Hull Number: DD-473
Launch Date: 04/16/1942
Commissioned Date: 02/09/1943
Decommissioned Date: 04/18/1946
Data for USS Fletcher (DD-445) as of 1945
Length Overall: 376’ 5"
Beam: 39’ 7"
Draft: 13’ 9"
Standard Displacement: 2,050 tons
Full Load Displacement: 2,940 tons
Fuel capacity: 3,250 barrels
Five 5″/38 caliber guns
Five 40mm twin anti-aircraft mounts
Two 21″ quintuple torpedo tubes
2 General Electric Turbines: 60,000 horsepower
Highest speed on trials: 35.2 knots
Namesake: FLOYD BENNETT
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (Published 1959)
Born in Warrensburg, NY, 25 October 1890, Floyd Bennett enlisted in the Navy in 1917. He was warranted a Machinist and served with Rear Admiral R. E. Byrd on the first flight over the North Pole. Aviation Machinist Bennett died at Quebec, Canada, 25 April 1928.
Transferred to Brazil, as loan, on 12/15/1959 as PARAIBA (D-28). Returned to USN 08/01/1973 and retransferred to Brazil, as sale, on the same date for further service.