List of destroyers of the United States Navy


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This is a list of destroyers of the United States Navy, sorted by hull number. It includes all of the series DD, DL, DDG, DLG, and DLGN.

CG-47 Ticonderoga and CG-48 Yorktown were approved as destroyers (DDG-47 and DDG-48) and redesignated cruisers before being laid down; it is uncertain whether CG-49 Vincennes and CG-50 Valley Forge were ever authorized as destroyers by the United States Congress (though the fact that the DDG sequence resumes with DDG-51 Arleigh Burke argues that they were).

Destroyer types listed

See also List of destroyer classes of the United States Navy. For destroyer escorts, see List of destroyer escorts of the United States Navy, and for destroyer minelayers, see List of mine warfare vessels of the United States Navy.

Destroyer DD
Destroyer Leader
(later Frigate) (retired)
Destroyer, Guided Missile DDG
Frigate, Guided Missile
(abolished 30 June 1975)
Frigate, Guided Missile,
(abolished 30 June 1975)

Destroyer leaders

The DL category was established in 1951, with the abolition of the CLK category. CLK 1 became DL 1 and DDs 927–930 became DLs 2–5. By the mid-1950s the term destroyer leader had been dropped in favor of frigate. The DLG sequence was deactivated in the 1975 fleet realignment, most DLGs and DLGNs were reclassified as CGs and CGNs, 30 June 1975. However, DLG 6–15 became DDG 37–46. DL-1 through DL-5 had been decommissioned prior to this time; DLG-6 Farragut through DLG-15 Preble became DDG-37 through DDG-46. DLG-16 Leahy through DLGN-40 Mississippi became CG-16 through CGN-40.

Guided missile destroyers

The guided missile destroyer sequence has three irregularities: four DDGs are numbered as if they were Destroyers in the main sequence (DDG-993, -994, -995 and -996), two were redesignated as guided missile cruisers (CG) (DDG-47 and DDG-48), and two numbers were skipped (DDG-49 and DDG-50). The Zumwalt class picks up at DDG-1000.

Ship list

By hull number Pictures By name

Gun destroyers

Destroyer leader

Guided missile destroyer

†=Not in commission as of November 2020

USS Bainbridge (DD-1)
USS Truxtun (DD-14)
USS Smith (DD-17)
USS Paulding (DD-22)
USS Cassin (DD-43)
USS Aylwin (DD-47)
USS O'Brien (DD-51)
USS Tucker (DD-57)
USS Sampson (DD-63)
USS Caldwell (DD-69)
USS Wickes (DD-75)
USS Buchanan (DD-131)
USS Elliot (DD-146)
USS Cowell (DD-167)
USS Clemson (DD-186)
DD-224 through DD-229
USS Reuben James (DD-245)
USS Farragut (DD-300)
USS Farragut (DD-348)
USS Porter (DD-356)
USS Mahan (DD-364)
USS Gridley (DD-380)
USS Somers (DD-381)
USS Bagley (DD-386)
USS Helm (DD-388)
USS Benham (DD-397)
USS Sims (DD-409)
USS Benson (DD-421)
USS Gleaves (DD-423)
USS Fletcher (DD-445)
USS Stephen Potter (DD-538)
USS Charles Ausburne (DD-570)
USS Killen (DD-593)
USS Braine (DD-630)
USS Wedderburn (DD-684)
USS Ault (DD-698)
USS Allen M. Sumner (DD-692)
USS Gearing (DD-710)
USS Hawkins (DD-873)
USS Forrest Sherman (DD-931)
USS Turner Joy (DD-951)
USS Spruance (DD-963)
USS Kinkaid (DD-965)
USS Nicholson (DD-982)
USS Kidd (DDG-993)
USS Hayler (DD-997)
USS Norfolk (DL-1)
USS Mitscher (DL-2)
USS Farragut (DLG-6)
USS Leahy (DLG-16)
USS Bainbridge (DLGN-25)
USS Belknap (DLG-26)
USS California (DLGN/CGN-36)
USS Gyatt (DDG-1)
USS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2)
West German destroyer Lütjens (D185)
USS Decatur (DDG-31)
USS Mitscher (DDG-35)
USS Farragut (DDG-37)
Arleigh Burke (DDG-51)
USS Milius (DDG-69)
USS Preble (DDG-88)
USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000)

†=Not in commission as of March 2017


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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.