Length: 533' overall; 510' waterline.
Beam: 53' 4".
Displacement: 5,146 long tons light; 7,590 long tons full load.
Propulsion machinery: geared steam turbines, 85,000 shp; 2 shafts.
Design speed: 32 knots.
Endurance: 8,000 nm @ 20 knots.
Design complement: 25 officers; 352 enlisted.
The Leahys carried over the machinery of the Farragut class, fitted into a longer hull designed with a knuckled “hurricane” bow that reduced plunging in a seaway, thus keeping its forecastle dry as needed to operate its forward missile launcher.
Three ships were authorized in FY 58 and six in FY 59.
Sources: Bauer & Roberts, Friedman, Silverstone; Global Security.