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Forrest Sherman II (DDG-98)

2006-

The second U.S. Navy ship named to honor Forrest Percival Sherman (30 October 1896-22 July 1951). See Forrest Percival Sherman for additional information. The first Forrest Sherman, a destroyer (DD-931), served from 1955-1990.

See Forrest Sherman (DDG-98) for the ship’s Command Operations Reports.

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(DDG-98: displacement 9,515; length 510'; beam 66'; draft 32'; speed 30+ knots; complement 312; armament 1 5-inch, 2 Mk 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) for BGM-109 Tomahawks, RIM-156 SM-2MR Standards, and RUM-139 VL-ASROC Antisubmarine Rockets, 2 Mk 15 Close In Weapon Systems (CIWS), 4 .50 caliber machine guns, and 6 Mk 32 torpedo tubes, aircraft 2 Sikorsky SH-60B Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System (LAMPS) Mk III Seahawks; class Arleigh Burke)

The second Forrest Sherman (DDG-98) was laid down on 12 August 2003 at Pascagoula, Miss., by Ingalls Shipbuilding Division, Litton Industries; launched on 30 June 2004; sponsored by Mrs. Anne Sherman-Fitzpatrick, the late Adm. Sherman’s daughter; and commissioned on 28 January 2006 at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Cmdr. Michael G. Van Durek in command.

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The newly commissioned warship arrives at her home port of Naval Station Norfolk, Va., 3 February 2006. (Photographer’s Mate Airman David Danals, U.S. Navy Photograph 060203-N-8907D-067, Navy NewsStand)

Forrest Sherman carried out ‘sustainment training’ about 100 nautical miles southeast of Jacksonville, Fla., overnight on 13 and 14 March 2007. She trained with 14 other ships that included the aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN-65); guided missile cruiser Gettysburg (CG-64); guided missile destroyers Arleigh Burke (DDG-51), James E. Williams (DDG-95), and Stout (DDG-55); attack submarines Philadelphia (SSN-690) and San Juan (SSN-751); and the Colombian diesel boat Tayrona (SS.29).

San Juan, Cmdr. Michael W. Martin in command, operated as an opposition force. During the evening of 13 March, Enterprise lost contact with San Juan when the attack boat failed to send a routine situation report at 2200. Lookouts from other ships spotted apparent yellow flares, and Arleigh Burke reported seeing a red distress flare. The Atlantic Fleet ordered vessels in the area to check in and San Juan again failed to report. A number of senior Navy leaders feared that the submarine had suffered a catastrophic accident, and Lockheed P-3C Orions and ships combed the area for debris for eight hours but failed to locate wreckage. Unbeknownst to those concerned, however, Martin had simply begun what the Navy designated as ‘full evasive mode,’ and at 0530 the following morning, San Juan checked in. “Although this was a false alarm,” a Navy spokesman announced, “the primary concern was the safety of our submariners and the support of family members,” but acknowledged that the flares and the loss of communications “together is a rare event.”

Forrest Sherman deployed to the Mediterranean, Black Sea, Red Sea, Indian Ocean, and Atlantic Ocean (9 July-19 December 2007). The ship sailed in company with Enterprise, with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 embarked; Gettysburg; Arleigh Burke, James E. Williams, and Stout; Philadelphia; and Military Sealift Command-manned fast combat support ship Supply (T-AOE-6). James E. Williams towed Forrest Sherman during a towing exercise when the hawser snapped and tangled itself around James E. Williams’ starboard shaft, on 13 July. The following day, divers from Enterprise discovered a nine inch line wrapped around the shaft. The destroyer returned to Norfolk for repairs (19-22 July), and then sailed to catch up with the group.

Detached on 15 July 2007 to proceed into the Black Sea, Forrest Sherman landed a Ukrainian Kamov Ka-27 Helix on board on 10 August. The ship then circumnavigated Africa, accomplishing a number of multilateral training exercises during her voyage including Indunduma with a USN Orion and South African frigate Amatola (F.145), submarine Manthatisi (S.101), an Atlas Oryx in South African waters (26-30 September); and a search and rescue exercise with a Senegalese Mil Mi-17 Hip and a French Breguet Br.1150 Atlantique II MPA (Maritime Patrol Aircraft) off Dakar, Senegal, on 23 November.

The following year, 30-foot Peruvian fishing boat Salcantay ran out of fuel and drifted helplessly overnight on 9-10 June 2008. Ens. Alan Cummings, Forrest Sherman’s officer of the deck, was overseeing the ship’s voyage southward along the Peruvian coast about 20 miles off Paita, Peru, during Southern Command’s Partnership of the America’s 2008, when Salcantay hailed him via VHS radio just after 0800 on 10 June 2008. The fishermen spoke in insistent Spanish, and Cummings summoned Ens. Tomás Cavero, a native of Lima, Peru, to the pilothouse to speak to the distressed mariners in their own tongue. Forrest Sherman provided the boat with fuel, enabling all eight fishermen on board, including a young boy, to return home safely. “The guys gave us a thumbs-up,” Ens. Austin C. Roberts, the ship’s first lieutenant, recalled, “and were very gracious.” Over the radio, one of the fishermen thanked Cmdr. Dean M. Vesely, the destroyer’s commanding officer, in English, adding: “God bless you from all our families.”

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Faces aglow with joy, Electronics Technician 2nd Class Ron Williams and his daughter get reacquainted after Forrest Sherman returned to Norfolk on 26 February 2013 from a Mediterranean deployment. (Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Lolita Lewis, U.S. Navy Photograph 130226-N-YT478-085, Navy NewsStand)

Detailed history under construction.

Mark L. Evans

17 June 2015

Published:Thu Aug 18 14:55:05 EDT 2016