Sights & sounds of a Gearing Class FRAM Destroyer

 

With the December 2005 decommissioning of the ex-USS Powers (DD-839) in Taiwan, R.O.C., Mexico is now operating the last WW II American built steam destroyer in the world. Ex-USS Steinaker (DD-863), now ARM Netzahualcoyotl (D-102, "Netza"), was built during WW II, modernized under the FRAM Mk I program during 1964 and finally transferred to Mexico in the early 1980s. We believe she is the oldest American built steam man of war still operating and probably the only operational US Navy 5" 38 cal. Netza and her crew are the last of these incredibly successful destroyers. 

Photos & Video from the Historic Naval Ships Association

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