CSS Dewey (DD-1925)


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First of the post-war destroyers. Like other navies the armament of two fore and two aft was standard for these vessels. This armament arrangement for destroyers was pioneered by the UK VW class DD's. The Confederate States navy built their destroyers in groups of four with two years of production giving a full flotilla. Additional flotilla leaders were not built as these ships were considered big enough to carry their own Captain D. Eventually the McKinley class DDL's were used with these vessels to create flotillas of 5 vessels.

The biggest change made to these vessels was the uprading of the gun mountings to give and eighty degree elevation to make them dual purpose guns. this work was carried out during normal refits of the class from 1938 to 1940. The ships proved good investments and with radar and asdic fitted to the ships through the refit system they kept improving.


Displacement 1,500 tons std 1,850 tons full load
Length 321.5 ft
Breadth 33 ft
Draught 12 ft
Machinery 2 shaft steam turbines, 45,000shp
Speed 37 knots
Range 4500 miles at 15 knots (1000 nm at 32 knots)
Armour Nil
Armament 4 x 5.1" (4x1)

6 x 40mm (3x2)

6 x 20mm (6x1)

Aircraft nil
Torpedoes 6 x 21" (2x3)
Complement 120
Notes CSS Dewey



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