Guided missile destroyer

A guided-missile destroyer is a destroyer designed to launch guided missiles. Many are also equipped to carry out anti-submarine, anti-air, and anti-surface operations. The NATO standard designation for these vessels is DDG. Nations vary in their use of destroyer D designation in their hull pennant numbering, either prefixing or dropping it altogether. The U.S. Navy has adopted the classification DDG in the American hull classification system.

In addition to the guns, a guided-missile destroyer is usually equipped with two large missile magazines, usually in vertical-launch cells. Some guided-missile destroyers contain powerful radar systems, such as the United States’ Aegis Combat System, and may be adopted for use in an anti-missile or ballistic-missile defense role. This is especially true of navies that no longer operate cruisers, so other vessels must be adopted to fill in the gap.

Active and planned guided missile destroyers

Royal Australian Navy

Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy

  • Type 055 (Renhai class) destroyer
    • Nanchang (DDG-101)
    • Innominate 2nd ship (Fitting out)
    • Innominate 3rd ship (Fitting out)
    • Innominate 4th ship (Fitting out)
    • Innominate 5th ship (Under construction)
    • Innominate 6th ship (Under construction)
    • Innominate 7th ship (Under construction)
    • Innominate 8th ship (Under construction)
  • Type 052D (Luyang III class) destroyer
    • Kunming (DDG-172)
    • Changsha (DDG-173)
    • Hefei (DDG-174)
    • Yinchuan (DDG-175)
    • Xining (DDG-117)
    • Xiamen (DDG-154)
    • Urumqi (DDG-118)
    • Nanjing (DDG-155)
    • Guiyang (DDG-119)
    • Hohhot (DDG-161)
    • Taiyuan (DDG-131)
    • Chengdu (DDG-120) (Sea trial)
    • Qiqihar (DDG-121) (Sea trial)
    • Zibo (DDG-132) (Fitting out)
    • Ganzhou (DDG-162) (Fitting out)
    • Huainan (Fitting out)
    • Nanning (Fitting out)
    • Baotou (Fitting out)
    • Tangshan (Fitting out)
    • Suzhou (Fitting out)
    • Innominate 21st ship (Under construction)
    • Innominate 22nd ship (Under construction)
    • Innominate 23rd ship (Under construction)
    • Innominate 24th ship (Under construction)
    • Innominate 25th ship (Contract awarded)
    • Innominate 26th ship (Contract awarded)
  • Type 052C (Luyang II class) destroyer
    • Lanzhou (DDG-170)
    • Haikou (DDG-171)
    • Changchun (DDG-150)
    • Zhengzhou (DDG-151)
    • Jinan (DDG-152)
    • Xi'an (DDG-153)
  • Type 052B (Luyang I class) destroyer
    • Guangzhou (DDG-168)
    • Wuhan (DDG-169)
  • Type 052 (Luhu class) destroyer
    • Harbin (DD-112)
    • Qingdao (DD-113)
  • Type 051C (Luzhou class) destroyer
    • Shenyang (DDG-115)
    • Shijiazhuang (DDG-116)
  • Type 051B (Luhai class) destroyer
    • Shenzhen (DD-167)
  • Type 051 (Luda class) destroyer
    • Kaifeng (DD-109)
    • Dalian (DD-110)
    • Zhanjiang (DD-165)
    • Zhuhai (DD-166)
  • Sovremenny-class destroyer
    • Hangzhou (DDG-136)
    • Fuzhou (DDG-137)
    • Taizhou (DDG-138)
    • Ningbo (DDG-139)

French Navy

Although the French Navy no longer uses the term "destroyer", the largest frigates are assigned pennant numbers with flag superior "D", which designates destroyer.

Indian Navy

Italian Navy

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

Republic of Korea Navy

Russian Navy

  • Kashin-class destroyer
    • Smetlivy (810)
  • Sovremenny-class destroyer
    • Bystryy (715)
    • Gremyashchiy (406)
    • Bespokoynyy (620)
    • Nastoychivyy (610)
    • Admiral Ushakov (434)
  • Udaloy-class destroyer
    • Vice-Admiral Kulakov
    • Admiral Tributs (552)
    • Marshal Shaposhnikov (543)
    • Severomorsk (619)
    • Admiral Levchenko (605)
    • Admiral Vinogradov (572)
    • Admiral Panteleyev (548)
    • Admiral Chabanenko (650)

Republic of China Navy

Royal Navy

United States Navy

Former guided missile destroyer classes

 Soviet Union
 United Kingdom
 United States


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