USS Lassen (DDG-82)

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Guided missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82).jpg
USS Lassen underway in the rough seas of the East China Sea, in 2003.
United States
Name: USS Lassen
Namesake: Clyde Everett Lassen
Ordered: 6 January 1995
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
Laid down: 24 August 1998
Launched: 16 October 1999
Commissioned: 21 April 2001
Homeport: Yokosuka, Japan
Motto: From Courage, Life
Status: in active service, as of 2016
Badge: USS Lassen DDG-82 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class & type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Displacement: 9,200 tons
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 in drydock in Yokosuka, with the sonar dome visible, January 2007

USS Lassen (DDG-82) is a Flight IIA Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer in the United States Navy.

She was homeported in San Diego until she shifted homeport to Yokosuka Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan in August 2005, where she remains as of October 2015.

Lassen is named for Clyde Everett Lassen, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his courageous rescue of two downed aviators while commander of a search and rescue helicopter in Vietnam.

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.[2] 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.[3]

On 1 July 2009, Fox News Channel reported that Lassen was tracking the North Korean ship Kang Nam 1, suspected of carrying contraband.

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 series of "Freedom of Navigation Operation".[4] This is the first time since 2012 that the US has directly challenged China's claims of the island's territorial limit.

Commanding Officers[edit]

The commanding officer (CO) of USS Lassen, is the United States Navy officer who is the most senior officer on ship. The CO is the ultimate authority over operations of Lassen and her crew.

List of commanding officers[edit]

# Name Start of tenure End of tenure
10 CDR Robert C. Francis[5] 11 May 2015
9 CDR Michael Adam Smith[5] 11 December 2013 11 May 2015
8 CDR Scott Christop McClelland[5] 7 June 2012 11 December 2013
7 CDR Walter Clark Wrye IV[5] 17 December 2010 7 June 2012
6 CDR Hung Ba Le[5] 23 April 2009 17 December 2010
5 CDR Anthony Louis Simmons[5] 29 November 2007 23 April 2009
4 CDR Marshall Brent Brown[5] 31 May 2006 29 November 2007
3 CDR Kerry Spencer Gilpin[5] 29 July 2004 31 May 2006
2 CDR Hugh Denny Wetherald[5] 5 September 2002 29 July 2004
1 CDR Sean Eugene O'Connor[5] 21 April 2001 5 September 2002


  1. ^ "Welcome Aboard". USS Lassen DDG-82. US Navy. Archived from the original on 7 January 2008. Retrieved 29 February 2008. 
  2. ^ "U.S. military ship has minor collision with small boat in Yokosuka". Kyodo News. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Port collision sent to prosecutors". Japan Times. 24 March 2009. p. 2. 
  4. ^ "After Months of Waiting, US Finally Begins Freedom of Navigation Patrols Near China's Man-Made Islands". The Diplomat. October 27, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j

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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