USS Gearing in 1960
|Preceded by:||Allen M. Sumnerclass|
|Succeeded by:||Norfolk class|
|General characteristics as originally built|
|Displacement:||2,616 tons standard; 3,460 tons full load|
|Length:||390.5 ft (119.0 m)|
|Beam:||40.9 ft (12.5 m)|
|Draft:||14.3 ft (4.4 m)|
|Propulsion:||2 shaft; General Electric steam turbines; 4 boilers; 60,000 shp|
|Speed:||36.8 knots (68.2 km/h; 42.3 mph)|
|Range:||4,500 nmi (8,300 km; 5,200 mi) at 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)|
|Complement:||350 as designed|
The Gearing class was a series of 98 destroyers built for the U.S. Navy during and shortly after World War II. The Gearing design was a minor modification of the Allen M. Sumnerclass, whereby the hull was lengthened by 14 ft (4.3 m) at amidships, which resulted in more fuel storage space and increased the operating range.
The first Gearings were not ready for service until mid-1945 and thus saw little service in World War II. They continued serving, with a series of upgrades, until the 1970s. At that time many were sold to other nations, where they served many more years.
31 vessels were authorized on 9 July 1942:
4 vessels were authorized on 13 May 1942:
3 vessels were authorized on 27 March 1943 under the Vinson–Trammell Act:
114 vessels were authorized on 19 July 1943 under the 70% Expansion Act:
(Of the missing numbers in this sequence - 722 to 741, 744 to 762, 770 to 781, and 857 were allocated to orders for Allen M. Sumner-classdestroyers; 792 to 804 were awarded to orders for Fletcher-classdestroyers.)
In March 1945, the orders for 36 of the above vessels were cancelled, and 11 more orders were cancelled in August 1945. Following the close of World War II, 7 further vessels were cancelled in 1946:
The first ship was laid down in August 1944, while the last was launched in March 1946. In that time the United States produced 98 Gearing-class destroyers. The Gearing class was a seemingly minor improvement of the Allen M. Sumner class, built from 1943 until 1945. The main difference was that the Gearings were 14 feet (4.3 m) longer in the midship section, allowing for increased fuel tankage for greater range, an important consideration in Pacific War operations. More importantly in the long run, the Gearings' increased size made them much more suitable for upgrades than the Allen M. Sumners, as seen in the wartime radar picket subclass, the 1950s radar picket destroyer (DDR) and escort destroyer (DDE) conversions, and the Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization (FRAM) conversions 1960-65. As designed, the Gearings' armament was identical to that on the Allen M. Sumner class. Three twin 5-inch (127 mm)/38 caliber Mark 38 dual purpose (DP) mounts constituted the main battery. The 5-inch guns were guided by a Mark 37 Gun Fire Control System with a Mark 25 fire control radar linked by a Mark 1A Fire Control Computer stabilized by a Mark 6 8,500 rpm gyro. This fire control system provided effective long-range anti-aircraft (AA) or anti-surface fire. Twelve 40 mm guns in two quad and two twin mounts and 11 20 mm guns in single mounts were also equipped. The initial design retained the Sumners' heavy torpedo armament of 10 21" (533mm) tubes in two quintuple mounts, firing the Mark 15 torpedo. As the threat from kamikaze aircraft mounted in 1945, and with few remaining Japanese warships to use torpedoes on, most of the class had the aft quintuple 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tube mount replaced by an additional 40 mm quadruple mount (prior to completion on later ships) for 16 total 40 mm guns. 26 ships (DD-742-745, 805-808, 829-835, and 873-883) were ordered without torpedo tubes to allow for radar picket equipment; these were redesignated as DDRs in 1948.
Following World War II most of the class had their AA and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) armament upgraded. The 40 mm and 20 mm guns were replaced by 2-6 3-inch (76 mm)/50 caliber guns in up to two twin and one single mounting. One depth charge rack was removed and two Hedgehog ASW mortar mounts added. The K-guns were retained. Nine additional (for a total of 35) ships were converted to radar picket destroyers (DDR) in the early 1950s; these typically received only one 3-inch/50 caliber twin mount to save weight for radar equipment, as did the wartime radar pickets. Nine ships were converted to escort destroyers (DDE), emphasizing ASW. Carpenter was the most thorough DDE conversion, with 4 3-inch/70 caliber guns in twin enclosed mounts, two Weapon Alpha launchers, four new 21-inch torpedo tubes for the Mark 37 ASW torpedo, and one depth charge rack.
