USS Ramage (DDG-61)
Ramage 2008 in the Atlantic
|Order||February 22, 1990|
|Keel laying||4th January 1993|
|Launch||February 1, 1994|
|1. Period of service|
|Commissioning||July 22, 1995|
26 officers, 315 men
2 propellers, driven by 4 gas turbines; 100,000 wave horsepower
90 VLS cells
The Ramage was commissioned from Ingalls Shipbuilding in 1990 and laid down there in early 1993. After 13 months in dry dock and a year and a half at the equipment pier, the destroyer entered service with the Navy in mid-1995.
In 1996 the Ramage moved to the Mediterranean. On July 21, 1997, the destroyer was finally one of the escorts for the USS Constitution , which was sailing under its own sails in Massachusetts Bay for its 200th anniversary .
In 1999 the ship moved as part of the combat group around the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf. After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 , the ship left Norfolk and was used as a radar outpost in New York City . The Ramage then moved with the Roosevelt and took part in Operation Enduring Freedom .
In 2004 the Ramage operated again in the Mediterranean, and in 2006 she went as an escort for the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower . At the beginning of 2007, the Ramage and the USS Bunker Hill were part of Task Force 150 under British leadership, which provided security off the east coast of Africa, especially the Horn of Africa . In August 2008, the Ramage relocated to the side of the USS Iwo Jima . In 2009 she took part in the exercise Joint Warrior in the North Atlantic. On October 28, 2009, the ship was anchored in the port of the Polish city of Gdynia when three shots were fired from an M240 machine gun, which damaged a warehouse at the port. Captain Thomas Williamson said a seaman had been doing maintenance on the gun and the gunshots went off.
In early 2010, the destroyer was parked to take part in the search for the wreck and the flight records of the crashed Ethiopian Airlines flight 409 . On January 28th, the Ramage discovered the signals of the "black box".