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US Navy - Guided Missile Destroyer

DDG 103 - USS Truxtun

 

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Type, class: Guided Missile Destroyer - DDG; Arleigh Burke class, Flight IIA
Builder: Northrop Grumman Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi, USA
  
STATUS:
Awarded: September 13, 2002
Laid down: April 11, 2005
Launched: April 17, 2007
Commissioned: April 25, 2009
IN SERVICE
 

Homeport: Norfolk, Virginia
 Namesake: Commodore Thomas Truxtun (1755-1822)
Ships Motto: PURSUE - ATTACK - VANQUISH
Technical Data: see: INFO > Arleigh Burke class Guided Missile Destroyer - DDG

 

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Mk-45 Mod.4 (5-inch/62-caliber) gun fire exercise - 5th Fleet AOR - June 2017

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5th Fleet AOR - April 2017

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Red Sea - April 2017

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Aqaba, Jordan - March 2017

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flight deck with MH-60R Seahawk helicopter (HSM-70) - 5th Fleet AOR - March 2017

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Norfolk, Virginia - January 2017

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Norfolk, Virginia - January 2017

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Mk-38 Mod.2 25mm gun fire exercise - December 2016

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Norfolk, Virginia - November 2014

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Strait of Gibraltar - November 2014

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Villefranche, France - November 2014

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Villefranche, France - November 2014

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Villefranche, France - November 2014

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Villefranche, France - November 2014

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Mk-45 Mod.4 (5-inch/62-caliber) gun fire exercise - Red Sea - October 2014

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Red Sea - October 2014

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Arabian Gulf - October 2014

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Mk-45 Mod.4 (5-inch/62-caliber) gun fire - Arabian Gulf - September 2014

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Suez Canal - July 2014

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Red Sea - July 2014

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Mk-45 Mod.4 (5-inch/62-caliber) gun fire - Arabian Gulf - July 2014

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flight deck with MH-60R Seahawk helicopter (HSM-70) - Arabian Gulf - July 2014

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preparing for replenishment at sea (RAS) - Arabian Gulf - June 2014

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Mk-45 Mod.4 (5-inch/62-caliber) gun fire - Gulf of Aden - June 2014

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Mk-38 Mod.2 25mm machine gun fire - Gulf of Aden - June 2014

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Gulf of Oman - June 2014

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Gulf of Oman - June 2014

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Muscat, Oman - May 2014

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Gulf of Aden - April 2014

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Suez Canal - April 2014

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Suez Canal - April 2014

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Suez Canal - April 2014

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Mk-38 Mod.2 25mm machine gun fire exercise - Red Sea - April 2014

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Mk-45 Mod.4 (5-inch/62-caliber) gun fire exercise - Red Sea - April 2014

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Suez Canal - March 2014

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Suez Canal - March 2014

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Mk-45 Mod.4 (5-inch/62-caliber) gun fire exercise - Red Sea - March 2014

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Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - March 2014

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Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - March 2014

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flight deck with MH-60R Seahawk helicopter (HSM-70) - Black Sea - March 2014

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on the bridge - Black Sea - March 2014

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Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - March 2014

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Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - March 2014

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Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - March 2014

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Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - March 2014

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Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - March 2014

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Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - March 2014

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Strait of Gibraltar - February 2014

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Norfolk, Virginia - February 2014

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Atlantic Ocean - December 2013

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Atlantic Ocean - December 2013

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Mk-45 Mod.4 (5"/62-caliber) gun fire - Atlantic Ocean - December 2013

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August 2013

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Mk-45 Mod.4 (5"/62-caliber) gun fire - Atlantic Ocean - July 2013

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Atlantic Ocean - December 2011

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Atlantic Ocean - December 2011

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Norfolk, Virginia - December 2011

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Norfolk, Virginia - December 2011

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replenishment at sea (RAS) - Arabian Sea - November 2011

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Mk-46 recoverable exercise torpedo (REXTORP) was launched from Mk-32 torpedo tubes - Arabian Gulf - August 2011

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Mk-45 Mod.4 (5"/62-caliber) gun fire - Arabian Gulf - August 2011

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Mk-45 Mod.4 (5"/62-caliber) gun fire - Gulf of Aden - July 2011

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Atlantic Ocean - May 2011

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Atlantic Ocean - May 2011

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commissioning ceremony - Charleston, South Carolina - April 25, 2009