In the late 1950s and early 1960s 78 of the Gearing-class destroyers underwent extensive modernization overhauls, known as FRAM I, which were designed to convert them from an anti-aircraft destroyer to an anti-submarine warfare platform. FRAM I removed all of the DDR and DDE equipment, and these ships were redesignated as DDs. FRAM I and FRAM II conversions were completed 1960-65. Eventually all but four Gearings received FRAM conversions.
The FRAM I program was an extensive conversion for the Gearing-class destroyers. This upgrade included rebuilding the ship's superstructure, electronic systems, radar, sonar, and weapons. The second twin 5" gun mount and all previous AA guns and ASW equipment were removed. (On several ships the two forward 5-inch mounts remained and the aft 5-inch mount was removed.) Upgraded systems included SQS-23 sonar, SPS-10 surface search radar, two triple Mark 32 torpedo tubes, an 8-cell Anti-Submarine Rocket (ASROC) box launcher, and one QH-50C DASH ASW drone helicopter, with its own landing pad and hangar. Both the Mk 32 torpedo tubes and ASROC launched Mk. 44 homing ASW torpedoes. ASROC could also launch a nuclear depth charge. On 11 May 1962, Agerholm tested a live nuclear ASROC in the "Swordfish" test.
In Navy slang, the modified destroyers were called "FRAM cans", "can" being a contraction of "tin can", the slang term for a destroyer or destroyer escort.[ citation needed ]
The Gyrodyne QH-50C DASH was an unmanned anti-submarine helicopter, controlled remotely from the ship. The drone could carry two Mark 44 homing ASW torpedoes. During this era the ASROC system had an effective range of only 5 nautical mile s (9.3 km; 5.8 mi), but the DASH drone allowed the ship to deploy ASW attack to sonar contacts as far as 22 nautical miles (41 km; 25 mi) away. However, DASH proved unreliable in shipboard service, with over half of the USN's 746 drones lost at sea. This was possibly due to inadequate maintenance support, as other services had few difficulties with DASH. By 1970 DASH had been withdrawn from FRAM I ships, though it was retained into the early 1970s on FRAM II ships, which lacked ASROC. A limitation of drones in ASW was the need to re-acquire the target at ranges beyond the effectiveness of the controlling ship's sonar. This led to shift to the LAMPS program of manned helicopters, which the Gearing class were too small to accommodate.
An upgraded version of DASH, QH-50D, remained in use by the United States Army until May 2006.
FRAM I "A" Ships: (First 8 conversions) Removal of aft twin 5 inch/38 caliber Gun mount (Mount 53). Group A ships also received two MK10/11 Hedgehogs fitted on each side of the bridge at the 01 level and had the MK-32 triple torpedo launchers aft of the second stack. FRAM I "B" Ships (remainder of conversions): Kept their forward 5 inch mount (Mount 51), lost the second mount (Mount 52) and kept their aft 5 inch mount (Mount 53). In place of mount 52, a practice 5 inch reloading machine was installed with the MK-32 triple torpedo launchers aft of the loader. Group B ships also received greater ASROC and torpedo storage areas next to the port side of the DASH hangar.
The FRAM II program was designed primarily for the Sumner-class destroyers, but sixteen Gearings were upgraded as well. This upgrade program included life-extension refurbishment, a new radar system, Mark 32 torpedo tubes, DASH ASW drone, and variable depth sonar (VDS). Importantly, it did not include ASROC. FRAM II ships included six DDRs and six DDEs that retained their specialized equipment (1960–61), as well as four DDRs that were converted to DDs and were nearly identical to the Allen M. Sumner class FRAM IIs (1962–63). The FRAM II ships retained all six 5-inch guns, except the DDEs retained four 5-inch guns and a trainable Hedgehog in the No. 2 position. All FRAM IIs retained two Hedgehogs alongside either the No. 2 5-inch mount or the trainable Hedgehog mount. The four DDRs converted to DDs were armed with two new 21-inch torpedo tubes for the Mk. 37 ASW homing torpedo. Photographs of the six retained DDRs show no markings on the DASH landing deck, as well as a much smaller deckhouse than was usually provided for DASH, so they may not have been equipped with DASH.
