USS WILLIAM P. LAWRENCE DDG 110
The William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) is the 60th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer in the United States Navy. The ship is named for Vice Adm. William P. Lawrence, a fighter pilot, 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.
April 17, 2010 PCU William P. Lawrence was christened during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss. Diane Lawrence, widow of the ship's namesake, and Vice Adm. Lawrence's daughters, Laurie Lawrence and retired Capt. Wendy Lawrence, served as sponsors of the ship. Cmdr. Thomas R. Williams, II is the prospective commanding officer.
January 21, 2011 DDG 110 successfully completed its combined builder's and acceptance "super trial" while underway in the Gulf of Mexico.
February 23, The Navy officially accepted delivery of the William P. Lawrence from Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding during a ceremony in Pascagoula, Miss.
June 4, USS William P. Lawrence was commissioned during an 11 a.m. CDT ceremony at Pier 2, Alabama State Docks, Mobile, Ala.
July 1, The William P. Lawrence arrived at its new homeport of Naval Base San Diego, Calif.
September 30, The guided-missile destroyer completed its Combat Systems Ship’s Qualification Trials (CSSQT) off the coast of southern California.
April 1, 2012 USS William P. Lawrence is currently in dry-dock at BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair for a three-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) that commenced on Jan. 3.
April 27, Cmdr. Jana A. Vavasseur relieved Cmdr. Thomas R. Williams, II as CO of the DDG 110.
June 7, The William P. Lawrence moored at Tom McCall Waterfront Park for a four-day port visit to Portland, Ore., to participate in the annual Rose Festival.
January 14, 2013 USS William P. Lawrence departed San Diego for its maiden deployment as part of the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) CSG Surface Action Group. The aircraft carrier will deploy later this Spring due to emergent repairs to its cooling pumps.
From Jan. 20-23, the Lawrence participated in an Undersea Warfare Exercise (USWEX) in the Hawaiian Op. Area.
February 6, DDG 110 moored at Sepanggar Naval Base for a four-day port visit to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.
February 15, USS William P. Lawrence moored at Changi Naval Base in Singapore for a four-day port call. Entered the Arabian Gulf on March 1.
March 8, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Karachi, Pakistan, for a brief port call after participated in a multinational exercise AMAN 2013. Returned to Arabian Gulf on March 12.
March 15, The Lawrence moored at Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP) in Hidd, Bahrain, for a four-day port call.
April 30, USS William P. Lawrence departed Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, after a four-day visit to Dubai.
May 12, DDG 110 recently moored outboard the USNS Joshua Humphreys (T-AO 188) at KBSP for a routine port call. Underway on May 13.
June 11, The Willam P. Lawrence departed Jubail, Saudi Arabia, after a rare port call. Inport Muscat, Oman, from June 26-30; Inport KBSP again from August 5-1?; Entered the Red Sea on Sept. 2; Transited Bab el-Mandeb Strait southbound in early October.
October 17, USS William P. Lawrence departed Changi Naval Base, Singapore, after a three-day port call.
November 3, The guided-missile destroyer recently departed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, after a brief port call.
November 8, USS William P. Lawrence returned to Naval Base San Diego after an extended 10-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).
December 17, Cmdr. Chanden S. Langhofer relieved Cmdr. Jana A. Vavasseur as the 3rd CO of William P. Lawrence during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.
February 6, 2014 USS William P. Lawrence commenced a two-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) at NASSCO shipyard.
May 24, A high-level investigation into a helicopter crash that killed two pilots on September 22, 2013, in the central Red Sea, faulted the CO of William P. Lawrence Cmdr. Vavasseur, concluding that the ship’s high-speed maneuvering through 7-foot high seascreated dangerous conditions as the helicopter’s crew attempted to secure the aircraft after landing. Soon after an MH-60S Knighthawk landed on the destroyer’s flight deck, the ship hit a flank bell and began to lurch from side to side, bringing a "wall of water" over the starboard side that smashed into the helicopter’s rotors. The helicopter’s tail broke, and it washed overboard with the aircrew still inside.
June 10, DDG 110 is currently underway for sea trials off the coast of southern California. Underway for a day-long Career Orientation Training for Midshipmen (CORTRAMID) summer cruise on June 12.