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PORTER (DDG-78) destroyer

Postby aukepalmhof » Wed Mar 31, 2021 8:34 pm

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Built as a destroyer under yard No 5278 by Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula West, Mississippi for the U.S.A. Navy.
20 July 1994 ordered.
02 December 1996 laid down.
12 November 1997 launched as the USS PORTER (DDG-78).
Displacement 6,900 tons light, 9,000 tons full load. Dim. 153.8 x 20.4 x 9.4m (draught), length bpp 142.0m.
Powered by four General Electric LM2500-30-gas turbines, 100,000 hp, twin shafts, speed 30 knots.
Range by a speed of 20 knots, 4,400 miles.
Armament: 1 × 29 cell, 1 × 61 cell Mk 41 vertical launching systems with 90 × RIM-156 SM-2, BGM-109 Tomahawk or RUM-139 VL-ASROC missiles. 2 x Mk 141 Harpoon Missile Launcher SSM. 1 × Mark 45 5/54 in (127/54 mm). 2 × 25 mm chain gun. 4 × .50 caliber (12.7 mm) guns. 2 × 20 mm Phalanx CIWS and has 2 × Mk 32 triple torpedo tubes.
Aircraft carried: 2 Sikorsky MH-60R helicopters can be embarked.
Crew 281.
20 March 1999 commissioned.

USS PORTER (DDG-78) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. PORTER is the fifth US Navy ship to be named after US Navy officers Commodore David Porter, and his son, Admiral David Dixon Porter. This ship is the 28th destroyer of her class. PORTER was the 12th ship of this class to be built at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi. She was laid down on 2 December 1996, launched and christened on 12 November 1997, and commissioned 20 March 1999, in Port Canaveral, Florida.

Service history
From January to July 2003, PORTER engaged in combat and support operations of Operation Iraqi Freedom. PORTER launched Tomahawk missiles during the Shock and Awe stage of the Iraq War.
On 28 October 2007, PORTER attacked and sank two pirate skiffs off Somalia after receiving a distress call from the tanker MV GOLDEN NORI which was under attack from pirates.

On 12 November 2009, the Missile Defense Agency announced that PORTER would be upgraded during the fiscal year 2013 to RIM-161 Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) capability in order to function as part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System. In 2016 the aft CIWS mount was replaced by a SeaRAM missile system.

Operation Nanook 2010
In August 2010, PORTER and the United States Coast Guard buoy tender USCGC ALDER participated in Operation Nanook 2010 in the Baffin Bay and the Davis Straits. This was the fourth annual Operation Nanook organized by the Canadian Government, but it was the first to host foreign vessels.

2012 collision
On 12 August 2012, PORTER collided with MV OTOWASAN, an oil tanker, near the Strait of Hormuz. The collision ripped a 3-by-3-meter (10 ft × 10 ft) hole in the starboard side of the destroyer, forcing her to Jebel Ali, Dubai for repairs. No one on either ship was injured. Initially, Naval Forces Central Command did not provide details about the collision, saying that it was under investigation. PORTER's captain, Commander Martin Arriola, was subsequently removed from command of the ship and replaced by Commander Dave Richardson. On 12 October 2012, PORTER re-joined Carrier Strike Group 12 for its transit through the Suez Canal following temporary repairs to the ship costing $700,000 later repairs were budgeted at a cost of nearly $50 million.

Naval Station Rota
On 30 April 2015, PORTER arrived at Naval Station Rota, Spain. Naval Station Rota is PORTER's new permanent homeport. PORTER joins three other US destroyers at Rota. These four ships are assigned to the United States Sixth Fleet and will conduct ballistic missile defense patrols in the Mediterranean Sea in support of Commander, US Sixth Fleet's mission

Due to a Russian naval threat in the Mediterranean, PORTER was upgraded with a SEARAM launcher for the RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile replacing the aft CIWS.

Attack on Shayrat Airfield
On 7 April 2017, a total of 59 Tomahawk missiles were fired by PORTER and ROSS at military targets at Shayrat Airbase in Homs, Syria, from their positions in the eastern Mediterranean. The missile strike was in response to the Khan Shaykhun chemical attack on 4 April 2017, which the U.S. government said was launched by the Syrian regime from Shayrat.

Defender Europe 2021
On 21 February 2021, PORTER conducted an exercise with the Greek Navy's HS ADRIAS with 4 F-16s off southern Crete.

2021 In service.
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