USS Momsen (DDG 92) is named for Vice Admiral Charles B. Momsen, USN (1896-1967). Charles Bowers Momsen was born in Flushing, Long Island, New York, on 21 June 1896. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating with the Class of 1920 in June 1919. Following initial service in battleships, he was trained as a Submarine Officer and commanded three submarines in 1923-27. Following those commands, Momsen was assigned to the Bureau of Construction and Repair. In 1929-32 he was actively engaged in the development of a submarine escape breathing apparatus that came to be known as the Momsen Lung.
During the remainder of the 1930s, he held positions in submarines and surface ships and was in charge of Navy Experimental Diving. In 1939, Commander Momsen was involved in the salvage of the sunken submarine USS Squalus (SS-192). During World War II, he led two Submarine Squadrons, including service at sea as a "Wolf Pack" commander, and held other important staff and training positions. Captain Momsen was commanding officer of the battleship USS South Dakota in December 1944 - July 1945. During 1945-51, Rear Admiral Momsen administered the Japanese merchant marine, was Commandant of the Naval Operating Base at Guam, served on the Navy's General Board and was Assistant Chief of Naval Operations for Undersea Warfare. In May 1951, he took command of the Submarine Force, Pacific Fleet, holding that position until June 1953, when he became Commandant of the First Naval District. He was Commander, Joint Task Force Seven from April 1954 until September 1955, when he retired with an increased rank on the basis of combat awards. Vice Admiral Charles B. Momsen died on 25 May 1967.
Current USS Momsen
USS Momsen (DDG 92) was laid on 16 November 2001. She was launched on 19 July 2003, sponsored by the Admiral Momsen's daughter, Evelyn Momsen Hailey. The Momsen was commissioned on 28 August 2004, at Panama City, Florida, with Commander Edward Kenyon as the commanding officer.
On 15 October 2004 the Momsen arrived at its homeport at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Everett, Wash.
In January 2006 The guided-missile destroyer successfully completed a two-week Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) with the USS Peleliu ESG-3. In April USS Momsen departed Naval Station Everett for its maiden deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). In September Momsen returned to homeport. In November DDG 92 joined the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Carrier Strike Group (CSG), participating in a large-scale joint operations with the John C. Stennis (CVN 74) CSG.
In February 2007 the Momsen was underway for scheduled operational workups. In November USS Momsen participated in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), with the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) CSG, in the SOCAL Op. Area.
In January 2008 USS Momsen participated in a Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX). In March USS Momsen was underway for a scheduled Middle East deployment. In October USS Momsen returned to Naval Station Everett after a seven-month deployment.
In February 2009 the guided-missile destroyer Momsen was underway for workups off the coast of southern California. In July USS Momsen participated in Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX). In September USS Momsen was underway for a scheduled deployment with the USS Abraham Lincoln CSG in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility.
In January 2011 the Momsen, assigned to Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 supporting counter-piracy operations, provided medical assistance to an Iranian fishing vessel north of Seychelles. In February USS Momsen and USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) disrupted a pirate attack on Panamanian flagged merchant vessel Duqm, in the Gulf of Oman. In March USS Momsen returned to homeport after her deployment. In September USS Momsen participated in Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) as part of the Lincoln Carrier Strike Group. In December USS Momsen departed Everett for a scheduled deployment.
In July 2012 USS Momsen returned to Naval Station Everett after a seven-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility. In October the Momsen participated in a Task Group Exercise (TGEX) with the Canadian naval forces, off the coast of Vancouver Island.