USS LASSEN
DDG 82
  
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The Lassen (DDG 82) is the fourth Oscar Austin-class guided-missile destroyer and the first ship in the U.S. Navy named after Commander Clyde Everett Lassen who earned the Medal of Honor for his courageous rescue of two downed aviators while commander of a search and rescue helicopter in Vietnam.

The keel was laid down on August 24, 1998, at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss.; launched and christened on October 16, 1999.

April 21, 2001 USS Lassen was commissioned during an 11 a.m. EST ceremony at the Florida Aquarium Pier in Tampa, Fla.

July 5, 2002 U.S. Navy ships: USS Lassen, USS O'Kane (DDG 77), USS Lake Erie (CG 70), USS Crommelin (FFG 37), USS Paul F. Foster (DD 964) and USS Tarawa (LHA 1) along with ships from Peru, Chile, Japan, Canada, Australia, Republic of Korea and the United Kingdom are currently participating in a biennial exercise "Rim of the Pacific" (RIMPAC) 2002, off the coast of Hawaii.

September 5, Cmdr. Hugh D. Wetherland relieved Cmdr. Sean E. O'Connor as the 2nd commanding officer of DDG 82.

January 16, 2003 USS Lassen departed San Diego for its maiden western Pacific deployment, with the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Battle Group.

March 14, USS Lassen pulled into Pusan, Republic of Korea, for a port visit in conjunction with the commencement of exercise Foal Eagle that began March 4 and will continue through April 2. Foal Eagle is an annual joint and combined field training and maritime exercise between the U.S. and Republic of Korea (ROK) armed forces.

May 14, USS Lassen arrived at Garden Island Naval Base for a six-day port visit to Sydney, Australia.

July 3, DDG 82 pulled into Vladivostok, Russia, for a four-day port call.

July 14, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Perth, Australia, for a scheduled port visit.

August 6, USS Lassen anchored in Victoria Harbor for a scheduled port visit to Hong Kong.

August 15, The Lassen recently moored outboard the USS Frank Cable (AS 40) in Sasebo, Japan, to get tender support services.

October 3, Ship Repair Facility (SRF), Yokosuka, was able to get USS Lassen underway and headed back to its homeport in San Diego, by completing an intensive three-week docking repair. It was the first time the Lassen had a docking repair in Yokosuka and included the complete change out of the port hub, modification of the starboard hub, and repairs on all the blades and on the coating of the rudders.

September 2, 2005 USS Lassen arrived at its new forward-deployed operating base Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY).

March 29, 2006 DDG 82 is currently undergoing a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) while pierside at FAY.

May 31, Cmdr. Marshall B. Brown relieved Cmdr. Kerry S. Gilpin as CO of the USS Lassen during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Station Yokosuka.

June 20, The guided-missile destroyer is currently participating in exercise Valiant Shield '06, off the coast of Guam, June 19-23. The exercise will involve more than 20,000 Sailors, Airmen, Soldiers, Marines and Coast Guardsmen. Valiant Shield will also see more than 300 aircraft and 28 ships from the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Groups, as well as the Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard.

November 13, The U.S. Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force kicked off their largest bilateral exercise, ANNUALEX, Nov. 9. About 8,500 U.S. Sailors are taking part aboard 13 ships, including USS Lassen, and submarines and various shore-based aircraft.

November 30, DDG 82 recently departed Hong Kong after a scheduled port visit.

January 9, 2007 The Lassen entered a dry-dock at Fleet Activities Yokosuka to begin a regularly scheduled maintenance.

February 15, USS Lassen departed Yokosuka, Japan, for a routine underway period.

April 14, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a brief port call.

April 23, USS Lassen arrived in Sydney, Australia, for a four-day port visit to participate in the Australia-New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) Day commemoration events and provide tours and demonstrations of its capabilities to industry leaders.

May 3, The Lassen pulled into Brisbane, Australia, to participate in the Battle of Coral Sea commemoration events. Inport Adelaide from May 11-1?.

June 1, USS Lassen returned to homeport following a two-month underway period.

June 18, DDG 82 arrived in Oita, Japan, for a scheduled port visit, the first by U.S. Navy ship in three years.

September 20, Sailors aboard USS Lassen practiced Mediterranean mooring at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka. Med or "stern to" mooring is a common docking procedure for yachts and small boats at marinas, as well as ports in the Mediterranean and the Pacific. The advantage is that less pier space is used, so more ships can fit into a smaller area.

September 24, USS Lassen arrived in Vladivostok, Russia, to participate in Pacific Eagle, a bilateral exercise with the Russian Federated Navy.

November 16, The Lassen completed its participation in ANNUALEX 19G, in the Philippine Sea, the maritime component of the U.S.-Japan exercise Keen Sword 08.

