USS Sampson (DDG-102)

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USS Sampson (DDG-102)
A ship on the ocean.
United States
Name: USS Sampson
Namesake: Rear Admiral William T. Sampson
Ordered: 13 September 2002
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Laid down: 20 March 2005
Launched: 16 September 2006
Commissioned: 3 November 2007
Homeport: Everett, Washington
Motto: "Through Courage and Arms"
Status: in active service
Badge: USS Sampson Coat of Arms
General characteristics
Class and type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Displacement: 9,200 tons
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+ knots (55+ km/h)
Complement: 383 officers and enlisted
Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters

USS Sampson (DDG-102) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. She was authorized in 2002, commissioned in 2007, and is the fourth U.S. Navy ship named to honor Rear Admiral William T. Sampson.


A guided tour of USS Sampson in mid-2009.
The commissioning of USS Sampson.
Sailors man the rails aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) as the ship arrives to help celebrate Portland Fleet Week festivities during the city's 103rd annual Rose Festival. Navy warships have been coming to the City of Roses since USS Charleston's visit in 1907, and are considered a highlight of the festival. Assisting Sampson is the Foss tug Pacific Escort.



She was built by Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. At her christening on 16 September 2006, the principal address was delivered by Senator Susan Collins of Maine, and the vessel was christened by Clara Parsons, great-granddaughter of R.Adm. Sampson and daughter of William Sterling Parsons, as the ship's sponsor. Commander Philip Roos is the ship's first commanding officer.


She was commissioned in Boston, Massachusetts on 3 November 2007.



On 29 December 2014, the USS Sampson was dispatched to the Java Sea to search for Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501 that disappeared the day before.[1]


In 2016 the ship was assigned to Destroyer Squadron 9, working with Carrier Strike Group 11.[2] She arrived at her new homeport, Naval Station Everett in Washington, on September 26, 2016.[3]

Royal New Zealand Navy's 75th Anniversary Celebrations[edit]

The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) invited the United States Navy to send a vessel to participate in the RNZN's 75th Birthday Celebrations in Auckland over the weekend of 19–21 November 2016. The USS Sampson was the first US warship to visit New Zealand in 33 years since the New Zealand nuclear-free zone came into effect and the US suspended its obligations to New Zealand under the ANZUS treaty. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key granted approval for the ship's visit under the New Zealand's anti-nuclear law, which requires that the Prime Minister has to be satisfied that any visiting ship is not nuclear armed or powered.[4]

It was announced on 15 November 2016 that, following a magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Kaikoura, the Sampson and other navy ships from Australia, Canada, Japan and Singapore would instead proceed directly to the area to provide humanitarian assistance.[5]

In popular culture[edit]

  • The ship is featured in the 2012 film Battleship where she is destroyed by the Red Stinger during the intense combat in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii with its sister ship USS John Paul Jones.


  1. ^ "With no trace of missing AirAsia jet, search resumes over wider area". CNN. 29 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Carrier Strike Group Eleven". U.S. Navy. 2010. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
  3. ^ Winters, Chris (September 26, 2016). "USS Sampson arrives at new Everett home port". The Everett Herald. Retrieved September 30, 2016. 
  4. ^ "US warship USS Sampson heads to New Zealand". 18 October 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2016 – via New Zealand Herald. 
  5. ^ "US Warship may help rescue stranded Kaikoura tourists". Fairfax Media. 15 November 2016. Retrieved 15 November 2016 – via 

Further reading[edit]

  • Soundings, 20 September 2006, Vol. 33, No. 38, pages 12–13 –

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