USS ARLEIGH BURKE
DDG 51
  
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The Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) is the first ship of the AEGIS-class guided-missile destroyers and is named for Admiral Arleigh A. Burke (1901-1996) who distinguished himself during World War II and the Korean War, and who served as Chief of Naval Operations during the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations. The kell was laid down by the Bath Iron Works company at Bath, Maine, on December 6, 1988. The ship was christened and launched on September 16, 1989. Mrs. Roberta Burke, the wife of Adm. Burke, served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. John G. Morgan, Jr., is the prospective commanding officer.

July 4, 1991 USS Arleigh Burke was commissioned during a ceremony at Nauticus Pier in downtown Norfolk, Va.

December 18, 1992 Cmdr. Lyal B. Davidson relieved Cmdr. John G. Morgan, Jr., as CO of DDG 51.

March 11, 1993 USS Arleigh Burke departed Norfolk for its maiden deployment, as part of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Battle Group. Returned home on Sept. 8 after supporting Operation Deny Flight and Provide Promise in the Adriatic Sea and Operation Southern Watch in the Arabian Gulf.

October 14, The Arleigh Burke pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., for a port visit to Fort Lauderdale.

October 27, 1994 Cmdr. Jeffrey F. Weppler relieved Cmdr. Lyal B. Davidson as CO of the Arleigh Burke.

January 22, 1995 DDG 51 is currently moored at Moon Engineering Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va., for emergent repairs.

March 22, USS Arleigh Burke departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled Mediterranean deployment as part of the Roosevelt BG.

April 16, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Aksaz Naval Base for a four-day visit to Marmaris, Turkey. Port visit to Rhodes, Greece, from April 20-24 before participating in exercise Distant Thunder.

May 17, The Arleigh Burke arrived in Corfu, Greece, for a three-day port visit after a two-week operations in the Adriatic Sea.

June 8, DDG 51 pulled into Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a three-day port call.

June 23, USS Arleigh Burke arrived in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for a four-day port visit after participating in exercise Tapon with the Spanish Navy from June 12-22.

July 5, The Arleigh Burke departed Naples, Italy, after a week-long port call. Port visit to Gibraltar from July 12-15.

July 17, USS Arleigh Burke arrived in Toulon Naval Base, France, for a wee-long port call to get tender support services from USS Simon Lake.

August 14, The guided-missile destroyer arrived again in Corfu for a four-day port visit after completing its third tour as Adriatic "Redcrown" from July 27 through Aug. 12.

September 1, USS Arleigh Burke arrived in Catania, Italy, for a four-day port call after supporting Operation Deliberate Force from Aug. 20-31.

September 19, The Arleigh Burke returned to homeport after a six-month deployment.

November 6, USS Arleigh Burke entered the NORSHIPCO shipyard for a Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA). Departed for sea trials on Feb. 9, 1996.

February 29, DDG 51 departed Naval Weapons Station Yorktown for a Family Day Cruise en route to Norfolk.

March 15, The Arleigh Burke arrived in Boston, Mass., for a two-day port visit toparticipate in the St. Patrick's Day festivities.

March 19, USS Arleigh Burke pulled into Naval Station Newport, R.I., for a three-day visit to conduct school ship training with Surface Warfare Officer School (SWOS).

March 23, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in New London, CT., for a two-day port visit before participating in exercise Unified Spirit.

May 23, USS Arleigh Burke arrived in New York City for a six-day port visit to participate in Fleet Week.

June 10, The Arleigh Burke arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for a two-day port call before participating in exercise Marcot '96 with the Canadian Navy. Another visit to Halifax from June 27-29.

July 10, DDG 51 emergency sortied from Norfolk to evade Hurricane Bertha.

August 7, Cmdr. Mark E. Kosnik relieved Cmdr. Jeffrey F. Weppler as commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke.

August 13, USS Arleigh Burke departed Naval Station Norfolk for a seven-week underway period in the northern Atlantic.

August 16, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, for a four-day port visit. Port call to Reykjavik, Iceland, from Aug. 27-31, before Final Integrated Training (FIT) exercise as part of Task Unit 301.2, Sept. 2-6.

September 13, The Arleigh Burke arrived in Kingston upon Hull, England, for a five-day port visit after participating in tactical phase of exercise Northern Light/Bright Horizon.

From Oct. 29 through Nov. 7, USS Arleigh Burke conducted testing and evaluation of the Multi-Sensor Torpedo Recognition and Alertman Processor (MSTRAP) system at AUTEC range in the Caribbean.

December 9, DDG 51 pulled into Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, for a brief port visit to take on fuel after supporting COMPTUEX for USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Battle Group, as part of oposition forces, from Dec. 7-9.

January 31, 1997 USS Arleigh Burke departed homeport to conduct testing of MSTRPA system in the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Cente (AUTEC) range.

February 7, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Nassau, Bahamas, for a three-day port call.

March 12, The Arleigh Burke departed Yorktown, Va., for a "Tiger Cruise" back to Norfolk after offloading ammunition, March 10-12.

