Dragon 7039 U.S.S. ROOSEVELT DDG-80

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Arleigh Burke Class Flight IIA Destroyer


On 22 October 1996, the Secretary of the Navy, John H. Dalton, announced that the 30th ship of the Arleigh Burke-class, would be named Roosevelt. This is the first ship so named to honor both Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States and the former First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. (The aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42) served from 1945–1977 before being scrapped.)

Roosevelt's keel was laid down on 15 December 1997 at Litton Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. She was launched on 10 January 1999, and christened on 23 January, sponsored by Mrs. Nancy Roosevelt Ireland, granddaughter of the ship's namesakes. The ship was commissioned on 14 October 2000 at Naval Station Mayport in Florida, with CDR Matthew E. Bobola in command.

On 4 April 2006, Roosevelt and the Dutch frigate HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën attempted to intercept a hijacked South Korean trawler off the coast of Somalia. However, both Roosevelt and De Zeven Provinciën were forced to disengage in the pursuit because the pirates threatened the trawler's crew with firearms. The hijacked trawler escaped into Somali territorial waters.

On 16 February 2007, Roosevelt was awarded the 2006 Battle Efficiency "E" award.

On 28 October 2011, Roosevelt completed its seven-month deployment to the U.S. Fifth Fleet and U.S. Sixth Fleet Areas of Responsibility. During this overseas deployment, Roosevelt was underway at sea for 205 days out of total of 213 days away from its homeport of Naval Station Mayport. During the 205 days at sea, Roosevelt logged one period of 113 consecutive days underway, travelling over 38,000 nautical miles (70,000 km; 44,000 mi). Roosevelt make only three port calls during its 2011 deployment, to Rota, Spain; the island of Mahe in Seychelles Islands; and Port Louis, the capital of the island of Mauritius.

On 16 March 2014, Navy SEALs from Roosevelt took possession of the rogue oil tanker Morning Glory south of Cyprus with the intent to deliver the vessel to the Libyan authorities

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