The first Scott was named for MM1c Robert R. Scott, the second Scott (DDG-995) (1981-1998), was named for Rear Adm. Norman Scott, who was also honored in the naming of Norman Scott (DD-690) (1943-1973). For biography see Norman Scott.
(DDG-995): displacement 10,104; length 563'; beam 55'; draft 33'; speed 30 knots; complement 363; armament 2 5-inch, 2 .50, 2 Harpoon, 6 Mk.32 torpedo tubes, 2 Close-In Weapons System (CIWS), 2 Mk.26 dual-rail guided missile launchers, decoy system; Light Airborne Multi-purpose System (LAMPS), aircraft 1 Sikorsky SH3 Sea King or 2 Kaman SH-2 Seasprite helicopters; class Kidd)
Nader (DD-995) was laid down on 12 February 1979 at Pascagoula, Miss., by Ingalls Shipbuilding Division of Litton Industries for the government of Iran. On 31 March 1979, Iran cancelled the contract for the ship in mid-construction. Congress authorized special funding to purchase the vessel and her three sisters for the U.S. Navy, and the destroyer was renamed Scott and reclassified as a guided missile destroyer (DDG-995) on 8 August 1979; launched on 1 March 1980; sponsored by Mrs. Martha Scott Josi, a granddaughter of Rear Adm. Scott; and commissioned on 24 October 1981, Cmdr. Harold H. Maixner, Jr. in command.
After her commissioning on 24 October 1981, Scott became a member of Destroyer Squadron (DesRon) Ten, Cruiser Destroyer Group (CruDesGru) under the operational command of the Commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic. She got underway for the first time departing for Pensacola, Fla. from the Ingalls Shipyard on 28 October. At Pensacola, she received ammunition before continuing on to Naval Station Norfolk, Va. While en route, Scott tested her structure by firing the guns on her multiple mounts. She moored at Norfolk on 1 November 1981. After offloading ammunition at Weapons Station Yorktown, Va. (5 November), the destroyer put to sea for Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to conduct her shakedown cruise and refresher training (RefTra) for her crew. She executed several naval gunnery exercises along the way, putting in at Guantánamo on 12 November 1981. After a few days of training operations in the local area, Scott departed Cuba for Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles (20 November). She rendezvoused with destroyers John Hancock (DD-981) and Nicholson (DD-982) for anti-submarine warfare training (21 November) with the attack submarine Billfish (SSN-676). On 22 November, Scott helped rescue sailors from John Hancock after their whaleboat swamped. After her visit to Curaçao (24–30 November), she returned to the U.S., mooring at Port Everglades, Fla. on 3 December. There she made her public debut, opening her decks for general visiting and hosting 2,318 people (6 December). She shifted to Mayport, Fla. (7–10 December) before getting underway for Norfolk (11 December), conducting anti-submarine training along the way. Her return to Norfolk on 15 December 1981 signaled the end of her shakedown period.
Scott began 1982 conducting local operations, training exercises and preparing for her final contract trials. During 18–22 January, she was underway in Narragansett Bay with Philadelphia (SSN-690) and Billfish. Rear Adm. John. D. Bulkeley, President of the Board of Inspection and Survey, embarked in Scott on 2 February 1982 to conduct her final contract trials but bad weather forced the destroyer to return to Norfolk the next day. After completing her trails on 8 February, she got underway for the Jacksonville, Fla., Operations Area to train with the carrier Independence (CVA-62) Battle Group (18–23 February). While back at her home port (24 February–16 April), she was used as the set for a Navy recruiting film, Surface Warfare Officer (8–15 March 1982). Scott put to sea on 23 March to return to Ingalls Shipyard via Pensacola (26 March) for post shakedown availability (29 March–17 August). She conducted sea trails in the Gulf of Mexico (18–19 August) during which she tested her new Close-In Weapons System (CIWS) and Super Rapid Blooming Off-Board Chaff (SRBOC) missile defense system. Scott returned to Norfolk on 2 September where she conducted local operations. On 4 November, she received a visit from Adm. José G.T.A. Albano de Aratanha, Chief of the Navy General Staff of the Brazilian Navy and Rear Adm. Carlos A. Vilhena de Magalhaes, Brazilian Naval Attaché. Accompanying the foreign dignitaries was Vice Adm. Edward S. Briggs, Commander, Naval Surface Forces, Atlantic Fleet (ComNavSurfLant), Rear Admiral James E. McCardell, U.S. Defense Attaché and Capt. William J. Thearle, Escort Officer from the Office of the Commander in Chief of the Atlantic Fleet (CinCLantFlt). Scott got underway on 16 November for Naval Gunfire Support (NGFS) training at Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico (20–24 November). In between her training, she put into St. Thomas, Virgin Islands (24–28 November) and Nassau, Bahamas (5 December). Prior to steaming for home, the destroyer took part in Exercise Sharem 45 (7–9 December 1982). During the exercise, Scott participated in several battle scenarios against the attack submarines Cincinnati (SSN-693) and Memphis (SSN-691). Over two days, the ship fired six Anti-Submarine Rocket (ASROC) missiles and seven torpedoes without any malfunctions. She put into Norfolk on 11 December and concluded the year with upkeep and holiday leave (17 December 1982–1 January 1983).
