USS STOCKDALE DDG 106
The Stockdale (DDG 106) is named after Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale, the highest-ranking naval officer ever held as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. His plane was shot down Sept. 9, 1965, while flying combat missions over North Vietnam. Stockdale spent more than seven years in captivity at prisons in North Vietnam, including time at the infamous "Hanoi Hilton." Four of those years were spent in solitary confinement. While imprisoned, Stockdale is credited with organizing a set of rules to govern the behavior of fellow prisoners of war and for helping to develop a code for prisoners to communicate with each other that included tapping on cell walls. In recognition of his leadership and sacrifice he was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1976.
May 10, 2008 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Stockdale was christened in a ceremony at Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine. Mrs. Sybil Stockdale served as sponsor of the ship named for her husband. Cmdr. Frederick W. Kacher is the prospective commanding officer.
September 30, The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the guided-missile destroyer Stockdale from General Dynamics Bath Iron Works during a ceremony in Bath, Maine.
April 18, 2009 USS Stockdale was commissioned during an 11:00 a.m. ceremony at Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme, Calif. The ship will be homeported in San Diego.
April 29, 2010 Cmdr. Cmdr. Jeffrey A. Bennett, II relieved Cmdr. Frederick W. Kacher as CO of the Stockdale.
September 1, DDG 106 participated in a tactical manuevering exercises, as part of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Carrier Strike Group, off the coast of southern California.
November 30, USS Stockdale departed Naval Base San Diego for its maiden deployment.
January 11, 2011 The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Chinhae, Republic of Korea, for a scheduled port call. USS Stockdale, USS Gridley (DDG 101) and embarked detachments of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 49 maneuvered and conducted helicopter operations with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) destroyer JS Kurama (DDH 144), during the morning portion of the Passing Exercise (PASSEX), Jan. 10.
February 12, The Stockdale is currently participating in a training exercise Cobra Gold 2011, off the coast of Thailand, with the Essex (LHD 2) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG).
March 11, DDG 106 anchored off the coast of Sihanoukville, Cambodia, for a goodwill port visit.
March 22, USS Stockdale recently arrived at White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa for a routine port call.
April 5, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, for a two-day port call.
April 14, The Stockdale pulled into Sepanggar naval base for a goodwill visit to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.
June 9, DDG 106 recently pulled into Pearl Harbor for a routine port call.
July 3, USS Stockdale recently returned to Pearl Harbor for the Independence Day celebration after a week of testing and training.
July 22, USS Stockdale returned to San Diego after an extended eight-month deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility.
September 21, The guided-missile destroyer is currently off the coast of southern California conducting operations with the USS Carl Vinson CSG.
October 14, Cmdr. Alexis T. Walker relieved Cmdr. Jeffrey A. Bennett, II as CO of the Stockdale during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Base San Diego.
January 11, 2012 The Stockdale commenced a two-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).
June 29, USS Stockdale pulled into Pearl Harbor for the in-port phase of a multi-national exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012; Inport Pearl Harbor from July 31- Aug. 1; Returned home on Aug. 10.
November 14, DDG 106 returned to homeport after completing a four-week Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX), in the SOCAL Op. Area, with the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Carrier Strike Group.
December 14, The Stockdale returned to Naval Base San Diego after a week-long underway off the coast of southern California.
January 14, 2013 USS Stockdale departed Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled Middle East deployment.
January 23, DDG 106 completed a three-day Undersea Warfare Exercise (USWEX) 13-1, in the Hawaiian Op. Area, with other destroyers from the USS Nimitz CSG Surface Action Group.
February 5, USS Stockdale pulled into Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, for a six-day port call.
February 15, The Stockdale moored at Changi Naval Base in Singapore for a four-day port visit. Entered the Arabian Gulf on March 1.
March 12, The guided-missile destroyer moored at Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP) in Hidd, Bahrain, for a four-day port call.
April 9, USS Stockdale pulled into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a four-day visit to Dubai.
May 2, Cmdr. Bo Johns relieved Cmdr. Alexis T. Walker as CO of the Stockdale during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at sea.
May 14, The Stockdale is currently conducting Suez Canal escort operations. Inport Eilat, Israel, from May 28-31.
June 17, DDG 106 recently moored at Aqaba Naval Base, Jordan, for a brief port call while supporting the annual multinational exercise Eager Lion 2013 in the Gulf of Aqaba and Red Sea.
October 5, USS Stockdale recently departed Red Sea after a four-week of operations with the USS Nimitz CSG. Inport Singapore from Oct. 14-17.
November 3, The Stockdale recently departed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, after a brief port call to embark friends and family members for a Tiger Cruise.
November 8, USS Stockdale returned to homeport after an extended 10-month deployment.