Book Review: Aboard the Farragut Class Destroyers in World War II

Aboard the Farragut Class Destroyers in World War II: A History with First-Person Accounts of Enlisted Men By Leo Block 240 Pages Illustrated 0786453435, 9780786453436 McFarland Very little has been written over the years on the destroyers designed and built for the US Navy between the First and Second World Wars. The Farragut Class was the first built and had a number of faults in the design, compensated for by the firepower these ships contained. Entering service 1934-35, the eight ships took part in peacetime operations, the bombing of Pearl…

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East Coast Surface Action Group Deploys

September 12, 2019 – Ships and units from the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group formed a Surface Action Group (SAG) and are deploying from their East Coast homeports of Norfolk, VA, and Mayport, FL, over the next several days. USS Lassen (DDG 82) departed Mayport today, and will be joined by USS Farragut (DDG 99) and Norfolk-based USS Normandy (CG 60) and USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) in coming days. The command staff of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28 will lead the SAG, which also includes embarked helicopter detachments from…

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Coast Guard Cutter Spencer crew arrives at Port Everglades for 29th Annual Fleet Week

April 29, 2019 – The Coast Guard Guard Cutter Spencer (WMEC-905) crew arrived at Port Everglades, Sunday, after an 80-day patrol to participate in the 29th Annual Fleet Week. The Fleet Week is scheduled to start Monday, April 29 and continue to Sunday, May 5. Fleet Week has been hosted by Broward Navy Days and other military support organizations since 1990. Fleet Week Port Everglades provides an opportunity for the citizens of South Florida to witness first-hand the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services, and gain a better understanding of…

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Truman Gets Underway for Sustainment Exercise

April 1, 2019 – USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) departed Naval Station Norfolk March 28 to participate in a scheduled sustainment exercise (SUSTEX) with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8 ships and squadrons. “Since returning in December from our deployment to the U.S. Second and Sixth Fleets, our tasking has been to remain deployment-ready in every respect,” said Commander, Carrier Strike Group Eight, Rear Adm. Gene Black. “This sustainment exercise will provide a realistic and challenging at-sea opportunity to refresh our skills, apply what we learned on deployment and ensure…

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USS Farragut Conducts Lisbon Port Visit

October 29, 2018 – USS Farragut (DDG 99) arrived in Lisbon, Portugal, Oct. 28, for a scheduled port visit. The visit offers the two NATO-founding countries an opportunity to strengthen relations as they work alongside one another to promote stability and security throughout the region. Aiming to make an impact on the community of Lisbon, 12 Farragut Sailors will be participating in a community relations (COMREL) event by organizing and assisting in the setup of a clothing drive. “Visiting foreign ports is always something I look forward to after spending…

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USS Farragut Visits Historic Portsmouth

October 10, 2018 – USS Farragut (DDG 99) arrived in Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HMNB) Portsmouth, Oct. 6, as part of a scheduled port visit. Farragut’s presence is aimed towards enhancing U.S.-UK relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure and prosperous Europe. The purpose of the ship’s visit is to demonstrate the enduring partnership and mutual commitment to regional security and stability. “As Farragut moors in Her Majesty’s Naval Base Portsmouth, we not only have another opportunity to tour the beautiful country and immerse ourselves in…

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USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group Begins Operations in U.S. 6th Fleet

September 19, 2018 – The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group has commenced operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to continue support to NATO allies, European and African partner nations, coalition partners, and U.S. national security interest in Europe and Africa. The strike group initially deployed to the European theater April 11, and returned for an extended working port visit to its home port at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, July 21. “We are thrilled to have the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group back in the U.S.…

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FDRMC Naples and Partners Conduct Voyage Repair on USS Farragut