Once she completed several inspections and other administrative tasks, Scott got underway for Port Everglades Fla. on 21 January 1983. After a brief visit (23 January) she departed for the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) off Andros Island, Bahamas to conduct Weapons Safety Accuracy Trails (24–29 January). On 29 January, she successfully fired four ASROCs and two torpedoes and then set a course for Guantánamo Bay to begin refresher training. While en route, the destroyer passed a Soviet task group steaming on a northerly heading (1 February). Later that day she stood into Guantánamo then began training on 2 February. While conducting training operations, Scott made a port visit to Montego Bay, Jamaica (18–21 February). She completed refresher training on 5 March then steamed home, arriving at Norfolk on 9 March 1983. A few days later, she hosted Rear Adm. Richard E. Berry, Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group (ComCruDesGru) 8 and Capt. Peter H. Cressy, USN, along with Congressional Representatives Robert D. McEwen, Michael G. Oxley, Stanford E. Parris, Larry E. Craig, Mark D. Siljander and Thomas J. Bliley (14 March). She was also honored by visits from Representatives Robert R. Whittaker (28 March) and Bruce F. Vento (31 March 1983). In early April, the destroyer's crew won awards in Damage Control, Seamanship, Communication and Naval Tactical Gaming during Surface Warfare Training Week 3-83. At the conclusion of several exercises, Scott put into Boston, Mass. for a port visit (29 April–2 May). She returned to Norfolk on 9 May to begin preparations for her first overseas deployment. On 11 May, she hosted representatives of the North American Treaty Organization (NATO), Major Gen. Niels Holst-Sorensen of Denmark, Rear Adm. Vicomte Edmond Poullett of Belgium, and Vice Adm. Sir David J. Hallifax of the British Royal Navy.
On 15 June 1983, Scott departed Norfolk for the South Atlantic to take part in UNITAS XXIV. After stopping at Mayport, Fla. (17–19 June), she got underway with destroyer Connelly (DD-979) and frigate Jesse L. Brown (FF-1089) to rendezvous with Carrier Task Force (CTF) 138 at Roosevelt Roads (21 June). The destroyer began UNITAS steaming on 23 June with frigates General Urdanetta (F.23), Soublette (F.24), Garcia (F.26) and submarine Sabalo (S.31) of the Venezuelan navy. After a few days of operations, Scott put into Caracas, Venezuela (26–28 June). She departed on 29 June to visit Curaçao (3–8 July), after which port call she then got underway with Colombian destroyer Boyaca (DE.16), submarines Pijao (SS.28) and Tayrona (SS.29) in addition to the Royal Netherlands Navy frigate Van Nes (F.805) on 9 July 1983. After making a port call at Cartagena, Colombia (14 July), Scott transited the Panama Canal (20 July) to put into Rodman, Panama (20–24 July). In the Pacific, she crossed the Ecuador on 26 July, holding the requisite ceremony to welcome her pollywogs into the Court of Neptune. On 27 July she was joined underway by Ecuadorian ships, corvette Esmerelda (CM.11), missile boats Cuenca (LM.24), Tulcan (LM.26), Rocafuerte (LM.27) and submarine Huancavilca (S.102). After operating together for a few days, the formation stood into Manta, Ecuador (31 July–2 August 1983). Scott’s next stop was at Paita, Peru (4–5 August) to join up with vessels of the Peruvian Navy, cruiser Aguirre (CH.84), frigate Carvajal (FM.51), destroyers Palacios (DM.73) and Villar (DD.17), and oiler Zorritos (ATP.159) for joint operations (6–10 August). She closed out Peruvian operations with a visit to Lima, Peru (11–14 August).
The destroyer and her task force began the next joint operation with ships of the Chilean navy after a brief visit to Valparaiso, Chile (12–19 August 1983). She operated with destroyer Portales (DD.17), frigates Condell (PFG.06), Lynch (PFG.07), submarine Hyatt (SS.23), landing ship Maipo (LST.91) and oiler Araucano (AO.53). The international formation steamed together 23 August–16 September making stops at Talcahuano (25–29 August), Puerto Montt (1–4 September), Quellon (5 September), San Quintin (12 September) and Punta Arenas, Chile (15-16 September). The American ship parted company with her Chilean companions getting underway for Uruguay for another international rendezvous (17 September 1983). Scott arrived at Punta del Este, Uruguay on 24 September. After enjoying a few days of shore leave, the ship got underway with Uruguayan companions, destroyer escorts Uruguay (DE.1), 18 de Julio (DE.3), frigates General Artigas (FF.2), 15 de Noviembre (FPB.5), Augosto (FPB.6), and Comodoro Coe (FPB.7) (30 September–4 October). The task force anchored briefly off Punta de Este on 5 October then proceeded to Santos, Brazil for their next exercise. Scott remained at Santos for several days (8–13 October) before putting to sea with Brazilian warships, carrier Minas Gerais (A.11), destroyers Alagoas (D.36) and Espirito Santo (D.38), frigates Niterói (F.40), Independenĉia (F.44) and União (F.45), tanker Marajó (G.27) and submarine Bahia (S.12) on 14 October 1983. While underway, the formation rendezvoused with the John F. Kennedy (CV-67) Battle Group for a passing exercise (PASSEX) on 17 October before putting into Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (19–23 October). The international task force return to sea (24 October) steaming for the American’s final stop in Brazil at Salvador (29–31 October). During the port call, the submarine Skipjack (SSN-585) joined the Navy ships. On the final day of UNITAS XXIV, Scott’s musicians took first place in the show band category of a talent show held on 31 October 1983. Scott and Skipjack broke company with the task force steaming independently (1–8 November) for Port of Spain, Trinidad. While near the island of Grenada (8 November), Scott rendezvoused and transferred her LAMPS aircraft to destroyer Briscoe (DD-977). She put into Port of Spain on 9 November 1983. Before departing, Scott welcomed U.S. Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago Melvin H. Evans and Cdr. Jack Williams, Commander, Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (T&TCG) (10 November). The following day (11 November), she received replenishment while underway (UNREP) from T&TCG patrol boat Barracuda (CG.5). She also rendezvoused again with Briscoe for the return of her LAMPS helicopters. The destroyer put into Bridgetown, Barbados (12–15 November). She conducted operations with patrol boat Trident (PO.1) of the Barbados Defense Force on 16 November then departed independently for Roosevelt Roads. After disembarking the Commander of DesRon 14, Scott departed to begin her journey home. She stopped at Nassau to embark some of the crew’s dependents for a Tiger Cruise for Norfolk (30 November–3 December 1983). On 15 December, Scott's sailors went on leave to celebrate the holidays with friends and families.
