Guided Missile Destroyer

DDG 71  -  USS Ross

 

 

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DDG-71 USS Ross - Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer AEGIS

Type, Class:

 

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

planned and built as DDG 71

Builder:

 

Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi, USA

STATUS:

 

Awarded: April 8, 1992

Laid down: April 10, 1995

Launched: April 20, 1996

Commissioned: July 30, 1997

ACTIVE UNIT/ in commission (Atlantic Fleet)

Homeport:

 

Norfolk, Virginia, USA

Namesake:

 

Named after and in honor of Captain Donald Kirby Ross (1910 - 1992)

> see history, below;

Ship's Motto:

 

FORTUNE FAVORS VALOR

Technical Data:

(Measures, Propulsion,

Armament, Aviation, etc.)

 

see: INFO > Arleigh Burke - class Guided Missile Destroyer

 

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Donald Kirby Ross

 

Donald Kirby Ross, US Navy  Captain Donald Kirby Ross, US Navy

 

Donald K. Ross. Captain US Navy  Donald Kirby Ross, Captain US Navy

 

Donald Kirby Ross, Captain US Navy USS Nevada BB-36

 

 

Namesake & History:

Captain Donald Kirby Ross (December 8, 1910 – May 27, 1992):

 

Donald Kirby Ross was born in Beverly, Kansas, on December 8, 1910. He enlisted in the Navy in Denver, Colorado, on June 3, 1929, graduated company honor man from basic training, San Diego, completed Machinist Mate School, Norfolk, VA first in his class and was assigned to USS Henderson on a China service run.

While serving in hospital ship Relief, Ross saw his first action (with the Marines) in Nicaragua in 1931. Advancing through the rates on the minesweeper USS Brant, destroyer USS Simpson and cruiser USS Minneapolis, he attained the rank of Warrant Officer and was assigned to USS Nevada (BB-36).

It was on USS Nevada that Ross distinguished himself on December 7, 1941 by assuming responsibility to furnish power under untenable conditions, to get the ship underway - the only battleship to do so during the Japanese attack.

"When his station in the forward dynamo room became almost untenable due to smoke, steam and heat," reads Ross' citation, "he forced his men to leave that station and performed all the duties himself until blinded and unconscious. Upon being rescued and resuscitated, he returned and secured the forward dynamo room and proceeded to the after dynamo room, where he was later again rendered unconscious by exhaustion. Upon recovering consciousness, he returned to his station, where he remained until directed to abandon it."

Ross was presented the Medal of Honor by Admiral Chester Nimitz on April 18, 1942, and was commissioned an Ensign in June 1942. Later in the war, he also participated in the landings at Normandy and Southern France.

 

Ross retired in July 1956 as a Captain, after 27 years of consecutive active duty aboard every type of surface ship then afloat.

 

Making his home in Washington State after leaving the Navy, Captain Ross was active in farm life and community affairs, and in perpetuating the memory of the Pearl Harbor attack, which he described as "not a story about a defeat. It's a story about a job well done". He attended 50th Anniversary ceremonies at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1991, during which a memorial was dedicated to his old ship, USS Nevada.

Captain Donald K. Ross died at Bremerton, Washington, on 27 May 1992. His ashes were scattered at sea over the USS Nevada.

 

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Medal of Honor citation of Lieutenant Commander Donald Kirby Ross:

(as printed in the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy", page 252):

 

"For distinguished conduct in the line of his profession, extraordinary courage and disregard of his own life during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, by Japanese Forces on 7 December 1941. When his station in the forward dynamo room of the U.S.S. Nevada became almost untenable due to smoke, steam and heat, Lieutenant Commander Ross forced his men to leave that station and performed all the duties himself until blinded and unconscious. Upon being rescued and resuscitated, he returned and secured the forward dynamo room and proceeded to the after dynamo room where he was later again rendered unconscious by exhaustion. Again recovering consciousness he returned to his station where he remained until directed to abandon it."

