USS Truxtun (DDG-103)

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US Navy 111210-N-PI709-180 The guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103) returns to Naval Station Norfolk after a seven-month deployment.jpg
USS Truxtun on 10 December 2011
History
United States
NameTruxtun
NamesakeThomas Truxtun
Awarded13 September 2002
BuilderIngalls Shipbuilding
Laid down11 April 2005
Launched17 April 2007
Christened2 June 2007
Acquired24 October 2008
Commissioned25 April 2009
HomeportNorfolk
Identification
MottoPursue Attack Vanquish
Statusin active service
NotesUSS Truxtun DDG-103 Crest.png
General characteristics [1]
Class and type Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Displacement9,200 tons
Length510 ft (160 m)
Beam59 ft (18 m)
Draft31 ft (9.4 m)
Propulsion2 × Shafts
SpeedIn excess of 30 kn (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Range
Complement380
Sensors and
processing systems
  • AN/SPY-1D radar
  • AN/SPS-67(V)2 surface-search radar
  • AN/SPS-64(V)9 surface-search radar
  • AN/SQS-53C sonar array
  • AN/SQQ-28 LAMPS III shipboard system
Electronic warfare
& decoys
Armament
Aircraft carried2 × MH-60R Seahawk helicopters

USS Truxtun (DDG-103) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer currently in service with the United States Navy. She is named for American Naval hero, Commodore Thomas Truxtun (1755–1822), one of the first six commanders appointed by George Washington, to the newly formed U.S. Navy. She is the sixth U.S. naval warship to bear his name.

Construction[edit]

Truxtun's keel was laid down on 11 April 2005. During construction at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi, she suffered a major electrical fire on 20 May 2006, engulfing two levels and causing damage estimated to be worth millions of dollars.[2] She was launched on 17 April 2007,[1] then christened on 2 June 2007, in Pascagoula,[3] with Truxtun's descendants, Susan Scott Martin and Carol Leigh Roelker, serving as sponsors,[4] and commissioned on 25 April 2009, in Charleston, South Carolina. As of July 2020 the ship is part of Destroyer Squadron 26 based out of Naval Station Norfolk.[5]

Ship history[edit]

On 22 March 2009, Truxtun answered distress call, after the 45-foot sailing vessel Calypso Queen reported a broken mast and sail, as well as electrical and mechanical casualties in the Gulf of Mexico. The crew, a man and a woman, were transferred to Truxtun and required no medical assistance.[citation needed]

In 2012, the US Navy contracted with L3 Technologies to develop a fuel-efficient hybrid electric drive train for the Flight IIA Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyers. The system proposed used a pre-existing quill drive on the reduction gearbox, allowing an electric motor to drive the ships up to 13 kn (24 km/h; 15 mph). Truxtun was fitted with the permanent magnet motor system in 2012, under a research and development contract with General Atomics.[6] In March 2018, the US Navy announced that the trial program to install hybrid electric drives in 34 destroyers would be cancelled leaving Truxtun as the only ship so fitted.[7]

On 6 March 2014, Truxtun departed Greece, and sailed to the Black Sea, to conduct training with the Romanian and Bulgarian navies. On 5 March 2014,[timeframe?] Turkish authorities gave permission to a US Navy warship to pass through the Bosphorus Straits.[citation needed] The deployment of Truxtun, along with sister ship Donald Cook, to the Black Sea, was intended as a "strategic reassurance" for former Soviet republics and satellite states concerned about the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation[8][9]

On 10 August 2020, Truxtun completed a deployment with the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, without any port calls, that lasted for almost seven months.[10]

In popular culture[edit]

Truxtun was seen in the feature film Captain Phillips, standing in for USS Bainbridge.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "USS Truxtun". Naval Vessel Register. Retrieved 22 April 2009.
  2. ^ Fein, Geoff (23 May 2006). "USS Truxtun Damaged in Weekend Fire at Northrop Grumman Shipyard". Defense Daily.
  3. ^ Coleman, Leigh (3 June 2007). "New Truxtun joins distinguished line". Sun Herald. Biloxi, Mississippi.
  4. ^ "Northrop Grumman-built Truxtun (DDG 103) Christening Commemorates a Founding Father of the U.S. Navy" (Press release). Pascagoula, Mississippi: Northrop Grummann. 2 June 2007. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Our Ships". Destroyer Squadron 26. Archived from the original on 20 July 2020. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Navy Set to Install Hybrid Electric Drives in Destroyer Fleet Starting Next Year". public.navy.mil. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  7. ^ "US Navy cancelling program to turn gas-guzzling destroyers into hybrids". defenseNews.com. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  8. ^ LaFranchi, Howard (7 March 2014). "Ukraine crisis: What's the point of US military activity near Russia?". The Christian Science Monitor. Archived from the original on 8 March 2014.
  9. ^ LaFranchi, Howard (7 March 2014). "Ukraine crisis: What's the point of US military activity near Russia?". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Carrier Eisenhower Returns From Deployment After Spending Almost 7 Months at Sea". USNI. 9 August 2020. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  11. ^ "Sailors share screen with Tom Hanks in 'Captain Phillips'". Navy Times. 11 October 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2015.

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