USS JASON DUNHAM DDG 109
The Jason Dunham (DDG 109) is the U.S. Navy's 59th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and is named after Cpl. Jason L. Dunham, the first Marine awarded the Medal of Honor for Operation Iraqi Freedom. On April 14, 2004, Dunham’s squad was conducting a reconnaissance mission in Karabilah, Iraq, when his battalion commander’s convoy was ambushed. When Dunham’s squad approached to provide fire support, an Iraqi insurgent leapt out of a vehicle and attacked Dunham. As Dunham wrestled the insurgent to the ground, he noticed that the enemy fighter had a grenade in his hand and immediately alerted his fellow Marines. When the enemy dropped the live grenade, Dunham took off his Kevlar helmet, covered the grenade, and threw himself on top to smother the blast. In an ultimate selfless act of courage, in which he was mortally wounded, he saved the lives of two fellow Marines.
August 1, 2009 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Jason Dunham was christened during a 10 a.m. ceremony at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. Mrs. Debra Dunham served as sponsor of the ship named for her late son. Cmdr. M. Scott Sciretta is the prospective commanding officer.
May 20, 2010 DDG 109 successfully completed a four-days combined builder's and acceptance "super trial" in the Atlantic Ocean.
June 4, U.S. Navy officially accepted delivery of the Jason Dunham from General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, during a ceremony in Bath, Maine.
October 8, PCU Jason Dunham arrived in Naval Station Newport, R.I., for a week-long port call.
November 13, USS Jason Dunham is commissioned during a 1000 a.m. EST ceremony at Port Everglades, Fla.
November 23, The Dunham arrived at its new homeport of Naval Station Norfolk, Va., for the first time.
March 25, 2011 USS Jason Dunham and USS Gravely (DDG 107) completed Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Trials (CSSQT) in the Atlantic Ocean March 17, with technical support for the ships' live-fire missile exercises from NAVSEA warfare centers.
June 17, Cmdr. David A. Bretz relieved Cmdr. M. Scott Sciretta as CO of the Jason Dunham.
August 25, DDG 109 emergency sortied from Naval Station Norfolk to avoid the approaching Category 3 Hurricane Irene.
March 19, 2012 USS Jason Dunham is currently underway for a Group Sail operations as part of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) CSG.
April 24, The guided-missile destroyer is currently underway for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).
June 20, USS Jason Dunham departed Norfolk for its maiden deployment, as part of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group.
July 6, The Jason Dunham departed Souda Bay, Crete, Grece, after a routine port call.
July 7, USS Jason Dunham arrived in Odessa, Ukraine, for a five-day port visit before participating in at sea-phase of a multi-national exercise Sea Breeze 2012. USNS Grasp (T-ARS 51) is also participating; Anchored off Odessa from July 14-15 and 19-22nd.
August 12, DDG 109 pulled into Haifa, Israel, for a three-day port call before participating in at-sea phase of exercise Reliant Mermaid 2012, from Aug. 15-16; Inport again from Aug. 16-17.
August 22, The guided-missile destroyer departed Naval Support Activity Souda Bay after a four-day port call.
September 3, USS Jason Dunham departed Haifa, Israel, after a four-day port visit. Transited Suez Canal on Sept. 26; Entered the Arabian Gulf on Oct. 12.
October 18, The Jason Dunham departed Kingdom of Bahrain after a routine port visit.
November 30, Cmdr. Michael W. Meredith relieved Cmdr. David A. Bretz as CO of DDG 109 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship in Jebel Ali.
December 1, USS Jason Dunham departed Jebel Ali, U.A.E., after a four-day visit to Dubai.
December 26, USS Jason Dunham departed Khalifa Bin Salman Port in Hidd, Bahrain, after a routine port call.
March 6, 2013 The guided-missile destroyer departed KBSP afte a 10-day upkeep; Returned to Mediterranean Sea on March 16.
March 22, The Jason Dunham recently pulled into Naples, Italy, for a routine port call; Brief stop at Funchal, Portugal, to refuel on March 27.
April 5, USS Jason Dunham returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a nine-and-a-half month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).
August 28, The Jason Dunham commenced a three-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) while pierside at Naval Station Norfolk.
December 20, Capt. John F.G. Wade, Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28, relieved of duties the XO Cmdr. Kenneth W. Rice and Command Master Chief Petty Officer Stephen Vandergrifft, as a result of their inappropriate responses to reports of hazing conduct, including failure to inform the commanding officer regarding the alleged hazing.
March 12, 2014 DDG 109 returned to homeport after underway for routine training in the Cherry Point Op. Area.
May 12, USS Jason Dunham recently departed Norfolk to participate in Submarine Commander's Course (SCC) 40, at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) range off Andros Island, Bahamas, from May 19-21; Inport Naval Station Mayport, Fla., from May 23-25.
June 9, The Jason Dunham departed Naval Station Norfolk for a four-day Midshipmen CORTRAMID Cruise.
September 1, The guided-missile destroyer is currently underway for Independent Deployer Certification Exercise (IDCERTEX) off the coast of Florida.
September 12, An MH-60R Seahawk, assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 46 Detachment, performed the at-sea rescue of an USS New York (LPD 21) Sailor, after he(she) went missing on late Friday evening. USS Jason Dunham is currently underway off the coast of South Carolina, in support of USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) ARG's MEUEX.
