Guided Missile Destroyer

DDG 102  -  USS Sampson

 

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson patch crest insignia

DDG-102 USS Sampson Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer AEGIS

Type, Class:

 

Guided Missile Destroyer; Arleigh Burke - class / Flight IIA;

planned and built as DDG 102

Builder:

 

Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, USA

STATUS:

 

Awarded: September 13, 2002

Laid down: March 14, 2005

Launched: September 17, 2006

Commissioned: November 3, 2007

ACTIVE UNIT/ in commission (Pacific Fleet)

Homeport:

 

San Diego, California, USA

Namesake:

 

Named after and in honor of Rear Admiral William Thomas Sampson (1840 - 1902)

> see history, below;

Ship's Motto:

 

THROUGH COURAGE AND ARMS

Technical Data:

(Measures, Propulsion,

Armament, Aviation, etc.)

 

see: INFO > Arleigh Burke - class Guided Missile Destroyer

LINK :

 

see also: USS Sampson (DDG 10)

 

ship images

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson Seattle Washington 2011

Seattle, Washington - August 2011

 

USS Sampson DDG-102 Seattle

Seattle, Washington - August 2011

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson

Seattle, Washington - August 2011

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson

Seattle, Washington - August 2011

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson Seattle 2011

Seattle, Washington - August 2011

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson Seattle

Seattle, Washington - August 2011

 

USS Sampson DDG-102 Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer

Seattle, Washington - August 2011

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson San Diego 2011

San Diego - July 2011

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer AEGIS

Pacific Ocean - November 2010

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson replenishment

Pacific Ocean - November 2010

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson Pearl Harbor Hawaii 2010

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - July 2010

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson

Pacific Ocean - July 2010

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson

Pacific Ocean - July 2010

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson and DDG-65 USS Benfold Pearl Harbor Hawaii 2010

USS Benfold (DDG-65) and USS Sampson (DDG-102) - Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - July 2010

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - July 2010

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson Pearl Harbor Hawaii RIMPAC

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - June 2010

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson Portland Oregon 2010

Portland, Oregon - June 2010

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson Portland Oregon

Portland, Oregon - June 2010

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson Portland OR

Portland, Oregon - June 2010

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson Philippine Sea 2010

Philippine Sea - February 2010

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson Philippine Sea

Philippine Sea - February 2010

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson

Philippine Sea - February 2010

 

USS Sampson DDG-102 South China Sea 2010

South China Sea - February 2010

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson South China Sea

South China Sea - February 2010

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson South China Sea

South China Sea - February 2010

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson

South China Sea - February 2010

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson North Arabian Sea 2010

North Arabian Sea - January 2010

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson North Arabian Sea 2009

North Arabian Sea - December 2009

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson Arabian Sea

North Arabian Sea - December 2009

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson Gulf of Oman 2009

Gulf of Oman - November 2009

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson Gulf of Oman

Gulf of Oman - November 2009

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson Gulf of Oman

Gulf of Oman - November 2009

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson

Gulf of Oman - November 2009

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson VERTREP Gulf of Oman

Gulf of Oman - November 2009

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson

Gulf of Oman - November 2009

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson

Gulf of Oman - November 2009

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson

Gulf of Oman - November 2009

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson

Gulf of Oman - November 2009

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson Indian Ocean 2009

Indian Ocean - September 2009

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer AEGIS

Pacific Ocean - August 2009

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson Pacific Ocean 2009

Pacific Ocean - August 2009

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson commissioning Boston Massachusetts November 3 2007

commissioning - Boston Massachusetts - November 3, 2007

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson commissioning Boston Massachusetts November 2007

commissioning - Boston Massachusetts - November 3, 2007

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson Boston Massachusetts 2007

Boston Massachusetts - November 2007

 

 

construction photos out of the PCU/DDG-102 website

DDG-102 USS Sampson construction at Bath Iron Works

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson construction propellers

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson construction

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson Bath Iron Works Maine

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson construction

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson construction

 

DDG-102 USS Sampson construction BIW Maine

 

 

William Thomas Sampson

 

Rear Admiral William Thomas Sampson. US Navy   Rear Admiral William Thomas Sampson, US Navy

 

William Thomas Sampson Rear Admiral US Navy   Rear Admiral William Thomas Sampson US Navy

 

Rear Admiral William Thomas Sampson US Navy   William Thomas Sampson Rear Admiral US Navy DDG-102

 

 

Namesake & History:

Rear Admiral William Thomas Sampson (9. Februar 1840 – 6. Mai 1902):

 

William Thomas Sampson (9 February 1840 – 6 May 1902) was a United States Navy rear admiral known for his victory in the Battle of Santiago de Cuba during the Spanish-American War.


Biography:

He was born in Palmyra, New York, and entered the United States Naval Academy on 24 September 1857. After graduating first in his class four years later, he served as an instructor at the Academy, teaching physics. In 1864, he became the executive officer of the monitor Patapsco of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron and engaged in sweeping torpedoes off Charleston, South Carolina. He survived the loss of that ironclad on 15 January 1865, when she struck a torpedo, exploded, and sank with a loss of 75 lives.

