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USS Charles F. Adams (DDG 2)

- formerly DD 952 -
- decommissioned -


USS CHARLES F. ADAMS was the lead ship of the CHARLES F. ADAMS class and the first ship in the Navy built and commissioned as a guided missile destroyer. Initially, CHARLES F. ADAMS was designated DD 952 but in June 1957, this was changed into DDG 2.

USS CHARLES F. ADAMS was stricken from the navy list on November 20, 1992, and is currently berthed at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF), Philadelphia, PA, awaiting future use as a museum. CHARLES F. ADAMS was last homeported in Mayport, Fla..

General Characteristics:Awarded: March 28, 1957
Keel laid: June 15, 1958
Launched: September 8, 1959
Commissioned: September 10, 1960
Decommissioned: August 1, 1990
Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine.
Propulsion system:4 - 1200 psi boilers; 2 geared turbines
Propellers: two
Length: 437 feet (133.2 meters)
Beam: 47 feet (14.3 meters)
Draft: 20 feet (6.1 meters)
Displacement: approx. 4,500 tons
Speed: 31+ knots
Aircraft:none
Armament: two Mk 42 5-inch/54 caliber guns, Mk 46 torpedoes from two Mk-32 triple mounts, one Mk 16 ASROC Missile Launcher, one Mk 11 Mod.0 Missile Launcher for Standard (MR) and Harpoon Missiles
Crew: 24 officers and 330 enlisted


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS CHARLES F. ADAMS. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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Accidents aboard USS CHARLES F. ADAMS:

DateWhereEvents
February 10, 1970Naples Harbor, ItalyUSS SEMMES (DDG 18) is heavily damaged and USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (DD 823), USS CHARLES F. ADAMS and USS YELLOWSTONE (AD 27) are slightly damaged when a Greek freighter sideswipes the four ships in Naples Harbor, Italy.

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USS CHARLES F. ADAMS Cruise Books:


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About the Ship's Name:

Charles Francis Adams, born 2 August 1866 in Quincy, Mass., graduated from Harvard College in 1888 and from Harvard Law School in 1892. A successful lawyer, business man, outstanding civic leader, and well-known yachtsman and ocean racer, he served as Secretary of the Navy from 1929 to 1933. He vigorously promoted public understanding of the Navy's indispensable role in international affairs, and worked strenuously to maintain naval strength and efficiency during a period of severe economic depression. He served at the London Naval Conference in 1930 where he successfully maintained the principle of United States naval parity with Great Britain. He died in 1954 and is buried in Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy, Mass., where the two Presidents, who were his ancestors, lie with other members of this distinguished American family.


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The photos below were taken by Brian Barton on October 13, 2008, and show the CHARLES F. ADAMS laid up at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.



The photos below were taken by me on November 7, 2008, and show the CHARLES F. ADAMS laid up at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

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The photos below were taken by me and show the CHARLES F. ADAMS still laid up at Philadelphia, Penn., on October 26, 2010, awaiting possible use as a museum.



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