USS Sampson DDG-10 Zippo U.S.S. Navy Military War Ship

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USS Sampson (DDG-10)

Carried by former crew member

1981 Two Sided Zippo

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USS Sampson (DDG-10) Career (US) Name: Sampson (DDG-10) Namesake: William T. Sampson Ordered: 17 January 1958 Builder: Bath Iron Works Laid down: 2 March 1959 Launched: 21 May 1960 Acquired: June 16 , 1961 Commissioned: 24 June 1961 Decommissioned: 24 June 1991 Struck: 20 November 1992 Fate: sold for scrap on 25 July 1995 General characteristics Class and type: Charles F. Adams -class destroyer Displacement: 3,277 tons standard, 4,526 full load Length: 437 ft (133 m) Beam: 47 ft (14 m) Draft: 15 ft (4.6 m) Propulsion: 2 Ã-- General Electric steam turbines providing 70,000 shp (52 MW); 2 shafts
4 x Babcock and Wilcox 1,275 psi (8,790 kPa) boilers Speed: 33 knots (61 km/h) Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,300 km) at 20 knots (37 km/h) Complement: 354 (24 officers, 330 enlisted) Sensors and
processing systems: AN/SPS-39 3D air search radar
AN/SPS-10 surface search radar
AN/SPG-51 missile fire control radar
AN/SPG-53 gunfire control radar
AN/SQS-23 Sonar Armament: 1x launcher for Tartar SAM system
2x Mark 42 5in(127mm)/54
1x ASROC Launcher
6x 12.8in(324mm) ASW Torpedo Tubes (2x Mark 32 Surface Vessel Torpedo Tubes ) Aircraft carried: None Motto: Fortes Fortuna Juvat
Fortune favors the brave

USS Sampson (DDG-10) , named for Admiral William T. Sampson USN (1840âe"1902), was a Charles F. Adams -class guided missile destroyer in the United States Navy .

Sampson was laid down by the Bath Iron Works at Bath in Maine on 2 March 1959 , launched on 21 May 1960 by Mrs. John S. Crenshaw and commissioned on 24 June 1961 , Commander Forrester W. Isen in command.


Following shakedown off Guantanamo Bay in September, Sampson tested and evaluated the Tartar missile system off Puerto Rico . Homeported at Norfolk, Virginia , she conducted further tests and trials in early 1962 before joining Destroyer Squadron 18 (DesRon 18) and Destroyer Division 182 (DesDiv 182) in July. Composed completely of missile ships, DesRon 18 was then the most modern squadron in the Navy. Further radar and missile tests followed in 1963; and, in July, Sampson operated in the Midshipman Training Squadron . Finally, in January 1964, Sampson fired two Tartar missiles under simulated combat conditions. During 1964, she also underwent her first regular overhaul, and received missile replenishment at sea from helicopters.

In January 1965, Sampson sailed for her first Mediterranean deployment, but an electrical fire on the night of 14 January caused extensive damage to her fire control capability and forced her to abbreviate her deployment and enter the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for repairs on 15 March .

The destroyer returned to fleet duties on 24 June . While conducting gunnery exercises, on 17 July , Sampson spotted the 50-foot sailing sloop, Cecelia Anna , flying distress signals and rescued her 6 crewmen and mascot puppy moments before the sloop sank. In 1966, Sampson conducted gunnery exercises and escort duties near Guantánamo Bay , Cuba ; then, in March, she deployed to the Mediterranean for extensive operations with the 6th Fleet . She returned to Norfolk in August. On 28 November , following three weeks of exercises in the Caribbean and additional tests, Sampson got underway to participate in exercise " Lantflex 66 " in which she provided ASW and AAW services for the ASW carrier, Wasp , and conducted exercises in the Puerto Rico operating area before returning to Norfolk in December.

Sampson re-deployed to the Mediterranean in mid-1967. While t, a Sampson radarman rescued a German seaman from the harbor at Ferrol , Spain . Leaving the 6th Fleet at the end of August 1967, Sampson steamed back to the United States, and soon shifted to her new home port of Charleston, South Carolina .

Sampson operated out of Charleston in the Atlantic and Caribbean during 1968 until again deploying to the Mediterranean in October. She...