The Bristol ( DD ) Class
USS Duncan DD 485
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The Bristol class was not originally intended to be, but due to the
international situation in 1939 the navy could not wait for the design and
construction process of the Fletcher class. Therefore the basic design of the
Benson/Gleaves class was implemented in the construction of the Bristol class.
This maintained the impetus of the pre-war building programs. These ships
soon joined their older sisters, the
Benson class, in both the Atlantic and Pacific theatres to become the
Benson-Livermore class Destroyers.
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