Scott remained in port undergoing upkeep with her crew on leave until 16 January 1984. She departed Norfolk on 18 January to enter dry dock at Bath Iron Works, Portland, Maine for emergent repairs (20–27 January). The destroyer returned to her home port on 29 January then began selective restrictive availability (SRA). On 13 February, the destroyer moved to the dry dock at Norfolk Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, Norfolk, Va. for maintenance and repairs (13 February–26 March 1984). She returned to Norfolk Naval Operating Base on 27 March 1984. A month later Scott operated in the Virginia capes operating area for post repair sea trials (23 April) before putting into Yorktown to on-load ammunition (24–30 April). She shifted to Annapolis to provide midshipmen an opportunity to tour her decks and held an open house for the public (27–29 April) before returning to Norfolk (30 April). On 14 May 1984, the ship put to sea for Roosevelt Roads for naval gunfire support (NGFS) on 18 May, prior to deploying to Norther European to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Allied landings at Normandy, France on 6 June 1944. She departed Roosevelt Roads to rendezvous with oiler Monongahela (AO-178) and frigate Glover (FF-1098) on 24 May to transit the Atlantic.
Glover suffered mechanical problems that forced her to return to Norfolk. Near the end of the crossing, Scott detached from Monongahela then preceded to Portsmouth, United Kingdom (31 May). She put in on 1 June 1984. Over the next eight days (1–8 June 1984), the ship's company marched in three parades and competed in sporting events with the sailors from shore establishment Collingwood. Some shipmates attended a dinner hosted by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, John S. Marshall C.B.E. Scott’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Albert R. Brittain Jr., attended a ceremony during which he was presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. On 9 June, Scott departed Portsmouth for a visit at Brest, France (9-12 June). During her time in Europe, the destroyer made port call to Plymouth U.K., (15-21 June), Cork, Ireland (22–25 June), Liverpool, U.K. (29 June–1July) and Douglas, Isle of Man (3–6 July). On 6 July, Scott rendezvoused with Monongahela and Glover at sea to transit the Atlantic for Norfolk (6-14 July 1984).
After her long journey, Scott remained at Norfolk until 26 August 1984 when she got underway to provide support for explosive shock test of cruiser Yorktown (CG-48) off Cape Canaveral, Fla.
In between test operations, the ship visited Ft. Lauderdale Fla. (1–3 September). Testing shifted to a secondary site off Key West, Fla. on 9 September but Hurricane Diana forced the destroyer to seek refuge at Ft. Lauderdale (11–14 September). She returned to sea to participate in operations with carrier Nimitz (CVN-68) and submarine Jacksonville (SSN-699) (17–18 September) before returning to Norfolk on 19 September. Scott played host to Dutch frigate Tromp (F.01) when she visited Norfolk (22 September–8 October 1984). The destroyer also received visits from members of the Japanese media (26 September) and the Belgian Parliament (27 September). On 9–11 October, she was underway off the Virginia Capes to support Space Shuttle Challenger Mission STS-41G (5–13 October). Afterward, Scott set a course for Guantánamo Bay (13-17 October) to undergo refresher training for her crew (18 October–6 November). She returned to Norfolk on 10 November then put to sea on 13 November to provide operation support services to submarine Bergall (SSN-667) off the Virginia capes. Scott stood into her homeport on 15 November. She put out three more times in December to provide support for frigate Donald B. Beary (FF-1085) (3 December), for gas turbine engine training (6–7 December) and an operation propulsion plant examination (13–14 December) before going on holiday leave (14–31 December 1984).
For the first six months of 1985, Scott remained close to her home port conducting training operations, Board of Survey and Inspection and pre-overhaul evaluations. She got underway for the Puerto Rico to participate in readiness exercise (READIEX) 2-85 (5–24 July). Upon her return, she began preparations for deployment to the Mediterranean Sea with the Sixth Fleet. Scott began the trans-Atlantic journey on 27 August. The ship arrived in the Mediterranean on 7 September and began operations with the fleet (7–12 September). The destroyer made her first port call in the Mediterranean at Haifa, Israel (15–20 September 1985). She returned to sea on 21 September. On 26 September, she participated in a joint anti-submarine exercise with French frigate Jean de Vienne (DD.643).
Scott returned to Haifa on 8 October 1985 but her stay proved short lived. The day before, (7 October) four members of the Palestine Liberation Organization seized control of the passenger liner Achille Lauro at Alexandria, Egypt. The captors forced the ship's captain to put to sea. Scott departed Haifa to search for the commandeered vessel but she was unable to locate her, and thus returned to Haifa. Tragically, as the tragedy unfolded, the hijackers murdered a wheelchair-bound U.S. Jew, Leon Klinghoffer, and threw his body overboard. The hijackers returned to shore at Port Said and secured safe passage on a flight to Tunisia. U.S.Navy aircraft diverted the airliner to Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, however, where Italian authorities arrested the hijackers (10 October 1985).
The ship departed Haifa on 20 October to conduct search and rescue operations in Iskenderun Bay, Turkey (23-24 October 1985). She put into Naples, Italy (26 October–2 November) before returning to Haifa on 7 November. Scott got underway for Port Said, Egypt on 12 November to transit the Suez Canal (14 November). After exiting the Red Sea on 15 November 1985, the destroyer conducted operations with the Seventh Fleet in the Indian Ocean (17–22 November). She stood into Diego Garcia for a break in operations (23–28 November) before departing for the North Arabian Sea (5–11 December). The destroyer retuned to Diego Garcia on 12–16 December and 21-30 December. While the ship was in port (13 December 1985), Vice Adm. Paul F. McCarthy, Jr, Commander, Seventh Fleet, honored her with a visit. Scott spent New Year's Eve 1985 at Diego Garcia.
