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USS Arthur Radford Ship Model

Kit# DC012 1/350 scale from DML   Gone - 18" long
Kit# DC012A 1/700 scale from DML  29.95 - 9" long

After being decommissioned, ARTHUR W. RADFORD was towed to the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Inactive Ships Maintenance Office in Philadelphia. Later, the ship will be towed to Pascagoula, Miss., where Northrop Grumman will equip it with the new DD(X) technology. Some of this technology includes three engineering development models comprised of an integrated power system, composite deckhouse and dual band radar. The integrated power system will allow rapid reconfiguration of power, reduced acoustic noise, and greater flexibility in ship design.

The conversion is scheduled to begin in fall of 2004 and will take approximately one year. Once ARTHUR W. RADFORD is converted, at-sea testing will begin in the Gulf of Mexico and Virginia Capes operating areas, including Lambertís Point Range in Norfolk, Va., and Wallops Island Range near the eastern Virginia shore. The Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center Range in the Bahamas will also be used for the shipís testing.

Commissioned in 1977, ARTHUR W. RADFORD has completed 10 deployments where it participated in many exercises and missions, such as Exercise Multiplex-79, Exercise Dawn Patrol and Operation Enduring Freedom. During the shipís service, it had been to Venezuela, Panama, Argentina, Brazil, Senegal, Oman, Bahrain, the Azores, Nova Scotia, Italy and Turkey.

General Characteristics:

Awarded: January 15, 1971
Keel laid: January 24, 1974
Launched: March 1, 1975
Commissioned: April 16, 1977
Decommissioned: March 18, 2003
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding, West Bank, Pascagoula, Miss.
Propulsion system: four General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine engines
Propellers: two
Blades on each Propeller: five
Length: 564,3 feet (172 meters)
Beam: 55,1 feet (16.8 meters)
Draft: 28,9 feet (8.8 meters)
Displacement: approx. 9,200 tons full load
Speed: 30+ knots
Aircraft: two SH-60B Seahawk (LAMPS 3)
Armament: two Mk 45 5-inch/54 caliber lightweight guns, one Mk 41 VLS for Tomahawk, ASROC and Standard missiles, Mk 46 torpedoes (two triple tube mounts), Harpoon missile launchers, one Sea Sparrow launcher, two 20mm Phalanx CIWS
Crew: approx. 340