Guided-missile destroyer

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The Japanese guided-missile destroyer JDS Kongō firing a Standard Missile 3 anti-ballistic missile

A guided-missile destroyer (DDG) is a destroyer whose primary armament is guided missiles so they can provide anti-aircraft warfare screening for the fleet. The NATO standard designation for these vessels is DDG, while destroyers which have a primary gun armament and/or a small number of anti-aircraft missiles sufficient only for point-defense are designated DD. Nations vary in their use of destroyer D designation in their hull pennant numbering, either prefixing or dropping it altogether.

Guided-missile destroyers are equipped with large missile magazines, with modern examples typically having vertical-launch cells. Some guided-missile destroyers contain integrated weapons 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. Many guided-missile destroyers are also multipurpose vessels, equipped to carry out anti-surface operations with surface-to-surface missiles and naval guns, and anti-submarine warfare with torpedoes and helicopters.

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), an Udaloy-class destroyer

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. ^ Friedman 2004, pp. 322–323, 425
  • Friedman, Norman (2004). US Destroyers: An Illustrated Design History (Revised ed.). Annapolis: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-442-3.