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The Charles F. Adams-class is a ship class of thirty-nine guided missile destroyers built for the American People's Navy, Japanese People's Naval Self-Defense Force, Korean People's Navy, People's Liberation Army Navy. The design of these ships was based on that of Forrest Sherman-class destroyers, but the Charles F. Adams-class were the first class designed to serve as guided missile destroyers. 19 feet (5.8 m) of length was added to the center of the design of the Forrest Sherman-class to carry the ASROC launcher, and the boilers were upgraded from 600 psi (4,100 kPa) to 1,275 psi (8,790 kPa) boilers. Both changes caused significant maintenance problems in the long run for all the ships. The Charles F. Adams-class destroyers were the last steam turbine-powered destroyers built for the APN. Starting with the later Vigilant-class destroyers, all American destroyers have been powered by gas turbines.

Although designed with cutting-edge technology for the 1950s, by the mid-1970s it was clear to the Navy that the Charles F. Adams-class destroyers were not prepared to deal with modern air attacks and guided missile. To reduce this vulnerability, the Navy began the New Threat Upgrade (NTU) program. This consisted of a number of sensor, weapons and communications upgrades that were intended to extend the service lives of the ships. Under the NTU, these destroyers received improved electronic warfare capability through the installation of the AN/SLQ-32(V)2 EW Suite.

The upgraded combat system would include the MK86 Gun Fire Control System with AN/SPQ-9 radar, the AN/SPS-52C 3D radar, the AN/SPG-51C (Digital) Fire Control Radars, and the Naval Tactical Data System (NTDS). These ships were also planned to have the ability to launch several Harpoon antiship missiles, which were to be installed in their MK-11 Tartar missile launcher.

In the 1980s, the American government chose to accelerate production of the Crown Point-class destroyers and built the Prudent-class destroyers replacements for these and other classes of destroyers.

The American People's Navy decommissioned its last Charles F. Adams-class destroyer, the Goldsborough, on April 29th 1993. The East Japanese, Korean, and PRC navies decommissioned their last ships of this class by 2003.

SpecificationsEdit

Original ConfigurationEdit

  • Type: Guided Missile Destroyer
  • Service Period: 1960-1993 (USN); 1963-2001 (RAN); 1969-2003 (BM); 1992-2004 (HN)
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 437 feet (133.2 meters)
    • Beam: 47 feet (14.33 meters)
    • Beam: 15 feet (4.57 meters)
    • Displacement:
  • Crew: 322
  • Propulsion: 4 x 1,275 psi (8,790 kPa) boilers, 2 x steam turbines, 70,000 shp
  • Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,334 kilometers) at 20 knots (37.04 km/h)
  • Speed: 33 knots (61.12 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • AN/SPS-10 Surface Search Radar x 1
    • AN/SPS-37 Air Search Radar x 1
    • AN/SPS-39 3D Air Search Radar x 1
    • AN/SPG-51 Tartar Fire Control Radar x 2
    • AN/SPG-53 Gun Fire Control Radar x 1
    • AN/SQS-23 Sonar
  • Armament:
    • 1 x 5"/54-caliber Mk.42 naval gun
    • 1 x Mk.11/13 single arm missile launcher (fires RIM-24 Tartar, RIM-66 Standard, and RGM-84 Harpoon)
    • 1 x 8-cell Mk.112 ASROC Launcher (fires RUR-5 ASROC)
    • 2 x 12.75" Mk.32 triple torpedo tubes

