USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98)

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Career (USA)
Name: USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98)
Namesake: Admiral Forrest Sherman
Ordered: 6 March 1998
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
Laid down: 7 August 2003
Launched: 2 October 2004
Commissioned: 28 January 2006
Homeport: Norfolk, Virginia
Motto: "Relentless Fighting Spirit"
Status: in active service, as of 2024
Badge: 150px
General characteristics
Class and type: Arleigh Burke class destroyer
Displacement: 9,200 tons
Length: 509 ft 6 in (155.30 m)
Beam:   66 ft (20 m)
Draft:   31 ft (9.4 m)
Propulsion: 4 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, 2 shafts, 100,000 shp (75 MW)
Speed: 30+ knots (55+ km/h)
Complement: 380 officers and enlisted
Armament: 1 × 32 cell, 1 × 64 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems, 96 × RIM-66 SM-2, BGM-109 Tomahawk or RUM-139 VL-Asroc, missiles
1 × 5/62 in (127/62 mm), 2 × 25 mm, 4 × 12.7 mm guns
2 × Mk 46 triple torpedo tubes
Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters

USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98) is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer in the United States Navy. She is named for Admiral Forrest Sherman.

Built by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Forrest Sherman was launched on 2 October 2004. Admiral Sherman's daughter, Ann Sherman Fitzpatrick, is the ship's sponsor. She was commissioned on 28 January 2006 at NAS Pensacola and six days later departed for her homeport in Norfolk, Va. to join the Atlantic Fleet.

She departed Norfolk for her maiden deployment in July 2007, visiting various nations around the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, as well as circumnavigating the continent of Africa. She returned to homeport in December of that year.

In August 2007, while the ship was visiting Sevastopol to conduct drills with the Ukrainian Navy, a 1,100 pound mine from World War II was discovered 500 yards from the vessel. The mine was secured before it could damage the ship.[1]

In early June 2008, Forrest Sherman deployed for three months in support of U.S. Southern Command's Partnership of the Americas 2008 (POA 08) operation. She returned home on 29 August 2008.[2]

Her current Commanding Officer is Commander Andrew Arnold.


This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain.

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