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USS Elliot (DD-967)

Destroyer Warship

The USS Elliot DD 967 was sunk as a target vessel in June of 2005 off of Australia, becoming an artificial reef.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 5/2/2019
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Year: 1977
Status: Decommissioned, Out-of-Service
Ships-in-Class: 31
Named Ships: USS Spruance (DD 963); USS Paul F. Foster (DD 964); USS Kinkaid (DD 965); USS Hewitt (DD 966); USS Elliot (DD 967); USS Arthur W. Radford (DD 968); USS Peterson (DD 969); USS Caron (DD 970); USS David R. Ray (DD 971); USS Oldendorf (DD 972); USS John Young (DD 973); USS Comte de Grasse (DD 974); USS O'Brien (DD 975); USS Merrill (DD 976); USS Briscoe (DD 977); USS Stump (DD 978); USS Conolly (DD 979); USS Moosbrugger (DD 980); USS John Hancock (DD 981); USS Nicholson (DD 982); USS John Rodgers (DD 983); USS Leftwich (DD 984); USS Cushing (DD 985); USS Harry W. Hill (DD 986); USS O'Bannon (DD 987); USS Thorn (DD 988); USS Deyo (DD 989); USS Ingersoll (DD 990); USS Fife (DD 991); USS Fletcher (DD 992); USS Hayler (DD 997)
Roles: Blue Water Operations; Fleet Support; Hunter; Direct-Attack;
Complement: 334
Length: 563 ft (171.60 m)
Width: 55 ft (16.76 m)
Height: 29 ft (8.84 m)
Displacement (Surface): 8,040 tons
Propulsion: 4 x General Electric GE LM2500 gas turbines feeding 2 x shafts and delivering 80,000shp.
Speed (Surface): 32 kts (37 mph)
Range: 3,240 nm (3,728 miles; 6,000 km)
Operators: United States
The USS Elliot was one of the 31 Spruance-class destroyers (no longer in service with the United States Navy - USN). One of her final support operations involved action in Operation Enduring Freedom. After some 30-plus years of active service, the vessel was relegated to target duty and was sunk off of the coast of Australia in joint operation exercises to which she would become an artificial reef for the local environment. A conventional naval vessel operated by up to 334 personnel, the USS Elliot set out in 1977, was later fitted with her Sea Sparrow missile capabilities, and then reported for service in 1978. Her voyages took her primarily around the Pacific Ocean serving in fleet and deployed multiple times.

Power was derived from her four General Electric GE LM2500 gas turbines feeding twin shafts at 80,000 shaft horsepower providing up to 32 knots. Armament for the type initially revolved around her 2 x 5" Mark 45 dual-purpose main guns (one forward and one aft). This would shortly be supplemented by the addition of her NATO Sea Sparrow missile launchers. Additional offensive firepower was supplied by 2 x 324mm torpedo launchers, Harpoon anti-ship missile launchers and Phalanx CIWS systems, the latter around her primary superstructure. Her profile was characterized by her twin main masts amidships. A helicopter pad at near-stern served the 2 x Sikorsky-type SH-60 Seahawk LAMPS III helicopters.

The USS Elliot was ordered in 1971, laid down in 1973 and launched in 1974, being officially commissioned in 1977. She was named after Lieutenant Commander Arthur Elliot II whom lost his life while serving in the United States Navy as a commander in the Patrol Boat River Squadron 57 in the Vietnam War.


2 x 5" Mark 45 main guns
2 x 20mm Phalanx Mark 15 CIWS anti-aircraft anti-missile systems
1 x Octuple NATO Sea Sparrow Mark 29 anti-aircraft missle launchers
2 x Quadruple Harpoon anti-ship missile launchers
2 x 324mm Mark 23 torpedo tubes for Mark 46 type torpedoes
2 x Quadruple ABL Mark 43 Tomahawk cruise missile launchers
1 x 21 RAM (Rolling Airframe Missile) launcher
1 x Mark 41 VLS Tomahawk/ASROC launcher

Air Wing

2 x Sikorsky Sh-60 Seahawk LAMPS III helicopters
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