USS STOUT
DDG 55
  
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The Stout (DDG 55) is the 5th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and the first United States ship named in honor of Rear Adm. Herald F. Stout (1903-1987), who was awarded
two Navy Crosses for heroism while in command of the destroyer USS Claxton (DD 571) during World War II. Then a Commander, Stout aided his task force in sinking five heavily armed, enemy warships to establish a beachhead on Bougainville Island.

The keel was laid on September 13, 1991, by Ingalls Shipbuilding at Pascagoula, Mississippi. The ship was launched for the first time on October 16, 1992, and christened on October 24. Mrs. Bettie Boorda, the wife of Adm. Jeremy M. Boorda, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe, served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. Carl E. Garrett, Jr., is the prospective commanding officer.

August 13, 1994 USS Stout was commissioned during a 10 a.m. ceremony at the Port of Houston, Texas.

November 17, 1995 Cmdr. David N. Thorson relieved Cmdr. Carl E. Garrett, Jr., as CO of the Stout.

January 23, 1996 USS Stout departed Norfolk for its maiden deployment, as part of the USS George Washington (CVN 73) Battle Group, in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

In April, DDG 55 participated in NATO exercise Distant Thunder with forces from Turkey, Denmark and Belgium.

In June, The Stout participated in exercise Mid-Distant Operations 6-96 in the western Mediterranean Sea, with maritime forces of the western European Union. The ship also participated in PASSEX with the French and American maritime forces practicing integrated air, surface and undersea warfare operations in an allied command environment.

July 2?, USS Stout returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a six-month deployment in support of Operations Deny Flight, Sothern Watch and Joint Endeavour.

July 18, 1997 Cmdr. David M. Jackson relieved Cmdr. David N. Thorson as commanding officer of the Stout.

USS Stout once again headed to Arabian Gulf in November 1998, this time with USS Enterprise (CVN 65) BG in support of Operations Southern Watch and Desert Fox.

February 6, 1999 Cmdr. Joseph A. Horn, Jr., relieved Cmdr. David M. Jackson as the 4th CO of Stout.

April 23, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Barcelona, Spain, for an eight-day port visit. Returned to Norfolk on May 6.

September 15, 2000 Cmdr. Clifford S. Sharpe relieved Cmdr. Joseph A. Horn, Jr., as CO of the DDG 55.

April 25, 2001 USS Stout departed Norfolk for a scheduled six-month deployment as part of the USS Enterprise Battle Group.

The Stout did not take part in Operation Enduring Freedom as it had left the 5th Fleet AoR prior to Oct. 17 to return to homeport.

March 9, 2002 Cmdr. George Bonsall relieved Cmdr. Clifford S. Sharpe as CO of the Stout.

December 16, 2003 USS Stout returned to Norfolk after a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea. The guided-missile destroyer departed June 16 as part of the USS Enterprise Carrier Strike Group. During the first three months of deployment in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, the Stout participated in the Standing Naval Forces Mediterranean (SNFM), a NATO Task Force made up of ships from the United Kingdom, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands. During Operation Active Endeavour, the ship tracked, located and identified more than 700 merchant vessels, conducting successful search and seizure operations on two of the ships. The last three months of the deployment were spent conducting intense anti-surface, anti-submarine and air defense exercises with various NATO allies in the western Mediterranean Sea. Liberty ports visited by Stout included Augusta Bay, Sicily; Souda Bay, Crete; Aksaz, Turkey; Antalya, Turkey; Valetta, Malta; Malaga, Spain; Barcelona, Spain; Genoa, Italy; Civitavecchia, Italy; Trieste, Italy; Taranto, Italy; and Gibraltar.

February 28, 2004 Cmdr. Jack S. Noel, II relieved Cmdr. George Bonsall as commanding officer of the USS Stout.

April 25, 2005 DDG 55 pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., to participate in Fleet Week Ft. Lauderdale celebration.

