USS Russell (DDG-59)

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USS Russell off the coast of Hawaii.
USS Russell in Pearl Harbor.
United States
Name: USS Russell
Namesake: Rear Admiral John Henry Russell, John Henry Russell, Jr.
Ordered: 22 February 1990
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
Laid down: 24 July 1992
Launched: 20 October 1993
Commissioned: 20 May 1995
Homeport: Naval Base San Diego, San Diego, California
Motto: Strength in Freedom
Status: in active service
Badge: USS Russell DDG-59 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class and 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; 35 mph)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Aircraft carried: 2 Sikorsky MH-60R helicopters can be embarked

USS Russell (DDG-59) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. She is the second ship of the USN to carry the name Russell and is named for Rear Admiral John Henry Russell and his son, Commandant of the Marine Corps John Henry Russell, Jr..

Service history[edit]

In May 2004, Russell departed for a four-month deployment along with several ships including; USCGC Mellon, USS Salvor, USS Fort McHenry and USS McCampbell. The deployment was centered on an annual exercise called Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2004.

USS Russell in the South Pacific, February 2007

On 15 April 2006, Russell provided aid to a fishing vessel in distress while operating in the South China Sea.[1]

On 16 February 2007, Russell was awarded the 2006 Battle "E" award.[2]

On 21 February 2008, Russell participated, along with USS Lake Erie and USS Decatur in the interception and destruction of the dying US satellite US 193. Between 17–21 May 2008, Russell participated in Exercise KhunjarHaad, a multi-national exercise held in the Gulf of Oman. Other participating warships included the French frigate Surcouf, the British frigate HMS Montrose, the British fleet replenishment tanker RFA Wave Knight, and four other coalition ships conducted air defense; surface warfare operation; visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS); and joint gunnery exercises, which focused on joint interoperability training and proficiency.[3]

In June 2008, Russell rescued about 70 people from a disabled boat in the Gulf of Aden.[4]

In January 2013, Russell′s crew completed a hull swap with the crew of USS Halsey at Naval Base San Diego. Russell is now permanently stationed in San Diego. Halsey was moved to Russell′s former homeport, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, with the former Russell crew.


  1. ^ Journalist 1st Class Michael Murdock, USN (18 April 2006). "HSL-47, USS Russell Assist Vessel in Distress". NNS060418-07. USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs. Retrieved 2010-12-24.
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  3. ^ Lt. (j.g.) Courtney Thraen, USN (8 August 2008). "USS Momsen Visits Cyprus". NNS080805-04. USS Momsen Public Affairs. Retrieved 2010-12-27.
  4. ^ Archived 12 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine.

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