Scott operated near Diego Garcia (2–7 January 1986) then set a course for the Suez Canal on 8 January to rejoin the Sixth Fleet. She transited the canal (15 January) and began operations in the Mediterranean. During the early days of 1986, tensions were on the rise between the U.S. and Libya. Muammar Gaddafi, the leader of Libya, was attempting to expand his country's authority over maritime operations beyond the generally accepted 12-mile limit from shore. In a show of strength, and to ensure freedom of navigation, the U.S. began the Operation Attain Document (24 January–27 March 1986). On 27 January, Scott called her crew to general quarters as she passed Gaddafi’s proclaimed “Line of Death” in the Gulf of Sidra. After a month at sea, the destroyer put in Gaeta, Italy, for a well-deserved break (1–6 February). She stood out of Gaeta on 7 February to operate in the Ionia Sea (7–17 February). The destroyer moored at Naples for an extended port call (17-26 February). In early weeks of March, the ship operated in the western Mediterranean, making port visits to Malaga (5–7 March), Port de Pollença (9–10 March), and Palma de Majorca (13–18 March), Spain. She departed Palma for the Ionian Sea on 18 March.
At 0600 on 24 March 1986, Scott, with cruiser Ticonderoga (CG-47) and destroyer Caron (DD-970), crossed the “Line of Death” into the Gulf of Sidra as part of Attain Document III. Aircraft from carriers America (CV-66), Saratoga (CV-60) and Coral Sea (CVA-43) provided cover for the operation. Less than two hours later, two Soviet-made SA-6 Gammon surface-to-air missiles were fired toward two of America’s Grumman F14A Tomcats from Fighter Squadron One Zero Two (VF-102) Diamondbacks. The missiles missed their marks. Around mid-afternoon a Libyan La Combattante II G-type patrol boat exited Misratah, Libya, on a course toward Scott and her companions. In response, two Grumman A-6E Intruders from America’s Attack Squadron Three Four (VA-34) Blue Blasters launched Boeing AGM-84 Harpoon missiles into her, sinking the Libyan vessel. When a Nanuchka II guided missile corvette steamed into the area, Grumman A-6E Intruders from VA-34 and Attack Squadron Eight Five (VA-85) Black Falcons off Saratoga severely damage the ship with Marquardt Mk.20 Rockeye cluster bombs. On 25 March, another Nanuchka II threatened the American vessels. Grumman A-6E Intruders for VA-85 and Coral Sea's Attack Squadron Five Five (VA-55) Warhorses sank the ship with Rockeyes and a Harpoon. When the conflict was over, U.S. forces had sunk two Libyan vessels, damaged a third and took out the missile site that had launched missiles at the American aircraft.
Scott departed the Gulf of Sidra for August Bay, Sicily (28–30 March 1986) then proceeded to Rota, Spain (3–5 April). On 6 April, the ship began the transit across the Atlantic for Norfolk with Saratoga’s task force. She detached from the carrier on 15 April and moored at Norfolk the following day. Upon her arrival, ComCruDesGru 8 presented the ship with a Navy Unit Commendation for her services while on deployment. After a long post deployment break (16 April–27 May), the destroyer got underway for operational evaluations at AUTEC (28 May–3 June). On 1 June, Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy Seth Cropsey visited the ship. She closed out her operations with a visit to Ft. Lauderdale (2–6 June) then set a course for home. She stood into Norfolk on 9 June. She remained close to her home port conducting routine operations. On 28 June, she hosted British Secretary of State for Defense George K. H. Younger accompanied by Adm. Lee J. Baggett, Jr., Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic (SACLant) and Vice Adm. William F. McCauley, ComNavSurfLant. With Senator Samuel A. Nunn, his son Samuel B. Nunn and Rear Adm. Edward J. Hogan embarked, the ship got underway on 1 July for New York, N.Y. to participate in the International Naval Review (3–7 July).
After the review, the destroyer steamed to the operating areas off Jacksonville for gunnery and operational training with Nimitz (10–17 July 1986). Scott returned to Norfolk on 18 July and operated briefly off the Virginia capes (19–21 August). The ship departed for AUTEC on 22 August where she practiced firing torpedoes and ASROC (24–25 August). The destroyer operated out of Norfolk for the duration of 1986, undergoing routine training operations in addition to preparations for overhaul. On 6 November, the destroyer laid to rest at sea the remains of Lt. Cathleen M. Thomas, an USNA graduate, who was one of the victims of the Colonial Parkway Murders in Virginia. Adm. Baggett and the deceased's father, Cmdr. F. Joseph Thomas, USN, were present for the ceremony. After the service, the ship put into Norfolk, and remained in port until after the New Year.
Scott began operations in 1987 underway for the Caribbean Sea to participate in law enforcement operations (11–30 January). She put into Roosevelt Roads for a short rest period (31 January–2 February) then shifted to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (2–6 February). The destroyer arrived back at Norfolk on 11 February 1987. Scott operated locally until she departed for the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Pa. on 22 April. She began her overhaul moored at Philadelphia on 23 April then moved to dry dock (20 June 1987–30 January 1988). After completing various sea trails and tests, the ship returned to Norfolk on 19 August 1988. She operated locally until she put sea on 5 October for work off Jacksonville (7–21 October). In between training exercises, Scott visited Ft. Lauderdale (7–10 October) and Mayport, Fla. (15 October). With her final exercise complete, the destroyer departed the area for Norfolk on 21 October. Upon arrival, she entered dry dock for repairs to her port shaft (23 October– 21 November 1988). Scott continued training and gunnery operations in her local area through the end of 1988.
On 6 January 1989, the ship departed Norfolk for Guantánamo Bay for training, gunnery exercises and anti-submarine operations (10 January–9 February). She stood out for Roosevelt Roads on 9 February for the in port phase of her post–overhaul operational propulsion plant examination (OPPE) during 12–14 February. After operating in the Puerto Rico operating area for a few days, the destroyer anchored at St. Thomas for some rest (18–21 February). She returned to Roosevelt Roads (23–24 February) for fuel then cast off for Norfolk via Yorktown. (28 February–2 March 1989). Scott returned to the AUTEC range (12–15 March) before making another port call at Ft. Lauderdale (15–18 April). From there she steamed off Puerto Rico for more gunnery and anti-submarine exercises (22 April–18 May 1989). While in the region, the destroyer visited Roosevelt Roads (3–4 May and 18 May). Scott set a course for her home port on 18 May where she arrived on 22 May. She sent the rest of that summer conducting periodic operations in the Virginia capes. The ship visited Newport on 30 July–4 August. The destroyer was once again underway for Roosevelt Roads on 31 August after touching on Charleston, S.C. (30 August). She engaged in more training exercises near Puerto Rico (10–15 September) before mooring at Norfolk (15 September–3 October 1989).
