USS Coontz (DDG-40)

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USS Coontz (DDG-40)



Career (US)
Namesake: Robert Coontz
Builder: Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
Laid down: 1 March 1957
Launched: 6 December 1958 as Guided Missile Frigate (DLG-9).
Commissioned: 15 July 1960
Decommissioned: 2 October 1989
Reclassified: 1 July 1975 as Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG-40)
Fate: Sold for scrap, February 1999
General characteristics
Class & type: Farragut-class destroyer leader/frigate
Displacement: 5,648 Tons (Full)
Length: 512' 6" (156.2 m) (oa)
Beam: 52' 4" (16 m)
Draft: 17' 9" (5.4 m) (Max)
Propulsion: 85,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed: 33 knots (61 km/h)
Range: Range 5,000 nmi (9,300 km) @ 20 knots (37 km/h)
Complement: 377
Armament: 1 × Terrier Missile SAM System, 1 × ASROC ASW System, 6 × 12.75" (324 mm) MK 32 ASW TT, 8 × Harpoon SSM (After third update)
Aircraft carried: 1 × Helicopter

USS Coontz (DLG-9/DDG-40) was a Farragut-class destroyer leader/frigate in the United States Navy. She was named after Admiral Robert Coontz, the US Navy's second chief of naval operations.

Commissioned in 1960, she spent the early part of her career in the Pacific, participating in four tours of duty during the Viet Nam War. In the early 1970s she transferred to the east coast and spent the remainder of her service years in the Caribbean, Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Persian Gulf. She assisted in saving USS Stark after that ship was hit by Iraqi missiles. In 1975, as part of the Navy's reclassification process, all ships of her class were reclassified as guided missile destroyers (DDG).

Coontz was decommissioned in 1989, and sold for scrap five years later. Her transom nameplate was salvaged and donated to the city of Hannibal, Missouri, birthplace of Admiral Coontz.

Read more about USS Coontz (DDG-40):  Construction and Commissioning, DLG-9, DDG-40, Decommissioning

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