US Mitscher class

US Gearing class



Destroyer Mitscher class

Ordered in 1948 all four ships in the class had a different loadout of propulsion and other systems so as to determine the best course of action for future destroyer design. Ordered as Destroyers (DD), were launched as Destroyers Leaders (DL) and reffited in the 1960s with SAM launchers and reclassified as Guided Destroyers (DDG)

Derivatives / Succeeded by
1955 US Forrest Sherman class
1955         US Farragut class
1960                 US DDG Charles F. Adams class
1965                         AU DDG Perth class
1969                         DE DDG Type 103 Lütjens class
1970                         US DDG Charles F. Adams NTU class
1960                 US DDG Coontz class


4800full load (tn)
150length (m)
14.50beam (m)
4.50draught (m)
80000power (shp)

4Naval Engine boilers
2Naval Engine steam turbines

2Naval Gun Mark 12 5/38 inch (127 mm)
2Rocket Launcher Mk 108 Weapon Alfa ASW mortar
1Torpedo Launchers Depth charge rack

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Typical Max
No Landing platform


US Bath Iron Works - 2
US Fore River Shipyard - 2

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19531978USUS NavyDDG-35USS Mitscher
19531978USUS NavyDDG-36USS John S. McCain
19541969USUS NavyDL-4USS Willis A. Lee
19541969USUS NavyDL-5USS Wilkinson
19551955USUS NavyDL-6Farragut class USS Farragut
19601989 Coontz class DDG-37 USS Farragut
19551955USUS NavyDL-7Farragut class USS Luce
19611991 Coontz class DDG-38 USS Luce
19551955USUS NavyDL-8Farragut class USS Macdonough
19611992 Coontz class DDG-39 USS Macdonough
19591990USUS NavyDDG-45Coontz class USS Dewey
19601992USUS NavyDDG-2Charles F. Adams class USS Charles F. Adams
19601989 sunk 2003USUS NavyDDG-7Charles F. Adams class USS Henry B. Wilson
19601989USUS NavyDDG-40Coontz class USS Coontz
19601991USUS NavyDDG-41Coontz class USS King
19601993USUS NavyDDG-42Coontz class USS Mahan
19601991USUS NavyDDG-46Coontz class USS Preble
19611990USUS NavyDDG-3Charles F. Adams class USS John King
19611991 sunk 2001USUS NavyDDG-8Charles F. Adams class USS Lynde McCormick
19611990 sunk 2002USUS NavyDDG-9Charles F. Adams class USS Towers
19611991USUS NavyDDG-10Charles F. Adams class USS Sampson
19611989USUS NavyDDG-11Charles F. Adams class USS Sellers
19611991USUS NavyDDG-12Charles F. Adams class USS Robison
19611992USUS NavyDDG-43Coontz class USS Dahlgren
19611991USUS NavyDDG-44Coontz class USS William V. Pratt
19621990USUS NavyDDG-4Charles F. Adams class USS Lawrence
19621964USUS NavyDDG-5Charles F. Adams class USS Biddle
19641989 DDG-5 USS Claude V. Ricketts
19621990USUS NavyDDG-6Charles F. Adams class USS Barney
19621990USUS NavyDDG-13Charles F. Adams class USS Hoel
19621991 sunk 2000USUS NavyDDG-14Charles F. Adams class USS Buchanan
19621990USUS NavyDDG-15Charles F. Adams class USS Berkeley
19922002 GR Hellenic Navy D221 HHMS Themistocles
19621991USUS NavyDDG-18Charles F. Adams class USS Semmes
19912004 GR Hellenic Navy D218 HHMS Kimon
19631990USUS NavyDDG-16Charles F. Adams class USS Joseph Strauss
19922002 GR Hellenic Navy D220 HHMS Formion
19631990USUS NavyDDG-17Charles F. Adams class USS Conyngham
19631991USUS NavyDDG-19Charles F. Adams NTU class USS Tattnall
19631993USUS NavyDDG-20Charles F. Adams NTU class USS Goldsborough
19931993 AU RAN D 40 parts hulk
19641990USUS NavyDDG-21Charles F. Adams class USS Cochrane
19641991 sunk 2001USUS NavyDDG-22Charles F. Adams NTU class USS Benjamin Stoddert
19641990USUS NavyDDG-23Charles F. Adams class USS Richard E. Byrd
19931993 sunk 2003 GR Hellenic Navy spare parts
19641992USUS NavyDDG-24Charles F. Adams class USS Waddell
19922003 sunk 2006 GR Hellenic Navy D219 HHMS Nearchos
19641964USUS NavyDDG-25Charles F. Adams class Built in USA for Australia
19651999 sunk 2001 Perth class AU RAN D 38 HMAS Perth
19641964USUS NavyDDG-26Charles F. Adams class Built in USA for Australia
19652000 sunk 2002 Perth class AU RAN D 39 HMAS Hobart
19661966USUS NavyDDG-27Charles F. Adams class Built in USA for Australia
19672001 sunk 2005 Perth class AU RAN D 41 HMAS Brisbane
19691969USUS NavyDDG-28Charles F. Adams class Built in USA for Germany
19692003 Type 103 Lütjens class DE German Navy D185 Lütjens
19691969USUS NavyDDG-29Charles F. Adams class Built in USA for Germany
19692003 Type 103 Lütjens class DE German Navy D186 Mölders
19701970USUS NavyDDG-30Charles F. Adams class Built in USA for Germany
19701998 Type 103 Lütjens class DE German Navy D187 Rommel