Scott departed Norfolk on 3 October 1989 for Ft. Lauderdale (6–14 October) and returned on 16 October 1989. She conducted combat systems drills off the Virginia capes during 18–22 October. The ship then moved to Yorktown to on-load munitions (6–7 November) before proceeding to Roosevelt Roads for weapons training and gunnery exercises (11 November–8 December). She took a break in operations to visit Port de France, Martinique (21–22 November). She returned to Norfolk on 13 December and spent the remaining days of 1989 moored outboard of destroyer tender Shenandoah (AD-44) at Pier 24.
After two months operating locally, Scott departed for another deployment to the Mediterranean on 9 March 1990. She transited the Strait of Gibraltar on 20 March and steamed with Med 1-90 Battle Group before anchoring at Augusta Bay, Sicily (28–29 March). The ship shifted to Marseille, France (2–10 April) and placed on intermediate maintenance availability. On 10 April, the destroyer stood out for Operation Distant Thunder (10–22 April) with ships from the Turkish navy. While she was anchored at Edremit Bay, Turkey (20 April), the destroyer experienced two fires that caused leaks in her countermeasure wash-down system that is used to decontaminate the ship in case of a chemical, biological or radiological attack. Once the operation ended, Scott put into Haifa (22–29 April). She stood out on 29 April 1990 to participate in the NATO Operation Dragon Hammer 90 (29 April–17 May). The ship then made a lengthy port visit at Toulon, France (17–30 May). The destroyer departed Toulon in 30 May to exit the Mediterranean with the carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) for Portsmouth, England. The purpose of the voyage was to participate in Journey to Victory (2–6 June), a celebration of the 100th birthday (14 October 1890) of President Eisenhower and his service as the Supreme Allied Command in Europe. Following the celebration, Scott moored a Portsmouth (6–11 June) before reentering the Mediterranean to make a port call to Palma de Mallorca, Spain (15–22 June 1990). She then moored briefly at Villefranche-sur-Mer, France (22–25 June) then stood into Marseille, France for upkeep and maintenance (2–15 July 1990). Scott departed Marseille for Haifa on 16 July, conducting naval gunnery support training at Avgo Nisi, Greece (21 July) in addition to practicing search and rescue operations en route. The destroyer put into Haifa on 23 July to take part in Operation Noble Dina (29–31 July), a joint exercise with Greek and Israeli naval units. While the ship moored back at Haifa (31 July–6 August), Iraqi forces invaded Kuwait on 2 August 1990. In response, the U.S. and a coalition of countries began Operation Desert Shield, a massive mobilization effort moving troops and equipment into the region to stave off any further Iraqi incursion. On 8 August, Scott transited the Suez Canal to conduct contingency operations in the Red Sea (9–23 August) to support Desert Shield. The destroyer reentered the Mediterranean on 24 August then proceeded to Gibraltar to begin the Atlantic transit to Norfolk (29 August–8 September). Scott remained in the local area for the duration of 1990 and early 1991.
On 29 April 1991, the destroyer departed her home port for weapons training at Roosevelt Roads (24–26 April). She moored at Roosevelt Roads (27 April–19 May). Scott stood out for Guantánamo Bay on 20 May. Stopping only briefly (26 May), the ship then proceeded into the Caribbean to conduct maritime law enforcement operations (29 May–9 June1991). She put into Curaçao on 10 June then returned to her enforcement duties the next day. Her sailors had the opportunity to enjoy Bridgetown (24–26 June) before steaming for Mayport. At Mayport (1 July), she embarked family members for a Tiger Cruise home (1–3 July). The destroyer operated locally during July and August, departing the area only briefly for training at Roosevelt Roads (13–14 July 1991).
Scott cast off on 28 August 1991 for Bergen, Norway to participate in NATO exercise North Star '91 (21–29 September). She put into Bergen (21–23 September) then headed for Wilhelmshaven, Germany, on 24 September. While underway, the destroyer encountered high winds and heavy seas that damaged her life rails and other equipment on the forecastle. She arrived at Wilhelmshaven on 26 September then put out for Portsmouth the following day.
Scott departed England for Norfolk on 29 September 1991. During the journey home, a Sikorsky SH-3H Sea King (BuNo154102) from Helicopter Sea Combat Support Squadron Eleven (HS-11) Dragonslayers, embarked in America, crashed during anti-submarine operations (9 October 1991). Scott assisted in the search and rescue effort, recovering only flight helmets, some sonar buoys and pieces of engine cowling. Lost in the accident were Lt. Cmdr. Karl J. Wiegand, Lt. Richard D. Calderon, AW3 Vincent W. Bostwick and AW2 Karl J. Wicklund. The ship stood into Norfolk on 11 October, then operated locally until getting underway on 2 December 1991 for another Mediterranean deployment.
After transiting the Atlantic, Scott arrived at Port Said on 18 December 1991 then transited the Suez Canal the following day. The destroyer began maritime interdiction operations (MIO) on 21 December, enforcing United Nations sanctions against Iraq. A few days later, a breakdown of her port shaft forced the ship to put into Hurghada, Egypt, for repairs (25–26 December). Scott returned to sea on 27 December. She steamed through the New Year returning to Hurghada on 8 January 1992. The destroyer continued MIO until 31 January, putting into Hurghada (23–27 January) in between periods at sea.
