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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBJR

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - STEAM CUTTER

Displacement 4526 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 437' (oa) x 47' x 15' (Max)
Armament 2 x 5"/54 RF (2x1), Tartar SAM (1x2 Mk 11) ASROC ASW (1x8), 6 x 12.75" Mk 32 ASW TT (2x3).
Machinery, 70,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 333-350.
Operational and Building Data
Built by Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME (YN 335)
Ordered 28 March 1957
Originally classified as DD-952; classification changed to DDG-2 23 April 1957
Laid down 16 June 1958
Launched 08 September 1959
Commissioned 10 September 1960
Decommissioned 01 August 1990
Stricken 20 November 1992
Fate Departed Philadelphia Navy Yard for scrapyard, 26 August 2020.
Scrapping completed 0832 hours, 19 May 2021.

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Adams 49kCharles Francis Adams, born 2 August 1866 in Quincy, Mass., graduated cum laude from Harvard College in 1888 and from Harvard Law School in 1892. A successful lawyer, business man, outstanding civic leader, and well-known yachtsman and ocean racer, he served as Secretary of the Navy from 1929 to 1933. He vigorously promoted public understanding of the Navy's indispensable role in international affairs, and worked strenuously to maintain naval strength and efficiency during a period of severe economic depression. He served at the London Naval Conference in 1930 where he successfully maintained the principle of United States naval parity with Great Britain. He died in 1954 and is buried in Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy, Mass., where the two Presidents, who were his ancestors, lie with other members of this distinguished American family.Bill Gonyo
USS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2)
Adams 41kUndated, location unknown.-
Adams 24kUndated, location unknown.-
Adams 80kUndated image from the NAVSEA Journal.Bob Bush
Adams 63kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Adams 91kUndated, location unknown.ssharpbt2
Adams 136kUndated, location unknown. Photo from An Illustrated History of Destroyers of The World by Bernard Ireland.Robert Hurst
Adams 146kUndated postcard.Tommy Trampp
Adams 87kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Adams 170kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Adams 170kThe USS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2) and USS John King (DDG-3) under construction.Ron Reeves
Adams 112kLaunching at Bath Iron Works yard, at Bath, Maine, 08 September 1959.Ron Reeves
Adams 50kUSS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2) dressed overall with flags shortly after her launching from the Bath Iron Works yard, at Bath, Maine, 08 September 1959. Photo USN, Official. Photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1960-1961 edition.Robert Hurst
Adams 82kCXirca 1960, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Adams 198kGenoa, Italy, in 1961, (left to Right) USS Farragut (DLG-6), USS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2), and USS Newman K. Perry (DD-883). Official U.S. Navy photograph from the USS Farragut (DLG-6) 1961 Cruise Book.Robert Hurst
Adams 134kUSS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2) Missile Directors and After 5" Gun, picture taken from USS Boston CAG-1 in the Mediterranean, December 1961.Roy Williams
Adams 129kUSS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2) Tartar Missile shoot #1 Mediterranean, December 1961, picture taken from USS Boston (CAG-1).Roy Williams
Adams 39kIn the Mediterranean during 1965, coming alongside the USS Chikaskia for refueling. From the collections of RADM Edward L. Feightner, BM2 Charles Peterman, and LCDR Al Gordon as compiled and edited by BM3 David Zanzinger.LCDR Al Gordon USN (Ret.)
Adams 211kCirca 1966-1968, Captain Hoffmann's autograph on the ship's hull.Tommy Trampp
Adams 166kUSS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2) underway in Valletta harbour, Malta, in 1969. Courtesy A. & J. Pavia.Robert Hurst
Adams 52kUSS Semmes (DDG-18), USS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2) and USS Tattnall (DDG-19) during 1970's in the Mediterranean.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Adams 92kUSS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (DD 850), USS William M. Wood (DD 715), and USS Charles F. Adams (DDG 2) at Barcelona, Spain, in late January 1970. If you look closely, you will notice that Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. was fitted with ULQ-6, while William M. Wood lacked this active countermeasures system.Fabio Peña
Adams 38kTaken while she was in Charleston, SC. The date was April, 1976Walter Bengtson Jr.
Adams 39kPortsmouth, England circa 1977.Marc Piché
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General views from the Adam's 1977 Mediterranean Cruise by Dave Ristau
Dave Ristau
Adams 109kUSS Charles F. Adams on a port visit with the STANAVFORLAND at Antwerp August 4 1982.Gilbert Gyssels
Adams 113kAs above.Gilbert Gyssels
Adams 46kAntwerp, Belgium August 4 1982.Marc Piché
Adams 27kAntwerp, Belgium August 4 1982.Marc Piché
Adams 41kSouthampton, England December 6 1982.Marc Piché
Adams 126kGenoa, Italy on February 28 1989.Carlo Martinelli
Adams 118kAs above.Carlo Martinelli
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Decommissioning - August 1 1990
Wolfgang Hechler
Adams 92kUndated at Philadelphia shipyard following decommissioning.Steve Roads
Adams 40kUSS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2), USS John King (DDG-3) and USS Lawrence (DDG-4) in Philadelphia July 16 1991.Marc Piché
Adams 205kOctober 1993 at Philadelphia.Ed Zajkowski
Adams 124kUSS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2) and USS Sampson (DDG-10) showing the gangway between the two ships whilst moored in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in November 1999. Photo from Warship Boneyards, by Kit and Carolyn Bonner.Robert Hurst
Adams 109kPhiladelphia Naval Shipyard, August 31 2002.Roy J. Brooks
Adams 122kA series of 4 images from Philadelphia Naval Shipyard during January 2008 including the USS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2), USS Forrest Sherman (DD-931) and the USS Edson (DD-946).William S. Meredith
Adams 177kAs above.William S. Meredith
Adams 206kAs above.William S. Meredith
Adams 148kAs above.William S. Meredith
Adams 100kStill awaiting her fate as of January 2008.Ron Reeves
Adams 69kMoored at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, 10 December 2010.Ron Reeves
Adams 59kDeparting Philadelphia under tow for Brownsville, TX, to be scrapped, 26 August 2020. Photo by "Dan Dan."Dave Wright
Adams 37kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Adams 59kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Adams 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR William Robert Munroe Jr.    Sep 10 1960 - Mar 10 1962

