CARRIER STRIKE GROUP 11
Current ship and aircraft configuration, combined with the updated training and readiness schedule, ensure ready response for quick surge to any area of operations around the globe. Nimitz Strike Group, led by Commander, Carrier Strike Group 11, is made up of an aircraft carrier with its embarked air wing, a cruiser, two destroyers and an attack submarine, and constitutes the single most powerful mobile force in the world.
DESTROYER SQUADRON 9
Destroyer Squadron 9 is responsible for the crew, training and material readiness of six guided-missile destroyers and the tactical execution of Sea Combat Commander duties within the Nimitz Strike Group. Its parent command is Carrier Strike Group 11.
REGIONAL SUPPORT ORGANIZATION PACIFIC NORTHWEST
The mission of Regional Support Organization Pacific Northwest is to serve as the Naval Surface Forces Pacific regional executive agent for Naval Station Everett homeported surface combatants. The organization assists in managing the overall war-fighting capability of the surface combatant force and maintaining the highest level of engineering, combat systems, logistics, medical and personnel readiness.
The USS Shoup is the 36th ship in the Arleigh Burke-class of Aegis guided-missile destroyers and the eighth Flight IIA Aegis destroyer, the most advanced variant of the class. USS Shoup was designed to conduct simultaneous operations in multithreat environments including air, surface and subsurface warfare. The ship is equally adept at operating as part of an aircraft carrier strike group in high-threat environments as in providing vital support and escort capabilities for naval amphibious forces and auxiliary ships.
USS Shoup was commissioned June 22, 2002, in Seattle and has been homeported in Everett since May 23, 2002. It was named in honor of Gen. David M. Shoup, the 22nd commandant of the Marine Corps and a recipient of the Medal of Honor and the British Distinguished Service Order for his actions during the Pacific Campaign in World War II while commanding the 2nd Marines at Betio, a bitterly contested island of Tarawa Atoll.
Built at Litton Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi, USS Shoup’s cutting-edge designs for propulsion, tactical flexibility and survivability ensure it will hold a prominent place in our defense arsenal to carry out the Navy’s mission well into the 21st century.
The second of the new Arleigh Burke-class of Aegis guided-missile destroyers to be homeported at Naval Station Everett, USS Momsen was commissioned into active duty in Panama City, Florida, on Aug. 28, 2004. The ship is named after Vice Adm. Charles B. Momsen of Flushing, Long Island, New York, who honorably served in the U.S. Navy from 1919 to 1955. Momsen made many contributions to the Navy, most notably his invention of the Momsen Lung, his critical role in the salvage and rescue of 33 personnel from the sunken submarine USS Squalus (SS 192), and his command of the battleship USS South Dakota (BB 57) in the Pacific theater during World War II.
USS Momsen arrived in Everett on Oct. 15, 2004, after completing its maiden voyage around the United States, including a transit through the Panama Canal. The ship underwent its combat systems and final qualifications trials in early 2005 and had its maiden deployment to the 7th Fleet from April to September 2006, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines. USS Momsen departed on her first USS Abraham Lincoln Strike Group deployment to the 5th Fleet from March to October 2008, which included its first transit through the Suez Canal, to support Operation Enduring Freedom and the global war on terror.
The USS Kidd, formerly homeported at Naval Base San Diego, is the third destroyer that shifted its homeport to Naval Station Everett in 2016.
USS Kidd was built in Pascagoula, Mississippi, by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems. It is the 49th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer to be built. It is the third Navy ship named after Rear Adm. Isaac C. Kidd, who was on board USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor and was the first American flag officer to die in World War II.
In 2014, USS Kidd joined the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that went missing over the South China Sea. It was the second Navy ship to be deployed in the search.
The fourth USS Gridley is the 51st Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the U.S. Navy. It is named after Capt. Charles Gridley, commander of Adm. George Dewey’s flagship, Olympia, (Flag Captain) and recipient of Adm. Dewey’s famous command, “You may fire when you are ready, Gridley” in the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War.
In May 2004, the secretary of the Navy announced the names of five new Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, including the Gridley. Its keel was laid July 30, 2004, at the Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. It was christened Feb. 11, 2006. The Gridley was commissioned at the Port of Miami on Feb. 10, 2007, and arrived in July 2016 at its new homeport in Everett.
The USS Sampson is the U.S. Navy’s 52nd Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and is the fourth ship named in honor of Rear Adm. William Thomas Sampson, a naval hero in the Spanish-American War. It was authorized in 2002 and commissioned in 2007. The ship was assigned to Destroyer Squadron 9 in 2016 and arrived at its new homeport, Naval Station Everett, in September 2016.
In November 2016, the USS Sampson was the first U.S. warship to visit New Zealand in 33 years since the New Zealand nuclear-free zone came into effect. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key granted approval for the ship’s visit under the New Zealand’s anti-nuclear law, which requires that the prime minister has to be satisfied that any visiting ship is not nuclear armed or powered. That same month, the USS Sampson and other naval ships from Australia, Canada, Japan and Singapore provided humanitarian assistance after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Kaikoura.
USS Ralph Johnson
The newly commissioned USS Ralph Johnson arrived at Naval Station Everett on April 27, 2018. USS Ralph Johnson is the 64th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and was built by Huntington Ingalls Industries in Pascagoula, Mississippi. It is the first warship named for Marine Pfc. Ralph Henry Johnson. Johnson was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the Vietnam War. Johnson used his body to shield two fellow Marines from a grenade, absorbing the blast and dying instantly in March 1968.
COAST GUARD SHIPS
USCGC Henry Blake
The Coast Guard Cutter Henry Blake is one of the newest cutters to the Pacific Northwest. The Henry Blake was commissioned Oct. 27, 2000, at Naval Station Everett. The 175-foot buoy tender replaced the 180-foot Coast Guard Cutter Mariposa (WLB 397), which was decommissioned March 31, 2000. The Coast Guard Cutter Henry Blake was named for the New Dungeness Spit Lighthouse keeper, Henry Blake. The New Dungeness Spit Lighthouse, on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, was first lighted Dec. 14, 1857, and was the first active lighthouse in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
The cutter’s area of responsibility includes the Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the northern coastal portion of the 13th Coast Guard District. Its primary mission is servicing navigations aids, but it also provides marine environmental protection and search and rescue.
USCGC Blue Shark
The USCGC Blue Shark is a newly designed 87-foot coastal patrol boat that arrived at Naval Station Everett on July 19, 2005, and was commissioned there Aug. 16, 2005. The boat has several enhancements over the older coastal patrol boats, including improved mission sea keeping abilities (up to sea state 5), significantly upgraded habitability, and compliance with all current and projected environmental protection laws. It also employs an innovative stern launch and recovery system using an aluminum-hulled inboard diesel-powered water jet small boat. The vastly larger pilothouse is equipped with an integrated bridge system, including an electronic chart display system that interfaces with the Coast Guard’s new surface search radar.