September 18, Naval Station Rota hosted the incoming crew of USS Stout during a four-day operation that began on Sept. 10. The crew is en route to relieve the crew of USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), which is currently underway, as part of the Sea Swap initiative. Sea Swap is an initiative implemented by the Navy in order to maximize a ship's deployment time will retaining a six-month deployment for the ship's crew. The Sailors of Stout and Gonzalez, along with USS Laboon (DDG 58), will complete the three-phase deployment around March 2006. Capt. Gerard P. Hueber assumed temporary command of the ship on Sept. 2.

September 29, Cmdr. Jeffrey T. Griffin relieved Capt. Gerard P. Hueber as the 9th CO of USS Stout.

April 4, 2006 USS Stout departed Naval Station Norfolk for approximately two-month deployment, as part of USS George Washington Carrier Strike Group, to participate in the "Partnership of the Americas" in the Caribbean Sea.

April 9, Cmdr. Thomas K. Kiss relieved Cmdr. Jeffrey T. Griffin as CO of the Stout.

April 14, The guided-missile destroyer recently departed Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, after a goodwill port visit.

April 17, USS Stout arrived in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, for a scheduled port visit.

May 11, The Stout assisted in counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean Sea as part of Operation Caribbean Venture during "Partnership of the Americas" from May 1-7. Caribbean Venture is a multinational exercise in which several countries focus on working together to prevent drug running.

May 15, USS Stout and members of the Nicaraguan navy spent two days interacting and training May 11-12 to strengthen relations between the two navies as part of a theater security cooperation exercise in the Caribbean Sea. During the first day, guided-missile destroyer anchored off the Nicaraguan coast and sent a small team to troubleshoot and repair a radar site aboard Nicaraguan Coast Guard Ship 203, Rio Grande de Matagalpa.

May 15, DDG 55 recently pulled into Roatan, Honduras, for a goodwill port visit.

May 24, USS Stout returned to homeport from the Partnership of the Americas training exercise.

July 7, 2007 USS Stout departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment, with the USS Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, in support of the global war on terrorism.

September 26, The Stout assisted with food, water and fuel to Tanzanian-flagged passenger ferry Spice Island when it ran out of fuel while transiting off the coast of Tanzania.

October 6, 2008 The guided-missile destroyer is currently off the West Coast participating in a sinking exercise (SINKEX) of the ex-USS O'Bannon (DD 987).

January 28, 2009 DDG 55 returned to Norfolk after successfully completing a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPUTEX), with the Eisenhower (CVN 69) CSG, from Jan. 8-26.

March 6, USS Stout departed homeport for a scheduled deployment.

April 3, Cmdr. Mark J. Oberley relieved Cmdr. Robert D. Katz as commanding officer of the Stout.

April 20, The Stout recently visited Djibouti in support of Africa Partnership Station.

May 2, The guided-missile destroyer pulled to Haifa, Israel, for a scheduled port visit.

June 19, DDG 55 departed Bodrum, Turkey, after a three-day port call.

July 8, The Stout pulled to Varna, Bulgaria, for its first port call in the Black Sea and to participate in a multinational naval exercise Breeze.

July 14, USS Stout anchored off the coast of Batumi, Georgia, for a joint military exercise.

July 20, The Stout departed Poti, Georgia, after a scheduled port visit.

July 22, DDG 55 arrived in Constanta, Romania, for another port call in the Black Sea.

July 31, The guided-missile destroyer pulled to Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, for a routine port call.

August 13, USS Stout arrived in Aksaz, Turkey, to participate in a trilateral maritime search and rescue exercise Reliant Mermaid 2009.

September 5, USS Stout returned to Norfolk after a six-month underway period in the 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR).

November 9, The Stout is currently off the East Coast as part of the opposition force for the USS Nassau ARG and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower CSG Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX).

July 27, 2010 DDG 55 is currently conducting routine trainings off the coast of Virginia.

August 12, USS Stout departed homeport for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

September 21, The Stout departed Norfolk Naval Station to participate in multi-national biannual Exercise Joint Warrior 10-2.

