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DDG 104 - USS Sterett

 

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Type, class: Guided Missile Destroyer - DDG; Arleigh Burke class, Flight IIA
Builder: General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, USA
  
STATUS:
Awarded: September 13, 2002
Laid down: November 17, 2005
Launched: May 20, 2007
Commissioned: August 9, 2008
IN SERVICE
 

Homeport: San Diego, California
 Namesake: Lieutenant Andrew Sterett (1778-1807)
Ships Motto: FOREVER DAUNTLESS
Technical Data: see: INFO > Arleigh Burke class Guided Missile Destroyer - DDG

 

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Zhanjiang, China - June 2017

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Singapore - May 2017

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Mk-45 Mod.4 5"/62 gun fire exercise - South China Sea - May 2017

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South China Sea - May 2017

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Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii - April 2017

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Mk-45 Mod.4 5"/62 gun fire exercise - April 2017

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flight deck with MH-60R Seahawk helicopter (HSM-49) - April 2017

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Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii - April 2017

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Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii - April 2017

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Pacific Ocean - November 2016

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San Diego, California - September 2016

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Pacific Ocean - August 2016

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San Diego, California - June 2015

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Mk-45 Mod.4 5"/62 gun fire exercise - Arabian Gulf - January 2015

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Arabian Gulf - October 2014

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Pacific Ocean - September 2014

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Pacific Ocean - August 2014

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San Diego, California - August 2014

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San Diego, California - August 2014

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San Diego, California - June 2014

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Pacific Ocean - May 2014

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San Diego, California - July 2012

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San Diego, California - July 2012

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Arabian Sea - May 2012

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Arabian Sea - April 2012

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Arabian Sea - April 2012

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Arabian Sea - February 2012

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Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, California - November 2011

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Pacific Ocean - September 2011

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Pacific Ocean - September 2011

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Philippine Sea - April 2011

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BGM-109 Tomahawk missile weapons testing - Pacific Ocean - June 2010

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BGM-109 Tomahawk missile weapons testing - Pacific Ocean - June 2010

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BGM-109 Tomahawk missile weapons testing - Pacific Ocean - June 2010

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BGM-109 Tomahawk missile weapons testing - Pacific Ocean - June 2010

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BGM-109 Tomahawk missile weapons testing - Pacific Ocean - June 2010

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BGM-109 Tomahawk missile weapons testing - Pacific Ocean - June 2010

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The missile launch system is tested during a combat systems ship qualification trial (CSSQT) at sea - December 2008

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commissioning ceremony - Baltimore, Maryland - August 9, 2008


under construction at Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine

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USS Sterett (DDG 104):
 
USS Sterett (DDG 104) was laid down on 17 November 2005 at Bath, Me., by Bath Iron Works, launched on 19 May 2007, sponsored by Michelle Sterett Bernson and commissioned without ceremony on 26 June 2008 at her building yard and “ceremonially” commissioned on 9 August 2008 at the South Locust Point Marine Terminal, Baltimore, Md. with Comdr. Brian B. Eckerle as the commanding officer.

Sterett arrived in San Diego, California, on 23 September 2008. After undergoing various certifications and testing programs, on 2 July 2009, she became a member of Destroyer Squadron 9.

In September 2010 Sterett performed and independent deployment and touched at Saipan (9-12 November 2010), transited the Surigao, Balabac Straits, the Straits of Malacca and entered the Indian Ocean (21 November). She arrived at Phuket, Thailand, on 22 November. Sterett transited the Strait of Hormuz on 15 December 2010, then rendezvoused with the carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72).

In January 2011, Sterett was assigned the role of Shotgun and Sector Air Defense Commander for the Abraham Lincoln Battle Group while the carrier’s embarked Air Wing conducted missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) returned to San Diego April 27, marking the end to its maiden deployment.

In 2012 the guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) deployed to the 7th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility as part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and returned to San Diego July 5. In November USS Sterett (DDG 104) conducted a successful operational test launch of a Tomahawk cruise missile while the ship was underway in the Southern California Naval Operating Area.

 

Andrew Sterett

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

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.
 

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