocked on purchase

Pros and cons

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • Poor survivability against larger ships
  • Shorter torpedo distance compared to Japanese destroyers

History

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 a 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 a variety of 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 of the coast of Brazil. 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. She, along with destroyer USS Jouett (DD-396), 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.

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See also

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External links

Citations

  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; https://www.nationalaviation.org/our-enshrinees/moffett-william-adger/

Bibliography

  • Willishaw, F. (1996). USS Moffett (DD-362). Retrieved November 29, 2020, from http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/362.htm
  • The Tin Can Sailors. (1996). USS Moffett. Retrieved November 29, 2020, from http://www.destroyers.org/histories/h-dd-362.htm


Bethlehem Steel Corporation
Destroyers 
Gun Destroyers (DD)  USS Phelps (DD-360) · USS Moffett (DD-362) · USS Cowell (DD-547)
Cruisers 
Cruiser, Light (CL)  USS Raleigh (CL-7)
Cruiser, Armored (CA)  USS Northampton (CA-26) · USS Portland (CA-33)

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Clemson-class  USS Welborn (DD-195) · Clemson (DD-213) · Clemson (DD-336)
Farragut-class  Farragut (DD-355)
Fletcher-class  Fletcher (DD-445) · USS Bennion (DD-662) · USS Cowell (DD-547)
Porter-class  Porter (DD-356) · USS Phelps (DD-360) · USS Moffett (DD-362)
Somers-class  Somers (DD-381)
Allan M. Sumner-class  Sumner (DD-692)

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