• Dark Blue and Gold - Colors traditionally associated with the Navy, represent the sea and excellence. Coat of Arms
  • Red Shield - Symbolizes valor and the RADM’s wartime service
  • Two Silver Stars - Honor the highest rank awarded to RADM Sampson, upon his retirement.
  • Five Gold Stars - The ships commanded by RADM Sampson; Alert, Mayflower, Swatara, San Francisco and Iowa.
  • Three Lightning Flashes - Denote the science and technology of USS Sampson, also highlights the former ships named Sampson.
  • Smaller Inner Shield - Displaying the embattled portion on top and lion recalls the Spanish ensign of 1898, during the Spanish-American War.
  • Lion - Represents the courage of RADM Sampson commanding the vessels that defeated the Spanish fleet.

  • The Demi-Doubled Bladed Battle Axe - Suggests USS Sampson’s execution of military duties at sea.
  • Bronze Star - Represents the battle star earned by the second vessel named for RADM Sampson, during World War II.
  • Laurel Wreath - A symbol of honor and achievement, commemorates RADM Sampson’s distinguished naval career.
  • The Heraldic Roses - Allude to the state flower of New York, the birthplace of RADM Sampson. The number of roses recall the various naval positions held by the RADM throughout his career, including Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance and Commandant of the Boston Navy Yard.
  • SEAL

  • The coat of arms as blazoned in full color on a white field enclosed by a blue oval border edged on the outside with gold rope and bearing the name 'USS SAMPSON’ at top and ‘DDG 102’ in base all in gold.


    Hull Length (Overall): 509.5 ft
    Beam: 66 ft
    Draft, Navigation: 31 ft
    Displacement (Saltwater): 9,300 Tons
    Speed: 30+ Knots

    One MK45 MOD 1 5”/62 Caliber Gun Mount
    Two MK 41 Vertical Launching Systems
    Evolved Sea Sparrow, Vertical Launch ASROC, Standard, and Tomahawk Missiles
    Two MK 32 MOD 14 Triple Torpedo Tubes
    MK 46 and MK 50 Torpedoes
    MK-53 Decoy Launching System
    Super Rapid Blooming Off-board Chaff

    2 SH-60B/R Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System (LAMPS) MK III Helicopters
     - Description
    A twin-engine, medium lift, utility or assault helicopter.
     - Features
    The Seahawk is a twin-engine helicopter. It is used for anti-submarine warfare, search and rescue, drug interdiction, anti-ship warfare, cargo lift, and special operations. The Navy's SH-60B Seahawk is an airborne platform based aboard cruisers, destroyers, and frigates and deploys sonobouys (sonic detectors) and torpedoes in an anti-submarine role. They also extend the range of the ship's radar capabilities.
     - General Characteristics
    Propulsion: Two General Electric T700-GE-700 or T700-GE-701C engines; thrust: up to 1,940 shaft horsepower.
    Length: 64 feet 10 inches (19.6 meters).
    Rotor Diameter: 53 feet 8 inches (16.4 meters).
    Weight: Varies: 21,000 to 23,000 pounds (9,450 to 10,350 kg).
    Airspeed: 180 knots maximum.
    Range: Generally about 380 nautical miles (600 km); range becomes unlimited with air refueling capability.
    Crew: Three to four

    Radar AN/SPY-1D 3-D Search/Track Radar Bridgemaster Navigational Radar AN/SPS-67(V)3 Surface Search Radar Sonar AN/SQQ-89(V)15 USW Combat System Suite Electronic Warfare AN/SLQ-32(V)2 Electronic Warfare System

    4 LM2500 Marine Gas Turbine Engines (100,000 HP) 3 Rolls Royce 3000 kW Gas Turbine Generators 2 Shafts with CRP (Controllable Reversible Pitch) Propellers


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