USS Sampson (DDG-102)

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USS Sampson
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: San Diego, California
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
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.

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

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]

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 the USS John Paul Jones, the same class destroyer.[3]


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