USS Truxtun (DDG-103)

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USS Truxtun (DDG 103) during the christening ceremony.jpg
USS Truxtun (DDG 103) during christening ceremony, 2 June 2007.
Career (USA)
Name: USS Truxtun
Namesake: Commodore Thomas Truxtun
Awarded: 13 September 2002[1]
Builder: NGSS Ingalls[1]
Laid down: 11 April 2005[1]
Launched: 17 April 2007[1]
Christened: 2 June 2007
Acquired: 24 October 2008[1]
Commissioned: 25 April 2009 (ceremony)[2]
Homeport: Naval Station Norfolk[1]
Motto: "Pursue Attack Vanquish"
Status: in active service, as of 2014
Notes: USS Truxtun DDG-103 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class & type: Arleigh Burke class destroyer
Displacement: 9,200 tons[1]
Length: 510 ft (160 m)[1]
Beam: 66 ft (20 m)[1]
Draft: 31 ft (9.4 m)[1]
Propulsion: 4 General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, two shafts, 100,000 total shaft horsepower (75 MW)[3]
Speed: >30 knots (56 km/h)[3]
Range: 4,400 nautical miles at 20 knots
(8,100 km at 37 km/h)
Complement: 380 officers and enlisted[1]
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • AN/SPY-1D Radar
  • AN/SPS-67(V)2 Surface Search Radar
  • AN/SPS-64(V)9 Surface Search Radar
  • AN/SQS-53C Sonar Array
  • AN/SQQ-28 LAMPS III Shipboard System
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Armament: 1 × 32 cell, 1 × 64 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems, 96 × RIM-66 SM-2, BGM-109 Tomahawk 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 x 20mm Phalanx CIWS
Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters

USS Truxtun (DDG-103) is a US Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. Its keel was laid down on 11 April 2005 and she was launched on 17 April 2007.[1] The commissioning ceremony was held 25 April 2009 in Charleston, South Carolina with Commander Timothy Weber as her first commanding officer.

The vessel is named for American Naval hero, and founding father of the U.S. Navy, Commodore Thomas Truxtun[2] (1755–1822). It is the sixth U.S. naval warship to bear his name.

DDG-103 suffered a major electrical fire during construction at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi, on 20 May 2006, engulfing two levels and causing damage believed to have been in the millions of dollars.[4] It was christened on 2 June 2007 at NGSS Ingalls in Pascagoula, Mississippi,[5] and was sponsored by Susan Scott Martin and Carol Leigh Roelker, descendants of Thomas Truxtun.[6]

The ship also served as a filming location for the movie Captain Phillips, standing in for the USS Bainbridge[7]

On 6 March 2014, the U.S. Navy confirmed that the USS Truxtun left Greece on the way to the Black Sea and was going to conduct training with the Romanian and Bulgarian navies. On 5 March 2014, Turkish authorities gave permission to a U.S. Navy warship to pass through the Bosphorus Straits.[8] This modest U.S. show of force – two Arleigh Burke class destroyers to the Black Seas see USS Donald Cook DDG-75 was intended to calm the nerves of former Soviet republics and satellites nervous about Russia’s actions in invading and taking Crimea in Ukraine,[9] and was meant as "strategic reassurance".[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "USS Truxtun". Naval Vessel Register. Retrieved 22 April 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Roughead Delivers Principal Address at Truxtun Commissioning". Navy News Service. 25 April 2009. Retrieved 26 April 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Navy To Commission Guided Missile Destroyer Truxtun". Navy News Service. 22 April 2009. Retrieved 22 April 2009. 
  4. ^ USS Truxtun Damaged In Weekend Fire At Northrop Grumman Shipyard. Geoff Fein. Defense Daily. Published 23 May 2006.
  5. ^ "New Truxtun joins distinguished line". Leigh Coleman. Sun Herald (Biloxi, MS) Published 3 June 2007.
  6. ^ Northrop Grumman-built Truxtun (DDG 103) Christening Commemorates a Founding Father of the U.S. Navy. NGSS Press Release. 2 June 2007.
  7. ^ Sailors share screen with Tom Hanks in 'Captain Phillips', Navy Times, 11 Oct 2013, retrieved 3 Feb 2014 
  8. ^ http://rt.com/news/us-navy-black-sea-230/
  9. ^ "(WSJ.com VIDEO) Ukraine crisis: What’s the point of US military activity near Russia?". Christian Science Monitor. 7 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Ukraine crisis: What’s the point of US military activity near Russia?". Christian Science Monitor, Security Watch. 7 March 2014. 

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