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USS Truxtun Arrives in Charleston
CHARLESTON, SC (Sun 04/19/09) --

The Navy's USS Truxtun made its way into Charleston Harbor today. The new guided missile destroyer will be docked at Charleston's downtown passenger terminal for public tours on Monday and Tuesday. Then the 510 foot long vessel will make its way up the Cooper River to the Naval Weapons Station in Goose Creek where she will be commissioned.

The new ship, built by Northrop Grumman in Pascagoula Mississippi, recently finished several months of initial sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico. On its way to Charleston, the Truxtun logged its first mission with the rescue of two sailors off the coast of Florida.

With a crew of 264, the 9,200 ton vessel will be home ported in Norfolk, Virginia. In addition to her guided missiles, she carries a full compliment of guns and charges to oppose threats in the air, on the water, and below the water's surface. Once in Norfolk, she will also be fitted with a 20 mm Phalanx gun and defense system.


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