USS Sterett (DDG-104)

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Sterett transiting the Arabian Sea, 22 April 2012
United States
Name: USS Sterett
Namesake: Andrew Sterett
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
Motto: "Forever Dauntless"
Status: in active service
Badge: USS Sterett DDG-104 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
  • 6,600 tons light,
  • 9,200 tons full,
  • 2,600 tons dead
  • 509 ft 6 in (155.3 m) overall,
  • 471 ft (143.6 m) waterline
  •   66 ft (20.1 m) extreme,
  •   59 ft (18 m) waterline
  •   31 ft (9.4 m) maximum,
  •   22 ft (6.7 m) limit
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

USS Sterett (DDG-104) is a Flight IIA Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer of the United States Navy.


USS Sterett is the fourth ship of the U.S. Navy to be named after Andrew Sterett, a U.S. naval officer who fought in the Quasi-War and the Barbary Wars.


The contract to build 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 vessel's commissioning took place in Baltimore, Maryland, Andrew Sterett's birthplace, on 9 August 2008. The ship's home port is Naval Base San Diego.[1]

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.[2]

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