USS Farragut (DDG-37)
USS Farragut (DDG-37)
|Ordered:||27 January 1956|
|Builder:||Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Quincy, Massachusetts|
|Laid down:||3 June 1957|
|Launched:||18 July 1958|
|Acquired:||8 December 1960|
|Commissioned:||10 December 1960|
|Decommissioned:||30 October 1989|
|Reclassified:||30 June 1975|
|Struck:||20 November 1992|
|Motto:||Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!|
|Class and type:||Farragut-class guided missile frigate|
|Length:||512.5 ft (156.2 m)|
|Beam:||52 ft (15.8 m)|
|Draught:||25 ft (7.6 m)|
|Propulsion:||4 1200psi boilers, 2 geared turbines|
|Range:||4,500 nautical miles (8,300 km; 5,200 mi) at 20 knots (20 mph; 40 km/h)|
|Complement:||377 (21 officers + 356 enlisted)|
Design and description
The Farragut class was the first class of missile-armed carrier escorts to be built as such for the USN. The ships had an overall length of 512 feet 6 inches (156.2 m), a beam of 52 feet 4 inches (16.0 m) and a deep draft of 17 feet 9 inches (5.4 m). They displaced 5,648 long tons (5,739 t) at full load. Their crew consisted of 23 officers and 337 enlisted men.
The ships were equipped with two geared steam turbines, each driving one propeller shaft, using steam provided by 4 water-tube boilers. The turbines were intended to produce 85,000 shaft horsepower (63,000 kW) to reach the designed speed of 32 knots (59 km/h; 37 mph). The Farragut class had a range of 5,000 nautical miles (9,300 km; 5,800 mi) at a speed of 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph).
The Farragut-class ships were armed with a 5"/54 caliber Mark 42 gun forward and two twin mounts for 3″/50 caliber guns, one on each broadside amidships. They were fitted with an eight-round ASROC launcher between the 5-inch (127 mm) gun and the bridge. Close-range anti-submarine defense was provided by two triple sets of 12.75-inch (324 mm) Mk 32 torpedo tubes. The primary armament of the Farraguts was the Terrier anti-aircraft missile designed to defend the carrier battle group. They were fired via the dual-arm Mark 10 launcher and the ships stowed a total of 40 missiles for the launcher.
Construction and career
Farragut, named for Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, was laid down as DLG-6 by the Bethlehem Steel Corporation at Quincy, Massachusetts on 3 June 1957, launched on 15 July 1958 by Mrs. H. D. Felt, wife of the Vice Chief of Naval Operations and commissioned on 10 December 1960. Farragut was reclassified as a guided missile destroyer on 30 June 1975 and designated DDG-37. USS Farragut was decommissioned on 31 October 1989, stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 20 November 1992 and sold for scrap on 16 December 1994. On 26 September 2006 a contract to dismantle ex-Farragut was awarded to International Shipbreaking Limited of Brownsville, Texas. The ship's bell is currently being kept and preserved at Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg, Florida.
- Gardiner, Chumley & Budzbon, p. 580
- Friedman, p. 423
- Friedman, Norman (1982). U.S. Destroyers: An Illustrated Design History. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-733-X.
- Gardiner, Robert; Chumbley, Stephen & Budzbon, Przemysław (1995). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1947-1995. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-132-7.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.