Sunday, 3 October 2010

Joint Warrior 102 - US Vessels

Three of the American ships taking part in Joint Warrior 102 sailed on the Sunday afternoon. First to leave was the oiler LEROY GRUMMAN, which had moved from Loch Striven to the Tail of the Bank anchorage on Friday 1st October.

In addition to USS NITZE, two other 'Arleigh Burke' class destroyers were present in the Gareloch, two of which sailed on the Sunday afternoon. First to leave Faslane was USS STOUT (DDG55), the sixth ship of the original Flight, built by Ingalls Shipbuilding and commissioned in August 1994.

A little later, she was followed by USS BAINBRIDGE (DDG96), one of the more recent additions to the class and a member of Flight IIA incorporating several improvements over the earlier ships. BAINBRIDGE was built by Bath Iron Works and joined the US Navy in 2005. As can be seen above, there are a number of detail differences between the two ships: amongst the more obvious differences, the newer vessels have a hanger to accommodate helicopters, while the funnel structure has also been modified, resulting in a different profile.