The following is a Nov. 20, 2016 timelapse video of USS Sampson (DDG-102) entering Wellington Harbour formation with ships from New Zealand, Australia and Canada after participating in earthquake relief efforts in Kaikoura, New Zealand. Read More
The U.S. Navy is responding to a 7.5 magnitude earthquake off the coast of New Zealand, diverting a destroyer from a historic visit to New Zealand and instead evacuating local civilians and tourists and delivering humanitarian aid supplies. Read More
The guided missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG-102) returned to Naval Station San Diego, Calif. after a seven month deployment that included search and rescue efforts for AirAsia Flight 8501 earlier this year, the service announced on Monday. Read More
The crew from USS Sampson (DDG-102) has recovered several bodies from the Air Asia Flight QZ8501 and delivered them to Indonesia, according to a Friday report in the Associated Press. Read More
The headline of this post was updated to reflect USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) is being prepared to travel to the search area for the missing Air Asia flight. As of this update, the ship is still docked in Singapore.
Responding to a request from the Indonesian government, the U.S. sent guided missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG-102) to help in search for the missing Air Asia Flight QZ8501 and has prepped a black box detector for the effort, Navy officials told USNI News on Tuesday. Read More