On 1 February 1992, Scott was detached from MIO then transited the Suez Canal for Naples. After several days rest at Naples (6-13 February), the ship moved to Alicante, Spain (17 February 1992) for a joint exercise with the Spanish navy. The destroyer stood out of Alicante with Spanish ships, carrier Principe de Asturias (R.11), frigates Numancia (F.83), Asturias (F.74), Reina Sofia (F.84), and oiler Mar del Norte (A.11) for 11 days of operations (17–28 February). She detached from her Spanish companions to visit Villefranche-sur-Mer for a port visit (4–8 March). On 13 February, the destroyer moored at Izmir, Turkey to attend conferences concerning the upcoming Operation Distant Thunder. During Distant Thunder (16 February), Scott steamed with multiple vessels from the Turkish, French, Spanish and Greek navies. After the operation, the ship conducted freedom of navigation operations off Libya with submarine Archerfish (SSN-678) and British destroyer Glasgow (D.88) (22–28 March 1992). She put into Antalya, Turkey (30 March–2 April) for another multinational exercise. On 3 March, Scott departed Antalya with Turkish ships and the French Foch (R.99) Carrier Battle Group. The international formation stood into Athens, Greece (6–9 April) then returned to sea without the Turkish ships on 11 April. The French and American ships put into Toulon on 14 April 1992. Scott was detached from the French vessels and proceeded to Augusta Bay, Sicily, on 20 April then set a course for Corfu, Greece on 24 April. After visiting Corfu (30 May–3 April), Scott put into Augusta Bay on 5 April to take part in Operation Dragon Hammer (6–20 May 1992). She was detached from the Mediterranean fleet on 20 May to steam for Mayport. Once again, at Mayport, she embarked family members for a cruise home, bringing her deployment a close to on 1 June. The destroyer remained in port until putting to sea for a fast cruise on 31 July. Scott continued local operations 1 August–28 September with the exception of a port visit to Annapolis, Md. (13–16 August 1992). On 28 September, she entered the dry dock at Norfolk to begin an overhaul (28 September 1992–27 March 1993).
After completing overhaul, Scott got underway for the first time in 1993 when she moved to Yorktown on 29 March to onload munitions. The destroyer departed on 20 April for Puerto Rico to conduct a composite unit training exercise (CompTUEx) and participate in Operation Ocean Venture’93 with the America Battle Group. At Vieques, Puerto Rico, she underwent NGFS qualifications and missile exercises on (27–30 April) then conducted anti-submarine exercises off St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (1 May). After putting into Roosevelt Roads (3–6 May), the destroyer assumed the duties the gunnery fire support ship for an amphibious landing exercise at Vieques as part of Ocean Venture (7 May 1993). In the days following the amphibious exercise, Scott steamed with oiler Savannah (AO-4) conducting MIO operations (10–13 May 1993). The ship returned to her home port (18–27 May) then set a course to back to the Puerto Rico operating area to take part in Operation Mayfly ’93 (3 June). During that evolution, Scott steamed with German destroyers Lütjens (D.185), Schleswig-Holstein (D.182), Hamburg (D.181), frigates Rheinland-Pflaz (F.209) and Emden (F.210). Belgian frigate Westhinder (F.913) and Dutch frigate Callenburgh (F.808) also took part in Mayfly with Scott. The operation was a test of the vessels' defensive systems against Aérospatiale Exocet anti-ship missiles. Scott was successful in hitting live Exocet targets with three of her Raytheon Standard Missiles-2 (SM-2). A fourth SM-2 failed to launch and a following examination determined that the missile was faulty. The destroyer parted with her international companions to return to Norfolk on 8 June 1993. Back at home, the ship's crew busily prepared for an OPPE and a Combat Systems Assessment (CSA). She began the CSA on 23 June. While moored at Norfolk (1-6 July), Representative David S. Mann paid the ship a visit on 6 July. Scott completed the CSA on 8 July, receiving the second best score in her squadron, Destroyer Squadron Two (DesRon 2). She departed Norfolk on 13 July for a fleet exercise in the Cherry Point, N.C. operations area (CP OPERATING AREA). She rendezvoused with Joint Task Group (JTG) America 93-2 to serve as an anti-aircraft picket and to provide naval gunnery for the exercise. The ship returned to Norfolk (22 July) for her OPPE (28 July–3 August 1993).
On 13 August 1993, Scott stood out of Norfolk to rendezvous with JTG America 93-2 at sea (14 August) for deployment to the Mediterranean. She detached from the main task group on 18 August with America and cruiser Normandy (CG-60) steaming to relieve carrier Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and cruiser Hue City (CG-66) in the Adriatic.
Beginning April 1992, war raged in the Balkans along ethnic and religious fault lines between Bosnians, Serbs and Croatians. The conflict created a massive humanitarian crisis as Bosnian forces attempted to annex more territory. Sarajevo and many other cities lay under siege with their populations in constant peril, lacking in basic needs and services. As the crisis continued, U.S. air, naval and ground forces joined the United Nations Protection Force to provide support to the population and assist in finding a peaceful resolution.
Scott, Normandy, and America transited the Strait of Gibraltar (23 August 1993) and assumed their duties in the Adriatic on 27 August. While Scott was in the region (27 August 1993–4 January 1994), she participated in Operations Sharp Guard, Deny Flight and Provide Promise. Deny Flight was in support of the U.N. No-Fly zone over Bosnia-Herzegovina, while Provide Promise provided relief to besieged cities. As part of Sharp Guard, a naval blockade to enforce U.N. economic sanctions against Serbia-Montenegro, the destroyer’s boarding party inspected four ships but did not discover any contraband. During her deployment, Scott made multiple port calls at La Maddalena, Sardinia (6–10 September), Trieste, Italy (14–17 October), and Antalya (9–15 November), Aksaz-Karaagac (16 November) and Dogu Akdeniz, Turkey (24 November 1993). She put into Augusta Bay (26–28 November) then moved to Marseille (1–8 December). The ship made one final port call at Naples (10–13 December) before returning to duty in the Adriatic (16 December 1993–4 January 1994).
The destroyer rang in the New Year underway in the Adriatic until 4 January 1994 when she set a course for Naples. After enjoying a long week of shore leave at Naples (5–13 January), Scott stood out for Valencia, Spain. While en route, the ship assisted merchant ship City of Glasgow search for man overboard. The ships were unable to locate missing man (16 January). After a few days rest at Valencia, the destroyer began the long voyage home on 25 January with Normandy, frigates Simpson (FFG-56) and Boone (FFG-28). On 1 February, the small group joined the rest of America Battle Group to cross the Atlantic. Scott moored at Norfolk on 5 March and began on post-deployment stand-down (5 February–7 March). She remained in port for the majority of the month with the exception of a few days operating off the Virginia capes (7-10 March).
