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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NYQL

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - SEA EAGLE and THE DESTROYER

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. August 12 1976.
Launched February 25 1978 and commissioned July 14 1979.
Decommissioned September 4 1998.
Fate Broken up by International Shipbreakers, Brownsville, TX, completed December 30 2006.

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I - 14k

II - 46k

III - 11k

IV - 69k
I - Commodore John Rodgers (naval officer, War of 1812) (1772-1838), U.S. Naval officer during the War of 1812.

II - John Rodgers ( 8 August 1812 - 5 May 1882), son of Commodore John Rodgers, was born near Havre de Grace. He was received his appointment as a Midshipman in the Navy on 18 April 1828. Service in the Mediterranean on board Constellation and Concord opened his long career of distinguished service, and he commanded an expedition of Naval Infantry and Marines in Florida during the Seminole Wars. In the mid-1850s he succeeded Commander Ringgold in command of the North Pacific Exploring and Surveying Expedition, which added greatly to our knowledge of far eastern and northern waters. Following his promotion to Commander in 1855, he married and settled to work in the Navy's Japan Office in Washington, where he was serving when the Civil War broke out.

III - Vice Admiral William Ledyard Rodgers (naval officer, World War I) (1860 - 1944), the grandson of Commodore John Rodgers and son of Rear Admiral John Rodgers.

IV - John Rodgers, great grandson of Commodore Rodgers, was born in Washington 15 January 1881 and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1903. He last served as Assistant Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics until killed in an airplane crash 27 August 1926. Photo from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Bill Gonyo
Rodgers 33kUndated, location unknown.-
Rodgers 83kUndated, a series of three photos of the Rodgers off Grenada.John Bushell
Rodgers 102kUndated, above.John Bushell
Rodgers 84kUndated, above.John Bushell
Rodgers 74kUndated postcard Copyright © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, VA.Mike Smolinski
Rodgers 92kUndated, lo9cation unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Rodgers 64kCopenhagen, Denmark September 1983.Marc Piché
Rodgers 34kUSS John Rodgers (DD-983) closing to refuel from RFA Grey Rover, North Atlantic, March 1984. Photo taken by George Mortimore.Robert Hurst
Rodgers 145kDN-SC-86-00300. A starboard bow view of the Spruance class destroyer USS JOHN RODGERS (DD 983) while underway, March 7 1985.Bill Gonyo
Rodgers 52kAugust 1 1985, The Caribbean, a port bow view of the destroyer USS John Rodgers (DD-983) underway during MIDRON cruise.Fred Weiss
Rodgers 56kAugust 1 1985, The Carribean, a starboard bow view of the destroyer USS John Rodgers (DD-983) underway during MIDRON cruise. It is the first ship in Destroyer Squadron 6 to be equipped with Tomahawk missile launchers, visible forward of the bridge.Fred Weiss
Rodgers 66kUSS John Rodgers (DD-983) coming alongside the Spanish carrier Príncipe de Asturias (R-11) in the Mediterranean, circa 1990.Omar Rubido, Armada Española
Rodgers 78kAs above.Omar Rubido, Armada Española
Rodgers 142kView distributed to the crew in the early 1990s. Capt R. Easton collection.John Chiquoine
Rodgers 106kUSS John Rodgers (DD 983) cuts through the waters of the Atlantic Ocean on October 10, 1997 en route to the Mediterranean Sea for a 6 month deployment. John Rodgers and GEORGE WASHINGTON BATTLE GROUP are currently transiting the Atlantic Ocean to relieve JOHN F. KENNEDY BATTLE GROUP in mid October. Official U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate Third Class Petty Officer Joseph Hendricks.Bill Gonyo
Rodgers 78kUSS John Rodgers (DD-983) and the USS Mahan (DDG-42) moored together along with other inactive ships at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard inactive ship site in November 1999. Photo from Warship Boneyards, by Kit and Carolyn Bonner.Robert Hurst
Rodgers 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
Rodgers 134kJohn Rodgers awaiting scrapping at the Port of Brownsville, TX, February 27 2006. Photo copyright Michael Martin.Joe Gardella
Rodgers 50kA series of 4 images of the John Rodgers being scrapped at the Port of Brownsville, TX.Gerd Matthes
Rodgers 115kAs above.Gerd Matthes
Rodgers 124kAs above.Gerd Matthes
Rodgers 147kAs above.Gerd Matthes
Rodgers 82kShips patch.Mike Smolinski
Rodgers 29kShips crest.Fred Weiss

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 Michael Howard Loy    Jul 14 1979 - Aug 7 1981

CDR George Francis Adolf Wagner    Aug 7 1981 - Jul 15 1983 (Later RADM)

CDR Stephen George Kmetz    Jul 15 1983 - Oct 22 1985

CDR Lawrence Michael Bergen Jr.    Oct 22 1985 - Dec 20 1987

CDR Frank Tyler Giesemann>/a>    Dec 20 1987 - Jan 16 1990

CDR Jeffrey Lee Flood    Jan 16 1990 - Dec 16 1991

CDR Jack Royal Carpenter Jr.    Dec 16 1991 - Sep 27 1993

CDR Michael Angelo Lefever    Sep 27 1993 - Jul 1 1995 (Later RADM)

CDR Roger Charles (Rick) Easton Jr.    Jul 1 1995 - Mar 7 1997

CDR James McLeod Carr III    Mar 7 1997 - Sep 4 1998

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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