USS Porter (DDG-78)

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USS Porter.

USS Porter (DDG-78)
Career (US)
Name: USS Porter
Namesake: David Dixon Porter
Ordered: 20 July 1994
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi
Laid down: 2 December 1996
Launched: 12 November 1997
Acquired: 11 January 1999
Commissioned: 20 March 1999
Motto: Freedom's Champion
Status: in active service, as of 2014
Badge: USS Porter DDG-78 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class & type: Arleigh Burke class destroyer
Displacement: Light: approx. 6,800 long tons (6,900 t)
Full: approx. 8,900 long tons (9,000 t)
Length: 505 ft (154 m)
Beam: 66 ft (20 m)
Draft: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Propulsion: 4 General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, two shafts, 100,000 total shaft horsepower (75 MW)
Speed: >30 knots (56 km/h)
Range: 4,400 nautical miles at 20 knots
(8,100 km at 37 km/h)
Complement: 33 Officers
38 Chief Petty Officers
210 Enlisted Personnel
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Armament:

1 × 29 cell, 1 × 61 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems with 90 × RIM-156 SM-2, BGM-109 Tomahawk or RUM-139 VL-Asroc missiles
1 × Mark 45 5/54 in (127/54 mm)
2 × 25 mm chain gun
4 × .50 caliber (12.7 mm) guns
2 × 20 mm Phalanx CIWS

2 × Mk 32 triple torpedo tubes
Aircraft carried: 1 SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter can be embarked
Motto: Freedom's Champion

USS Porter (DDG-78) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. Porter is named after Commodore David Porter, and his son, Admiral David Dixon Porter.

Pirates[edit]

On 28 October 2007, Porter attacked and sank two pirate skiffs off Somalia after receiving a distress call from the tanker MV Golden Nori which was under attack from pirates.[1]

Upgrade[edit]

On 12 November 2009, the Missile Defense Agency announced that Porter would be upgraded during fiscal year 2013 to RIM-161 Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) capability in order to function as part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System.[2]

Operation Nanook 2010[edit]

In August 2010 the Porter and the buoy tender USCGC Alder participated in Operation Nanook 2010 in Baffin Bay and the Davis Straits.[3] This was the fourth annual Operation Nanook organized by the Canadian Government, but it was the first to host foreign vessels.

Collision 2012[edit]

USS Porter after the collision

On August 12, 2012, the Porter collided with the MV Otowasan, a Japanese oil tanker, near the Strait of Hormuz.[4] The collision ripped a 3 by 3 metres (9.8 ft × 9.8 ft) hole in the starboard side of the destroyer, forcing it to Jebel Ali, Dubai for repairs. No one on either ship was injured.[5][6][7] Initially Naval Forces Central Command did not provide details about the collision, saying that it was under investigation.[8][9] The ship's captain, Cmdr. Martin Arriola, was subsequently removed from command of the ship and replaced by Cmdr. Dave Richardson.[10][11] On 12 October 2012, the Porter rejoined Carrier Strike Group Twelve for its transit through the Suez Canal following extensive repairs to the ship costing $700,000.[12][13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "U.S. warship sinks two pirate skiffs". CNN. 29 October 2007. Retrieved 31 October 2007. 
  2. ^ "MDA announces next 6 BMD ships", Navy Times, 12 November 2009.
  3. ^ "Canada Command – OP Nanook". Canadian Forces. August 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2010.  mirror
  4. ^ "U.S. destroyer, oil tanker collide". CNN. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Associated Press, "U.S. Navy ship collides with tanker off Hormuz", Japan Times, 14 August 2012, p. 2
  6. ^ "Collision in the Strait of Hormuz". Information Dissemination. 13 August 2012. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "PORTER Collision: 1st Hand Report". CDR Salamander. Google. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Update: No Injuries In Strait Of Hormuz Collision". NNS120811-11. U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs. August 12, 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  9. ^ Barbara Starr (12 August 2012). "Navy: U.S. destroyer collides with oil tanker in Strait of Hormuz". CNN. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  10. ^ "Skipper of US Navy ship removed from job". Washington Post. August 30, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  11. ^ Sam Fellman (30 August 2012). "Destroyer CO fired in wake of tanker collision". Navy Times. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  12. ^ Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alex R. Forster, USN (October 14, 2012). "USS Porter Rejoins Enterprise Carrier Strike Group". NNS121014-04. Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  13. ^ Hixenbaugh, Mike, "After $700,000 In Temporary Repairs, Navy Ship Is Back In Action", Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, 24 October 2012

This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain.

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