DLGN-59 Jackson Class
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(Note: drawing contains some parts and lower hull details taken from Shipbucket.com)

Ship Characteristics

Dimensions Length 610 ft
Beam 65 ft
Draft 32.5 ft
Displacement (Standard) 10,820 tons
Displacement (Full Load) 11,850 tons
Performance Speed (max) 33 knots
Armament Guns 1 5 inch L54
Medium-range SAM 60 Terrier
ASW 20 ASROC
Torpedoes 6 14 inch.
Aircraft 2 rotodynes

Background

The Jackson class started life as a further evolution of the Fletcher class with the aft hangar enlarged to handle two rotodynes. Up to this point, the size constraints implicit in the existing AEGIS air defense system had meant that DLGNs could not carry the equipment and used less capable systems. However, it was hoped that the Jackson class would be the first recipients of a downized version of AEGIS that would equal the capabilties of the system installed on the CGNs. The Jacksons were designed with this system in mind but it turned out that the electronic problems involved were much greater than had been anticipated. Accordingly, the Jacksons could either be delayed until the new system was ready or built with legacy radars. In view of the severe shortage of nuclear-powered escorts for the CVNs now entering service, the legacy radar solution was adopted. This had the virtue that the lessons from the Fletcher class could be exploited. As a result, teh ships were built quickly, entering service at the same time as the last eight of the Fletchers.

One effect of the original AEGIS design was that the superstructure of the Jackson class was a deck higher than the Fletchers. This extra deck offered much valuable space and was adopted for use as additional command facilities. For this reason, the Jacksons had a command capability midway between a DLGN and a CGN and frequently substituted in nuclear-power task groups for a CGN when the shortage of those ships meant that an unfilled slot existed .

Class Members

Number Name Ordered Laid Down Launched Commissioned Fate
DLGN-59 Jackson 1969 1969 1971 1973 In active service as of 2009
DLGN-60 Wiley 1969 1969 1971 1973 In active service as of 2009
DLGN-61 Bristol 1969 1969 1971 1973 In active service as of 2009
DLGN-62 De Steiguer 1969 1971 1970 1973 In active service as of 2009
DLGN-63 Pratt 1970 1970 1972 1974 In active service as of 2009
DLGN-64 Nulton 1970 1970 1972 1974 In active service as of 2009
DLGN-65 McVay 1970 1970 1972 1974 In active service as of 2009
DLGN-66 Schofield 1970 1970 1972 1974 In active service as of 2009
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