USS CALLAGHAN was the second ship in the KIDD - class of guided missile destroyers and the second ship in the Navy named after Rear Admiral Daniel Judson Callaghan who was killed in action on November 13, 1942, while leading a force of US ships against a far superior Japanese force during the Battle of Guadalcanal. The KIDD - class ships were a modified version of the SPRUANCE - class destroyers. Originally built for Iran, the ship was first named DARYUSH, but after the destroyer's takeover by the U.S. Navy the ship was renamed CALLAGHAN.
CALLAGHAN was homeported in Everett, Wash., and after decommissioning on March 31, 1998, she spent the following years at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF), Bremerton, Wash. In 2005 she was transfered to Taiwan, where she was recommissioned as SU-AO in December 2005.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: March 23, 1978|
|Keel laid: October 23, 1978|
|Launched: December 1, 1979|
|Commissioned: August 29, 1981|
|Decommissioned: March 31, 1998|
|Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding, West Bank, Pascagoula, Miss.|
|Propulsion system: four General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine engines|
|Blades on each Propeller: five|
|Length: 564,3 feet (172 meters)|
|Beam: 55,1 feet (16.8 meters)|
|Draft: 31,5 feet (9.6 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 9,500 tons full load|
|Speed: 30+ knots|
|Aircraft: two |
|Armament: two |
|Crew: 31 officers, 332 enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS CALLAGHAN. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS CALLAGHAN Cruise Books:
About the Ship's Coat of Arms:
USS CALLAGHAN's coast of arms represents the name, birthplace, and distinguished naval career of Rear Admiral Daniel J. Callaghan. It also represents the modern technology of the new CALLAGHAN honored by that name.
The chief simulates the Golden Gate Bridge, symbolizing San Francisco, California, Admiral Callaghan's birth of place. The trident connotes his naval career and the two lightning flashes for his service in World War I and in World War II. The single star represents the medal of honor for his "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity" in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal during World War II. The trident with the arcs and the lightning flashes also allude to the mission and capabilities of the CALLAGHAN.
The crest "heraldically speaks" the name Callaghan. The wolf is suggested by the Callaghan coast of arms, and the shamrock symbolizes Ireland. The two stars connote the rank of Rear Admiral Callaghan; they are conjoined to indicate that this is the second ship to bear the name CALLAGHAN.
The ship's motto is the word "Intrepidity", taken from Rear Admiral Callaghan's Medal of Honor citation.
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