USS Claude V. Ricketts
DDG 5 (Charles F. Adams)

Formerly USS Biddle


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Builder:         New York Shipbuilding, Camden, New Jersey
Laid Down:       May 18, 1959
Launched:        June 4, 1960
Commissioned:    May 5, 1962
Re-commissioned: July 28, 1964 as USS Claude V. Ricketts DDG-5
Fate:            Apr 15, 1994 Sold as scrap

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The Charles F. Adams Class as Constructed

Displacement:  3,370 tons
Length:        437 feet
Beam:          47 feet
Draught:       22 feet
Machinery:     two shaft geared steam turbines
Performance:   70,000 shp for 31.5 knots
Bunkerage:     
Range:         
Guns:          two 5 inch Mk 42
Missiles:      twin Mk 11 launcher           
Torpedoes:     six 12.75 inch (ASW)
               Two MK 32 Torpedo Tube Mounts  
ASW Rockets:   Mk 112 ASROC Missile Launcher

On 28 July 1964 the USS Biddle DDG-5 was re-named as the USS Claude V. Ricketts DDG-5. The Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Ricketts died July 6th 1964 and the Biddle was re-named in his honor.


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