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USS Dahlgren (DDG-43)
USS Dahlgren (DDG-43) underway c1990
USS Dahlgren (DDG-43) underway, ca. 1990
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Namesake: Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren
Ordered: 23 July 1956
Builder: Philadelphia Naval Shipyard
Laid down: 1 March 1958
Launched: 16 March 1960
Acquired: 31 March 1961
Commissioned: 8 April 1961
Decommissioned: 31 July 1992
Struck: 20 November 1992
Fate: Disposed of by scrapping
28 March 2006
General characteristics
Class & type: Farragut-class guided missile destroyer
Displacement: 5,800 long tons (5,900 metric tons)
Length: 512.5 ft (156.2 m)
Beam: 52 ft (16 m)
Draft: 25 ft (7.6 m)
Propulsion: four 1,200 psi (8.3 MPa) boilers, 2 geared turbines
Speed: 36.5 knots
Range: 4,500 nmi (8,300 km) @ 20 knots
Complement: 377 (21 officers + 356 enlisted)
Armament: one Mk 42 5-inch/54 (127 mm/54) caliber gun, Mark 46 torpedoes from two Mk-32 triple mounts, one Mk 16 ASROC Missile Launcher, one Mk 10 Mod.0 Missile Launcher for Standard Missile, two Mk 141 Harpoon missile launchers

USS Dahlgren (DLG-12/DDG-43) was a Farragut-class destroyer launched 16 March 1960 by Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and sponsored by Mrs. Katharine D. Cromwell, granddaughter of Rear Admiral John Adolphus Dahlgren. She was commissioned 8 April 1961, Commander C. E. Landis in command.


Dahlgren was decommissioned 31 July 1992 and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 20 November 1992.[1] Dahlgren was transferred to the James River Reserve Fleet on 1 July 1993.[2] Dahlgren was sold to N.R. Acquisition, New York, NY on 15 April 1994 for $283,711.78 for scrapping. N.R. Acquisition then subcontracted the actual scrapping to Wilmington Resources of Wilmington, NC.[3] Wilmington Resources changed their name to Sigma Recycling in January 1996 and then lost their permits to dismantle ships on 24 July 1996.

USS Dahlgren (DLG-12) underway off Oahu 1967

USS Dahlgren (DLG-12) underway off Oahu, 1967.

Dahlgren was among 10 ships repossessed by the Navy on 30 September 1996.[4] Upon being returned to the Navy, Dahlgren was sold to International Shipbreakers of Brownsville, Tx on 10 February 1999. Dahlgren was repossessed for a second time on 10 July 2000 after the scrap yard failed to take delivery of the ship in a timely manner.[5] On 29 July 2005, a contract was issued to ESCO Marine of Brownsville, Tx to dismantle Dahlgren for $2,653,018.[6] Dahlgren was completely dismantled on 28 March 2006.[7]


  • This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
  • This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.
  • Morrison, Samuel Loring (May 1995). "U.S. Naval Battle Force Changes". United States Naval Institute Proceedings. 
  • Morrison, Samuel Loring (May 2001). "U.S. Naval Battle Force Changes". United States Naval Institute Proceedings. 

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