Many of the Gearings provided significant gunfire support in the Vietnam War. They also served as escorts for Carrier Battle Groups (carrier strike groups from 2004) and Amphibious Ready Groups (Expeditionary Strike Groups from 2006). DASH was withdrawn from ASW service in 1969 due to poor reliability. Lacking ASROC, the FRAM II ships were disposed of in 1969-74. With ASROC continuing to provide a standoff ASW capability, the Gearing FRAM Is were retained in service for several years, with most being decommissioned and transferred to foreign navies 1973-80. They were replaced as ASW ships by the Spruance-classdestroyers, which were commissioned 1975-83. These had the same ASW armament as a Gearing FRAM destroyer, with the addition of improved sonar and a piloted helicopter, initially the Kaman SH-2 Seasprite and from 1984 the Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk. Some Gearings served in the Naval Reserve Force (NRF) from 1973, remaining in commission with a partial active crew to provide training for Naval reservists. The last Gearing-class destroyer in US naval service was William C. Lawe, a FRAM I, decommissioned and struck 1 October 1983 and expended as a target 14 July 1999.
After the Gearing-class ships were retired from USN service, many were sold abroad, including over a dozen to the Republic of China Navy (ROCN) in Taiwan. These ships, along with Fletcher-class destroyers and Allen M. Sumner-class destroyers also acquired then, were upgraded under the Wu Chin (Chinese :武進) I, II, and III programs and known throughout the ROCN as the Yang-class (Chinese :陽字號) destroyers as they were assigned names that all end with the word "Yang". The last batch of 7 WC-III program vessels, all of them Gearing class, were retired in the early 2000s.
Under the most advanced Wu Chin III upgrade program, all World War II vintage weapons were removed and replaced with four Hsiung Feng II surface-to-surface missiles, ten SM-1 (box launchers), one 8-cell ASROC, one Otobreda 76 mm (3 in) gun, two Bofors 40 mm (1.6 in)/70 AA, one 20 mm Phalanx CIWS and two triple 12.75 in (324 mm) torpedo tubes. The DASH ASW drones were not acquired, but hangar facilities aboard those ships that had them were later used to accommodate ASW versions of MD 500 Defender helicopters.
After the Yang-class destroyers were decommissioned, the SM-1 launch boxes were moved to Chi Yang-class frigates to improve their anti-air capability.
|Ship name||Hull no.||Builder||Laid down||Launched||Commissioned||FRAM I||FRAM II||Decommissioned||Fate|
|Gearing||DD-710||Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Newark, New Jersey||10 August 1944||18 February 1945||3 May 1945||B||2 July 1973||Sold for scrap, 6 November 1974|
|Eugene A. Greene||DD-711||17 August 1944||18 March 1945||8 June 1945||B||31 August 1972||Transferred to Spain, 31 August 1972|
|Gyatt||DD-712||7 September 1944||15 April 1945||2 July 1945||22 October 1969||Sunk as a target, 11 June 1970|
|Kenneth D. Bailey||DD-713 DDR-713||21 September 1944||17 June 1945||31 July 1945||*||20 January 1970||Sold to Iran, 13 January 1975, to be broken up for spare parts|
|William R. Rush||DD-714||19 October 1944||8 July 1945||21 September 1945||B||1 July 1978||Transferred to South Korea in 1978; retired in 2000; became museum ship; scrapped December 2016|
|William M. Wood||DD-715||2 November 1944||29 July 1945||24 November 1945||B||1 December 1976||Sunk as target off Puerto Rico during ReadEx 1-83 in March 1983|
|Wiltsie||DD-716||13 March 1945||31 August 1945||12 January 1946||B||23 January 1976||Sold to Pakistan, 29 April 1977|
|Theodore E. Chandler||DD-717||23 April 1945||20 October 1945||22 March 1946||B||1 April 1975||Sold for scrap, 30 December 1975|
|Hamner||DD-718||25 April 1945||24 November 1945||12 July 1946||B||1 October 1979||Sold to Taiwan, 17 December 1980|
