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DDG 993 Kidd  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1981
Total Production: 4
Also Known As: Keelung
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Northrop Grumman Ship Systems (Ingalls Shipbuilding)
Parent System: DD 963 Spruance
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1975
Total Production: 35
Family Members: DD 963 Spruance
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Description: DD 963 Spruance class destroyers were developed to perform anti-submarine warfare (ASW) in support of the US Navy's aircraft carrier strike groups. Its primary role is to hunt down and destroy hostile nuclear- or conventionally powered submarines in adverse weather. Spruance multi-purpose destroyers also were provided with secondary capability to engage aircraft, surface vessels and land targets. Its propulsion system is based on four General Electric LM2500 gas turbines which provide 80,000-shp allowing a top speed of 33 knots.

DDG 993 Kidd are a class of four multi-purpose destroyers originally sold to the Iranian Navy but never delivered due to Shah's overthrow in 1979. Kidd destroyers feature greater displacement and improved weapon systems. Its weapon system consists of two Mark 45 127mm naval guns, two Mark 15 Phalanx 20mm Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWS), two triple torpedo tube launchers, ASROC anti-submarine missile, SM-2 Standard Missile surface-to-air missile and Harpoon anti-ship missile. In addition, two SH-2 or one SH-3 helicopters provide additional capability for anti-submarine warfare.

The US Navy commissioned four Kidd destroyers between 1981 and 1982. Between 2003 and 2004 they were upgraded and transferred to Taiwan to serve as air defense destroyers.

DDG 993 Kidd Specifications

Crew: 382
Dimensions
Beam: 17 meter (56 foot)
Length: 172 meter (564 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 127 millimeter
Performance
Max Range: 11,100 kilometer (5,994 nautical mile)
Power
Total Combined Power: 80,000 shp (60 MW)
Speed
Top Speed: 17 mps (33.1 knot)
Weight
Full Displacement: 9,783 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
Pound (lb)   Kilogram (kg)   kN (KiloNewton)   Ton (t)
Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
Year (yr)   Minutes (min)   Second (sec)
Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Taiwan4
ex-US Navy ships
United States of America4
YearHoldings
19990
19981
19974

Grand Total 82
Cannons & Gear
Mk 45x2
Defensive Weapons
Mark 46x6
RUR-5 ASROC
Standard SM-2 Block II
Offensive Weapons
Hsiung Feng III
RGM-84D Harpoonx8
Propulsion Systems
LM2500x4
Protection Systems
AN/SLQ-25A SSTD
Mk 15 Phalanx Block 0x2
Sensor Systems
AN/SPQ-9A
AN/SPS-48E
AN/SQS-53Cx1
Support Aircraft
SH-2G Super Seaspritex2
SH-3 Sea Kingx1

DDG 993 Kidd Ship Listing


SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
1801 Keelung-31 Dec 2005-
DDG 993 USS Kidd -31 Dec 1981-
1802 Suao-31 Dec 2005-
DDG 994 USS Callaghan -31 Dec 1981-
1803 Zuoying-2006-
DDG 995 USS Scott -1981-
1804 Magong-2006-
DDG 996 USS Chandler -1982-

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