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Navy Destroyers

Destroyers were originally conceived of to counter the firepower and speed of the Torpedo Boat.

The Destroyer was born around 1892 from a need to protect larger, slower moving fleet ships of value from smaller, more agile torpedo boats whose armament posed the greatest threat to surface ships of the period. This gave rise to the term "torpedo boat destroyer" which ultimately fell to disuse and was replaced by the more modern term "Destroyer" still in use today. Such vessels are contained designs built through relatively compact dimensions when compared to capital ships, feature strong deep water endurance and are armed with a variable array of weaponry meant to suit most any at-sea threat. Modern navies still employ the destroyer today though appropriately armed with cells of guided missile launchers (having replaced large-caliber main gun batteries) and advanced tracking/engagement suites.

There are a total of 38 Navy Destroyers in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.

FGS Schleswig-Holstein (D-182)
The Schleswig-Holstein (D182) a Hamburg class destroyer launched in 1960 and was the first German warship class to be built a...

FS Chevalier Paul (D621)
The FS Chevalier Paul (D621) is a modern multirole missile destroyer frigate of the French Navy (Marine Nationale). The vesse...

FS Forbin (D620)
Growing in popularity amongst the top rival naval powers of the world are multi-role frigates outfitted with a variety of wea...

Haikou (171)
The Haikou (171) is a modern missile destroyer of the People's Liberation Army Navy (Chinese Navy), part of the Type 052C-cla...

Harbin (112)
The Chinese Navy relies on a plethora of ships to stock its burgeoning surface fleet intended for coastal patrolling and enfo...

HMAS Brisbane (D41)
HMAS Brisbane was a Perth-class guided missile destroyer built by the United States as a modified Charles F. Adams-class dest...


HMS Daring (D32)
HMS Daring (D43) represents the lead ship of her six-strong class of surface fighting vessels of the British Royal Navy - gen...


IRIN Jamaran (76)
Little is known in the West of the lead ship in the Jamaran-class of guided missile frigates serving the Iranian Navy (formal...

JDS Haruna (DDH-141)
From the period spanning 1972 to 2009, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) - serving as the Japanese Navy - util...

JDS Hyuga (DDH-181)
Japan is a nation of 6,852 islands located in the Pacific Ocean, east of the Sea of Japan with the Sea of Okhotsk to the nort...

JDS Ise (DDH-182)
The JDS Ise (DDH-182) serves as a "helicopter destroyer" within the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) - otherwise ...

JDS Izumo (DDH-183)
JDS Izumo (DDH-183) leads the new 22DDH-class of helicopter destroyers and forms a key component of the Japanese Maritime Sel...

JDS Shirane (DDH-143)
The Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) contracted for two "helicopter destroyers" to replace the previous JDS Harun...

Lanzhou (170)
With a long coastline and growing regional aspirations, China has built up a large stock of surface vessels to command nearby...

USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51)
The USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) is the first in the Arleigh Burke-class of guided missile destroyers, systems that offer up a ...

USS Bainbridge (DD-1)
This destroyer ship class was named USS Bainbridge (DD-1), commonly called a torpedo boat destroyer, and was the first destr...

USS Barry (DD-933)
The Forrest Sherman-class of destroyers was established in 1955 and became a warship group of eighteen-strong led by the USS ...

USS Barry (DDG-52)
The Arleigh Burke-class of guided missile destroyers serving the United States Navy (USN) represents a surface warfare group ...

USS Cole (DDG-67)
The USS Cole is perhaps best known for the dastardly Al-Qaeda attack that left 17 US sailors dead back on October 12th, 2000....

USS Elliot (DD-967)
The USS Elliot was one of the 31 Spruance-class destroyers no longer in service with the United States Navy. One of her final...



USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53)
The USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) is a guided missile destroyer currently in service with the United States Navy and is the th...


USS Laffey (DD-724)
The USS Laffey (DD-724), a United States Navy Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer, was named for seaman Bartlett Laffey who was a...


USS Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001)
The USS Michael Monsoor (DDG-2001) represents the second of three Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyers currently planned f...

USS Roosevelt (DDG-80)
The USS Roosevelt (DDG-80) is an Arleigh Burke-class of guided-missile destroyers in service with the United States Navy and ...

USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413)
USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413) was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort of the United States Navy. The hull of the Robert...

USS Spruance (DD-963)
By 1965 the United States Navy was ready to choose a new destroyer to replace the Gearing and Sumner class destroyers. Both c...

USS Spruance (DDG-111)
The USS Spruance (DDG-111) is one of the latest in the long line of Arleigh Burke-class destroyers numbering 62-strong. Speci...

USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110)
The Arleigh Burke-class of guided missile destroyers is one of the largest United States Navy (USN) surface fighting ship gro...

USS Yorktown (1840)
In 1815, the entire United States naval force consisted of 18 warships - the USS Independence, a 90-gun ship-of-the-line, 5 f...

USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000)
The USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) - named after former US Navy Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Elmo R. "Bud" Zumwalt, Jr - was bo...

Z17 Diether von Roeder
The 1936 Type Diether von Roeder destroyer was a trim looking ship with a clipper bow and long forecastle fitting a low-profi...

Z4 Richard Beitzen
The Zerstorer (Destroyer) Type 1934 class was the first group of destroyers built in Germany after the end World War 1. The Z...
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