|Epperson||DD-719 DDE-719||20 June 1945||22 December 1945||19 March 1949||B||1 December 1975||Transferred to Pakistan, 29 April 1977|
|Frank Knox||DD-742 DDR-742||Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine||8 May 1944||17 September 1944||11 December 1944||*||30 January 1971||Transferred to Greece, 3 February 1971|
|Southerland||DD-743||27 May 1944||5 October 1944||22 December 1944||B||26 February 1981||Sunk as a target, 2 August 1997|
|William C. Lawe||DD-763||Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, San Francisco, California||12 March 1944||21 May 1945||18 December 1946||B||1 October 1983||Sunk as a target, 14 July 1999|
|Lloyd Thomas||DD-764 DDE-764||26 March 1944||5 October 1945||21 March 1947||*||12 October 1972||Sold to the Republic of China, 12 October 1972|
|Keppler||DD-765 DDE-765||23 April 1944||24 June 1946||23 May 1947||*||1 July 1972||Sold to Turkey|
|Rowan||DD-782||Todd Pacific Shipyards, Seattle, Washington||25 March 1944||29 December 1944||31 March 1945||B||18 December 1975||Ran aground and wrecked while under tow, 22 August 1977|
|Gurke||DD-783||1 July 1944||15 February 1945||12 May 1945||B||30 January 1976||Transferred to Greece, 17 March 1977|
|McKean||DD-784||15 September 1944||31 March 1945||9 June 1945||B||1 October 1981||Transferred to Turkey, 2 November 1982|
|Henderson||DD-785||27 October 1944||28 May 1945||4 August 1945||B||30 September 1980||Sold to Pakistan, 1 October 1980|
|Richard B. Anderson||DD-786||1 December 1944||7 July 1945||26 October 1945||A||20 December 1975||Transferred to Republic of China, 1 June 1977|
|James E. Kyes||DD-787||27 December 1944||4 August 1945||8 February 1946||B||31 March 1973||Transferred to Taiwan, 18 April 1973|
|Hollister||DD-788||18 January 1945||9 October 1945||29 March 1946||B||31 August 1979||Transferred to Taiwan, 3 March 1983|
|Eversole||DD-789||28 February 1945||8 January 1946||10 May 1946||B||11 July 1973||Transferred to Turkey, 11 July 1973|
|Shelton||DD-790||31 May 1945||8 March 1946||21 June 1946||A||31 March 1973||Sold to Taiwan, 18 April 1973|
|Chevalier||DD-805 DDR-805||Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine||12 June 1944||29 October 1944||9 January 1945||*||5 July 1972||Transferred to South Korea, 5 July 1972|
|Higbee||DD-806||26 June 1944||13 November 1944||27 January 1945||B||15 July 1979||Sunk as a target, 24 April 1986|
|Benner||DD-807 DDR-807||10 July 1944||30 November 1944||13 February 1945||*||20 November 1970||Sold for scrap, 18 April 1975|
|Dennis J. Buckley||DD-808||24 July 1944||20 December 1944||2 March 1945||B||2 July 1973||Sold for scrap, 29 April 1974|
|Corry||DD-817||Consolidated Steel Corporation, Orange, Texas||5 April 1945||28 July 1945||27 February 1946||B||27 February 1981||Transferred to Greece, 8 July 1981|
|New||DD-818||14 April 1945||18 August 1945||5 April 1946||B||1 July 1976||Transferred to South Korea, 23 February 1977|
|Holder||DD-819||23 April 1945||25 August 1945||18 May 1946||B||1 October 1976||Transferred to Ecuador, 23 February 1977|
|Rich||DD-820||16 May 1945||5 October 1945||3 July 1946||B||10 November 1977||Sold for scrap, 5 December 1979|
|Johnston||DD-821||26 March 1945||10 October 1945||23 August 1946||B||27 February 1981||Transferred to Republic of China, 27 February 1981|
|Robert H. McCard||DD-822||20 June 1945||9 November 1945||23 October 1946||B||5 June 1980||Transferred to Turkey, 5 June 1980|
|Samuel B. Roberts||DD-823||27 June 1945||30 November 1945||22 December 1946||B||2 November 1970||Sunk as a target, 14 November 1971|
|Basilone||DD-824 DDE-824||7 July 1945||21 December 1945||26 July 1949||B||1 November 1977||Sunk in exercise, 9 April 1982|
|Carpenter||DD-825 DDK-825 DDE-825||30 July 1945||28 September 1945||15 December 1949||B||20 February 1981||Leased to Turkey, 20 February 1981|
