USS Roosevelt (DDG-80)

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For other ships of the same name, see USS Roosevelt.
USS Roosevelt (DDG-80) underway in March 2004.
USS Roosevelt (DDG-80) transiting through the Suez Canal in february 2009.
United States
Name: Roosevelt
Namesake: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt
Awarded: 6 January 1995
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
Laid down: 15 December 1997
Launched: 10 January 1999
Christened: 23 January 1999
Acquired: 12 June 2000
Commissioned: 14 October 2000
Homeport: NAVSTA Mayport, Florida, U.S.
Motto: "Leadership, Truth, Loyalty"
Status: in active service, as of 2016
Badge: USS Roosevelt DDG-80 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class & type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Displacement: 9,200 long tons (9,300 t)
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: >30 kn (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Complement: 380 officers and enlisted
Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters

USS Roosevelt (DDG-80) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in service with the United States Navy. USS Roosevelt is the second Flight IIA ship and the last U.S. Navy destroyer to carry the 5 in/54 Mk. 45 mod 2 gun.


On 22 October 1996, the Secretary of the Navy, John H. Dalton, announced that the 30th ship of the Arleigh Burke class, would be named Roosevelt. This is the first ship so named to honor both Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States and the former First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. (The aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42) served from 1945–1977 before being scrapped.)

Roosevelt's keel was laid down on 15 December 1997 at Litton Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. She was launched on 10 January 1999, and christened on 23 January, sponsored by Mrs. Nancy Roosevelt Ireland, granddaughter of the ship's namesakes.[1] The ship was commissioned on 14 October 2000 at Naval Station Mayport in Florida, with CDR Matthew E. Bobola in command.[2]

On 4 April 2006, Roosevelt and the Dutch frigate HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën attempted to intercept a hijacked South Korean trawler off the coast of Somalia. However, both Roosevelt and De Zeven Provinciën were forced to disengage in the pursuit because the pirates threatened the trawler's crew with firearms. The hijacked trawler escaped into Somali territorial waters.[3]

On 16 February 2007, Roosevelt was awarded the 2006 Battle Efficiency "E" award.[4]

On 28 October 2011, Roosevelt completed its seven-month deployment to the U.S. Fifth Fleet and U.S. Sixth Fleet Areas of Responsibility. During this overseas deployment, Roosevelt was underway at sea for 205 days out of total of 213 days away from its homeport of Naval Station Mayport. During the 205 days at sea, Roosevelt logged one period of 113 consecutive days underway, travelling over 38,000 nautical miles (70,000 km; 44,000 mi). Roosevelt make only three port calls during its 2011 deployment, to Rota, Spain; the island of Mahe in Seychelles Islands; and Port Louis, the capital of the island of Mauritius.[5]

On 16 March 2014, Navy SEALs from Roosevelt took possession of the rogue oil tanker Morning Glory south of Cyprus with the intent to deliver the vessel to the Libyan authorities.[6]


  1. ^ Doehring, Thoralf. "USS Roosevelt (DDG 80)". Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Willshaw, Fred. "USS Roosevelt (DDG-80)". Destroyer Archive. NavSource Naval History. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Coalition Naval assets challenge hijackers on South Korean motor vessel" (Press release). United States Navy. 4 April 2006. Retrieved 16 October 2015. 
  4. ^ Ludwick, Paula M. (19 February 2007). "Surface Force Ships, Crews Earn Battle "E"" (Press release). United States Navy. Retrieved 16 October 2015. 
  5. ^ Dixon, Abigail (26 October 2011). "USS Roosevelt Shatters Days At Sea Record". Florida Times-Union. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Statement by US Department of Defense on 17 March 2014

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