Following duty in the steam frigate Colorado on the European Station, another tour as instructor at the Naval Academy, and in the Bureau of Navigation of the Navy Department, he served in the screw sloop Congress. He then commanded Alert, practice ship Mayflower, and Swatara while on duty at the Naval Academy.

During the next years, he was Assistant to the Superintendent of the United States Naval Observatory, then Officer-in-Charge of the Naval Torpedo Station at Newport, Rhode Island. On 9 September 1886, he became Superintendent of the Naval Academy. He was promoted to Captain on 9 April 1889, reported to the Mare Island Navy Yard to fit out the protected cruiser San Francisco, and assumed command when she was commissioned on 15 November 1889. He was detached in June 1892 to serve as Inspector of Ordnance in the Washington Navy Yard and was appointed Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance on 28 January 1893. He assumed command of the battleship Iowa on 15 June 1897. On 17 February 1898, he was made President of the Board of Inquiry to investigate the destruction of the Maine. On 26 March 1898, he assumed command of the North Atlantic Squadron, with the temporary rank of Rear Admiral.


Spanish-American War:

The United States declared war against Spain on 21 April 1898; and, eight days later, Admiral Cervera's fleet sailed from the Cape Verde Islands for an uncertain destination. Rear Admiral Sampson, in flagship New York, put to sea from Key West. Sampson's early involvement in the conflict would include his supervision of the Cuban blockade, which would last for the duration of the war, as well as the bombardment of the city of San Juan on May 10, 1898. After initially being sent to blockade Havana itself, Sampson would be given orders to intercept Admiral Cevera's squadron, but with only a vague notion of Cevera's current location, he was unable to actively pursue. Awaiting further information on Cevera's whereabouts, Sampson would sail east to San Juan, and would carry out a bombardment on May 10 that would last several days, dealing minor infrastructural damage to the city. After this preliminary bombardment Sampson would help lead a land-sea attack on San Juan, along with General William Shafter, taking the city. On July 1, following the successful invasion, Sampson would return to Cuba, reinforcing the blockades in Santiago and Cienfuegos.

On May 29, Elements of Sampson's command would spot Admiral Cevera's squadron moving into Santiago harbor, and the naval presence there would be greatly increased, to prevent Cevera's escape. On the morning of 3 July 1898, Cervera's fleet came out of the harbor. Sampson was ashore at a conference with General Shafter, making plans for a coordinated attack on Santiago. Rear Admiral Winfield Scott Schley was in command of the Flying Squadron in Sampson's absence and met the Spanish fleet, completely destroying every Spanish vessel in a running sea battle lasting five hours. The next day, Rear Admiral Sampson sent his famous message: "The Fleet under my command offers the nation as a Fourth of July present, the whole of Cervera's Fleet".

Sampson's message omitted any mention of Schley's leadership in the battle, leading to a controversy as to who was responsible for the victory. While Sampson also arguably played a significant role in the victory, having laid down the strategic framework and determining the favorable positions of his own forces, it was of course Schley who had actually commanded the fleet during the battle. Schley appealed for a court of inquiry, which he got in 1901. In the Navy, the quarrel was so divisive that the rank-and-file identified themselves as either a "Schley man" or a "Sampson man." The court of inquiry heard testimony in support of Schley by his own men and, despite some criticism of Schley, exonerated the commander of the Flying Squadron.

After the Battle of Santiago Bay, Sampson was appointed Cuban Commissioner on 20 August 1898, but resumed command of the North Atlantic Fleet in December. He became Commandant of the Boston Navy Yard in October 1899 and transferred to the Retired List on 9 February 1902. Rear Admiral Sampson died in Washington, D.C., a few months later and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


Namesakes:

Four destroyers of the Navy have been named USS Sampson in his honor.

The United States Naval Academy's Sampson Hall, which houses the English and History departments, is named in his honor.

The United States Navy also authorized a service medal, known as the Sampson Medal, to recognize those who had served under his command during the Spanish-American War.

The former Sampson Naval Training Base, that became the Sampson Air Force Base and is now a New York State Park on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake were named in his honor. Approved by President Roosevelt in 1942, 498 buildings were constructed on 2,500 acres of farmland in the Finger Lakes near Palmyra, New York by 15,500 workers in 270 days so that 411,000 sailors could be trained before the facility closed in 1946. The facility was converted to the Sampson Air Force Base for the Korean War and between 1950 and 1956 over 300,000 airmen had their basic training there. Even though the facility is now the Sampson State Park known for its herd of white deer, it will return to military duty when the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery is completed.
A Brooklyn, New York elementary school PS 160 was named in his honor.

Both the elementary and high school at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base were named in his honor.

 

source: wikipedia

 

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