US Kidd class

US Spruance class

Guided-Missile Destroyer


Guided-Missile Destroyer Kidd class

Four Spruance class destroyers originally ordered by the Shah of Iran for service in the Persian Gulf in an air defense role. The ships carry a pair of twin Mk26 instead of the ASROC and Sea Sparrow launchers. With the 1979 Iranian Revolution the contracts were cancelled and the ships were completed for the US Navy where they became known as the Ayatollah class. After decommissioned in late 1990s were offered to Australia and Greece but both options were refused. Finally sold to Taiwan in 2003

Derivatives / Succeeded by
2005 TW Kee Lung class


9700full load (tn)
172length (m)
17beam (m)
10draught (m)
33max speed (knots)

4Naval Engine gas turbine - General Electric LM2500
2Naval Engine propulsion system: COGOG

2Missile Launcher Mk 141 quad Harpoon
2Missile Launcher Mk 26

2Naval Gun Mark 45 5/54 inch (127mm)
2Close-In Weapon System CIWS Phalanx 20 mm
2Torpedo Launchers Mk 32 triple-tube 324mm

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19811998USUS NavyDDG-993USS KiddNKID
2006-- Kee Lung class TW ROCN DDG-1803 ROCS Tso Ying
19811998USUS NavyDDG-994USS Callaghan
2005-- Kee Lung class TW ROCN DDG-1802 ROCS Su Ao
19811998USUS NavyDDG-995USS Scott
2005-- Kee Lung class TW ROCN DDG-1801 ROCS Kee Lung
19821999USUS NavyDDG-996USS Chandler
2006-- Kee Lung class TW ROCN DDG-1805 ROCS Ma Kong

4 units


1978-mar-23OrderedOrdered US DDG-993 USS Kidd for Iran as Kouroush
1978-mar-23OrderedOrdered US DDG-994 USS Callaghan for Iran as Daryush
1978-mar-23OrderedOrdered US DDG-995 USS Scott for Iran as Nader
1978-mar-23OrderedOrdered US DDG-996 USS Chandler For Iran as Anoshirvan
1978-jun-26Laid downLaid down US DDG-993 USS Kidd
1978-oct-23Laid downLaid down US DDG-994 USS Callaghan
1979 US DDG-993 USS Kidd embargoed
1979 US DDG-994 USS Callaghan embargoed
1979 US DDG-995 USS Scott embargoed
1979 US DDG-996 USS Chandler embargoed
1979-feb-12Laid downLaid down US DDG-995 USS Scott
1979-may-07Laid downLaid down US DDG-996 USS Chandler
1979-aug-11LaunchedLaunched US DDG-993 USS Kidd
1979-dec-01LaunchedLaunched US DDG-994 USS Callaghan
1980-mar-01LaunchedLaunched US DDG-995 USS Scott
1980-jun-28LaunchedLaunched US DDG-996 USS Chandler
1981-mar-27CommissionedCommissioned US DDG-993 USS Kidd
1981-aug-29CommissionedCommissioned US DDG-994 USS Callaghan
1981-oct-24CommissionedCommissioned US DDG-995 USS Scott
1982-mar-13CommissionedCommissioned US DDG-996 USS Chandler
1993 US DDG-995 USS Scott Seasprite qualif. during Ocean Venture 93 near Puerto Rico
1996 US DDG-995 USS Scott IFOR (implementation force) in Adriatic sea
1998-mar-12DecommissionedDecommissioned US DDG-993 USS Kidd
1998-mar-31DecommissionedDecommissioned US DDG-994 USS Callaghan
1998-dec-10DecommissionedDecommissioned US DDG-995 USS Scott
1999 US DDG-993 USS Kidd Rejected by Australia
1999-sep-23DecommissionedDecommissioned US DDG-996 USS Chandler
2003-may-30Fate: transferedFate: transfered US DDG-993 USS Kidd to Taiwan as ROCS Tso Ying (DDG-1803)
2003-may-30Fate: transferedFate: transfered US DDG-994 USS Callaghan to Taiwan as ROCS Su Ao (DDG-1802)
2003-may-30Fate: transferedFate: transfered US DDG-995 USS Scott to Taiwan as ROCS Kee Lung (DDG-1801)
2003-may-30Fate: transferedFate: transfered US DDG-996 USS Chandler to Taiwan as ROCS Ma Kong (DDG-1805)

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