USS McCampbell (DDG-85)

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USS McCampbell
United States
Name: USS McCampbell
Namesake: Captain David McCampbell
Ordered: 13 December 1996
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Laid down: 15 July 1999
Launched: 2 July 2000
Commissioned: 17 August 2002
Motto: Relentless in Battle
Status: in active service, as of 2016
Badge: USS McCampbell DDG-85 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: 380 officers and enlisted
Aircraft carried: 2 x SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters

USS McCampbell (DDG-85) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy, named for Captain David McCampbell (1910–1996), a Naval Aviator and Medal of Honor and Navy Cross recipient who was the Navy's leading ace in World War II. She was built at the Bath Iron Works in Maine.

She arrived at Yokosuka Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan as part of the US Navy's Forward Deployed Naval Forces in July 2007, and is now permanently homeported there.

McCampbell maintains on board an active VBSS team to conduct anti piracy, anti-smuggling, and anti-terrorist operations. The ship was an active participant in IMDEX, and the VBSS team was a centerpiece in the multilateral training effort held in conjunction with the exposition.


On 23 June 2009, it was reported that McCampbell had taken over from USS John S. McCain in shadowing the North Korean ship Kang Nam 1 toward Burma in enforcement of a new United Nations resolution, United Nations Security Council Resolution 1874.[1]

In March 2011, McCampbell was the first US Navy vessel on station off northeastern Honshu, Japan to assist with relief efforts after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and deliver food, supplies, and other material aid directly to survivors. Later, after the arrival of the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, the ship continued relief efforts as an element in Carrier Strike Group Seven, using the carrier as a supply distribution hub through early April.[2][3]

On 13 June 2011 it was reported that McCampbell had intercepted the North Korean-flagged merchant vessel MV Light, en route to Myanmar, on 26 May, south of Shanghai. McCampbell requested permission to board the vessel, which was suspected of carrying missile technology, but was refused. After several days MV Light turned around and returned to North Korea, tracked by surveillance aircraft and satellites.[4]

McCampbell rescued five Philippine fishermen on or about 24 October 2012. During a routine night mission, the embarked helicopter crew of McCampbell discovered five men signaling for help aboard a mostly-sunk fishing vessel. The helicopter crew deployed flotation rafts while McCampbell dispatched two boats to assist in the rescue. McCampbell was operating with USS George Washington Carrier Strike Group Five at that time.[5]


  1. ^ "Official: U.S.S. McCain Stops Monitoring N. Korean Ship, U.S.S. McCampbell Takes Over". Fox News. 23 June 2009. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  2. ^ Rabiroff, John (17 March 2011). "U.S. military delivers 40 tons of supplies to hardest-hit areas". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Warships Supporting Earthquake in Japan". Seawaves. Archived from the original on 23 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "US Navy 'stopped North Korean vessel bound for Burma'". BBC News. 13 June 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Navy rescues five Filipino fishermen from sinking boat". CBS News. Associated Press. 24 October 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 

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