When USS Farragut (DDG 99) suffered an engineering casualty in the North Atlantic, Forward Deployed Regional Maintenance Center (FDRMC) Naples, Italy teamed with U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center in Sigonella, Italy and Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) to conduct a voyage repair on the guided missile destroyer in Bergen, Norway. Farragut was on deployment as part of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) Strike Group in support of Operation Titanium Citadel, when a Gas Turbine Generator cooling fan failure required an unscheduled replacement. The complex repair job…

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USS Farragut Departs Faslane

USS Farragut (DDG 99) departed Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde, May 25 after a four day port visit to bolster U.S. and UK relations. “The hospitality of Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde and the beauty of Scotland were beyond anything we could have hoped for,” said Cmdr. Jason Lester, Farragut executive officer. “We look forward to future interactions with the United Kingdom as we work together towards security and stability in the region.” While moored pier side, Farragut’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department provided transportation for Farragut Sailors wishing…

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USS Farragut Arrives in Faslane

USS Farragut (DDG 99) arrived at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde, May 21, for a scheduled port visit to strengthen U.S. and United Kingdom relations as the two nations work in partnership to fortify security and stability in the region. “This is a great chance for Farragut to visit a NATO partner and take in the rich history Scotland has to offer,” said Cmdr. Casey Baker, Farragut commanding officer. “The crew is looking forward to visiting Glasgow and Edinburgh while the ship takes on much needed supplies. The ongoing support…

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USS Farragut Departs Bodo

USS Farragut (DDG 99) departed Bodo, Norway, May 11, following a scheduled port visit. Moored next to the French frigate Primauguet (D644), Farragut’s port visit included hosting a visit and tour of the ship for U.S. Ambassador to Norway, retired Navy Rear Adm. Kenneth Braithwaite. “Sailors aboard Farragut were proud to represent the ship and to have a chance to converse with U.S. Ambassador to Norway Kenneth Braithwaite as he toured the ship,” said Farragut Command Master Chief Paulette Brock. “Displaying the capabilities of our ship and technical expertise of…

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US ASW Exercise Begins in Norwegian Sea

Naval forces from Europe and North America gathered in Bodo, Norway, May 9, 2018, to participate in the pre-sail conference for an upcoming multi-lateral anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise in the Norwegian Sea. The exercise, led by the U.S., is designed to enhance interoperability and tactical proficiencies of ASW forces from Canada, France, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States. “This exercise is a key opportunity for U.S. and allied partners to practice ASW skills in a tactically challenging environment,” said Capt. Roger E. Meyer, commander, Task Force 69, the…

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USS Farragut Arrives in Gydnia

USS Farragut (DDG 99) arrived in Gydnia, Poland, April 27, for a scheduled port visit to enhance U.S. and Poland relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure and prosperous Europe. Gydnia is Farragut’s second port visit since departing on a scheduled deployment from Naval Station Mayport, April 11. Farragut’s presence in the Baltic Sea is a demonstration of the United States’ continued commitment to regional security. “We are not only privileged to be in Poland, but also grateful for the time we will spend alongside the…

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USS Farragut Departs Portsmouth

USS Farragut (DDG 99) departed Portsmouth, United Kingdom, April 24, following a three-day port visit. Farragut Sailors had the opportunity to visit HMS Victory and other historical sites as they traveled around Portsmouth to become familiar with the history and culture of the region. “Getting off the ship onto a country you’ve never been before is always something new, as you don’t know necessarily know what to expect,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Kevin O’Brien. “The brief time spent in Portsmouth will be cherished and I hope to come back…

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USS Farragut Port Visit to Portsmouth

USS Farragut (DDG 99) arrived in Portsmouth, England, April 23 for a scheduled port visit to enhance U.S. and U.K. relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure and prosperous Europe. “I think this visit is a great chance to renew our links to NATO and the special relationship we share with the U.K., while also getting a quick taste of Britain and the naval history Portsmouth offers,” said Cmdr. Casey Baker, Farragut’s commanding officer. Portsmouth is Farragut’s first port visit since departing Naval Station Mayport April…

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