Guided-missile destroyer

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A guided-missile destroyer is designed to launch anti-aircraft 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 in their hull pennant numbering, either prefixing or dropping it altogether.

In addition to the guns, a guided-missile destroyer is usually equipped with two large missile magazines, usually in vertical-launch cells. Some guided-missile destroyers contain powerful radar systems, such as the United States’ Aegis Combat System, and may be adopted for use in an anti-missile or ballistic-missile defense role. This is especially true for navies that no longer operate cruisers, so other vessels must be adopted to fill in the gap.

Active and planned guided-missile destroyers[edit]

Australian HMAS Brisbane

Royal Australian Navy[edit]

Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy[edit]

Type 055 destroyer The largest and most advanced surface warship in the People's Liberation Army Navy

French Navy[edit]

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

Indian Navy[edit]

Indian Navy destroyers sailing in unison.

Italian Navy[edit]

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force[edit]

Republic of Korea Navy[edit]

Russian Navy[edit]

Nastoychivyy (610), a Sovremenny-class destroyer
Admiral Vinogradov (572), a Udaloy-class destroyer
  • Sovremenny-class destroyer
    • Bystryy (715)
    • Burnyy (778)
    • 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)

Republic of China Navy[edit]

ROCS Tso Ying (DDG-1803)

Royal Navy[edit]

Spanish Navy[edit]

United States Navy[edit]

Zumwalt-class destroyer

Former guided-missile destroyer classes[edit]

 Soviet Union
 United Kingdom
 United States


  1. ^ "All About the INS Visakhapatnam, Navy's Most Powerful Destroyer". ndtv. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  2. ^ Friedman 2004, pp. 322–323, 425