USS THOMAS HUDNER is one of the ARLEIGH BURKE Flight IIA guided missile destroyers and the first ship in the Navy named after Captain Thomas Hudner.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: February 28, 2012|
|Keel laid: November 6, 2015|
|Launched: April 23, 2017|
|Commissioned: December 1, 2018|
|Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine|
|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: Mayport, Fla.|
|Crew: approx. 320|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS THOMAS HUDNER. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
About the Ship's Namesake:
Thomas J. Hudner Jr., a naval aviator who retired as a captain, received the Medal of Honor from President Harry S. Truman for displaying uncommon valor during an attack on his wingman, the first African American naval aviator to fly in combat, Ensign Jesse L. Brown. During the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War, anti-aircraft fire hit Brown's aircraft, damaging a fuel line and causing him to crash.
After it became clear Brown was seriously injured and unable to free himself Hudner proceeded to purposefully crash his own aircraft to join Brown and provide aid. Hudner injured his own back during his crash landing, but he stayed with Brown until a rescue helicopter arrived. Hudner and the rescue pilot worked in the sub-zero, snow-laden area in an unsuccessful attempt to free Brown from the smoking wreckage.
After receiving recognition for his heroism, Hudner remained on active duty, completing an additional 22 years of naval service during which his accomplishments include flying 27 combat missions in the Korean War and serving as the executive officer aboard the USS KITTY HAWK (CVA 63) during the Vietnam War.
Hudner died at Concord, Mass., on November 13, 2017. He was interred at Arlington National Cemetery on April 4, 2018.
USS THOMAS HUDNER Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the THOMAS HUDNER arriving at Naval Base Kiel, Germany, on June 18, 2021, after participating in BALTOPS 50. The ship is presently on its maiden deployment as part of the DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) Strike Group. USS THOMAS HUDNER deployed from Mayport, Fla., on January 2, 2021, and has since operated in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Black Sea, Arabian Sea and the Baltic Sea. It's the ship's first visit to Germany.
The photos below were taken by me and show the THOMAS HUDNER at Naval Base Kiel, Germany, on June 20, 2021, after participating in BALTOPS 50.
The photos below were taken by me and show the THOMAS HUDNER departing Naval Base Kiel, Germany, on June 21, 2021.
The photos below were taken by me and show the THOMAS HUDNER at Naval Base Portsmouth, UK., on November 16 and 17, 2022. The THOMAS HUDNER is deployed as part of the USS GERALD R. FORD (CVN 78) Strike Group. The ship alongside DDG 116 is the Spanish frigate ALVARO DE BAZAN which is also operating as part of the strike group.