Naval History and Heritage Command

National Museum of the U.S. Navy

Ships To The Sea: Destroyer 1942

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Destroyers are smaller, versatile warships that the Navy started using in World War I.

These ships have guns and torpedoes to protect convoys from enemy submarines, surface ships, and aircraft. Nicknamed "tin cans," destroyers have thinner steel hulls than battleships, but are much faster in the water.

A destroyer is smaller than a battleship or aircraft carrier, but still an important part of any fleet.

Topic
  • Boats-Ships--Destroyer
Document Type
  • Photograph
Wars & Conflicts
  • World War II 1939-1945
File Formats
Location of Archival Materials
  • National Museum of the U.S. Navy