The pre-eminent destroyer to emerge from World War II - the Gearing class - with
the help of the Fleet Rehabilitation And Modernization program (FRAM I) - survived
for over three decades as a useful arm of the fleet. One Gearing class destroyer,
the USS Gurke was still serving as an active ship fifty years after
commissioning - as the Greek destroyer Tombazis.
The Gearing class was essentially the same in design as the Sumner but with an
extra 14 feet of length to accomodate additional fuel and AA armament.
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