The USS Pringle was a Fletcher Class Destroyer. 175 Fletcher Class Destroyers were commissioned from June 1942 through February 1945. During this era, no other class of destroyer had more ships built. Though built with the Pacific in mind, Fletchers also served in the Atlantic theater. Nineteen Fletchers were lost during World War II.
Fletchers were easily identifiable, yet many minor differences existed between individual ships. This was particularly true when contrasting early Fletchers with those produced late in the war. The USS Pringle was one of a handful of early Fletchers that were designed to operate a OS2N Kingfisher float airplane. Three were actually built in this manner, but the need for a float plane was not great. All of these ships were refitted to a more standard configuration.
Because of the significant threat of attack by Japanese aircraft, some Fletchers were refitted late in the war with more anti-aircraft capability. In these cases, the forward torpedo tubes were removed. The Twin-40MM guns on either side of the aft smoke stack were also removed. A new Quad-40MM anti-aircraft gun mount was placed on both the port and starboard side, between the two smoke stacks. This gave the ship four additional 40MM gun barrels.
The lowest numbered Fletcher was the USS FLETCHER DD-445, (off site link) although the USS Nicholas DD-449 was the first ship commissioned on June 4, 1942. The USS WILEY DD-597, (off site link) commissioned February 22, 1945, was the last Fletcher put into service. The USS ROOKS DD-804 (off site link) had the highest number.
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