Dec 082011

USS Ward (DD-139)

Country:United States

Builder: Mare Island Navy Yard

Class: Wickes-class Destroyer

Commissioned: 24 July 1918

Re-commissioned: January 15, 1941

Displacement :1,267 tons

Length: 314 ft

Propulsion:  2 x geared turbines

Speed: 35 knots

Compliment: 231

Armament: 4 inch (100mm)/55 caliber guns (4), 3 inch (76mm)/50 caliber anti-aircraft guns (2)

21 inch(530 mm) torpedo tubes (12)

Trivia:  On December 7, 1941, the Ward was patrolling outside of Pearl Harbor when she encountered a Japanese mini-submarine. At first,  the captain was going to ram the conning tower of the sub, but then decided to fire instead and sunk the sub.  Those shots were the first American shots in WWII.  Three years later, on December 7th, 1944, the Ward was sunk by a Kamikaze.

USS Ward 4 inch Gun at Minnesota State Capitol

Nov 302011

Manufacturer: Newport News Shipbuilding (Virginia)

Commissioned: November 25,1961

Type: Aircraft Carrier

Class: Enterprise Class

Cost: $451 millon

Length: 1,123 ft

Displacement: 93,284 long tons

Speed: 33.6 knots

Powerplant: 8 × Westinghouse A2W nuclear reactors

Compliment: 5,828 Maximum

Aircraft: 70-90

Trivia:  Since the ship has nuclear reactors, the range of the ship is measured in years–up to 25!