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Bagley-class destroyer
USS Bagley (DD-386)
Class overview
Name: Bagley class destroyer
Builders: Norfolk Naval Shipyard
Boston Navy Yard
Mare Island Naval Shipyard
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
Operators: US flag 48 stars.svg United States Navy
Preceded by: Gridley-class destroyer
Succeeded by: Somers-class destroyer
Built: 1935 – 1937
In commission: 1937 – 1946
Completed: 8
Lost: 3
Retired: 5
General characteristics
Type: Destroyer
Displacement: 2,325 tons (full)
1,500 tons (light)
Length: 341 ft 8 in (104.14 m)
Beam: 35 ft 6 in (10.82 m)
Draft: 10 ft 4 in (3.15 m) light
12 ft 10 in (3.91 m) full
Propulsion: two propellers, 49,000 shp (37,000 kW)
Speed: 38.5 knots (71.3 km/h)
Range: 6,500 nautical miles (12,000 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)
Complement: 251

The Bagley class of destroyers was built by the United States. All eight ships were ordered and laid down in 1935 and subsequently completed in 1937. Their layout was based upon the Gridley-class destroyer design, but they retained the power plants of the Mahan-class destroyers, and thus had a lesser speed than the Gridleys. The Bagley class destroyers were readily distinguished visually by the external trunking of their boiler uptakes around their single stack.

All eight Bagley destroyers were present at the Attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, comprising Destroyer Squadron Four. They all served in the Pacific during World War II, with Jarvis, Blue, and Henley lost in combat. In 1944 Mugford suffered extensive damage from a kamikaze hit that put her out of combat for six months.

The remaining four Bagleys operated as Destroyer Squadron Six, with Ralph Talbot receiving a kamikaze hit off Okinawa. Bagley accepted the surrender of Japanese forces on Marcus Island.

Bagley, Helm, and Patterson were decommissioned in 1945 and scrapped in 1947. Mugford and Ralph Talbot, still in commission, were targets during the Operation Crossroads atomic bomb tests at Bikini atoll in 1946. Contaminated by radiation, they were scuttled off Kwajalein in 1948.

Ships in class

Ship Name Hull No. Builder Commission–
Fate Link
Bagley DD-386 Norfolk Navy Yard 1937-1946 Sold for scrap, September 8, 1947 [1]
Blue DD-387 Norfolk Navy Yard 1937-1942 Sunk by enemy action, on August 22, 1942 [2]
Helm DD-388 Norfolk Navy Yard 1937-1946 Sold for scrap, October 2, 1947 [3]
Mugford DD-389 Boston Navy Yard 1937-1946 Sunk deliberately off Kwajalein, March 22, 1948 [4]
Ralph Talbot DD-390 Boston Navy Yard 1937-1946 Sunk deliberately off Kwajalein March 8, 1948 [5]
Henley DD-391 Mare Island Navy Yard 1937-1943 Sunk by enemy action October 3, 1943 [6]
Patterson DD-392 Puget Sound Navy Yard 1937-1945 Sold for scrap, August 18, 1947 [7]
Jarvis DD-393 Puget Sound Navy Yard 1937-1942 Sunk by enemy action, August 9, 1942 [8]

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