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USS Truxtun (DDG-103) is a United States Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyer currently in service. The vessel is named for American Naval hero, and founding father of the U.S. Navy, Commodore Thomas Truxtun[2] (1755–1822). It is the sixth U.S. naval warship to bear his name.

USS Truxtun (DDG-103)
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USS Truxtun (DDG-103) pulling into Souda Bay on 21 September 2012.
History
United States
Name: USS Truxtun
Namesake: Commodore Thomas Truxtun
Awarded: 13 September 2002[1]
Builder: NGSS Ingalls[1]
Laid down: 11 April 2005[1]
Launched: 17 April 2007[1]
Christened: 2 June 2007
Acquired: 24 October 2008[1]
Commissioned: 25 April 2009 (ceremony)[2]
Homeport: Naval Station Norfolk[1]
Motto: "Pursue Attack Vanquish"
Status: in active service
Notes: USS Truxtun DDG-103 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Displacement: 9,200 tons[1]
Length: 510 ft (160 m)[1]
Beam: 66 ft (20 m)[1]
Draft: 31 ft (9.4 m)[1]
Propulsion: 4 General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, two shafts, 100,000 total shaft horsepower (75 MW)[3]
Speed: >30 knots (56 km/h)[3]
Range:
Complement: 380[1]
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 carried: 2 × SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters

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Construction and careerEdit

The ship's keel was laid down on 11 April 2005. DDG-103 suffered a major electrical fire during construction at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi, on 20 May 2006, engulfing two levels and causing damage believed to have been in the millions of dollars.[4] She was launched on 17 April 2007.[1] The ship was christened on 2 June 2007 at NGSS Ingalls in Pascagoula, Mississippi,[5] and was sponsored by Susan Scott Martin and Carol Leigh Roelker, descendants of Thomas Truxtun.[6]

The commissioning ceremony was held 25 April 2009 in Charleston, South Carolina with Commander Timothy Weber as her first commanding officer.

On 6 March 2014, the U.S. Navy confirmed that USS Truxtun left Greece on the way to the Black Sea and was going to conduct training with the Romanian and Bulgarian navies. On 5 March 2014, Turkish authorities gave permission to a U.S. Navy warship to pass through the Bosphorus Straits.[7] This modest U.S. show of force – the deployment of two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers (Truxtun and Donald Cook) to the Black Sea - was intended to calm the nerves of former Soviet republics and satellites nervous about the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation[8] and was meant as "strategic reassurance".[9]

In popular cultureEdit

The ship served as a filming location for the movie Captain Phillips, standing in for USS Bainbridge.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "USS Truxtun". Naval Vessel Register. Retrieved 22 April 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "CNO Delivers Principal Address at Truxtun Commissioning". Navy News Service. 25 April 2009. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Navy To Commission Guided Missile Destroyer Truxtun". Navy News Service. 22 April 2009. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  4. ^ Fein, Geoff (23 May 2006). "USS Truxtun Damaged In Weekend Fire At Northrop Grumman Shipyard". Defense Daily. 
  5. ^ Coleman, Leigh (3 June 2007). "New Truxtun joins distinguished line". Sun Herald. Biloxi, Mississippi. 
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ "US navy confirms missile destroyer USS Truxtun approaching the Black Sea". RT.com. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  8. ^ LaFranchi, Howard (7 March 2014). "Ukraine crisis: What’s the point of US military activity near Russia?". 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?". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Sailors share screen with Tom Hanks in 'Captain Phillips'". Navy Times. 11 October 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 

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