List of United States Navy destroyer leaders

In the 1930s, the United States Navy built two classes of flotilla leaders, the Porter class, and the Somers class. Due to the regulations of the London Naval Treaty, these 13 ships had a displacement of 1,850 tons, compared to the 1,500 tons of a "standard" destroyer. When the treaty ended with the outbreak of World War II in Europe in 1939, the much larger Fletcher class was constructed, making the differentiation irrelevant.

Following the war, destroyer leader (DL) was a hull classification symbol used by the U.S. Navy from the 1950s until 1975. These ships were more commonly called frigates, although they were much larger than frigates of other navies. They were intended to be larger and more capable than destroyers and to lead a destroyer task force. During the 1975 USN ship reclassification these ships were reclassified as guided missile destroyers (DDG) or guided missile cruisers (CG). The last one of these ships was decommissioned in 1999. A total of 41 ships bore this classification.

ShipBuilt asReclassified asClassCommissioned–
decommissioned
NVR link
NorfolkDL-1Norfolk1953–1970DL1
MitscherDL-2DDG-35Mitscher1953–1978DDG35
John S. McCainDL-3DDG-36Mitscher1953–1978DDG36
Willis A. LeeDL-4Mitscher1954–1969DL4
WilkinsonDL-5Mitscher1954–1969DL5
FarragutDLG-6DDG-37Farragut1960–1989DDG37
LuceDLG-7DDG-38Farragut1961–1991DDG38
MacdonoughDLG-8DDG-39Farragut1961–1992DDG39
CoontzDLG-9DDG-40Farragut1960–1989DDG40
KingDLG-10DDG-41Farragut1960–1991DDG41
MahanDLG-11DDG-42Farragut1960–1993DDG42
DahlgrenDLG-12DDG-43Farragut1961–1992DDG43
William V. PrattDLG-13DDG-44Farragut1961–1991DDG44
DeweyDLG-14DDG-45Farragut1959–1990DDG45
PrebleDLG-15DDG-46Farragut1960–1991DDG46
LeahyDLG-16CG-16Leahy1962–1993CG16
Harry E. YarnellDLG-17CG-17Leahy1963–1993CG17
WordenDLG-18CG-18Leahy1963–1993CG18
DaleDLG-19CG-19Leahy1963–1994CG19
Richmond K. TurnerDLG-20CG-20Leahy1964–1995CG20
GridleyDLG-21CG-21Leahy1963–1994CG21
EnglandDLG-22CG-22Leahy1963–1994CG22
HalseyDLG-23CG-23Leahy1963–1994CG23
ReevesDLG-24CG-24Leahy1964–1993CG24
BainbridgeDLGN-25CGN-25Bainbridge1962–1996CGN25
BelknapDLG-26CG-26Belknap1964–1995CG26
Josephus DanielsDLG-27CG-27Belknap1965–1994CG27
WainwrightDLG-28CG-28Belknap1966–1993CG28
JouettDLG-29CG-29Belknap1966–1994CG29
HorneDLG-30CG-30Belknap1967–1994CG30
SterettDLG-31CG-31Belknap1967–1994CG31
William H. StandleyDLG-32CG-32Belknap1966–1994CG32
FoxDLG-33CG-33Belknap1966–1994CG33
BiddleDLG-34CG-34Belknap1967–1993CG34
TruxtunDLGN-35CGN-35Truxtun1967–1995CGN35
CaliforniaDLGN-36CGN-36California1974–1999CGN36
South Carolina*DLGN-37CGN-37California1975–1999CGN37
Virginia**DLGN-38CGN-38Virginia1976–1994CGN38
Texas**DLGN-39CGN-39Virginia1977–1993CGN39
Mississippi**DLGN-40CGN-40Virginia1978–1997CGN40
Arkansas**DLGN-41CGN-41Virginia1980–1998CGN41

*South Carolina was the last ship commissioned as a DL type.
**Ordered as DLGN, reclassified as CGN prior to commissioning.

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