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USS McCampbell (DDG 85)

Sponsored by the former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, USS McCAMPBELL is the seventh Flight IIA ARLEIGH BURKE-class guided missile destroyer and the first ship in the Navy named after Captain David McCampbell. In June 2007, the McCAMPBELL shifted her homeport from San Diego, Calif., to Yokosuka, Japan, where she relieved the USS GARY (FFG 51).

General Characteristics:Awarded: December 13, 1996
Keel laid: July 15, 1999
Launched: July 2, 2000
Commissioned: August 17, 2002
Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
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"/62 caliber lightweight gun, two Mk-41 VLS for Standard missiles and Tomahawk ASM/LAM, one 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: Yokosuka, Japan
Crew: approx. 320

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Crew List:

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

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Accidents aboard USS McCAMPBELL:

March 25, 2006Persian Gulf, 30nm
southeast off the Iraqi coast
USS McCAMPBELL and the Kiribati-flagged merchant vessel MV ROKYA collide at approx. 11:09 pm local time, slightly injuring two McCAMPBELL sailors and two from the crew of MV ROKYA. All four were treated on-scene by McCAMBELL's independent duty corpsman. Both ships suffered on the bow.

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USS McCAMPBELL in the News:

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USS McCAMPBELL's Commanding Officers:

May 2001 - December 19, 2003Commander Mark C. Montgomery, USN
December 19, 2003 - July 2005Commander Russell E. Haas, USN
July 2005 - May 2007Commander Vincent D. McBeth, USN
May 2007 - December 2008Commander William M. Triplett, USN
December 2008 - October 2010Commander Charles A. Johnson, USN
October 2010 - presentCommander Steven H. DeMoss, USN

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About the Ship’s Name:

David McCampbell was born in Bessemer, Alabama, on January 16, 1910 and raised in West Palm Beach Florida. He attended Staunton (Virginia) Military Academy and one year at Georgia School of Technology before his appointment to the United States Naval Academy, where he graduated with the class of 1933.

From September 1943 to September 1944 Captain McCampbell was commander of Air Group 15, in charge of fighters, bombers, and torpedo bombers aboard the aircraft carrier ESSEX. From April to November 1944, his group saw six months of continuous combat and participated in two major air-sea battles, the First and Second Battles of the Philippine Sea. During the more than 20,000 hours of air combat operations before it returned to the United States for a rest period, Air Group 15 destroyed more enemy planes (315 airborne and 348 on the ground) and sank more enemy shipping than any other Air Group in the Pacific War. Air Group 15’s attacks on the Japanese in the Marianas and at Iwo Jima, Formosa, and Okinawa were key to the success of the "island hopping" campaign.

In addition to his duties as commander of the "Fabled Fifteen," Captain McCampbell became the Navy’s "Ace of Aces" during the missions he flew in 1944. In October 1944 Captain McCampbell and his wingman attacked a Japanese force of 60 aircraft. During the mission, Captain McCampbell shot down nine enemy planes, setting a single mission aerial combat record. When he landed his Grumman F6F Hellcat, his six machine guns had two rounds remaining and the plane had only enough fuel to keep it aloft for 10 more minutes. Captain McCampbell received the Medal of Honor for that action, becoming the only fast carrier task force pilot to do so. During a similarly courageous mission in June 1944, Air Group 15’s planes routed a large enemy force and Captain McCampbell earned seven kills.

For his brilliant record in command of Air Group 15, Captain McCampbell was awarded the Medal of Honor, the Navy Cross, the Silver Star Medal, Legion of Merit with Combat "V", the Distinguished Flying Cross with two Gold Stars in lieu of the second and third awards, and the Air Medal. After the war, his assignments included command of the carrier BON HOMME RICHARD and service as plans division chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He retired from active duty in 1964 and was interred at Arlington National Cemetery after his death on June 30, 1996.

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The photos below were taken by Charles Barton and show the McCAMPBELL at San Diego, Calif, on August 19, 2005.

The photos below were taken by Shiu On Yee during USS McCAMPBELL's port visit to Hong Kong July 10 - 15, 2012, while the ship was assigned to the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) Strike Group.

The photos below were taken by Lienhard Geißler and show USS McCAMPBELL at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, on May 27, 2015.

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