USS Lassen (DDG-82)

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Guided missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82).jpg
USS Lassen underway in the rough seas of the East China Sea, in 2003.
Career (USA)
Namesake:Clyde Everett Lassen
Ordered:6 January 1995
Builder:Ingalls Shipbuilding
Laid down:24 August 1998
Launched:16 October 1999
Commissioned:21 April 2001
Homeport:Yokosuka, Japan
Motto:From Courage, Life
Status:in active service, as of 2014
Badge:USS Lassen DDG-82 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class & type:Arleigh Burke class destroyer
Displacement:9,200 tons
Length:509 ft 6 in (155.30 m)
Beam:  66 ft (20 m)
Draft:  31 ft (9.4 m)
Propulsion:4 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, 2 shafts, 100,000 shp (75 MW)
Speed:30+ knots (55+ km/h)
Complement:320 officers and enlisted
Armament:1 × 32 cell, 1 × 64 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems, 96 × RIM-66 SM-2, BGM-109 Tomahawk or RUM-139 VL-Asroc, missiles
1 × 5″/62 (127mm/62), 2 × 25 mm, 4 × 12.7 mm guns, 2 × Phalanx CIWS
2 × Mk 32 triple torpedo tubes[1]
Aircraft carried:2 × SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters
 
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Guided missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82).jpg
USS Lassen underway in the rough seas of the East China Sea, in 2003.
Career (USA)
Namesake:Clyde Everett Lassen
Ordered:6 January 1995
Builder:Ingalls Shipbuilding
Laid down:24 August 1998
Launched:16 October 1999
Commissioned:21 April 2001
Homeport:Yokosuka, Japan
Motto:From Courage, Life
Status:in active service, as of 2014
Badge:USS Lassen DDG-82 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class & type:Arleigh Burke class destroyer
Displacement:9,200 tons
Length:509 ft 6 in (155.30 m)
Beam:  66 ft (20 m)
Draft:  31 ft (9.4 m)
Propulsion:4 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, 2 shafts, 100,000 shp (75 MW)
Speed:30+ knots (55+ km/h)
Complement:320 officers and enlisted
Armament:1 × 32 cell, 1 × 64 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems, 96 × RIM-66 SM-2, BGM-109 Tomahawk or RUM-139 VL-Asroc, missiles
1 × 5″/62 (127mm/62), 2 × 25 mm, 4 × 12.7 mm guns, 2 × Phalanx CIWS
2 × Mk 32 triple torpedo tubes[1]
Aircraft carried:2 × SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters

USS Lassen (DDG-82) is a Flight IIA Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer in the United States Navy.

She was homeported in San Diego until she shifted homeport to Yokosuka Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan in August 2005, where she remains as of July 2014.

Lassen is named for Clyde Everett Lassen, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his courageous rescue of two downed aviators while commander of a search and rescue helicopter in Vietnam.

On 15 February 2009 at 12:25 pm, Lassen collided with a Japanese 14-ton pleasure boat in Yokosuka harbor. Four people fishing on the pleasure boat, which was at anchor, were reportedly uninjured.[2] On 23 March 2009 the Japan Coast Guard filed a case against both the destroyer's and the fishing boat's captains with local prosecutors for professional negligence that endangered traffic.[3]

On 1 July 2009, Fox News Channel reported that Lassen was tracking the North Korean ship Kang Nam, suspected of carrying contraband.

Commanding Officers[edit]

The commanding officer (CO) of the USS Lassen (DDG-82), is the United States Navy officer who is the most senior officer on ship. The CO is the ultimate authority over operations of the Lassen and her crew.

List of commanding officers[edit]

#NameStart of tenureEnd of tenure
9CDR Michael Adam Smith[4]11 December 2013
8CDR Scott Christop McClelland[4]7 June 201211 December 2013
7CDR Walter Clark Wrye IV[4]17 December 20107 June 2012
6CDR Hung Ba Le[4]23 April 200917 December 2010
5CDR Anthony Louis Simmons[4]29 November 200723 April 2009
4CDR Marshall Brent Brown[4]31 May 200629 November 2007
3CDR Kerry Spencer Gilpin[4]29 July 200431 May 2006
2CDR Hugh Denny Wetherald[4]5 September 200229 July 2004
1CDR Sean Eugene O'Connor[4]21 April 20015 September 2002

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Welcome Aboard". USS Lassen DDG-82. US Navy. Archived from the original on 7 January 2008. Retrieved 29 February 2008. 
  2. ^ Kyodo News, "U.S. military ship has minor collision with small boat in Yokosuka"
  3. ^ Japan Times, "Port collision sent to prosecutors", 24 March 2009, p. 2.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/01082.htm

This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain.

External links[edit]

USS Lassen in drydock in Yokosuka, with the sonar dome visible, January 2007