USS TRUXTUN DDG 103
The Truxtun (DDG 103) honors Commodore Thomas Truxtun (1755-1822) who was selected as one of the Navy’s first six captains on June 4, 1798. He was assigned command of USS Constellation, one of the new frigates, and he put to sea to prosecute the undeclared naval war with revolutionary France. On Feb. 9, 1799, Truxtun scored the first of his two most famous victories. After an hour's fight, Constellation battered the French warship L’Insurgente into submission in one of the most illustrious battles of the Quasi-War with France.
May 20, 2006 The guided-missile destroyer suffered a major electrical fire during construction at NGSS Ingalls, Pascagoula, Miss.
June 2, 2007 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Truxtun was christened in a ceremony at NGSS Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Cmdr. Timothy R. Weber is the prospective commanding officer.
October 24, 2008 The Truxtun was delivered to the U.S. Navy and is scheduled to be commissioned in the spring of 2009.
March 22, 2009 DDG 103 answered distress call, after the 45-foot sailing vessel Calypso Queen reported a broken mast and sail, as well as electrical and mechanical casualties in the Gulf of Mexico. The crew, a man and a woman, were transferred to Truxtun and required no medical assistance. The vessel was taken under tow and will be turned over to the Coast Guard.
April 25, USS Truxtun was commissioned during an 11 a.m. ceremony at Naval Weapons Station Charleston, South Carolina. Carol Leigh Roelker and Susan Scott Martin, descendants of the ship's namesake, served as sponsors of the ship.
May 1, The Truxtun arrived in its new homeport of Naval Station Norfolk for the first time.
February 17, 2010 Capt. Richard A. Rogers, Commander, Destroyer Squadron 22, relieved of duty CO Cmdr. Timothy R. Weber because of a loss of confidence in his ability to command. He was fired as a result of an ongoing investigation into allegations that he was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a female officer who had been a member of his wardroom.
August 4, USS Truxtun, commanded by Cmdr. John H. Ferguson, along with USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) and USS Dallas (SSN 700) participated in a Passing Exercise (PASSEX) with the Japanese Navy ships off the coast of Virginia, July 30.
August 5, The Truxtun arrived in Naval Station Newport, R.I., for a six-day port visit for school ship training with the Surface Warfare Officer School (SWOS).
January 20, 2011 DDG 103 is currently participating in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), off the East Coast.
February 14, The Truxtun departed Port Everglades, Fla., after a three-day port call.
February 23, The guided-missile destroyer returned to Norfolk after completing a Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX).
May 11, USS Truxtun departed Naval Station Norfolk for its maiden deployment as part of the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2.
May 27, DDG 103 pulled into Portsmouth, England, for a four-day port visit after participating in exercise Saxon Warrior 2011.
June 10, The Truxtun arrived in Limassol, Cyprus, for a three-day port call.
June 16, The guided-missile destroyer departed Haifa, Israel, after a two-day port visit.
June 26, USS Truxtun pulled into Djibouti for a brief port call. The ship recently departed Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, after a rare port visit.
July 25, USS Truxtun pulled into Mina Salman port at Manama for an extended port call. The ship departed Bahrain August 13.
September 30, DDG 103 departed Manama after another visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain.
November 23, The Truxtun pulled into Civitavecchia, Italy, for a three-day port visit.
December 10, USS Truxtun returned to homeport after a seven-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).
August 9, 2012 Cmdr. Andrew M. Biehn relieved Cmdr. John H. Ferguson as CO of the Truxtun during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Naval Station Norfolk.
September 1, The guided-missile destroyer recently entered the dry-dock at the BAE Systems Mayport in Jacksonville, Fla., for emergent repairs. Departed dry-dock on Oct. 20.
October 30, The Truxtun is currently moored at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., after Hurricane Sandy delayed its return to Norfolk.