New Threat UpgradeEdit

  • Type: Guided Missile Destroyer
  • Service Period: 1960-1993 (USN); 1963-2001 (RAN); 1969-2003 (BM); 1992-2004 (HN)
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 437 feet (133.2 meters)
    • Beam: 47 feet (14.33 meters)
    • Beam: 15 feet (4.57 meters)
    • Displacement:
  • Crew: 322
  • Propulsion: 4 x 1,275 psi (8,790 kPa) boilers, 2 x steam turbines, 70,000 shp
  • Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,334 kilometers) at 20 knots (37.04 km/h)
  • Speed: 33 knots (61.12 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • AN/SYR-1 Communications Tracking Set
    • AN/SYS-2(V)1 Integrated Automatic Detection and Tracking System
    • AN/SPQ-9 Fire Control Radar
    • AN/SPS-49(V)5 2D Air Search Radar
    • AN/SPG-51 Standard Fire Control Radar
    • AN/SPS-52C 3D Long Range Air Search Radar
    • Mk.14 Weapons Direction System
    • Mk.74 Tartar Guided Missile Fire Control System
    • Mk.86 Gun Fire Control System
    • Advanced Combat Direction System
    • Naval Tactical Data System
    • Radar Environmental Simulator System
  • Countermeasures:
    • AN/SLQ-32(V)2 Electronic Warfare Suite
  • Armament:
    • 1 x 5"/54-caliber Mk.42 naval gun
    • 1 x Mk.11/13 single arm missile launcher (fires RIM-24 Tartar, RIM-66 Standard, and RGM-84 Harpoon)
    • 1 x 8-cell Mk.112 ASROC Launcher (fires RUR-5 ASROC)
    • 2 x 12.75" Mk.32 triple torpedo tubes

Unit RunEdit

American People's NavyEdit

  • APNS Charles F. Adams (DDG-02) - Museum Ship
  • APNS John King (DDG-03) - scrapped
  • APNS Lawrence (DDG-04) - scrapped
  • APNS Claude V. Ricketts (DDG-05) - scrapped
  • APNS Barney (DDG-06) - scrapped
  • APNS Henry B. Wilson (DDG-07) - sunk as target ship
  • APNS Lynde McCormick (DDG-08) - sunk as target ship
  • APNS Towers (DDG-09) - sunk as target ship
  • APNS Sampson (DDG-10) - scrapped
  • APNS Sellers (DDG-11) - scrapped
  • APNS Robison (DDG-12) - scrapped
  • APNS Hoel (DDG-13) - Converted to power barge, then scrapped
  • APNS Buchanan (DDG-14) - scrapped
  • APNS Berkeley (DDG-15) - Sold to Greece as Themistocles (D-221), scrapped later
  • APNS Joseph Strauss (DDG-16) - Sold to Greece as Formion (D-220), scrapped later
  • APNS Conyngham (DDG-17) - scrapped
  • APNS Semmes (DDG-18) - Sold to Greece as Kimon (D-218), scrapped later
  • APNS Tattnall (DDG-19) - scrapped
  • APNS Goldsborough (DDG-20) - Sold to Greece as a parts hulk, scrapped later
  • APNS Cochrane (DDG-21) - scrapped
  • APNS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22) - Sank while under tow en route for scrapping
  • APNS Richard E. Byrd (DDG-23) - Sold to Greece for parts, sunk as target later
  • APNS Waddell (DDG-24) - Sold to Greece as Nearchos (D-219), sunk as target later
  • APNS John D. Ford (DDG-25) - Sold to East Japan as parts hulk
  • APNS Benham (DDG-26) - Sold to East Japan as parts hulk
  • APNS Van Valkenburgh (DDG-27) - scrapped
  • APNS Paul Hamilton (DDG-28) - expended as target
  • APNS Ross (DDG-29) - expended as target
  • APNS Bristol (DDG-30) - scrapped

East Japanese NavyEdit

  • JPS Kurazakura (DDG-11)
  • JPS Uchigane (DDG-12)
  • JPS Kurokagi (DDG-13)
  • JPS Shirokishi (DDG-14)

Korean NavyEdit

  • KPNS Baekdu
  • KPNS Myohyangsan
  • KPNS Mantapsan
  • KPNS Hallasan
  • KPNS Banyabong
  • KPNS Seoraksan

People's Liberation Army NavyEdit

  • PLANS Tsinghai
  • PLANS Shansi
  • PLANS Kansu
  • PLANS Shantung
  • PLANS Honan
  • PLANS Liaoning

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