USS SAMPSON
DDG 102
  
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The Sampson (DDG 102) is the U.S. Navy's 52nd Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and is the fourth ship named in honor of Rear Adm. William Thomas Sampson (1840-1902), a naval hero in the Spanish-American War. After graduating first in his class at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1861, Sampson served in the Civil War, during which he survived a mine explosion in 1865. When the United States declared war against Spain following the sinking of the battleship Maine, Sampson assumed command of the U.S. North Atlantic Squadron with the rank of rear admiral. Sailing from Key West, Fla., in 1898, aboard USS New York (CA 2), his squadron established a blockade on the Spanish Fleet in the harbor of Santiago, Cuba. When the Spanish fleet attempted escape, it was completely destroyed by Sampson's forces in a running sea battle that lasted five hours. The next day, Sampson sent the now famous message: "The Fleet under my command offers the nation as a Fourth of July present, the whole of Cervera's Fleet!" Sampson retired as commandant of the Boston Navy Yard in 1902.

September 16, 2006 The Pre-Commissioned Unit (PCU) Sampson was christened during a ceremony at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. Mrs. Clara Parsons, great granddaughter of Sampson, served as the ship's sponsor. Cmdr. Philip H. Roos is the prospective commanding officer.

November 3, 2007 USS Sampson is commissioned during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony in Boston, Mass. The ship will be homeported in San Diego, Calif.

December 7, DDG 102 arrived in San Diego for the first time, after completing several exercises. The Sampson crew participated in several evolutions including qualifying in boat operations, seamanship and flight operations.

November 24, 2008 Cmdr. Martin H. Hardy, III relieved Cmdr. Philip H. Roos as CO of the Sampson.

July 31, 2009 USS Sampson departed Naval Base San Diego, with USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Carrier Strike Group, for its maiden deployment.

August 24, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Yokosuka, Japan, for a scheduled port visit.

February 1, 2010 The Sampson pulled into Port Klang, Malaysia, for a scheduled port call.

March 26, USS Sampson returned to homeport after an eight-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

June 3, USS Sampson, along with USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), arrived in Portland, Ore., to celebrate the 103rd annual Portland Rose Festival.

June 9, DDG 102 moored outboard the USS Chosin (CG 65) at CFB Esquimalt, British Columbia, to commemorate the 100th birthday of the Canadian Navy.

June 24, The Samson pulled into Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to take part in the first phase of exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010.

August 25, Cmdr. Christopher N. Alexander relieved Cmdr. Martin H. Hardy, III as the 3rd CO of Sampson.

August 1, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Naval Station Everett for an overnight stop.

August 2, 2011 USS Sampson pulled into South Harbor in Seattle, Wash., to participate in Seattle's Seafair celebration.

September 26, USS Sampson dispatched an inflatable boat and swimmers to retrieve about 60 bales of assorted drugs from the ocean after the small boat dumped them overboard. The ship is currently off the coast of southern California participating in USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), in preparation for an independent deployment.

February 24, 2012 USS Sampson departed San Diego for a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific and Middle East.

April 3, The Sampson anchored off Phuket, Thailand, for a scheduled port visit.

May 1, USS Sampson departed Khalifa Bin Salman Port at Hidd after a four-day visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain.

May 9, Cmdr. Dwayne D. Ducommun relieved Cmdr. Christopher N. Alexander as CO of DDG 102 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship at sea.

July 15, USS Sampson moored at Berth 6, Changi Naval Base in Singapore for a week-long port call before participating in at-sea phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore. USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) and USCGC Waesche (WMSL 751) are also participating.

August 6, The guided-missile destroyer anchored off the coast of Honiara, Solomon Islands, to take part in the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the World War II Battle of Guadalcanal.

August 22, The Sampson pulled into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a brief port call.

August 31, USS Sampson returned to Naval Base San Diego after a six-month deployment.

October 12, DDG 102 moored at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif., for ammo offload and will held an "Open House" from Oct. 13-14; Underway for routine training on Oct. 26.

