Commission Destroyer USS Scott Third Ship In A New Class

The third ship in a new class of U.S. Navy guided missile destroyers, the most formidable surface ships of their size now joining the Navy, was commissioned recently at Ingalls Shipbuilding Division of Litton Industries, Pascagoula, Miss.

An additional ship of the class, USS Chandler (DDG 996), is nearing completion.

The first destroyer, the USS Kidd (DDG 993), was commissioned in June and is presently assigned to the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, based at Norfolk, Va. The USS Callaghan (DDG 994) was commissioned in August and is based in San Diego, Calif., with the Pacific Fleet.

Based on the proven design of the Ingallsbuilt Spruance-class destroyers, which began joining the fleet in 1975, the Scott is a multimission ship, able to operate offensively or defend against simultaneous air, surface, and subsurface attacks.

The ship is 563 feet long, with a 55 foot beam, and displaces 9,200 tons. The crew consists of 28 officers and 320 enlisted men.

Ingalls is also building the U.S. Navy's new class of Ticonderoga guided missile cruisers. When deployed in early 1983, the first of these ships will carry the Aegis weapons system, the most sophisticated air defense system in the world. The first ship, Ticonderoga (CG 47), was christened by Mrs. Ronald Regan in May.

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