Class: Wickes-Class Destroyer Transferred: 24 August 1944 Fate: Returned to UK for scrapping 23 June 1949 Displacement: 1090 tons standard Length(OA): 314 ft 4 in Beam: 30 ft 10 in Speed: 35 Knots Armament: 4 x 4 in (4 x 1), 2 x 3 in AA (2 x 1), 12 x 21 in TT (4 x 3), 2 x 0.5 in MG, 1 x DCT, 2 x DCR, 15 DC
Spent her entire career in the Soviet Navy on escort duty was targeted and missed on two occasions by German subs
GUARD THE CONVOY: While this unit is in the same sector as a friendly Auxiliary unit, enemy units can't attack that Auxiliary unit until this unit has been attacked at least once in the same phase.
MISSED TARGET: The first time this unit is the target of a Torpedo attack, you may roll a die. On a roll of 4 or higher, that Torpedo attack misses
EVADE TORPEDOES: Once per game, when an enemy unit would make a Torpedo attack against this unit, you may roll a die. On a 3 or higher, the Torpedo attack automatically misses instead. This unit can't move during the Sea Movement phase the turn after it uses this ability.
Soviet Warships of the Second World War by Jurg Meister says the following about the nine lend-lease Wickes/Clemson class destroyers:
"These vessels were originally armed with 4 inch (4 x1) and one 3 inch (AA guns and twelve 21-inch (4 x 3 ) TT when transferred to the Royal Navy in 1940. Their armament was much reduced to improve AA and A/S qualities, and seaworthiness, and sea and air warning radar was added. Eight of these former American destroyers were handed over by the RN in the UK to the Soviet Northern Fleet 30/5/44 and reached Polyarnoye on 24/8/44. The ninth vessel, Drushny, was handed over 26/8/44 as a "spare parts" ship, but was also commissioned by the Soviet Navy after its arrival 32/9/44."
The books gives the following specifications for the ships as delivered to the Soviets:
1,090 tons displacement 314 ft 3 in length oa, 30 ft, 8 in beam 35 kts
Nothing really changed on base specifications from the as-built. They still had four stacks, but the after three stacks were cut down a bit in height to improve stability. For our purposes the main difference is the armament.
Armament: 1 x 4 in, 1 x 12 pdr AA, 6 x 20 mm AA (6 x 1), 6 x 533 mm TT (2 x 3)
No mention of the ASW armament.
Destroyers of World War Two by Whitley gives the same revised armament (Except only 4 x 20 mm) and says "Depth-charge stowage was increased and asdic installed." while in British hands. But does not say what that DC stowage was specifically.
Finally! Conway's says the British refit them with the following armament:
1 x 4 in, 1 x 12 pdr AA, 3 or 4 x 20 mm, 3 x 21 in Mk II TT (1 x 3), and 60 or 80 DCs.
Pooling the best of that together gives:
1 x 4 in, 1 x 12 pdr AA, 6 x 20 mm (6 x 1), 6 x 21 in TT (2 x 3). 2 x DCR, 1 x DCT and 60 - 80 DCs
The single 4 inch gun was the only original American armament retained.
One of the main limitations of the Wickes/Clemson class was the large turning radius which was not great for ASW. The RN was happy to give them to the Soviets.
So the attack stats according to the guidelines would be the following:
Mains: 2/2/1 (Sackville) AA: 4 ASW: 4 (possibly 5 if very generous, but probably better to give 4 plus an ASW SA) TT: 2/1 Armor: 2/5/2
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