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Charles F. Adams (DDG-2)

1960-1990

Charles Francis Adams, born 2 August 1866 in Quincy, Mass., graduated cum laude from Harvard College in 1888 and from Harvard Law School in 1892. A successful lawyer, business man, outstanding civic leader, and well-known yachtsman and ocean racer, he served as Secretary of the Navy from 1929 to 1933. He vigorously promoted public understanding of the Navy's indispensable role in international affairs, and worked strenuously to maintain naval strength and efficiency during a period of severe economic depression. He served at the London Naval Conference in 1930 where he successfully maintained the principle of United States naval parity with Great Britain. He died in 1954 and is buried in Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy, Mass., where the two Presidents, who were his ancestors, lie with other members of this distinguished American family.

(DDG-2: displacement 4,500; length 437'; beam 47'; draft 22'; speed 30 knots; complement 354; armament RIM-24 Tartar surface-to-air missiles, 2 5-inch; class Charles F. Adams)

Charles F. Adams (DDG-2) was launched 8 September 1959 by Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine; sponsored by Mrs. R. Homans, sister of Mr. Adams; and commissioned 10 September 1960, Commander W. R. Monroe, Jr., in command.

From commissioning through the end of 1960, Charles F. Adams operated along the east coast on shakedown training.

Charles F. Adams is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Detailed history under construction.

Published: Wed Jul 01 12:27:05 EDT 2015