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Displacement 7800 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 563' (oa) x 55' x 20' 6" (Max)
Armament 2 x 5"/54 RF (2x1), 1 Sea Sparrow SAM (1x8) ASROC ASW (1x8),
6 x 12.75" Mk 32 ASW TT (2x3). 1 Helicopter.
Machinery, 80,000 SHP; 4 LM 2500 Gas Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 30 Knots, Range 6000 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 296.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Litton Ingalls, Pascagoula Miss. April 19 1973.
Launched May 25 1974 and commissioned July 10 1976.
Decommissioned January 7 2003.
Stricken April 6, 2004.
Fate Sinkex target, sunk by CVW-14 July 14 2004 at 22:55:31.5 N 159:59:40.5 W.

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Kinkaid 53kPhoto #: NH 84381. Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid, USN, portrait photograph, taken circa 1946-1950. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Kinkaid 62kArtist's conception of the ship by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Kinkaid 103kUndated, location unknown.-
Kinkaid 100kUndated, location unknown.Joseph A. Gless
Kinkaid 52kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Kinkaid 46kUndated, USS Kinkaid firing a Tomahawk missile, downloaded from the ship's web site.Fabio Peña
Kinkaid 247kUndated postcard.Tommy Trampp
Kinkaid 208kUndated postcard.Tommy Trampp
Kinkaid 166kLitton East Bank Shipyard, Pascagoula, Mississippi. Six Spruance class destroyers fitting out, circa May 1975. Ships are, from left: Paul F. Foster (DD-964); Spruance (DD-963), then running trials; Arthur W. Radford (DD-968); Elliot (DD-967); Hewitt (DD-966) and Kinkaid (DD-965). Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Fred Weiss
Kinkaid 33kVancouver, BC February 1977.Marc Piché
Kinkaid 40kSydney, Australia 1978.Marc Piché
Kinkaid 56kSydney, Australia 1978.Marc Piché
Kinkaid 185kWellington, NZ, October 27 1978.Chris Howell
Kinkaid 186kIn San Diego harbour in November 1979.David Fisher
Kinkaid 59kShips of Desron 7, USS Kinkaid (DD-965) and USS Fanning (DE-1076), during the "Tiger Cruise" returning from the 1982-83 WestPac, as viewed from the Decatur (DDG-31.)Lee Noland
Kinkaid 88kShips of Desron 7, USS Kinkaid (DD-965), during the "Tiger Cruise" returning from the 1982-83 WestPac, as viewed from the Decatur (DDG-31.)Lee Noland
Kinkaid 81kLongview, Washington June 1986.Marc Piché
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Welcome Aboard pamphlet - circa 1988
Wolfgang Hechler
Kinkaid 146kOn 12 November 1989, while returning from an Arabian Gulf deployment, USS Kinkaid (DD 965) collided with the Singaporean M/V Kota Petani in the Malacca Strait. One crewman was killed and several others injured (number varies depending on the sources). Subsequent fire and flooding caused further damage. Kinkaid proceeded to Singapore for temporary repairs, then to Subic Bay for more permanent work, and was finally able to return to San Diego to be dry-docked and fully repaired; $15 million were required for repairs.-
Kinkaid 47kKinkaid undergoing repairs in Resourceful AFDM-5 at the Ship Repair Facility US Naval Base Subic Bay. Early 1990.James H. Hopper Commander USN (Ret)
Kinkaid 65kKinkaid undergoing repairs in Resourceful AFDM-5 at the Ship Repair Facility US Naval Base Subic Bay. Early 1990James H. Hopper Commander USN (Ret)
Kinkaid 79kVancouver, BC July 23 1991.Marc Piché
Kinkaid 42kVancouver, BC June 3 1992.Marc Piché
Kinkaid 138kSeptember 25 1997, the Spruance-Class destroyer USS Kinkaid (DD 965) is currently on deployment in the South China Sea as a part of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) battle group. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Christopher Ware.Bill Gonyo
Kinkaid 90kFremantle, Australia January 30 1998.Marc Piché
Kinkaid 81kSydney, Australia February 1998.Marc Piché
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Welcome Aboard pamphlet - circa 2000
Wolfgang Hechler
Kinkaid 97kUSS Kinkaid South Pacific Ocean March 28, 2001 An aerial view of the US Navy destroyer Kinkaid heading for Sidney, Austrailia port visit. US Navy photo by Photographers mate 1st Class Anthony C. Casullo.Steven A. Cardali
Kinkaid 115kThe Pacific Ocean, June 17, 2002, the Spruance-class destroyer USS Kinkaid (DD 965) steams at high speed during operations off the California coast. The Kinkaid is conducting a series of workups in preparation for an upcoming deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Michael D. Kennedy. [020617-N-5067K-003].Fabio Peña
Kinkaid 56kPacific Ocean, June 17 2002, the Spruance-class destroyer USS Kinkaid (DD 965) maneuvers at slow speed during operations off the California coast. U.S. Navy photo.Fred Weiss
Kinkaid 109kAboard USS Kinkaid (DD-965) January 7, 2003 Officers and Sailors of the Spruance class destroyer Kinkaid 'Manned The Rail's' for the last time. the Kinkaid was decommissioned during a ceremony at the Naval Station San Diego. The crew will relieve the crew of the USS Fletcher DD-992 in the Navy's new 'Sea Swap' Initiative.Steven A. Cardali
Kinkaid 146k030107-N-3211R-005. Naval Station San Diego, January 7 2003, Rear Adm David T. Hart, Jr., Deputy Commander of Naval Region Europe was the guest speaker at the decommissioning ceremony held for the Spruance class destroyer USS Kinkaid (DD 965). "I'm especially proud that the spirit lives on in this crew today as they take on a challenging task such as ‘Sea Swap’," said Hart. The crew of the Kinkaid will relieve the crew of the USS Fletcher (DD 992) in the Navy’s new "Sea Swap Initiative," which involves rotating three crews through a single ship to allow for more time on station in theater. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Emmanuel Rios.Bill Gonyo
Kinkaid 87kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Kinkaid 127kShip's patch.Wolfgang Hechler
Kinkaid 173kShip's patch.Tommy Trampp
Kinkaid 209kHSL-43 Det 2 'Duck Dodgers' 2001 Deployment Patch.Tommy Trampp
Kinkaid 36kShip's Zippo.Tommy Trampp

