USS Sampson (DDG-102)

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USS Sampson at Pearl Harbor on 31 July 2010
United States
NamesakeWilliam T. Sampson
Ordered13 September 2002
BuilderBath Iron Works
Laid down20 March 2005
Launched16 September 2006
Commissioned3 November 2007
MottoThrough Courage and Arms
Honours and
See Awards
Statusin active service
BadgeUSS Sampson Coat of Arms
General characteristics
Class and type Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Displacement9,200 tons
Length509 ft 6 in (155.30 m)
Beam  66 ft (20 m)
Draft  31 ft (9.4 m)
Propulsion4 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, 2 shafts, 100,000 shp (75,000 kW)
Speedover 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Complement383 officers and enlisted
Aircraft carried2 x SH-60 Seahawk helicopters
A guided tour of USS Sampson in mid-2009

USS Sampson (DDG-102) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. Funding for the Flight IIA (5"/62, one 20mm CIWS variant) ship was authorized in 2002 and her keel was laid on 20 March 2005. She is the fourth US Navy ship named to honor Rear Admiral William T. Sampson.

She was built by Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. At her christening on 16 September 2006, the principal address was delivered by Senator Susan Collins of Maine, and the vessel was christened by Clara Parsons, great-granddaughter of Rear Admiral Sampson and daughter of William Sterling Parsons, as the ship's sponsor.


She was commissioned in Boston, Massachusetts on 3 November 2007 and home ported in San Diego. Her maiden deployment was from October 2009 to May 2010 to the Western Pacific and Persian Gulf as part of the Nimitz carrier strike group (CSG).

After Sampson returned from an 8-month maiden deployment, she was back underway from May to August with port visits to the 103rd Portland Rose Festival and Esquimalt, British Columbia to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Navy. She then participated in Exercise RIMPAC off the coast of Hawaii. Sampson's crew was awarded two Sea Service Ribbons in 12 months.[1]

In August 2011 Sampson pulled into South Harbor in Seattle, Washington, to participate in Seattle's Seafair celebration. In September, Sampson dispatched an inflatable boat and swimmers to retrieve about 60 bales of assorted drugs from the ocean after a small boat dumped them overboard. After that the ship participated in USS Abraham Lincoln's Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), in preparation for an independent deployment.[1] In February 2012 Sampson departed San Diego for a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific and Middle East. In July, Sampson participated in at-sea phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore.[1]

On 29 December 2014, Sampson was dispatched to the Java Sea to search for Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501 that disappeared the day before.[2]

In 2016 the ship remained assigned to Destroyer Squadron 23, working with Carrier Strike Group 11.[3] She arrived at her new homeport, Naval Station Everett in Washington, on 26 September 2016.[4]

It was announced on 15 November 2016 that, following a magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Kaikoura, Sampson and other navy ships from Australia, Canada, Japan and Singapore would proceed directly to the area to provide humanitarian assistance.[5]

The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) invited the United States Navy to send a vessel to participate in the RNZN's 75th Birthday Celebrations in Auckland over the weekend of 19–21 November 2016. Sampson was the first US warship to visit New Zealand in 33 years since the New Zealand nuclear-free zone came into effect and the US suspended its obligations to New Zealand under the ANZUS treaty. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key granted approval for the ship's visit under the New Zealand's anti-nuclear law, which requires that the Prime Minister has to be satisfied that any visiting ship is not nuclear armed or powered.

On 3 October 2017, Sampson departed her homeport for a scheduled deployment with the Theodore Roosevelt CSG.[6] She returned 9 May 2018 after seven months.[7]


In popular culture[edit]

  • The ship is featured in the 2012 film Battleship where she is destroyed and sunk by aliens during the intense combat in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii with its sister ship USS John Paul Jones.



  1. ^ a b c "USS Sampson (DDG 102)". US Navy. June 2008. Retrieved 14 March 2020. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ "With no trace of missing AirAsia jet, search resumes over wider area". CNN. 29 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Carrier Strike Group Eleven". U.S. Navy. 2010. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  4. ^ Winters, Chris (26 September 2016). "USS Sampson arrives at new Everett home port". The Everett Herald. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  5. ^ "US Warship may help rescue stranded Kaikoura tourists". Fairfax Media. 15 November 2016. Retrieved 15 November 2016 – via
  6. ^ "USS-Sampson-departs-for-deployment-with-Theodore-Roosevelt-Strike-Group".
  7. ^ "uss-sampson-returns-to-port-after-7-month-deployment".

Further reading[edit]

  • Soundings, 20 September 2006, Vol. 33, No. 38, pages 12–13 –

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