|Agerholm||DD-826||Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine||10 September 1945||30 March 1946||20 June 1946||A||1 December 1978||Sunk as a target, 18 July 1982|
|Robert A. Owens||DD-827 DDK-827 DDE-827||29 October 1945||15 July 1946||5 November 1949||B||16 February 1982||Transferred to Turkey, 16 February 1982|
|Timmerman||DD-828||1 October 1945||19 May 1951||26 September 1952||27 July 1956||Sold for scrap, 21 April 1959|
|Myles C. Fox||DD-829||14 August 1944||13 January 1945||20 March 1945||B||1 October 1979||Transferred to Greece for spare parts, 2 August 1980|
|Everett F. Larson||DD-830 DDR-830||4 September 1944||28 January 1945||6 April 1945||*||30 October 1972||Transferred to South Korea, 30 October 1972|
|Goodrich||DD-831 DDR-831||18 September 1944||25 February 1945||24 April 1945||*||30 November 1969||Sold for scrap, 12 September 1977|
|Hanson||DD-832||7 October 1944||11 March 1945||11 May 1945||B||31 March 1973||Transferred to Republic of China, 18 April 1973|
|Herbert J. Thomas||DD-833||30 October 1944||25 March 1945||29 May 1945||B||4 December 1970||Transferred to Republic of China, 1 June 1974|
|Turner||DD-834 DDR-834||13 November 1944||8 April 1945||12 June 1945||*||26 September 1969||Sold for scrap, 13 October 1970|
|Charles P. Cecil||DD-835||2 December 1944||2 April 1945||29 June 1945||B||1 October 1979||Sold to Greece, 8 August 1980|
|George K. MacKenzie||DD-836||21 December 1944||13 May 1945||13 July 1945||B||30 September 1976||Sunk as a target, 15 October 1976|
|Sarsfield||DD-837||15 January 1945||27 May 1945||31 July 1945||B||1 October 1977||Transferred to Republic of China, 1 October 1977 and become museum at An-Pin harbor TAI-NAN, TAIWAN.|
|Ernest G. Small||DD-838 DDR-838||30 January 1945||14 June 1945||21 August 1945||*||13 November 1970||Transferred to Republic of China, 13 April 1971|
|Power||DD-839||26 February 1945||30 June 1945||13 September 1945||B||1 October 1977||Sold to Republic of China, 1 October 1977|
|Glennon||DD-840||12 March 1945||14 July 1945||4 October 1945||B||1 October 1976||Sunk as a target, 26 February 1981|
|Noa||DD-841||26 March 1945||30 July 1945||2 November 1945||A||31 October 1973||Loaned to Spain, 31 October 1973; Sold, 17 May 1978|
|Fiske||DD-842||9 April 1945||8 September 1945||28 November 1945||B||5 June 1980||Transferred to Turkey, 5 June 1980|
|Warrington||DD-843||23 April 1945||27 September 1945||20 December 1945||B||30 September 1972||Transferred to Taiwan, 24 April 1973, for spare parts|
|Perry||DD-844||14 May 1945||25 October 1945||17 January 1946||A||1 July 1973||Sold for scrap, 24 June 1974|
|Bausell||DD-845||28 May 1945||19 November 1945||7 February 1946||A||30 May 1978||Sunk as a target, 17 July 1987|
|Ozbourn||DD-846||16 June 1945||22 December 1945||5 March 1946||B||30 May 1975||Sold for scrap, 1 December 1975|
|Robert L. Wilson||DD-847||2 July 1945||5 January 1946||28 March 1946||B||30 September 1974||Sunk as a target, 1 March 1980|
|Witek||DD-848||16 July 1945||2 February 1946||23 April 1946||19 August 1968||Sunk as a target, 4 July 1969|
|Richard E. Kraus||DD-849||31 July 1945||2 March 1946||23 May 1946||B||1 July 1976||Transferred to South Korea, 23 February 1977|
|Joseph P. Kennedy Jr.||DD-850||Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts||2 April 1945||26 July 1945||15 December 1945||B||2 July 1973||Museum ship at Battleship Cove|
|Rupertus||DD-851||2 May 1945||21 September 1945||8 March 1946||B||10 July 1973||Loaned to Greece, 10 July 1973|
|Leonard F. Mason||DD-852||6 August 1945||4 January 1946||28 June 1946||B||2 November 1976||Sold to Republic of China, 10 March 1978|
|Charles H. Roan||DD-853||27 September 1945||15 March 1946||12 September 1946||B||21 September 1973||Transferred to Turkey, 21 September 1973|
|Fred T. Berry||DD-858 DDE-858||Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, San Pedro, California||16 July 1944||28 January 1945||12 May 1945||*||15 September 1970||Scuttled as an artificial reef, 14 May 1972|
