1 June 2018

USS Cowell (DD-547): Vulture Hunter


 

The USS Cowell (DD-547) is a Fletcher-class destroyer that served initially under the banner of the U.S. Navy throughout the second half of WW2 and into the 1950s, only to be later sold off to the Argentinian navy where she received a new name and continued to serve into the 1980s.

In War Thunder, USS Cowell will provide its future captain with every chance to relive the battles she took part in and even rewrite history to an extent.  The main weapons on this destroyer - five 5 inch (127mm) guns, there are also two racks of 5 tube torpedo launchers on the deck.

She received an identical upgrade retrofit to her anti-aircraft armaments, allowing her captain to make devastating use of the sheer volume of AA fire to not only decimate incoming planes, but virtually anything that crosses her path that doesn’t possess much if any armour protection.

Pre-order - Naval Pack USS Cowell DD-547
Pre-order - Naval Pack USS Cowell DD-547
The Kit Includes:
  • Fletcher-class destroyer USS Cowell DD-547 (USA)
  • Premium account for 15 days
  • 2000 Golden Eagles
  • Naval battles closed beta access
  • Pre-order bonus - "Hammerhead Fish" decal
  • Pre-order bonus - "Hammerhead" title.

 

History

The USS Cowell was laid down on 7 September 1942, completed on 18 March and commissioned into service on 23 August 1943. She was the second ship, specifically, the second destroyer in the U.S. Navy to be named after her namesake, John G. Cowell. The individual after she was named after was an officer on board the U.S. sailing frigate USS Essex, that was severely wounded during a battle against a pair of British ships in the South Atlantic during The War of 1812. Despite losing a leg, Cowell refused to be carried to the lower decks for medical treatment, instead choosing to remain on his station and continue to motivate his fellow crewmen throughout the battle. Several weeks after the battle, Cowell died to his wounds and received an honorary burial for his courage in the principal church of Valparaíso, a rare honour for a foreigner. As for the destroyer USS Cowell, she was mostly employed as a carrier screener and anti-aircraft destroyer early on in her service career and later on as a radar picket. She took part in several major operations in the Pacific theatre, most notably on Okinawa, where she distinguished herself by shooting down several japanese regular and kamikaze aircraft and aiding damaged ships by providing covering fire and assisting in damage control. USS Cowell arrived to her homeport of San Diego on 17 November 1945 and was decommissioned from active service on 22 July 1946. Throughout the postwar period until 1951, Cowell was part of the U.S. Navy reserve. She was recommissioned into active service in September 1951 and participated in the Korean War as well as various exercises in the Pacific, Atlantic and Mediterranean.

In August 1971, the ship was ultimately decommissioned from U.S. service and was sold to the Argentinian navy, where she received her new name - Almirante Storni. She served under the Argentinian banner until 1982, when she was finally decommissioned from service for good. Shortly after, she was taken apart for scrap.

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As has already been demonstrated to the occasional pilot or PT-boat captain during the closed naval testing sessions, the combination of American 40mm and 20mm cannons on Fletcher class destroyers is very deadly mix you do not want to be on the receiving end of, period. That being said, USS Cowell will continue doing what she does best in War Thunder as well, keeping the sky clear of any threats from above and providing supporting fire for her allies.

It’s certainly also worth mentioning that the Cowell is a premium ship at the end of the day, meaning that for every hit scored, plane downed and ship sunk, captains of the USS Cowell will earn additional rewards which go a long way into progressing through the ranks of the U.S. Navy!

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