USN – Retired Destroyers

Destroyers DD / DLG / DDG (for Destroyer Escorts see page for Frigates and DEs) see also current listing.

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Kidd Class DDG LOA 563′ / 171.6 m TDISP 9,500 tons (4 commissioned 1981-1982, retired from USN 1999, sold to Taiwan ca. 2005, still in service)Kidd Class DDs Charleston SC 2005.jpg

USS Kidd DDG-993 1990 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SC-90-11049 Don S. Montgomery, USN (Ret.)

Spruance Class DDG LOA 563′ / 171.6 m TDISP 8,000 tons (31, 1 active in special role)

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USS Fife (DD-991) 2002, showing VLS-Vertical Launch Missile System which replaced the 8-cell ASROC launcher in front of the bridge. NARA: DNSD0317023 LT. Corey Barker, USN

Spruance Class Destroyer San Diego 2004

Spruance Class Destroyer disposal Philedelphia 2007
This view shows the Spruance class in its last iteration: Rolling Airframe Missile launcher on the starboard stern counter; Sea Sparrow NSSM launcher above the stern gun; a 61-cell VLS launcher behind the bow gun.

USS Arthur W. Radford DD-968 (1977-2003) Sunk as artificial reef 2011 (upper vessel with distinctive mast used to test what would be installed on the San Antonio Class LPD)ex-USS Arthur W Radford DD968 Philedelphia PA 2004.jpgUSS Hewitt DD-966 (1976-2001) scrapped Brownsville TX 2001-2002USS Hewitt Spruance scrap Brownsville TX 2002

USS Paul F. Foster DD-964 (1976-2003), currently experimental self-defense test ship at Port Hueneme CAUSS Paul F. Foster DD-964 Port Hueneme CA 2007USS Paul F. Foster DD-964 Port Hueneme CA 2016Spruance Class Destroyers disposal Philedelphia 2004.jpgSpruance Class Destroyers scrapping Brownsville 2006

Spruance vs. Ticonderoga disposal Philedelphia 2007
This view shows how similar the Spruance hulls and the Ticonderoga class (based on the hull) are. The Spruance unit at the top has Armored Box Launchers for Tomahawk cruise missiles on the bow, in place of where the ASROC was. The Ticonderoga class is one of the first 4 units, with the Standard twin missile launchers still fitted.

Charles F. Adams Class DDG LOA 437′ / 133.2 m TDISP 4,500 tons (23, all scrapped, 1 modified design preserved in Germany)

USS Cochrane DDG-21 1984 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-ST-85-00740 PHC D. M. Witthuhn

Charles F. Adams class below an Oliver Hazzard Perry Class Frigate, Philadelphia.Charles F Adams Class DDG Philedelphia PA 2004.jpgScrap Charles F Adams Class DDG Philedelphia PA 2004USS Charles F. Adams (1960-1990), Philadelphia Naval Yard, was on hold for preservation, scrapped 2020USS Charles F. Adams Philadelphia 2019USS Hoel DDG-13 (1962-1990) sold to Manaus, Brazil for use as a power generation barge, 1994. Not successful, scrapped by 2007

A port bow view of the guided missile destroyer USS Hoel DDG-13 underway Nov. 1989. Credit: USN 330-CFD-DN-ST-88-02719 via NARA (PH1 Chuck Mussi)

USS Hoel DDG-13 Manaus Brazil 2005USS Hoel DDG-13 Manaus Brazil 2007

Mölders D186 (1969-2003) Lütjens class modified Charles F. Adams variant preserved as Museum Ship Wilhelmshaven Germany. See also Perth class Royal Australian Navy.D186 molders modified Adams class DDG

Farragut Class DDG LOA 512′ / 156.1 m TDISP 5,600 tons (10, all retired and scrapped) service 1959-1993 originally classified as Destroyer Leaders (DLG) before 1975.

USS Preble DLG-15 E-66466 Esquimalt 1962
USS Preble DLG-15 / DDG-46 visiting Esquimalt BC, 1962. Credit: Library and Archives Canada / Department of National Defence E-66466 Copyright belongs to Crown.