March 19, USS Arleigh Burke commenced a three-month SRA at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va. Departed for sea trials from June 18-20. Underway for a Tailored Ship's Training Assessment (TSTA) I from July 28- Aug. 1. Underway for VANDALEX missile exercise off Wallops Island from Nov. 23-25. Underway for Final Evaluation Period (FEP) from Dec. 9-11.

November 28, 2000 USS Arleigh Burke departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled Middle East deployment, with the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Battle Group, in support of Operation Southern Watch.

January 11, 2001 The Arleigh Burke arrived in Manama, Bahrain, for a three-day port call.

From Jan. 14-25, the guided-missile destroyer conducted Maritime Interception Operations (MIO) in the northern Arabian Gulf. Port calls to Manama from Jan. 27-31; Feb. 14-17 and March 1-6.

March 2, Cmdr. Robin L. Russell relieved Cmdr. Alan E. Eschbach as CO of DDG 51 during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Support Activity Manama.

March 17, USS Arleigh Burke pulled into Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., for a five-day port call to participate in International Defense Exibition (IDEX). Fifth port visit to Manama from March 23-27.

April 3, The Arleigh Burke arrived in Manama, Bahrain, for a two-day port visit after participating in a multinational exercise Arabian Gauntlet.

April 18, USS Arleigh Burke arrived in Aksaz Naval Base for a three-day visit to Marmaris, Turkey.

April 30, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Antalya, Turkey, for a brief port call after participating in exercise SHAREM 137.

May 4, The Arleigh Burke arrived in Gaeta, Italy, for a four-day port visit. Port call to Malaga, Spain, from May 10-13.

May 22, DDG 51 pulled into Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island, to embark "Tigers".

May 24, USS Arleigh Burke returned to Norfolk after a six-month deployment.

From July 23-26, the ship was underway in the Virginia Capes Op. Area for unit level training.

August 9, The Arleigh Burke arrived in Annapolis, Md., for a five-day visit to Naval Academy. Port call to Port Canaveral, Fla., from Aug. 20-24.

From Sept. 12-21, USS Arleigh Burke supported Operation Noble Eagle in the New York City OPAREA.

October 22, USS Arleigh Burke arrived at Metro Machine Shipyards in Norfolk, Va., for a five-and-a-half month EDSRA. Entered the Old Dominion Dry Dock on Dec. 19.

April 29, 2002 DDG 51 departed Naval Station Norfolk to participate in the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Battle Group's Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX), as part of the opposition force.

May 10, The Arleigh Burke pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., for a five-day port call after supporting Tactical Readiness Evaluation (TRE) for two submarines in the Caribbean.

July 12, USS Arleigh Burke departed Norfolk for a week-long underway in the VACAPES and Chery Point Op. Areas for a anti-submarine warfare exercise Smart Search '02.

August 9, Cmdr. William C. Harris relieved Cmdr. Robin L. Russell as the 8th CO of DDG 51 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

August 16, USS Arleigh Burke departed homeport to participate in a multinational anti-submarine warfare exercise KEVTACEX in the North Atlantic.

August 24, The Arleigh Burke, along with USS Porter (DDG 78) and USS Carr (FFG 52), anchored off Reykjavik, Iceland, for a two-day port visit. Port call to Bergen, Norway, from Sept. 7-8.

September 17, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for a three-day port visit. Returned to Norfolk on Sept. 23. Ammo onload at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Va., from Nov. 6-8.

June 11, 2003 USS Arleigh Burke returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a surge deployment in the U.S. European and Central Commands. The ship left homeport Jan. 7, as part of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) CSG for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), a month long training exercise conducted in the Caribbean Sea. During the later stages of the exercise, units of the TR Strike Group received deployment orders to the U.S. 6th Fleet, home based in the Mediterranean Sea. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Arleigh Burke launched 26 Tomahawk Cruise Missiles against regime targets in Iraq. In addition, the ship served in numerous U.S. and coalition task groups, escorted more than 80 ships through high-threat chokepoints, conducted Leadership Interdiction Operations in the Gulf of Aden and participated in counter-piracy operations in the Horn of Africa. Sailors had the opportunity to visit Rota, Spain, in mid-February, and Cartagena, Spain, on the way home. Between the port visits, the destroyer spent 90 consecutive days underway.

March 5, 2004 Cmdr. Charles L. Stuppard relieved Cmdr. William C. Harris as commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke.

June 6, 2005 The Arleigh Burke departed HMNB Clyde in Faslane, Scotland. The ship is currently participating in the Joint Maritime Course, a multinational NATO exercise being conducted off the coast of Scotland.

April 6, 2006 Cmdr. Esther J. McClure relieved Cmdr. Charles L. Stuppard as the 10th CO of DDG 51 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Valletta, Malta.

May 7, USS Arleigh Burke returned to homeport after a six-month deployment as part of the Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG) 2 in support of Operation Active Endeavour in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AoR.

May 22, 2007 Rear Adm. Dan Holloway, Commander, Carrier Strike Group 12, relieved Cmdr. Esther J. McClure, of command of the Arleigh Burke due to a loss of confidence in her ability to command. Holloway temporarily reassigned McClure to commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic in Norfolk, pending the final results of an investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding the May 15 grounding of the ship off Cape Henry Light at the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay.

