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I attach photos of two USN Destroyers taken in early-mid 1960's
I believe Pennant No 940 is the Forrest Sherman Class USS Manley
I have no idea of the name or class of Pennant No 858 taken at Aden

Any Ideas ?

When did USN start adding letters to the Pennant Numbers eg "DD" ?

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I can confirm that DD940 was Manley. Builty by Bath Iron Works and completed in 1957.
DD858 was a Gearing Class destroyer Fred T Barry built by Bethlehem, San Pedro in 1945.
There cannot be very many destroyers called Fred! DD858 was broken up in 1970. Although I was delivered a few years before DD858, as far as I am aware I have not yet been put out to tender for breaking up!

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fred henderson said:
Jim
I can confirm that DD940 was Manley. Builty by Bath Iron Works and completed in 1957.
DD858 was a Gearing Class destroyer Fred T Barry built by Bethlehem, San Pedro in 1945.
There cannot be very many destroyers called Fred! DD858 was broken up in 1970. Although I was delivered a few years before DD858, as far as I am aware I have not yet been put out to tender for breaking up!

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Fred,

Thanks for this info.

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Hi
Here are four sites that may be of interest to you:
http://www.navsource.org/
http://www.destroyerhistory.org/index.html
http://www.nwc.navy.mil/usnhdb/SearchByHullType.asp
http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/index.html

The pennant number system, adopted by the Americans started on the 17th July, 1920. Some of the ships in service before that date were given number for ease of convenance. (e.g. Cruiser, Destroyers, Battleships. etc.) Some of the letters in the system were never offically adopted. (ACR for heavy Cruisers being an example), & some ships were decommissioned before this date, but were still given numbers, again for convenance.
The above web sites use this method for finding the ships.

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DD's named Fred

Jim
I can confirm that DD940 was Manley. Builty by Bath Iron Works and completed in 1957.
DD858 was a Gearing Class destroyer Fred T Barry built by Bethlehem, San Pedro in 1945.
There cannot be very many destroyers called Fred! DD858 was broken up in 1970. Although I was delivered a few years before DD858, as far as I am aware I have not yet been put out to tender for breaking up!

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The last paragraph set me wondering.
So far the only other DD named Fred that I have found is the J. Fred Talbott,
DD 156, a 'Wickes' class destroyer, built by Wm. Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia, and first commissioned in 1919. ASlthough laid up between the wars she survived WW2 and was Deleted and scrapped in 1946.
 

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BATH IRON WORKS built 82 destroyers during ww2 and at the end late 1945. Some of the destroyers were around into the 1970s. They were modernized under the FRAM program in the early 1960s which added ASROC, upgraded electronics, renewal of equipment in the engine rooms and fire rooms, etc. This gave them another 10-15 years until the knox class and spruance class came along.
 
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