Guided missile destroyer

A guided-missile destroyer is a destroyer designed to launch guided missiles. Many are also equipped to carry out anti-submarine, anti-air, and anti-surface operations. The NATO standard designation for these vessels is DDG. Nations vary in their use of destroyer D designation in their hull pennant numbering, either prefixing, or dropping it altogether. The U.S. Navy has adopted the classification DDG in the American hull classification system.

In addition to the guns, a guided-missile destroyer is usually equipped with two large missile magazines, usually in vertical-launch cells. Some guided-missile destroyers contain powerful radar systems, such as the United States’ Aegis Combat System, and may be adopted for use in an anti-missile or ballistic-missile defense role. This is especially true of navies that no longer operate cruisers, as other vessels must be adopted to fill in the gap.

Active and planned guided missile destroyers


Argentine Navy


Royal Australian Navy

HMCS Iroquois (DDG-280), an Iroquois-class destroyer

Royal Canadian Navy

 People's Republic of China

People's Liberation Army Navy of China

Kunming (D172), a Chinese Type 052D destroyer

French Navy

Forbin (D620), a Horizon-class destroyer
Aquitaine (D650), an Aquitaine-class destroyer

Although the French Navy no longer uses the term "destroyer" (French: destructeur), the largest frigates are assigned pennant numbers with flag superior "D", which designates destroyer.


German Navy

Hamburg (F220), a Sachsen-class destroyer

Indian Navy


Italian Navy

Caio Duilio (D554), an Orizzonte-class destroyer
Carlo Bergamini (F590), a Bergamini-class destroyer

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

JS Ashigara (DDG-178), an Atago-class destroyer

Royal Netherlands Navy

HNLMS Tromp (F803), a De Zeven Provinciën-class destroyer

 South Korea

Republic of Korea Navy

ROKS Sejong the Great (DDG-991), a Sejong the Great-class destroyer

Russian Navy

Nastoychivyy (610), a Sovremenny-class destroyer
Admiral Vinogradov (572), a Udaloy-class destroyer

Spanish Navy

Almirante Juan de Borbón (F102), an Álvaro de Bazán-class destroyer
 Republic of China

Republic of China Navy (Taiwan)

ROCS Tso Ying (DDG-1803)
 United Kingdom

Royal Navy

HMS Daring (D32), a Type 45 destroyer

Royal Norwegian Navy

HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen (F310) and Helge Ingstad (F313), Fridtjof Nansen-class destroyers
 United States

United States Navy

Zumwalt-class destroyer
USS Bainbridge (DDG-96), an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer

Former guided missile destroyer classes

 Soviet Union
 United Kingdom
 United States


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