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US Navy - Guided Missile Destroyer
DDG 59 - USS Russell
 
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Type, class: Guided Missile Destroyer - DDG; Arleigh Burke class, Flight I
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi, USA
  
STATUS:
Awarded: February 22, 1990
Laid down: July 24, 1992
Launched: October 20, 1993
Commissioned: May 20, 1995
IN SERVICE
 

Homeport: Naval Base San Diego, California
 Namesake: Rear Admiral John Henry Russell (US Navy) and his son, Major General John Henry Russell, USMC
Ships Motto: STRENGHT IN FREEDOM
Technical Data: see: INFO > Arleigh Burke class Guided Missile Destroyer - DDG
 

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USS Russell with USS Howard (DDG 83) alongside - Portland, Oregon - June 2016

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Portland, Oregon - June 2016

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Portland, Oregon - June 2016

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Portland, Oregon - June 2016

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South China Sea - March 2016

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Arabian Gulf - February 2016

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5th Fleet AOR - October 2015

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Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii - April 2012

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Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - April 2012

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Pacific Ocean - July 2011

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Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii - August 2010

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Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii - August 2010

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Sendai, Japan - July 2010

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Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - October 2009

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Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - December 2008

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Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - October 2008

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Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - October 2008

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Indian Ocean - September 2008

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departing Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - March 2008

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departing Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - March 2008

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Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - February 2007

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Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - December 2006

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Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - December 2006

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Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - December 2006

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Indian Ocean - August 2006

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Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - March 2006

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Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - March 2006

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Mk-45 Mod.2 (5"/54-caliber) gun live fire exercise - Pacific Ocean - August 2005

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Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - September 2004

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Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - September 2004

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Kuantan, Malaysia - July 2004

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Sattahip, Thailand - July 2004

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departing Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - May 2004

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departing Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - May 2004

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Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - March 2003

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sea trials - January 1995

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fitting out at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi - December 1994
   
 
USS Russell (DDG 59):
 
In May 2004, Russell departed for a four-month deployment along with several ships including; USCGC Mellon, USS Salvor, USS Fort McHenry and USS McCampbell. The deployment was centered on an annual exercise called Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2004.

On 15 April 2006, Russell provided aid to a fishing vessel in distress while operating in the South China Sea.

On 16 February 2007, Russell was awarded the 2006 Battle "E" award.

On 21 February 2008, Russell participated, along with USS Lake Erie and USS Decatur in the interception and destruction of the dying US satellite US 193. Between 17-21 May 2008, Russell participated in Exercise KhunjarHaad, a multi-national exercise held in the Gulf of Oman. Other participating warships included the French frigate Surcouf, the British frigate HMS Montrose, the British fleet replenishment tanker RFA Wave Knight, and four other coalition ships conducted air defense; surface warfare operation; visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS); and joint gunnery exercises, which focused on joint interoperability training and proficiency.

In June 2008, Russell rescued about 70 people from a disabled boat in the Gulf of Aden.

In January 2013, Russell′s crew completed a hull swap with the crew of USS Halsey at Naval Base San Diego. Russell is now permanently stationed in San Diego. Halsey was moved to Russell′s former homeport, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, with the former Russell crew.

source: wikipedia
 
Rear Admiral John Henry Russell (July 4, 1827 - April 1, 1897):
Major General John Henry Russell, USMC (November 14, 1872 - March 6, 1947):



USS Russell is named for two men:
Rear Admiral John Henry Russell (1827-1897) and his son, Major General John Henry Russell, USMC (1872-1947).

 
RADM John Henry Russell, sr. (July 4, 1827 - April 1, 1897):


Russell was born at Frederick, Maryland on 4 July 1827. He was appointed midshipman 10 September 1841 and served in the sloop of war Cyane in the Pacific until 1843. He returned in the frigate United States in 1844 and served in St. Mary's in the Gulf of Mexico from 1844 to 1846. He participated in operations at Galveston, Corpus Christi, Brazos, Resaca, and Vera Cruz.

After duty in Allegheny in 1847, he graduated at the United States Naval Academy in 1848. Briefly assigned to coast survey duty, he made a cruise to Brazil in 1849, then served on the New York-West Indies mail line from 1853 to 1856, and served as navigator in Vincennes during explorations of the North Pacific and Arctic Oceans. Assigned to the Mediterranean Squadron at the end of the decade, he returned to the United States and ordnance duty at the Washington Navy Yard just prior to the outbreak of the American Civil War.

In April 1861, he assisted in preventing ships at Norfolk from falling to the enemy; and, in September, he led a boat expedition into Pensacola Harbor to destroy the Confederate privateer Judah. He next assumed command of Kennebec and in that gunboat participated in operations on the Mississippi River up to Vicksburg and served in the blockade of Mobile. Commanding Pontiac in 1863, he returned to ordnance duty at Washington in 1864 and to the Pacific Squadron to serve as commanding officer of Cyane in 1864-65.