February 15, 2008 USS Lassen pulled into Nagasaki, Japan, for a scheduled port call.

April 8, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Shanghai, China, for a goodwill port visit.

January 26, 2009 The Lassen arrived in Dili, Timor-Leste, for a scheduled port visit.

January 31, DDG 82 arrived off the coast of Bali for a rare visit to the southern Indonesian island.

February 15, USS Lassen had a minor collision with the small boat "SUMOMO2" that was anchoring in the port of Yokosuka. No injuries were reported. The destroyer returned to homeport after completing undersea warfare exercise with the John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Carrier Strike Group and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

March 23, USS Lassen is currently undergoing a Drydocking Selective Restricted Availability (DSRA) at the Ship Repair Facility Yokosuka.

April 23, Cmdr. H.B. Le relieved Cmdr. Anthony L. Simmons as CO of the Lassen in a ceremony that served as lead-in for the upcoming celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Le was born in Hue, Vietnam, and immigrated with his family to the United States in June 1975.

September 14, DDG 82 pulled into Shimonoseki, Japan, for a goodwill port visit.

September 21, The Lassen is currently off the coast of Okinawa participating in Multi-Sail 2009 exercise.

November 7, USS Lassen arrived in Da Nang, Vietnam, for a scheduled port call.

November 25, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Hong Kong for a scheduled port visit after participating in Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 21G.

February 19, 2010 USS Lassen arrived in Saipan for a goodwill port visit to the bigest island of the United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

March 21, DDG 82 recently arrived in Republic of Korea to participate in a bilateral exercise Foal Eagle 2010. The ship recently departed on its routine spring deployment.

April 23, The Lassen arrived in Goa, India, to participate in a week-long bilateral exercise Malabar 2010.

May 17, USS Lassen recently arrived in Thailand to participate in the second phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise.

May 26, USS Lassen returned to Fleet Activities Yokosuka after two-and-a-half month underway period.

July 16, USS Lassen departed homeport for a western Pacific patrol.

July 25, The guided-missile destroyer departed Fleet Activities Sasebo after a four-day port call to participate in a combined alliance maritime and air readiness exercise Invincible Spirit, involving the Republic of Korea and the United States, in the East Sea through July 28.

September 23, DDG 82 completed its participation in a 10-day joint exercise Valiant Shield 2010 with a Missile Exercise (MISSILEX) on Sept. 21, off the coast of Guam. The Lassen recently departed for its annual Fall Patrol, as part of the USS George Washington (CVN 73) CSG.

October 2, USS Lassen pulled into Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, for a scheduled port visit.

October 12, The Lassen arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea, to participate in Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) exercise Eastern Endeavor 2010, Oct. 13-14.

October 28, The guided-missile destroyer emergency sortied from Yokosuka to avoid the approching Typhoon Chaba.

November 28, USS Lassen entered the waters west of the Korean peninsula, with the Washington Carrier Strike Group, to participate in a combined military exercise with the Republic of Korea. The exercise is part of the series announced at the 2 + 2 meetings in July and is scheduled to run until Dec. 1.

December 13, DDG 82 returned to CFAY after completing its participation in joint exercise Keen Sword 2011, off the coast of Japan, Dec. 3-10.

December 17, Cmdr. Walter C. Wrye, IV relieved Cmdr. Hung B. Le as the 7th CO of the Lassen.

March 21, 2011 USS Lassen departed Yokosuka as a "precaution" after low levels of radiation were detected last week by USS George Washington, from a heavily damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant. The ship will head to Sasebo to continue its maintenance availability period; Inport Fleet Activities Sasebo from March 25 through May 30.

June 4, The Lassen returned to homeport after a four-day underway for sea trials and ammunition on-load, completing the $11 million worth Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

June 19, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, for a brief port call.

June 24, DDG 82 arrived in Kure, Japan, for a scheduled port visit.

July 23, USS Lassen returned to Fleet Activities Yokosuka after a 10-day underway for training and qualifications.

August 6, More than 6,000 people visited Lassen during the 35th annual Friendship Day festival at CFAY.

August 27, USS Lassen departed Yokosuka for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

August 30, The Lassen departed homeport to avoid Tropical Storm Talas in anticipation of the typhoon’s projected arrival on early Friday morning.

September 19, The Lassen arrived in Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, for a brief port call. Returned home on Sept. 27.

November 16, USS Lassen pulled into Laem Chabang, Thailand, to provide flood relief assistance at the National Blood Center in Bangkok. The ship recently participated in a bilateral Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) as part of the USS George Washington CSG.

December 8, DDG 82 returned to Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka after a seven-week Fall Patrol.

January 26, 2012 USS Lassen recently arrived at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, to participate in Multi-Sail 2012 exercise. The ship departed homeport Jan. 19.

