USS Sterett (DDG-104)

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Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) in Malabar 2020.jpg
USS Sterett during Malabar 2020
History
Flag of the United States.svgUnited States
NameSterett
Namesake Andrew Sterett
Ordered13 September 2002
Builder Bath Iron Works
Laid down17 November 2005
Launched19 May 2007
Commissioned9 August 2008
Homeport San Diego
Identification
MottoForever Dauntless
Statusin active service
Badge USS Sterett DDG-104 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class and type Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Displacement
  • 6,600 tons light,
  • 9,200 tons full,
  • 2,600 tons dead
Length
  • 509 ft 6 in (155.3 m) overall,
  • 471 ft (143.6 m) waterline
Beam
  •   66 ft (20.1 m) extreme,
  •   59 ft (18 m) waterline
Draft
  •   31 ft (9.4 m) maximum,
  •   22 ft (6.7 m) limit
Propulsion4 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, 2 shafts, 100,000 shp (75 MW)
Speed30+ knots (55+ km/h) designed
Complement32 officers, 348 enlisted
Armament
Aircraft carried2 x SH-60 Seahawk helicopters

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

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Etymology

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.

History

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]

The ship was under the control of Commander Carrier Strike Group 9.[ citation needed ]

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References

  1. Lhee, Euna, "USS Sterett Unveiled, Set To Sail [ permanent dead link ]", Baltimore Sun , 10 August 2008.
  2. Reuters