USS Charles Ausburne destroyer (1942) High resolution picture

The USS Charles Ausburne was an American destroyer launched in 1942, belonging to the Fletcher class, whose first units were laid down shortly before United States entered the Second World War. These new ships were 9.2 meters longer than the preceding from the Bristol class and this space was used to provide a reasonable antiaircraft armament that was improved over years. The second group of the class had the fire control director in a lower position and increased antiaircraft armament. The illustration shows the USS Charles Ausburne (DD-570) as she was around 1943; she was transferred to West Germany in 1960 and renamed Z6 (NATO designation D180), being decommissioned in 1968 and finally scrapped.

Class: Fletcher Group 1 (119 units, including Charles Ausburne); Fletcher Group 2 (62 units)

Type: Destroyer

Length: 114.7 meters

Beam: 12.1 meters

Draught: 5.4 meters

Displacement (standard): 2083 tonnes

Propulsion: 2 x shaft, 2 x steam turbine General Electric, 4 x boiler Babcock and Wilcox, 60000 horsepower

Speed: 37 knots (68.5 kilometers/hour)

Range: 5211 nautical miles (9650 kilometers) at 15 knots

Fuel: 500-533 tonnes of petrol

Complement: 273-336

Armament (initial): 5 x 127-millimeter 38-caliber cannon, 4 x 40-millimeter cannon, 4 x 20-millimeter cannon, 10 x 533-millimeter torpedo tube, 2 x depth charge track

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