USS Porter (DDG-78)
USS Porter (DDG-78) in October 2007
|Namesake:||David Dixon Porter and David Porter|
|Ordered:||20 July 1994|
|Builder:||Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi, U.S.|
|Laid down:||2 December 1996|
|Launched:||12 November 1997|
|Acquired:||11 January 1999|
|Commissioned:||20 March 1999|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2015[update]|
|Class & type:||Arleigh Burke-class destroyer|
|Length:||505 ft (154 m)|
|Beam:||66 ft (20 m)|
|Draft:||31 ft (9.4 m)|
|Propulsion:||4 General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, two shafts, 100,000 total shaft horsepower (75 MW)|
|Speed:||>30 knots (56 km/h)|
|Aircraft carried:||1 Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk helicopter can be embarked|
On 12 November 2009, the Missile Defense Agency announced that Porter would be upgraded during fiscal year 2013 to RIM-161 Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) capability in order to function as part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System.
Operation Nanook 2010
In August 2010, Porter and the United States Coast Guard buoy tender USCGC Alder participated in Operation Nanook 2010 in Baffin Bay and the Davis Straits. This was the fourth annual Operation Nanook organized by the Canadian Government, but it was the first to host foreign vessels.
On 12 August 2012, Porter collided with MV Otowasan, a Japanese oil tanker, near the Strait of Hormuz. The collision ripped a 3 by 3 metres (9.8 ft × 9.8 ft) hole in the starboard side of the destroyer, forcing it to Jebel Ali, Dubai for repairs. No one on either ship was injured. Initially Naval Forces Central Command did not provide details about the collision, saying that it was under investigation. Porter 's captain, Commander Martin Arriola, was subsequently removed from command of the ship and replaced by Commander Dave Richardson. On 12 October 2012, Porter rejoined Carrier Strike Group Twelve for its transit through the Suez Canal following extensive repairs to the ship costing $700,000.
On 30 April 2015 Porter arrived at Naval Station Rota, Spain. Naval Station Rota is Porter 's new permanent homeport. Porter joins three other U.S. destroyers at Rota, these four ships are assigned to the United States Sixth Fleet, and will conduct ballistic missile defense patrols in the Mediterranean Ocean in support of Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet's mission.
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