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USS COMTE DE GRASSE (DD-974)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NCDG

CLASS - SPRUANCE As Built.
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 4 1975.
Launched March 26 1976 and commissioned August 5 1978.
Decommissioned and Stricken June 5 1998.
Fate: Sunk as a target June 7 2006

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Comte de Grasse 37kFrançois Joseph Paul, Marquis de Grasse Tilly, comte de Grasse (born 1722; died January 14, 1788 in Paris) was a French admiral. He was born at Bar-sur-Loup, in the present département of the Alpes-Maritimes. At the age of eleven, he entered the Order of Malta as a page of the Grand Master. In 1734, de Grasse became an ensign on the galleys of the Knights Hospitaller and, in 1740, he entered the French Navy. In 1776, the American War of Independence against Great Britain began and the French Navy was assigned to assist the American cause. As a commander of a division, de Grasse served under Louis Guillouet, comte d'Orvilliers at the First Battle of Ushant from July 23 to 27, 1778. In 1779, he joined the fleet of Count d'Estaing in the Caribbean and distinguished himself in the battles of Dominica and Saint Lucia during 1780 and of Tobago during 1781. He contributed to the capture of Grenada and took part in the three actions fought by Guichen against Admiral Rodney in the Battle of Martinique. He came to the aid of Washington and Rochambeau, setting sail with 3,000 men from Saint-Dominique. de Grasse landed the 3,000 French reinforcements in Virginia, and immediately afterwards decisively defeated the British fleet in the Battle of the Chesapeake in September 1781. He drew away the English forces and blockaded the coast until Lord Cornwallis surrendered, ensuring the independence of the United States of America. He was less fortunate at Battle of St. Kitts, where he was defeated by Admiral Hood. Shortly afterwards, in April 1782, he was defeated and taken prisoner by Admiral Rodney at the Battle of the Saintes. Some months later, he returned to France, published a Mémoire justificatif and, in 1784, was acquitted by a court-martial.Bill Gonyo
Comte de Grasse 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
Comte de Grasse 33kUndated, location unknown.-
Comte de Grasse 128kUndated, stern view of the Spruance class ship showing helicopter landing area and hanger facilities, as designed.-
Comte de Grasse 66kUndated postcard Copyright © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, VA.Mike Smolinski
Comte de Grasse 73kUndated, location unknown. Photo from " An Illustrated History of Destroyers of The World" by Bernard Ireland.Robert Hurst
Comte de Grasse 193kSeptember 1979 photo by PH3 C. E. Fritz, KN 29128.Ed Zajkowski
Comte de Grasse 28kPortsmouth, England October 28 1979.Marc Piché
Comte de Grasse 48kPortsmouth, England circa 1980's.Marc Piché
Comte de Grasse 49kAntwerp, Belgium April 15 1982.Marc Piché
Comte de Grasse 31kAntwerp, Belgium April 15 1982.Marc Piché
Comte de Grasse 84kAntwerp, Belgium May 16 1982.Marc Piché
Comte de Grasse 93kUSS Comte de Grasse (DD-974) at Portsmouth, England, on 17 September 1982. In the centre ground surrounded by an enormous flotilla of small craft HMS Invincible with her ships company manning the rails makes a triumphant entry on her return from the South Atlantic. She is flying the Royal Standard at her foremast, occasioned by the presence onboard of Prince Andrew, who flew as a helicopter pilot with No.820 Squadron, FAA (Mike Lennon). Photo from Royal Navy Aircraft cariiers 1945-1990, by Leo Marriott.Robert Hurst