 

USS Ross (DDG 71):

 

ROSS' keel was laid in April 1995 in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and she was christened one year later by her sponsor Helen Lou Ross, widow of the ship's namesake. ROSS' crew of plankowners moved aboard in April 1997 and sailed her to Galveston, Texas, where she was commissioned on June 28, 1997.

After commissioning, ROSS completed Combat Systems Ship Qualification Trials, an Inter Deployment Training Cycle, and left on her maiden deployment March 26, 1999 as part of the THEODORE ROOSEVELT Battle Group. ROSS' first deployment included Tomahawk missile strikes in support of Operation ALLIED FORCE in Kosovo, the first-ever combat operation in NATO history. ROSS was awarded the Battle Efficiency "E" for calendar year 1999 in recognition of her outstanding performance throughout her work-ups and during her deployment.

ROSS returned to Norfolk, Virginia in September 1999 and, following a maintenance period, deployed as the flagship for Commander, Carrier Group EIGHT, in support of Exercise BALTOPS 2000 in April 2000. This exercise featured over 50 ships from 14 nations. During BALTOPS, ROSS made port visits to France, Sweden, and Germany.

On September 11, 2001 ROSS deployed on three-hours notice in order to defend the United States' eastern seaboard in response to the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. ROSS acted for a time as Regional Air Defense Commander, in support of Commander, North American Air Defense Command. ROSS was also recognized that year with the prestigious Arizona Memorial Trophy for being the most combat ready ship in the U. S. Navy.

Just weeks after the attacks, on October 17, 2001 ROSS again deployed, this time to the Mediterranean Sea in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. While deployed, ROSS played a crucial role on the global war on terrorism and provided much needed air defense and strike capabilities. Returning from deployment in April 16, 2002, ROSS maintained her combat readiness by participating in numerous exercises, including BALTOPS 2003, and completed the inter-deployment training cycle to prepare for her next deployment.

On April 30, 2004, ROSS left Norfolk, Virginia on her third deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The ship completed four months of operations in the FIFTH and SIXTH Fleet areas of responsibility, conducting Maritime Interdiction Operations and participating in the ceremonies surrounding the 50th commemoration of the Allied assault at Normandy.

Shortly after her return in August 2004, ROSS commenced an accelerated basic training cycle and entered Metro Machine Shipyard for her first docking maintenance period in March 2005. She emerged in June, and then spent the summer pursuing the balance of her warfare certifications. In September 2005, she was selected to replace USS THOMAS S. GATES as flagship for UNITAS 47-06, after a significant portion of GATES' crew was displaced in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. With only two weeks’ notice, ROSS put to sea for a two-month deployment embarking Commander, Destroyer Squadron SIX and sailing to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the multinational exercise. ROSS returned on Thanksgiving Day 2005, and then began preparations for another overseas movement, departing Norfolk in February 2006 to participate in NEPTUNE WARRIOR 061 in the waters surrounding Scotland.

Upon return to Norfolk, ROSS’ crew has only one month to prepare for a six-month deployment in support of Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR in the Mediterranean Sea. ROSS deployed on May 1, 2006 as part of Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO (SNMG 2). During the deployment ROSS conducted more than 850 queries of merchant shipping, over 40 helicopter landings, and traveled more than 45,000 nautical miles. ROSS returned to Norfolk November 6, 2006 having spent 10 of the past 14 months at sea.

2007 began with ROSS preparing for a scheduled February INSURV (Board of Inspection and Survey). That inspection was moved to August and in April ROSS entered BAE Shipyard for a two and a half month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). During the SRA ROSS received the Tactical Tomahawk WCS (TTWCS), berthing modifications, SHF SATCOM, and the crew performed major preservation work throughout the ship.

In 2007 ROSS completed major Engineering inspections as well as INSURV. On February 20th, 2008 ROSS deployed to the FIFTH and SIXTH Fleet areas of responsibility for a 5 1/2 month deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. On June 28, 2008 ROSS celebrated its 11th birthday, having been placed in commission 11 years earlier.

 

On November 12, 2009, the Missile Defense Agency announced that Ross would be upgraded during fiscal 2012 to RIM-161 Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) capability in order to function as part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System.

 

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