USS Farragut (DDG-99)
is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
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in the United States Navy
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. She is the fifth Navy ship named for Admiral David Farragut
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(1801–1870), and the 49th ship of the Arleigh Burke
keel was laid down on 9 January 2004 at the Bath Iron Works
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in Bath, Maine
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. She was christened
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on 23 July 2005, with Senator Susan Collins
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as her sponsor. Farragut
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on 10 June 2006.
is also equipped with the Smart Ship data distribution and control system.
departed Naval Station Mayport
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for her maiden deployment on 7 April 2008 in support of the Partnership of the Americas 2008 (POA 08). She returned home after six months on 5 October 2008.
On 21 February 2010, a SH-60B Seahawk helicopter from Farragut
disrupted two attempts by Somali pirates
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to attack the Tanzania
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n vessel MV Barakaale 1
. The helicopter then stopped the pirate skiff as it attempted to speed away, by firing warning shots across its bow. A boarding team from Farragut
boarded the vessel and the eight suspected pirates were taken aboard Farragut
, as flagship of the Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151), an anti-piracy mission. On 1 April 2010, three suspected pirate boats fired
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on a Sierra Leone
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flagged tanker, MV Evita
, north-west of the Seychelles. The Evita
was fired on, but managed to escape, in part by crew firing flares at their attackers. They reported the attack to CTF-151, and Farragut
responded. After boarding the pirate skiffs, and taking several pirates into custody, Farragut
destroyed the pirate mother skiff.