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Forrest Sherman-class Destroyer

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The Forrest Sherman-class destroyers were the first US post-war destroyers (DD-927 to DD-930 were completed as destroyer leaders). Commissioned beginning in 1953, these ships served until the late 1980s. Their weaponry underwent considerable modification during their years of service. Four were converted to guided missile destroyers.

Three ships of the class have become museum ships, nine have been sunk in training exercises, and the others have been scrapped or are scheduled to be scrapped.

Specifications[edit]

  • Type: Destroyer
  • Service Period: 1955-1988
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 418 feet (127.41 meters)
    • Beam: 45 feet (13.72 meters)
    • Draft: 22 feet (6.71 meters)
    • Displacement: 2,800 tons (Standard); 4,050 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 333 (15 officers and 318 enlisted)
  • Propulsion: 4 x Foster-Wheeler/Westinghouse boilers, 4 x General Electric steam turbines, 2 x shafts. 70,000 shp (52,500 kW)
  • Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,334 kilometers) at 20 knots (37.04 km/h)
  • Speed: 32.5 knots (60.19 km/h)
  • Armament:
    • 3 x 5"/54-caliber Mk.42 naval guns
    • 3 x 3"/50-caliber Mk.22 anti-aircraft guns
    • 2 x Mk.10/11 Hedgehog ASW mortars
    • 4 x 21" torpedo tubes

Unit Run[edit]

  • USS Forrest Sherman (DD-931)
  • USS John Paul Jones (DD-932/DDG-32)
  • USS Barry (DD-933) - Museum ship in Washington, D.C.
  • USS Decatur (DD-936/DDG-31)
  • USS Davis (DD-937)
  • USS Jonas Ingram (DD-938)
  • USS Manley (DD-940)
  • USS Du Pont (DD-941)
  • USS Bigelow (DD-942)
  • USS Blandy (DD-943)
  • USS Mullinix (DD-944)
  • USS Hull (DD-945)
  • USS Edson (DD-946) - Museum ship in Bay City, Michigan
  • USS Somers (DD-947/DDG-34)
  • USS Morton (DD-948)
  • USS Parsons (DD-949/DDG-33)
  • USS Richard S. Edwards (DD-950)
  • USS Turner Joy (DD-951) - Museum Ship in Bremerton, Washington
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