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CLASS - BURKE Flight IIa As Built.
Displacement 8373 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 509' 5" (oa) x 66' 11" x 20' (Max)
Armament 1 x 5"/62 RF, Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM), 96 VLS Cells,
2 SH-60B helicopters, 8 Harpoon Missiles, 6 x 12.75" TT.
Machinery, 100,000 SHP; 4 GE LM-2500 Gas Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 30+ Knots, Range 4400 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 370.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down October 30 2005 at Bath Iron Works.
Christened at Bath Iron Works May 19, 2007.
Commissioned at Baltimore August 9 2008.
Active unit of the US Navy.
Homeported at San Diego, CA.

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Sterett 28kAndrew Sterett was born in 1760 in Baltimore, Md.- was appointed lieutenant in the United States Navy on 25 March 1798 and assigned to Constellation as Third Lieutenant. During the Quasi-War with France, he was still serving in Constellation when she captured L'lnsurgente. By 1800, he had risen to First Lieutenant; and he participated in Constellation's action against La Vengeance. Given command of the schooner, Enterprise, Lt. Sterett led her in the capture of the French privateer, V'Amour de la Patrie, on Christmas Eve 1800. In June 1801, he sailed in Enterprise from Baltimore for service with the Mediterranean Squadron. While on that cruise, Enterprise engaged and captured a 14-gun Tripolitan cruiser and her 80-man crew. In gratitude, Congress awarded Sterett a sword and highly commended his crew. Lt. Sterett continued his Navy career until he resigned his commission in 1805. He died on 9 June 1807, at Lima, Peru.Bill Gonyo
Sterett 49kArtist's conception of the Sterett as built by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Sterett 100kSeptember 17 2006, under Constuction at Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME.Dick Hart
Sterett 121kMichelle Sterett Bernson christens the USS Sterett DDG-104 on May 19, 2007. Photo by Mike Nutter, Bath Iron Works/General Dynamics.Bill Gonyo
Sterett 102kScenes from the Christening on May 19, 2007.Kevin Kelly
Sterett 102kAs above.Kevin Kelly
Sterett 266kAs above.Kevin Kelly
Sterett 103kAs above.Kevin Kelly
Sterett 84kAs above.Kevin Kelly
Sterett 105kAs above.Kevin Kelly
Sterett 105kAs above.Kevin Kelly
Sterett 90kAs above.Kevin Kelly
Sterett 107kAs above.Kevin Kelly
Sterett 95kAs above.Kevin Kelly
Sterett 126kAs above.Kevin Kelly
Sterett 130kAs above.Kevin Kelly
Sterett 104kBath Iron Works, May 19 2007, USS Sterett (DDG 104) sits all decked out on her christening day in the Bath Ironworks shipyard.Bill Gonyo
Sterett 84kChristening Program for Sterett DDG-104, held at Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME on May 19 2007. On the cover is the "US schooner Enterprise capturingthe Tripolitan corsair Tripoli, August 1, 1801" by CAPT William Bainbridge Hoff, USN (1878) from the National Archives.Robert M. Cieri
Sterett 67kJeff Sterett of Denver, Colo., gets down low to photograph his brother, Ryan Sterett, and his fiancee, April Fetzer, after the christening of the destroyer Sterett at Bath Iron Works on May 19, 2007. The warship is named for the men's great-great-great-great-great uncle, Lt. Andrew Sterett. Photo By Robert F. Bukaty.Bill Gonyo
Sterett 151kMay 26 2007, afloat After Christening.Bill Gonyo
Sterett 177kA series of 5 views of the Sterett, July 3 2008, at Pier 2 at the Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island.Matthew R. Breen
Sterett 191kAs aboveMatthew R. Breen
Sterett 229kAs aboveMatthew R. Breen
Sterett 148kAs aboveMatthew R. Breen
Sterett 174kAs aboveMatthew R. Breen
Sterett 124kCover of the Commissioning pamphlet.Robert M. Cieri
Sterett 157kPort of Baltimore, August 9 2008 - With those words "Man our ship and bring her to life!", Sponsor Michelle Sterett Bernson brought Sterett's crew running from the pier to man the rails amid the sounds of the ship's horn, claxon and every bell and whistle she could muster! In attendance were Governor O'Malley, Senator Milkulski Navy Secretary Winter and top brass from the Navy and the shipbuilder Bath Iron Works, plus the all the subcontractors who helped build the newest guided-missile destroyer Sterett. Photo from the USS Sterett Type Pad BlogBill Gonyo
Sterett 116k080809-N-5549O-088. Baltimore, August 9 2008, the crew of the newly commissioned guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) run aboard after being given the order to man the ship and bring her to life by the ship sponsor Michelle Sterett-Bernson. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien.Robert M. Cieri
Sterett 86k080809-N-5549O-151. Baltimore, August 9 2008, a sailor of the newly commissioned guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) stands at parade rest after being given the order to man the ship and bring her to life by the ship sponsor Michelle Sterett-Bernson. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien.Robert M. Cieri
Sterett 209k080809-N-0773H-050. Baltimore, August 9 2008, crewmembers of the guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) await the command to "board the ship and bring her to life" during the ship's commissioning ceremony at the South Locust Point Marine Terminal in Baltimore. This will be the fourth ship to be named after Lt. Andrew Sterett, a Baltimore native and U.S. naval officer who commanded the schooner Enterprise during the Quasi-War against France from 1798 to 1800, and in the conflicts against the Barabary pirates during the early 1800s. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Musician Stephen Hassay.Robert M. Cieri
