USS PAUL HAMILTON
DDG 60
  
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The Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) is the 10th ship of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers and is named after Paul Hamilton, the third United States Secretary of the Navy. The keel was laid on August 24, 1992, at Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine. Christened and launched on July 24, 1993. The Honorable Barbara Spyridon Pope, U.S. SECNAV, served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. John Joseph Hammerer, Jr., is the prospective commanding officer.

May 27, 1995 USS Paul Hamilton was commissioned during a ceremony at Naval Station Charleston, South Carolina.

December 12, 1996 Cmdr. William E. Landay, III relieved Cmdr. John Joseph Hammerer, Jr., as CO of the Paul Hamilton.

April 21, 1997 The Paul Hamilton pulled into Fremantle, Australia, for a week-long visit to Perth.

July 7, 1998 Cmdr. James K. Hiser relieved Cmdr. William E. Landay, III as commanding officer of Paul Hamilton.

April 7, 2000 Cmdr. Dennis J. O'Meara relieved Cmdr. James K. Hiser as the 4th CO of DDG 60.

February ?, 2001 USS Paul Hamilton returned to Pearl Harbor after a six-month western Pacific deployment.

November 16, Cmdr. Frederick W. Pfirrmann relieved Cmdr. Dennis J. O'Meara as CO of the USS Paul Hamilton.

January 7, 2002 USS Paul Hamilton departed homeport for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), off the coast of southern California, as part of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Battle Group.

August 2, 2002 USS Paul Hamilton departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a scheduled deployment in support of Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO), Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

August 28, DDG 60 arrived at the Royal Thai Naval Base in Sattahip, Thailand, for liberty and relaxation. In September the guided-missile destroyer also visited Singapore and Phuket, Thailand.

October 23, Executive Officer of USS Paul Hamilton Lt. Cmdr. Thomas L. Robinson was found dead in his stateroom of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The ship was making a port call in Manama, Bahrain, at the time of the incident.

December 6, While conducting Maritime Interdiction Operations, USS Paul Hamilton and an unidentified vessel collided in the North Arabian Gulf at approximately 8:24 p.m. local time. No personnel were injured aboard the Hamilton. The ship suffered a non-threatening hole in the side of the ship above the waterline and was continued with its mission.

January ?, 2003 After departing from their New Year’s Eve stop in Darwin, Australia, the Paul Hamilton pulled into Brisbane, Australia, for their first major port visit in four months.

March 20, USS Paul Hamilton launched its first Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs), just before dawn from the station in the North Arabian Gulf, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

April 26, USS Paul Hamilton returned to homeport after a nine-month extended comabt deployment.

July 25, Cmdr. William C. Johnson relieved Cmdr. Frederick W. Pfirrmann as the 7th CO of DDG 60 during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Station Pearl Harbor.

November 11, The Paul Hamilton conducted operations with the Russian Navy vessels Marshall Shaposhnikov and Pechenga, from Oct. 28-29. This marked the first time in nearly a decade the two countries conducted joint maritime operations in the Hawaiian Op. Area.

June 22, 2004 USS Paul Hamilton, along with USS O’Kane (DDG 77), USS Reuben James (FFG 57), USS Key West (SSN 722) and HMAS Farncomb (SSG 74), participated in the multinational training exercise "Silent Fury" with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) diesel submarine HMAS Rankin, as it transited from Australia to Hawaii from June 4-8.

March 16, 2005 Cmdr. Werner H. Jurinka relieved Cmdr. William C. Johnson as the 7th CO of Paul Hamilton.

May 9, USS Paul Hamilton departed Pearl Harbor for a scheduled deployment to Southeast Asia in support of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT).

August 23, The annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training exercise series ended with the closing of the Philippines phase. CARAT Singapore was conducted from May 30- June 13; CARAT Thailand from June 17-26; CARAT Malaysia from July 8-18; CARAT Indonesia from July 25-29; and CARAT Brunei from Aug. 4-12. The Task Group ships arrived in the Philippines Aug. 15 for the final phase of the exercise.

November 8, USS Paul Hamilton returned to homeport after four-and-a-half month underway period.

December 23, 2005 DDG 60 participated in the USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group's Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 06-2, off the coast of southern California, as part of opposition forces from Dec. 7-15.

August 4, 2006 The Paul Hamilton returned to Naval Station Pearl Harbor after participating in Rim of the Pacific 2006. Eight nations participated in RIMPAC, the world's largest biennial maritime exercise in the waters off Hawaii.

September 7, Cmdr. Christopher J. Bushnell relieved Cmdr. Werner H. Jurinka as CO of DDG 60.

September 19, USS Paul Hamilton is currently participating in Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), as part of the John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 3, in the SOCAL Op. Area.

November 9, DDG 60 is currently participating in the Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) off the West Coast.

February 3, 2007 USS Paul Hamilton departed Pearl Harbor for a surge deployment with the Reagan CSG. The guided-missile destroyer first departed Jan. 26, but returned home several days later and was reassigned to the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Carrier Strike Group.

March 7, USS Paul Hamilton arrived in Hong Kong for a scheduled port visit.

