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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 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 that destroyers have, 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, as other vessels must be adopted to fill in the gap.


  • Active and planned guided missile (GM) destroyers 1
    • Royal Australian Navy 1.1
    • Royal Canadian Navy 1.2
    • People's Liberation Army Navy of China 1.3
    • French Navy 1.4
    • Indian Navy 1.5
    • Italian Navy 1.6
    • Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force 1.7
    • Russian Navy 1.8
    • Spanish Navy 1.9
    • Republic of China Navy (Taiwan) 1.10
    • Republic of Korea Navy 1.11
    • Royal Navy 1.12
    • Royal Netherlands Navy 1.13
    • United States Navy 1.14
  • Former guided missile destroyer classes 2
  • References 3

Active and planned guided missile (GM) destroyers

Royal Australian Navy

HMCS Iroquois (DDG-280), an Iroquois class destroyer

Royal Canadian Navy

People's Liberation Army Navy of China

Kunming (D172), a Chinese Type 052D destroyer

French Navy

Forbin (D620), a Horizon class destroyer

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

Indian Navy

INS Kolkata (D63), a Kolkata-class destroyer

Italian Navy

Caio Duilio (D554), an Orizzonte class destroyer

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

JDS Ashigara (DDG-178), an Atago class destroyer

Russian Navy

Nastoychivyy (610), a Sovremenny class destroyer
  • 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)
ROCS Tso Ying (DDG-1803)

Spanish Navy

Republic of China Navy (Taiwan)

Republic of Korea Navy

ROKS Sejong the Great (DDG-991), a Sejong the Great class destroyer

Royal Navy

HMS Daring (D32), a Type 45 destroyer

Royal Netherlands Navy

United States Navy

USS Bainbridge (DDG-96), an Arleigh Burke class destroyer

Former guided missile destroyer classes

 Soviet Union
 United Kingdom
 United States


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