Military Factory

Naval Destroyer Warships

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 1/3/2016

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 (55) Naval Destroyer Warships in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1999
Admiral Chabanenko (DD-650)
To match the American Navy's Arleigh Burke-class multi-mission, guided missile destroyers, Soviet en... [Read More]
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1988
Admiral Levchenko (DD-605)
The guided missile destroyer is an evolved form of the historical "destroyer" naval vessel that, its... [Read More]
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2005
CNS Haikou (171)
The Haikou (171) is a modern missile destroyer of the People's Liberation Army Navy (Chinese Navy), ... [Read More]
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1994
CNS Harbin (112)
The Chinese Navy relies on a plethora of ships to stock its burgeoning surface fleet intended for co... [Read More]
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2004
CNS Lanzhou (170)
With a long coastline and growing regional aspirations, China has built up a large stock of surface ... [Read More]
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1960
FGS Schleswig-Holstein (D-182)
The Schleswig-Holstein (D182) a Hamburg class destroyer launched in 1960 and was the first German wa... [Read More]
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2009
FS Chevalier Paul (D621)
The FS Chevalier Paul (D621) is a modern multirole missile destroyer frigate of the French Navy (Mar... [Read More]
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2008
FS Forbin (D620)
Growing in popularity amongst the top rival naval powers of the world are multi-role frigates outfit... [Read More]
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1951
HMAS Anzac (D59)
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1967
HMAS Brisbane (D41)
HMAS Brisbane was a Perth-class guided missile destroyer built by the United States as a modified Ch... [Read More]
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1959
HMAS Vampire (D11)
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2009
HMS Daring (D32)
HMS Daring (D43) represents the lead ship of her six-strong class of surface fighting vessels of the... [Read More]
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2010
HMS Dauntless (D33)
HMS Dauntless is a "Type 45" guided missile destroyer of the British Navy. The Type 45-class totals ... [Read More]
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2013
HMS Defender (D36)
The British Royal Navy has ordered six of the Type 45 "Air Defense Destroyers" for its fleet. Due to... [Read More]
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1985
HMS Gloucester (D96)
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1940
IJN Isokaze
As an island nation, it behooved Japanese warplanners to embark upon a massive naval-building campai... [Read More]
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2015
IRIN Damavand (77) / Jamaran-2 (Velayat)
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2010
IRIN Jamaran (76)
Little is known in the West of the lead ship in the Jamaran-class of guided missile frigates serving... [Read More]
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1973
JDS Haruna (DDH-141)
From the period spanning 1972 to 2009, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) - serving as... [Read More]
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1986
JDS Hatakaze (DDG-171)
Japan's strategic placement in the Pacific (both trade and militarily) has meant that a strong naval... [Read More]
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2009
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 S... [Read More]
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2011
JDS Ise (DDH-182)
The JDS Ise (DDH-182) serves as a "helicopter destroyer" within the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense F... [Read More]
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2015
JDS Izumo (DDH-183)
JDS Izumo (DDH-183) leads the new 22DDH-class of helicopter destroyers and forms a key component of ... [Read More]
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1980
JDS Shirane (DDH-143)
The Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) contracted for two "helicopter destroyers" to repla... [Read More]
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2003
ROKS Chungmugong Yi Sun-Sin (DDH-975)
A long coastline, burgeoning regional arms race, and unsettled maritime claims with its neighbors fo... [Read More]
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2008
ROKS Sejong the Great (DDG-991)
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2006
ROKS Wang Geon (DDG-978)
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1987
Severomorsk (Project 619)
During the Cold War decades, the Soviet Navy was forced to keep pace with developments in the West, ... [Read More]
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1991
USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51)
The USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) is the first in the Arleigh Burke-class of guided missile destroyers,... [Read More]
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1903
USS Bainbridge (DD-1)
This destroyer ship class was named USS Bainbridge (DD-1), commonly called a torpedo boat destroyer... [Read More]
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1956
USS Barry (DD-933)
The Forrest Sherman-class of destroyers was established in 1955 and became a warship group of eighte... [Read More]
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1992
USS Barry (DDG-52)
The Arleigh Burke-class of guided missile destroyers serving the United States Navy (USN) represents... [Read More]
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1995
USS Cole (DDG-67)
The USS Cole is perhaps best known for the dastardly Al-Qaeda attack that left 17 US sailors dead ba... [Read More]
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2010
USS Dewey (DDG-105)
The Arleigh Burke-class of guided missile destroyers for the United States Navy was born in the 1980... [Read More]
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1937
USS Downes (DD-375)
World War 2 (1939-1945) made veterans of many fighting ships and their crews. USS Downes (DD-375) wa... [Read More]
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1977
USS Elliot (DD-967)
The USS Elliot was one of the 31 Spruance-class destroyers (no longer in service with the United Sta... [Read More]
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1942
USS Fletcher (DD-445)
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1944
USS John C. Butler (DE-339)
The John C. Butler-class was laid down as Destroyer Escorts (DE) during World War 2 (1939-1945) and ... [Read More]
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1920
USS John D. Ford (DD-228)
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1993
USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53)
The USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) is a guided missile destroyer currently in service with the United ... [Read More]
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1945
USS Joseph P Kennedy, Jr (DD-850)
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1944
USS Laffey (DD-724)
The USS Laffey (DD-724), a United States Navy Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer, was named for seaman ... [Read More]
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1961
USS Lynde McCormick (DDG-8)
USS Lynde McCormick (DDG-8) was one of the 29-strong Charles F. Adams-class of guided missile cruise... [Read More]
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2016
USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG-1002)
USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG-1002) represents the third of the three-strong Zumwalt-class group of fig... [Read More]
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2016
USS Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001)
The USS Michael Monsoor (DDG-2001) represents the second of three Zumwalt-class guided missile destr... [Read More]
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1943
USS Pillsbury (DE-133)
The United States Navy grew into a formidable fighting force during World War 2 (1939-1945) as all m... [Read More]
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2000
USS Roosevelt (DDG-80)
The USS Roosevelt (DDG-80) is an Arleigh Burke-class of guided-missile destroyers in service with th... [Read More]
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1944
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... [Read More]
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1975
USS Spruance (DD-963)
By 1965 the United States Navy was ready to choose a new destroyer to replace the Gearing and Sumner... [Read More]
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2011
USS Spruance (DDG-111)
The USS Spruance (DDG-111) is one of the latest in the long line of Arleigh Burke-class destroyers n... [Read More]
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2011
USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110)
The Arleigh Burke-class of guided missile destroyers is one of the largest United States Navy (USN) ... [Read More]
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1840
USS Yorktown (1840)
In 1815, the entire United States naval force consisted of 18 warships - the USS Independence, a 90-... [Read More]
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2015
USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000)
The USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) - named after former US Navy Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Elmo R. "... [Read More]
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1937
Z17 Diether von Roeder
The 1936 Type Diether von Roeder destroyer was a trim looking ship with a clipper bow and long forec... [Read More]
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1937
Z4 Richard Beitzen
The Zerstorer (Destroyer) Type 1934 class was the first group of destroyers built in Germany after t... [Read More]
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