USS STERETT DDG 104
The Sterett (DDG 104), an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, is the fourth ship of the United States Navy to be named in honor of Andrew Sterett, a naval officer who served during the Quasi-War and the Barbary Wars.
The contract to build her was awarded to Bath Iron Works Corporation in Bath, Maine on September 13, 2002. On November 17, 2005, her keel was laid down.
May 19, 2007 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Sterett was christened during a ceremony at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. Michelle Sterett Bernson, a familial descendant of Andrew Sterett, who himself had no children, served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. Brian P. Eckerle is the prospective commanding officer; The ship was launched for the first time on May 20.
August 9, 2008 USS Sterett was commissioned during a 7 p.m. EDT ceremony in Baltimore, Md., at the South Locust Point Marine Terminal. Michelle Sterett Bernson, a descendant of the ship’s namesake, served as sponsor of the ship.
December 16, The Sterett returned to San Diego after successfully completing a Combat Systems Ship Qualification Trial (CSSQT) with the newly implemented Aegis baseline 7.1R combat suite.
July 2, 2009 Cmdr. Darren G. McPherson relieved Cmdr. Brian P. Eckerle as CO of DDG 104.
November 12, The Sterett departed Anaheim Bay after concluding ordnance operations at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach.
May 4, 2010 USS Sterett recently arrived in Naval Station Everett to participate in an emergency sortie exercise with the other COMDESRON 9 ships.
June 21, The guided-missile destroyer departed Naval Base San Diego for a week-long training exercise, to test its tactical weapons systems in preparation for its upcoming deployment.
October 22, USS Sterett departed San Diego for its maiden deployment, as part of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) CSG that departed in September.
November 22, DDG 104 anchored in Patong Bay, thailand, for a goodwill port visit to Phuket.
February 22, 2011 One of the 19 pirates who captured the "Quest" on Friday, about 190 nautical miles southeast of Masirah Island, fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the Sterett around 8.00 a.m., while negotiations were underway aboard the destroyer to solve a high-seas stand-off. The grenade missed. The pirates then shot and killed the four Americans before Navy Seals could reach the yacht to intervene. While clearing the vessel, two pirates were killed and two were found dead aboard the Quest. The remaining 15 suspected pirates are currently being held on the USS Enterprise (CVN 65). The killings came less than a week after a Somali pirate Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse was sentenced to more than 33 years in prison by a New York court for the 2009 hijacking of the Maersk Alabama.
March 9, Cmdr. Richard C. McDaniel relieved Cmdr. Darren G. McPherson as CO of the Sterett during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Naval Base San Diego.
April 3, USS Sterett is currently in the Philippine Sea participating in exercise Malabar 2011 with the Indian Navy. The guided-missile destroyer recently visited Chinhae, Republic of Korea.
April 27, The Sterett returned to homeport after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).
September 25, DDG 104 is currently participating in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), off the coast of southern California, as part of USS Abraham Lincoln CSG.
November 3, USS Sterett departed Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach after an ordnance transfer operation.
December 6, USS Sterett departed Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled deployment, with the Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet AoR.
January 6, 2012 The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Port Klang, Malaysia, for a six-day port visit.
February 12, The Sterett participated in an annual exercise Stakenet, in the Arabian Gulf, along with USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), USS Typhoon (PC 5), USS Chinook (PC 9), HMS Argyll (F231), KNS Al Nokhetna and KNS Maskan, Feb. 5-9.
March 13, USS Sterett pulled into Khalifa Bin Salman Port at Hidd for a four-day visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain.
April 22, The Sterett is currently participating in a multinational exercise Arabian Shark, in the Arabian Sea, with the navies from Great Britain, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
June 11, DDG 104 arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, for a five-day port call.
July 5, USS Sterett returned to San Diego after a seven-month deployment.
July 31, Cmdr. Stewart L. Bateshansky relieved Cmdr. Richard C. McDaniel as CO of the Sterett during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Naval Base San Diego.
November 28, USS Sterett conducted a Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) Operational Test Launch (OTL), the first since 2010, from the Pacific Missile Range, off the coast of San Nicolas Island. The ship recently departed homeport for deck landing qualifications and MISSILEX in the SOCAL Op. Area.
February 13, 2013 The Sterett commenced a three-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) at the Huntington Ingalls Industries Continental Maritime of San Diego shipyard.