October 3, USS Stout and USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) departed Faslane, Scotland, to began a two-week exercise in the Irish Sea designed to bolster defense tactics and maritime security operations.

October 16, The guided-missile destroyer anchored off the coast of Den Helder, Netherlands, for a scheduled port visit. The ship returned home Oct. 28.

December 15, USS Stout departed Norfolk for a scheduled Mediterranean deployment with a primary focus on Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) operations.

December 28, Cmdr. Nathan P. Borchers relieved Cmdr. Mark J. Oberley as CO of the Stout during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

December 30, DDG 55 recently pulled into Souda Bay, Greece, for a routine port call.

January 27, 2011 USS Stout recently departed Haifa, Israel, after a scheduled port visit.

February 8, The guided-missile destroyer is currently participating in the biggest NATO anti-submarine warfare Exercise Proud Manta 11, off the coast of Sicily, Feb. 4-17. USS Stout recently departed Palermo, Italy, after a brief port call.

February 27, The Stout recently arrived in Valletta, Malta, to load on supplies so it can assist the evacuation effort in Libya if required.

March 1, Vice Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, relieved Cmdr. Nathan P. Borchers "due to a loss of confidence in his ability to address a pervasive pattern of unprofessional behavior in overseas ports and a substandard command climate on board following an investigation into multiple allegations of crew misconduct." Command Master Chief (SW/AW) Susan Bruce-Ross was also relieved. Capt. Jay D. Shaffer, Commander, Task Force 65, assumed temporary command of USS Stout.

March 6, Cmdr. Sylvester L. Steele relieved Capt. Dan Shafeer as CO of the Stout during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship at sea.

March 20, DDG 55 is currently supporting Operation Odyssey Dawn in the Mediterranean Sea.

March 24, USS Stout recently pulled into Augusta Bay, Italy, for a brief port call.

May 5, The Stout arrived in Bodrum, Turkey, for a three-day port visit.

June 4, The guided-missile destroyer recently departed Souda Bay after a routine port call.

June 18, USS Stout returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a six-month deployment in the Mediterranean Sea. The ship launched around 50 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) at Libyan targets in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn.

August 2, The Stout recently entered the BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair facility for repairs and modernization as part of the DDG Modernization (DDG MOD) upgrade.

May 17, 2012 USS Stout recently completed an Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (E-DSRA).

September 7, Cmdr. Robert W. Alpigini relieved Cmdr. Sylvester L. Steele as CO of DDG 55 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship while anchored off Cape Henry, Va.

March 5, 2013 DDG 55 returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a two-week underway for routine training.

April 11, The Stout recently returned to homeport after a two-week Independent Deployer Certification Exercise (IDCERTEX).

August 18, USS Stout departed homeport for an independent Mediterranean deployment with the primary focus on Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) operations. Transited Strait of Gibraltar on Aug. 27.

September 2, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Souda Bay, Greece, for a two-day port call.

October 18, USS Stout participated in a Coordinated Anti-Submarine Warfare exercise (CASEX) with the HMS Dragon (D35), HMS Talent (S92), USS Barry (DDG 52) and USS Gravely (DDG 107), in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, from Oct. 15-16.

November 3, DDG 55 moored at Aksaz Naval Base, Turkey, for a four-day port call before participating in at-sea phase of NATO training exercise Dogu Akdeniz 2013, through Nov. 14; Inport Aksaz again from Nov. 10-12.

November 14, USS Stout moored at Aksaz Naval Base for a two-day liberty port visit to Marmaris.

November 30, The Stout arrived in Naval Support Activity Souda Bay for a 23-day upkeep.

December 24, USS Stout moored at West Quay, Passenger Terminal in Limassol, Cyprus, for a three-day port visit.

January 17, 2014 USS Stout participated in a Passing Exercise (PASSEX) with the French Navy frigate FS Surcouf (F711), while underway in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

January 19, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Haifa, Israel, for a four-day port call.

