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TORPEDO SHIPS

BAGLEY destroyers (1937)

Ralph Talbot 1942

Mugford 1944

No Name Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
DD386 Bagley Norfolk N Yd, Portsmouth 7/1935 3/9/1936 6/1937 stricken 2/1947
DD387 Blue Norfolk N Yd, Portsmouth 9/1935 27/5/1937 8/1937 sunk 22/8/1942
DD388 Helm Norfolk N Yd, Portsmouth 9/1935 27/5/1937 10/1937 stricken 2/1947
DD389 Mugford Boston N Yd, Charlestown 10/1935 31/10/1936 8/1937 target in nuclear tests 7/1946, scuttled 22/3/1948
DD390 Ralph Talbot Boston N Yd, Charlestown 10/1935 31/10/1936 10/1937 target in nuclear tests 7/1946, scuttled 8/3/1948
DD391 Henley Mare Island N Yd, Vallejo 10/1935 11/1/1937 8/1937 sunk 3/10/1943
DD392 Patterson Puget Sound N Yd, Bremerton 7/1935 6/5/1937 9/1937 stricken 2/1947
DD393 Jarvis Puget Sound N Yd, Bremerton 8/1935 6/5/1937 10/1937 sunk 9/8/1942
  

Displacement standard, t

1646

Displacement full, t

2245

Length, m

101.8 wl 104.0 oa

Breadth, m

10.8

Draught, m

3.91 full load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

General Electric geared steam turbines, 4 Babcock & Wilcox boilers

Power, h. p.

49000

Max speed, kts

38.5

Fuel, t

oil 337 - 504

Endurance, nm (kts) 6500 (12)

Armament

4 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 12, 4 x 1 - 12.7/90, 4 x 4 - 533 TT, 2 DCR (14)

Sensors

sonar

Complement 158

   

Ship project history: These ships were built under the FY1934 program and really were similar to Bethlehem designed Gridley but redesigned under possibilities of naval yards. They differed by more strong hull and machinery repeating accepted on Mahan class.

Though Bagley class destroyers have appeared slower than Gridley class, they were considered by naval specialists as much more successful.

Modernizations: early 1942, all: - 4 x 1 - 12.7/90; + 6 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4

late 1942, all survived: + 1 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 4 DCT (44 DC in total)

1944, all survived: + 1 x 2 - 40/56 Mk 1/2

 

1/1946, DD386, 388-390, 392: 2 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 30, 2 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 21, 1 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 1, 7 x 1 - 20/70 MK 10, 4 x 4 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (44)

 

Naval service: Jarvis 8/8/1942 during Guadalcanal landing was damaged by Japanese air torpedo from G4M bomber and sunk next day by Japanese aircraft S of Guadalcanal. Blue 22/8/1942 was badly damaged by a torpedo from Japanese destroyer Kawakaze and scuttled next day at Guadalcanal. Henley 3/10/1943 was sunk at coast of New Guinea by Japanese submarine RO108.

Mugford 7/8/1942 was damaged by Japanese aircraft during Guadalcanal landing and repaired till the end of a year; 16/9/1944 she was damaged by mine, repair lasted till November, 1944, she was again damaged by kamikaze 5/12/1944 and 5/1/1945. Helm was damaged by kamikaze 5/1/1945. Patterson and Ralph Talbot in battle at Sawo island 9/8/1942 were damaged by Japanese ships and were under repair till the end of year. Ralph Talbot was badly damaged by kamikaze 27/4/1945.

Mugford and Ralph Talbot participated in nuclear tests in July, 1946 at Bikini atoll. Both were sunk as targets in 1948 at new weapons tests. 

 

Mugford 1945

Ivan Gogin, 2014-15