USS Dewey (DDG-105)

USS Dewey (DDG-105) is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer in the United States Navy. Dewey is the third Navy ship named after Admiral of the Navy George Dewey, hero of the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish–American War.[2] She was authorized on 13 September 2002 and was built by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems. The keel was laid down on 4 October 2006 at the company's shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. On 26 January 2008, Dewey was christened in a ceremony in Pascagoula, by Deborah Mullen, the wife of Admiral Mike Mullen.[3] Dewey was commissioned in Seal Beach, California on 6 March 2010, as the 55th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.[3] This is the first ship commissioning for the City of Seal Beach.[4]

The ship is part of Destroyer Squadron 1 of Carrier Strike Group One of which the flagship is aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70).

USS Dewey conducts a replenishment.
USS Dewey conducting a replenishment
Name: USS Dewey
Namesake: Admiral of the Navy (United States) George Dewey
Ordered: 13 September 2002
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
Laid down: 4 October 2006
Launched: 26 January 2008
Commissioned: 6 March 2010
Homeport: Naval Base San Diego
  • Dynamis Ex Cardias
  • ("The Will to Fight from the Heart")[1]
Status: in active service
Badge: USS Dewey COA
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 MW)
Speed: 30+ knots (55+ km/h)
Complement: 380 officers and enlisted
Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters

Ship's History

In April 2013, Dewey was outfitted with a Laser Weapon System (LaWS). This is an experimental weapon which can be used to disable small boats and drones.

On 26 May 2017, "Dewey" carried out a "freedom of navigation operation" (FONOP) in waters claimed by China in the South China Sea. According to Chinese sources, the Dewey was expelled from Chinese waters near the Nansha Islands in the South China Sea.[5] According to the US Navy, the FONOP proceeded as planned by peacefully transiting the area, despite verbal challenges and approaches by Chinese vessels.[6]

On 16 June 2017, "Dewey" got underway to assist USS Fitzgerald after a collision with the Japanese owned (NYK Line) Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal container ship.[7] On 4 September 2017, she deployed to the Port of Los Angeles as part of the 2017 fleet week activities. In October 2017, "Dewey" spilled oil near the Tijuana River.[8]


  • July 29, 2011 – February 27, 2012 Maiden deployment
  • August 22, 2014 – June 4, 2015 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf


This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain.

  1. ^ "USS Dewey (DDG 105)". United States Army Institute of Heraldry. Archived from the original on 12 November 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Dewey's Legacy" 27 February 2010 page AA6 Los Angeles Times
  3. ^ a b "Navy NewsStand – Eye on the Fleet". United States Navy. 26 January 2008. Retrieved 27 January 2008.
  4. ^ Gary Robbins Warship leaves O.C. to avoid tsunami Archived 2 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine 27 February 2010 Orange County Register
  5. ^ "China protests U.S. warship entering South China Sea - Xinhua |". Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  6. ^ Standifer, Cid (29 May 2017). "UPDATED: A Brief History of U.S. Freedom of Navigation Operations in the South China Sea". USNI News. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Bryce Benson: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  8. ^ Maynard, Mackenzie; Feather, Bill; Stickney, R. (5 October 2017). "USS Dewey Leaks Oil Near Mouth of Tijuana River". KNSD. San Diego. Retrieved 2 August 2018.

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2011–12 Strait of Hormuz dispute

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The dispute was interjected by a European Union sanction banning oil exports from Iran to Europe on 23 January 2012 in an attempt to deter Iran from continuing with their nuclear program. Oil exports contribute to about 80% of Iranian public revenue, with roughly 20% being exported to Europe. Asian countries such as Japan and South Korea, which both account for 26% of Iran's oil exports have expressed a willingness to reduce oil exports from Iran.

