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]

 Argentina

Argentine Navy[edit]

 Australia

Royal Australian Navy[edit]

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

Royal Canadian Navy[edit]

 People's Republic of China

People's Liberation Army Navy of China[edit]

Kunming (D172), a Chinese Type 052D destroyer
 France

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.


 Germany

German Navy[edit]

Hamburg (F220), a Sachsen-class destroyer
 India

Indian Navy[edit]

 Italy

Italian Navy[edit]

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

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force[edit]

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

Royal Netherlands Navy[edit]

HNLMS Tromp (F803), a De Zeven Provinciën-class destroyer


 South Korea

Republic of Korea Navy[edit]

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

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)
 Spain

Spanish Navy[edit]

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

Republic of China Navy (Taiwan)[edit]

ROCS Tso Ying (DDG-1803)
 United Kingdom

Royal Navy[edit]

HMS Daring (D32), a Type 45 destroyer
 Norway

Royal Norwegian Navy[edit]

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

United States Navy[edit]

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

Former guided missile destroyer classes[edit]

 France
 Italy
 Japan
 Soviet Union
 United Kingdom
 United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Indigenously built warship ready for launch". freepressjournal. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "All About the INS Visakhapatnam, Navy's Most Powerful Destroyer". ndtv. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Friedman 2004, pp. 322-323, 425