ARM Netzahualcoyotl (D-102)

Netzahualcoyotl in the Pacific, June, 2005. US Navy photo.

Laid Down

The Gearing-class destroyer USS Steinaker (DD-863) commissioned in May, 1945, and spent the rest of the year training in the Atlantic. She operated in the Atlantic and Mediterranean through 1952, when she was taken in for conversion to a radar picket destroyer. Steinaker continued with her usual area of operations, and was given the anti-submarine focused FRAM upgrade in 1964. Her first Pacific Ocean operations came in 1968, when Steinaker began her only deployment to Vietnam. She provided offshore gunfire support, interdiction of coastal trade, and anti-aircraft support for the carrier groups. Steinaker returned to the Atlantic, and was part of the Standing NATO forces in 1970. She was decommissioned in 1973, and sold to the Mexican Navy nine years later. Commissioned as ARM Netzahualcoyotl (D-102), she was reclassified as a Quetzalcoatal-class destroyer. The Mexicans added improved the landing pad on her stern to take helicopters, and updated the ASROC mounts that had been installed during the FRAM upgrades in the 1960s. Netzahualcoyotl operated in the Pacific, and saw extensive service in drug interdiction missions and training cruises for the Mexican Naval Academy. She was decommissioned in 2014, and was slated to be sunk as an artificial reef.