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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.
|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|
|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|