43 units


1948OrderedOrdered US DDG-35 USS Mitscher as DD-927
1948OrderedOrdered US DDG-36 USS John S. McCain as DD-928
1948OrderedOrdered US DL-4 USS Willis A. Lee as DD-929
1948OrderedOrdered US DL-5 USS Wilkinson as DD-930
1949-oct-03Laid downLaid down US DDG-35 USS Mitscher
1949-oct-24Laid downLaid down US DDG-36 USS John S. McCain
1949-nov-01Laid downLaid down US DL-4 USS Willis A. Lee
1950-feb-01Laid downLaid down US DL-5 USS Wilkinson
1951-feb-02 US DDG-35 USS Mitscher reclassified as DL-2
1951-feb-09 US DL-4 USS Willis A. Lee reclassified as DL-4
1951-feb-09 US DL-5 USS Wilkinson reclassified as DL-5
1952-jan-26LaunchedLaunched US DDG-35 USS Mitscher
1952-jan-26LaunchedLaunched US DL-4 USS Willis A. Lee
1952-apr-23LaunchedLaunched US DL-5 USS Wilkinson
1952-jul-12LaunchedLaunched US DDG-36 USS John S. McCain as DL-3
1953-may-15CommissionedCommissioned US DDG-35 USS Mitscher
1953-oct-12CommissionedCommissioned US DDG-36 USS John S. McCain
1954-jul-29CommissionedCommissioned US DL-5 USS Wilkinson
1954-oct-05CommissionedCommissioned US DL-4 USS Willis A. Lee
1966-marRefitRefit US DDG-35 USS Mitscher to 1968 as DDG-35
1967-mar-15 US DDG-36 USS John S. McCain reclassified as DDG-36
1969-dec-19DecommissionedDecommissioned US DL-4 USS Willis A. Lee
1969-dec-19DecommissionedDecommissioned US DL-5 USS Wilkinson
1972-may-15StruckStruck US DL-4 USS Willis A. Lee
1973-may-18Fate: scrappedFate: scrapped US DL-4 USS Willis A. Lee
1974-may-01StruckStruck US DL-5 USS Wilkinson
1975-jun-13Fate: scrappedFate: scrapped US DL-5 USS Wilkinson Luria Brothers, Philadelphia
1978-apr-29DecommissionedDecommissioned US DDG-36 USS John S. McCain
1978-jun-01DecommissionedDecommissioned US DDG-35 USS Mitscher
1980-janFate: scrappedFate: scrapped US DDG-36 USS John S. McCain
1980-julFate: scrappedFate: scrapped US DDG-35 USS Mitscher

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