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 USS ''Benham'' (DD-397) was the lead ship of her class of destroyers and the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for Andrew Ellicot Kennedy Benham. It missed the attack on Pearl Harbor, being an escort for the USS ''[[Enterprise]]'' on its way to Midway at the time. It also served off Hawaii during the Doolittle raid, rescued survivors from several ships, and operated during the Battle of Midway and the landings on Guadalcanal, among other missions. It was torpedoed and rendered unusable, for which she was sunk at the end of 1942. USS ''Benham'' (DD-397) was the lead ship of her class of destroyers and the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for Andrew Ellicot Kennedy Benham. It missed the attack on Pearl Harbor, being an escort for the USS ''[[Enterprise]]'' on its way to Midway at the time. It also served off Hawaii during the Doolittle raid, rescued survivors from several ships, and operated during the Battle of Midway and the landings on Guadalcanal, among other missions. It was torpedoed and rendered unusable, for which she was sunk at the end of 1942.
 ====Design==== ====Design====
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 +The Benham-class of destroyers was the last class of destroyers in the United States Navy that was equipped with 16 torpedo tubes. They were improved in several ways over the preceding classes, but also somewhat heavier passing the 1,500 ton mark by more than 10% when carrying their standard load.
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 +Compared to the earlier Bagley-class they had one less boiler, which resulted in a noticably smaller funnel. Otherwise their propulsion was not all too different, the three aforementioned boilers would generate steam for two sets of turbines, which would give the ship a designed horsepower of 50,000 for a speed of 38.5kn. The cruising range was 6,500 nautical miles at a speed of 12 knots.
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 +The main armament consisted of four 127mm/38 dual purpose guns mounted in four single mounts. A new feature of the 16-torpedo destroyers was that the guns were no longer in pedestal mounts, but instead utilized base-ring mounts, which included an ammunition hoist for a faster and more convenient ammunition supply to the main armament. This kind of mount would become the standard of all the subsequent destroyers fielded by the USN during WW2.
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 +Most prominent on the Benham-class were the four quad torpedo launchers. It was intended that these would permit the ship to fire a full 16 torpedo barrage against a target using gyros to steer the torpedoes into the desired direction. No reloads were fitted on these ships for the torpedo launchers. A downside of this armament was that the ships were overloaded and dangerously topheavy. As such, it was decided during World War Two to remove at least one pair of torpedo launchers.
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 +The auxilliary armament initially consisted of four .50 cal machine guns. This was deemed inefficient and over the course of World War Two measures were taken to strengthen AA defenses. Depending on how many torpedo launchers were removed, up to two or four twin mounts of the 40mm Bofors were mounted as well as a handful of 20mm Oerlikons, with the .50 cal machine guns being removed due to their limited effectiveness. The initial ASW-equipment consisted of a sonar and ten depth charges in two racks. Latter was supplemented by four depth charge throwers and an increase in the total depth charge count to 46 in 1941-1942.
  
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Benham
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Destroyer | U.S.A. | Tier IX
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General
Purchase pricepromo  Doubloons
Hit Points14,500 
Main Battery
127 mm/38 Mk30 mod. 04 х 1 pcs.
Rate of Fire18.18 shots/min.
Reload Time3.3 sec.
Rotation Speed30 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Timesec.
Firing Range12.6 km.
Maximum Dispersion109 m.
HE Shell127 mm HE Mk32 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,800 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
Initial HE Shell Velocity792 m./s.
HE Shell Weight24.5 kg.
AP Shell127 mm AP/SC Mk38 
Maximum AP Shell Damage2,100 
Initial AP Shell Velocity792 m./s.
AP Shell Weight25 kg.
Torpedo Tubes
533 mm Mk142 х 4 / 2 х 4 pcs.
Rate of Fire0.71 shots/min.
Reload Time85 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
Torpedo533 mm Mk15 
Maximum Damage15,200 
Torpedo Speed65 knot
Torpedo Range10.5 km.
AA Defense
127 mm/38 Mk302 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second16 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
127 mm/38 Mk30 mod. 02 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second21.4 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
12.7 mm Browning M2 mod. 24 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second15.2 
. . . Firing Range1.2 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed36.5 knot
Turning Circle Radius560 m.
Rudder Shift Time3.4 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range7.56 km.
Air Detectability Range2.86 km.
Battle Levels
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Benham — American promo premium Tier IX destroyer.

The lead ship of a series of destroyers whose main armament comprised four quadruple torpedo tubes placed along the both sides of the ship, in addition to dual-purpose 127 mm guns.

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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)
127 mm/38 Mk3018.261091,80052,100 00
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)
Benham14,50062044/440 00
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)
533 mm Mk150.7857.215,2006510.5 00
Gun Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Mk9 mod. 1012.6 00
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Propulsion: 50,000 hp36.5 00

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
 Slot 3  Main Battery Modification 2 AA Guns Modification 1 Aiming Systems Modification 1
 Slot 4  Damage Control System Modification 2 Propulsion Modification 2 Steering Gears Modification 2
 Slot 5  Target Acquisition System Modification 1 Concealment System Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 3
 Slot 6  AA Guns Modification 2 Main Battery Modification 3 Torpedo Tubes Modification 3 Gun Fire Control System Modification 2

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