|Norris||DD-859 DDE-859||29 August 1944||25 February 1945||9 June 1945||*||4 December 1970||Transferred to Turkey, 1 July 1974|
|McCaffery||DD-860 DDE-860||1 October 1944||12 April 1945||26 July 1945||*||30 September 1973||Sold for scrap, 11 June 1974|
|Harwood||DD-861 DDE-861||29 October 1944||22 May 1945||28 September 1945||*||1 February 1971||Sold to Turkey, 17 December 1973|
|Vogelgesang||DD-862||Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Staten Island, New York||3 August 1944||15 January 1945||28 April 1945||B||24 February 1982||Sold to Mexico, 24 February 1982|
|Steinaker||DD-863||1 September 1944||13 February 1945||26 May 1945||B||24 February 1982||Sold to Mexico, 24 February 1982|
|Harold J. Ellison||DD-864||3 October 1944||14 March 1945||23 June 1945||B||1 October 1983||Transferred to Pakistan, 1 October 1983|
|Charles R. Ware||DD-865||1 November 1944||12 April 1945||21 July 1945||B||30 November 1974||Sunk as target 15 November 1981|
|Cone||DD-866||30 November 1944||10 May 1945||18 August 1945||B||1 October 1982||Transferred to Pakistan, 1 October 1982|
|Stribling||DD-867||15 January 1945||8 June 1945||29 September 1945||A||1 July 1976||Sunk as target, 27 July 1980|
|Brownson||DD-868||13 February 1945||7 July 1945||17 November 1945||B||30 September 1976||Sold for scrap, 10 June 1977|
|Arnold J. Isbell||DD-869||14 March 1945||6 August 1945||5 January 1946||B||4 December 1973||Sold to Greece, 4 December 1973|
|Fechteler||DD-870||12 April 1945||19 September 1945||2 March 1946||B||11 September 1970||Sold for scrap, 28 June 1972|
|Damato||DD-871||10 May 1945||21 November 1945||27 April 1946||B||30 September 1980||Transferred to Pakistan, 1 October 1980|
|Forrest Royal||DD-872||8 June 1945||17 January 1946||29 June 1946||B||27 March 1971||Sold to Turkey, 27 March 1971|
|Hawkins||DD-873||Consolidated Steel Corporation, Orange, Texas||14 May 1944||7 October 1944||10 February 1945||B||1 October 1979||Sold to Taiwan, 17 March 1983|
|Duncan||DD-874 DDR-874||22 May 1944||27 October 1944||25 February 1945||*||15 January 1971||Sunk as target, 31 July 1980|
|Henry W. Tucker||DD-875||29 May 1944||8 November 1944||12 March 1945||B||3 December 1973||Transferred to Brazil, 3 December 1973|
|Rogers||DD-876||3 June 1944||20 November 1944||26 March 1945||B||1 October 1980||Transferred to South Korea, 25 July 1981|
|Perkins||DD-877 DDR-877||19 June 1944||7 December 1944||4 April 1945||*||15 January 1973||Transferred to Argentina, 15 January 1973|
|Vesole||DD-878||3 July 1944||29 December 1944||23 April 1945||B||1 December 1976||Sunk as target, 14 April 1983|
|Leary||DD-879||11 August 1944||20 January 1945||7 May 1945||B||31 October 1973||Transferred to Spain, 17 May 1978|
|Dyess||DD-880||17 August 1944||26 January 1945||21 May 1945||B||27 January 1981||Sold to Greece for spare parts, 8 July 1981|
|Bordelon||DD-881||9 September 1944||3 March 1945||5 June 1945||B||1 February 1977||Transferred to Iran, 1 July 1977|
|Furse||DD-882||23 September 1944||9 March 1945||10 July 1945||B||31 August 1972||Loaned to Spain, 1972; Sold, 17 May 1978|
|Newman K. Perry||DD-883||10 October 1944||17 March 1945||26 July 1945||B||27 February 1981||Transferred to South Korea, 27 February 1981|
|Floyd B. Parks||DD-884||30 October 1944||31 March 1945||31 July 1945||B||2 July 1973||Sold for scrap, 1 April 1974|
|John R. Craig||DD-885||17 November 1944||14 April 1945||20 August 1945||B||27 July 1979||Sunk as target, 17 June 1980|
|Orleck||DD-886||28 November 1944||12 May 1945||15 September 1945||B||1 October 1982||Transferred to Turkey, 1 October 1982|
|Brinkley Bass||DD-887||20 December 1944||26 May 1945||1 October 1945||B||3 December 1973||Transferred to Brazil, 3 December 1973|
|Stickell||DD-888||5 January 1945||16 June 1945||31 October 1945||B||1 July 1972||Transferred to Greece, 1 July 1972|
