USS RAMAGE
DDG 61
  
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The Ramage (DDG 61) is 11th ship of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers and the first U.S. Navy warship named to honor the life and service of World War II hero Vice Admiral Lawson Paterson Ramage, USN, (1909-1990). The construction began on November 15, 1991; The keel was laid down on January 4, 1993; and lauched for the first time on February 11, 1994; Mrs. Barbara Ramage christened the ship on April 23, 1994.

July 22, 1995 USS Ramage was commissioned during a ceremony in Boston, Mass.

November 25, 1996 USS Ramage embarked on her maiden deployment to the Mediterranean Sea, as part of the USS Theodore Roosevelt Battle Group (BG). DDG 61 visited 6 countries and made 16 port calls. In March 1997 it provided logistic and communications support for Marines in Albania during Operation Silver Wake. Returned to Naval Station Norfolk on May 22, 1997.

May 26, 1999 USS Ramage departed Norfolk for its second deployment with the Roosevelt Battle Group. The ship visited 8 countries and made 15 port calls. It participated in Operation Allied Force, though it was not present when operations were initiated, but rather arrived later. Returned to homeport on September 22.

Following the Sept. 11th attacks, the Ramage provided extended radar coverage to the East Coast of the United States and to New York City in particular.

September 19, 2001 USS Ramage departed Naval Station Norfolk, as part of the USS Theodore Roosevelt BG, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

January 29, 2002 U.S. 6th Fleet ships, while operating in the eastern Mediterranean, conducted simultaneous compliant boardings of two merchant vessels Jan. 27 in international waters. USS Ramage, USS Ross (DDG 71), USS Hayler (DD 997) and USS La Salle (AGF 3) participated in the operations at approximately noon, Central European Time. The Syrian merchant vessel, Capten Mohamed, was intercepted and boarded by the Ramage crewmembers approximately 26 nautical miles northeast of Cyprus. Both merchant vessels had displayed suspicious behavior and were under surveillance for several weeks.

April 16, USS Ramage returned to Norfolk, Virginia, after a seven-month underway period.

May 30, 2003 USS Ramage, commanded by Cmdr. Randall M. Hendrickson, arrived in Boston, Mass., to participate in various civic functions aboard the ship and in Dorchester, a Boston neighborhood.

April 30, 2004 USS Ramage departed Naval Station Norfolk for a Mediterranean deployment in support of the global war on terrorism. As a Surface Strike Group (SSG), the Ramage, Ross (DDG 71) and Elrod (FFG 55) will participate in regional exercises with allies, make diplomatic port calls and respond to any contingency including those associated with the ongoing war on terrorism.

August 31, USS Ramage returned to homeport after a four-month deployment. She operated with U.S. coalition and NATO warships, and participated in exercises Neo Tapon ’04 and Iron Siren ‘04. Ramage’s first duty on deployment was to support the GWOT by conducting extended maritime interdiction operations throughout the Mediterranean Sea. During deployment the guided-missile destroyer made port calls in Valletta, Malta; Italy; Croatia and France.

June 20, 2005 DDG 61 departed Norfolk for a routine training in the Atlantic Ocean.

December 15, USS Ramage is currenty underway off the East Coast conducting routine trainings with USS Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, in preparation for the upcoming deployment later next year.

April 24, 2006 DDG 61 is currently in the Atlantic Ocean conducting Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), from April 12 through May 12. COMPTUEX is the first step of integrated training for the Eisenhower CSG in preparation for a scheduled deployment later this fall.

May 24, The Ramage arrived in New York City for a six-day port visit to participate in 19th Navy Fleet Week.

July 21, More than 16,000 service members from five countries, including USS Ramage, as part of Eisenhower CSG, will participate in Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 06-2 "Operation Bold Step," July 21-31.

October 3, USS Ramage departed Naval Station Norfolk for a six-month deployment, with the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Carrier Strike Group, in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

October 18, USS Ramage, commanded by Cmdr. James Dick, pulled into Neum, BiH, the only sea port in Bosnia. DDG 61 is the third U.S. Navy warship to visit Neum since the Dayton Peace Accords were signed in 1995.

October 30, The guided-missile destroyer entered the U.S. 5th Fleet AoR after transiting Suez Canal.

January 5, 2007 Coalition ships from the British-led Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 continue to maintain a presence off the east coast of Africa in response to the recent events in Somalia. CTF 150 includes USS Ramage and USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) and other coalition ships. These warships are conducting maritime security operations (MSO) to ensure continued security and stability of international waters surrounding the Horn of Africa.

