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Call Signs for Other Ships and Bases

Every ship had a voice call sign that was used to identify the ship during voice radio communications.  Here are some we have learned of.
Please note that a ship may have had more than one call sign during her career.

We are also now adding the International four-character (CW) call signs. 

If you know of additional destroyer call signs, please send them to us
through our Message Center.

Click on the first letter of the ship's name.

 

ADVANCE MSO-510 Skid N   DeWitt Rathbun
ALSHAIN AKA-55 Gawky V (51-52)   Earl Langford
ALUDRA AF-55   NJPV Les Galloway
AMERICA CV-66   NUSA Joe Vanover
AMERICA CV-66 Courage   George Zane
AMHEARST PCER-863 Moose 853 NXLG Leonard Banning
ANNAPOLIS AGMR-1   NEWA Lee Ford
ATAKAPA ATF/T-ATF-149   NGOV Joe Vanover
BADOENG STRAIT CVE-116 Knee High (50-53)   Jim Alexander
BELLE GROVE LSD-2 Skid Row T (51-52)   Earl Langford
BIRMINGHAM CL-62 Barbarian (44)   John Hutchinson
BON HOMME RICHARD CV-31 Trust Lord (50-53)   Jim Alexander
BONHOMME RICHARD CV-31   NHCL Les Galloway
BOSTON CAG-1/CA-69 Mauler   Hilton L. Roberts
BOSTON CAG-1/CA-69   NAWP (68-70) Art Hebert
BOXER CV-21 Buzz Saw (50-53)   Jim Alexander
CABOT CVL-28 Adjuster (51-52)   Earl Langford
CACAPON AO-52 Golfer (50-53)   Jim Alexander
CALIENTE AO-53   NZFU Les Galloway
CALIFORNIA BB-44 Mincemeat (44)   John Hutchinson
CALOOSAHATCHEE AO-98 Imperial Love (53) NKJU Robert Englund
CAMBRIA APA-36 Richard Z (51-52)   Earl Langford
CANISTEO AO-99 Gayety X-ray   Roger C. Evans
CANISTEO AO-99 Gawky X (51-52)   Earl Langford
CECIL APA-96 Limbo (51-52)   Earl Langford
CHARA AKA-54 Abigale (50-53)   Jim Alexander
CHIPOLA AO-63 Bankside K   Jim Jackson
CHLORIS LST-1094/ARV(E)-4 Daphene Z (51-52)   Earl Langford
CHOPPER SS-342 Mars Bar (51-52)   Earl Langford
CHUKAWAN AO-100 Richard Y (51-52)   Earl Langford
CIMARRON AO-22 Skidrow (50-53)   Jim Alexander
CLEVELAND CL-55 Tomato (44)   John Hutchinson
COBBLER SS-344 Membrane   Carl L. Cramer
COBBLER SS-344 Membrane (52-55)   Carl L. Cramer
COLORADO BB-45 Kilowatt (44)   John Hutchinson
COMCORTRON 8   Magic Moon   Mark Tabing
DESDIV 151   Gauze Sugar   Robert Stokes
DESDIV 242   Chickasaw Lima (59-60)   J. L. Harwood
EISENHOWER CVN-69   NIKE Joe Vanover
ELDORADO AGC-11 Delegate   Ken Roberts
ENGLAND DLG/CG22   NLXZ (63-66) Arthur Cataw
ENTERPRISE CVAN-65 Climax   Bob Klepzig
DES MOINES CA-134 Favor (51-52)   Earl Langford
FIREDRAKE AE-14   NKOB Les Galloway
FORRESTAL CV-59   NJVF Joe Vanover
FORRESTAL CVA-59 Bull Horn   John Hartley
GRAFIAS AF-29 Imperfect (50-53)   Jim Alexander
GRIDLEY CG-21 Whitlock   DeWitt Rathbun
GUANTANAMO BAY   Barbaric (60's)   Bud Schroeder
HALSEY CG-23 Royal Lance   Tom Dietrich
HANCOCK CVA-19 Rampage   John P. Yeoman
HELENA CA-75 Illustrate (50-53)   Jim Alexander
HORACE A. BASS APD-124 Inflate Queen (45-46) NUCX Mike Everett
HORACE A. BASS APD-124 Discount Jig (Korea)   Mike Everett
IMPERVIOUS MSO-449   NMLV Joe Vanover
INDEPENDENCE CV-62   NNQN Joe Vanover
INDEPENDENCE CV-62 Guntrain   Hilton L. Roberts
INDIANAPOLIS CA-35 Bayonet (44)   John Hutchinson
INTREPID CVS-11 Ajax (70-72)   Ken Murray
INVESTIGATOR YAGR-9   NTAA George Tingle
IOWA BB-61   NEPM Don B. DeCaria
IOWA BB-61 Destroy (52-53)   Ross Harrell