5"/54 caliber Mark 45 gun

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The latest 5-inch/62 caliber version consists of a longer barrel L62 Mark 36 gun fitted on the same Mark 45 mount. The gun is designed for use against surface warships, anti-aircraft and shore bombardment to support amphibious operations. The gun mount features an automatic loader with a capacity of 20 rounds. These can be fired under full automatic control, taking a little over a minute to exhaust those rounds at maximum fire rate. For sustained use, the gun mount would be occupied by a six-man crew (gun captain, panel operator, and four ammunition loaders) below deck to keep the gun continuously supplied with ammunition.

Carrier Strike Group 1

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Although the previous Carrier Strike Group One traced its history to Carrier Division 1, formed in 1930, the current Carrier Strike Group One was an entirely new naval formation when it was established in October 2009. During the relocation of its flagship Carl Vinson to its new home base in San Diego, California, it supported Operation Unified Response, providing humanitarian assistance following the 2010 Haiti earthquake. During its first overseas deployment in 2011, the body of Osama bin Laden was flown to the Carl Vinson for burial at sea. Carrier Strike Group One was the second U.S. Navy carrier force to participate in Operation Inherent Resolve.

Carrier Strike Group 3

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George Dewey

George Dewey (December 26, 1837 – January 16, 1917) was Admiral of the Navy, the only person in United States history to have attained the rank. He is best known for his victory at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish–American War, with the loss of only a single crewman on the American side.

Born in Montpelier, Vermont, Dewey entered the United States Naval Academy in 1854. He graduated from the academy in 1858 and was assigned as the executive lieutenant of the USS Mississippi at the beginning of the Civil War. He participated in the capture of New Orleans and the Siege of Port Hudson, helping the Union take control of the Mississippi River. By the end of the war, Dewey reached the rank of lieutenant commander.

After the Civil War, Dewey undertook a variety of assignments, serving on multiple ships and as an instructor at the Naval Academy. He also served on the United States Lighthouse Board and the Board of Inspection and Survey. He was promoted to Commodore in 1896 and assigned to the Asiatic Squadron the following year. After that appointment, he began preparations for a potential war with Spain, which broke out in April 1898. Immediately after the beginning of the war, Dewey led an attack on Manila Bay, sinking the entire Spanish Pacific fleet while suffering only minor casualties. After the battle, his fleet assisted in the capture of Manila. Dewey's victory at Manila Bay was widely lauded in the United States, and he was promoted to Admiral of the Navy in 1903.

Dewey explored a run for the 1900 Democratic presidential nomination, but he withdrew from the race and endorsed President William McKinley. He served on the General Board of the United States Navy, an important policy-making body, from 1900 until his death in 1917.

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In addition to the guns, a guided-missile destroyer is usually equipped with two large missile magazines, usually in vertical-launch cells. Some guided-missile destroyers contain powerful radar systems, such as the United States’ Aegis Combat System, and may be adopted for use in an anti-missile or ballistic-missile defense role. This is especially true of navies that no longer operate cruisers, so other vessels must be adopted to fill in the gap.

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USS Dewey

USS Dewey may refer to one of these ships of the United States Navy named in honor of Admiral George Dewey, best known for his victory at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish–American War:

USS Dewey (YFD-1), a floating drydock at U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay in the Philippines until being scuttled in 1942

USS Dewey (DD-349), a 1934 Farragut-class destroyer, launched in 1934 and struck in 1945

USS Dewey (DDG-45), a 1958 Farragut-class guided missile destroyer, launched in 1958 and struck in 1992

USS Dewey (DDG-105), an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, commissioned in 2010

USS Dewey (DDG-45)

USS Dewey (DLG-14/DDG-45) was a Farragut-class guided missile destroyer in the United States Navy. She was named in honor of George Dewey, the United States' only Admiral of the Navy. She was the third of four ships whose namesake was Admiral Dewey. The ship's motto was The First and Finest.

USS John C. Stennis

USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) is the seventh Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier in the United States Navy, named for Senator John C. Stennis of Mississippi. She was commissioned on 9 December 1995. Her home port is temporarily Norfolk, Virginia, for her scheduled refueling complex and overhaul. After her overhaul she is scheduled to return to Bremerton, Washington.

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