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USS Dewey (DDG-45)
USS Dewey (DDG-45) underway at sea on 17 October 1987
USS Dewey (DDG-45)
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Name: USS Dewey (DLG-14/DDG-45)
Namesake: George Dewey
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Laid down: 10 August 1957
Launched: 30 November 1958
Acquired: 2 December 1959
Commissioned: 7 December 1959
Decommissioned: 31 August 1990
Struck: 20 November 1992
Motto: The First and Finest
Fate: Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping
15 April 1994
General characteristics
Class & type: Farragut-class guided missile destroyer
Displacement: 5,800 tons
Length: 512.5 ft (156.2 m)
Beam: 52 ft (16 m)
Draught: 25 ft (7.6 m)
Propulsion: 4 1200psi boilers, 2 geared turbines
Speed: 36.5 knots
Range: 4500nm @ 20 Knots
Complement: 377 (21 officers + 356 enlisted)
Sensors and
processing systems:
AN/SPS-48C air-search radar, AN/SPS-49 air-search radar, AN/SPG-55B fire control radar, AN/SPG-53F gun fire control radar
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Armament: one Mk 42 5-inch/54 (127mm/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 RIM-2 Terrier / Standard (ER) Missiles, two Mk 141 Harpoon missile launchers

USS Dewey (DLG-14/DDG-45) was a guided missile destroyer commissioned in the United States Navy from 1959 to 1990. She was named to honor George Dewey, the United States' only Admiral of the Navy.[1] She was the third of four ships whose namesake was Admiral Dewey.[2] The ship's motto was The First and Finest.

Construction and designEdit

Dewey was laid down 10 August 1957, by Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine.[1] She was launched 30 November 1958 and sponsored by Mrs. K. St. George, United States Representative from New York State.[1] Dewey was commissioned 7 December 1959, Commander Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr., in command.[1] Dewey was the ninth Farragut class destroyer (formerly known as the Coontz class).[3]

Commander Zumwalt later, in 1970, became the youngest man to serve as Chief of Naval Operations.[3]

The design of the Farragut class destroyers was closer in size to a World War II cruiser rather than a destroyer; this type was originally termed "frigate" by the U.S. Navy.[4] Other navies used the term "frigate" for destoyer-sized ships specialized in anti-submarine warfare; the U.S. Navy used this term for fast-carrier anti-aircraft warfare ships.[4] The DLGs succeeded the missile-less DLs.[4]


USS Dewey (DLG-14) underway off Oahu 1968

USS Dewey (DLG-14) off Oahu, 1968.

For the first sixth months of 1960, the USS Dewey was engaged in training operations off the New England coast, the Virginia Capes, and in the Caribbean, preparing Dewey for her role in the Atlantic Fleet.[3] She was decommissioned 21 November 1969, and recommissioned 31 March 1971.[5] On 30 June 1975, the USS Dewey, then commissioned as a guided missile frigate, hull number DLG-14, was reclassified as a guided missile destroyer, receiving hull number DDG-45.[3]


Dewey was decommissioned 31 August 1990 and struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 20 November 1992. Dewey was sold to J&L Metals, Wilmington, NC on 15 April 1994 for $255,459.43 and was scrapped shortly afterwards.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Dewey". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Department of the Navy. Retrieved 2009-06-07. 
  2. "USS Dewey - DDG 105". Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "USS Dewey (DDG 45)". Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Destroyer OnLine - The Destroyer Leader - Coontz (DLG) class". Destroyers OnLine. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  5. Willshaw, Fred; Paul R. Yarnall. "Destroyer Photo Index DL-14 / DLG-14 / DDG-45". Retrieved 2009-06-08. 

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