USS Farragut (DDG-99)
|Namesake:||Admiral David Farragut|
|Ordered:||6 March 1998|
|Builder:||Bath Iron Works|
|Laid down:||9 January 2004|
|Launched:||23 July 2005|
|Sponsored by:||Senator Susan Collins|
|Commissioned:||10 June 2006|
|Homeport:||Naval Station Mayport, Mayport, Florida|
|Motto:||Prepared for Battle|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2020[update]|
|Class and type:||Arleigh Burke-class destroyer|
|Length:||509 ft 6 in (155.30 m)|
|Beam:||66 ft (20 m)|
|Draft:||31 ft (9.4 m)|
4 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines,|
100,000 shp (75 MW)
|Speed:||30 knots (56 km/h)|
|Complement:||290 officers and enlisted|
One 64-cell and one 32-cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems, with 96 RIM-66 SM-2, BGM-109 Tomahawk or RUM-139 VL-Asroc missiles|
1 × 5 in (127 mm)/62 gun,
2 × 25 mm guns,
4 × 12.7 mm guns,
2 × Mk 46 triple torpedo tubes
|Aircraft carried:||Two SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters, or one Sea Hawk and one gunship helicopter|
USS Farragut (DDG-99) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. She is the fifth Navy ship named for Admiral David Farragut (1801–1870), and the 49th ship of the Arleigh Burke class.
The Farragut's keel was laid down on 9 January 2004 at the Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. She was christened on 23 July 2005, with Senator Susan Collins of Maine as her sponsor. Farragut was commissioned on 10 June 2006.
Farragut is also equipped with the Smart Ship data distribution and control system.
On 21 February 2010, a SH-60B Seahawk helicopter from Farragut disrupted two attempts by Somali pirates to attack the Tanzanian vessel MV Barakaale 1. The helicopter then stopped the pirate skiff as it attempted to speed away, by firing warning shots across its bow. A boarding team from Farragut boarded the vessel and the eight suspected pirates were taken aboard Farragut.
Farragut, as flagship of the Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151), an anti-piracy mission. On 1 April 2010, three suspected pirate boats fired on a Sierra Leone flagged tanker, MV Evita, north-west of the Seychelles. The Evita was fired on, but managed to escape, in part by crew firing flares at their attackers. They reported the attack to CTF-151, and Farragut responded. After boarding the pirate skiffs, and taking several pirates into custody, Farragut destroyed the pirate mother skiff.
- "Sailors Embark on Maiden Deployment". Military.com. 2008-04-11. http://www.military.com/news/article/navy-news/sailors-embark-on-maiden-deployment.html?ESRC=navynews.RSS.
- "United States Warship Deters a Pirate Attack on Tanzanian Flagship". US Embsssy Dar es Salaam Tanzania Press Office. 2010-02-23. http://tanzania.usembassy.gov/pr_02232010.html.
- U.S. warship destroys pirate vessel from msnbc.com