USS TRUXTUN is one of the Flight IIA ARLEIGH BURKE - class of Aegis guided missile destroyers and the sixth ship in the Navy named after Commodore Thomas Truxtun.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: September 13, 2002|
|Keel laid: April 11, 2005|
|Launched: April 17, 2007|
|Commissioned: April 25, 2009|
|Builder: Northrop Grumman Ship Systems' Ingalls Operations, Pascagoula, Miss.|
|Propulsion system: four General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine engines|
|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 |
|Armament: one |
|Homeport: Norfolk, Va.|
|Crew: approx. 320|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS TRUXTUN. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
About the Ship's Coat of Arms:
The Shield in colors of dark blue, white, and gold are traditionally used by the US Navy and recal the sea and excellence. Red is emblematic of courage and sacrifice. The vertical white bar alludes to the Vertical Launch System strike warfare capability of the ship. The trident, symbol of the sea power, represents DDG 103's multi mission offensive and defensive capabilities with its three times signifying AAW, ASW, & ASUW. The three modern missiles in chief (ASROC, Tomahawk, and Standard) also give credit to the precision fire, modern weaponry of DDG 103 in the air, sea, and strike arenas.
The Crest containing the silhouette of the USS CONSTELLATION recalls Commodore Thomas Truxtun being assigned to that ship in the early naval history. He was one of the nation's premier sea fighters of that time. The stars commemorate the heritage of the five previous ships named TRUXTUN. The Aegis shield and anchor combined with the USS CONSTELLATION highlight the old and new US Navy warships and their long and proud history.
The Motto is derived from the golden medal presented to Captain Thomas Truxtun in March of 1800 by the President. The medal is emblematical of the action between the US frigate CONSTELLATION, of thirty-eight guns, and the French ship of war LA VENGEANCE, of fifty-four guns; in testimony of the high sense entertained by Congress of his gallantry and good conduct in the above engagement "wherein an example was exhibited by the captain, officers, sailors, and marines, honorable to the American name, and instructive to its rising navy". The medal is struck with the passage "U.S. Frigate CONSTELLATION of 38 guns Pursues, Attacks, & Vanquishes the French ship LA VENGEANCE of 54 guns, Feb 1800."
The Supporters, the crossed sword and cutlass, highlight teamwork and cooperation.
USS TRUXTUN Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the TRUXTUN at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on May 6, 2012.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the TRUXTUN at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on October 28, 2013.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the TRUXTUN at Marine Hydraulics International, Inc. Norfolk, Va., undergoing a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) on April 29, 2015.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the TRUXTUN at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on October 6, 2015.
The photos below were taken by Steven Collingwood and show the TRUXTUN returning to Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on November 24, 2015, after training in the Virginia Capes area.
The photos below were taken by Steven Collingwood and show the TRUXTUN returning to Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on February 24, 2016, after a 2-day underway in the Virginia Capes area.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the TRUXTUN at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on October 4, 2017.