USS Welborn C. Wood

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Rank IV USSR | Premium | Golden Eagles
Tu-1 Pack
USS Welborn C. Wood
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USS Welborn C. Wood
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The Clemson-class, USS Welborn C. Wood (DD-195), 1936 is a premium rank I American destroyer with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "New Power".

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Hull16 mm (steel)
Superstructure4 mm (steel)
Number of section7
Displacement1 699 t
Crew150 people

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Speedforward / back
AB79 / 26 km/h
RB65 / 22 km/h

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Mobility Characteristics
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Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 79 26
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 65 22

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB120 Sl icon.png
RB170 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications5 010 Rp icon.png
510 Sl icon.png
Crew training150 Sl icon.png
Experts1 000 Sl icon.png
Aces20 Ge icon.png
Research Aces140 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 50 / 70 / 50 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 75 / 75 / 75 % Rp icon.png
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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600 Rp icon.png
60 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
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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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100 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
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Ammo Wetting
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330 Rp icon.png
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Auxiliary Armament Targeting
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Improved Rangefinder
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Primary Armament Targeting
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Primary armament

4 х Turret4 inch/50 Mk.9 cannon
Ammunition300 rounds
Vertical guidance-10° / 20°

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Secondary armament

Turret3 inch/23 Mk.4 cannon
Ammunition350 rounds

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Additional armament

Setup 112 x 21 in wet-heating Mk.8 torpedo
Main article: 21 in Mk.8 (533 mm)

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Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

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USS Welborn C. Wood (DD-195) was a destroyer of the Clemson class built for the American navy just after the end of World War 1. The ship was among the most advanced destroyers of it’s time when it was commissioned in 1918 and served with the United States navy during the 1920s. She was transferred to the Coast Guard in 1931 as USCGD Wood, and was decommissioned in 1934. After the start of the Second World War, she was recommissioned and eventually transferred to the United Kingdom, where she served as HMS Chesterfield. She served as a convoy escort in WWII before being decommissioned and scrapped in 1948.

Design and development

The Clemson class was a large class of 156 destroyers built for the United States Navy (USN) just after the end of the First World War. Designed as a follow-up to the previous Wickes class, the ships were the last flush-decked destroyers built for the USN, in that their main deck was level throughout the entire ship. As well, they were the most numerous destroyers to serve in the USN until the introduction of the 175-ship Fletcher class during the Second World War. Welborn C. Wood was laid down in September of 1918 and eventually completed by January of 1921.

Welborn C. Wood displaced 1215 tons and had a crew complement of 111 officers and men. Her main armament consisted of four 4-inch (100 mm) guns in single mounts, with one at the front, two on side sponsons and one aft. Her initial secondary armament consisted of three 3-inch (76 mm) guns in single mounts, intended for anti-aircraft defence. Finally, the Welborn C. Wood carried twelve 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes in four triple mounts, with six being able to fire to each side. Powered by geared turbines, the ship was capable of 35 knots (65 km/h).

Operational history

After her commissioning in 1921, the Welborn C. Wood served for a short time in fleet exercises before being placed into reserve due to the relaxed naval demand of the interwar years. However, the introduction of prohibition (preventing individuals from accessing alcohol) resulted in a rise in liquor-smuggling, particularly by sea. As a result, in 1929, the Welborn C. Wood was one of 25 old American destroyers given to the Coast Guard to enforce complete prohibition. She was thus renamed the USCGD Wood, and served on the “rum patrol”, the American destroyer force tasked with stopping ships from illegally importing alcohol. After four years of patrols, the Welborn C. Wood was again placed into reserve in 1934.

After the start of war in Europe, the Welborn C. Wood was immediately reactivated to help supplement the American neutrality patrols, mainly to protect the American coastlines and shipping routes. However, in 1940, the American and British signed the Destroyers-for-bases deal. During that time, the British navy was deeply in need for destroyers as the waters around the UK were blockaded by the United Kingdom. As a result, the US agreed to exchange 50 surplus destroyers for 99-year leases on British ports such as Newfoundland and Bermuda. Welborn C. Wood was one of the 50 destroyers and was handed to the British in September of 1940.

After her transfer, Welborn C. Wood was renamed Chesterfield and served in the Atlantic theatre. She was modified for the convoy escort role through the removal of three of her four 100 mm guns and three of her four triple torpedo tubes, which reduced her weight and allowed the fitting of depth charge racks and hedgehog anti submarine mortars. From 1942 to 1943, Chesterfield served in the Atlantic where she escorted several convoys. She attempted to attack the German submarine U-268 with depth charges, but ended up damaging herself with her depth charges and returned to Plymouth for repairs. She was subsequently turned into a target ship for aircraft. She was decommissioned in late 1945, and scrapped in 1948.



See also

Related development

External links


  • Helgason, G. (1995). USS Welborn. Retrieved January 26, 2021, from

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Clemson-class  USS Welborn C. Wood · HMS Churchill*
  *USS Herndon in UK service

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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
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