|O'Hare||DD-889||27 January 1945||22 June 1945||29 November 1945||B||31 October 1973||Loaned to Spain, 31 October 1973; Sold, 17 May 1978|
|Meredith||DD-890||27 January 1945||28 June 1945||31 December 1945||A||29 June 1979||Transferred to Turkey, 29 June 1979|
6 Gearing-class destroyers are preserved as museum ships. 2 in the United States, 2 in South Korea, 1 in Taiwan, and 1 in Turkey.
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The Benson class was a class of destroyers of the U.S. Navy built 1939–1943. The thirty 1,620-ton Benson-class destroyers were built in two groups. The first six were authorized in fiscal year 1938 (FY38) and laid down at Bethlehem Steel, Quincy, Massachusetts and three naval shipyards. The remaining 24 “repeat Bensons” were authorized in 1940–42 and built at four Bethlehem Steel yards. They were laid down after the first group was commissioned. These plus the “repeat Livermores” were also known at the time as the Bristol class. During World War II the Bensons were usually combined with the Livermores as the Benson-Livermore class; this persisted in references until at least the 1960s. In some references both classes are combined and called the Benson class. The Benson- and Gleaves-class destroyers were the backbone of the pre-war Neutrality Patrols and brought the action to the enemy by participating in every major campaign of the war.
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The Gridley-class destroyers were a class of four 1500-ton destroyers in the United States Navy. They were part of a series of USN destroyers limited to 1,500 tons standard displacement by the London Naval Treaty and built in the 1930s. The first two ships were laid down on 3 June 1935 and commissioned in 1937. The second two were laid down in March 1936 and commissioned in 1938. Based on the preceding Mahan-class destroyers with somewhat different machinery, they had the same hull but had only a single stack and mounted sixteen 21 inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes, an increase of four. To compensate for the increased torpedo armament weight, the gun armament was slightly reduced from five 5"/38 caliber guns (127 mm) to four. USS Maury (DD-401) made the highest trial speed ever recorded for a United States Navy destroyer, 42.8 knots. All four ships served extensively in World War II, notably in the Solomon Islands and the Battle of the Philippine Sea, with Maury receiving a Presidential Unit Citation.
USS Capodanno (FF-1093) was the 42nd Knox-class frigate in the United States Navy. It was named after Fr. Vincent Capodanno, recipient of the Medal of Honor.
USS Johnston (DD-821) was a Gearing-class destroyer of the United States Navy, the second Navy ship named for Lieutenant John V. Johnston, who served in the Navy during the American Civil War.
USS Carpenter (DD/DDK/DDE-825) was a Gearing-class destroyer of the United States Navy, named for Lieutenant Commander Donald M. Carpenter (1894–1940).
USS Marvin Shields (FF-1066) was a Knox-class frigate of the US Navy. The ship was named after the only Seabee to receive the Medal of Honor. CM3 Marvin Glenn Shields was awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War.
USS Richard E. Kraus (DD-849/AG-151) was a Gearing-class destroyer of the United States Navy, named for Marine Private First Class Richard E. Kraus (1925–1944), who was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for his "conspicuous gallantry" during the Battle of Peleliu.
The Restigouche-class destroyer was a class of seven destroyer escorts that served the Royal Canadian Navy and later the Canadian Forces from the late-1950s to the late-1990s. All seven vessels in the class were named after rivers in Canada.
The Dealey-class destroyer escorts were the first post-World War II escort ships built for the United States Navy.
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