Guided Missile Destroyer

DDG 103  -  USS Truxtun

 

 

DDG-103 USS Truxtun patch crest insignia

DDG-103 USS Truxtun Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer AEGIS

Type, Class:

 

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

planned and built as DDG 103

Builder:

 

Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi, USA

STATUS:

 

Awarded: September 13, 2002

Laid down: April 11, 2005

Launched: April 17, 2007

Commissioned: April 25, 2009

ACTIVE UNIT/ in commission (Atlantic Fleet)

Homeport:

 

Norfolk, Virginia, USA

Namesake:

 

Named after and in honor of Commodore Thomas Truxtun (1755 - 1822)

> see history, below;

Ship's Motto:

 

PURSUE - ATTACK - VANQUISH

Technical Data:

(Measures, Propulsion,

Armament, Aviation, etc.)

 

see: INFO > Arleigh Burke - class Guided Missile Destroyer

LINK :

 

see also: USS Truxtun (CGN 35)

 

ship images

 

ddg 103 uss truxtun soud bay crete greece march 2014

Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - March 2014

 

Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - March 2014

 

Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - March 2014

 

Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - March 2014

 

Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - March 2014

 

Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - March 2014

 

ddg 103 uss truxtun strait of gibraltar february 2014

Strait of Gibraltar - February 2014

 

 

DDG-103 USS Truxtun Atlantic Ocean 2011

Atlantic Ocean - December 2011

 

USS Truxtun DDG-103 Norfolk Virginia 2011

Norfolk, Virginia - December 2011

 

DDG-103 USS Truxtun

Norfolk, Virginia - December 2011

 

USS Truxtun DDG-103 MH-60R Sea Hawk HSM-70 Spartans

MH-60R Sea Hawk (HSM-70) - Atlantic Ocean - November 2011

 

DDG-103 USS Truxtun Mk-45 Mod.4 gun

Atlantic Ocean - November 2011

 

USS Truxtun DDG-103 Civitavecchia Italy 2011

Civitavecchia, Italy - November 2011

 

DDG-103 USS Truxtun Civitavecchia Italy November 2011

Civitavecchia, Italy - November 2011

 

DDG-103 USS Truxtun Mk-38 Mod.2 machine gun system MGS live fire

Mk-38 Mod.2 machine gun system live fire exercise - Arabian Sea - October 2011

 

USS Truxtun DDG-103 Mk-38 Mod.2 machine gun system live fire exercise

Arabian Gulf - August 2011

 

USS Truxtun DDG-103 Mk-32 torpedo tubes SVTT live fire exercise

MK-32 torpedo tubes (SVTT) - Arabian Gulf - August 2011

 

DDG-103 USS Truxtun Mk-15 Phalanx CIWS live fire exercise

Mk-15 Phalanx CIWS live fire exercise - Arabian Gulf - August 2011

 

DDG-103 USS Truxtun Mk-45 Mod.4 gun live fire exercise Arabian Gulf

Mk-45 Mod.4 gun fire - Arabian Gulf - August 2011

 

DDG-103 USS Truxtun Bahrain UAE 2011

Bahrain, UAE - August 2011

 

USS Truxtun DDG-103 Mk-45 Mod.4 5" 62 caliber gun fire exercise

Mk-45 Mod.4 gun fire exercise - Gulf of Aden - July 2011

 

USS Truxtun DDG-103 Mediterranean Sea 2011

Mediterranean Sea - June 2011

 

DDG-103 USS Truxtun Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer AEGIS

Atlantic Ocean - May 2011

 

DDG-103 USS Truxtun Atlantic Ocean 2011

Atlantic Ocean - May 2011

 

DDG-103 USS Truxtun

Atlantic Ocean - February 2011

 

DDG-103 USS Truxtun 2011

Atlantic Ocean - January 2011

 

DDG-103 USS Truxtun

Atlantic Ocean - January 2011

 

DDG-103 USS Truxtun commissioning Charleston South Carolina April 2009

commissioning - Charleston, South Carolina - April 25, 2009

 

DDG-103 USS Truxtun Charleston South Carolina 2009

Charleston, South Carolina - April 2009

 

 

Thomas Truxtun

 

Commodore Thomas Truxtun US Navy

 

 

Namesake & History:

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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