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 during 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.
September 18, USS Truxtun recently entered the Titan dry-dock at the BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair for a Post Shakedown Availability (PSA).
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. Capt. Jeffrey S. Wolstenholme assumed temporary command of Truxtun.
March 12, Cmdr. John H. Ferguson relieved Capt. Jeffrey S. Wolstenholme as commanding officer of DDG 103.
August 4, USS Truxtun 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 USS Truxtun is currently underway for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).
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 moored at Mina Salman Port in Manama, Bahrain, for a 19-day upkeep.
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.
July 29, 2013 USS Truxtun departed Norfolk for Group Sail operations as part of the USS George H.W. Bush CSG. Underway for COMPTUEX on Nov. 21.
February 15, 2014 USS Truxtun departed homeport for a scheduled deployment.
March 3, The Truxtun arrived in Naval Support Activity Souda Bay at Crete, Greece, for a three-day port call. Transited Bosporus Strait northbound on March 7.
March 8, USS Truxtun moored at Passenger Terminal in Port of Constanta, Romania, for a four-day port visit. Participated in a Passing Exercise (PASSEX) with the BGS Drazki (F 41), ROS Regina Maria (F222), ROS Admiral Petre Barbuneanu (F260) and ROS Contraamiral Eustatiu Sebastian (F264) on March 12.
March 13, DDG 103 moored at Berth 7, Container Terminal in Varna, Bulgaria, for a three-day port call. Participated in PASSEX again on March 19; Departed Black Sea on March 21; Brief stop at Souda Bay on March 23; Transited Suez Canal on March 25.
April 1, The Truxtun is currently underway in the Red Sea for Suez Canal escort operations. Brief stop in Djibouti on April 3; Transited Suez Canal northbound (#2) on April 7; Transited soutbound on April 9; Escorted the USS San Juan (SSN 751) northbound (#4) on April 15.
April 19, USS Truxtun moored at Aqaba Naval Base, Jordan, for a four-day port call.
April 22, Cmdr. Andrew D. Bates relieved Cmdr. Andrew M. Biehn as the 5th CO of Truxtun during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship in Aqaba.
May 9, The guided-missile destroyer moored at Berth 1, Sultan Qaboos Port in Muscat, Oman, for a four-day port call after participated in a multi-national exercise Khunjar Haad. Transited Strait of Hormuz northbound on May 14.
May 30, USS Truxtun moored at Berth 5, Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP) in Hidd, Bahrain, for an eight-day upkeep. Departed Arabian Gulf on June 8.
June 14, USS Truxtun, along with USS George H.W. Bush and USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), transited the Strait of Hormuz northbound. Inport KBSP, Bahrain, again from July 1?-19; Departed Arabian Gulf on July 20; Entered the Red Sea on July 22; Transited Suez Canal northbound (#6), with the USS Norfolk (SSN 714), on July 29.
July 30, The Truxtun moored at West Quay, Passenger Terminal in Limassol, Cyprus, for a four-day port visit. Returned to Red Sea on Aug. 6; Transited Suez Canal northbound (#8), with the USS Annapolis (SSN 760), on Aug. 1?; Inport Aqaba again from Aug. 19-23; Transited Suez Canal northbound (#10) on Aug. 31; Returned to Red Sea on Sept. 2; Entered the Arabian Gulf on Sept. 2?.
October 9, DDG 103 moored at Khalifa Port in Taweelah, United Arab Emirates, for a four-day liberty visit to Abu Dhabi; Transited the Strait of Hormuz southbound on Oct. 1?; Transited the Bab el-Mandeb Strait northbound on Oct. 18; Transited Suez Canal northbound (#12) on Oct. 27.
November 1, USS Truxtun moored to a buoy off the coast of Villefranche-sur-Mer, France, for a three-day port visit. Transited the Strait of Gibraltar on Nov. 6.
November 15, USS Truxtun returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a nine-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AoR.
December 30, Marine Hydraulics International, Inc., Norfolk, Virginia, was awarded a $7,1 million modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-10-C-4405) for the USS Truxtun's Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Work is expected to be completed by June.