On 7 April 1994, Scott cast off for Roosevelt Roads and another deployment to the Caribbean. She stopped at Puerto Rico for a short visit (11-15 April) then got underway for Curaçao where she moored on 16 April. The ship began law enforcement patrols in the Caribbean the next day. She patrolled continuously putting into port at Cartagena on two occasions (20 and 26 April 1994). On 27 April, Scott stood out of Cartagena for Guantánamo Bay where she moored for a single day (29 April) then resumed her patrols. Scott anchored briefly at Cartagena on 2 May then departed for counter narcotic operations (3–8 May 1994). She returned to Norfolk via Guantánamo (9 May) on 12 May. A few short days later on 20 May 1994, the destroyer received orders to steam for Haiti.
For nearly a decade, Haiti experienced a great deal of political turmoil. In 1986, civil unrest forced the authoritarian leader, Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, to flee the country putting an end to decades of the Duvalier family's bloody reign. Lt. Gen. Henri Namphy led the country until populist Rev. Jean-Bertrand Aristide won election to the presidency on 16 December 1990. Aristide's reforms quickly became unpopular with former supporters of the Duvalier regime. On 30 September 1991, a bloody military coup led by Lt. Gen. Raoul Cedras deposed Aristide and placed Haitian Supreme Court Justice Joseph Nerette at the head of government. Despite an agreement in 1993, the Governors Island Agreement, with the United Nations to restore Aristide to power, the existing regime resisted its implementation at every turn. As the situation dragged on and intensified, it created a large humanitarian crisis. The U.S., U.N. and the Organization of American States implemented a series of economic sanctions to no avail. On 8 May 1994, the U.N. passed another resolution that prohibited economic goods, with the exception of humanitarian supplies, from leaving or entering Haiti. Scott was part of the task group sent to enforce these sanctions. Beginning on 24 May until she turned over her duties to Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) on 10 June, Scott boarded and searched multiple commercial ships for prohibited materials. She departed Haitian waters (11 June) for Yorktown (13 June) then proceed to Norfolk on 16 June 1994.
The destroyer entered the shipyard at Norfolk on 28 June 1994 for maintenance and repairs that lasted until 26 August. After her post-maintenance sea trials, Scott operated locally until departing Norfolk on 4 October for Port Everglades. The ship remained at the Florida port for ten days (6–16 October) then moved to Port Canaveral, Florida (16–20 October). She returned to the AUTEC range to conduct missile and gunnery exercises (23 October) then proceeded to Norfolk where she moored on 25 October 1994. The rest of the year was relatively sedentary for the destroyer. In November, she spent 15 days in dry dock and only put to sea once in the Virginia Capes (6 December). As the Christmas approached, Scott was on stand down and her crew given holiday leave until after the New Year.
Scott remained in port until she put it sea for a two-day drill (1–2 February 1995) in the local area. In early March, she got underway for Port Everglades where her crew enjoyed a few days visiting Ft. Lauderdale (12–14 March). The ship returned to Norfolk on 17 March to begin preparations for another Mediterranean deployment at the end of the summer. The destroyer underwent a Board of Inspection and Survey review (3–6 April) before standing out with the America Battle Group for COMPTUEX 95-3 on 24 April 1995. She took a break from the exercise when she put into St. Maarten, Dutch Antilles (9–11 May). The ship then moved to operate off Puerto Rico. While she was underway, Scott gave her weapons system a workout firing her 5-inch guns, launching an ASROC and torpedoes. She returned to Norfolk on 23 May and immediately began preparing return to sea in June. On 7 June, the destroyer got underway again for the Puerto Rico area to conduct anti-submarine warfare and gunnery training. She put in for fuel at Roosevelt Roads on 19 June then moved to Vieques for gunnery qualifications (20–22 June) then returned to Norfolk on 27 June. Scott stood out for a final pre-deployment exercise with the battle group (7-23 July 1995) then gave her crew leave to be with their families before shipping out for the Mediterranean.
On 28 August 1995, Scott departed Norfolk to rendezvous with cruisers South Carolina (CGN-37), Normandy, Monterey (CG-61), frigates Dewert (FFG-45) and Boone (FFG-28), amphibious landing ships Wasp (LHD-1), Shreveport (LPD-12), and Whidbey Island (LSD-41), submarines Oklahoma City (SSN-723) and Hampton (SSN-767), and oiler Monongahela (AO-178). The ships formed Joint Task Group 95-3 (JTG 95-3) of the America Battle Group to transit the Atlantic. The task group entered the Mediterranean on 7 September and put into Augusta Bay (11–14 September). The ship began operations in the Adriatic on 16 September 1995 in support of the U.N. mission in Bosnia. Shortly after the battle group arrived on station, America launched several airstrikes and some of her escorts fired Tomahawks against targets in the region.
When tensions had eased somewhat, Scott steamed to Valetta, Malta to represent the U.S. for the Maltese independence celebration (20-22 September 1995). The ship departed Malta on 23 September for the Tyrrhenian Sea to join the anti-submarine exercise, Caduceus (24–30 September), with ships from the German and British navies. During the exercise, on 28 September, the destroyer received a distress call from Bulgarian motor vessel Harberger stating that motor vessel Kaloger, also Bulgarian, was in need of assistance. Scott steamed to the location and remained on station until Harberger and a third Bulgarian commercial ship, Boaa Vola got the situation under control. She completed the exercise then stood into Augusta Bay (3–6 October) for a short break.