February 9, DDG 61 is currently underway in the Arabian Gulf conducting MIO.

April 15, USS Ramage, USS Anzio (CG 68), USS Antietam (CG 54), USS Preble (DDG 88) and USS O’Kane (DDG 77) successfully completed Unit Level Training and Readiness Assessment-Sustainment (ULTRA-S) April 9-14 during their deployments to the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Operations.

May 23, USS Ramage returned to Norfolk after seven-and-a-half month deployment in the Central Command AoO. The ship conducted more than 40 approach and assist visits, three boardings, more than 100 maritime-awareness calls and 13 coordinated maritime-awareness calls.

April 28, 2008 The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., for a Fleet Week.

July 24, Cmdr. Peter G. Galluch relieved Cmdr. Randell W. Dykes as commanding officer of the Ramage. The ship is currently participating in Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 08-4 as a part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group.

August 29, USS Ramage departed homeport for a scheduled deployment with USS Iwo jima (LHD 7) ESG. She is the first East Coast ship equipped with a Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system.

September 18, DDG 61 recently arrived in Haifa, Israel, for a scheduled port visit.

October 26, The Ramage is currently underway in the Arabian Gulf conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO).

February 7, 2009 The guided-missile destroyer is currently conducting anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Oman.

April 1, USS Ramage returned to Norfolk Naval Station after a seven-month underway period.

September 23, DDG 61 departed homeport to participate in a multi-national warfare exercise Joint Warrior 09-2.

October 25, The destroyer arrived in Gdynia, Poland, for a three-day port visit.

November 19, The Ramage returned to Norfolk after a two-month deployment in support of Joint Warrior exercise.

January 5, 2010 USS Ramage departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled Mediterranean deployment.

January 20, DDG 61 recently pulled into Naples, Italy, for a scheduled port visit.

January 25, The Ramage arrived off the coast of Lebanon for search-and-rescue efforts, after Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 409 crashed early Monday shortly after take-off from Beirut International Airport. It was headed to Ethiopia with 90 people aboard.

February 1, Cmdr. Erik J. Eslich relieved Cmdr. Peter G. Galluch as CO of the Ramage.

May 5, USS Ramage arrived in Kusadasi, Turkey, for a five-day port visit.

June 5, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Bodrum, Turkey, for a three-day port call.

August 6, USS Ramage returned to homeport after a seven-month underway period in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR).

May 20, 2011 USS Ramage departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet AoR, with the primary focus on Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD).

June 24, DDG 61 recently anchored off the Faliro marina for a scheduled port visit to Athens, Greece.

July 9, The Ramage pulled into Zeebrugge naval base to participate in Belgian Navy Days. Departed Brest, France, on July 7 after a brief port call.

August 11, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Rhodes, Greece, for a four-day port call.

August 12, Cmdr. Kyle J. Colton relieved Cmdr. Erik J. Eslich as CO of USS Ramage during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

October 19, USS Ramage arrived in Bodrum, Turkey, for a three-day port visit.

November 6, The Ramage recently pulled into Limassol, Greece, for a scheduled port visit to Cyprus.

November 22, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Marmaris, Turkey, for a four-day port call.

January 27, 2012 USS Ramage returned to Naval Station Norfolk after an extended eight-month deployment. The ship visited 18 ports in seven different countries.

December 13, The Ramage returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a two-day sea trials, completing the seven-month Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (E-DSRA) at the BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair.

January 13, 2013 Cmdr. John D. Stoner, Jr., relieved Cmdr. Kyle J. Colton as the 12th commanding officer of Ramage.

August 7, USS Ramage departed homeport for an independent Mediterranean deployment with the primary focus on Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) operations.

August 15, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Ponta Delgada, Portugal, for a brief stop to refuel. Inport Haifa, Israel, in mid-October.

October 25, USS Ramage arrived in Naval Support Activity Souda Bay at Crete, Greece, for a routine port call. Emergency sortied on Oct. 28, at the request of the Greek government, to render assistance to distressed persons at sea in the central Mediterranean.

November 7, DDG 61 arrived again at Souda Bay, Greece, for a four-week upkeep and the installation of a Mk-59 decoy system.

December 31, USS Ramage recently moored at Karakoy Pier in Istanbul, Turkey, for a scheduled port visit.

