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One Fine Greyhound

Via the USS Kid Veterans Museum:

USS KIDD (DD-661) at rest in her cradle in downtown Baton Rouge, LA, USA, where she now serves as a museum — August 2021 (Photo copyright Hunter Svetanics; used by permission)

Note her five 5″/38 singles, 14 Bofors, 12 Oerlikons, five-pack of 21-inch torpedo tubes, stern depth charge racks, and 6 K-gun depth charge projectors– the same armament layout she had in August 1945. 

An early Fletcher-class destroyer named after RADM Isaac C. Kidd, who perished on the bridge of USS Arizona on December 7th, the “Pirate of the Pacific” earned 12 battlestars in WWII then continued her service in the Korean conflict and the Cold War. Her buccaneer moniker came from a giant figure of the famed privateer captain on her stack. Destroyer nose art, if you will. 

80-G-202517: “USS Kidd (DD-661), with an elaborate figure of the famous pirate captain painted on the smokestack, the destroyer keeps a fighting name sailing the high seas.”

After languishing on red lead row for almost two decades, she was one of three Fletcher-class tin cans set aside by the Navy– but the only one left largely in her WWII configuration (i.e., not FRAM’d)– and has been a museum in Baton Rouge since 1982. 

USS Kidd (DD-661) underway at the time she was recommissioned for Korean War service, circa March 1951. This image was received by the Naval Photographic Center in December 1959, but was taken much earlier. Note that the ship still carries World War II vintage radar antennas and is otherwise fitted as she was in mid-1945. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107198.

She is so well preserved that she served for the topside footage of the fictional USS Keeling in the recent Tom Hanks film, Greyhound, which is sadly trapped on AppleTV.

Navy wants to bring back the TASM, Now in a 2.0 version

Thats gonna leave a mark...

Thats gonna leave a mark…

In the old Regan-era 600-ship Navy, the Tomahawk cruise missile was a be-all/do-all. Besides the land attack (TLAM) versions we know and love today, there were also tactical nuclear and anti-shipping versions fielded. Big Blue was so in love with these bad boys that they started to put them on everything from destroyers to subs and even retrofitted to cruisers. In fact, those of you who are battlewagon lovers, will recall that when the Iowas came back for their last hurrah in the mid-1980s, they carried 32 Tomahawks in 4-cell armored box launchers to help give them an effective combat radius far in excess of their 16-inch big sticks.

Well, post-Cold War the anti-ship version (TASM) and the nuclear tipped model were retrofitted to carry normal conventional warheads and reclassified as good old TLAMs.

Now, the Navy is doing t he reverse and testing an anti-ship capability for the Tomahawk Block IV TLAM.

“An unclassified video of the test, obtained by USNI News, shows the missile launch from guided missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG-100), fly for an unspecified amount of time and punch a hole through a shipping container on a moving ship target and skip across the ocean.”

Roll that beautiful bean footage: