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Destroyers (DD)

A comprehensive list of the American Destroyers appearing in Pacific. Compared to their IJN counterparts, the American destroyers' torpedoes are faulty (at first), but their fire control and guns exceed those used by their opponents, not to mention having the advantage of radar. In addition, the American destroyers are depicted as older and more mature than their Japanese rivals.

  • Badass Adorable: Portrayed at high-school to college level rather than in middle to elementary-level, but nevertheless play the trope straight, both in day and night battles. note 
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  • Due to the Dead: They're all named after fallen US servicemen.
  • Fragile Speedster: Comes with being a Destroyer, they're all portrayed as having a thing for speed, but don't have the armor to match.
  • Gender-Blender Name: The most obvious examples as a group, considering they're all named after men.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: All of them come equipped with torpedo tubes, and are very much capable of doing this against any Abyssal they come up against.
  • Nice Girl: A fair number of them are this, but most notably Edsall.
  • Theme Naming: See Due to the Dead above.

     Clemson-class Destroyer 

Edsall (DD-219)

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"Goodbyes are not forever. They simply mean 'I'll miss you until we meet again'."

Named after Norman Edsall, USS Edsall is one of 156 Clemson-class destroyers. She is depicted as a young blonde-haired girl.


  • BFS: Carries around a broadsword that's almost as big as she is.
  • Classified Information: A lot of information regarding her weapons is kept top-secret.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Her historical counterpart's Last Stand in early 1942 required the use of entire carrier plane squadrons for her to be taken down. And this was after the Japanese brought in Kongou, Hiei and several Heavy Cruisers and Destroyers in order to try and hit her.
  • Giant Waist Ribbon: A red one with white stripes, specifically.
  • Hair Decorations: A blue headband with a ribbon.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Played straight to a "T".
  • Idiot Hair: Much more noticeable than Mahan's.
  • Last Stand: One that pretty much humiliated a portion of the Japanese fleet.
  • Opera Gloves: Not unlike the ones worn by Maury and O'Bannon.
  • Patriotic Fervor: Her costume puts Maury's to shame.
  • Power of Friendship: Credits for the early WWII era fleet historical successes. And seeks to live up to that ideal as a ship girl.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: White stockings instead of the black stockings used by Mahan and West Virginia.
  • Purple Eyes: Signifies her badassery.
    • Purple Is Powerful: Powerful enough to humiliate several opponents bigger than her before dying.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Extends all the way down to her waist.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: Not quite obvious in the above image, but the art shown on the main characters page reveals her dress to be this.
  • Team Mom: To the other American destroyers, partly due to being the oldest.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Edsall is based on an outdated destroyer, but has an impressive combat record.
    • If the Classified Information entry has anything to say regarding her fighting style against the Abyssals, it's most likely a form of this trope.

     Mahan-class Destroyer 

  • Idiot Hair: Though interestingly it's not always seen in the art they're depicted in.
  • Sailor Fuku: Their costumes closely resemble this.

Mahan (DD-364)

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"The study of history lies at the foundation of all sound military operations."

Mahan, named after Alfred Thayer Mahan, is the personification of USS Mahan. She is depicted as a pink-haired girl with glasses holding what looks like a history book in her hands.


Shaw (DD-373)

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"Mahan-class destroyer, Shaw, gallantly steaming, away!"

Named after John Shaw, Shaw is based on the American destroyer USS Shaw, of Pearl Harbor fame. She is depicted as a young girl with freckles carrying a small handbag, with a dove as a companion.


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     Gridley-class Destroyer 

Maury (DD-401)

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Maury, named after Matthew Maury, is the personification of the Gridley-class destroyer USS Maury. She is depicted as something akin to an Olympic athlete with a quest for speed. Her signature weapons include a shield which has her torpedo tubes and 5-inch gun mount, as well as a flag of the United States.


