USS Lassen (DDG-82)
USS Lassen (DDG-82) underway in the rough seas of the East China Sea, in 2003.
|Namesake:||Clyde Everett Lassen|
|Ordered:||6 January 1995|
|Builder:||Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi|
|Laid down:||24 August 1998|
|Launched:||16 October 1999|
|Commissioned:||21 April 2001|
|Homeport:||Naval Station Mayport, Mayport, Florida|
|Motto:||From Courage, Life|
|Status:||in active service|
|Class and type:||Arleigh Burke-class 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, 2 shafts, 100,000 shp (75 MW)|
|Speed:||exceeds 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)|
|Complement:||320 officers and enlisted|
|Aircraft carried:||2 × MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters|
USS Lassen (DDG-82) is a Flight IIA Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer in the United States Navy. She is named for Medal of Honor recipient Commander Clyde Everett Lassen. This ship is the 32nd destroyer of its class. USS Lassen was the 14th ship of this class to be built by Ingalls Shipbuilding at Pascagoula, Mississippi, and construction began on 24 August 1998. She was launched and christened on 16 October 1999. On 21 April 2001, she was commissioned at the Florida Aquarium Pier in Tampa, Florida. She was homeported in San Diego until she shifted homeport to Yokosuka Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan in August 2005. In January 2016, she moved to Naval Station Mayport in Mayport, Florida. According to the Standard Navy Distribution List, March 2016, at that time she was assigned to the new Naval Surface Squadron 14.
On 15 February 2009 at 12:25 pm, Lassen collided with a Japanese 14-ton pleasure boat in Yokosuka harbor. Four people fishing on the pleasure boat, which was at anchor, were reportedly uninjured. On 23 March 2009 the Japan Coast Guard filed a case against both the destroyer's and the fishing boat's captains with local prosecutors for professional negligence that endangered traffic.
On 27 October 2015 Lassen navigated within 12 nautical miles of Subi Reef, one of seven artificial islands built up by China in the Spratly Islands (commonly called the Great wall of sand) in the past year, the first in a planned series of Freedom of navigation operations (also referred to as FONOPs). This is the first time since 2012 that the US has directly challenged China's claims of the island's territorial limit.
The Commanding Officer (CO) of USS Lassen is the most senior officer that is in command of the ship. Sailors will refer to the CO as "the Captain" (regardless of rank), or sometimes informally as "Skipper". Below is the list of commanding officers of USS Lassen.
List of commanding officers
|#||Name||Start of tenure||End of tenure|
|10||CDR Michael Francis Jr.||13 May 2015||Present|
|9||CDR Michael A. Smith||11 December 2013||13 May 2015|
|8||CDR Scott C. McClelland||7 June 2012||11 December 2013|
|7||CDR Walter C. Wrye IV||17 December 2010||7 June 2012|
|6||CDR Hung Ba Le||23 April 2009||17 December 2010|
|5||CDR Anthony L. Simmons||29 November 2007||23 April 2009|
|4||CDR Marshall B. Brown||31 May 2006||29 November 2007|
|3||CDR Kerry S. Gilpin||29 July 2004||31 May 2006|
|2||CDR Hugh D. Wetherald||5 September 2002||29 July 2004|
|1||CDR Sean E. O'Connor||21 April 2001||5 September 2002|
Coat of Arms
The shield has background of blue with a medium blue chevron in the middle. Above the chevron is a sea lion, below is a compass rose.
The traditional Navy colors were chosen for the shield because dark blue and gold represents the sea and excellence respectively. The AEGIS shield displays the ships modern warfare systems. The blue chevron is a symbol of the ships coastal service in the Vietnam War as well as the prow of the ship due to its mission as an ammunition ship. The chevron is also designed like the ribbon of the Medal of Honor awarded to Lieutenant Lassen for his heroism in his rescue of two aviators. The sea lion represents strength and courage which Lieutenant Lassen continuously displayed. The compass rose symbolizes the landing lights of the helicopter which he used to rescue the aviators.
The crest consists of a gold trident surrounded by red lightning bolts over palm fronds.
The trident symbolizes sea prowess while the three tines represent the battle stars earned during World War II in the Pacific while denoting the multi-threat warfare systems of the USS Lassen. The red lightning bolts refer to the strike capability and mission as an ammunition ship, rearming many fleets during war.
The motto is written on a scroll of blue that has a gold reverse side.
The ships motto is "From Courage Life". The motto is a reference to both the honorable feats of Lieutenant Lassen and the Medal of Honor he received.
The coat of arms in full color as in the blazon, upon a white background enclosed within a dark blue oval border edged on the outside with a gold rope and bearing the inscription "USS Lassen" at the top and "DDG 82" in the base all gold.
- "Welcome Aboard". USS Lassen DDG-82. US Navy. Archived from the original on 7 January 2008. Retrieved 29 February 2008.
- https://doni.daps.dla.mil/SECNAV%20Manuals/Administrative%20Organization%20of%20the%20Operating%20Forces%20of%20the%20U.S.%20Navy.pdf. For NAVSURFRON 14 see http://mayportmirror.jacksonville.com/2015-08-05/story/desron-merges-create-surfron-14
- "U.S. military ship has minor collision with small boat in Yokosuka". Kyodo News.[dead link]
- "Port collision sent to prosecutors". Japan Times. 24 March 2009. p. 2.
- "After Months of Waiting, US Finally Begins Freedom of Navigation Patrols Near China's Man-Made Islands". The Diplomat. October 27, 2015.
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