May 2, The Paul Hamilton recently departed Busan, Republic of Korea, after a port call.

June 10, DDG 60 departed Brisbane, Australia, to participate in exercise Talisman Saber 2007. TS07 is a joint and combined exercise demonstrating and improving on the U.S.-Australian military alliance that will feature crisis action planning and the execution of contingency response operations in land, sea and air maneuvers. More than 20,000 U.S. and 12,000 Australian personnel will participate in the military training exercise set to enhance interoperability and regional stability.

August 10, The Paul Hamilton is currently participating in exercise Valiant Shiled, as part of the Stennis Carrier Strike Group, off the coast of Guam.

August 20, USS Paul Hamilton returned to Naval Station Pearl Harbor after six-and-a-half month deployment.

May 2, 2008 Cmdr. Brent E. Smith relieved Cmdr. Christopher J. Bushnell as CO of the Paul Hamilton during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial.

July 12, The guided-missile destroyer is currently participating in exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2008 off the Hawaiian coast.

November 1, An SM-3 missile, launched from USS Paul Hamilton, successfully intercepted a ballistic missile target over an open ocean area northwest of Kauai, Hawaii, as part of Pacific Blitz 08.

January 13, 2009 DDG 60 departed homeport to participate in the Middle Pacific (MIDPAC) Surface Combatant Group Sail.

January 20, USS Paul Hamilton departed Pearl Harbor for a scheduled deployment to the U.S. Central Command AoR, as part of the Mid-Pacific Surface Combatant Operational Employment program.

July 31, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Hong Kong for a liberty port visit.

August 21, USS Paul Hamilton returned home after a seven-month underway period. While in the 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR) the ship participated in exercises Arabian Gauntlet and Nautical Union.

Janaury 12, 2010 Cmdr. Edward J. Eder relieved Cmdr. Brent E. Smith as CO of the Paul Hamilton.

June 21, The Paul Hamilton finished its availability at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY&IMF). Significant maintenance during the $20 million worth Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA) included hull preservation, shafting and valve work.

November 18, USS Paul Hamilton, along with USS Lake Erie (CG 70), USS Russell (DDG 59), USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), USS Reuben James (FFG 57), USS Pasadena (SSN 752), USS Tucson (SSN 770), USS Cheyenne (SSN 773) and USS Alabama (SSBN 731), participated in integrated training exercise "Koa Kai 11-1" off the coast of Hawaii, Nov 12-17. In the past, Pearl Harbor-based warships would have been forced to spend up to a month in similar pre-deployment training exercises in southern California waters.

November 30, USS Paul Hamilton departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for an independent deployment.

January 5, 2011 The guided-missile destroyer recently pulled into Manama, Bahrain, for a routine port call.

June 8, DDG 60 pulled into Hong Kong for a four-day port visit.

June 29, USS Paul Hamilton returned to Pearl Harbor after a seven-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility.

July 29, Cmdr. Scott A. Carroll relieved Cmdr. Edward J. Eder as CO of the Paul Hamilton during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Pearl Harbor.

January 27, 2012 USS Paul Hamilton completed a 20-week Selected Restricted Availability (SRA), becoming the first surface ship to complete a shipyard availability using a new maintenance process, known as the Baseline Availability Work Package (BAWP)/Availability Work Package (AWP).

March 30, The Paul Hamilton is currently participating in integrated training exercise "Koa Kai 12-2", off the coast of Hawaii.

July 13, The guided-missile destroyer is currently participating in a multi-national exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012, off Hawaiian Islands.

September 21, USS Paul Hamilton departed Pearl Harbor for an extended deployment as part of the USS John C. Stennis CSG.

October 5, DDG 60 moored at Sepanggar Naval Base for a four-day port visit to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

October 13, The Paul Hamilton anchored off the coast of Phuket, Thailand, for a four-day port visit.

November 4, USS Paul Hamilton departed Khalifa Bin Salman Port after a week-long visit to Bahrain.?

December 20, The guided-missile destroyer recently pulled into Manama, Bahrain, for a routine port call.?

February 10, 2013 USS Paul Hamilton arrived in Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a liberty visit to Dubai. Port call from April 3-7.?

April 17, The Paul Hamilton moored again at KBSP in Hidd, Bahrain, for a 15-day upkeep.

May 2, Cmdr. Luke A. Frost relieved Cmdr. Scott A. Carroll as CO of DDG 60 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Arabian Gulf.

May 12, The Paul Hamilton arrived at Khalifa Bin Salman Port for a four-day port call.

May 31, The guided-missile destroyer moored at Manila South Harbor, Republic of the Philippines, for a four-day port call.

June 9, DDG 60 pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a routine port call.

June 24, USS Paul Hamilton returned to homeport after a nine-month deployment.

October 18, BAE Systems Hawaii was awarded a $13,2 million modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-06-C-4408) for the Paul Hamilton's Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Work is expected to be completed in March 2014.

April 17, 2014 The Paul Hamilton recently departed Pearl Harbor for sea trials after a four-month SRA.

June 20, USS Pearl Harbor returned to Pearl Harbor after a week-long underway for routine training.