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appproaching Charleston, South Carolina for commissioning ceremony - April 2009
   

 

DDG-103 USS Truxtun:

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Thomas Truxtun

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Commodore Thomas Truxtun (February 17, 1755 - May 5, 1822):

Thomas Truxtun was born on 17 February 1755 near Hempstead, Long Island, New York. When his father died in 1765, young Truxtun came under the guardianship of John Troup of Jamaica, Long Island. Two years later, at the age of 12, he embarked upon a seafaring career, sailing with Captains Joseph Holmes and James Chambers in the London trade. At 16, he was pressed into service in the Royal Navy on board HMS Prudent. Truxtun's British commanding officer observed the lad's natural abilities and offered him aid in securing a midshipman's warrant. However, Truxtum declined, obtained his release through the good offices of influential friends, and returned to mercantile service. By the age of 20, he had risen to command of Andrew Caldwell in which he brought large quantities of gunpowder into Philadelphia in 1775. Later that year, his ship was seized by HMS Argo off St. Kitts in the West Indies.

By the time Truxtun made his way back to Philadelphia, the colonies had reached the point of open rupture with the mother country. He signed on as a lieutenant in Congress, the first privateer to be fitted out for service against Great Britain. During the remainder of 1776, Truxtun participated in the capture of several prizes off the coast of Cuba. In 1777, he fitted out Continental Navy sloop Independence and sailed her to the Azores where he took three prizes. Upon his return, Truxtun fitted out Mars and made a highly successful cruise in the English Channel. Successively, he commanded Independence once more and then, in turn, Commerce and St. James.

In addition to privateering, Truxtun's ships also carried precious cargoes of military stores to the colonies. On one voyage in St. James, he landed the most valuable cargo brought into Philadelphia during the Revolution. At a dinner in Truxtun's honor, George Washington declared his services had been worth those of a regiment. On another occasion, St. James - still under his command - carried Thomas Barclay, the American consul, to France. En route, he also managed to disable a 32-gun British- ship.

Following the Revolution, Truxtun resumed his career in mercantile service and commanded Canton, the first Philadelphia ship to enter the China trade. When the United States Navy was organized, he was selected as one of its first six captains on 4 June 1798. He was assigned command of one of the new frigates then under construction. His ship, Constellation, was completed late in June; and he put to sea immediately to prosecute the undeclared naval war with revolutionary France.

The frigate, accompanied by a squadron of smaller ships, operated in the West Indies between St. Christopher and Puerto Rico. On 9 February 1799, Truxtun scored the first of his two most famous victories. After an hour's fight, Constellation battered Insurgente into submission, killing 29 and wounding 44 of the French frigate's crew. Truxtun brought Insurgente into St. Christopher where she was refitted and commissioned in the United States Navy.

Almost a year later, on 1 February 1800, he sighted the 50-gun French frigate La, Vengeance, chased her all day, and finally overhauled her that evening. For the next five hours, Truxtun used superior American gunnery and the prevailing heavy seas to his advantage and, by 0100, completely overcame La, Vengeance's initial broadside superiority. During the action, the French warship had struck her colors several times, but darkness had prevented Truxtun from seeing the signal. Accordingly, the engagement continued until every gun on board the Frenchman went silent. The French frigate then sheered off to flee, and Constellation's battle-damaged rigging made it impossible for the American frigate to pursue her escaping victim. After refitting Constellation at Jamaica, Truxtun returned with her to Norfolk late in March.

After commanding frigate President in the West Indies from mid-1800 to May 1801, Truxtun was appointed to command the squadron then fitting out for the Tripolitan expedition. Through a misunderstanding engendered by his request to have a captain appointed to command his flagship Chesapeake, Truxtun's unintended resignation from the Navy was accepted in Washington.

Commodore Truxtun retired first to Perth Ambpy, N.J., and thence to Philadelphia, where he was active in local politics for the rest of his life. In 1809, he led the agitation in Philadelphia against the Embargo. The following year, he was unsuccessful in his bid for a seat in Congress under the Federalist banner. From 1816 to 1819, Truxtun served as the sheriff of Philadelphia. Commodore Truxtun died at Philadelphia on 5 May 1822 and was interred there at Christ Church.
 

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