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USS Sampson (DDG-102) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. Funding for the ship was authorized in 2002. Her keel was laid on 20 March 2005. She was christened on 16 September 2006 and commissioned in 2007. She is the fourth U.S. Navy ship named to honor Rear Admiral William T. Sampson.

USS Sampson (DDG-102)
USS Sampson (DDG-102) at sea.jpg
USS Sampson at sea
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 (75,000 kW)
Speed: over 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Complement: 383 officers and enlisted
Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters


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 as the ship arrives to help celebrate Portland Fleet Week festivities during the city's 103rd annual Rose Festival. Assisting Sampson is the 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 Rear Admiral Sampson and daughter of William Sterling Parsons, as the ship's sponsor. Commander Philip Roos was the ship's first commanding officer.


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



On 29 December 2014, 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 26 September 2016.[3]

Royal New Zealand Navy's 75th Anniversary CelebrationsEdit

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. 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, Sampson and other navy ships from Australia, Canada, Japan and Singapore would instead proceed directly to the area to provide humanitarian assistance.[5]

Awards and decorationsEdit

Spokane Trophy Award (2011)
Retention Excellence Award (2014)

In popular cultureEdit

  • 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 11 March 2016.
  3. ^ Winters, Chris (26 September 2016). "USS Sampson arrives at new Everett home port". The Everett Herald. Retrieved 30 September 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 readingEdit

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

External linksEdit