  • The Ace: Given that her historical counterpart was one of the most decorated ships of World War II (alongside Enterprise and Narwhal), a lot of it rubs off on her.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With O'Bannon.
  • Badass Cape: A black one.
  • Blue Oni: To O'Bannon's Red Oni.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Surprisingly averted. Despite the looks, she is actually pretty reserved.
  • Born Lucky: Based on a ship that survived the war while earning 16 battle stars for her service.
  • Boyish Short Hair
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Yes, she may look kind of silly waving that American flag around, but don't ever forget that she's based on one of the most decorated ships of World War II, which says a lot about her already.
  • Captain Patriotic: She even waves around an American flag, not to mention being based on one of the most famous examples of this trope.
  • Close-Range Combatant: Is a master at CQC, and won't hesitate to use it against the Abyssals.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Gold hair and eyes.
  • Expy: Of Captain America. Even more so if you look at Action Report, where one of her shields is basically the one used by Rogers himself.
    • Her hairstyle, tomboyish nature, and expertise in CQC would bring Meryl Silverburgh to mind.
    • She also has elements of Wonder Woman, especially with regards to her costume.
  • Foil: To Shimakaze. Both are exceptionally fast destroyers in their respective Navies with a thing for speed and racing. One of her quotes in the book even mentions wanting to have a race with the former some time.
  • Hair Decorations: A black headband resembling a Laurel wreath with a Hermes motif, fittingly enough.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Played with. She certainly has most of the traits present, barring the fact that she's actually not delicate and fragile.
  • Hero Killer: Not to the same degree as Enterprise, but her historical counterpart did have a hand in destroying Kawakaze, Arashi, and Hagikaze during the Battle of Vella Gulf.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: It even houses most of her weapons.
  • One-Woman Army: To the point that most US military commanders would personally recommend her to do Top Secret missions alone.
  • Opera Gloves
  • Patriotic Fervor: As if the American flag she carries didn't indicate this.
  • The Rival: Again, to Shimakaze with anything regarding speed and racing.
    • She's also this to Shigure historically. note 
  • Super Prototype: Invoked by the layout of her equipment note  in comparison to her peers. According to the authors, this layout is based on the Super Prototype mecha seen in anime such as those seen in Gundam.
  • San Francisco: Her hometown (as in, where she was initially laid down). One of her lines notes this specifically, and further emphasizes it through use of the word 'hella'. note 
  • Technician vs. Performer: Inverted in this case with her and Shimakaze, thanks to the latter's more advanced torpedo tubes and engines.
  • Tomboy: Very much so.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Her alternate outfit has Type C.

     Fletcher-class Destroyer 

O'Bannon (DD-450)

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A REAL SHIPGIRL FIGHTS A BATTLESHIP AT CLOSE RANGE!

Named after Presley O'Bannon, USS O'Bannon is one of the 175 Fletcher-class destroyers, specifically the most decorated one out there. Pacific depicts her as a teenage girl throwing a potato.


Light Cruisers (CL)

A list of Light Cruisers appearing in Pacific. Unlike their Japanese counterparts (whose prime task is leading destroyers), the American Light Cruisers are simply cruisers armed with smaller (but faster firing) gun batteries and bristling with AAA batteries. In other words, this means that they're more heavily armed and armored than their IJN kanmusu rivals.

  • Anti-Air: Starting with the Brooklyn-class, they become more specialized towards taking down enemy aircraft, especially towards the later parts of the war.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Compared to their IJN counterparts, they can pretty much do any job thanks to their heavier armament and armor.
  • Theme Naming: Like the Heavy Cruisers, all are named after American cities.

     Omaha-class Light Cruiser 

Raleigh (CL-7)

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"Message from HQ, commander. Hope it's the orders you want to see."

Raleigh is named after city of Raleigh, North Carolina, and is also the personification of the light cruiser USS Raleigh. She is depicted as a braided brown-haired girl with Fingerless Gloves and boots.


  • Braids of Action
  • Friend to All Children: While not necessarily good at fighting Abyssals, she herself admits at being good "with the kids".
  • Fingerless Gloves
  • Foil: To Tenryuu: Both are underpowered Light Cruisers, both are used mainly for expeditions and resource missions, and both have a rapport with the Destroyer kids. But while Tenryuu is boisterous, tomboyish, and aggressive, Raleigh is docile, waifish, and sickly.
  • Ill Girl: A non-fatal example. This stems partly from the fact that the Omaha-class cruisers were deemed, in some cases, as some of the worst designs out there for their type, so naturally this is translated as being sickly.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Subverted. It's non-fatal, although it's a constant problem for her.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Marblehead's girly girl.

Marblehead (CL-12)

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"What more can I do to help us in winning this war?"

Named after the town of Marblehead, Massachusetts, she is the personification of USS Marblehead. Depicted as a young brunette wearing a dress and sunhat.


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     Brooklyn-class Light Cruiser 

Phoenix (CL-46)

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Named after the Capital city of the state of Arizona, as well as the bird of Greek myth, Phoenix represents the light cruiser USS Phoenix, famous for its time as the Argentinian cruiser ARA General Belgrano, which sank during The Falk Lands War. She is depicted as a possibly Ax-Crazy young woman wielding a flamethrower.


     St. Louis-class Light Cruiser 

  • Braids of Action: Both have them, but Helena's is more obvious.
  • Going Commando: Both of them. See Vapor Wear below.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Helena is the red to St. Louis' blue. Their eye colors and color motifs make this pretty clear.
  • She's Got Legs: Their costumes emphasize them to a great degree.
  • Stripperific: Their costumes are clearly this and...
  • Vapor Wear: It's pretty clear to anyone who looks carefully that they're not wearing anything under those thin dresses of theirs.

St. Louis (CL-49)

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The lead ship of the two-ship St. Louis-class, named after the city of the same name and based on the USS St. Louis. Depicted with shorter hair than her younger sister, as well as an opposing color motif (blue to the latter's red).


Helena (CL-50)

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Named after the Light Cruiser USS Helena (which sank some time in mid-1943), and the capital city of Montana, Helena is the second St. Louis class cruiser.


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