EVERETT, Wash. – After nine lengthy months at the Vigor Shipyards in Seattle, the guided missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) has completed scheduled repairs and upgrades and returned to Naval Station Everett, Dec. 2.
Over the course of the drydock period which began in February, Vigor employees and Momsen Sailors worked hand-in-hand to complete several systems modernizations, underwater hull restoration, shaft restoration and bow strengthening.
"I have been impressed by the patriotism and dedication of the men and women of Vigor Shipyards,” said Cmdr. Javier Gonzalez, Momsen’s commanding officer. “They were absolutely committed to getting Momsen ready for operational tasking as quickly as possible. That said, it is great to return to Naval Station Everett where we will continue grooming our combat systems in preparation for the basic phase of training."
Momsen is an Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer, built by Bath Iron Works in Maine and commissioned Aug. 28, 2004. The ship is a multi-mission surface combatant capable of anti-air, anti-surface, anti-submarine, and strike warfare.
The ship can operate independently or in conjunction with a carrier strike group, surface action group, or amphibious ready group. Momsen is 509 feet long, 66 feet wide, with a draft of 31 feet and a displacement of 9,200 long tons.
The ship's namesake is Vice Adm. Charles B. Momsen (1896-1967), a submarine officer crucial in the development of the Momsen lung re-breather as well as the rescue of 33 submariners from USS Squalus (SS 192).