A word of caution for those not immediately converting Wickes or Clemson DD to another ship type (APD, DM, DMS, etc).
I'm starting 5/43 in my PBEM and did not convert any US Clemson or Wickes class DD from their DD configuration, my original plan was not converting any of these DD until such time as I determined exactly what I wanted to convert them to. In the meantime, I had been applying ship upgrades for these two classes as they became available. At this point in the game (5/43), I was beginning to consider plans for converting these DD to either APD or DMS.
While looking at displays for individual Clemson/Wickes DD’s, I noticed options for converting these ships to other configurations (APD, DM, DMS) had disappeared from the Ship Displays. I did some research using archived save files from previous game turns to determine when the conversion options disappeared and perhaps why they did.
I found type conversion options to APD, DM, DMS on Clemson/Wickes DD were no longer available after these ships completed upgrade to “LR Class” in 1942 – the “LR” upgrade for Clemson occurring in 4/42, “LR” upgrade for Wickes in 5/42. What appeared to happen is the “LR” ship upgrade for these two DD classes removes type conversions to APD, DM and DMS from the upgrade paths – once an individual Clemson or Wickes class DD passes the 1942 “LR” upgrade, you have basically committed this ship for use as a DD or DE.
The moral of the story… You can leave Clemson and Wickes class DD’s unconverted but make sure ship upgrade on individual ships is turned off (Upgrade = "No") if you're intending to convert these at any later time from DD to an APD, DM or DMS. Once these DD go through a ship upgrade after 2/42... Oops! It appears Clemson and Wickes DD can go through the 2/42 upgrade without losing the ability to convert to APD, DM, DMS, etc – after that, all bets are off.
Good point. The good news is that by the end of the year. You will have little need for APDs and it won't matter.
The Allies need APDs the most in 1942 and early 1943. After that, I found that I did not use them so much. You get a flood of them in 1944 but by then your overwhelming air and sea power allows for the use of better and bigger ships.
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