The destroyers of the @usnavy Gearing class were an upgrade of those of the Allen M. Summer class. Two of the most important features were a larger tank which allowed a wider range of operations and a better anti-aerial defense. This features made them more suitable for the fight in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. The first of the 98 destroyers of the Gearing class to be commissioned, were so in mid 1945. This mean that they saw very limited or no action at all during that war. The ships of this class served in the US Navy until the 1970s. After that many were transferred or sold to other navies were some served until very recently.
The model represents the USS Glennon, built by the Bath Iron Works in Maine and commissioned in October 1945. She spent most of her peacetime career operating in the Atlantic, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean Sea. Between 1962 and 1963 she served as a recovery station ship for Project Mercury, the first American human spaceflight project. In 1963,she participated in the search for the USS Thresher, first nuclear submarine to ever be lost at sea. She took part in many operations during the Vietnam War and was finally decommissioned in 1976. She was finally sunk as a target ship near Puerto Rico in 1981.
Her model in a scale of 1:100 is part of our exhibition on modern maritime warfare on deck 5 of the museum.