USS Chafee (DDG-90)
USS Chafee, 12 April 2007
|Career (United States)|
|Ordered:||6 March 1998|
|Builder:||Bath Iron Works|
|Laid down:||12 April 2001|
|Launched:||2 November 2002|
|Commissioned:||18 October 2003|
|Motto:||Commanding the Seas|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2013[update]|
|Class & type:||Arleigh Burke class destroyer|
|Displacement:||9,200 long tons (9,300 t)|
|Length:||509 ft 6 in (155.30 m)|
|Beam:||66 ft (20 m)|
|Draft:||31 ft (9.4 m)|
|Propulsion:||4 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, 2 shafts, 100,000 shp (75 MW)|
|Speed:||>30 kn (56 km/h; 35 mph)|
|Complement:||350 officers and enlisted|
|Armament:||1 × 32 cell, 1 × 64 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems, 96 × RIM-66 SM-2, BGM-109 Tomahawk, RIM-162 ESSM or RUM-139 VL-Asroc, missiles
1 × 5″/62 in (127/62 mm), 2 × 25 mm, 4 × 12.7 mm guns
2 × Mk 46 triple torpedo tubes,
1 × Phalanx 1B CIWS Mount
|Aircraft carried:||2 × SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters|
Chafee was laid down by the Bath Iron Works at Bath in Maine on 12 April 2001, launched on 2 November 2002 and commissioned on 18 October 2003. Chafee is an active unit of the Pacific Fleet and operates out of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii; currently, Chafee is assigned to the Nimitz carrier group.
The construction of USS Chafee and USS Momsen, from initial steelcutting to sea trials, was documented in the Discovery Channel television special "Destroyer: Forged in Steel". The destroyers were not referenced by name, but their numbers were visible on their bows.
Chafee left her homeport of Pearl Harbor 20 May 2005 for her maiden deployment with the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) Carrier Strike Group. She returned safely to her homeport after a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
Chafee departed Pearl Harbor 9 April 2007, as part of the San Diego based USS Nimitz (CVN-68) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) and deployed to the U.S 5th Fleet (C5F) area of operations. On 1 June 2007, the Chafee fired its main gun at Al-Qaeda suspects in the Puntland region of Somalia. The men were wanted for the 1998 United States embassy bombings. Chafee returned home to Pearl Harbor, 22 September 2007, marking the end a successful 167-day Western Pacific and Middle East deployment.
- "USS Chafee Sets Sail for Maiden Deployment". US Navy. 5 May 2005. Retrieved 4 November 2008.
- U.S. targets terror suspects in Somalia – Terrorism – MSNBC.com
- "USS Chafee Returns From Successful Deployment". US Navy. 25 September 2007. Retrieved 4 November 2008.
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