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USS KIDD (DD-993 / DDG-993)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NKID

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - LAKEWOOD

CLASS - KIDD As Built.
Displacement 9200 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 563' (oa) x 55' x 20' 6" (Max)
Armament 2 x 5"/54 RF (2x1), 2 Mk 26 Launchers (2x2) 50 SAM, 16 ASROC missiles,
RGM-64(C/D) "Harpoon" anti-ship missile battery (2x4),
2x20mm Phalanx CIWS 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. June 26 1978.
Launched August 11 1979 and commissioned June 27 1981.
Built for Iran.
Taken over by the US Navy By Executive order after the fall of the Shah in July 1979.
Reclassified Guided Missile Destroyer DDG-993 August 8 1979.
Decommissioned March 12 1998 At Norfolk Virginia.
Transferred to Taiwan on May 30 2003.
Initially named RCS Chi-Teh (DDG 1801).
On October 21 2003 she was towed to Deyen's Shipyard Charleston, SC for activation from ISMF Philadelphia.
On October 29 2005 she was delivered, as RCS Chi-Teh, and departed for Taiwan November 15 2005.
Arrived at Su-Ao Naval Base December 3 2005.
Commissioned as RCS Keelung (DDG 1801) on December 19 2005.

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Isaac Campbell Kidd was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on 26 March 1884. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1902, graduating with the Class of 1906 in February of that year, and was commissioned an Ensign in 1908. Kidd participated in the 1907-09 "Great White Fleet" cruise around the World while serving in USS New Jersey (BB-16). Following service in USS North Dakota (BB-29) and USS Pittsburgh (Armored Cruiser # 4), he became Aide and Flag Secretary to the Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet, the first of his many flag staff assignments. He was an instructor at the Naval Academy in 1916-17. During and after the First World War, Kidd was stationed on USS New Mexico (BB-40), then had further staff and Naval Academy service. He was executive officer of the battleship Utah (BB-31) in 1925-26, then commanded USS Vega (AK-17) until becoming Captain of the Port at Chrisobal, Panama Canal Zone in 1927-30. Promoted to the rank of Captain, he was Chief of Staff to Commander, Base Force, U.S. Fleet in 1930-32. After three years at the Bureau of Navigation in Washington, D.C., he was Commander Destroyer Squadron ONE, Scouting Force, in 1935-36. Captain Kidd next attended the Naval War College and served on the College staff. He was Commanding Officer of USS Arizona (BB-39) from September 1938 until February 1940, when he was promoted to Rear Admiral and assigned as Commander Battleship Division ONE and Chief of Staff to Commander, Battleships, Battle Force. On 7 December 1941, he was killed in action on board Arizona during the Pearl Harbor Raid. Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Pearl Harbor attack. [1] Photo #: NH 48579-KN. Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd, USN (1884-1941) portrait in oils by Heiter. It was received from USS Kidd (DD-661) after she was decommissioned in 1964.Courtesy of the Navy Art Collection, Washington, DC. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. [2] Tombstone at the Naval Academy February 2008.[1] Bill Gonyo

