US Navy Destroyers 1945–88

The last all-gun destroyers from Fletcher-class to Forrest Sherman-class

US Navy Destroyers 1945–88 cover

US Navy Destroyers 1945–88

The last all-gun destroyers from Fletcher-class to Forrest Sherman-class

Description

An illustrated history of the long Cold War careers of the US Navy's last gun destroyers, from the modernized World War II-era Fletcher-class to the Forrest Sherman-class.

The finest American destroyers of World War II had surprisingly long careers into the Cold War and the missile age. The 175-strong Fletcher-class was the largest class of US Navy destroyers ever built, and most received some modernization after World War II. A handful were converted into ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) escorts and one was even converted into the US Navy's first guided missile destroyer. Many Sumner-class destroyers were also kept in service, with the last decommissioned in 1973.

The Gearing class was the classic US Navy wartime destroyer to have a second Cold War career, some being modified into picket ships and others into ASW escorts. Ninety-five were extensively modernized under the Fleet Modernization and Rehabilitation (FRAM) program which allowed them to serve until 1980. The majority of these ships then saw service with foreign navies.

However the story of Cold War gun destroyers is not just one of World War II relics. Commissioned in the 1950s, the 18 ships of the Forrest Sherman class were the US Navy's last all-gun destroyers, and were considered to be the pinnacle of US Navy gun-destroyer design. Later in their careers, most were modernized for ASW and antiair warfare. The virtually unknown Norfolk class was originally built as a destroyer leader and maximized for ASW but only two were modernized and the other three retired early. Many of these ships, such as USS Edson, Cassin Young, and Turner Joy, still survive as museum ships today.

Using battlescene artwork, detailed illustrations and photos, this book explores the careers, modernizations, and roles of all these unsung Cold War stalwarts, the last gun destroyers of the US Navy.

Table of Contents

(Subject to confirmation)
INTRODUCTION
OPERATIONAL MISSIONS AND EMPLOYMENT
USN DESTROYER DESIGN PRACTICES
- USN destroyer weapons
- USN destroyer radars and sonars
USN DESTROYERS AT WAR AND IN PEACE
- Fletcher Class
- Sumner Class
- Gearing Class
- Forrest Sherman Class
- Norfolk Class
ANALYSIS AND CONCLUSION
FURTHER READING
INDEX

Product details

Published Aug 17 2023
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781472855152
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Illustrated throughout with 40 photos and 8 pages of colour illustrations
Series New Vanguard
Short code NVG 322
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

Author

Mark Stille

Mark Stille is the author of numerous Osprey title…

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Adam Tooby

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