USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110) is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer built by Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. She is the 60th ship in her class. The ship is named for Vice Admiral William P. Lawrence (1930–2005), a Naval Aviator, fighter pilot, test pilot, Mercury astronaut finalist, Vietnam War Prisoner of War, a U.S. Third Fleet commander, a Chief of Naval Personnel, and a Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy.
William P. Lawrence's keel was laid down on 16 September 2008, at the Ingalls Shipbuilding shipyard, in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Lawrence was launched on 15 December 2009, and was christened on 17 April 2010, sponsored by VADM Lawrence's widow, Diane Lawrence, and his daughters, Dr. Laurie Lawrence and CAPT Wendy Lawrence (USN Ret, and former shuttle astronaut). Lawrence's plankowning captain is CDR Thomas R. Williams, II. The ship was commissioned at the Port of Mobile, Alabama on 4 June 2011. The Lawrence departed Naval Station San Diego, California, on 14 January 2013 for its first overseas deployment as part of a four-ship surface action group from Carrier Strike Group Eleven.
On 1 March 2013, the William P. Lawrence entered the Persian Gulf for operations with Carrier Strike Group Three. On 11 March 2013, the Lawrence rendered assistance to a burning vessel while operating in the Strait of Hormuz (pictured). In April 2012, on two separate occasions, the Lawrence joined the French frigate Montcalm in rendering assistance to civilian mariners in distress while operating in the Gulf of Oman as part of Combined Task Force 150. Starting 2 September 2013, William P. Lawrence began operating in the Red Sea as part of Carrier Strike Group Eleven.
On September 22, 2013, a helicopter operating from the William P. Lawrence crashed in the Red Sea. Three of the five crewmembers of the MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter were recovered.
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