USS Nitze at sea
|Ordered:||6 March 1998|
|Builder:||Bath Iron Works|
|Laid down:||20 September 2002|
|Launched:||3 April 2004|
|Commissioned:||5 March 2005|
|Motto:||"Vision, Courage, Determination"|
|Status:||in active service|
|Class and type:||Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer|
|Displacement:||6,600 tons light, 9,200 tons full, 2,600 tons dead|
|Propulsion:||Four General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, two shafts, 100,000 shp (75 MW)|
|Speed:||Over 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)|
|Complement:||30 officers, 350 sailors|
|Aircraft carried:||Two SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters|
USS Nitze (DDG-94) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. She is the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for Paul Nitze, who served as Secretary of the Navy under president Lyndon B. Johnson and as chief arms control adviser in the administration of president Ronald Reagan.
The contract to build her was awarded to Bath Iron Works Corporation in Bath, Maine, on March 6, 1998, and her keel was laid down on September 20, 2002. She was launched on April 3, 2004, sponsored by Elisabeth Porter, Nitze's wife. Nitze, who was 97 years old at the time, was present at the christening, thus adding the destroyer to the rapidly growing list of U.S. military vessels named after living Americans (Nitze died 6½ months later). Nitze was commissioned on March 5, 2005, with Cmdr. Michael A. Hegarty in command. Nitze, homeported in Norfolk, Virginia, went on her maiden deployment in January 2007 as part of the USS Bataan Expeditionary Strike Group, returning home on July 3, 2007.
During July 1–5, 2011, Nitze was docked in Eastport, Maine, for 4 July celebrations.
Nitze was deployed a fourth time, from November 29, 2013, to July 15, 2014, spending most of their time off the Horn of Africa conducting maritime security operations.
As of October 2015, Nitze is under the command of Cmdr. Paul Kaylor; Cmdr. Michael Cloud serves as Executive Officer.
On August 24, 2016, USS Nitze was conducting a routine transit near the Strait of Hormuz, accompanied by USS Mason, when the ship was approached by four small patrol craft of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. The US Navy called the maneuver a "high speed intercept". After multiple attempts to contact the vessels, and then to warn them away, Nitze changed course to avoid closer contact. Two of the Iranian craft closed to 300 yards (270 m) before finally slowing and moving off.
On 13 October 2016, following two missile attacks on USS Mason from Houthi-held territory in war-torn Yemen, Nitze attacked three radar sites which had been involved in the earlier attacks with Tomahawk cruise missiles; the Pentagon assessed that all three sites were destroyed.
- Rizzo, Jennifer (24 August 2016). "Iranian vessels conduct 'high-speed intercept' of US destroyer". CNN. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
- "Yemen conflict: US strikes radar sites after missile attack on ship". BBC News. 13 October 2016. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
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