Guided Missile Destroyer

DDG 78  -  USS Porter

 

 

DDG-78 USS Porter patch crest insignia

DDG-78 USS Porter Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer AEGIS

Type, Class:

 

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

planned and built as DDG 78

Builder:

 

Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi, USA

STATUS:

 

Awarded: July 20, 1994

Laid down: December 2, 1996

Launched: November 12, 1997

Commissioned: March 20, 1999

ACTIVE UNIT/ in commission (Atlantic Fleet)

Homeport:

 

Norfolk, Virginia, USA

Namesake:

 

Named after and in honor of Commodore David Porter (1780 - 1843)

and his son Vice Admiral David Dixon Porter (1813 - 1891);

> see history, below;

Ship's Motto:

 

FREEDOM’S CHAMPION

Technical Data:

(Measures, Propulsion,

Armament, Aviation, etc.)

 

see: INFO > Arleigh Burke - class Guided Missile Destroyer

 

ship images

 

USS Porter DDG-78 was damaged in a collision with the Japanese bulk oil tanker MV Otowasan in the Strait of Hormuz August 2012

USS Porter (DDG 78) was damaged in a collision with the Japanese owned bulk oil tanker M/V Otowasan in the Strait of Hormuz - August 12, 2012

 

DDG-78 USS POrter was damaged in a collision with Japanese bulk oil tanker MV Otowasan Strait of Hormuz August 2012

USS Porter (DDG 78) was damaged in a collision with the Japanese owned bulk oil tanker M/V Otowasan in the Strait of Hormuz - August 12, 2012

 

DDG-78 USS Porter was damaged in a collision with M/V Otowasan Strait of Hormuz

USS Porter (DDG 78) was damaged in a collision with the Japanese owned bulk oil tanker M/V Otowasan in the Strait of Hormuz - August 12, 2012

 

USS Porter DDG-78 was damaged in a collision with Japanese oil tanker  M/V Otowasan Strait of Hormuz

USS Porter (DDG 78) was damaged in a collision with the Japanese owned bulk oil tanker M/V Otowasan in the Strait of Hormuz - August 12, 2012

 

DDG-78 USS Porter - Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer AEGIS

 

DDG-78 USS Porter

 

DDG-78 USS Porter - SH-60B Seahawk LAMPS III

 

DDG-78 USS Porter VERTREP

 

USS Porter DDG-78 Mk-15 CIWS

 

DDG-78 USS Porter

 

DDG-78 USS Porter

 

USS Porter DDG-78 Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer AEGIS

 

DDG-78 USS Porter

 

DDG-78 USS Porter - Souda Bay, Greece

 

DDG-78 USS Porter

 

DDG-78 USS Porter

 

DDG-78 USS Porter

 

DDG-78 USS Porter

 

DDG-78 USS Porter launches a BGM-109 Tomahawk TLAM

 

DDG-78 USS Porter Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer AEGIS

 

 

Commodore David Porter

 

Commodore David Porter, US Navy   David Porter, Commodore US Navy

 

 

Admiral David Dixon Porter

 

Admiral David Dixon Porter, US Navy  David Dixon Porter, Admiral US Navy  David Dixon Porter, US Navy

 

Admiral David Dixon Porter, US Navy  David Dixon Porter, Admiral US Navy  David Dixon Porter, US Navy Admiral

 

Admiral David Dixon Porter, US Navy

 

 

Namesake & History:

Commodore David Porter (February 1, 1780 – March 3, 1843) and

Admiral David Dixon Porter (June 8, 1813 – February 13, 1891):

 

 

Commodore David Porter:
 
David Porter, born 1 February 1780 at Boston, Massachussetts, served in the Quasi War with France first as midshipman on board Constellation, participating in the capture of L’Insurgente 9 February 1799; secondly, as 1st lieutenant of Experiment and later in command of Amphitrite.

During the Barbary Wars (1801-07) Porter was 1st lieutenant of Enterprise, New York and Philadelphia and was taken prisoner when Philadelphia ran aground in Tripoli harbor 31 October 1803. After his release 3 June 1805 he remained in the Mediterranean as acting captain of Constitution and later captain of Enterprise. He was in charge of the naval forces at New Orleans 1808-10. As commander of Essex in the War of 1812, Captain Porter achieved fame by capturing the first British warship of the conflict, Alert, 13 August 1812 as well as several merchantmen. In 1813 he sailed Essex around Cape Horn and cruised in the Pacific warring on British whalers.

