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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. October 23 1978.
Launched December 1 1979 and commissioned August 29 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-994 August 8 1979.
Decommissioned March 31 1998.
Transferred to Taiwan on May 30 2003.
Initially named RCS Ming-Teh (DDG 1802).
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 Ming-Teh, and departed for Taiwan November 15 2005.
Arrived at Su-Ao Naval Base December 3 2005.
Commissioned as RCS Su-Ao (DDG 1802) on December 19 2005.

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Callaghan 70kBorn in San Francisco, Calif., 26 July 1890, Daniel Judson Callaghan graduated from the Naval Academy in 1911. His prewar service included command of Truxtun (Destroyer No. 14), staff duty afloat and ashore, and duty as Naval aide to the President. He commanded San Francisco (CA-38) from May 1941 to May 1942, then served as chief of staff to Commander, South Pacific area and South Pacific Force. Rear Admiral Callaghan was killed in action in the bitter naval Battle of Guadalcanal 13 November 1942 while commanding forces that helped turn back a far stronger Japanese fleet. He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism during the action in which he gave his life.Bill Gonyo
Callaghan 173kUndated, location unknown.-
Callaghan 6kUndated, location unknown.-
Callaghan 150kUndated, location unknown.William T. Larkins
Callaghan 50kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Callaghan 42kView from the Golden Gate Bridge October 29 1981.Marc Piché
Callaghan 66kSan Francisco Fleet Week, October 29, 1981.Robert M. Cieri
Callaghan 115kThe CALLAGHAN underway in the Sea of Okhotsk has an ominous appearance. This missile-armed version of the SPRUANCE represents the DXG variant of the class, a type planned but not ordered for the U.S. Navy. These ships are quickly distinguished from the SPRUANCEs by the Mk 26 missile launchers forward and aft and the SPS-48 three-dimensional radar antenna. (1983, U.S. Navy)Joe Radigan
Callaghan 46kView from the Golden Gate Bridge October 13 1984.Marc Piché
Callaghan 105kJanuary 14 1985, location unknown. NAS Miramar Lab photo.Robert M. Cieri
Callaghan 48kView from the Golden Gate Bridge October 12 1985.Marc Piché
Callaghan 311kUSS Callaghan (DDG-994) underway, on 30 January 1987, location unknown. Photo taken by PH3 Whorton, USN. U.S. DefenseImagery photo VIRIN: DN-SC-87-11034.Robert Hurst
Callaghan 198kDN-SC-87-10316. An aerial port view of the guided-missile destroyer USS Callaghan (DDG 994) underway in the Pacific, as part of the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Battle Group. Photo by PH2 T. Hensley on 2 March 1987. Robert M. Cieri
Callaghan   Callaghan
An aerial view of USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) and her battle group underway in the Pacific Ocean, 2 March 1987. The ships are, left to right, front row: frigate USS Stein (FF-1065), guided missile cruiser USS Halsey (CG-23), frigate USS Barbey (FF-1088); second row, guided missile destroyer USS Callaghan (DDG-994), ammunition ship USS Mount Hood (AE-29), Kitty Hawk, combat stores ship USS Mars (AFS-1), and guided missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG-48). Fleet oiler USS Willamette (AO-180) follows.
Museum of Military History, Kissimmee, FL
Callaghan 152kAn aerial view of USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) and her battle group underway in the Pacific Ocean, 2 March 1987. The ships are, left to right, front row: frigate USS Barbey (FF-1088), guided missile cruiser USS Halsey (CG-23), frigate USS Stein (FF-1065); second row, guided missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG-48), combat stores ship USS Mars (AFS-1), Kitty Hawk, ammunition ship USS Mount Hood (AE-29) and the guided missile destroyer USS Callaghan (DDG-994). Photo from the Defense Visual Information Center, id., DN-SC-87-10339.Robert Hurst
Callaghan 34kSydney, Australia April 1994.Marc Piché
Callaghan 67kSan Diego, October 1994.Dale C. Haskin
Callaghan 68kJanuary 6 1997, Naval Station Everett, Washington, the Kidd class Guided Missile Destroyer USS Callaghan (DDG-994) docked at the pier during a snowstorm, at Naval Station Everett, WA.Fred Weiss
Callaghan 57kVancouver, British Columbia December 5 1997.Marc Piché
Callaghan 106kUSS Callaghan (DD-994) as she sits in the Pacific Reserve Fleet in Bremerton, Washington in August 1998. Photo from Warship Boneyards, by Kit and Carolyn Bonner.Robert Hurst
Callaghan 73kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Callaghan 179kShip's patchTommy Trampp
On Republic of China Service
Callaghan 140kUndated, U.S. Navy Kidd-class destroyers Ex USS Scott (DD-995) ROCS Kee Lung (DDG-1801) and Ex USS Callaghan (DD-994) ROCS Su Ao (DDG-1802).Tommy Trampp
Callaghan 79kSeries of 7 photos of the commisssioning of the DDG-1802 Su-Ao on Dec 19 2005 at Su-Ao Naval Base.John Donnelly
Callaghan 82kAs above.John Donnelly
Callaghan 102kAs above.John Donnelly
Callaghan 79kAs above.John Donnelly
Callaghan 70kAs above.John Donnelly
Callaghan 83kAs above.John Donnelly
Callaghan 84kAs above.John Donnelly

USS CALLAGHAN DD-994 / DDG-994 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 John Timothy Hood    Aug 29 1981 - Oct 18 1983 (Later RADM)
CDR Rodney Peter Rempt    Oct 18 1983 - Jan 9 1986 (Later VADM)
CDR William Glenn Sutton    Jan 9 1986 - Jan 29 1988 (Later RADM)
CDR Stuart Charles Karon    Jan 29 1988 - Mar 2 1990
CDR Lee Wesley Champagne    Mar 2 1990 - Jan 28 1992
CDR David Michael Ryan    Jan 28 1992 - Oct 15 1993
CDR Joseph John Natale    Oct 15 1993 - Aug 18 1995
CDR James Philip Wisecup    Aug 18 1995 - Feb 17 1997 (Later VADM)
CDR James Michael Rennie    Feb 17 1997 - Mar 31 1998

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Ty Chamberlain
Address: 7509 Target Lane NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120
Phone: (505) 565-5629
E-mail: None

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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