February 3, 2014 The Ramage moored at West Quay, Passenger Terminal in Limassol, Cyprus, for a two-day port call. Conducted a Passing Exercise (PASSEX) with the French Navy frigate FS Surcouf (F711) on Feb. 6; Conducted PASSEX with the French Navy destroyer FS Cassard (D614) on Feb. 22.

February 27, USS Ramage moored at Themistokleous Pier in Port of Piraeus, Greece, for a three-day liberty visit to Piraeus and Athens.

March 26, The Ramage is currently participating in a two-week annual trilateral exercise Noble Dina, in the Aegean Sea and eastern Mediterranean.

April 3, The guided-missile destroyer moored at Finger Berth in Haifa, Israel, for a five-day port call.

April 16, DDG 61 moored at Fuel Pier in Augusta Bay, Italy, for a two-day port call for outchop brief and turnover with the USS Vella Gulf (CG 72); Transited Strait of Gibraltar on April 21.

April 23, The Ramage moored at Cruise Terminal in Funchal, Portugal, for a brief stop at Madeira Island to refuel.

May 4, USS Ramage returned to Norfolk after a nine-month deployment.

June 6, BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, Norfolk, Va., was awarded a $15.1 million modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-10-C-4308) for the USS Ramage's Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Work is expected to be completed by November 2014.

June 9, The Ramage departed Naval Station Norfolk for a four-day Midshipmen CORTRAMID Cruise.

February 1, 2015 USS Ramage, commanded by Cmdr. Joel B. Lang, recently departed Naval Station Norfolk for a routine training in the Virginia Capes Op. Area.

June 2, The Ramage participated in a Towing Exercise (TOWEX) with the USS Mason (DDG 87).

June 5, USS Ramage, along with the USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) and USS Gravely (DDG 107), participated in a Missile Exercise (MISSILEX) off the coast of Virginia.

August 30, DDG 61 departed Norfolk for an Independent Deployer Certification Exercise (IDCERTEX) and in support of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) CSG's Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX); Returned home in early October.

November 16, USS Ramage departed Norfolk for a scheduled independent Arabian Gulf deployment.

December 1, The Ramage moored at Quay 13b in Port of Civitavecchia, Italy, for a three-day liberty visit to Rome; Transited the Strait of Messina on Dec. 5; Entered the Adriatic Sea on Dec. 6.

December 7, USS Ramage moored at Berth 5, Liquid Cargoes Terminal in Port of Koper, Slovenia, for a two-day port call; Transited the Suez Canal on Dec. 14; Transited the Strait of Hormuz on Dec. 21.

December 24, The Ramage recently moored at Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP), Bahrain, for a liberty visit to Manama and turnover with the USS Higgins (DDG 76).

January 27, 2016 USS Ramage moored at Berth 59, Quay 9 in Port of Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a four-day liberty visit to Dubai.

March 12, Cmdr. Steven L. Liberty relieved Cmdr. Joel B. Lang as the 14th CO of Ramage during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Berth 4, KBSP in Hidd, Bahrain.

June 20, The Ramage recently moored at KBSP, Bahrain, for outchop brief and turnover with the USS Stout (DDG 55); Transited the Strait of Hormuz southbound on June 2?; Transited the Suez Canal on June 30.

July 1, USS Ramage moored at West Quay in Port of Limassol, Cyprus, for a four-day liberty visit; Participated in a joint Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) on July 5.

July 15, DDG 61 moored at Pontinha Pier in Port of Funchal, Portugal, for a brief stop at Madeira Island to refuel.

July 25, USS Ramage moored at Berth 1, Pier 5 on Naval Station Norfolk following an eight-month deployment in support of Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) and Maritime Interception Operations (MIO).

September 8, The Ramage moored at Fort Trumbull State Park Pier in New London, Conn., for a four-day port visit in conjunction with the 4th annual Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival.

September 12, Huntington Ingalls Inc., Pascagoula, Mississippi, was awarded a $14,1 million contract for the Extended Selected Restricted Availability (E-SRA) of USS Ramage. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $21,4 million. Work will be performed at Ingalls Operations shipyard in Pascagoula and is expected to be completed by August 2017.

September 15, USS Ramage moored at Berth 1, Pier 1 on Naval Station Norfolk; Underway for local operations on Sept. 30.?

November 21, The Ramage moored at Ingalls West Bank Yard East Wharf in Pascagoula, Miss., for a nine-month availability.