February 3, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Yokohama, Japan, for a brief port visit to participate in the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Stranded Commuter Assistance drill.

March 12, The Lassen returned to homeport after a five-day underway period.

April 16, USS Lassen returned to Yokosuka after an 11-day underway period, participating in a Ship Anti-Submarine Warfare Readiness/Effectiveness Measure (SHAREM) 170 exercise with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships.

May 17, DDG 82 recently pulled into Sattahip Naval Base to participate in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Thailand 2012.

June 5, USS Lassen returned to homeport after a 47-day underway period for upkeep before continuing with western Pacific patrol.

June 7, Cmdr. Scott C. McClelland relieved Cmdr. Walter C. Wrye, IV as CO of the Lassen. Departed Yokosuka again on June 8.

June 27, The Lassen moored at Berth 6, India Basin in Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, for a three-day port call.

July 10, USS Lassen anchored in Victoria Harbour for a five-day port visit to Hong Kong. Inport Sasebo again from July 23-28 and Aug. 7-10.

August 16, USS Lassen returned to Yokosuka after completing a four-month western Pacific patrol.

August 24, The Lassen entered the Dry Dock #5 at Yokosuka Naval Shipyard for a Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA). Departed dry-dock on Oct. 24; Underway for sea trials and ammo onload from Dec. 10-18; Underway for local operations on Jan. 11.

January 18, 2013 USS Lassen departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a western Pacific patrol. Anchored at A-12 on Jan. 22.

January 27, The guided-missile destroyer recently pulled into Fleet Activities Sasebo for a routine port call. Underway on Feb. 1.

February 5, DDG 82 arrived in Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan, for a goodwill port visit. Returned home on Feb. 11.

March 4, USS Lassen departed homeport in support of annual exercise Foal Eagle with the Republic of Korea Navy.

March 9, The Lassen moored outboard the USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) at Donghae Naval Base, ROK, for a four-day port call. Returned to Yokosuka on March 23.

April 1, USS Lassen departed Yokosuka for a Multi-Sail 2013 exercise off Okinawa. Anchored in Buckner Bay from April 5-9; Returned home on April 18; Underway again on April 29; Conducted deck landing qualifications in Sagami Wan from May 2-3.

May 7, The Lassen arrived in Vladivostok, Russia, for a scheduled port visit to participate in Victory Day celebrations. Returned home on May 13.

June 26, USS Lassen departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a Summer Patrol as part of the USS George Washington CSG.

August 7, USS Lassen moored at Station Pier in Melbourne, Australia, for a scheduled port visit after participated in a biennial joint exercise Talisman Sabre 2013, off the coast of Queensland.

August 14, DDG 82 moored at Garden Island Naval Base in Sydney, Australia, for a scheduled port visit.

September 9, USS Lassen returned to homeport after a two-and-a-half month underway period.

October 9, USS Lassen departed Yokosuka for a Fall Patrol as part of the GW CSG. Anchored at A-10 for ammo onload on Oct. 9.

October 26, The Lassen moored outboard the USS Antietam (CG 54) at Changi Naval Base for a five-day port visit to Singapore.

November 8, The guided-missile destroyer moored at Buoy A77 in Victoria Harbour, Hong Hong, for a scheduled port visit. Emergency sortied on Nov. 11 to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster support to Philippines, in the wake of a deadly Super Typhoon Haiyan.

November 18, USS Lassen is currently underway in Leyte Gulf, distributing supplies from Tacloban to remote areas in support of Operation Damayan; Participated in Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 25G from Nov. 25-28.

December 6, USS Lassen returned to Fleet Activities Yokosuka after a two-month underway period.

December 11, Cmdr. Michael A. Smith relieved Cmdr. Scott C. McClelland as CO of DDG 82 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

From January 16-17, 2014, the Lassen was underway for deck landing qualifications in Sagami Wan. Underway again from Jan. 23-24 and Jan. 29.

March 3, USS Lassen departed homeport for a western Pacific patrol. Anchored at A-10 for ammo onload from March 3-4.

March 8, The Lassen anchored off Pyeongtaek Naval Base for the in-port phase of joint exercise Foal Eagle with the Republic of Korean Navy; Underway for at-sea phase from March 10-15; Participated in Group-Sail off Guam from March 21-25.

April 3, USS Lassen anchored at Yokosuka's A-12 to embark HSM-51 and HSM-77 Detachments before conducting DLQ in Sagami Wan; Returned home on April 4; Anchored at A-10 for ammo offload on April 9; Underway for sea trials and ammo onload at A-12, after a three-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA), from July 14-17; Underway for INSURV Preps. on July 30, Aug. 5, Aug. 12-13, 19-20, 26, Sept. 2, 11-12, 15 and 17th.