marks the 109th anniversary of the destroyer in the United States Navy. The
first U.S. destroyer, USS Bainbridge (DD1) was commissioned on November 24,
1902. The Bainbridge was 250 feet in length, displaced 420 tons, had a top
speed of 29 knots, and a crew of 75.
the Bainbridge-class destroyers which led the U.S. Navy into the
20th century to the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers which lead
the U.S. Navy into the 21st Century, destroyers have a proud tradition
of service as the workhorses of the United States Navy.
site tells the story of the destroyer USS Gyatt, a Gearing-class
destroyer commissioned in 1945. The Gyatt entered service during
the Cold War equipped to eavesdrop on others. The Gyatt became
the first of the missile destroyers and performed so well that
its hull number was changed from DD-712 to DDG-1, honoring it
as the first of its kind. When the missiles were removed in 1962,
the original hull number, DD-712, was reinstated. The Gyatt, as
it should be for fighting ships, was buried at sea, sunk as a
target ship in 1970.
site is dedicated to the men who served aboard the Gyatt from
1945 to 1969.
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