USS Truxtun (DDG-103)

USS Truxtun (DDG-103) is a Arleigh Burke-class destroyer currently in service with the United States Navy. She is named for American Naval hero, Commodore Thomas Truxtun[2] (1755–1822), one of the first six commanders appointed by George Washington to the newly formed U.S. Navy. She is the sixth U.S. naval warship to bear his name. Truxtun's keel was laid down on 11 April 2005. During construction at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi, she suffered a major electrical fire on 20 May 2006, engulfing two levels and causing damage estimated to worth millions of dollars.[4] She was launched on 17 April 2007,[1] then christened on 2 June 2007 in Pascagoula,[5] with Truxtun descendants Susan Scott Martin and Carol Leigh Roelker serving as sponsors,[6] and commissioned on 25 April 2009 in Charleston, South Carolina.

USS Truxtun (DDG-103)
USS Truxtun PASSEX 140303-N-JE719-061
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]
Identification:
Motto: "Pursue Attack Vanquish"
Status: in active service
Notes: USS Truxtun DDG-103 Crest
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; 35 mph)[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

Ship history

In 2012, the US Navy contracted with L3 Technologies to develop a fuel-efficient hybrid electric drive train for the Flight IIA Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyers. The system proposed used a pre-existing quill drive on the reduction gearbox, allowing an electric motor to drive the ships up to 13 knots. Truxtun was fitted with the permanent magnet motor system in 2012, under a research and development contract with General Atomics.[7] In March 2018, the US Navy announced that the trial program to install hybrid electric drives in 34 destroyers would be cancelled leaving Truxtun as the only ship so fitted.[8]

On 6 March 2014, Truxtun departed Greece and sailed to the Black Sea 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.[9] The deployment of Truxtun, along with sister ship Donald Cook), to the Black Sea was intended as a "strategic reassurance" for former Soviet republics and satellite states concerned about the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation[10][11]

In popular culture

Truxtun was seen in the feature film Captain Phillips, standing in for USS Bainbridge.[12]

References

  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. ^ "Navy Set to Install Hybrid Electric Drives in Destroyer Fleet Starting Next Year". public.navy.mil. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  8. ^ "US Navy cancelling program to turn gas-guzzling destroyers into hybrids". defenseNews.com. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  9. ^ "US navy confirms missile destroyer USS Truxtun approaching the Black Sea". RT.com. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ LaFranchi, Howard (7 March 2014). "Ukraine crisis: What's the point of US military activity near Russia?". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  12. ^ "Sailors share screen with Tom Hanks in 'Captain Phillips'". Navy Times. 11 October 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2015.

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USS Truxtun

USS Truxtun has been the name of various United States Navy ships in honor of Commodore Thomas Truxtun, and may refer to:

USS Truxtun (1842), a brig launched in 1842 and destroyed after running aground off Mexico in 1846

USS Truxtun (DD-14), a destroyer in service from 1902 to 1919

USS Truxtun (DD-229), a destroyer commissioned in 1921 that ran aground and sank in 1942

USS Truxtun (APD-98), laid down as a destroyer escort (DE-282) in 1943, completed as a high-speed transport (APD-98) in 1945, and in commission as such from 1945 to 1946.

USS Truxtun (CGN-35), originally guided missile destroyer leader DLGN-35, a guided missile cruiser in commission from 1967 to 1995

USS Truxtun (DDG-103), an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, commissioned in 2009.

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