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USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98)

See USS Forrest Sherman for other ships of this name.
USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98)
History
United States
Name: USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98)
Namesake: Admiral Forrest Sherman
Ordered: 6 March 1998
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
Laid down: 7 August 2003
Launched: 2 October 2004
Sponsored by: Ann Sherman Fitzpatrick
Commissioned: 28 January 2006
Homeport: Norfolk, Virginia
Motto: "Relentless Fighting Spirit"
Status: in active service, as of 2016
Badge:
General characteristics
Class & 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:
Speed: 30+ knots (55+ km/h)
Complement: 380 officers and enlisted
Armament:
Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60B or MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters

USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98) is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer in the United States Navy. She is named for Admiral Forrest Percival Sherman, and is the second US Navy ship to bear the name. She is part of Destroyer Squadron 2.

Built by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Forrest Sherman was launched on 2 October 2004. Admiral Sherman's daughter, Ann Sherman Fitzpatrick, is the ship's sponsor. She was commissioned on 28 January 2006 at NAS Pensacola, Commander Michael VanDurick in command, and six days later departed for her homeport in Norfolk, Va. to join the Atlantic Fleet.

USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) in 2007, test firing her new 5"/62 caliber Mark 45 Mod 4 gun, located forward of her 32-cell missile pack module.

She departed Norfolk for her maiden deployment in July 2007, visiting various nations around the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea. In August 2007, while the ship was visiting Sevastopol to conduct drills with the Ukrainian Navy, a 1,100 pounds (500 kg) naval mine from the Second World War was discovered 500 yards from the vessel. The mine was secured before it could damage the ship.[1] Also during that visit, she became the first US Navy ship to land a Ukrainian Navy helicopter. She also conducted Reliant Mermaid 2007 with the Turkish and Israeli Navies.[2]

On that deployment, she circumnavigated the continent of Africa as part of Task Group 60.5, the US Navy's Southeast Africa task force. She returned home on 19 December that year.[3][4]

In early June 2008, Forrest Sherman deployed for three months in support of U.S. Southern Command's Partnership of the Americas 2008 (POA 08) operation. She returned home on 29 August 2008.[5]

Her current Commanding Officer is Commander Todd Zenner.

References

This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.

  1. ^ "WWII Mine Discovered Near Ukraine".  
  2. ^ "Welcome aboard USS Forrest Sherman DDG-98" (pdf). Retrieved May 2012. 
  3. ^ Wax, MCS2 Joseph R. (25 November 2007). "Enterprise Strike Group Exemplifies CNO's Maritime Strategy". USN. 
  4. ^ "USS Forrest Sherman DDG-98". U.S. Carriers. 1 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "USS Forrest Sherman due home to Norfolk Friday".  

External links

  • Official ship's site
  • Photo gallery of USS Forrest Sherman at NavSource Naval History
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