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DDG-2 Charles F. Adams

The Charles F. Adams class guided missile destroyers were constructed in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Despite periodic modernizations, the class was retired in the early 1990s. Modernization with the New Threat Upgrade (NTU) package was considered for these ships but was terminated since modernization would not have been cost effective given the limited service lives remaining. As part of the 1989 Amended budget submission, the decision was made to accelerate the retirement of these ships to achieve complete retirement of the class by the end of FY 93. The highly capable, multi-mission, AEGIS equipped, Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) class replaced these ships.

Specifications

Builders: DDG 2-3, 10-11 Bath Iron Works;
DDG 4-6, 15-17 New York Shipbuilding;
DDG 7-8, 12-13 Defoe Shipbuilding;
DDG 9,14, 23-24 Todd Shipyards;
DDG 18-19 Avondale Shipyards;
DDG 20-22 Puget Sound Bridge and Drydock
Displacement 4,500 tons (full load)
Length 437 feet
Beam 47 feet
Max Speed 30 knots
Power Plant 4 - 1200 psi boilers; 2 geared turbines
2 shafts; 70,000 shaft horsepower
Aircraft None - VERTREP capable only
Armament Standard Missiles (MR)
Harpoon missiles (from Standard launcher)
ASROC (from MK 16 launcher)
2 - MK 32 triple tube mounts w/ six Mk-46 torpedoes)
2 - 5-inch / 54 caliber MK 42 gun
Complement 383 (20 officers, 363 enlisted)

Ships

Name Number Builder Homeport Ordered Commissioned Decommissioned
Charles F. Adams DDG 2Bath Mayport28 Mar 195710 Sep 196001 Aug 1990
John King DDG 3Bath Norfolk28 Mar 195704 Feb 196130 Mar 1990
Lawrence DDG 4New York SB Norfolk28 Mar 195706 Jan 196230 Mar 1990
USS Claude V. Ricketts
(Ex-Biddle)
DDG 5New York SBNorfolk28 Mar 195705 May 196231 Oct 1989
Barney DDG 6 New York SBNorfolk28 Mar 195711 Aug 196217 Dec 1990
Henry B. Wilson DDG 7Defoe SBSan Diego28 Mar 195717 Dec 196002 Oct 1989
Lynde McCormick DDG 8Defoe SB San Diego 28 Mar 195703 Jun 196101 Oct 1991
Towers DDG 9Todd Seattle Yokosuka28 Mar 195706 June 196101 Oct 1990
Sampson DDG 10Bath Mayport17 Jan 195824 Jun 196124 Jun 1991
Sellers DDG 11Bath Charleston17 Jan 195828 Oct 196131 Oct 1989
Robison DDG 12Defoe San Diego17 Jan 195809 Dec 196101 Oct 1991
Hoel DDG 13Defoe San Diego17 Jan 195816 Jun 196201 Oct 1990
Buchanan DDG 14Todd Seattle San Diego17 Jan 195807 Feb 196201 Oct 1991
Berkeley DDG 15New York SB San Diego21 Jul 195915 Dec 196201 Oct 1992
Joseph Strauss DDG 16New York SB Pearl Harbor21 Jul 195920 Apr 196301 Feb 1990
Conyngham DDG 17New York SB Norfolk21 Jul 195913 Jun 196330 Oct 1990
Semmes DDG 18Avondale Charleston21 Jul 1959 10 Dec 196212 Sep 1991
Tattnall DDG 19Avondale Mayport21 Jul 195913 Apr 196318 Jan 1991
Goldsborough DDG 20Puget Sound B&D Pearl Harbor25 Mar 196009 Nov 196329 Apr 1993
Cochrane DDG 21Puget Sound B&D Yokosuka25 Mar 196021 Mar 196301 Oct 1990
Benjamin Stoddert DDG 22Puget Sound B&D Pearl Harbor25 Mar 196012 Sep 196420 Dec 1991
Richard E. Byrd DDG 23Todd Seattle Norfolk03 Nov 196007 Mar 196427 Apr 1990
Waddell DDG 24Todd San Diego03 Nov 196028 Aug 196401 Oct 1992

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