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USS Stout (DDG-55)
USS Stout (DDG 55) underway, Atlantic Ocean, 26 September 2010
Career (US)
Name: USS Stout
Namesake: R.ADM Herald F. Stout
Ordered: 13 December 1988
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
Laid down: 8 August 1991
Launched: 16 October 1992
Commissioned: 13 August 1994
Homeport: Norfolk, Virginia
Motto: Courage – Valor – Integrity
Nickname: "Bold Knight"
Status: in active service, as of 2022
Badge: USS Stout DDG-55 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class & type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
  • Light: approx. 6,800 long tons (6,900 t)
  • Full: approx. 8,900 long tons (9,000 t)
Length: 505 ft (154 m)
Beam: 66 ft (20 m)
Draft: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Propulsion: 4 General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, two shafts, 100,000 total shaft horsepower (75 MW)
Speed: >30 knots (56 km/h)
  • 4,400 nautical miles at 20 knots
  • (8,100 km at 37 km/h)
  • 33 commissioned officers
  • 38 chief petty officers
  • 210 enlisted personnel
  • Sensors and
    processing systems:
  • AN/SPY-1D 3D Radar
  • AN/SPS-67(V)2 Surface Search Radar
  • AN/SPS-73(V)12 Surface Search Radar
  • AN/SPG-62 Fire Control Radar
  • AN/SQS-53C Sonar Array
  • AN/SQR-19 Tactical Towed Array Sonar
  • AN/SQQ-28 LAMPS III Shipboard System
  • Electronic warfare
    & decoys:
  • AN/SLQ-32(V)2 Electronic Warfare System
  • AN/SLQ-25 Nixie Torpedo Countermeasures
  • MK 36 MOD 12 Decoy Launching System
  • AN/SLQ-39 CHAFF Buoys
  • 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
  • 2 × Mk 32 triple torpedo tubes
  • Aircraft carried: 2 Sikorsky MH-60R helicopters can be embarked

    USS Stout (DDG-55) is the sixth Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer . Built by Ingalls Shipbuilding, she was commissioned on 13 August 1994 and she is currently home-ported in Naval Station Norfolk.


    Stout was named for Rear Admiral Herald F. Stout (1903–1987), who distinguished himself as the Commanding Officer of the destroyer USS Claxton during World War II. Then a Commander, Stout aided his task force in sinking five heavily armed, enemy warships to establish a beachhead on Bougainville Island.

    Honors and awards

    On 16 February 2007, Stout was awarded the 2006 Battle "E".[1]

    In April 2008, the ship comprehensively failed[2] its Board of Inspection and Survey examination and was declared "unfit for sustained combat operations." .[3][4] The ship has since passed 13 of 13 rigorous unit level training inspections. Stout deployed in March 2009 on routine security operations in the Sixth Fleet OPAREA. On 15 July 2009, Fox News Channel reported Stout was in the Black Sea cooperating with Georgian forces in training exercises.

    Relief of Commanding Officer and Command Master Chief

    On 1 March 2011 while on deployment to the Mediterranean Sea in support of the crisis in Libya, Commander Nathan Borchers, Command Master Chief Susan Bruce-Ross, six other chiefs, one junior officer, and one petty officer of USS Stout were relieved by the Commander Sixth Fleet. The cited cause was a “pervasive pattern of unprofessional behavior” among the ship's crew including “fraternization, orders violations and disregard for naval standards of conduct and behavior which contributed to poor crew morale and a hostile command climate.”[5][6] The investigation found that a "gang" of five chiefs had bullied crew members, actively impeded communication among the ship's command channels, and forced crewmembers to work around the gang in order to get work accomplished.[7]

    Operation Odyssey Dawn

    USS Stout launches a Tomahawk missile in Operation Odyssey Dawn

    On 19 March 2011, in conjunction with other US Navy ships, the destroyer launched Tomahawk cruise missiles at Libyan air defenses as part of Operation Odyssey Dawn.[8][9]

    Syrian civil war

    On 28 August 2013, the U.S. Navy announced that a fifth Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, the Stout, was en route to join the other four Burke-class destroyers deployed in the eastern Mediterrranean Sea amid allegations that the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons during the ongoing Syrian civil war, including the gas attacks that occurred on 21 August 2013.[10]


    This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.

    1. Surface Force Ships, Crew Earn Battle "E"
    2. [ U.S. Navy Finds Glaring Flaws in 2 Surface Ships[dead link] ], Defense News, 20 April 2008, Retrieved 22 April 2008
    3. Navy Board of Inspection and Survey Report: USS Stout
    4. Eisman, Dale, "Lawmakers Seek Openness After Navy Closes Reports", Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, 4 May 2009.
    5. Military Times, "Destroyer CO, CMC fired during deployment" 1 March 2011, Retrieved 4 March 2011.
    6. Jontz, Sandra, "CO, nine others removed from USS Stout over port visit misconduct", Stars and Stripes, 1 March 2011; Retrieved 4 March 2011.
    7. McMichael, William, "Report: Chiefs created ‘hostile’ climate on Stout", Military Times, 6 April 2011.
    8. Burns, Robert, "First wave of allied assault: 112 cruise missiles", Yahoo! News, 20 March 2011, Retrieved 20 March 2011.
    9. McMichael, William, "Report: Chiefs created ‘hostile’ climate on Stout", Military Times, 6 April 2011.
    10. "Official: 5th destroyer headed to the Med". Navy Times. 29 August 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 

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