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USS Stethem (DDG 63)

USS STETHEM is the 13th ship in the ARLEIGH BURKE class and the first ship in the Navy named after Steelworker Robert D. Stethem.

General Characteristics:Keel Laid: May 10, 1993
Launched: June 17, 1994
Commissioned: October 21, 1995
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding, West Bank, Pascagoula, Miss.
Propulsion system: four General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine engines
Propellers: two
Blades on each Propeller: five
Length: 505,25 feet (154 meters)
Beam: 67 feet (20.4 meters)
Draft: 30,5 feet (9.3 meters)
Displacement: approx. 8.300 tons full load
Speed: 30+ knots
Aircraft: None. But LAMPS 3 electronics installed on landing deck for coordinated DDG/helicopter ASW operations.
Armament: two MK 41 VLS for Standard missiles, Tomahawk; Harpoon missile launchers, one Mk 45 5-inch/54 caliber lightweight gun, two Phalanx CIWS, Mk 46 torpedoes (from two triple tube mounts)
Homeport: Yokosuka, Japan
Crew: 23 Officers, 24 Chief Petty Officers and 291 Enlisted


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS STETHEM. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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About the Destroyer’s Name, about Steelworker Robert D. Stethem:



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The photo below was taken by Brian Barton and shows the STETHEM at San Diego, Calif., on December 4, 2003. The aircraft carrier in the background is the USS NIMITZ (CVN 68).

The photo below was taken by Bruce Bennett and shows the STETHEM passing Coronado Island, San Diego, Calif., on December 4, 2003.



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