July 9, USS Arleigh Burke departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment with the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Carrier Strike Group.

July 27, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, for a scheduled port visit.

October 4, DDG 51 is currently in the Arabian Gulf conducting Maritime Security Operations.

November 5, USS Arleigh Burke provided humanitarian and medical assistance to the crew of the Taiwanese-flagged fishing trawler Ching Fong Hwa. The vessel had been seized by pirates off the coast of Somalia in May and was released today with U.S. Navy assistance.

December 19, The Arleigh Burke returned to homeport after a five-month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism.

November 7, 2008 Cmdr. Brian C. Moum relieved Cmdr. Daniel E. Voth as commanding officer of USS Arleigh Burke.

April 25, 2009 USS Arleigh Burke departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment and to participate in a multinational exercise Joint Warrior in the North Atlantic Ocean.

June 17, DDG 51 arrived in Mombasa, Kenya, for a six-day port visit in support of Africa Partnership Station. It also visited Djibouti on June 11. The guided-missile destroyer is scheduled to make APS stops at the island nations of Reunion, Seychelles and Mauritius, and in South Africa.

July 13, The Arleigh Burke pulled into Durban, South Africa, for a scheduled port call.

July 18, USS Arleigh Burke arrived in Simon's Town for its second South African port visit after conducting exercises with SAS Amatola (F 145).

July 30, The destroyer pulled into Port Louie, Mauritius, for a goodwill port visit.

August 12, USS Arleigh Burke arrived in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, for the final port call of APS initiative in South and East Africa.

October 5, DDG 51 pulled into Algiers, Algeria, for a two-day port visit.

October 21, USS Arleigh Burke returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a six-month underway period.

January 25, 2010 The Arleigh Burke arrived in Naval Station Newport, R.I., for a four-day port visit.

May 7, Cmdr. Corey J. Keniston relieved Cmdr. Brian C. Moum as the 12th CO of Arleigh Burke.

August 22, The guided-missile destroyer is currently conducting an extended dry-docking selected restricted availability (EDSRA) at BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, as part of the DDG Modernization (DDG MOD) upgrade, a program to upgrade the ship's systems and to extend service life to 40 years.

July 1, 2011 USS Arleigh Burke arrived pierside at Nauticus Pier in downtown Norfolk for the 4th of July weekend in commemoration of its 20th anniversary.

August 25, DDG 51 departed Naval Station Norfolk to avoid the approaching Category 2 Hurricane Irene.

September 16, USS Arleigh Burke departed Naval Weapons Station Yorktown to participate in the multinational exercise Joint Warrior 11-2, off the coast of Scotland, Oct. 1-17.

October 3, The Arleigh Burke departed HMNB Clyde after a brief port visit to Faslane, Scotland. The ship pulled again into Faslane Oct. 14.

November 9, The guided-missile destroyer returned to Norfolk following its participation in Joint Warrior 11-2 and multiple training and preservation evolutions in Mayport, Fla.

January 30, 2012 USS Arleigh Burke departed homeport for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR) as part of the Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG) 2.

February 10, DDG 51 pulled into Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for a scheduled port visit.

February 17, The Arleigh Burke arrived at Naval Support Activity Souda Bay for a routine port call.

March 17, USS Arleigh Burke is currently supporting Operation Ocean Shield in the Gulf of Aden.

April 2, Cmdr. Thomas P. Moninger relieved Cmdr. Corey J. Keniston as CO of the Arleigh Burke during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

April 5, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Haifa, Israel, for a brief port visit after participating in exercise Noble Dina, with the navies of Israel and Greece, in the eastern Mediterranean.

July 31, USS Arleigh Burke returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a six-month deployment. The ship also made port calls to Limassol and Larnaca in Cyprus.

August 20, The MHI Ship Repair & Services, Norfolk, Va., was recently awarded a $6.6 million modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-10-C-4405) for the Arleigh Burke's fiscal 2012 Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Work is expected to be completed in December.

November 1?, 2013 Cmdr. Camille G. Flaherty relieved Cmdr. Thomas P. Moninger as the 14th commanding officer of Arleigh Burke.

November 22, DDG 51 departed homeport for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), as part of the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) CSG.

February 15, 2014 USS Arleigh Burke departed Norfolk for a scheduled independent deployment with the primary focus on Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) operations.

February 27, The guided-missile destroyer entered the Mediterranean Sea after transiting Strait of Gibraltar.

March 2, USS Arleigh Burke moored at General Cargo Terminal in Port of Marseille, France, for an extended 12-day port call. Transited the Suez Canal on March 20; Entered the Arabian Gulf for Maritime Interception Operations (MIO) on March 28.

March 29, The Arleigh Burke moored at Berth 6, Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP) in Hidd, Bahrain, for a four-day port call for inchop brief and turnover with the USS Hopper (DDG 70).

April 26, USS Arleigh Burke moored at Mina Zayed Port in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for a five-day liberty port visit. Inport KBSP, Bahrain, again from May 10-16 and May 30- June 6.

July 9, DDG 51 moored at Berth 59, Quay 9 in Port of Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a four-day liberty visit to Dubai.