Twenty-nine Charles F. Adams Class Destroyers were built in the early 1960's; 23 for the United States Navy, 3 for the Royal Australian Navy and 3 for the Federal German Navy. They are versatile and highly-capable warships built to be effective in multiple complex missions. They were the state-of-the-art destroyers of their day and brought the U.S. Navy into the missile age.

During service spanning four decades they performed valiantly around the world. This class saw arduous duty during Vietnam and other regional conflicts, earning many battle stars, service ribbons, and accolades.

These ships can truly do it all; from front-line compact duty, to humanitarian and good-will missions such as search and rescue or diplomatic port visits. The class can engage enemies above, on, and below the surface of the sea, with missiles, guns, surface-to-surface missiles, over-the-side torpedoes and rocket-thrown torpedoes, all supported by a wide array of electronic equipment which provides command & control and electronic warfare capabilities.

Propulsion is provided by four steam boilers driving twin screws delivering a total of 70,000 shaft horsepower. Top speed is in excess of 30 knots. Cruising range is over 6000 nautical miles at moderate speed and over 2600 nautical miles at high speed. The ability to refuel underway gives them almost unlimited endurance and range.

These ships have earned the respect of sea services worldwide. It is no surprise that an impressive number of today's Naval leaders have cut their tactical teeth in Adams Class destroyers.

They are the true WARSHIPS, the "Greyhounds" of the fleet, with sleek and classic lines. They have set the standard for all that follow.

Their memory will live on as the last warship that truly looks like a warship.

DDG Characteristics

Dimensions

Length 437 feet Beam 47 feet
Calc. draft 15 feet Navigation draft 24 feet

Displacement

Standard 4000 tons Full load 4500 tons

Complement

21 Officers

345 Enlisted

Navigation

SATNAV (satellite navigation)

OMEGA (HF Radio navigation)

Global Positioning System  

Electronic Warfare

SLQ-32 Automated Threat Detection System Super Rapid Blooming Offboard
Chaff Launching System

ANTI-SUBMARINE WARFARE

SQQ-23A Pair sonar system 2 Triple torpedo tubes
Eight cell ASROC launcher Anti-Torpedo Countermeasures

ANTI-AIR / ANTI-SURFACE WARFARE

Guided Missile Launching System Standard Anti-Air Missiles
Long Range Air Radar (2 and 3 dimensional) Harpoon Cruise Missiles
Two 5"/54 Caliber Rapid Fire Guns

PROPULSION SYSTEMS

Four 1200 PSI Main Propulsion Boilers
Two General Electric Steam Turbine Engines
Twin Shafts / Twin Rudders
70,000 Shaft Horse Power

Top Speed:  In excess of 30 knots

GENERAL DIMENSIONS

LENGTH, BETWEEN PERPENDICULARS 420'-0"
LENGTH, OVERALL 440'-3"
BREADTH, EXTREME 47'-3 3/4"
DRAFT ABOVE BOTTOM OF KEEL AMIDSHIPS DESIGNERS 15'-1"
DRAFT ABOVE LOWEST PROJECTION BELOW KEEL 20'-5 3/4"

HEIGHTS ABOVE D.W.L.

(D.W.L. 15'-0" ABOVE MOLDED BASE LINE)

FOREMAST 113'-0"
C.L. OF MASTHEAD LIGHT 90'-5 3/8"
C.L. OF RANGE LIGHT 106'-3"
C.L. OF SIDE LIGHT (P&S) 29'-4"
C.L. OF FORWARD ANCHOR LIGHT 48'-3"
C.L. OF AFT ANCHOR LIGHT 28'-0"
C.L. OF WHITE STERN LIGHT 16'-1"
C.L. OF BLUE STERN LIGHT 14'-4"
C.L. OF BREAKDOWN AND MAN OVERBOARD LIGHTS 103'-6"
MAN OVERBOARD LIGHTS 86'-0"
C.L. OF STEERING LIGHT 36'-0"
C.L. OF TASK LIGHT 94'-4"
C.L. OF ROTATING ANTENNA NO. 5-4 98'-9"
C.L. OF ROTATING ANTENNA NO. 5-5 86'-9"
C.L. OF ROTATING ANTENNA NO. 6-2 67'-0"
HORIZONTAL SEPARATION OF RANGE & MASTHEAD LT 15'-8"
VERTICAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RANGE & MASTHEAD LT 15'-11"
VERTICAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FWD. & AFTER ANCHOR LT 20'-1"

HEIGHTS ABOVE D.W.L.

04 LEVEL AT C L OF FR. 59 45'-6 3/4"
03 LEVEL AT C L OF FR. 51 38'-0 3/4"
02 LEVEL AT C L OF FR. 51 (PILOT HOUSE) 30'-7 3/8"
01 LEVEL AT C L OF FR. 44 24'-6 3/8"
SECONDARY CONNING STA 03 LEVEL AT FR. 125 35'-6"
UNDERSIDE OF PLATFORM ON FOREMAST 105'-9"
UNDERSIDE OF PLATFORM ON FOREMAST 90'-0"
UNDERSIDE OF PLATFORM ON FOREMAST 81'-0"
UNDERSIDE OF PLATFORM ON FOREMAST 72'-0"
UNDERSIDE OF PLATFORM ON FOREMAST 59'-6"
UNDERSIDE OF PLATFORM ON FOREMAST 40'-0"
GUN DIR PLATFORM AT FR. 61 (04 LEVEL) 45'-6 3/4"

CAPACITY OF BOOMS AND CRANES

BOAT BOOM 5250 LB
BATHYTHERMOGRAPH BOOM 500 LB
ASROC LOADER CRANE 1200 LB

SMALL BOATS

NO NAME EACH TOTAL
24 CO2 LIFEBOATS 15 360
1 26'-0" PERSONNEL BOAT 15 15
1 26'-0" MOTOR WHALE BOAT 22 22
 

TOTAL

 

397

BERTHING ACCOMMODATIONS

BERTHS LOCKERS
OFFICERS 25 TYPE A 21
CPO 21 TYPE L (PEACOAT) 7
CREW 311 TYPE K (PEACOAT) 9
    CPO (BLUE UNIFORM) 4