Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships

The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS) is the official reference work for the basic facts about ships used by the United States Navy.

When the writing project was developed the parameters for this series were designed to cover only commissioned US Navy ships with assigned names. If the ship was not assigned a name it was not included in the histories written for the series.[1] In addition to the ship entries, DANFS and the online links have been expanded to include appendices on small craft, histories of Confederate Navy ships, and various essays related to naval ships.

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
AuthorJames L. Mooney
PublisherNavy Dept., Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Naval History Division
Publication date

Publication data

Volume Date Ships Notes
I 1959 A–B Out of print
II 1963 C–F Out of print
III 1968 G–K Out of print
IV 1969 L–M
V 1970 N–Q Out of print
VI 1976 R–S
VII 1981 T–V
VIII 1981 W–Z Out of print
I-A 1991 A Out of print
Hazegray A–Z Histories end at dates above
Naval History and Heritage Command A–Z Histories being brought up to date

DANFS was published in print by the Naval Historical Center (NHC) as bound hardcover volumes, ordered by ship name, from Volume I (A–B) in 1959 to Volume VIII (W–Z) in 1981. Several volumes subsequently went out of print. In 1991 a revised Volume I Part A, covering only ship names beginning with A, was released. Work continues on revisions of the remaining volumes.

Volunteers at the Hazegray website undertook to transcribe the DANFS and make it available on the World Wide Web. The project goal is a direct transcription of the DANFS, with changes limited to correcting typographical errors and editorial notes for incorrect facts in the original. In 2008 the NHC was re-designated as the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC). It has developed an online version of DANFS (see External links section below) through a combination of optical character recognition (OCR) and hand transcription. The NHHC is slowly updating its online DANFS to correct errors and take into account the gap in time between the print publication and the present date. NHHC prioritizes updates as follows: ships currently commissioned, ships commissioned after the original volume publication, ships decommissioned after original volume publication, and finally updates to older ships.[2] The NHHC has begun a related project to place Ship History and Command Operations Reports online at their DANFS site.

Reference use

As the DANFS is a work of the U.S. government, its content is in the public domain, and the text is often quoted verbatim in other works (including in some cases Wikipedia articles). Many websites organized by former and active crew members of U.S. Navy vessels include a copy of their ships' DANFS entries.

The Dictionary limits itself largely to basic descriptions and brief operational notes, and includes almost no analysis or historical context.

See also


  1. ^ "LSM – LSM(R)". DANFS. US Navy. 2005-09-16. Retrieved 2015-06-13.
  2. ^ "Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships – Editorial Note". Archived from the original on April 11, 2010. Retrieved 2006-10-29.

External links

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Events in the year 1953 in Brazil.

Boston Navy Yard

The Boston Navy Yard, originally called the Charlestown Navy Yard and later Boston Naval Shipyard, was one of the oldest shipbuilding facilities in the United States Navy. It was established in 1801 as part of the recent establishment of the new U.S. Department of the Navy in 1798. After 175 years of military service, it was decommissioned as a naval installation on 1 July 1974.

The 30-acre (12 ha) property is administered by the National Park Service, becoming part of Boston National Historical Park. Enough of the yard remains in operation to support the moored USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides") of 1797, built as one of the original six heavy frigates for the revived American navy, and the oldest warship still commissioned in the United States Navy. USS Cassin Young (DD-793), a 1943 World War II-era Fletcher-class destroyer serving as a museum ship, is also berthed here. The museum area includes a dock which is a stop on the MBTA Boat water transport system. Among local people in the area and the National Park Service, it is still known as the Charlestown Navy Yard.The South Boston Naval Annex was located along the waterfront in South Boston.

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European Squadron

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Hawk-class minesweeper

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Experimental use: an example is USS Albacore (AGSS-569), which used an unprecedented hull design. In this list such single boat "classes" are marked with "(unique)".

Motor torpedo boat tender

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This type of ship was classified as "AGP" and is sometimes called a "patrol craft tender."

USNS Shearwater (T-AG-177)

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USS McLanahan (DD-264)

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USS Meade (DD-274)

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USS Okala (ARST-2)

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USS Palmyra (ARST-3)

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USS Pigeon (AM-374)

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Pigeon was laid down 10 November 1944 by the Savannah Machine and Foundry Co., Savannah, Georgia; launched 28 March 1945; sponsored by Miss Jean Ross; and commissioned at Savannah on 30 October 1945, Lt. Comdr. Robert S. Cathcart in command.

USS Prime (AM-279)

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USS Reign (AM-288)

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USS Watson (DD-482)

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