USS RAMAGE is equipped to operate in a high-density, multi-threat environment as an integral member of a carrier battle group or surface action group. In addition to her own self-defense capabilities in air warfare (AW), undersea warfare (USW), and surface warfare (SUW), RAMAGE can effectively provide local area protection to the battle group, surface action group, and other ships.
Following the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, DC., on September 11, 2001, the commanding officer and the crew of USS RAMAGE requested the flag of the NYPD to be flown as battle ensign on their ship to commemorate the heroic work of the policemen in New York City.
|General Characteristics:||Keel Laid: January 4, 1993|
|Launched: February 11, 1994|
|Commissioned: July 22, 1995|
|Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding, West Bank, Pascagoula, Miss.|
|Propulsion system: four General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine engines|
|Blades on each Propeller: five|
|Length: 505,25 feet (154 meters)|
|Beam: 67 feet (20.4 meters)|
|Draft: 30,5 feet (9.3 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 8.300 tons full load|
|Speed: 30+ knots|
|Aircraft: None. But LAMPS 3 electronics installed on landing deck for coordinated DDG/helicopter ASW operations.|
|Armament: two MK 41 VLS for Standard missiles, Tomahawk; Harpoon missile launchers, one Mk 45 5-inch/54 caliber lightweight gun, two Phalanx CIWS, Mk 46 torpedoes (from two triple tube mounts)|
|Homeport: Norfolk, Va.|
|Crew: 23 Officers, 24 Chief Petty Officers and 291 Enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS RAMAGE. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS RAMAGE History:
|November 15, 1991||Construction started|
|January 4, 1993||Keel was laid|
|1994:||Ship was launched|
|April 23, 1994||RAMAGE was christened by Mrs. Barbara Ramage|
|July 22, 1995||Commissioning|
|November 25, 1996||Deployment to the Mediterranean and direct Support of Operation Silver Wake.|
|July 1997||Operation Sail 2000|
|March 26, 1999||Deployment to the Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf as part of the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) Battle Group.|
|September 22, 1999||Returned to Norfolk, Va.|
About the Destroyer’s Name, about Vice Adm. Lawson P. Ramage:
USS RAMAGE honors naval war hero Vice Admiral Lawson P. Ramage who distinguished himself as a submarine commander in World War II. For his bold leadership of successful war patrols, he was awarded the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross (two awards).
His first command was the USS TROUT which engaged in successful war patrols in the area of Midway, Truk, the Solomons and the South China Sea. On August 28, 1942, Ramage intercepted a Japanese task group consisting of the light carrier TAIYO (OTAKA), plus cruisers and destroyers. Ramage closed TROUT to short range and fired five torpedoes at the carrier, scoring several hits, the first ever on a Japanese aircraft carrier.
He assumed command of the USS PARCHE (SS 384) in July 1943 and led her through four war patrols in the Southern Pacific theater. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during a pre-dawn attack by the PARCHE on a Japanese convoy on July 31, 1944.
During the remainder of his naval career, he served in numerous key Navy leadership positions including Commander First Fleet and Commander-in-Chief of the Military Sea Transportation Service. VADM Ramage retired from service in the Navy in 1970. He died on April 15, 1990 at his home in Bethesda, Maryland.
USS RAMAGE Patch Gallery:
USS RAMAGE Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the RAMAGE at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on October 29, 2010.
The photos below were taken by me and show the RAMAGE at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on May 6, 2012.