Destroyer USS O'Bannon (DD-987)

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Basic information

Country of build:
Laid down:
Commissioned (service):
Decommissioned (out):
Sunk as target, 6 October 2008

Ship measurements

8,040 t
161 m
16.8 m
8.8 m


Propulsion system:
  • 4 * General Electric LM2500 gas turbines
  • 2 * shafts, 80,000 shp (60 MW)
32.5 knots
6,000 nautical miles (11,000 km; 6,900 mi) at 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)



Combat assets

  • AN/SPS-40 air search radar
  • AN/SPG-60 fire control radar
  • AN/SPS-55 surface search radar
  • AN/SPQ-9 gun fire control radar
  • Mark 23 TAS automatic detection and tracking radar
  • AN/SPS-65 Missile fire control radar
  • AN/SQS-53 bow mounted Active sonar
  • AN/SQR-19 TACTAS towed array Passive sonar
  • Naval Tactical Data System
  • AN/SLQ-32 Electronic Warfare System
  • AN/SLQ-25 Nixie Torpedo Countermeasures
  • Mark 36 SRBOC Decoy Launching System
  • AN/SLQ-49 Inflatable Decoys
  • 2 * 5 in (127 mm) 54 calibre Mark 45 dual purpose guns
  • 2 * 20 mm Phalanx CIWS Mark 15 guns
  • 1 * 8 cell ASROC launcher (removed)
  • 1 * 8 cell NATO Sea Sparrow Mark 29 missile launcher
  • 2 * quadruple Harpoon missile canisters
  • 2 * Mark 32 triple 12.75 in (324 mm) torpedo tubes (Mk 46 torpedoes)
  • 1 * 61 cell Mk 41 VLS launcher for Tomahawk missiles
  • 1 * 21 cell RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile
  • 2 * Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk LAMPS III helicopters

The USS O'Bannon (DD-987), a destroyer belonging to the Spruance class, was the third vessel in the United States Navy to be named in honor of Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon (1776–1850), an early hero in the US Marine Corps.

O'Bannon's construction commenced on 21 February 1977 at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss.; she was launched on 25 September 1978 and commissioned on 15 December 1979.

Leaving Pascagoula for Charleston, S.C. on 21 December 1979, O'Bannon arrived at her homeport, joining Destroyer Squadron (DesRon) 4. After various activities, she underwent a retrofit in Pascagoula from 21 April-18 July 1980. During this upgrade, she was reassigned to DesRon 6 and received advanced weaponry like an eight canister Harpoon missile system and an AN-SLQ-32(V)2 Electronic Warfare (EW) system.

Departing Charleston on 18 March 1981, O'Bannon embarked on her initial Mediterranean/North Atlantic deployment. Throughout her career, she engaged in numerous exercises, deployments, and patrols across various regions, including the Middle East, South America, and the Caribbean.

O'Bannon's service extended until her decommissioning on 19 August 2005. Initially considered for transfer to Chile in 2004, she was later slated for transfer to the Turkish Navy in 2005. However, she met her fate off the coast of Virginia during a training exercise by the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower carrier group on 6 October 2008, being sunk as part of the exercise using missiles, guns, and ultimately a Mk 82 bomb.

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