J. WILLIAM DITTER DM-31 Brazoo   Ken Roberts
JOHN F. KENNEDY CV-67   NJFK Joe Vanover
JUNEAU CLAA-119 Uptown (50-53)   Jim Alexander
KALAMAZOO AOR-6   NYSV Joe Vanover
KALAMAZOO AOR-6 Gallup Tango   Michael Exline
KEARSAGE CVS-33 Wildcat (69)   Allan T. Thompson
KENNEBEC AO-36   NBKW Les Galloway
LAKE CHAMPLAIN CVA-39 Bar Iron (52-53)   Ross Harrell
LEYTE CV-32 Iroquois (50-53)   Jim Alexander
LEYTE CV-32   NHRB Jacob Ritzen
LITTLE ROCK CLG-4   NBVW Mike Powers
LOS ANGELES CA-135 Bob Tail (50-53)   Jim Alexander
LOUISVILLE CA-28 Dynamo (44)   John Hutchinson
MANCHESTER CL-83 Roundhead (50-53)   Jim Alexander
MARIAS AO-57   NZNL Joe Vanover
MARYLAND DD-46 Snarlcat   John Hutchinson
MIDWAY CVB-41   NIIW (45-46) George Wanish
MIDWAY   Schoolboy (60-66)   Ron McPhail
MISSISSINEWA AO-59 Gaytime Whiskey (56-60) NBSZ Jerry Jones
MISSOURI BB-63 Battle Axe (50-53)   Jim Alexander
MONTPELIER CL-57 Arch Angel (44)   John Hutchinson
MT. KATMAI AE-18 Grainbeer (50-53)   Jim Alexander
NANTAHALA AO-60 Killer Y (60) NZRU (60) Jim Shaul
NAVSTA TRINIDAD   Gazette (61-64)   Chuck Siedschlag
NEW JERSEY BB-62 Onrush (50-53)   Jim Alexander
NEW JERSEY BB-62 Blue Jay (52-53)   Ross Harrell
NEW ORLEANS CA-32 Jericho (44)   John Hutchinson
NEWPORT NEWS CA-148 Thunder   Tom Peltin
NIMITZ CVN-68   NMTZ Joe Vanover
NIPMUC ATF-157   NZEB Joe Vanover
NORFOLK   Billfold (60's)   Bud Schroeder
PAIUTE ATF-159   NZNG Joe Vanover
PARRACUTIN AE-58 Beehive (50-53)   Jim Alexander
PCC 1168     NPLY Tom Perry
PHILIPPINE SEA CV-47   NTMU (47-49) George Wanish
PHILLIPPINE SEA CV-47 Onion Skin (50-53)   Jim Alexander
PINE ISLAND AV-12 Ledger Golf NATN Don Chubb
POLLUX AKS-4   NITN Les Galloway
PRINCETON CV-37 Passbook (50-53)   Jim Alexander
RAINIER AE-5   NAUD Les Galloway
RANGER CV-4   NABF (46-47) George Wanish
REGULUS AF-57   NLUJ Don B. DeCaria
ROCHESTER CA-124 Aboveboard   Bart Bartholomew
SACRAMENTO AOE-1 Imperial Q NMDF Richard Dorn
SAFEGUARD ARS-25 Kosher M NJAR Joseph Frederickson
SALAMONIE AO-26 Admiral Mike NESK Jacob Ritzen
SARATOGA CV-60   NJRS Joe Vanover
SARATOGA CV-60 Fairfield   Hilton L. Roberts
SHANGRI-LA CVA-38 All Star (63-64)   William Janulin
SHANGRI-LA CVA-38   NTIF Douglas Janelle
SICILY CVE-118 Goose Bumps (50-53) Jim Alexander
SOUTH CAROLINA CGN-37 Blue Granite   Jim Plummer
SPIEGEL GROVE LSD-32   NAAR (77-81) Chuck Siedschlag
SPIEGEL GROVE LSD-32 Aloha Foxtrot   Jacob Ritzen
SPRINGFIELD CLG-7   NWDM  Mike Powers
SPRINGFIELD CLG-7   XYKD (as Flagship for ComSixthFleet) Mike Powers
ST. PAUL CA-73 Tip Top (50-53)   Jim Alexander
ST. PAUL CA-73   NBYM Douglas Janelle
STEINER   Reserve (59)   Steve Singlar
TENNESSEE BB-43 Imperial (44)   John Hutchinson
TOLEDO CA-133 Eyepiece   Bart Bartholomew
TULARE AKA-112 Incident Victor (64-70)   Vince Clayton
TOLOVANA AO-64 John Law Whiskey (67-70)   Vince Clayton
TOLOVANA AO-64   NYMO John W. Williamson
UVALDE AKA-88 Kosher (50-53)   Jim Alexander
VALLEY FORGE CV-45 Cherry Tree (50-53)   Jim Alexander
VIEQUES RANGE CONTROL Dixieland Two-six Charlie Mike Howe
VULCAN AR-5   NEQB Donald Kilts
WASP CV-18 Baby Sitter (52)   Donald L. Stewart
WICHITA CA-45 Blabbermouth (44)   John Hutchinson
WISCONSIN BB-64 Gall Fly (52-53) Ross Harrell
YORKTOWN CVS-10 Cactus   Robert Hope
YORKTOWN CVS-10 Oceanwave (67-68)   Chuck Yunker

 

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