About U.S. Navy Destroyers
The United States Navy is recognized for its military might and prowess, in partial thanks to the fearsome destroyer class of ships.
Destroyers were built in response to the torpedo ships of the late 1800s, which could launch devastating torpedo attacks at ships and military bases.
The U.S. recognized an immediate need to counter these ships and created the “torpedo boat destroyer,” which has since evolved and is now referred to as simply “destroyer.”
In modern warfare, U.S. Navy destroyers are multi-purpose vessels with missile capabilities. Destroyers can be used independently or as part of a larger military fleet, making them a truly versatile ship.
Today, the military uses only one type of destroyer:
- DDG: Destroyer with guided missile
These destroyers come in two models, the Arleigh Burke and the Zumwalt.
However, additional destroyer types and models were used in previous wartimes, up until 1975:
- DE: Destroyer escort
- DL: Destroyer leader, or “frigate”
- DLG: Frigate with guided missile
- DLGN: Frigate with guided-missile & nuclear-propulsion
Sadly, any destroyer built before the early 1980s could contain asbestos, a cancer-causing substance. Today, Navy veterans are at a very high risk of developing asbestos-caused cancers like mesothelioma from serving aboard these destroyers.