USS Sterett (DDG-104)
Sterett transiting the Arabian Sea, 22 April 2012
|Ordered:||13 September 2002|
|Builder:||Bath Iron Works|
|Laid down:||17 November 2005|
|Launched:||19 May 2007|
|Commissioned:||9 August 2008|
|Homeport:||Naval Base San Diego|
|Status:||in active service|
|Class and type:||Arleigh Burke class destroyer|
|Propulsion:||4 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, 2 shafts, 100,000 shp (75 MW)|
|Speed:||30+ knots (55+ km/h) designed|
|Complement:||32 officers, 348 enlisted|
|Aircraft carried:||2 × SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters|
The contract to build the USS Sterett was awarded to Bath Iron Works Corporation in Bath, Maine on 13 September 2002. On 17 November 2005, her keel was laid down, and she was christened on 19 May 2007. The ship's sponsor was Michelle Sterett Bernson, a familial descendant of Andrew Sterett, who himself had no children.
The ship was attacked without warning by Somali pirates using rocket-propelled grenades on 22 February 2011, during negotiations with the pirates for the release of four U.S. hostages, who were eventually killed.
In popular culture
- USS Sterett served as one of the filming locations for the TNT's television series The Last Ship and its fictional setting, USS Nathan James (DDG-151).
- Lhee, Euna, "USS Sterett Unveiled, Set To Sail", Baltimore Sun, 10 August 2008.
- This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.
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