Guided Missile Destroyer

DDG 104  -  USS Sterett

 

 

DDG-104 USS Sterett patch crest insignia

DDG-104 USS Sterett Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer AEGIS

Type, Class:

 

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

planned and built as DDG 104

Builder:

 

Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, USA

STATUS:

 

Awarded: September 13, 2002

Laid down: November 17, 2005

Launched: May 20, 2007

Commissioned: August 9, 2008

ACTIVE UNIT / in commission (Pacific Fleet)

Homeport:

 

San Diego, California, USA

Namesake:

 

Named after and in honor of Lieutenant Andrew Sterett (1778 - 1807)

> see history, below;

Ship's Motto:

 

FOREVER DAUNTLESS

Technical Data:

(Measures, Propulsion,

Armament, Aviation, etc.)

 

see: INFO > Arleigh Burke - class Guided Missile Destroyer

LINK :

 

see also: USS Sterett (CG 31)

 

ship images

 

DDG-104 USS Sterett Arabian Sea 2012

Arabian Sea - January 2012

 

USS Sterett DDG-104 Naval Weapon Station Seal Beach California 2011

Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, California - November 2011

 

DDG-104 USS Sterett Pacific Ocean 2011

Pacific Ocean - September 2011

 

DDG-104 USS Sterett Pacific Ocean 2011

Pacific Ocean - September 2011

 

DDG-104 USS Sterett Philippine Sea 2011

Philippine Sea - April 2011

 

DDG-104 USS Sterett Pacific Ocean 2010

Pacific Ocean - August 2010

 

DDG-104 USS Sterett Arleigh Burke class destroyer AEGIS

Pacific Ocean - August 2010

 

USS Sterett DDG-104 fires a BGM-109 Tomahawk TLAM missile from her VLS

Tomahawk missile weapons testing - Pacific Ocean - June 2010

 

DDG-104 USS Sterett fires a BGM-109 Tomahawk TLAM

Tomahawk missile weapons testing - Pacific Ocean - June 2010

 

DDG-104 USS Sterett fires a BGM-109 Tomahawk missile TLAM

Tomahawk missile weapons testing - Pacific Ocean - June 2010

 

DDG-104 USS Sterett BGM-109 Tomahawk launch Mk-41 VLS

Tomahawk missile weapons testing - Pacific Ocean - June 2010

 

DDG-104 USS Sterett fires a BGM-109 Tomahawk TLAM missile from her Mk-41 VLS

Tomahawk missile weapons testing - Pacific Ocean - June 2010

 

USS Sterett DDG-104 fires a Tomahawk TLAM test firing

Tomahawk missile weapons testing - Pacific Ocean - June 2010

 

DDG-104 USS Sterett San Diego 2010

San Diego, California - June 2010

 

DDG-104 USS Sterett Seal Beach 2009

Seal Beach, California - November 2009

 

DDG-104 USS Sterett fires Standard Missiles from her Mk-41 VLS

Pacific Ocean - December 2008

 

DDG-104 USS Sterett commissioning Baltimore Maryland August 2008

commissioning - Baltimore, Maryland - August 9, 2008

 

 

 

USS Sterett (DDG-104) under construction at Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine

 

DDG-104 USS Sterett under construction at Bath Iron Works, Maine

 

DDG-104 USS Sterett under construction Bath Iron Works BIW

 

DDG-104 USS Sterett construction Bath Iron Works Maine

 

 

Andrew Sterett

 

Andrew Sterett Lieutenant US Navy Master Commandant

 

 

Namesake & History:

Lieutenant Andrew Sterett (January 27, 1778 – June 9, 1807):

 

Andrew Sterett (27 January 1778 - 9 June 1807) was an officer in the United States Navy during the nation's early days.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he was the son of John Sterett, a former Revolutionary War captain and a successful shipping merchant. The fourth of ten children, Andrew Sterett nevertheless inherited a sizable amount of money. Despite this, he resolved to join the Navy, and was commissioned as a lieutenant on 25 March 1798.

Sterett's first assignment was as Third Lieutenant of the USF Constellation, under Captain Thomas Truxtun, which was sent to do battle with French vessels during the Quasi-War. Sterett was commanding a gun battery when Constellation attained the first-ever U.S. victory against a foreign navy, defeating and capturing the French frigate L'Insurgente on 9 February 1799. L'Insurgente lost 29 dead and 41 wounded; the only American loss was a man run through by Lieutenant Sterett's saber.

During the battle, a Seaman, Neal Harvey, was summarily executed by Lieutenant Sterett after having abandoned his post in a panic. Upon Constellation's arrival back in Baltimore, the anti-federalist press, who opposed the military in general and the Quasi-War in particular, seized upon this incident as an example of the arrogance and cold-bloodedness of the Navy. The objections intensified when Sterett was heard to say, "We put men to death for even looking pale on this ship." The Navy saw things quite differently, and soon promoted Sterett to the rank of First Lieutenant.

A year later, Sterett was involved in a battle to a draw with the 54-gun French frigate Vengeance. Soon afterward, he took command of the schooner USS Enterprise where he remained through the end of the Quasi-War, capturing the privateer L'Amour de la Patrie on 24 December 1800.

After resupplying in Baltimore, Sterett sailed Enterprise to the Barbary Coast in June, 1801 as part of a force under Commodore Richard Dale, in the first stages of the Barbary Wars.

On 1 August 1801, Enterprise under Sterett's command handily defeated the 14-gun Tripoli, a Tripolitan corsair. After twice faking surrender, Tripoli suffered 30 dead and 30 wounded, including the Captain, Rais Mahomet Rous, and the first officer. Enterprise suffered no casualties.

Since there was no formal declaration of war, Enterprise was under orders not to take prizes. After her crew was ordered to dump its guns overboard, Tripoli was allowed to sail home, where her captain was humiliated and punished.

Enterprise was sent back to Baltimore with dispatches after this engagement. While there, on the recommendation of Congress, Sterett was presented by President Thomas Jefferson with a sword in gratitude of the victory over the Tripoli. Enterprise's crew was also rewarded with an extra month's pay. The ship returned to the Mediterranean in November, 1802.

Sterett turned over command of the Enterprise to Stephen Decatur in April, 1803. He was then promoted to Master Commandant and offered the command of a brig which was under construction.

Sterett had been senior in rank to Decatur, but due to their comparative service as of 1803, Decatur was selected to be promoted above Sterett. Sterett therefore resigned from the Navy on 29 June 1805 to join the merchant marine. He died in Lima, Peru at the age of twenty-nine.

 

USS Sterett (DDG 104):

 

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patches

 

DDG-104 USS Sterett patch crest insignia

 

 

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