September 15, USS Jason Dunham moored at Pier 2 in Naval Station Newport, R.I., for a four-day port call in conjuction with the 21st Chief of Naval Operation's International Seapower Symposium, hosted by the Naval War College.
October 2, The Jason Dunham moored outboard the USS Vicksburg (CG 69) at HM Naval Base Clyde in Faslane, Scotland, for a four-day port call before participating in at-sea phase of a multinational exercise Joint Warrior 14-2.
October 18, DDG 109 moored at Middle Slip Jetty (MSJ) South in HMNB Portsmouth, England, for a five-day port visit.
December 16, The MQ-8C Fire Scout Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) conducted its first sea-based flight, while operating from the USS Jason Dunham, in the Virginia Capes Op. Area.
January 27, 2015 USS Jason Dunham, with an embarked HSM-46 Det. 3, departed homeport for a scheduled independent deployment.
February 2, The Jason Dunham moored at Bravo Wharf in Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for emergent repairs to its #2 and #3 gas turbine generators; Moved to Pier A on Feb. ?; Underway in support of Operation Martillo on Feb. 12.
March 7, The guided-missile destroyer moored at Pontinha Pier in Port of Funchal, Portugal, for a brief stop at Madeira Island to refuel; Transited the Strait of Gibraltar on March 9.
March 13, USS Jason Dunham moored at General Cargo Terminal, Pier 2 in Port of Bar, Montenegro, for a three-day port visit; Inport Augusta Bay, Italy, from March 2?-25; Transited the Bosporus Strait northbound on April 3.
April 4, DDG 109 moored at Berth 7, Container Terminal in Port of Varna East, Bulgaria, for a brief port call to refuel; Participated in a Passing Exercise (PASSEX) with the ROS Sebastian (F264) on April 5.
April 11, USS Jason Dunham moored at Passenger Berth in Port of Constanta, Romania, for a brief stop to refuel; Participated in a bilateral underway engagement with the TCG Turgutreis (F241) and TCG Yildiray (S350) on April 12 and 13th; Departed Black Sea on April 14.
April 20, The Jason Dunham moored at Pier 1 in Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a nine-day upkeep; Transited the Great Belt Strait southbound on May 4.
May 6, USS Jason Dunham moored at French Quay, Baltic General Cargo Terminal in Port of Gdynia, Poland, for a three-day port visit.
May 13, The guided-missile destroyer moored outboard the HNoMS Roald Amundsen (F311) at Haakonsvern Naval Base for a five-day port visit to Bergen, Norway, before participating in anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise Shark Hunt.
June 4, USS Jason Dunham moored outboard the USS Vicksburg (CG 69) at French Quay in Port of Gdynia for a four-day port call before participating in at-sea phase of a multinational exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2015, from June 8-18.
June 19, DDG 109 moored outboard the USS Vicksburg at Tirpitzhafen Naval Base for a five-day port visit to Kiel, Germany, in conjunction with the city's annual Kieler Woche celebration, the largest sailing event in the world.
June 28, USS Jason Dunham anchored off Karlskrona, Sweden, for a three-day port visit.
July 3, The Jason Dunham moored at the newly-constructed Jatkasaari Quay LJ7, West Harbour in Port of Helsinki, Finland, for a three-day liberty visit.
July 7, USS Jason Dunham moored at Cruise Quay 26, Old City Harbour in Tallinn, Estonia, for a two-day port visit; Inport Riga, Latvia, from July 12-15.
July 17, The Jason Dunham moored at Berth 80a, Passenger and Cargo Terminal in Port of Klaipeda, Lithuania, for a three-day port call; Transited the Great Belt Strait northbound on July 28.
July 31, DDG 109 moored at Wharf 5, Her Majesty Naval Base (HMNB) Devonport in Plymouth, England, for a five-day port visit; Inport Rota, Spain, from Aug. 8-?.
August 15, USS Jason Dunham moored at NATO Fuel Pier in Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal, for a brief stop to refuel.
August 26, The guided-missile destroyer moored at Berth D1 on Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for a brief stop to embark friends and family members for a Tiger Cruise.
August 28, USS Jason Dunham returned to Norfolk after a seven-month deployment in the U.S. 4th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).
December 11, Cmdr. Kevin J. Hoffman relieved Cmdr. Darren T. Dugan as the 5th CO of Jason Dunham during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Midtown Pier, Marine Hydraulics Industries (MHI) Ship Repair & Services shipyard in Norfolk, Va.
June 13, 2016 The Jason Dunham is currently moored at Berth 6, Pier 5 on Naval Station Norfolk; Moored at Berth 2, Pier 4 on June 2?.
September 18, USS Jason Dunham is currently underway in the Gulf of Mexico in support of the live-fire, counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) technology demonstration Black Dart, with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) personnel.
October 12, USS Jason Dunham moored at Pier 3 South, North Locust Point Marine Terminal in Port of Baltimore, Md., for a five-day visit to participate in the inaugural Maryland Fleet Week celebration.
November 28, DDG 109 departed Berth 5, Pier 7 in support of the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) CSG's Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), as part of opposition forces.