Despite periodic modernizations the classes was retired in the early 1990s. Modernization with the New Threat Upgrade (NTU) package was considered for these ships was terminated since modernization would not have been cost effective given the limited service lives remaining. As part of the 1989 Amended budget submission, the decision was made to accelerate the retirement of these ships to achieve complete retirement of the class (except Mahan (DDG 42) which received NTU modernization in 1982 as a test package) by the end of FY 93. The highly capable, multi-mission, AEGIS equipped, Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) class replaced these ships.
DDG-25 through DDG-30 were DDG-2 Charles Adams class ships built in the United States for Australia and Germany. DDG-1, as well as DDG-31 through DDG-36, were destroyers converted to carry guided missiles, all of which were striken from active service between 1978 and 1988.
DDG-47 Ticonderoga and DDG-48 Yorktown were subsequently redesignated CG-47 and CG-48. It is unclear whether DDG-49 and DDG-50 were formally assigned to Vincennes or Valley Forge prior to their designation as CG-49 and CG-50, though in any event the DDG numerical sequence resumed with DDG-51 Arleigh Burke.
|Displacement||5,800 tons (full load)|
|Max Speed||33 knots|
|Power Plant|| 4 - 1200 psi boilers; 2 geared turbines|
2 shafts; 85,000 shaft horsepower
|Aircraft||None - VERTREP capable only|
40 - Standard Missiles (MR) from Mk 10 twin arm launcher|
8 - Harpoon missiles (from 2 quad launchers)
8 - ASROC (from MK 16 launcher)
2 - MK 32 triple tube mounts w/ six Mk-46 torpedoes)
2 - 5-inch / 54 caliber MK 42 gun
|Complement||400 (25 officers, 375 enlisted)|
|Farragut||DDG 37||Bethlehem||Norfolk||27 Jan 1956||10 Dec 1960||31 Oct 1989|
|Luce||DDG 38||Bethlehem||Mayport||27 Jan 1956||20 May 1961||01 Apr 1991|
|MacDonough||DDG 39||Bethlehem||Charleston||27 Jan 1956||04 Nov 1961||23 Oct 1992|
|Coontz||DDG 40||Puget Sound NSY||Norfolk||18 Nov 1955||15 Jul 1960||04 Oct 1989|
|King||DDG 41||Puget Sound NSY||Norfolk||18 Nov 1955||17 Nov 1960||28 Mar 1991|
|Mahan||DDG 42||San Francisco NSY||Charleston||18 Nov 1955||25 Aug 1960||15 June 1993|
|Dahlgren||DDG 43||Philadelphia NSY||Norfolk||23 Jul 1956||08 Apr 1961||31 Jul 1992|
|William V. Pratt||DDG 44||Philadelphia NSY||Charleston||23 Jul 1956||04 Nov 1961||30 Sep 1991|
|Dewey||DDG 45||Bath||Charleston||10 Aug 1957||07 Dec 1959||31 Aug 1990|
|Preble||DDG 46||Bath||Norfolk||16 Dec 1957||09 May 1960||15 Nov 1991|