USS KINKAID DD-965 History
Note: History is unavailable at this time
This ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Howard J. Kerr Jr.    Jul 10 1976 - Jul 1 1978
CDR Parker Thomas Finch Jr.    Jul 1 1978 - Jul 13 1980
CDR Gordon Grant Riggle    Jul 13 1980 - Jul 23 1983
CDR Walter Adam Tobias Jr.    Jul 23 1983 - Nov 16 1985
CDR Roy Tobin    Nov 16 1986 - Feb 27 1988
CDR John MacKay Cochrane    Feb 27 1988 - Nov 23 1989
CDR David Thomas Hart Jr.    Nov 23 1989 - Aug 8 1991 (Later RADM)
CDR David Robert MacKinnon Sr.    Aug 8 1991 - May 21 1993
CDR Scott Lee Jones    May 21 1993 - Jan 1 1995
CDR Michael Robert Mittleider    Jan 1 1995 - Sep 27 1996
CDR Michael Edward Boyd    Sep 27 1996 - Jul 17 1998
CDR Mark Stephen Woolley    Jul 17 1998 - Jan 24 2000
CDR Michael Redfield Fierro    Jan 24 2000 - Aug 11 2001
CDR Kim Alan Parker    Aug 11 2001 - Dec 17 2002
CDR Michael Jay Slotzky    Dec 17 2002 - Jan 7 2003

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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