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USS STETHEM (DDG - 63) is the first U.S. Navy warship named to honor the life and service of Steelworker Second Class (DV) Robert Dean Stethem, USN (1961 - 1985).

Petty Officer Stethem entered the Navy on May 4, 1981. He attended recruit training in Great Lakes, Illinois, and was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Sixty - Two, home ported at Gulfport, Mississippi.

In October 1984, he was assigned to Underwater Construction Team One at Little Creek, Virginia.

USS STETHEM is the thirteenth ship of the ARLEIGH BURKE Class of guided missile destroyers. Commissioned in 1995, STETHEM is homeported in Yokosuka, Japan; the front line of our Forward Deployed Naval Forces in the Pacific.

Robert Dean Stethem PosterSteelworker Second Class (DV) Robert Dean Stethem

USS STETHEM (DDG - 63) is the first U.S. Navy warship named to honor the life and service of Steelworker Second Class (DV) Robert Dean Stethem, USN (1961 - 1985). Petty Officer Stethem entered the Navy on May 4, 1981.

He attended recruit training in Great Lakes, Illinois, and was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Sixty - Two, home ported at Gulfport, Mississippi.

In October 1984, he was assigned to Underwater Construction Team One at Little Creek, Virginia. 

For more information about Robert D. Stethem, please follow this link.

Ship's Characteristics
Overall Length: 505 ft Waterline Length: 466 ft
Extreme Beam: 66 ft Waterline Beam: 59 ft
Maximum Navigational Draft: 32 ft Draft Limit: 22 ft
Light Displacement: 6870 tons Full Displacement: 9000 tons
Dead Weight: 2130 tons
Hull Material:

Steel hull, steel superstructure.

Number of Propellers: 

2

Propulsion Type:

Gas Turbines

Accommodations: Officers: 26 Enlisted: 315
Comissioned: 21 OCT 1995  Location: Port Hueneme, CA
 
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