Various duties, afloat and ashore, on both coasts, Atlantic and Pacific, followed, and he completed his last assignment, 3 years as Commandant Mare Island Navy Yard, in 1886. Appointed rear admiral 4 March 1886, he retired on 27 August, and resided in Washington, D.C. until his death 1 April 1897.

In 1938, the destroyer USS Russell (DD-414) was named in his honor.

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Major General John Henry Russell, jr., USMC (November 14, 1872 - March 6, 1947):

Major General John Henry Russell, Jr., 16th Commandant of the Marine Corps, was born in Mare Island, California, on 14 November 1872. He was appointed to the United States Naval Academy by President Grover Cleveland in May 1888. He graduated from the Academy in June 1892 and after two years at sea, passed his final examinations and was transferred to the Marine Corps as a second lieutenant on 1 July 1894.

Upon appointment as an officer in the Marine Corps, he attended the School of Application at the Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., graduating in 1895. He was retained for another year at the School to conduct a class for noncommissioned officers.

Promotion to successive grades in the Marine Corps followed: first lieutenant, 10 August 1898; captain, 3 March 1899; major, 6 June 1906; lieutenant colonel, 29 August 1916; colonel, 26 March 1917; brigadier general, 1 January 1922; major general, 1 September 1933, and Major General Commandant on 1 March 1934.

To mention but a few of the outstanding tours of duty performed by MajGen Russell during his service in the Marine Corps the following are selected:
In 1896, he joined the USS Massachusetts, North Atlantic Squadron, serving on board until after the Spanish-American War. The Commanding Officer of the vessel addressed a letter to the Secretary of the Navy commenting favorably on the conduct and performance of duty of John H. Russell in action and recommending recognition thereof by the Navy Department.

He next performed duty on Guam and upon his return to the United States was placed in charge of the School of Application for Officers at the Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C. Following this tour of duty, and also duty at several navy yards, he was ordered to command the Marine Detachment, USS Oregon, remaining on board from September 1902 to March 1904. His next shore duty was in command of the school for young officers established at the Marine Barracks, Annapolis, Maryland. In 1906, he was transferred to the Marine Barracks, Naval Station, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii. From that duty he was ordered to Camp Elliott, Panama Canal Zone, to command the Marines at that station.

In September 1908, he joined the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, for duty as a member of the staff of that college, remaining there until 1910, and it was during this tour of service that the “applicatory method” of instruction was put into effect.

He commanded the Marine Detachment, American Legation, Peking, China, from 14 November 1910 to 30 April 1913. The change in the Chinese government from an empire to a republic, which took place during this period, and the attendant disorders in and around Peking made this tour of duty particularly interesting and difficult.

Upon his return to the United States, he was assigned duty in the Office of Naval Intelligence, Navy Department, where he served until 1917, with the exception of a tour of duty (temporary) from 30 April to 5 December 1914, commanding the 2d Battalion, 3d Regiment, U.S. Marines at Vera Cruz, Mexico, being detached to the U.S. Army during the period.

Early in March 1917, he assumed command of the 3d Regiment, with headquarters in Santo Domingo City, Dominican Republic, and within a short period of time he was detached and ordered to command the 4th Regiment of Marines with headquarters at Santiago de los Caballeros, where he remained until October 1917, when he was detached and ordered to the Republic of Haiti to command the Marine Brigade serving in that country. He served in that capacity until 7 December 1918.

His repeated efforts for a transfer to detachments serving in France during World War I were finally successful, but delay in arrival of his relief in Haiti did not permit transfer from Port-au-Prince until after the Armistice was signed.

Upon arrival in Washington, he was ordered to duty in command of the “Planning Section” at Headquarters Marine Corps and served in that capacity until September 1919, when he again was ordered to duty in Haiti to command the 1st Brigade of Marines, serving in that capacity until February 1922, when, upon the unanimous recommendation to the President by the U.S. Senate Committee that had been investigating affairs in Haiti, he was appointed American High Commissioner to Haiti with the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary. MajGen Russell served with distinction in Haiti as High Commissioner until November 1930.

Upon his return to the United States, he was assigned to duty as Commanding General, Marine Corps Base, San Diego, California, and was transferred to command the Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia, in December 1931. He was detailed as Assistant to the Major General Commandant at Headquarters Marine Corps in February 1933. MajGen Russell was appointed Commandant of the Marine Corps on 1 March 1934, and remained in that position until his retirement 1 December 1936.

During MajGen Russell’s tenure as Commandant of the Marine Corps, the old system of seniority promotions of officers was changed to that of advancement by selection; the 1st Marine Brigade was withdrawn from Haiti; the Fleet Marine Force assumed a new importance; the Reserves were given more attention; and the number of ships carrying Marine detachments continued to increase.

Major General Russell continued in an active career as a military journalist after his retirement. He died in Coronado, California, on 6 March 1947 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

In addition to numerous letters of commendation on his excellent performance of duty during his long and varied career, MajGen Russell was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal; Navy Cross; Haitian Medaille Militaire; West Indes (Sampson) Medal; Spanish Campaign Medal; Expeditionary Medal with West Indies Clasp; and the Haitian Campaign Medal.

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