The third U.S. Navy ship named to honor Isaac Campbell Kidd (26 March 1884-7 December 1941). For additional information see Kidd, Isaac C.
The first Kidd, a destroyer (DD-661), served from 1943–1974. The second Kidd, a guided missile destroyer (DDG-993), was originally built for the Imperial Iranian Navy as Kouroush but acquired by the U.S. Navy on 4 May 1981. She served from 1981–1998, and in 2004 was transferred to the Republic of China Navy and renamed Tso Ying (DDG.1803).
(DDG-100: displacement 9,515; length 510'; beam 66'; draft 32'; speed 30+ knots; complement 312; armament 1 5-inch, 2 Mk 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) for BGM-109 Tomahawks, RIM-156 SM-2MR Standards, and RUM-139 VL-ASROC Antisubmarine Rockets, 1 Mk 15 Close In Weapon System (CIWS), 4 .50 caliber machine guns, and 6 Mk 32 torpedo tubes, aircraft 2 Sikorsky SH-60B Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System (LAMPS) Mk III Seahawks; class Arleigh Burke)
The third Kidd (DDG-100) was laid down on 1 March 2004 at Pascagoula, Miss., by Ingalls Shipbuilding Division, Litton Industries; launched on 15 December 2004; cosponsored by Mrs. Regina K. Wolbarsht and Mrs. Mary C. K. Plumer, the late Rear Adm. Kidd’s granddaughters; damaged by Hurricane Katrina on 29 August 2005; and commissioned on 9 June 2007 at Galveston, Texas, Cmdr. Richard E. Thomas in command.
Kidd accomplished her first live test firing of a Mk 38 Model 2 25 millimeter machine gun system while training in southern Californian waters on 9 October 2008. At 1230 on 5 January 2012, a Seahawk patrolling from Kidd over the northern Arabian Sea detected a suspected pirate skiff alongside Iranian-flagged fishing dhow Al Molai. Simultaneously, the dhow’s master dispatched a distress call, saying that pirates had seized his boat. Kidd launched a visit, board, search, and seizure team in a rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB), and the boarders detained 15 suspected pirates, who surrendered without a fight. The sailors provided food, water, and medical care to the 13 rescued fishermen and the pirates, who had captured Al Molai 40 to 45 days before, using the vessel as their mother ship to raid vessels sailing in the area.
The Navy announced on 27 November 2013 that the SM-6 tactical missile reached initial operational capability when Kidd loaded Standards on board while moored at San Diego.
Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, a Boeing B-777-200ER with 12 crewmembers and 227 passengers on board, disappeared while bound from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing, China, on 8 March 2014. Guided missile destroyers Kidd and Pinckney (DDG-91) and Military Sealift Command-manned oiler John Ericsson (T-AO-194) joined more than 40 vessels and 34 aircraft --- including a Lockheed P-8A Poseidon of Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 -- from ten countries in combing the Gulf of Thailand and South China Sea in an unsuccessful effort to find any survivors. The two Sikorsky MH-60Rs of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 78 embarked on board Kidd, and the Seahawk of HSM-78 Detachment 2 flying from Pinckney, enabled the searchers to greatly expand their search area.
Detailed history pending.
Mark L. Evans
27 April 2017