US Navy Gun Destroyers 1945–88

Fletcher class to Forrest Sherman class

US Navy Gun Destroyers 1945–88 cover

US Navy Gun Destroyers 1945–88

Fletcher class to Forrest Sherman class

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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

INTRODUCTION
USN COLD WAR DESTROYER DESIGNS
USN COLD WAR DESTROYER WEAPONS
Guns
Missiles
Torpedoes
ASW weapons
USN COLD WAR DESTROYER SENSORS
Radars
ASW sensors
COLD WAR GUN DESTROYERS AT WAR AND IN PEACE
THE DESTROYER CLASSES
The Fletcher class
Sumner class
Gearing class
Norfolk class
Mitscher class
Forrest Sherman class
ANALYSIS AND CONCLUSION
FURTHER READING
INDEX

Product details

Published 17 Aug 2023
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781472855121
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Illustrated throughout with 40 photos and 8 pages of colour illustrations
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series New Vanguard
Short code NVG 322
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Mark Stille

Mark Stille is the author of numerous Osprey title…

Illustrator

Adam Tooby

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