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USS Forrest Sherman

September 14, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

The Arleigh Burke class of destroyers are the backbone of the United States navy's fleet defence. The USS Forrest Sherman was photographed off Chebucto Head as it was leaving Halifax harbour to participate in NATO Exercise Cutlass Fury.


USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98)

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USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98)
US Navy 060203-N-8907D-067 The guided missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) prepares to pull into its homeport of Naval Station Norfolk.jpg
USS Forrest Sherman on 3 February 2006
United States
Name Forrest Sherman
Namesake Forrest Sherman
Ordered 6 March 1998
Builder Ingalls Shipbuilding, Mississippi
Laid down 7 August 2003
Launched 2 October 2004
Sponsored by Ann Sherman Fitzpatrick
Commissioned 28 January 2006
Homeport Norfolk
Motto Relentless Fighting Spirit
Status in active service
Badge USS Forrest Sherman DDG-98 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class and 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)
Speed 30+ knots (55+ km/h)
Complement 380 officers and enlisted
Aircraft carried 2 x MH-60R Seahawk helicopters

USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98) is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer in the United States Navy and is the second US Navy ship to bear the name. She is part of Destroyer Squadron 28.


She is named for Admiral Forrest Percival Sherman.


Built by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Forrest Sherman was launched on 2 October 2004. Admiral Sherman's daughter, Ann Sherman Fitzpatrick, is the ship's sponsor.


She was commissioned on 28 January 2006 at NAS Pensacola, Commander Michael VanDurick in command, and six days later departed for her homeport in Norfolk, Va. to join the Atlantic Fleet.

USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) in 2007, test firing her new 5"/62 caliber Mark 45 Mod 4 gun, located forward of her 32-cell missile pack module.

She departed Norfolk for her maiden deployment in July 2007, visiting various nations around the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea. In August 2007, while the ship was visiting Sevastopol to conduct drills with the Ukrainian Navy, a 1,100 pounds (500 kg) naval mine from the Second World War was discovered 500 yards from the vessel. The mine was secured before it could damage the ship.[1] Also during that visit, she became the first US Navy ship to land a Ukrainian Navy helicopter. She also conducted Reliant Mermaid 2007 with the Turkish and Israeli Navies.[2]

On that deployment, she circumnavigated the continent of Africa as part of Task Group 60.5, the US Navy's Southeast Africa task force. She returned home on 19 December that year.[3][4]

In early June 2008, Forrest Sherman deployed for three months in support of U.S. Southern Command's Partnership of the Americas 2008 (POA 08) operation. She returned home on 29 August 2008.[5]

On 25 November 2019, Forrest Sherman captured a stateless dhow carrying a large cache of Iranian missile parts destined for Yemen.[6][7]