Farragut Class DDG Philedelphia PA 2004.jpg

USS Farragut DDG-37 1982 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SC-82-10442 PH1 G. D. Toon

Forrest Sherman Class DD LOA 418′ / 127.4 m TDISP 4,000 tons (18, 2 preserved)3 US DD and DDG Philedelphia 2010.jpgUSS Barry DD-933 (1956-1982) Display Ship Washington Navy Yard, 1984-2015, 2016 returned to Philadelphia reserve fleet, to be scrapped. ASROC Anti-Submarine Launcher and Variable Depth Sonar installed quarterdeck and stern in 1968 (8 units became “Barry Class” variants).

USS Barry DD933 NH 106828
USS Barry DD-933, 1956, before installation of ASROC and VDS. NH 106828 Courtesy of Naval History and Heritage Command.

USS Barry DD933 Washington DC 2016.jpg

USS Barry 1978 NH 98051
USS Barry, 1978 NH 98051 Courtesy Naval History and Heritage Command

USS Edson DD-946 (1958-1989) Bay City Michigan Museum Ship.

USS Edson DD-946 USN 1120340
USS Edson DD-946 off coast of Vietnam refueling from USS Hancock Courtesy of Naval History and Heritage Command (National Archives) USN 1120340

USS Edson Bay City MI 2018.jpgUSS Turner Joy DD-951 (1959-1982) Museum Ship Bremerton WAUSS Turner Joy DD-951 Bremerton WA 2019.jpg

USS Decatur DD-936 (1956-1988) served as a self-defense test ship (SDTS) 1994-2003. Replaced as SDTS by Spruance class USS Paul F. Foster (see above) Sunk July 2004 in an exercise. (lower ship below)

Diagram of USS Decatur with modifications as Self Defense Test Ship, ca. 2003 Credit: USN, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

USS WH Standley CG-32 and USS Decatur SDTS Pearl Harbor 2004

Gearing Class DD LOA 390′ / 118.9 m TDISP 3,500 tons (98, 6 preserved)

ex-USS Hanson (DD-832)in Taiwanese service in 1993 as Liao Yang NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SN-94-00792

ex-USS William R. Rush DD-714 (1945) transferred to South Korean Navy 1978 as ROKS Kang Won DD-922, decommissioned 2000, Museum ship until scrapped 2016.ex-USS William R Rush Jinhae South Korea 2012.jpgex-USS Eversole DD-789 (1946) transferred to Turkey 1973 as TCG Gayret D–352, museum ship since 1995 with submarine TCG Hizirreis (ex-USS Gudgeon SS-567).ex-USS Eversole DD-789 TCG Gayret Izmit Turkey 2017.jpgex-USS Everett F. Larson DD-830 (1945) transferred to South Korean Navy 1972 as ROKS Jeong Buk DD-916, decommissioned 1999, Museum ship at Gangneung Unification Park, South Korea.ex-USS Everett F Larson DD830 Gangneung Unification Park South Korea 2018ex-USS Sarsfield DD-837 (1945) transferred to Republic of Chine (Taiwan) 1977 as ROCS Te Yang DDG-925 decommissioned 2005, Museum Ship Tainan City TaiwanROCS Te Yang DD-925 Tainan City 2018ROCS Gearing and Fletcher DDGs Taiwan 2010USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. DD-850 (1945-1973) Museum Ship, Battleship Cove, Fall River, MAUSS Joseph P Kennedy jr Fall River MA 2013.jpg

ex-USS Rogers DD-876 (1945-1980) transferred to Korea as ROKS Jeon Ju DD-925 (1981-1999) museum ship at SapKyoHo National Sightseeing Resort, located at Dangjin. ROKS Jeon Ju DD-925 Ex-USS Rogers Gearing class Dangjin korea 2020

ex-USS Orleck DD-886 (1945) transferred to Turkey 1982 as TCG Yücetepe D-345, decommissioned and returned to US in 2000, Museum ship at Lake Charles LA since 2010ex-USS Orleck DD-886 TCG Yücetepe Lake Charles LA 2013ex-USS Steinaker DD-863 (1945-1982) transferred to Mexico as ARM Netzahualcóyotl  D-102 (1982-2014) to be sunk as reef.ex-USS Steinaker Gearing class Mexico 2009

Allen M. Sumner Class DD LOA 376′ / 114.6 m TDISP 2,200 tons (58, 1 preserved)

