USS Roosevelt (DDG-80)

USS Roosevelt (DDG-80) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in service with the United States Navy. She is named in honor of both President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife, the then-First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. This ship is the 30th destroyer of her class. USS Roosevelt was the 13th ship of this class to be built at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and construction began on 15 December 1997. She was launched on 10 January 1999 and was christened on 23 January 1999. On 14 October 2000 the commissioning ceremony was held at Naval Station Mayport, Florida.

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USS Roosevelt transiting through the Suez Canal in February 2009.
United States
Name: USS Roosevelt
Namesake: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt
Awarded: 6 January 1995
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula, Mississippi
Laid down: 15 December 1997
Launched: 10 January 1999
Christened: 23 January 1999
Acquired: 12 June 2000
Commissioned: 14 October 2000
Homeport: NAVSTA Mayport, Florida, U.S.
Motto: "Leadership, Truth, Loyalty"
Status: in active service
Badge: USS Roosevelt DDG-80 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)
Draft: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Propulsion: 4 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, 2 shafts, 100,000 shp (75 MW)
Speed: >30 kn (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Complement: 380 officers and enlisted
Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters


On 22 October 1996, the Secretary of the Navy, John H. Dalton, announced that the 30th ship of the Arleigh Burke class, would be named Roosevelt. This is the first ship so named to honor both Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States and the former First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. (The aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42) served from 1945–1977 before being scrapped.)

Roosevelt's keel was laid down on 15 December 1997 at Litton Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. She was launched on 10 January 1999, and christened on 23 January, sponsored by Mrs. Nancy Roosevelt Ireland, granddaughter of the ship's namesakes.[1] The ship was commissioned on 14 October 2000 at Naval Station Mayport in Florida, with CDR Matthew E. Bobola in command.[2]

On 4 April 2006, Roosevelt and the Dutch frigate HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën attempted to intercept a hijacked South Korean trawler off the coast of Somalia. However, both Roosevelt and De Zeven Provinciën were forced to disengage in the pursuit because the pirates threatened the trawler's crew with firearms. The hijacked trawler escaped into Somali territorial waters.[3]

On 16 February 2007, Roosevelt was awarded the 2006 Battle Efficiency "E" award.[4]

On 28 October 2011, Roosevelt completed her seven-month deployment to the U.S. Fifth Fleet and U.S. Sixth Fleet Areas of Responsibility. During this overseas deployment, Roosevelt was underway at sea for 205 days out of total of 213 days away from her homeport of Naval Station Mayport. During the 205 days at sea, Roosevelt logged one period of 113 consecutive days underway, travelling over 38,000 nautical miles (70,000 km; 44,000 mi). Roosevelt made only three ports of call during her 2011 deployment, to Rota, Spain; the island of Mahe in Seychelles Islands; and Port Louis, the capital of the island of Mauritius.[5]

On 16 March 2014, Navy SEALs from Roosevelt took possession of the rogue oil tanker Morning Glory south of Cyprus with the intent to deliver the vessel to the Libyan authorities.[6]

Coat of arms

USS Roosevelt DDG-80 Crest


The shield has background of dark blue with a gold orle. In the center of the shield is a sword wrapped in the fret with a demi-sun above.

The traditional Navy colors were chosen for the shield because dark blue and gold represents the sea and excellence respectively. White denotes integrity and loyalty. President Roosevelt’s leadership brought stability and strength to Americas during the Depression and threat of fascist aggression are exemplified by the fret. The sword signifies the call to Americans to be prepared and confident during World War II. It also indicates DDG 80’s readiness for deployment of modern weaponry in the country’s defense. The demi-sun represents truth and Roosevelt's aspirations for a better world. Roosevelt helped to bring unity to the country and this is represented in the orle of the shield.


The crest consists of a ship wheel encompassed in the sun with a rose in the lozenge center.

President Roosevelt’s achievement to bring the United States out of domestic crisis and worldwide conflict are represented by the demi-sun. A ship wheel is centered in the sun denotes Roosevelt’s appointment as Assistant secretary of the Navy as well as his success leading American through trouble some years during his Presidency. The lozenge is a reference to Eleanor Roosevelt, his wife, for her political assistance and reputation. Representing Roosevelt’s four President elections are each side of the lozenge. The rose is the state flower of New York and represents his governing of the state and family name.


The motto is written on a scroll of blue that has a white reverse side with red trim.

The ships motto is "Leadership Truth Loyalty". The motto is a reference to the achievements of the Roosevelt presidency.


The coat of arms in full color as in the blazon, upon a white background enclosed within a dark blue oval border edged on the outside with a gold rope and bearing the inscription "USS Roosevelt" at the top and "DDG 80" in the base all gold.


  1. ^ Doehring, Thoralf. "USS Roosevelt (DDG 80)". Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  2. ^ Willshaw, Fred. "USS Roosevelt (DDG-80)". Destroyer Archive. NavSource Naval History. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Coalition Naval assets challenge hijackers on South Korean motor vessel" (Press release). United States Navy. 4 April 2006. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  4. ^ Ludwick, Paula M. (19 February 2007). "Surface Force Ships, Crews Earn Battle "E"" (Press release). United States Navy. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  5. ^ Dixon, Abigail (26 October 2011). "USS Roosevelt Shatters Days At Sea Record". Florida Times-Union. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  6. ^ Statement by US Department of Defense on 17 March 2014

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