CDR Scott Edmonds Terrill Jr.    Mar 10 1962 - Apr 27 1963

CDR Emmett Hulcy Tidd    Apr 27 1963 - Jul 13 1964 (Later VADM)

CDR Robert Rawson Monroe    Jul 13 1964 - Jan 26 1966 (Later VADM)

CDR Roy Francis Hoffmann    Jan 26 1966 - Apr 10 1968(Later RADM)

CDR John Lindley Jones    Apr 101968 - Sep 1 1969

CDR George Carlisle Gatje    Sep 1 1969 - Sep 29 1971

CDR Byron Bruce Newell    Sep 29 1971 - Sep 15 1972 (Later RADM)

CDR Donald Lee Gurke    Sep 15 1972 - Mar 15 1974

CDR Norman Gardner Mosher    Mar 15 1974 - Apr 9 1976

CDR Glynn Quinton Lane Jr.    Apr 9 1976 - Mar 10 1978

CDR John Anthony Narcisco    Mar 10 1978 - Mar 28 1980

CDR Joseph Francis McCarton    Mar 28 1980 - Aug 11 1981

CDR George A. Huchting    Aug 11 1981 - Aug 20 1983 (Later RADM)

CDR Robert John Branco    Aug 20 1983 - Oct 11 1985

CDR David Watson    Oct 11 1985 - Jan 8 1988

CDR Michael Paul Finn    Jan 8 1988 - Aug 1 1990

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Bill O'Neill
Address: 12 Randall Wood Drive, Montague, MA 01351
Phone: (413) 863-4130
Next Reunion: .

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

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