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USS Roosevelt (DDG 80)

USS ROOSEVELT is the second OSCAR AUSTIN class guided missile destroyer and the second ship in the Navy named in honor of president Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife.

General Characteristics:Keel laid: December 15, 1997
Launched:January 10, 1999
Christened: January 23, 1999
Commissioned: October 14, 2000
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding, West Bank, Pascagoula, Miss.
Propulsion system: four General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine engines
Propellers: two
Length: 508,5 feet (155 meters)
Beam: 67 feet (20.4 meters)
Draft: 30,5 feet (9.3 meters)
Displacement: approx. 9,200 tons full load
Speed: 32 knots
Aircraft: two SH-60 (LAMPS 3) helicopters
Armament: one Mk-45 5"/54 caliber lightweight gun, two Mk-41 VLS for Standard missiles and Tomahawk ASM/LAM, two 20mm Phalanx CIWS, two Mk-32 triple torpedo tubes for Mk-50 and Mk-46 torpedoes, two Mk 38 Mod 2 25mm machine gun systems
Homeport: Mayport, FL
Crew: approx. 320

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Crew List:

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

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USS ROOSEVELT's Commanding Officers:

October 14, 2000 - November 2001Commander Matthew E. Bobola, USN
November 2001 - July 2003Commander Robert P. Girrier, USN
July 2003 - March 2005Commander Paul J. Severs, USN
March 2005 - November 2006Commander Richard L. Clemmons, Jr., USN
November 2006 - May 2008Commander John A. Carter, USN
May 2008 - November 2009Commander Stanley O. Keeve, Jr., USN
November 2009 - July 2011Commander Robert B. Chadwick II, USN
July 2011 - January 2013Commander Robert S. Thompson, USN
January 2013 - June 2014Commander Frankie J. Clark, USN
June 2014 - presentCommander Jason S. Reller, USN

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About the Ship’s Name, about the 32nd President of the United States and his Wife:

The ship honors 32nd President of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945), and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962). Roosevelt served as the 12th Assistant Secretary of the Navy for seven years before being elected to the first of four terms as President in 1932. He guided the nation out of the Great Depression and through World War II.

The First Lady was known as a tireless worker for social causes, serving twice as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations. She chaired the United Nations Human Rights Commission, and was entirely responsible for drafting the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. One previous U.S. Navy ship was named in the President’s honor - FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (CV 42) (1945-1977) earned one star for her participation in the Vietnam conflict.

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About the Christening Ceremony:

The U.S. Navy christened the Aegis Guided Missile Destroyer ROOSEVELT Saturday, Jan. 23, 1999, during an 11 a.m. (CST) ceremony at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss.

Adm. J. Paul Reason, Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, was the ceremony’s principal speaker. Mrs. Nancy Roosevelt Ireland, granddaughter of the ship’s namesake, served as ship’s sponsor and in the time-honored Navy tradition, she broke the bottle of champagne across the bow to formally name the ship.

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USS ROOSEVELT Patch Gallery:

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The photo below was taken by Michael Jenning and shows the ROOSEVELT at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., on April 28, 2015.

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