Guided missile destroyer

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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 in their hull pennant numbering, either prefixing, or dropping it altogether. The U.S. Navy has adopted the classification DDG in the American hull classification system.

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 of navies that no longer operate cruisers, as other vessels must be adopted to fill in the gap.

Active and planned guided missile destroyers[edit]

Royal Australian Navy[edit]

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

Royal Canadian Navy[edit]

People's Liberation Army Navy of China[edit]

Kunming (D172), a Chinese Type 052D destroyer

French Navy[edit]

Forbin (D620), a Horizon-class destroyer
Aquitaine (D650), an Aquitaine-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.

German Navy[edit]

Hamburg (F220), a Sachsen-class destroyer

Indian Navy[edit]

Italian Navy[edit]

Caio Duilio (D554), an Orizzonte-class destroyer
Carlo Bergamini (F590), a Bergamini-class destroyer

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force[edit]

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

Royal Netherlands Navy[edit]

Forbin (D620), a Horizon-class destroyer

Republic of Korea Navy[edit]

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

Russian Navy[edit]

Nastoychivyy (610), a Sovremenny-class destroyer
Admiral Vinogradov (572), a Udaloy-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)

Spanish Navy[edit]

Almirante Juan de Borbón (F102), an Álvaro de Bazán-class destroyer

Republic of China Navy (Taiwan)[edit]

ROCS Tso Ying (DDG-1803)

Royal Navy[edit]

HMS Daring (D32), a Type 45 destroyer

Royal Norwegian Navy[edit]

HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen (F310) and Helge Ingstad (F313), Fridtjof Nansen-class destroyers

United States Navy[edit]

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

Former guided missile destroyer classes[edit]

 Soviet Union
 United Kingdom
 United States


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