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The Japanese guided missile destroyer JDS Kongō (DDG-173) firing a Standard Missile 3 anti-ballistic missile.

A guided missile destroyer is a destroyer designed to launch guided missiles. Many are also equipped to carry out anti-submarine, anti-air, and anti-surface operations. The NATO standard designation for these vessels is DDG. Nations vary in their use of destroyer D designation their hull pennant numbering, either prefixing, or dropping it altogether. The U.S. Navy has adopted the classification DDG in the US hull classification symbol.

In addition to the guns that destroyers have, a guided missile destroyer is usually equipped with two large missile magazines which store the missiles for the ship, usually in Vertical Launch Cells. Some guided missile destroyers contain powerful weapon system radars, like the United States’ Aegis combat system, and may be adopted for use in an anti-missile role or a ballistic missile defense role. This is especially true of navies that no longer operate cruisers, as other vessels must be adopted to fill in the gap.

Active and planned guided missile (GM) destroyers

Royal Australian Navy

HMCS Iroquois (DDG-280), an Iroquois class destroyer

Royal Canadian Navy

Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy

Qingdao (113), a Chinese Type 052 destroyer

French Navy

Forbin (D620), a Horizon class destroyer

Although the French Navy no longer uses the term "destroyer" (French: destructeur), the largest frigates are assigned pennant numbers with flag superior "D", which designates destroyer.

Indian Navy

INS Delhi (D61), a Delhi class destroyer

Italian Navy

Caio Duilio (D554), an Orizzonte class destroyer

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

JDS Ashigara (DDG-178), an Atago class destroyer

Russian Navy


Nastoychivyy (610), a Sovremenny class destroyer

  • Kashin class destroyer
    • Smetlivy (810)
  • Sovremenny class destroyer
    • Bystryy (715)
    • Gremyashchiy (406)
    • Bespokoynyy (620)
    • Nastoychivyy (610)
    • Admiral Ushakov (434)
  • Udaloy class destroyer
    • Vice-Admiral Kulakov
    • Admiral Tributs (552)
    • Marshal Shaposhnikov (543)
    • Severomorsk (619)
    • Admiral Levchenko (605)
    • Admiral Vinogradov (572)
    • Admiral Panteleyev (548)
    • Admiral Chabanenko (650)

ROCS Tso Ying (DDG-1803)

Republic of China Navy (Taiwan)

Republic of Korea Navy

ROKS Sejong the Great (DDG-991), a Sejong the Great class destroyer

Royal Navy

HMS Daring (D32), a Type 45 destroyer

US Navy

USS Bainbridge (DDG-96), an Arleigh Burke class destroyer

Artist rendering of the Zumwalt class destroyer

Former guided missile destroyer classes

 Soviet Union
 United Kingdom
United States


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