USS Momsen

USS Momsen (DDG-92) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in service with the United States Navy.

Momsen is the twenty-sixth destroyer of the Arleigh Burke class to be built by Bath Iron Works. She is named after Vice Admiral Charles B. "Swede" Momsen of Flushing, Queens, New York (1896–1967). Vice Admiral Momsen made many contributions to the navy such as the invention of the Momsen Lung when he was assigned to the Bureau of Construction and Repair. Momsen was also involved in the first successful rescue of a crew of a sunken submarine, USS Squalus, and subsequently supervised the salvage of the boat.

USS Momsen (DDG 92) stbd bow view
Momsen starboard bow view

Momsen's keel was laid on 16 November 2001. She was launched on 19 July 2003, sponsored by the Admiral Momsen's daughter, Evelyn Momsen Hailey. Momsen was commissioned on 28 August 2004, at Panama City, Florida.[1]

As of 2008, Momsen is serving in the Pacific Fleet, homeported in NAVSTA Everett, Washington, and recently assigned to Destroyer Squadron 21 out of San Diego.

The construction of Momsen and sister ship Chafee, from initial steelcutting to sea trials, was documented on the Discovery Channel television special Destroyer: Forged in Steel. The destroyers were not referenced by name, but their numbers were visible on their prows.[2]

USS Momsen DDG92
USS Momsen in 2006
United States
Name: USS Momsen
Namesake: Charles Momsen
Ordered: 6 March 1998
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Laid down: 16 November 2001
Launched: 19 July 2003
Commissioned: 28 August 2004
Homeport: NAVSTA Everett, Washington
Motto: Ready Now
Status: in active service
Badge: USS Momsen DDG-92 Crest
General characteristics
Class and type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Displacement: 9,200 long tons (9,300 t)
Length: 509 ft 6 in (155.30 m)
Beam: 66 ft (20 m)
Draught: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Propulsion: 4 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, 2 shafts, 100,000 shp (75 MW)
Speed: >30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Complement: 280 officers and enlisted men
Aircraft carried: 2 × MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters

Ship history


On 6 April 2006, Momsen departed Naval Station Everett for her maiden deployment. During the six-month cruise, the ship conducted training and operations throughout Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. Momsen returned home from a successful maiden deployment on 22 September 2006.[3]

USS Momsen transits the Pacific Ocean. (25972242113)
Momsen transits the Pacific Ocean.


Momsen departed for her second deployment on 14 March 2008 with Carrier Strike Group Nine. During her deployment, Momsen provided critical humanitarian assistance for two foreign vessels, a stranded cargo vessel with engine problems and a former hijacked merchant vessel requiring food, water and medical attention. She returned home on 13 October 2008 after a seven-month underway period.[4]


Momsen departed for her third deployment September 2010 with Carrier Strike Group Nine.

US Navy 110202-N-2907P-001 Suspected pirate skiffs burn from weapons fire from the guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92)
Anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Oman, February 2011.

On 2 February 2011, Momsen, with the guided-missile cruiser Bunker Hill, responded to a distress call from the Panamanian-flag merchant vessel Duqm in the Gulf of Oman. Both ships disrupted a pirate attack on Duqm, tracked the two pirate skiffs back to their mothership, and destroyed the two skiffs to prevent their use in future pirate attacks (pictured).[5]


The ship's skipper, Commander Jay Wylie, was relieved of command on 27 April 2011 for "loss of confidence in his ability to command."[6] On 28 October 2011, the former commander of Momsen, Jay Wylie, plead guilty to one count of rape, three counts of aggravated sexual assault and contact, and three counts of conduct unbecoming an officer, and was sentenced by court martial to 42 months imprisonment and loss of all navy benefits.


During her 2013 deployment, Momsen initially joined Carrier Strike Group Eleven before undertaking independent operations with the U.S. Seventh Fleet.[7] During this deployment, Momsen participated in such multilateral naval exercises as CARAT Indonesia 2013 in the Java Sea, Talisman Sabre 2013 in the Coral Sea, and SAREX in the Sea of Japan. Momsen operated with Carrier Strike Group Five during the Talisman Sabre and SAREX exercises.[8] Momsen also paid port visits to Indonesia, Japan, Saipan, Australia.[7] On 22 August 2013, Momsen returned to Naval Station Everett, Washington, after a four-month underway period as part of the U.S. Seventh Fleet.[7]


In 2018, Momsen made a port call to Anchorage.[9]


  1. ^ "Navy to Commission Destroyer Momsen" (Press release). U.S. Department of Defense. 27 August 2004. Retrieved 14 March 2008.
  2. ^ "Discovery Channel To Feature General Dynamics Bath Iron Works Employees Building U.S. Navy Destroyers" (PDF) (Press release). General Dynamics Bath Iron Works. 11 September 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 October 2006. Retrieved 14 March 2008.
  3. ^ "USS Momsen Returns Home Following Deployment". US Navy. 23 September 2006. Retrieved 4 November 2008.
  4. ^ "Momsen, Shoup Return Home to Naval Station Everett after MSO Deployment". US Navy. 13 October 2008. Retrieved 4 November 2008.
  5. ^ "Momsen and Bunker Hill Disrupt Pirate Attack". NNS110204-09. COMUSNAVCENT Public Affairs. 4 February 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2011.
  6. ^ Associated Press, "California: Captain Loses Command Of Destroyer", New York Times, 29 April 2011, p. 21.
  7. ^ a b c "2013 History". USS Momsen DDG 82. 21 May 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2013.
  8. ^ "U.S. Navy and Indonesian Navy Ships Get Underway for At Sea Phase of 19th CARAT Indonesia Exercise". NNS130528-01. Commander Task Group 73 Public Affairs. 21 May 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2013.; "Exercise Talisman Saber fleet prepares for battle". Department of Defence (Australia). 25 July 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2013.; Jon Rabiroff (2 October 2013). "Camera club tips off North Korea to US carrier's Pacific presence". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 24 October 2013.; Jon Rabiroff and Yoo Kyong Chang (4 October 2013). "U.S. aircraft carrier arrives in S. Korea for joint drills". GlobalPost. Retrieved 24 October 2013.; and "S. Korea launches joint maritime drills with US, Japan". Global Times. 10 October 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  9. ^ Holmes, Loren (15 August 2018). "Navy guided-missile destroyer visits Anchorage". Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved 16 August 2018.

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

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Arleigh Burke-class destroyer

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Richard Paul Momsen (1891–1965), American/Brazilian lawyer, US Consul General in Rio de Janeiro

Taylor Momsen (born 1993), American actress, musician and model

Tony Momsen (1928–1994), American football center in the National Football League

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