USS Hazelwood (DD-531) with DASH flight-deck, c.1959-60
Here we see the DASH flight deck on the rear of the Fletcher Class destroyer USS Hazelwood (DD-531), pictured off Newport, Rhode Island, c.1959-60. The Hazelwood was used to help develop the Gyrodyne QH-50 DASH (Drone Anti-Submarine Helicopter) and over 1,000 take-off and landings were carried out on this small flight deck. The rear half of the ship has been extensively modified to carry the helicopter, with just about everything between the rear funnel and rear gun removed, and a flight deck and hanger built on top of the aft superstructure. Despite the effort that went into it the DASH wasn't a great success, and was withdrawn from Naval service by 1953.
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Rickard, J (23 July 2021), USS Hazelwood (DD-531) with DASH flight-deck, c.1959-60 , http://www.historyofwar.org/Pictures/pictures_USS_Hazelwood_DD531_DASH_flight_deck.html