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USS CHANDLER (DD-996 / DDG-996)


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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. May 7 1979.
Launched May 24 1980 and commissioned March 13 1982.
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-996 August 8 1979.
Decommissioned September 23 1999.
Transferred to Taiwan on May 30 2003.
Initially named RCS Wu-Teh (DDG 1805).
On October 21 2004 she was towed to Deyen's Shipyard Charleston, SC for activation from ISMF Philadelphia.
On August 24 2006 she was delivered, as RCS Wu-Teh, and departed for Taiwan August 26 2006.
Arrived at Su-Ao Naval Base September 29 2006.
Commissioned as RCS Ma-Kong (DDG 1805) on November 1 2006.

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Chandler 71kTheodore Edson Chandler was an admiral of the United States Navy during World War II, who commanded battleship and cruiser divisions in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. He was killed in action when Japanese kamikaze aircraft struck his flagship on 7 January 1945. Photo courtesy of the United States Naval AcademyBill Gonyo
Chandler 156kUndated, location unknown. Later in her life with the SPS-49 radar installed, part of the New Threat Upgrade (SM-2 MR) package.Keith Baker
Chandler 131kUndated, location unknown.Later in her life with the SPS-49 radar installed, part of the New Threat Upgrade (SM-2 MR) package.Keith Baker
Chandler 223kUndated, location unknown, pre-NTU.Keith Baker
Chandler 109kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Chandler 94kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Chandler 117kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Chandler 95kDN-SN-82-04934. CDR Henry Strickland, front, and Sen. John C. Stennis, D-Mississippi, review the honor guard from the guided missile destroyer USS CHANDLER (DDG-996) prior to the ship's commissioning ceremony. Stennis is the principal speaker and Strickland will assume command. Pascagoula, MS March 13 1982.Bill Gonyo
Chandler 139kDN-ST-82-05228. Part of the crew of the guided missile destroyer USS CHANDLER (DDG-996) mans the rail while others march aboard during commissioning ceremonies. Photo by PH3 Bunnell, March 13 1982.Bill Gonyo
Chandler 171kDN-ST-82-05230. Pascagoula, MS, March 13 1982, CDR Henry W. Strickland, commanding officer, delivers a speech to the honored guests during commissioning ceremonies for the guided-missile destroyer USS Chandler (DDG-996). US Navy photo by PH3 Bunnell.Robert M. Cieri
Chandler 100kDN-SN-82-05244. Pascagoula, MS, March 13 1982, CDR Henry W. Strickland, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Chandler (DDG-996), is followed by Senator John C. Stennis, (R-Mississippi), as he inspects the honor guard prior to her commissioning ceremony. US Navy photo by JO1 Gary R. Miller.Robert M. Cieri
Chandler 177kDN-ST-82-05225. Pascagoula, MS, March 13 1982, Theodora Chandler Hoskinson stands at the podium with CDR Henry W. Strickland, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Chandler (DDG 996), at the ship's commissioning ceremony. Strickland has presented a plaque to Mrs. Hoskinson that is held by a chief petty officer standing behind her. US Navy photo by PH3 Bunnell.Robert M. Cieri
Chandler 235kDN-ST-86-01900. San Diego, April 9 1983), aerial port bow view of the nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser USS Long Beach (CGN 9) moored to a pier at Naval Air Station North Island, with the guided-missile destroyer USS Chandler (DDG 996) nested outboard.U.S. Navy photo by: PHC L. Foster.Robert M. Cieri
Chandler 101kJuly 1983, location unknown. DAVA photo.Robert M. Cieri
Chandler 78kOctober 1 1983, Pacific Ocean, a port quarter view of the Kidd class guided missile destroyer USS Chandler (DDG 996 ), right, and the Neosho class oiler USNS Kawishiwi (TAO 146) during underway replenishment operations.Fred Weiss
Chandler 63kPostcard Copyright © Marine Photos, October 13 1983 as she stood into San Francisco for Fleet Week.Mike Smolinski
Chandler 187kDN-SC-85-07299. Aerial port bow view of the Kidd-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chandler (DDG 996) left, and the replenishment oiler USS Wabash (AOR 5) during an underway replenishment (UNREP). Taken by: PH3 C. Yebba on 15 October 1983.Robert M. Cieri
Chandler 39kView from the Golden Gate Bridge October 19 1983 departing Fleet Week.Marc Piché
Chandler 48kView from the Golden Gate Bridge October 11 1986.Marc Piché
Chandler 269kDN-SC-88-03988. The guided-missile destroyer USS Chandler (DD 996) passes by the burning Greek tanker Pivot as fire tugs attempt to put out the blaze. The tanker was attacked earlier by small gunboats in the Persian Gulf. Photo by PH2 (SW) Jeffrey Elliott on 12 December 1987.Robert M. Cieri/Jerome Michael Supler
Chandler 67kColumbia River June 1988.Marc Piché
Chandler 43kAs above.Marc Piché
Chandler 217kDN-ST-88-07720. A port quarter view of the guided-missile destroyer USS Chandler (DDG 996) underway off the coast of California near San Diego. Photo by PH2 Weiderman on 1 June 1988.Robert M. Cieri
Chandler 214kUSS Chandler (DDG-996) anchored off North Island, San Diego, California, on 9 May 1991. Photo taken by PH2 Tracy Lee Didas, USN. U.S. DefenseImagery photo VIRIN: DN-ST-92-01598.Robert Hurst
Chandler 188kDN-SC-92-06007. Operations Specialist 3rd Class Mike Smotherman monitors a radar screen aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Chandler (DDG 996) as the vessel takes part in maritime interdiction operations. Photo by PH2 Charles Stover on 13 December 1991.Robert M. Cieri
Chandler 83kSydney, Australia December 1993.Marc Piché
Chandler 70kFremantle, Australia December 14 1993.Marc Piché
Chandler 114kUnderway during fleet operations in the Eastern Pacific on Sept. 30, 1997.Bill Gonyo
Chandler 106k28 April 2004 at Charleston Naval Shipyard.Sam Stokes
Chandler 80kShip's patchMike Smolinski
On Republic of China Service
Chandler 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
Chandler 36kAs above.John Donnelly
Chandler 30kAs above.John Donnelly

USS CHANDLER DD-996 / DDG-996 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 Henry Wilson Strickland    Mar 13 1982 - Jun 16 1984
CDR Robert Joseph Natter    Jun 16 1984 - Oct 21 1986 (Later ADM)
CDR Steven Grayson Smith    Oct 21 1986 - Dec 17 1988 (Later RADM)
CDR Garry Holstrom    Dec 17 1988 - Apr 22 1991
CDR William Gary Wheeler    Apr 22 1991 - Feb 26 1993
CDR Vincent John Andrews    Feb 26 1993 - Dec 16 1994
CDR Gerard Lee (Jerry) Becker    Dec 16 1994 - Aug 7 1996
CDR Mark William Balmert    Aug 7 1996 - Dec 18 1998 (Later RADM)
CDR Robert Lee Beattie    Dec 18 1998 - Jun16 1999
CDR Kenneth Vose Morrill    Jun 16 1999 - Sep 23 1999

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