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Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001)

2019

The first U.S. Navy ship named for Michael Anthony Monsoor (5 April 1981–29 September 2006), who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an automatic weapons gunner for Naval Special Warfare Task Group Arabian Peninsula, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.” For additional information see MA2 Michael A. Monsoor and Medal of Honor Recipients Iraq War at the United States Army’s Center of Military.


This image captures the rugged SEAL’s profile and an artist’s conception of the ship in action in a future battle. (MC2 Kevin S. O’Brien, U.S. Navy photograph 081029-N-5549O-001, Navy NewsStand).
Caption: This image captures the rugged SEAL’s profile and an artist’s conception of the ship in action in a future battle. (MC2 Kevin S. O’Brien, U.S. Navy photograph 081029-N-5549O-001, Navy NewsStand).

(DDG-1001: displacement 14,564; length 600'; beam 80'; draft 28'; speed 30 knots; complement 148; armament 20 Mk 57 Vertical Launch System modules (80 cells) for RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles, BGM-109E Tactical Tomahawks, and RUM-139C Anti-Submarine Rockets, 2 155 millimeter Advanced Gun Systems, 2 Mk 46 30 millimeter Naval Weapon Systems, and 2 Sikorsky MH-60Rs or one Seahawk and up to three Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles; class Zumwalt)

Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001) was laid down on 23 May 2013 at Bath, Maine, by Bath Iron Works Corp.; sponsored by Mrs. Sally Monsoor, the late Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Monsoor’s mother, christened on 18 June 2016; launched on 21 June 2016; accomplished her builder’s trials in December 2017; completed her acceptance trials on 1 February 2018; was delivered on 24 April 2018; and was commissioned on 26 January 2019, at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., Capt. Scott M. Smith in command.


President George W. Bush presents George and Sally Monsoor, the late MA2 Monsoor’s parents, their son’s Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House, 8 April 2008. (MC1 Brian Aho, U.S. Navy Photograph 080408-N-5319A-006, Navy NewsStand).
Caption: President George W. Bush presents George and Sally Monsoor, the late MA2 Monsoor’s parents, their son’s Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House, 8 April 2008. (MC1 Brian Aho, U.S. Navy Photograph 080408-N-5319A-006, Navy NewsStand).


Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter announces the selection of the ship’s name during the third annual Navy SEAL Warrior Fund Benefit Gala in New York, 29 October 2008. (MC2 Kevin S. O’Brien, U.S. Navy Photograph 081029-N-5549O-248, Navy NewsStand).
Caption: Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter announces the selection of the ship’s name during the third annual Navy SEAL Warrior Fund Benefit Gala in New York, 29 October 2008. (MC2 Kevin S. O’Brien, U.S. Navy Photograph 081029-N-5549O-248, Navy NewsStand).


Mrs. Sally Monsoor holds the christening bottle alongside the ship’s commanding officer, Capt. Scott Smith, during the warship’s christening at Bath, Maine, 18 June 2016. The sponsor’s matrons of honor and Fred Harris, president of Gen. Dynamics Bath Iron Works, accompany Mrs. Monsoor. (Courtesy of Bath Iron Works, U.S. Navy photograph 160618-N-N0101-001, Navy NewsStand).
Caption: Mrs. Sally Monsoor holds the christening bottle alongside the ship’s commanding officer, Capt. Scott Smith, during the warship’s christening at Bath, Maine, 18 June 2016. The sponsor’s matrons of honor and Fred Harris, president of Gen. Dynamics Bath Iron Works, accompany Mrs. Monsoor. (Courtesy of Bath Iron Works, U.S. Navy photograph 160618-N-N0101-001, Navy NewsStand).


Mrs. Monsoor christens Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001) at Bath, 18 June 2016. (Courtesy of Bath Iron Works, U.S. Navy photograph 160618-N-NO101-002, Navy NewsStand).
Caption: Mrs. Monsoor christens Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001) at Bath, 18 June 2016. (Courtesy of Bath Iron Works, U.S. Navy photograph 160618-N-NO101-002, Navy NewsStand).

Detailed history pending.

Mark L. Evans
28 January 2019

Published: Mon Jan 28 09:53:04 EST 2019