[2] Larry Backus
Kidd 42kUndated, location unknown.-
Kidd 25kUndated, location unknown.-
Kidd 41kUndated, location unknown.-
Kidd 122kUndated, location unknown.-
Kidd 102kUndated, location unknown. Photo © Atlantic Fleet Sales.Robert M. Cieri
Kidd 155kUndated, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Kidd 72kUndated postcard.Tommy Trampp
Kidd 135kUSS Kidd (DDG-993), ex-Iranian Kouroosh) being prepared for launching, at the Litton Shipyard, Pascagoula, Mississippi, 28 August 1979. Note bow-mounted SQS-53 sonar. Built for Iran, the ship was taken over by the U.S. Navy after the fall of the Shah in July, 1979. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. USN 1175703.Mike Green
Kidd 131kOn trials prior to commissioning.Ed Zajkowski
Kidd 38kJanuary 1 1982, Meditteranean Sea, the guided missile destroyer USS Kidd ( DDG 993 ) underway.Fred Weiss
Kidd 152kJanuary 11 1982, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Kidd 102kPhoto #: NH 95625. Reunion of first group of African-American U.S. Navy Officers. On board USS Kidd (DDG-993) in April 1982. They are (seated, left to right): Jesse W. Arbor; Dalton L. Baugh; William S. White; Samuel E. Barnes; (standing, left to right): George C. Cooper; James E. Hare; John W. Reagan; Graham E. Martin; Wesley A. Brown; Frank E. Sublett. Brown was the first African-American graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. The others were members of "the Golden Thirteen", the first African-American Navy officers, who were commissioned in 1944. Courtesy of Surface Warfare Magazine, 1982. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Kidd 213kDN-SC-83-10812. Aerial port quarter view of the guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG-993) underway on 1 November 1982.Robert M. Cieri
Kidd 176kDN-SC-83-10811. An aerial starboard bow view of the guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 993) underway on 1 January 1983.Robert M. Cieri
Kidd 26kThe guided missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG-993), after refuelling from RFA Plumleaf, Indian Ocean, February 1983. Photo taken by George Mortimore.Robert Hurst
Kidd 68kOct. 7, 1983, Norfolk, VA: the guided missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG-993) while moored to a pier. On deck can be seen the Mark 45 5-inch DP gun and the Mark 26 missile launcher.Fred Weiss
Kidd 183kUSS Kidd (DDG-993) crossing Thimble Shoals, Hampton Roads, Virginia, on 1 Feb 1984. Photographed by PH2 K. Bates. ID: DNSC8809212.Robert Hurst
Kidd 159kMarch 2 1985 transit to Mediterranean.ctorbann
Kidd 162kAs above.ctorbann
Kidd 112kAugust 8 1985 in the Black Sea, Kidd and the Bulgarian POTI.ctorbann
Kidd 102kDN-SN-88-03581. Crew members discuss ship's operations on the bridge of the guided missile destroyer USS KIDD (DDG-993). The KIDD is escorting reflagged Kuwaiti tankers through the gulf. Photo by PH2 Thomas Tolliver, August 1 1987.Bill Gonyo
Kidd 133kDN-SC-88-02247. Persian Gulf, August 22 1987, a sailor aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 993) takes aim with a Stinger anti-aircraft missile launcher. The Kidd and other U.S. Navy warships are protecting reflagged Kuwaiti tankers against possible attack from hostile forces until the tankers reach open waters. U.S. Navy photo by PH2 Thomas Tolliver. Photo from DOD Still Media Records Center.Robert M. Cieri
Kidd 103kDN-ST-88-02490. A large harbor tug assists the guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 993) to her berth, upon returning to homeport at Naval Operating Base Norfolk, after a deployment to the Persian Gulf. Taken by: PH2 Alexander C. Hicks, Jr. on 1 December 1987.Robert M. Cieri
Kidd 93kThis is the ship's store photo shot in 1988. I was onboard when it was shot. We took it to show the difference before and after the shipyard upgrade in '89SM1 Demetrius J. C. Carter, USN
Kidd 185kDN-SC-90-01974. The guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 993) takes white water over her bow while conducting an underway replenishment (UNREP) in heavy seas off the Virginia Capes, with the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). Taken by: PH3 Kearse on 1 October 1989.Robert M. Cieri
Kidd 74kThis is the after shot we took in Nov 1989. This was call the New Threat Upgrade. You can see some upper superstructure modifications and the added air search SPS-49 radarSM1 Demetrius J. C. Carter, USN
Kidd 76kBoston, MA July 1990.Marc Piché
Kidd 255kDN-SC-90-11045. The large harbor tug Dahlonega (YTB 770) escorts the guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 993) into Hampton Roads, as the ship gets underway en route to the Persian Gulf. Taken by: Don S. Montgomery, USN (Ret) on 14 August 1990.Robert M. Cieri
Kidd 65kJanuary 1991, Hampton Roads, VA: the guided missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG-993) as it departs Naval Station, Norfolk, Virginia, for the Persian Gulf.Fred Weiss
Kidd 241kDN-SC-95-01411. A port bow view of the guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 993) tied up on the north side of Pier 10 at the Norfolk Naval Base. The USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) is seen in the background. The KIDD is about to deploy to the Mediterranean Sea with the Eisenhower Battle Group. Taken by Don S. Montgomery, USN (Ret) on 8 October 1994.Robert M. Cieri
Kidd 156kUSS Ramage at Norfolk in the summer of 1995 taken on a water tour. In the background you can also see DDG-55 USS Stout and the two Kidd Class destroyers DDG-995 Scott and DDG-993 Kidd with the USS Mount Whitney LCC-20.Cody Shaffer
Kidd 138kAs above.Cody Shaffer
Kidd 180kDN-SC-97-00785. A starboard bow view of the guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 993) and the Spruance-class destroyer USS Peterson (DD 969) moored together on the north side of pier 24 at the Norfolk Naval Base. This photo shows the differences in the regular destroyer versus the guided missile type. The KIDD is equipped with the more advanced SPS-48 and SPS-49 radar antennae. The Mark 15 missile launcher is aft of the 5" gun mount. Taken by: Don S. Montgomery, USN (Ret) on 12 April 1996.Robert M. Cieri
Kidd 77kOctober 1, 1999 in the Virginia Capes as seen from the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVAN-69).Ron Reeves
Kidd 98kPhiladelphia Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility May 2001. Photo by Dave Schroeder.Dave Schroeder/John Chiquoine
Kidd 30kPhiladelphia Naval Shipyard, August 31, 2002.Roy J. Brooks
Kidd 80kPhiladelphia Naval Shipyard, August 31, 2002.Roy J. Brooks
Kidd 73kShip's patchMike Smolinski
On Republic of China Service
Kidd 32kThe former USS Kidd (DDG-993) now Tzuo-Ying (DDG-1803) and USS Chandler (DDG-996) now Ma-Kong (DDG-1805) in the Taiwanese Navy. November 2006, Su-Au Naval Base, in north-eastern Taiwan.John Donnelly
Kidd 36kAs above.John Donnelly
Kidd 30kAs above.John Donnelly
Kidd 61kThe former USS Kidd (DDG-993) now Tzuo-Ying (DDG-1803) in the Taiwanese Navy. November 2006, Su-Au Naval Base, in north-eastern Taiwan.John Donnelly
Kidd 33kAs above.John Donnelly
Kidd 131kAt Kaohsiung, Taiwan January 7 2010.Edison Sy

USS KIDD DD-993 / DDG-993 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

CAPT William John Flanagan Jr.    Jun 27 1981 - Aug 26 1983 (Later ADM)
CDR Fred Peter Moosally Jr.    Aug 26 1983 - Oct 25 1985
CDR Daniel Joseph Murphy Jr.    Oct 25 1985 - Jan 15 1988 (Later VADM)
CDR Phillip Monroe Balisle    Jan 15 1988 - Jul 13 1990 (Later VADM)
CAPT David Roy Ellison    Jul 13 1990 - Apr 3 1992 (Later RADM)
CDR William Douglas Crowder    Apr 3 1992 - Jan 14 1994 (Later VADM)
CDR Robert Justin Cox    Jan 14 1994 - Sep 15 1995 (Later RADM)
CDR John Joseph DeCavage    Sep 15 1995 - Aug 8 1997
CDR Thomas Robert Andress    Aug 8 1997 - Mar 12 1998

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