USS DAHLGREN was the 7th ship in the FARRAGUT - class of guided missile destroyers and the third ship in the Navy to bear the name. Commissioned as DLG 12 (guided missile frigate), the DAHLGREN was reclassified a guided missile destroyer on July 1, 1975., getting the new hull number DDG 43.
Decommissioned on July 31, 1992 and stricken from the Navy list on November 20, 1992, the DAHLGREN was sold for scrapping on February 10, 1999.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: July 23, 1956|
|Keel laid: March 1, 1958|
|Launched: March 16, 1960|
|Commissioned: April 8, 1961|
|Decommissioned: July 31, 1992|
|Builder: Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, Penn.|
|Propulsion system:4 - 1200 psi boilers; 2 geared turbines|
|Length: 512.5 feet (156.2 meters)|
|Beam: 52 feet (15.9 meters)|
|Draft: 25 feet (7.6 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 5,800 tons|
|Speed: 33 knots|
|Armament: one Mk 42 5-inch/54 caliber gun, Mk 46 torpedoes from two Mk-32 triple mounts, one Mk 16 ASROC Missile Launcher, one Mk 10 Mod.0 Missile Launcher for Standard (MR) Missiles, two Mk 141 Harpoon missile launchers|
|Crew: 21 officers and 356 enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS DAHLGREN. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS DAHLGREN Cruise Books:
Accidents aboard USS DAHLGREN:
|August 7, 1975||3 1/2 miles east of Port Colon, Panama|
USS DAHLGREN collides with the Panamanian freighter EURYBATES in the Panama Canal Zone. There are no injuries.
|June 29, 1981||Caribbean|
USS DAHLGREN suffers a two-hour fire in the radiomen's storeroom. The damage is light and the ship proceeds to Guadeloupe.
|February 22, 1992|
USS DAHLGREN suffers a Class B main space fire in the #1 engine room. There are 2 casualties reported as a result of the fire.
About the Ship's Name:
John Adolphus Dahlgren, born 13 November 1809 in Philadelphia, Pa., was appointed a midshipman 1 February 1826, and early became interested in the problems of ordnance. He developed the famous Dahlgren gun, perfected howitzers for use afloat and ashore, organized the Naval Gun Factory, and wrote several significant books on ordnance. From the outbreak of the Civil War until July 1862 he served as Commandant of the Washington Navy Yard where President Lincoln often conferred with him. He then became Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance and on 7 February 1863 was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral. In command of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron (7 July 1863 - 17 June 1866), he participated in the bombardment of Fort Wagner and cooperated with Sherman in the capture of Savannah and Charleston. After a tour of duty in command of the South Pacific Squadron (1866 - 1868), he returned to Washington again as Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance. Rear Admiral Dahlgren resigned this job a year later to return to the comm and of the Navy Yard and Gun Factory. He died in Washington 12 July 1870.
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