USS KIDD DDG 100
The third USS Kidd (DDG 100) is an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer in the United States Navy and was named after Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd, who was on board Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor, and was the first flag officer to die in World War II.
January 22, 2005 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Kidd was christened during a ceremony at the Northrop Grumman Ship Systems' Ingalls Operations in Pascagoula, Miss. Regina Kidd Wolbarsht and Mary Corrinne Kidd Plumer served as sponsors of the ship named for their grandfather. Cmdr. Richard E. Thomas is the prospective commanding officer.
April 3, 2006 PCU Kidd was re-launched at Ingalls shipyard six weeks earlier than originally scheduled after it was damaged during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 requiring dry dock repairs, delaying its commissioning, scheduled previously for Fall 2006.
December 6, The guided-missile destroyer completed initial sea trials from Nov. 13-16. The next phase for Kidd and her crew is for the crew to move aboard and to load out her inventory.
February 26, 2007 DDG 100 passed a milestone as crew members crossed the brow and boarded their new warship for the first time.
June 9, USS Kidd was commissioned during a ceremony at the Pier 21 in Port of Galveston, Texas.
July 19, USS Kidd arrived in its new homeport of Naval Base San Diego in San Diego, Calif.
February 22, 2008 Cmdr. Charles P. Good relieved Cmdr. Richard E. Thomas as CO of the Kidd.
June 5, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Portland, Oregon, to celebrate the 101st annual Portland Rose Festival.
October 9, USS Kidd conducted the first firing of the Mark 38 (Model 2) 25mm Machine Gun System (MGS) from a guided-missile destroyer during multi-ship live firing exercises off the coast of southern California. The MK 38 Mod 2 is already installed on many guided-missile cruisers, providing several tactical advantages over its predecessor.
October 26, DDG 100 is currently participating in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), off the coast of southern California, in preparation for the upcoming deployment with the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Carrier Strike Group (CSG).
January 17, 2009 USS Kidd departed Naval Base San Diego for its maiden deployment.
February 17, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Hong Kong for a scheduled port visit after participating in undersea warfare exercise in the East China Sea.
March 3, The Kidd departed Naval Base Sasebo, Japan, after a four-day port call.
May 12, USS Kidd recently pulled into Changi Naval Base in Singapore to take part in the IMDEX Asia 2009 Warship Display.
June 16, USS Kidd returned to homeport after a five-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).
November 14, The guided-missile destroyer is currently participating in a Sustainment Exercise (SUSTAINEX), in the SOCAL Op. Area, with the USS John C. Stennis CSG.
December 17, Cmdr. Paul W. Bieraugel relieved Cmdr. Charles P. Good as CO od USS Kidd.
August 3, 2010 DDG 100 pulled into Seattle, Wash., to participate in Seafair Fleet Week festivities.
February 4, 2011 USS Kidd departed San Diego for a local operations as part of the Stennis Carrier Strike Group.
May 18, The Kidd is currently participating in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), off the coast of southern California, in preparation for the upcoming deployment as part of the USS John C. Stennis CSG.
June 20, Cmdr. Jennifer L. Ellinger relieved Cmdr. Paul W. Bieraugel as the 4th commanding officer of USS Kidd.
July 29, USS Kidd departed Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled deployment.
August 27, The guided-missile destroyer recently pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a routine port call.
September 6, The Kidd anchored in Patong Bay for a five-day port visit to Phuket, Thailand.
September 23, USS Kidd completed at-sea phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Bangladesh 2011, in the Bay of Bengal, along with USS Ford (FFG 54), USS Defender (MCM 2) and Bangladesh Navy Ships (BNS) Bangabandhu (F 25), BNS Bijoy (F 35) and BNS Sangu (P 713).
October 16, DDG 100 has been instructed to join USS George Washington (CVN 73) CSG to provide humanitarian aid if needed in the wake of the worst flooding in many years in Thailand.
October 20, USS Kidd pulled into Sihanoukville for a five-day port call to participate in the 2nd annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Cambodia. USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50) is also participating.
November 22, The Kidd is currently conducting counter-piracy and maritime security operations, in the U.S. 5th Fleet AoR, under the command of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151.
January 5, 2012 A Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) team from the USS Kidd boarded the Iranian-flagged fishing dhow Al Molai, in the northern Arabian Sea, and detained 15 suspected pirates who had been holding a 13-member crew hostage for several weeks.
January 12, The Royal Danish Navy Commodore Aage Buur Jensen relieved Rear Adm. Kaleem Shaukat of the Pakistan Navy as Commander, Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the Kidd at Manama, Bahrain.
January 26, The guided-missile destroyer recently pulled into Port Klang, Malaysia, for a scheduled visit to Kuala Lumpur.
February 17, DDG 100 arrived in Pearl Harbor for a four-day port visit to Hawaii to pick up "Tigers".
February 27, USS Kidd returned to San Diego after a seven-month deployment to the western Pacific and Middle East.
August 8, The Kidd commenced a three-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) at the Huntington Ingalls Industries Continental Maritime of San Diego shipyard.
January 18, 2013 Cmdr. Gabriel A. Varela relieved Cmdr. Jennifer L. Ellinger as CO of the Kidd during a pierside ceremony at Naval Base San Diego.
November 18, USS Kidd completed a two-week Independent Deployer Certification (IDCERT) and Group Sail operations with the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) CSG.
January 7, 2014 USS Kidd, with embarked Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 78 Det. 1, departed San Diego for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.
January 29, The Kidd anchored off the coast of Honiara, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, for a brief port call.
February 3, USS Kidd moored at Garden Island Naval Base in Sydney, Australia, for a five-day port visit.
February 16, The guided-missile destroyer moored at Fort Hill Wharf in Darwin, Australia, for a four-day port visit.
February 21, USS Kidd anchored off Dili, Timor-Leste, for a six-day port visit to participate in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise.
March 10, DDG 100 joined the USS Pinckney (DDG 91), in the Gulf of Thailand, to assist in the search efforts of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370; Transited the Strait of Mallaca en route to Andaman Sea on March 14; Detached from the Search and Rescue (SAR) effort on March 18.
March 20, The Kidd recently moored at Changi Naval Base in Singapore for a routine port call.
April 13, USS Kidd moored at Berth 1, Westport Container Terminal in Port Klang, Malaysia, for a five-day port call.
May 2, USS Kidd moored at Berth 2, India Basin in Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, for an 18-day upkeep. Anchored overnight in Sagami Wan for "safe haven" from May 21-22.?
May 27, The Kidd is currently underway in the Philippine Sea as part of the USS George Washington (CVN 73) CSG.
June 16, DDG 100 moored at Buoy A78 in Victoria Harbour for a four-day port visit to Hong Kong.
June 25, Cmdr. Thomas J. Zerr relieved Cmdr. Gabriel A. Varela as the 6th CO of Kidd during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at sea.
June 26, USS Kidd moored at Changi Naval Base, Singapore, for a four-day port call.
July 11, The guided-missile destroyer moored at North Wharf in Port of Donghae, Republic of Korea, for a four-day port visit before participating in a bilateral training exercise with the ROK Navy through July 20; Inport Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, from Aug. 12-14.?
August 21, USS Kidd returned to homeport after a seven-and-a-half month deployment.