In this article, I describe, in detail, the World War Two United States destroyer, USS Farragut.
At 7:55 AM, Sunday, December 7, 1941, The United States Navy had more than 40 destroyers anchored in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The USS Farragut was one of them. She was a very fine ship. These are her characteristics.
The USS Farragut was named after Mr. David Glasgow Farragut. He was a very highly decorated Flag Officer and Union hero during the American Civil War. Interestingly enough, he was the very first Vice-Admiral, Rear Admiral, and full Admiral of the United States Navy. His daring exploits helped to secure a great Union victory over the Confederacy at the Battle of Mobile Bay. It was during this engagement that Admiral Farragut made the famous exaltation, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!”
The Farragut was built by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts. Her keel was laid down on September 20 1932, and she was launched on the 15th of March 1934. The sleek and handsome ship was then commissioned on June 18 1934. She served the United States Navy proudly, throughout the entire Second World War, finally being decommissioned on the 23rd of October 1945. Sadly, she would be sold for scarp on the 14th of August 1947.
The Farragut was the leading ship of her new class of destroyers [The Farragut Class] They were an improvement over previous classes that had been constructed just after the Great War [World War One] had concluded. They were longer, faster and much better armed. For example, the Farragut herself was 341 feet and 3 inches long, 34 feet and 3 inches wide, and contained a draft of 16 feet and 2 inches. In addition, she displaced 1,365 tons of water when fully loaded.
All members of the Farragut Class of destroyers were exceptionally fast. They could glide through the water like a spooked deer running through the forest. The namesake ship was no exception. For example, with its geared turbines and dual screws, she was capable of 37 knots, which is the equivalent of 69 kilometers per hour.
In addition, all Farragut Class destroyers were very well armed. And, once again, the namesake ship was no exception. For example, as built [And the way she was on December 7 1941], the USS Farragut contained a main battery of 5, five inch dual purpose guns, 4, .50 caliber anti-aircraft guns, and 8, twenty-one inch diameter torpedo tubes for long range fire support. And to top it all off, no ship, no matter how well built and well armed, would be anything without her crew. To that end, The Farragut contained a complement of 160 officers and enlisted men.
In summation, the United States Navy of the Second World War was a supreme, elite, and dynamic fighting force. In short, it was the very best in the history of the world. And the USS Farragut was a big part of it all.