USS Russell (DDG-59)

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For other ships of the same name, see USS Russell.
USS Russell off the coast of Hawaii.
USS Russell in Pearl Harbor.
Career (US)
Name: USS Russell
Namesake: Rear Admiral John Henry Russell, John Henry Russell, Jr.
Operator:  United States Navy
Ordered: 22 February 1990
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
Laid down: 24 July 1992
Launched: 20 October 1993
Commissioned: 20 May 1995
Homeport: Naval Base San Diego, San Diego, California
Motto: Strength in Freedom
Status: in active service, as of 2014
Badge: USS Russell DDG-59 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:

1 × 29 cell, 1 × 61 cell Mk 41 vertical launching systems with 90 × RIM-156 SM-2, BGM-109 Tomahawk or RUM-139 VL-ASROC missiles
2 x Mk 141 Harpoon Missile Launcher SSM
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 Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk helicopter can be embarked

USS Russell (DDG-59) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. She is the second ship of the USN to carry the name Russell and is named for Rear Admiral John Henry Russell and his son, Commandant of the Marine Corps John Henry Russell, Jr..

In May 2004, Russell departed for a four-month deployment along with several ships including USCGC Mellon (WHEC-717), USS Salvor (ARS-52), USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43) & USS McCampbell (DDG-85). The deployment was centered on an annual exercise called Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2004.

On 15 April 2006, the guided-missile destroyer Russell provided aid to a fishing vessel in distress while operating in the South China Sea.[1]

On 16 February 2007, Russell was awarded the 2006 Battle "E" award.[2]

On 21 February 2008, Russell participated with the USS Lake Erie (CG-70) and the USS Decatur (DDG-73) in the interception and destruction of the dying US satellite US 193. Between 17–21 May 2008, the Russell participated in Exercise KhunjarHaad, a multi-national exercise held in the Gulf of Oman. Other participating warships included the French frigate FS Surcouf (F 711), the British frigate HMS Montrose (F236), the British fleet replenishment tanker RFA Wave Knight (A389), and four other coalition ships conducted air defense; surface warfare operation; visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS); and joint gunnery exercises, which focused on joint interoperability training and proficiency.[3]

From March 2008 to August 2009, an official blog of life on the Russell was run, entitled The Destroyermen.[4] It included everyday info about the life of a sailor on board a US Navy destroyer, only included information that would normally be available through official channels.

In June 2008, Russell rescued about 70 people from a disabled boat in the Gulf of Aden.[5]

In January 2013, the Russell′s crew completed a hull swap with the crew of USS Halsey (DDG-97) at Naval Base San Diego. Russell is now permanently stationed in San Diego. Halsey was moved to Russell′s former homeport, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, with the former Russell crew.



  1. ^ Journalist 1st Class Michael Murdock, USN (18 April 2006). "HSL-47, USS Russell Assist Vessel in Distress". NNS060418-07. USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs. Retrieved 2010-12-24. 
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  3. ^ Lt. (j.g.) Courtney Thraen, USN (8 August 2008). "USS Momsen Visits Cyprus". NNS080805-04. USS Momsen Public Affairs. Retrieved 2010-12-27. 
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