USS Chandler (DDG-996)
|Class and type:||Kidd-class destroyer|
|Namesake:||R.Adm. Theodore E. Chandler|
|Ordered:||23 March 1978|
|Laid down:||7 May 1979|
|Launched:||28 June 1980|
|Commissioned:||13 March 1982|
|Decommissioned:||23 September 1999|
|Struck:||23 September 1999|
|Fate:||Sold to Taiwan, 30 May 2003; commissioned as ROCS Ma Kong (DDG-1805)|
|Class & type:||Kidd-class destroyer|
|Displacement:||9,783 tons full|
|Length:||171.6 m (563 ft)|
|Beam:||16.8 m (55 ft)|
|Propulsion:||4 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, 80,000 shp total|
|Speed:||33 knots (61 km/h)|
USS Chandler (DDG-996) was the final ship in the Kidd class of guided-missile destroyers operated by the U.S. Navy. Derived from the Spruance class, these vessels were designed for air defense in hot weather. She was named after Rear Admiral Theodore E. Chandler.
Originally named Andushirvan, the ship was originally ordered by the Shah of Iran, but was undelivered when the 1979 Iranian Revolution occurred. Subsequent to this, the U.S. Navy elected to commission her for service in the Persian Gulf and Mediterranean Sea, as she was equipped with heavy-duty air conditioning and was also well suited to filtering sand and the results from NBC warfare. She was commissioned in 1982.
In June 1985, Chandler was involved in an accident on the Columbia River. The ship itself was sued under Admiralty law in the United States by a barge owner who claimed that Chandler's negligent action on the Columbia River caused a dangerous swell called a soliton.
The District Court of Oregon heard the case and held that the officers on Chandler breached their duty to exercise reasonable care in avoiding creation of the dangerous swell and the plaintiff was able to recover for the damages.
- Bernert Towboat Co. v. USS Chandler (DDG 996), 666 F. Supp. 1454, 1987 A.M.C. 2919 (D. Ore. 1987).
- Birmingham, Robert L.; Tara Shaw; Carolyn Shields (2003). "Daubert, Proof of a Prior, and the Soliton: Bernert Towboat Co. v. USS CHANDLER (DDG996)". Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce 34: 173.
- This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.
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