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Re: don't think it had to do with the steam plants but
Osprey recently came out with a book called
US Navy Gun Destroyers 1945-1988 covering all the classes from the Fletchers to Forrest Shermans.
If that helps.
As to why they were decommissioned proabley because advancing technology. If you look at the Spruances,Kidd or Ticonderoga class they were designed to be improved over time such as replacing electronic systems. They didnt have helicopter hangars or large flight decks for any type of helicopter to land on them.
other factors like maybe size of the ship, all 1950's builds & Spruance's were coming on line.
I'm assembling that Atlantis 1/3X0 Forrest Sherman kit. It's worth all of $20.
The wikipedia page says the Forrest Shermans were all retired from the USN in the early to mid-80. No real mention of how the sailors felt about the ships. The upgrades to the ASW was fair as was the conversion to DDGs. However, the ships used steam plants and that may have been why none survived in service past 1988.
Anybody know of books - asides from Dr. Friedman - on the subject? Thanks.
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