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Clemson
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Destroyer | U.S.A. | Tier IV
Tech Tree Position
Wickes
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Langley
Nicholas
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General
Research price6000 exp
Purchase price720,000 Credits
Hit Points8,800 
Main Battery
102 mm/50 Mk124 х 1 pcs.
Rate of Fire8.57 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
Rotation Speed10 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time18 sec.
Firing Range7.85 km.
Maximum Dispersion73 m.
HE Shell102 mm HE/HC Mk15 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,500 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
Initial HE Shell Velocity884 m./s.
HE Shell Weight14.97 kg.
AP Shell102 mm AP/SC Mk16 
Maximum AP Shell Damage1,700 
Initial AP Shell Velocity884 m./s.
AP Shell Weight14.97 kg.
Torpedo Tubes
533 mm Triple4 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fire1.5 shots/min.
Reload Time40 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
TorpedoBliss Leavitt Mk9 mod. 1b 
Maximum Damage9,900 
Torpedo Speed56 knot
Torpedo Range5.04 km.
AA Defense
76.2 mm/23 Mk71 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second
. . . Firing Rangekm.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed35 knot
Turning Circle Radius520 m.
Rudder Shift Time4.1 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range7.02 km.
Air Detectability Range3.06 km.
Battle Levels
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IV
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720,000

Clemson — American Tier IV destroyer.

Developed from the Wickes class, Clemson belonged to the second series of the U.S. Navy "flush-deckers". The ship's hull was designed in such a way that the single mounts of the main battery could be replaced by twin mounts in order to double the destroyer's firepower.

Modules

Main Battery Rate of Fire
(shots/min)
180° Turn Time
(sec)
Maximum Dispersion
(m)
Maximum HE Shell Damage
(HP)
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell
(%)
Maximum AP Shell Damage
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
102 mm/50 Mk128.618731,50061,700 050,000
102 mm/50 Mk148.618731,50061,700 650100,000
Hull Hit Points
(HP)
Armor
(mm)
Armor
(mm)
Main Turrets
(pcs.)
Secondary Gun Turrets
(pcs.)
AA Mounts
(pcs.)
Torpedo Tubes
(pcs.)
Hangar Capacity
(pcs.)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Clemson (A)8,8006214140 077,000
Clemson (B)10,9006214240 1,100178,000
Torpedoes Rate of Fire
(shots/min)
Torpedo Tubes Reload Time
(sec)
180° Turn Time
(sec)
Maximum Damage
(HP)
Torpedo Speed
(knot)
Torpedo Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Bliss Leavitt Mk91.5407.29,900565 070,000
Mark 110.9667.211,733565.5 1,000152,000
Gun Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Mk4 mod. 107.8 044,000
Mk4 mod. 2108.6 650102,000
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Propulsion: 27,000 hp35 048,000

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Main Armaments Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 Magazine Modification 1
 Slot 2  Damage Control System Modification 1 Propulsion Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 1

Player Opinion

Performance

As a torpedo boat, Clemson is a difficult destroyer to play due to its poor, short-ranged torpedoes. While the upgraded torpedoes have an added 1700 damage and 0.5km range, it has an increased reload time of 26 seconds (23.4 with Torpedo Armament Expertise skill), which makes it questionable to upgrade to the Mk 11 torpedoes. The guns are excellent with relatively good shell speed and penetration for 102mm guns. However, its range is relatively short, much like a Japanese destroyer at 8.6km. Additionally, it has a relatively high detectability of 7km, slightly worse than its Tier V counterpart and much worse than the Isokaze. However, it does have good rudder shift time, allowing for short-notice dodging. Its 2x3 torpedoes per side allow it to launch waves of torpedoes and keep the enemy at arm's length.

In summary, it is a solid US destroyer, featuring good shell speed and maneuverability despite the below-average torpedoes.

Pros:

  • Relatively good ergonomics for a small ship.
  • Good shell speed.
  • Good HE damage and AP penetration.
  • Fast turret traverse and reload.
  • The gun upgrade replaces the single turrets with twins, doubling the firepower and outgunning any same-tier destroyer.
  • Fast rudder shift time.
  • Small profile.
  • Relatively quick torpedo reload- until the upgrade.

Cons:

  • High detectability.
  • Very short-ranged torpedoes (cannot torpedo outside of detection range).

Research

Availability of researchable upgrades for Clemson is as follows:

  • Main Battery: Unlocking and equipping this module doubles the number of Clemson’s main battery guns; all of her single-mount guns become double mounts. Hull (B) must be researched in order to research this module.
  • Hull: Upgrade to Hull (B) for a healthy boost in hit points, a few more AA mounts, and marginally faster rudder shift times. Research of this module unlocks progression to Nicholas.
  • Torpedoes: Upgrade to the Mark 11 torpedoes for more damage and range. Hull (B) must be researched in order to research this module.
  • Gun Fire Control System: Upgrade to Mk4 mod. 2 for an extra 10% range on the main battery.
Hull (B) is the priority here, as all of Clemson’s best upgrades are locked behind it. The improved Main Battery module is arguably more powerful than the upgraded Torpedo one; being able to put six 102mm barrels on target gives Clemson nearly unparalleled firepower at her tier for gunning down enemy destroyers.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Clemson are as follows:

Commander Skills

Consumables

Clemson can equip the following consumables:

Destroyers are fragile ships; as such, captains are encouraged to equip Damage Control Party II (While active, instantly repairs any module incapacitations, fires, and floods.) at a minimum in order to repair modules and extinguish fires as quickly as possible.

Camouflage

Type 1, 2, or 5 camouflage can be equipped for credits; Types 1 or 5 are recommended at a minimum to reduce detectibility range.

Signals

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

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