Farragut (Coontz) - class Guided Missile Destroyer

 

Farragut (Coontz) class guided missile destroyer DDG

 

 

Various publications including some U.S. Navy publications refer to this class as the Coontz class. The U.S. Navy has traditionally referred to a class by the name of the lowest hull numbered ship in the class. Therefore, the proper name should be the Farragut class.

Ten Farragut-class ships were ordered. The first three ships (Farragut, Luce, and Macdonough) were ordered in 1956 as DL-6 through DL-8 to an all-gun design. The second three ships (Coontz, King, and Mahan) were ordered at the same time as DLG-1 through DLG-3 to gun and missile design.

During construction the decision was made to build all six to the gun and missile (Coontz) design. But although they were all built to the Coontz design, the lowest hull numbered ship of the class was Farragut.


Originally commissioned as guided missile frigates (DLG), they were redesignated as guided missile destroyers (DDG) under the fleet realignment in 1975. They were the only redesignated ships to be renumbered as well as under the realignment, with the first unit changing from DLG-6 to DDG-37 and all subsequent vessels being renumbered upwards in order.


All ships of the class were decommissioned between 1989 and 1994 and subsequently scrapped.

 

Ships:

unit

in service

fate

DDG 37 USS Farragut

1960

scrapped

DDG 38 USS Luce

1961

scrapped

DDG 39 USS MacDonough

1961

scrapped

DDG 40 USS Coontz

1960

scrapped

DDG 41 USS King

1960

scrapped

DDG 42 USS Mahan

1960

scrapped

DDG 43 USS Dahlgren

1961

scrapped

DDG 44 USS William V. Pratt

1961

scrapped

DDG 45 USS Dewey

1959

scrapped

DDG 46 USS Preble

1960

scrapped

 

 

Specifications:

Displacement:

6120 tons (full load)

Length:

156,20 meters

Beam:

15,90 meters

Draft:

7,60 meters

Speed:

33 knots / max.

Propulsion:

4 Foster Wheeler 1200psi Boilers (DDG 37-39)
4 Babcock & Wilcox 1200psi Boilers (DDG 40-46)
2 De Laval steam turbines generating 85,000 shp (DDG 37-39, 45, 46)
2 Allis Chalmers steam turbines generating 85,000 shp (DDG 40-44)
Range 4,500NM at 20 knots

Aircraft:

None - VERTREP capable only

Complement:

approx. 360

Armament:

1 Mk-10 twin-arm missile launcher for 40 RIM-67 Standard SM-2ER and/or RIM-2 Terrier missiles
2 Mk-141 Harpoon launchers for 2 x 4 RGM-84 Harpoon SSM (after refit)

1 Mk-16 octuple launcher for 8 RUR-5 ASROC anti-submarine rockets

2 Mk-32 triple-torpedo-tubes for 2 x 3 Mk-46 torpedoes
1 Mk-42 5/54 caliber gun (127mm)
2 Mk-38 25mm Machine Gun System (added for Desert Shield/Storm to DDG-39, 44+46)

Radars:

1 AN/SPS-48C 3D Air Search Radar
1 AN/SPS-49 Air Search Radar
1 AN/SPS-10 Surface Search Radar
1 AN/SPG-53 Fire Control Radar
2 AN/SPG-55 Fire Control Radars

Sonar:

1 SQQ-23 PAIR Sonar

Fire Control:

1 Mk-11 Weapons Control System
1 Mk-76 Missile Fire Control System
1 Mk-68 Gun Fire Control System

Miscellaneous:

4 Mk-36 SRBOC Chaff launchers

 

armament:

 

Farragut Coontz class guided missile destroyer DDG - armament

 

Farragut Coontz class guided missile destroyer DDG - armament

 

Farragut Coontz class guided missile destroyer DDG

 

 

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