USS Watts (DD-567) Fletcher-class destroyer named for Captain John Watts, (1778-1823). Pic is 1955.

USS Watts (DD-567) Fletcher-class destroyer named for Captain John Watts, (1778-1823). Pic is 1955.

Fletcher-class destroyers. Beautiful ships.

Fletcher-class destroyers. Beautiful ships.

USS Erben, a Fletcher Class destroyer, built by Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, as she appeared in late World War II. Illustration by John Barrett.

USS Erben, a Fletcher Class destroyer, built by Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, as she appeared in late World War II. Illustration by John Barrett.

USS Terry (DD-513) Fletcher-class destroyer of the US Navy.

USS Terry (DD-513) Fletcher-class destroyer of the US Navy.

Twenty Fletcher-class destroyers at Naval Base San Diego in early 1946 - Search results for "san diego naval base porterfield prichett" - Wikimedia Commons

Twenty Fletcher-class destroyers at Naval Base San Diego in early 1946 - Search results for "san diego naval base porterfield prichett" - Wikimedia Commons

USS Walker (DD-517) Fletcher-class destroyer named for Admiral John Grimes Walker. (1835-1907).

USS Walker (DD-517) Fletcher-class destroyer named for Admiral John Grimes Walker. (1835-1907).

USS Trathen (DD-503) Fletcher-class destroyer named for Lieutenant Commander James Trathen, Commander of USS Midnight 1861, American Civil War.

USS Trathen (DD-503) Fletcher-class destroyer named for Lieutenant Commander James Trathen, Commander of USS Midnight 1861, American Civil War.

USS Wedderburn (DD-684) Fletcher-class destroyer named for Charles F. Wedderburn, a destroyerman who was killed during WWI.

USS Wedderburn (DD-684) Fletcher-class destroyer named for Charles F. Wedderburn, a destroyerman who was killed during WWI.

USS Waller (DD/DDE-466) Fletcher-class destroyer named for Major General Littleton Waller,USMC (1856-1926).

USS Waller (DD/DDE-466) Fletcher-class destroyer named for Major General Littleton Waller,USMC (1856-1926).

USS Wickes (DD-578) Fletcher-class destroyer named for Captain Lambert Wickes, 1735-1777.

USS Wickes (DD-578) Fletcher-class destroyer named for Captain Lambert Wickes, 1735-1777.

USS Uhlmann (DD-687) Fletcher-class destroyer  named for Ensign Robert W. Uhlmann.

USS Uhlmann (DD-687) Fletcher-class destroyer named for Ensign Robert W. Uhlmann.

USS Wiley (DD-597) Fletcher-class destroyer named for William Wiley, a sailor who served in the navy during the First Barbary War.

USS Wiley (DD-597) Fletcher-class destroyer named for William Wiley, a sailor who served in the navy during the First Barbary War.

USS Tingey (DD-539) Fletcher-class destroyer named for Commodore Thomas Tingey, (1750-1829).

USS Tingey (DD-539) Fletcher-class destroyer named for Commodore Thomas Tingey, (1750-1829).

USS Twining (DD-540) Fletcher-class destroyer named for Rear Admiral Nathan C. Twining, (1869-1924).

USS Twining (DD-540) Fletcher-class destroyer named for Rear Admiral Nathan C. Twining, (1869-1924).

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