History of USS Stoddard (DD-566)

During World War II, the Fletcher-class battle destroyer became one of the United States Navy's (USN) primary surface combatants. 1939-1945), on the grounds that some 175 designs were completed, involving a total of 11 US shipyards. The type continued to serve in foreign navies - from Argentina and Brazil to postwar West Germany and Turkey.

Subtypes have also emerged, and can be seen in Japan, West Germany, Italy, Spain, and Korea.

The 2,000-ton vessel is fast in a straight line through the water, reaching speeds of 35 knots under ideal conditions, and carries useful armament, led by a 5-inch gun, complemented by 40mm and 20mm anti-aircraft naval gun. Aircraft deterrent guns are protected.

Add to that a submarine-hunting capability capable of firing depth charges, and enemy surface ships fear her ten torpedo tubes. All in all, these are downright multi-mission warships, built in such numbers that the enemy is forced to acknowledge their presence in every battle.

The aircraft carrier USS Stoddard (DD-566) was built by the Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Company off the northwest coast of the United States. Her keel was laid on March 10, 1943, and the hull was launched on November 19 of the same yearexactly what the U.S. Navy wanted for this type of warship.

The official commissioning took place on April 15, 1944, and the ship sailed into the Anti-Japanese War.

A team of 329 specialists is on board, powered by 4 oil-fired boiler units feeding twin gear steam turbines producing 60,000 hp to drive twin shafts under the stern. Combined with her relatively light weight of 2,050 tons, the destroyer is capable of speeds well above the typical 30 knots.

The range is up to 6,500 nautical miles at a steam speed of 15 knots.

The armament is spearheaded by a 5 x 5 in (130 mm) main gun, with the turrets distributed in five single gun turrets - two in the forward design and the remaining three near the stern. 4 x 40mm Bofors Anti-Aircraft (AA) automatic cannons are paired with 4 x 20mm Oerlikon cannons to provide air defense against strike fighters.

Carry 10 x 21" (533mm) torpedo tubes as well as 6 x depth charge launchers and 2 x depth charge racks. With all the tools in the toolbox, the warship can engage air, land, surface and underwater targets with equal enthusiasm .

In July 1945, the ship underwent trials in San Diego waters before she set off for the war. Her first deployment was in Alaskan waters as part of TF94 (Task Force 94) in the North Pacific campaign. She then took part in the crucial naval battle of Okinawa, acting as a radar station and screen for the region's larger warships. After the fall of the Japanese Empire in August/September 1945, she remained in Japanese waters until recalled to the United States in November, before joining the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.

After returning to service, she returned to service in 1951 and was called to the Western Pacific to evacuate Chinese nationalists from mainland China.

Stoddard was also involved in operations related to the Vietnam War (1955-1975) and spent three years (1965-1968) supporting the war effort there. Their artillery was used against Viet Cong land-based targets in support of ground forces operating inland.

She toured the region three times in recognition of her role in the conflict.

Her active duty service ended with the First Fleet (West Coast) in September 1969, prior to her retirement. The ship was then placed on Mare Island, California. On June 1, 1975, the USS Stoddard was the last Fletcher-class to be removed from the Naval Register.

Since then, it has been used as the target of various test programs and tested the 20mm anti-aircraft phalanx Block 0 defense system from November 1983 to 1990.

On July 22, 1997, she sank during controlled demolition off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii, marking her official death.

USS Stoddard (DD-566) Specification

Basics

Year of Service

1944

Origins

United States

Status

stop service

Destroyed, scrapped.

supplement

329

staff

SHIPBUILDER

Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation - USA

Class information

Class

Fletcher Class

Class Size

175

ships

Class

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Operators

United States

Characters

Sea Bombing

Maritime bombardment/attack of surface targets/areas primarily through ship-based ballistic weapons.

Land Assault

Littoral attacks against surface targets primarily through ship-based missiles/missile weapons.

Sea Patrol

Active patrolling of critical waterways and sea areas; also serves as a local deterrent against air and maritime threats.

Airspace Denial/Deterrence

Neutralization or deterrence of flying elements by airborne missile weapon ballistics.

Fleet Support

Provide support (fire or materiel) to major surface fleets in blue water environments.

Notable Features

Main Turret

The main armament is mounted in the main turret arrangement providing enhanced protection.

Air Defense

Airborne systems warn and protect ships from airborne and low-altitude ballistic and/or missile threats.

Torpedo

Able to launch torpedoes at distant targets.

Dimensions and Weight

Length

376.5 feet

114.76 m

Ray

39.7 feet

12.10m

Draft

17.8 feet

5.43m

Shift

2,050

t

Power and Performance

Installed Power:

4 x boilers (oil oil) powering 2 x geared steam turbines rated at 60,000 hp, 2 x shafts exhausted to the rear.

Surface Speed

35. 0 kts

(40. 3 mph)

Range

6,517 nm

(7,500 mi | 12,070 km)

kts = knots | mph = miles-per-hour | nm = nautical miles | mi = miles | km = kilometers1 kts = 1. 15 mph | 1 nm = 1. 15 mi | 1 nm = 1. 85 km

ARMAMENT

5 x 5" (130mm) turreted main guns in five single-gunned turrets (two fore, three aft). 4 x 40mm Bofors Anti-Aircraft (AA) guns. 4 x 20mm Oerlikon AA guns. 10 x 21" (533mm) torpedo tubes. 6 x Depth Charge Projectors. 2 x Depth Charge Racks.

AIRCRAFT

None.

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