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Momsen (DDG-92)


Charles Bowers Momsen (21 June 1896-25 May 1967). For additional information see Vice Adm. Charles B. Momsen.

The first U.S. Navy ship named Momsen

See Momsen (DDG-92) for the ship’s Command Operations Reports.

(DDG-92: displacement 9,515; length 510'; beam 66'; draft 32'; speed 30+ knots; complement 312; armament 1 5-inch, 1 Mk 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) for 96 BGM-109 Tomahawks, RIM-66 SM-2MR Standards, and RUM-139 VL-ASROC Antisubmarine Rockets, 1 Mk 15 Close In Weapon System (CIWS), 2 25 millimeter, 4 .50 caliber machine guns, 6 Mk 32 torpedo tubes, and accommodations for the A/N WLD-1 Remote Mine-hunting System, aircraft 2 Sikorsky SH-60B Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System (LAMPS) Mk III Seahawks; class Arleigh Burke)

Momsen (DDG-92) was laid down on 16 November 2001 at Bath, Maine, by Bath Iron Works; launched on 19 July 2003; sponsored by Mrs. Evelyn M. Hailey, the late Vice Adm. Momsen’s daughter; and commissioned on 28 August 2004 at Panama City, Fla., Cmdr. Edward F. Kenyon in command.

Momsen (DDG-92) 2004-Seal


Gold and Dark Blue represent the Navy; Celeste (Light Blue) symbolizes worldwide capability. The wavy chevron rompu signifies Momsen’s mission of support to Navy and Marine Corps convoys and amphibious forces. The upper portion of the chevron is freed and rising from the main body to represent the Momsen Bell and Momsen Lung devices that Vice Adm. Momsen conceived and developed to save trapped mariners from damaged and sunken submarines. The demi-trident symbolizes advanced weaponry and sea power and its times recall the attack pattern that Momsen employed against Japanese convoys during World War II. The dolphin, traditional friend of the sailor, denotes ocean going skills and expertise and refers to the life-saving operations in which the Momsen was engaged for much of his career. The anchor represents the individual Sailor.


The stylized Navy Cross refers to that awarded to Momsen for his heroism in command of an attack group of submarines against Japanese ships in the East China Sea during World War II. The blue and gold riband recalls the Distinguished Service Medal he received among many awards for his wartime service; the two gold stars refer to the Legion of Merit. The swords denote readiness and ability to fight. Together, in the form of the letter “V”, they represent the vice admiral’s combat awards. The wreath, symbol of honor and achievement, recalls the many and various decorations made to him during his distinguished career. The scarlet doubling on the riband symbolizes courage and sacrifice and refers to Navy support to Marine Corps forces. Gold denotes excellence.

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Momsen approaches Richard C. Byrd (T-AKE-4) to refuel from the Military Sealift Command-manned auxiliary dry cargo ship, published on 27 January 2008. (Unattributed U.S. Navy Photograph 080907-N-7981E-148, Navy NewsStand)

Pirates attempted to intercept and board Panamanian flagged oil tanker Duqm while she sailed in international waters across the Gulf of Oman on 2 February 2011. The ship radioed a distress message and guided missile cruiser Bunker Hill (CG-52) and Momsen, which patrolled in the vicinity, immediately made for the scene. Upon reaching the area, the Americans spotted two pirate skiffs alongside Duqm, with ladders against her hull. The pirates fled but the cruiser and destroyer tracked them back to their mother ship, and Momsen destroyed the two (abandoned) skiffs in accordance with UN security resolutions against piracy.

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The destroyer opens fire on the two pirate skiffs, towed by their suspected mother ship, 2 February 2011. (Chief Hull Maintenance Technician John Parkin, U.S. Navy Photograph 110202-N-2907P-002, Navy NewsStand)
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Momsen’s gunfire tears into the skiffs, 2 February 2011. (Chief Hull Maintenance Technician John Parkin, U.S. Navy Photograph 110202-N-2907P-003, Navy NewsStand)
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The skiffs burn furiously, 2 February 2011. (Chief Hull Maintenance Technician John Parkin, U.S. Navy Photograph 110202-N-2907P-001, Navy NewsStand)

Detailed history under construction.

Mark L. Evans

4 June 2015

Published: Tue Aug 11 08:59:57 EDT 2015