The Arleigh Burkeclass guided-missile destroyer USS Stout (DDG 55) arrived in Rota, Spain, Oct. 3, drawing to an end a record-breaking period of underway endurance. As mooring lines were singled and the brow lowered, Stout solidified the new Navy consecutive underway record of 215 days at sea.Stout’s last port of call, and the last time her crew felt solid ground, occurred in early March. Previously, the ship stopped in Rota in late February for fuel, stores, and logistics support following her certification as part of the Carrier Strike Group (CSG) Ten Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMTUEX).
Military Sealift Command’s support facilitated Stout’s record-breaking deployment by providing food, fuel and stores while underway. Stout conducted 36 replenishments-at-sea enabling their continuous support to the mission.Since March, Stout has spent 215 underway days in the Fifth and Sixth Fleets, supporting operations to maintain the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce. Stout conducted high-value unit escort missions and providing a layered defense for the USS Bataan (LHD 5) Amphibious ready Group (ARG), as well as both USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68) carrier strike groups.
USS Stout (DDG 55) time ashore in Spain will be short. The ship is taking on fuel and completing other logistics services before getting underway to close the final days of an unprecedented deployment. The final member of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) Two Six still on deployment, Stout continues to support operations in the Sixth Fleet. U.S. Sixth Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national security interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
USS Stout (DDG-55) is the fifth Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer. Built by Ingalls Shipbuilding, she was commissioned on 13 August 1994 and she is currently home-ported in Naval Station Norfolk. She is part of Destroyer Squadron 26. Stout is named for Rear Admiral Herald F. Stout (1903–1987), who distinguished himself as the Commanding Officer of the destroyer USS Claxton during World War II. The keel was laid down on 8 August 1991 and the vessel was launched on 16 October 1992. Stout was commissioned on 13 August 1994. As of July 2020 the ship is part of Destroyer Squadron 26 based out of Naval Station Norfolk.