On 28 March 1814 Porter was forced to surrender off Valpariso after an unequal contest with the frigates HBMS Phoebe and Cherub and only when his ship was too disabled to offer any resistance. From 1815 to 1822 he was a member of the Board of Navy Commissioners but gave up this post to command the expedition for suppressing piracy in the West Indies 1823-25. Commodore Porter resigned his commission in 1826 and became the commander-in-chief of the Mexican Navy 1826-29.

He died on 3 March 1843 while U.S. Minister of Turkey.



Admiral David Dixon Porter:

Vice Admiral David Dixon Porter was born on June 8, 1813, and was a native of Pennsylvania. He was the youngest son of David Porter, who commanded the Essex in the war of 1812-14 with Great Britain. Young Porter entered the service as midshipman in February, 1829, and served in the Mediterranean until 1835, when he was employed for several years in coast survey and river explorations. At the close of 1845 he was placed on special duty at the Washington observatory, resigning in 1846 to take part in the Mexican war. At the outbreak of the late war he was promoted to the rank of commander, and in 1862 the mortar fleet for the bombardment of the forts below New Orleans was placed under his orders.

Vice Admiral David Dixon Porter spent much of 1862-1863 along the Mississippi River and in smaller Mississippi Rivers, including the Yazoo, the Coldwater, the Tallahatchie, and the Yalobusha. He directed campaigns against a long list of Confederate positions in the Mississippi Delta, from he Grand Gulf batteries, to the Chickasaw Bluffs to Miliken's Bend and Port Hudson. After the capture of New Orleans he went up the river with his fleet, and was engaged in the unsuccessful siege of Vicksburg in July, 1862. During the second siege of that place, in the summer of 1863, he bombarded the works and materially assisted Gen. Grant, who commanded the besieging army. For this he made rear admiral. Porter did not leave Mississippi until his successful support of General Grant's siege of Vicksburg was completed with General Pemberton's surrender in July 1863. For his Civil War service, Porter received four letters of thanks from Congress, and was promoted to Vice Admiral in 1866. He was also engaged in the two combined attacks on Forth Fisher, which commands the approaches to Wilmington, North Carolina. The first of these attempts, at the close of 1864, miscarried; the second, in January, 1865, was completely successful.

In July, 1866, he was made vice-admiral, and after the death of Farragut, was promoted, October, 1870, to the rank of admiral, which carried with it the command of the entire navy of the United States, subject only to the order of the president. Admiral Porter urged the importance of protecting the coast approaches to all the large cities of the United States, with heavily armored minitors, carrying the heaviest guns. David Dixon Porter was nearly forgotten because his career and accomplishments have often been misinterpreted, when, in fact, he was arguably the foremost naval hero of the Civil War. Though Porter rose faster through the ranks, commanded more men and ships, won more victories, and was awarded more Congressional votes of thanks than any other officer in the U.S. Navy, historians have been influenced by his own postwar accounts, which were flawed by an unquenchable ego, thin skin, and a burning desire to vindicate his equally controversial father. David Dixon Porter was a firebrand hero of New Orleans, Vicksburg, and Fort Fisher.

His unique tactics and techniques rank among the most imaginative and successful in naval history. The crew onboard Porter's flagship encountered daring, brilliant attacks against the punishing batteries at Vicksburg and Fisher and costly failures at Steele's Bayou and Red River. David Dixon Porter held critical strategy meetings with Sherman and Grant, and a thrilling chase up and down the coast of South America after Semmes on the CSS Sumter. David Dixon Porter was a talented fighter and colorful personality with a marvelous sense of humor, earning respect and friendship from the likes of Lincoln, Grant, and Sherman, but drew the ire of political generals like Butler, Banks, and McClernand. He was a potent mix of energy, ambition, courage, and creativity with rash behavior, paranoia, and a taste for intrigue.

 

USS Porter (DDG 78):

 

On 28 October 2007, Porter attacked and sank two pirate skiffs off Somalia after receiving a distress call from the tanker MV Golden Nori which was under attack from pirates. The ship has recently visited the Kenyan Port of Mombasa.

On November 12, 2009, the Missile Defense Agency announced that Porter would be upgraded during fiscal 2013 to RIM-161 Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) capability in order to function as part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System.

 

patches

 

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DDG-78 USS Porter patch crest insignia DDG-78 USS Porter insignia crest patch  USS Porter DDG-78 crest insignia patch

 

 

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