July 15, 2013 The Sampson moored at NWS Seal Beach for ammo offload in preparation for a three-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) at the Huntington Ingalls Industries Continental Maritime of San Diego; Commenced availability on Aug. 1; Returned to Naval Base San Diego on Oct. 30.

November 22, Cmdr. Steven M. Foley relieved Cmdr. Dwayne D. Ducommun as CO of the USS Sampson.

February ?, 2014 The guided-missile destroyer moored at NWS Seal Beach for ammo onload.

June 19, USS Sampson recently departed San Diego to participate in a multinational exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014.

June 25, The Sampson pulled into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for the in-port phase of RIMPAC; Underway for at-sea phase on July 7; Returned home on Aug. ?.

October 31, USS Sampson, with an embarked Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 Det. 7, departed Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled independent deployment.

November 6, DDG 102 moored at Berth M3 in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for a brief port call.

November 13, The Sampson pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a week-long port call.

December 29, USS Sampson departed Changi Naval Base en route to Java Sea to join the search effort for AirAsia Flight 8501, at the request of the Indonesian government, that vanished during a flight from Indonesia to Singapore on Sunday. The ship recently arrived in Singapore for a liberty port visit to celebrate the New Year; Concluded search and recovery operations on Jan. 15.

January 16, 2015 The guided-missile destroyer moored at Berth 6, Changi Naval Base in Singapore for a two-week upkeep.?

March 2, USS Sampson moored at Container Terminal III in Port of Tanjung Priok for a two-day port visit to Jakarta, Indonesia.

March 17, The Sampson recently moored at Sierra Wharf in Apra Harbor, Guam, for a brief port call; Moored outboard the USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) at Sierra Wharf on March 19; Underway for Multi-Sail 2015 exercise from March 23-27; Inport Apra Harbor again from March 27-29.

May 5, DDG 102 moored at Berth 7 in Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, for a scheduled port visit; Moved to Berth 8 on May 8; Underway on May 11; Inport Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, from May 2?-26.

June 1, USS Sampson returned to San Diego after a seven-month deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR).

June 16, Cmdr. Patrick H. O’Mahoney relieved Cmdr. Steven M. Foley as the 6th CO of Sampson during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Berth 2, Pier 10.

June 22, BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair was awarded a $15,2 million modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-11-C-4408) for the USS Sampson's Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Work is expected to be completed by January.

July 6, The Sampson moored at Wharf 311, NWS Seal Beach for a four-day ammo offload; Returned home on July 13; Moored at the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Continental Maritime of San Diego shipyard on Aug 4; Moved to Berth 5, Pier 7 on Nov. 23.

March 4, 2016 USS Sampson moored at Berth 5, Pier 10 on Naval Base San Diego after a four-day underway for sea trials; Underway for routine training from April 13-1?.

April 20, The Sampson moored at Berth 2, Pier 10 after a two-day underway off the coast of southern California; Underway again on April 28; Moored at Berth 2, Pier 3 on April 29.

June 6, DDG 102 moored at Berth 1, Pier 3 on Naval Base San Diego after a six-day underway for ammo onload at the NWS Seal Beach; Underway again from June 7-8 and June 2?-27.

July 5, USS Sampson departed Berth 5, Pier 2 for a two-day underway to conduct routine training in the SOCAL Op. Area; Underway again from July 8-10.

September 26, USS Sampson moored at Alpha Pier in its new homeport of Naval Station Everett, Wash., after a week-long transit from San Diego.

October 1?, USS Sampson departed Everett for a surge western Pacific deployment.

November 3, The Sampson departed Hawaiian Op. Area following a two-week underway for Independent Deployer Certification Exercise (IDCERTEX).

November 17, USS Sampson, with an embarked Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 73 Detachment, arrived off the coast of Kaikoura, at the request of the New Zealand government, in support of disaster relief efforts after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck northeast of Christchurch, South Island, just after midnight on Monday; Anchored in Wellington Harbour, North Island, for a brief stop on Nov. 20.

November 22, USS Sampson moored at Devonport Naval Base in Auckland, New Zealand, for a three-day port visit, five days later than scheduled, to participate in International Naval Review in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Navy. She is the first U.S. Navy ship to visit the country in 33 years.