USS Farragut (DDG-99)
|Namesake:||Admiral David Farragut|
|Ordered:||6 March 1998|
|Builder:||Bath Iron Works|
|Laid down:||9 January 2004|
|Launched:||23 July 2005|
|Sponsored by:||Senator Susan Collins|
|Commissioned:||10 June 2006|
|Homeport:||Naval Station Mayport, Mayport, Florida|
|Motto:||Prepared for Battle|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2013[update]|
|Class & type:||Arleigh Burke-class destroyer|
|Type:||Guided Missile Destroyer|
|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,
100,000 shp (75 MW)
|Speed:||30+ knots (56+ km/h)|
|Complement:||290 officers and enlisted|
|Armament:||One 64-cell and one 32-cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems, with 96 RIM-66 SM-2, BGM-109 Tomahawk or RUM-139 VL-Asroc missiles
1 × 5 in (127 mm)/62 gun,
2 × 25 mm guns,
4 × 12.7 mm guns,
2 × Mk 46 triple torpedo tubes
1 x 20mm Phalanx CIWS
|Aircraft carried:||Two SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters, or one Sea Hawk and one gunship helicopter|
USS Farragut (DDG-99) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. She is the fifth Navy ship named for Admiral David Farragut (1801–1870), and the 49th ship of the Arleigh Burke class.
The Farragut's keel was laid down on 9 January 2004 at the Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. She was christened on 23 July 2005, with Senator Susan Collins of Maine as her sponsor. Farragut was commissioned on 10 June 2006.
Farragut is also equipped with the Smart Ship data distribution and control system.
Farragut departed Naval Station Mayport again in January 2010 for her second deployment, heading for the CENTCOM Area of Responsibility (AOR). After a quick transit through the Mediterranean Sea, she made her way south through the Suez Canal and into the Red Sea en route Djibouti, Djibouti to embark and become the flagship for Combined Task Force 151, the task force responsible for Counter-Piracy in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean. See "Engagements" section below for engagements while acting as CTF 151 Flagship. Farragut then enjoyed a port visit to Port Victoria, Seychelles. After turning over the duties of CTF 151, Farragut enjoyed port visits to Salala, Oman and Manama, Bahrain, before rendezvousing with USS Dwight D. Eisenhower to assume shotgun duties for the aircraft carrier. Once complete with all tasking in CENTCOM, Farragut sailed back west through the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea to enjoy port visits in Santander, Spain and Lisbon, Portugal, before returning home to Naval Station Mayport in August 2010. Farragut enjoyed a "beer day" after spending approximately 60 days straight out to sea, and also crossed the equator, where many polywogs became Shellbacks.
On 24 August 2012, Farragut accidentally exposed the Norwegian Coast Guard ship KV Nordkapp to a dangerous level of Microwaves during the Northern Eagle exercise, causing material damage to the Coast Guard ship and sending several people aboard to hospital.
On 21 February 2010, a SH-60B Seahawk helicopter from Farragut disrupted two attempts by Somali pirates to attack the Tanzanian vessel MV Barakaale 1. The helicopter then stopped the pirate skiff as it attempted to speed away, by firing warning shots across its bow. A Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) team from Farragut boarded the vessel and the eight suspected pirates were taken aboard Farragut.
For the majority of her 2010 deployment the CENTCOM AOR, Farragut served as flagship of Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151), on an anti-piracy mission. On 1 April 2010, three suspected pirate boats fired on a Sierra Leone flagged tanker, MV Evita, north-west of the Seychelles. The Evita was fired on, but managed to escape, in part by crew firing flares at their attackers. They reported the attack to CTF-151, and Farragut responded. After boarding the pirate skiffs, and moving the pirates to the smaller, less capable skiffs, Farragut destroyed the pirate "mother" skiff.
On 29 January 2013 Yemeni authorities working alongside the Farragut intercepted a ship in the Arabian sea carrying an illegal-arms cache. The cache included surface-to-air missiles, C-4 explosives, rocket propelled grenades and other weapons.
- "Sailors Embark on Maiden Deployment". Military.com. 11 April 2008.
- "American ship radiated Norwegian coastguard vessel". vg.no. 16 October 2012.
- "United States Warship Deters a Pirate Attack on Tanzanian Flagship". US Embsssy Dar es Salaam Tanzania Press Office. 23 February 2010.
- U.S. warship destroys pirate vessel from msnbc.com
- Barbara Starr; Greg Botelho (29 January 2013). "Yemen, U.S. intercept ship with 'large cache of illegal arms'". CNN. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
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