Guided Missile Destroyer

DDG 2  -  USS Charles F. Adams



DDG-2 USS Charles F. Adams patch crest insignia

DDG-2 USS Charles F. Adams - guided missile destroyer

Type, Class:


Guided Missile Destroyer; Charles F. Adams - class

planned as DD 952; built as DDG 2



Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, USA



Awarded: March 28, 1957

Laid down: June 16, 1958

Launched: September 8, 1959

Commissioned: September 10, 1960

Decommissioned: August 1, 1990


Fate: DDG 2 was stricken from the navy list on November 20, 1992, and is currently berthed at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF), Philadelphia, PA.

As of September 2008 , Charles F. Adams remains at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard on Donation Hold status.






named after and in honor of Charles F. Adams (1866 - 1954)

> see history, below;

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DDG-2 USS Charles F. Adams guided missile destroyer


DDG-2 USS Charles F. Adams guided missile destroyer


DDG-2 USS Charles F. Adams



Charles Francis Adams


Charles Francis Adams - secretary of the navy secnav   Charles Francis Adams - secnav - us navy



Namesake & History:

Charles Francis Adams (August 2, 1866 – June 10, 1954):


Charles Francis Adams was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, on August 2, 1866. He entered Harvard University in 1884, and, as an undergraduate, was
president of his class for four years and a leader of student activity. He captained and stroked the 1888 class crew. He was elected class president for
life, an honor unprecedented in Harvard history. Graduating ti-om Harvard Cum Laude in 1888, he received the degree of Bachelor of Arts and after
graduating from Harvard Law School in 1892, received the degree of Bachelor of Laws.

In 1892 the HARPOON, with Mr. Adams as sailing master, defeated the GLORIANA and WASP for the Goelet Cup off Newport. His position as premier
sailing master was established in the summer of 1914 when he sailed the RESOLUTE to victory off Newport thus earning the right to defend the
America's Cup. Due to the outbreak of World War I, however, the 1914 race was postponed.

1920 found the RESOLUTE retaining her speed and ready for the challenger, SHAMROCK IV, the RESOLUTE beat SHAMROCK IV in avery close
America's Cup series, thus keeping the cup on the United State's side of the Atlantic. Mr. Adams participated in the Trans-Atlantic race for the King of
Spain's Cup during the summer of 1928, finishing in second place. Appointed Secretary of the Navy by President Herbert Hoover in 1929, he
took the oath of office in March of that year and presided over the Navy Department until March 1933.

Charles Francis Adams was the son of John Quincy Adams and Fanny Crowninshield Adams, a great grandson of John Quincy Adams, sixth
President of the United States, and a great, great grandson of John Adarns, second President of the United States. Married to Francis Lovering at St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. on April 3,1899, they had a daughter, Mrs. Henry S. Morgan of Boston and a son, Charles Francis Adams, Jr., also a yachting enthusiast.

The Former Secretary of the Navy passed away in June, 1954, at the age of 87.



Charles F. Adams (1866-1954)   -   Also known as "Deacon"


Great-great-grandson of John Adams

Great-grandson of John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) and Benjamin Williams Crowninshield

Great-grandnephew of Jacob Crowninshield

Grandson of Charles Francis Adams (1807-1886)

Son of John Quincy Adams (1833-1894)

Son-in-law of William Croad Lovering

Nephew of Brooks Adams

First cousin once removed of Thomas Boylston Adams

Born in Quincy, Norfolk County, Mass., August 2, 1866

Mayor of Quincy, Mass., 1896-97

Delegate to Massachusetts state constitutional convention, 1917

U.S. Secretary of the Navy, 1929-33


Alpha Delta Phi

Delta Kappa Epsilon

Died in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., June 10, 1954

Interment at Mt. Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy, Mass


Namesake Heritage:

John Adams   (1735-1826)   2nd President of US

John Quincy Adams   (1767-1848)   6th President of US

Charles F. Adams   (1807-1886)   Public Official

John Quincy Adams II   (1833-1894)   Lawyer

Charles F. Adams   (1866-1954)   Secretary of the Navy & Namesake of DDG-2

Charles F. Adams   (1910-1999)   Raytheon President & Chairman of Board



USS Charles F. Adams (DDG 2):


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