February 17, USS Stout moored at Lora Naval Base in Split, Croatia, for a four-day port visit.

From March 17-19, DDG 55 escorted the commercial oil tanker Morning Glory, manned by 21 international mariners and 25 Sailors from the Stout, en route to the Libyan territorial waters, after a team of U.S. Navy SEALs boarded and took control of the ship on Monday early morning southeast of Cypress.

March 23, The Stout departed Augusta Bay, Sicily, after a brief port call for turnover with the USS Donald Cook (DDG 75). Brief stop at Funchal, Portugal, on March 27.

April 4, USS Stout returned to Norfolk after a seven-and-a-half month deployment.

May 2, Cmdr. Andrew P. Fitzpatrick relieved Cmdr. Robert W. Alpigini as the 16th CO of Stout.

May 9, BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, Norfolk, Va., was awarded a $30.8 million modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-10-C-4308) for the USS Stout's Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Work is expected to be completed by October 2014.

May 20, 2015 USS Stout moored at Sullivan's Pier in Stapleton, Staten Island, N.Y., for a six-day port visit to participate in Fleet Week New York City 2015.

October 28, Cmdr. Adam G. Cheatham relieved Cmdr. Andrew P. Fitzpatrick as CO of the Stout during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

October 29, The Stout departed Naval Station Norfolk for first Group Sail operations as part of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10; Participated in PASSEX with the People's Liberation Army (Navy) ships, off the coast of Florida, on Nov. 7.

February 28, 2016 DDG 55 departed homeport for a routine training in the Virginia Capes Op. Area; Underway again from March 11-1?; Underway for Independent Deployer Certification Exercise (IDCERTEX) and in support of the Eisenhower CSG's Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) from March 11- April 14.

May 14, USS Stout departed Berth 1, Pier 5 for a scheduled Arabian Gulf deployment.

May 24, The Stout moored at Berth 3, Pier 1 on Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a brief port call; Transited the Strait of Gibraltar on May 25.

June 1, USS Stout moored at West Quay in Port of Limassol, Cyprus, for a three-day port visit after participated in a multinational search-and-rescue (SAR) exercise Argonaut, off the coast of Larnaca, on Tuesday; Transited the Suez Canal southbound on June 9.

June 21, The Stout departed Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP), Bahrain, after a four-day port call for inchop brief and turnover with the USS Ramage (DDG 61); Transited the Strait of Hormuz southbound on June 24; Transited northbound on June 26; Transited southbound on June 28; Transited northbound on July ?; Transited southbound on July 11; Transited northbound on July 1?; Transited southbound on July 15; Transited northbound on July 16.

July 28, USS Stout moored at Berth 57, Quay 9 in Port of Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a four-day liberty visit to Dubai.

From August 11-15, USS Stout, along with USS Monsoon (PC 4), USS Squall (PC 7), USCGC Monomoy (WPB 1326) and USCGC Wrangell (WPB 1332), participated in a Commander, Task Force (CTF) 55's integrated training event Warfighter Training, with the Iraqi Navy, while underway in the central Arabian Gulf.

August 25, The Stout moored at Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP), Bahrain, for a two-week upkeep; Transited the Strait of Hormuz southbound on Oct. 1?; Transited the Bab el-Mandeb Strait northbound on Oct. 16; Transited the Suez Canal on Oct. 19.

October 21, DDG 55 moored at West Berth K14, NATO Fueling Depot in Souda Bay, Crete, for a brief port call; Transited the Strait of Gibraltar on Oct. 27; Inport Rota, Spain, from Oct. 27-28.?

October 29, USS Stout moored at Alcantara Cruise Terminal in Lisbon, Portugal, for a four-day liberty port visit.

November 4, The guided-missile destroyer moored at Pontinha Pier in Port of Funchal, Portugal, for a brief stop at Madeira Island to refuel.

November 13, USS Stout moored at Berth 5, Pier 5 on Naval Station Norfolk following a six-month independent deployment.