|Ship Class||Benham-class Destroyer|
|Builder||Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey, United States|
|Laid Down||3 Dec 1936|
|Launched||11 Jun 1938|
|Commissioned||17 Feb 1939|
|Decommissioned||29 Oct 1945|
|Displacement||2,250 tons full|
|Machinery||Westinghouse geared turbines with two screws|
|Power Output||50,000 shaft horsepower|
|Range||6,500nm at 12 knots|
|Armament||4x5in anti-aircraft, 4x0.5in machine gun, 16x21in torpedo tubes|
ww2dbaseThe destroyer Ellet served off the east coast of the United States and the Gulf of Mexico before moving to the Pacific in anticipation for Japanese aggression. When the Pacific War broke out, she escorted convoys and aircraft carriers, including escorting the carrier Wasp as it transport James Doolittle and his raiders on their famous bombing mission on Japan. In Jun 1942 she also participated in the Battle of Midway. During the invasion of Guadalcanal and Tulagi, she played a utility role, performing a wide-array of support tasks such as setting up an anti-aircraft screen and some bombardment roles. Ellet also performed escort duties, as noted for the rescue of survivors off Savo Island and from the cripple Australian cruiser Canberra. She participated in the Battle of the Eastern Solomons in late Aug 1942, then sailed with the Marshalls, New Guinea, Marianas, and Ulithi invasion fleets. She completed her WW2 career in the central Pacific as a convoy escort and rescue ship, though she did shell Iwo Jima in Dec 1944 and Jan 1945.
ww2dbaseSource: Naval Historical Center.
Last Major Revision: Feb 2006
Destroyer Ellet Interactive Map
Ellet Operational Timeline
|17 Feb 1939||Ellet was commissioned into service.|
|28 Jul 1942||US Navy and Marines began a four-day amphibious landing exercise at Fiji as rehearsals for the Guadalcanal landings set for two weeks later.|
|29 Oct 1945||Ellet was decommissioned from service.|
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