USS Porter (DDG-78)

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USS Porter (DDG-78)
USS Porter (DDG-78) in October 2007
USS Porter (DDG-78) in October 2007
United States
Name: USS Porter
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
In service: 1999
Motto: Freedom's Champion
Status: in active service, as of 2016
Badge: USS Porter DDG-78 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class & type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
  • Light: approx. 6,800 long tons (6,900 t)
  • Full: approx. 8,900 long tons (9,000 t)
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)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Aircraft carried: 1 Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk helicopter can be embarked

USS Porter (DDG-78) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. Porter is named after U.S. Navy officers Commodore David Porter, and his son, Admiral David Dixon Porter.


From January to July 2003, Porter engaged in combat and support operations of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Porter launched Tomahawk missiles during the Shock and Awe stage of the Iraq War.[1]


On 28 October 2007, Porter attacked and sank two pirate skiffs off Somalia after receiving a distress call from the tanker MV Golden Nori which was under attack from pirates.[2]


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.[3]

Operation Nanook 2010[edit]

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.[4] This was the fourth annual Operation Nanook organized by the Canadian Government, but it was the first to host foreign vessels.

2012 collision[edit]

USS Porter after colliding with another ship in August 2012.

On 12 August 2012, Porter collided with MV Otowasan, a Japanese oil tanker, near the Strait of Hormuz.[5] 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.[6][7] Initially Naval Forces Central Command did not provide details about the collision, saying that it was under investigation.[8][9] Porter's captain, Commander Martin Arriola, was subsequently removed from command of the ship and replaced by Commander Dave Richardson.[10][11] 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.[12][13]

Naval Station Rota[edit]

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.[14]


  1. ^ "Destroyer Photo Index DDG-78 USS PORTER". Retrieved 2015-07-17. 
  2. ^ Starr, Barbara (29 October 2007). "U.S. destroyer pursuing hijacked ship in Somali waters, military says". CNN. Retrieved 31 October 2007. 
  3. ^ Ewing, Philip (12 November 2009). "MDA announces next 6 BMD ships". Navy Times. Retrieved 15 October 2015. (subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ "Canada Command – OP Nanook". Canadian Forces. August 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2010.  mirror[dead link]
  5. ^ "U.S. destroyer, oil tanker collide". CNN. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Navy ship collides with tanker off Hormuz". Japan Times. Associated Press. 14 August 2012. p. 2. 
  7. ^ "Collision in the Strait of Hormuz". Information Dissemination. 13 August 2012. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Update: No Injuries In Strait Of Hormuz Collision" (Press release). U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  9. ^ Starr, Barbara (12 August 2012). "Navy: U.S. destroyer collides with oil tanker in Strait of Hormuz". CNN. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Skipper of US Navy ship removed from job". Washington Post. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2012. [dead link]
  11. ^ Fellman, Sam (30 August 2012). "Destroyer CO fired in wake of tanker collision". Navy Times. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  12. ^ Forster, Alex R. (14 October 2012). "USS Porter Rejoins Enterprise Carrier Strike Group" (Press release). United States Navy. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  13. ^ Hixenbaugh, Mike (24 October 2012). "After $700,000 In Temporary Repairs, Navy Ship Is Back In Action". Norfolk Virginian-Pilot. 
  14. ^ Beardsley, Steven (30 April 2015). "USS Porter takes up residence in Rota, Spain". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 

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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