Sterett 112kA series of view from the Commissioning Ceremony. On August 9 2008, the USS Sterett DDG-104 was placed in commission in Baltimore, Maryland. Since STERETT was named for Lt. Andrew Sterett, an officer who served aboard the USF Constellation, it was fitting that the restored USF Constellation be present. So, it was moved from it's berth in Baltimore's Inner Harbor to the passenger ship terminal at Locust Point, not far from Fort McHenry. Guests of the commissioning were invited to tour the Constellation. Note the "Spirit of Lt. Sterett" transfer from Constellation to the NEW Sterett.Larry Backus
Sterett 131kAs above.Larry Backus
Sterett 114kAs above, the frigate Consellation was moved from her berth in Baltimore's Inner Harbor to be with STERETT on commissioning day.Larry Backus
Sterett 125kAs above, Locust Point, near Fort McHenry.Larry Backus
Sterett 96kAs above.Larry Backus
Sterett 120kAs above.Larry Backus
Sterett 70kAs above.Larry Backus
Sterett 97kAs above.Larry Backus
Sterett 141kAs above, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D- Maryland) speaks (note large TV screen).Larry Backus
Sterett 76kAs above, bring the ship to life!Larry Backus
Sterett 66kAs above, bring the ship to life!Larry Backus
Sterett 60kAs above, the "spirit" of Lt. Sterett transfers from CONSTELLATION to STERETT.Larry Backus
Sterett 87kAs above.Larry Backus
Sterett 121kAs above, that's Larry ready to snap a few more.Kathryn Lee Huculak
Sterett 128kAs above, that appears to be Abraham and Mary Lincoln coming down the pier.Kathryn Lee Huculak
Sterett 72kAs above, Manning the Rail.Kathryn Lee Huculak
Sterett 124kThe Commissioning Program for USS Sterett (DDG-104), the ceremony was held at Baltimore, Maryland on August 9 2008.Robert M. Cieri
Sterett 104k081216-N-0000X-001. Pacific Ocean, December 16 2008, the missile launch system aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) is tested during a combat systems ship qualification trial (CSSQT) at sea. CSSQT tests the operability of combat and weapons systems across all warfare areas and provide the crew an opportunity to test the functionality of all combat systems in live-fire tactical scenarios. U.S. Navy photo.Robert M. Cieri
Sterett 197k090804- N-8953-001. San Diego, Calif., August 4 2009, Capt. Jay Kadowaki, commanding officer of Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division, talks about the installation of the Metrology Bench Top (MetBench) calibration management system aboard the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104). With Kadowaki are Sterett Commanding Officer Cmdr. Darren McPherson, left, Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Thanh Nguyen and Electronics Technician 2nd Class Ryan Otian. Sterett is the 100th ship installation for the Navy's metrology and calibration agent. U.S. Navy photo by Troy Clarke.Bill Gonyo
Sterett 109k091112-N-8951S-006. Seal Beach, Calif., November 12 2009, the guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) departs Anaheim Bay after concluding ordnance operations at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach. U. S. Navy photo by Gregg Smith.Robert M. Cieri
Sterett 166kU.S. Navy Fire Controlman 2nd Class Caleb Johnson performs maintenance on the MK 15 Phalanx Close-In Weapons System aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) prior to a gun firing exercise while under way in the Pacific Ocean June 23, 2010. Sterett is currently conducting weapons testing in preparation for an upcoming deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Fire Controlman 1st Class Stephen Zeller. 100623-N-0251Z-065Bill Gonyo
Sterett 82k100623-N-0775Y-028. Pacific Ocean, June 23 2010, the guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) successfully launches its second Tomahawk missile during weapons testing. Sterett is underway off the coast of Southern California conducting Tomahawk missile testing in preparation for an upcoming deployment. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Carmichael Yepez.Robert M. Cieri
Sterett 49kSeal Beach, CA on November 3 2011.Tommy Trampp
Sterett 230kThe Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG-104), bottom, USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10) and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) conduct a replenishment at sea. Sterett and Cape St. George are deployed as part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. US Navy photo # 120524-N-XO959-121 Arabian Sea (May 24, 2012) by MC3 Amanda L. Kilpatrick.Gary Priolo
Sterett 148k140927-N-TP834-192. Philippine Sea, September 27 2014, the Arliegh Burke-class guided missile destroyers USS Dewey (DDG 105), USS Strerett (DDG 104) and the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) transit the Siargao Strait as part of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Phillip Wagner, Jr.Ron Reeves
Sterett 192k141031-N-GW139-784. Arabian Gulf, October 31 2014, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104), center, participates in International Mine-countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) with the mine countermeasures ships USS Devastator (MCM 6) and USS Dextrous (MCM 13) and the Royal Navy mine-countermeasure vessels HMS Penzance (M 106), top, and HMS Chiddingfold (M 37). Sterett is deployed as part of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eric Coffer.Ron Reeves
Sterett 107kShip's patch.Robert M. Cieri
Sterett 70kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski

Note: History is unavailable at this time
This ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Brian Patrick Eckerle    Aug 9 2008 - Jul 2 2009
CDR Darren Graham McPherson    Jul 2 2009 - Mar 9 2011
CDR Richard Cromwell McDaniel    Mar 9 2011 - Jul 31 2012
CDR Stewart L. Bateshansky    Jul 31 2012 - Mar 28 2014
CDR Theodore James (Ted) Nunamaker    Mar 28 2014 - present

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Sterett Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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