Comte de Grasse 59kLisbon, Portugal April 1983.Marc Piché
Comte de Grasse 109kDN-SC-87-04495. A starboard quarter view of the destroyer USS COMTE DE GRASSE (DD-974) underway in the Virginia Capes operating area. The ship is equipped with Tomahawk missile armored box launchers on the bow. Photo by PH1 Hilton on 1 Aug 1985.Bill Gonyo
Comte de Grasse 125kDN-ST-88-09171. February 1 1986, the guided-missile cruiser USS Harry E. Yarnell (CG 17) and the destroyer USS Comte De Grasse (DD 974) moored at the destroyer and submarine piers, Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Virginia. U.S. Navy Photo by PH2 Chris Holmes.Robert M. Cieri
Comte de Grasse 55kMay 1, 1986, Portsmouth Virginia, a port bow view of the guided missile destroyer USS Richard E. Byrd (DDG-23) and the destroyer USS Comte DE Grasse (DD-974) undergoing overhaul.Fred Weiss
Comte de Grasse 152kUSS Shenandoah (AD-44) moored pierside at Marseille France, circa 1987-88, with USS Comte De Grasse (DD-974) and USS Aylwin (DE-1081).Philippe Gonzales
Comte de Grasse 85kJanuary 14 1987 - Atlantic Ocean: the destroyer USS Deyo (DD-989), bottom, the battleship USS Iowa (BB-61), center, and the destroyer USS Comte De Grasse (DD-974) underway.Fred Weiss
Comte de Grasse 284kDN-SC-87-05128. Atlantic Ocean, April 4 1987, an aerial view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), underway. Ike's escorts are, clockwise from upper left, the destroyer USS Comte De Grasse (DD 974), the frigate USS Garcia (FF 1040), and the destroyers USS John Hancock (DD 981) and USS Nicholson (DD 982).Robert M. Cieri
Comte de Grasse 68kDN-SC-95-01278. A starboard view of the destroyer USS COMTE DE GRASSE (DD-974) and the guided missile destroyer USS SCOTT (DDG-995) tied up at the waterfront. The stern of the nuclear-powered attack submarine USS SAN JUAN (SSN-751) is in the foreground. Photo by OS2 John Bouvia at Port Everglades, FL on October 8 1994.Bill Gonyo
Comte de Grasse 238kUSS Comte de Grasse (DD-974) off of Recife, Brazil in 1997.Archer Macy
Comte de Grasse 96kUSS Comte de Grasse (DD-974) & USS Scott (DDG-995) laid up at Philadelphia, Aug. 1999.Marc Piché
Comte de Grasse 70kUSS Comte de Grasse (DDG-974) in mothballs at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in November 1999. Photo from Warship Boneyards, by Kit and Carolyn Bonner.Robert Hurst
Comte de Grasse 148kUSS Comte de Grasse (DD-974), USS John Rodgers (DD-983), USS Moosbrugger (DD-980) and USS John Hancock (DD-981) in Philadelphia Navy Yard, April 2003.Ed Zajkowski
Comte de Grasse 17kUSS Comte de Grasse (DD-974) as a target during SINKEX 2006.Joe Gardella
Comte de Grasse 25kAs above.Joe Gardella
Comte de Grasse 20kAs above.Joe Gardella
Comte de Grasse 90kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Comte de Grasse 33kShip's Zippo circa 1978.John A. Altfeltis

USS COMTE DE GRASSE DD-974 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 Frank John Lugo    Aug 5 1978 - Sep 8 1980
CDR Philip Alphonse Dur    Sep 8 1980 - Aug 14 1982 (Later RADM)
CDR Stephen Howard Hamilton    Aug 14 1982 - Oct 6 1984
CDR Robert Lamar Richardson    Oct 6 1984 - Dec 22 1986
CDR Russell James Lindstedt II    Dec 22 1986 - Mar 14 1989
CDR William Daniel Lynch    Mar 14 1989 - Apr 25 1991
CDR Peter Wade Marzluff    Apr 25 1991 - Feb 5 1993
CDR William Cannon Moye    Feb 5 1993 - Dec 16 1994
CDR Richard Caldwell Hill III    Dec 16 1994 - Jul 18 1996
CDR Archer Martin Macy Jr.    Jul 18 1996 - Jun 5 1998 (Later RADM)

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Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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