1977 view of ex-USS Zellers (DD-777) transferred to Iranian Navy as ITS Babr NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SN-87-12401 camera operator Ferver

USS Laffey DD-724 (1944-1975) Museum Ship, Patriot’s Point SCUSS Laffey DD-724 Charleston SC 2019.jpg

USS John W. Thomason ESQ E-7220-1 1947
USS John W. Thomason DD-760 arrives in Esquimalt, Aug. 1947. This shows the pre-FRAM refit appearance of the class. This destroyer would go on to serve in both the Korean and Vietnam wars, before transfer to the Taiwan as ROCS Nan Yang from 1974-2000. Credit: Library and Archives Canada / Department of National Defence E-7220-1 Copyright belongs to Crown.

Fletcher Class DD LOA 376′ / 114.6 m TDISP 2,500 tons (175, 4 preserved)

USS Hickox DD-673 1952 CO-376
USS Hickox DD-673 off Korea, ca. 1952 Credit: Library and Archives Canada / Department of National Defence CO-376 copyright belongs to Crown.

USS Kidd DD-661 (1943-1964) Museum ship / memorial Baton Rouge LA. The ship is mounted above the water. Recently used as sets for the fictional USS Keeling in Greyhound, the film adaptation of the C.S. Forester book The Good Shepherd. 

USS Kidd NHHC 80-G-253680
USS Kidd DD-661 en route to the Saipan Invasion, 12 June 1944, with USS Tennessee, and an escort carrier in the distance [Detail of]. National Archives, Courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command 80-G-253680.
USS Kidd museum ship Baton Rouge 2015USS Kidd museum ship Baton Rouge 2013Hellenic Navy Velos ex-USS Charrette DD-581 (1943) transferred to Greece 1959. Service ended 1991. Museum ship since 1994 at Palaio Faliro, still in ceremonial commission

USS Charrette DD-581 Leyte Gulf 80-G-K-2191
USS Charrette DD-581 during the 1944 Battle of Leyte Gulf, 24 Oct. 1944, with USS New Jersey BB-62 in distance, 80-G-K-2191 Courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command

Velos ex-USS Charrette Palaio Faliro 2017USS Cassin Young DD-793 (1943-1960) Museum ship Charleston Navy Yard MAUSS Cassin Young Boston MA 2018USS The Sullivans DD-537 (1943-1965) Museum Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, Buffalo, NY

USS The Sullivans museum ship at Erie County Naval & Military Park, Buffalo, NY, July 2022 after being pumped out and righted from a 2021 flooding. Credit

USS The Sullivans Buffalo 2006USS The Sullivans Buffalo 2015

“4-stacker” Classes LOA ca. 315′ / 96 m, TDISP ca. 1,200 tons. These remarkable views, loaded from the San Francisco Public Library onto Google Earth, are 1938 aerial photos of the piers. These destroyers are either Wickes or Clemson Class:USN 4-stackersSF1938-2USN 4-stackersUSN 4-stackersSF1938

USS Noa NH 73276
Clemson class destroyer USS Noa DD-343 ca.1930 San Diego, NH 73276 Courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command

USS Thompson DD-305 Clemson-Class (1920 – 1930) grounded in shallows as target 1944, to be used for bombing practice. Located just South of San Mateo Bridge called the “South Bay Wreck”.

USS Thompson wreck san francisco 2014
Online images suggest that the raised portion is the bows immediately behind the prow.
© IWM (A 724) Destroyers swap US - UK
HMS Castleton (formerly American Wikes Class destroyer USS Aaron Ward) and HMS Clare (formerly Clemson Class, USS Abel P. Upsher), alongside each other, Devonport Dockyard, September 1940.© IWM (A 724)

USS Corry DD-334 (1921 – 1929) partially dismantled 1930, beached, and abandoned. More information at Historicships blog.

USS Corry DD-334 derelict Napa River 2012
Ex-USS Corry was in process of dismantling in 1930 at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard when towed north and left.
HMS Lincoln NP-610 HX188
HMS Lincoln G-42 (ex-USS Yarnall), one of many “lend-lease” destroyers transferred to the Royal Navy and Royal Canadian Navy, escorting Convoy HX188. Credit: Library and Archives Canada / Department of National Defence NP-610

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