Scott cleared Sicily and set course for the Dardanelles (12 October 1995) to operate in the Black Sea. While there, she made a port call to Istanbul, Turkey (13–14 October) before transiting the Bosporus then visited Varna, Bulgaria (16–18 October) and Constanta, Romania (20–23 October). The destroyer welcomed civilian and military dignitaries to her decks at Varna (16 October) and Constanta (21 October). On 26 October, the destroyer reentered the Aegean and dropped anchor at Rhodes, Greece (28 October 1995). She then shifted to Volos, Greece (31 October) for Exercise Iolkus (5–11 November) with the Greek Navy. During the exercise she visited Nafplion (7 November) and Salamis, Greece (9–11 November). With yet another exercise before the end of the year, Scott stood out for Khalig Abu Qir, Egypt (12 November) for Bright Star (13–19 November). She anchored at Alexandria, Egypt (15–19 November) then got underway for Corfu on 20 November 1995. After touching on Corfu (23 November), the ship returned to the Adriatic to relieve Normandy from the operational task supporting the mission in Bosnia (27 November). Normandy returned to the area to relieve Scott on 12 December for a break in the action at Naples (14–25 December). Scott again relieved Normandy (27 December 1995) and closed out the year steaming in the Adriatic.
In the early days of 1996, Scott continued to operate in support of the Bosnian mission. She participated in Exercise Final Courage (15–19 January) then got underway for August Bay. After some time in port (21–24 January) at Sicily, the destroyer went to sea for Exercise Dogfish '96 (25 January–6 February). When George Washington Battle Group relieved America Battle Group of its duties on 11 February, Scott and her companions began the long voyage to their respective home ports. Scott arrived at Norfolk on 24 February and began her post-deployment leave until 18 March 1996. The ship stood out for a one-day family cruise on 29 March and did not leave again until moving to Naval Weapons Station, Charleston, S.C. on 8 April. She off-loaded in preparation for her overhaul then returned to Norfolk (12 April). Scott entered the Metro Machine Corp. yard at Norfolk on 17 April 1996 to begin the yearlong overhaul (17 April 1996–14 March 1997).
Scott emerged from the shipyard on 17 March 1997 to begin her post-overhaul tests and sea trials (17–20 March). Afterward, the ship stood down for maintenance and repairs until she put out for Yorktown to replenish her munitions (16–18 April). On 5 May, the destroyer began an arduous training schedule during which she conducted multiple operations out of Jacksonville in between short visits to Mayport (6–7 June and 9–10 June). She returned to Norfolk for ten days (13–23 June). On 24 June 1997, she departed Norfolk for her new home at Mayport. Scott arrived at Mayport on 27 June and continued her post-overhaul training. Over the next few months, the destroyer routinely operated off Jacksonville. The ship departed Mayport for Roosevelt Roads on 9 October. She visited Ft. Lauderdale (10-13 October) before arriving at Puerto Rico on 18 October 1997. On 20–21 October, Scott underwent naval gunnery qualification at the Vieques range. She touched on Roosevelt Road (22 October) then set a course for St. Croix, U.S.V.I. After an overnight stay at St. Croix (22–23 October), the destroyer returned to Mayport on 24 October 1997.
She remained in port during November for maintenance, upkeep and pre-deployment leave for her sailors. On 5 December 1997, Scott departed Mayport to conduct law enforcement patrols in the Caribbean. She stopped briefly at Port au Prince, Haiti (8 December) and Guantánamo (9 December) before beginning her patrols on 12 December. The ship returned to Guantánamo on 20 December to take part in Operation Caribbean Shield (24–31 December 1997).
At the conclusion of Caribbean Shield, Scott resumed her law enforcement duties for a couple of days (1–2 January) before putting into Guantánamo in 3 January 1998. Later that day the ship got underway for Curaçao. After enjoying that city (5–10 January), she put to sea for an extended period of patrolling. Scott remained at sea in the Caribbean (12–26 January) making only one port call at Aruba (19–21 January). On 27 January 1998, the destroyer's operation shifted into the Gulf of Mexico (27–31 January) she then took a hard-earned break mooring at Ingleside, Texas (2–5 February). The ship moved to Roosevelt Roads (11–17 February) then returned to patrol operations in the Caribbean making port calls to Curaçao (22 February) and Colon, Panama (28 February). She returned to Colon on 12 March to transit the Panama Canal to begin the eastern Pacific leg of her deployment (15 March–7 April 1998) after a few days at Rodman (12–15 March). While the in the Pacific, the destroyer returned to Manta (20–23 March) and visited Salinas, Ecuador (3 April). Scott transited the canal again on 8 April and continued to patrol (9–22 April) making a port call at Cartagena on 17–22 April. After stopping at Guantánamo (23–26 April), the ship put into Ft. Lauderdale (28 April) before steaming for Mayport (30 April). Back at home, the ship's crew was given a month off (1–31 May) to be with family and friends after their long voyage. It was the last deployment for the seasoned destroyer.
Once her sailors returned, Scott operated locally off Jacksonville and the Florida Keys, making a final overnight stop at Ft. Lauderdale (19–20 July) In August, the ship steamed for Newport (21 August), returning to Mayport on 1 September to prepared for being decommissioned. At 1026 on 10 December 1998, Scott's colors were struck and at 1040, her commander, Cmdr. Daniel J. Morgiewicz Jr. stepped off her decks for the last time. Sold to the Republic of China on 30 May 2003, ex-Scott is still in service as Kee Lung (DDG-1801).
Awards Joint Meritorious Service, Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, 3 Battle "E" Ribbons, Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Armed Forces Services Medal, Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, Coast Guard Commandant Letter of Commendation, NATO Ribbon.
||Date Assumed Command
|Cmdr. Harold H. Maixner, Jr.
||24 October 1981
|Cmdr. Albert R. Brittain Jr.
||21 January 1983
|Cmdr. William L. Putnam
||18 May 1985
|Cmdr. Donald H. Nash
||23 July 1987
|Cmdr. Thomas J. Corcoran
||26 October 1989
|Cmdr. Bernard J. McCullough III
||30 August 1990
|Cmdr. Darrell A. Russell
||21 May 1993
|Cmdr. Steven P. Johnson
||24 March 1995
|Cmdr. Daniel J. Morgiewicz Jr.
||11 July 1997
John W Watts, Jr.
1 March 2018