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Farragut-class destroyer (1958)
USS Farragut (DDG-37) underway in the Atlantic Ocean on 2 July 1982 (6349812).jpg
USS Farragut (DDG-37)
Class overview
Name: Farragut class destroyer
Builders: Bethlehem Steel Quincy
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
San Francisco Naval Shipyard
Philadelphia Naval Shipyard
Bath Iron Works
Operators:  United States Navy
Preceded by: Forrest Sherman-class destroyer
Succeeded by: Charles F. Adams-class destroyer
Built: 1957–1961
In commission: 1959–1993
Completed: 10
Retired: 10
General characteristics
Type: Destroyer
Displacement: 4,167 tons (standard)
5,648 tons (full load)
Length: 512.5 ft (156.2 m)
Beam: 52.3 ft (16 m)
Draught: 17.8 ft (5.4 m)
Propulsion: 2 shaft
2 Allis-Chalmers turbines
4 each 1,200 Pound forced draft Babcock and Wilcox D-type super heated boilers
85,000 shp (63,000 kW)
Speed: 32 knots (59 km/h)
Range: 5,000 nmi (9,000 km) at 20 knots (37 km/h)
Complement: 360
Sensors and
processing systems:
1 AN/SPS-10 surface search RADAR[1]
1 AN/SPS-37 air search RADAR[1]
1 AN/SPS-39 3D air search RADAR[1]
1 AN/SPG-53 gun fire control RADAR[1][2]
2 AN/SPG-55 Terrier fire control RADAR[1][3]
Armament: 1x Mark 10 Launcher Terrier SAM
1x 5in (127 mm)
1x ASROC Launcher
6x 12.8in (324 mm) ASW TT
8x Boeing Harpoon SSM (After third update)

The Farragut class was the second destroyer class of the United States Navy to be named for Admiral David Glasgow Farragut. The class is sometimes referred to as the Coontz class, since Coontz was first to be designed and built as a guided missile ship, whereas the previous three ships were designed as all-gun units and converted later.[5]

Ten Farragut-class ships were ordered between 1955 and 1957. Each ship displaced 5,800 tons under full load, with a length of 512 feet (156 m), a 52-foot (16 m) beam and a top speed of 33 knots (61 km/h). Originally commissioned as guided missile frigates (DLG), they were redesignated as guided missile destroyers (DDG) under the fleet realignment in 1975. They were also the only redesignated ships to be renumbered as well under the realignment, with the first unit changing from DLG-6 to DDG-37 and all subsequent vessels being renumbered upwards in order.

All ships of the class were decommissioned between 1989 and 1994 and subsequently scrapped.

Ships in class

 Name   Number   Builder   Launched   Commissioned   Home port   Status 
Farragut DDG-37 Bethlehem Steel Corporation 18 July 1958 10 December 1960 Decommissioned 31 October 1989
Luce DDG-38 Bethlehem Steel Corporation 11 December 1958 20 May 1961 Decommissioned 1 April 1991
Macdonough DDG-39 Bethlehem Steel Corporation 9 July 1959 4 November 1961 Decommissioned 23 October 1992
Coontz DDG-40 Puget Sound Naval Shipyard 6 December 1958 15 July 1960 Decommissioned 2 October 1989
King DDG-41 Puget Sound Naval Shipyard 6 December 1958 17 November 1960 Decommissioned 28 March 1991
Mahan DDG-42 San Francisco Naval Shipyard 7 October 1959 25 December 1960 Decommissioned 15 June 1993
Dahlgren DDG-43 Philadelphia Naval Shipyard 16 March 1960 8 April 1961 Decommissioned 31 July 1992
William V. Pratt DDG-44 Philadelphia Naval Shipyard 6 March 1960 4 November 1961 Decommissioned 30 September 1991
Dewey DDG-45 Bath Iron Works 30 November 1958 7 December 1959 Decommissioned 31 August 1990
Preble DDG-46 Bath Iron Works 23 May 1959 9 May 1960 Decommissioned 15 November 1991

The fictional USS Bedford was depicted as a Farragut class destroyer, using a large model ship, in the 1965 cold-war film The Bedford Incident.

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Blackman, Raymond V. B. Jane's Fighting Ships (1970/71) p.432
  2. Polmar, Norman "The U.S. Navy: Shipboard Radars" United States Naval Institute Proceedings December 1978 p.145
  3. Polmar, Norman "The U.S. Navy: Shipboard Radars" United States Naval Institute Proceedings December 1978 p.144
  4. Polmar, Norman "The U.S. Navy: Sonars, Part 1" United States Naval Institute Proceedings July 1981 p.119
  5. DLG 6 / DDG-37 Farragut / DLG 9 Coontz

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