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Kidd Class DDG LOA 563′ 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′ TDISP 8,000 tons (31, 1 active in special role)

UNITAS 43-02

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

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 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

Charles F. Adams Class DDG LOA 437′ TDISP 4,500 tons (23, 1 to be 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, on hold for preservation, but now likely to be scrapped 2020Mölders D186 (1969-2003) Lütjens class modified Charles F. Adams variant preserved as Museum Ship Wilhelmshaven GermanyD186 molders modified Adams class DDG

Farragut Class DDG LOA 512′ 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′ 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.jpgGearing Class DD LOA 390′ TDISP 3,500 tons (98, 5 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.jpgex-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′ 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′ 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 Bâton Rouge LAHellenic 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

USS 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

“4-stacker” Classes LOA ca. 315′, TDISP ca. 1,200 tons. The remarkable view, loaded from the San Francisco Public Library onto Google Earth, is a 1938 view of the piers. These two destroyers are most likely either Wickes or Clemson Class destroyers:USN 4-stackers

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

Destroyer Escorts (DDE, DE)

Edsall Class DDE LOA 306′ TDISP 1,600 tons (85, 5 lost in combat, 1 preserved)

USS Stewart DE-238 (1942-1972), museum ship in Galveston TX since 1974

USS Stewart DE-238 80-G-200282

USS Stewart DE-238, 1943 80-G-200282 Courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command (Original held by National Archives)

USS Steward Galveston TX 2017ex-USS Hurst DE-250 (1943) transferred to Mexican Navy 1973 as Commodoro Manuel Azueta decommissioned 2015 at Veracruz, sunk as artificial reef 2017

USS Hurst DE-250 NH 43558

USS Hurst DE-250 NH 43558 Courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command

USS Hurst Vera Cruz MX 2015USS Hurst Vera Cruz MX 2009

Cannon Class DE, LOA 306′ TDISP 1,600 tons (72, 3 preserved 1 active in Royal Thai Navy)

USS Cannon 1943 NH 83390

[Detail of] USS Cannon (DE-99) 1943 NH 83390 Courtesy of Naval History and Heritage Command, from the collection of D. M. McPherson

USS McAnn DE-179 (1943) service in Brazil from 1944-1982 as Commandante Bauru Museum Ship Rio de JaneiroCommandante Bauru museum Rio de Janeiro 2018USS Hemminger DE-746 (1944) transferred to Thailand 1959 as HTMS Pin Klao (DE-1), still in commission as ceremonial salute vessel.HTMS Pin Klao Cannon-class DE Bangkok 2018.jpgUSS Slater DE-776 (1944) museum ship Albany NY, served with Greek Navy 1951-1991 as AetosUSS Slater Cannon-class DE Albany 2018.jpgBRP Rajah Humabon PS-11, ex-USS Atherton DE-169 (1943) transferred to Japan 1955 and 20 years later to the Philippine Navy, served until 2018, intended to become a museum ship at Sangley Point, Philippines.

BRP Rajah Humabon PS-11 cannon-class DDE, 2010 DVIDS

BRP Rajah Humabon participating in USN-Philippine Navy Exercise Balikatan 2010 US Navy 1347033 PO3 Mark Alvarez

BRP Rajah Humabon Cannon-class Manila Philippines 2010BRP Rajah Humabon Cannon-class DE Sangley Pt. Philippines 2017BRP Rajah Humabon Cannon-class DE Sangley Pt. Philippines 2010BRP Rajah Humabon Cannon-class DE Sangley Pt. Philippines 2019


RPS Datu Kalantiaw, PS-76, formerly USS Booth DDE-170, wrecked 1981 on the coast of Calayan Island while serving as the Philippine Navy flagship, with a tragic loss of life. NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SN-82-01521 PH1 Felimon Barbante

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