Hull Number: DD-690
Launch Date: 08/28/1943
Commissioned Date: 11/05/1943
Decommissioned Date: 04/30/1946
Voice Call Sign: Goalkeeper (44)
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: NORMAN SCOTT
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (Published 1980)
Norman Scott, born 10 August 1889 in Indianapolis, Ind., was appointed midshipman 17 June 1907, graduated from the Naval Academy in 1911, and received his first command, a group of eagle boats, in 1919. During peacetime, he commanded Paul Jones and Pensacola. Commissioned Rear Admiral 16 June 1942, he commanded a strike force in the Gaudalcanal campaign. On the night of 12/13 November 1942, he led his force against a numerically superior Japanese force in a desperate struggle to prevent the Japanese from turning back our first offensive action in the Pacific. He was killed aboard his flagship San Francisco during the action, and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his intrepid leadership.
Stricken 4/15/1973. Sold for scrap 11/1/1973.