USS GONZALEZ DDG 66
The Gonzalez (DDG 66) is the U.S. Navy's 16th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. The ship was named for Sergeant Alfredo Cantu Gonzalez, a Medal of Honor recipient in the Vietnam War. The keel was laid down on February 3, 1994, at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, and christened on February 18, 1995. Mrs. Dolia Gonzalez served as sponsor of the ship.
September 19, 1996 The Pre-Commissioning Unit Gonzalez departed Bath, Maine, for a transit to Ingleside, Texas. Brief port call to Portland, Maine, on Sept. 20 for refuel.
September 23, The guided-missile destroyer arrived at its homeport of Naval Station Norfolk, Va., for an eight-day visit. Ammo onload at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Va., from Oct. 1-3.
October 12, USS Gonzalez was commissioned during a ceremony at Naval Station Ingleside.
October 17, DDG 66 pulled into Port Canaveral, Fla., for a five-day port call. Brief visit to Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, from Nov. 1-2.
November 8, The Gonzalez anchored off the coast of Philipsburg, Netherlands Antilles, for a four-day visit to Sint Maarten.
November 12, USS Gonzalez grounded on coral reef at approximately 0800, off Sint Maarten.
November 13, USS Gonzalez pulled into Roosevelt Roads, P.R., for a 10-day damage assessment. Several blades on both port and starboard propellers were destroyer and sonar dome was significantly damaged.
November 21, Cmdr. Daniel P. Holloway relieved Cmdr. Frederick D. Allard, Jr., as commanding officer of DDG 66.
December 1, The guided-missile destroyer returned to Norfolk after an eight-day transit under tow with USNS Apache (T-ATF 172). Underway again on Jan. 7, 1997.
January 9, USS Gonzalez moored at NWS Earle, N.J., for a four-day visit to offload ammunition.
January 15, The Gonzalez entered the Bath Iron Works facility in Portland, Maine, for an extended drydock period for repairs and modernization.
January 12, 1998 USS Gonzalez departed homeport for Post Delivery Tests and Trials (PDT&T) and Combat Systems Ship's Qualifications Trials (CSSQT).
January 15, DDG 66 pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., for a four-day visit to Ft. Lauderdale before conducting testing at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) range.
January 24, The Gonzalez arrived in Naval Station Roosevelt Roads for a two-day port call.
February 6, The guided-missile destroyer anchored off the coast of Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands, for a three-day visit to St. Thomas Island.
February 13, USS Gonzalez arrived at its new homeport of Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va., for a Post Shakedown Availability (PSA); Underway for sea trials from March 16-19 and TSTA III from March 23-27; Underway for final contract trials rehersal on April 1; Returned to Naval Station Norfolk on April 2; Returned to NNSY on April 15; Underway for Final Evaluation Problem (FEP) from April 21-23; Fleet Maintenance Availability (FMAV) from May 4-28: Underway for sea trials from June 15-16; Underway for VANDAL exercise off Wallops Island from July 6-9.
July 10, Cmdr. Joseph W. Murphy relieved Cmdr. Daniel P. Holloway as CO of the Gonzalez.
July 14, DDG 66 arrived at NWS Yorktown to onload ordnance; Underway for Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPUTEX) from July 24 through Aug. 21; Port call to Roosevelt Roads from Aug. 2-5; Inport Naval Station Norfolk from Aug. 29- Sept. 3; Underway for Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) from Sept. 18- Oct. 6.
November 6, The guided-missile destroyer departed NNSY to escort USS Enterprise (CVN 65) during Carrier Qualifications. Port visit to Baltimore, Md., from Nov. 10-13; Ammo onload at NWS Yorktown from Nov. 16-18.
December 28, USS Gonzalez departed Portsmouth, Va., for its maiden six-month deployment, as part of Task Force 99-1, in support of Operation Allied Force in Adriatic Sea and Operation Southern Watch in the Arabian Gulf.
January 14, 2000 Cmdr. Patrick E. O'Rourke relieved Cmdr. Joseph W. Murphy as CO of DDG 66 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Nauticus Pier in downtown Norfolk.
January 24, The Gonzalez departed Norfolk Naval Shipyard for an 11-day underway to conduct Tailored Ship's Traninig Availability (TSTA) in the VACAPES Op. Area. Ammo onload at NWS Yorktown from Feb. 22-25.
March 16, USS Gonzalez arrived in Savannah, Ga., for four-day port visit to participate in St. Patrick's Day festivities.
April 10, USS Gonzalez departed Portsmouth, Virginia, to participate in NATO exercise Linked Seas. Port call to Portsmouth, England, from April 19-25.
April 28, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Sines, Portugal, for a three-day port call. Returned home on May 24.
July 7, The Gonzalez arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for a four-day port visit.
August 21, DDG 66 departed Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) for a Family Day Cruise.
From September 18-29, USS Gonzalez was underway for Group Sail I with the USS Enterprise BG; Underway for USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) BG's JTFFEX, as part of opposition forces, from Oct. 16-26; Underway for Goup Sail II from Nov. 13-17; Underway for Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) off Vieques, Puerto Rico, from Dec. 7-15.
January 10, 2001 The Gonzalez arrived at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Va., for a two-day ammo onload.
January 17, USS Gonzalez departed Naval Station Norfolk for a two-week COMPTUEX A in the VACAPES and Gulf of Mexico.
From Feb. 27 through March 27, the guided-missile destroyer was underway for COMPTUEX B and JTFEX.
April 25, USS Gonzalez departed Portsmouth, Va., for a scheduled Mediterranean deployment, with the USS Enterprise Battle Group.
May 9, The Gonzalez arrived in Valencia, Spain, to conduct turnover with USS Deyo (DD 989).
May 16, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Toulon Naval Base for a six-day port call.
May 22, Cmdr. Andrew A. King relieved Cmdr. Patrick E. O'Rourke as CO of USS Gonzalez during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship in Toulon, France.
June 3, DDG 66 pulled into Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, for a four-day port call after participating in exercise Trident D'or from May 25- June 1.
From June 10-22, the Gonzalez participated in exercise Cooperative Partner in the Black Sea. Anchored off Poti, Georgia, on June 16.
June 28, USS Gonzalez arrived in Istanbul, Turkey, for a six-day port visit. Port call to Thessaloniki, Greece, from July 8-12.
July 20, The Gonzalez pulled into Palermo, Italy, for a five-day port visit. Port call to Trieste, Italy, from July 27- Aug. 1.
August 7, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Gaeta, Italy, for a 10-day upkeep. Port visit to Marseille, France, from Aug. 22-27.
August 29, USS Gonzalez arrived in Malaga, Spain, for a four-day port visit.
September 6, The Gonzalez arrived at HMNB Devonport for a port visit to Plymouth, England, before participating in Royal Navy's Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST). Emergency sortied on Sept. 11 due to terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. Another visit to Plymouth from Sept. 21-22.
October 2, USS Gonzalez conducted turnover with USS Elrod (FFG 55) for Standing Naval Forces Mediterranean (SNFM) duties. Port call to Naval Station Rota, Spain, from Oct. 10-13.
October 25, USS Gonzalez returned to its new homeport of Naval Station Norfolk, Va., after a six-month deployment.
December 4, DDG 66 departed Norfolk for Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 18 Group Sail. Ammo offload at NWS Yorktown from Dec. 12-14.
January 12, 2002 The Gonzales arrived in Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island, for a two-day visit to conduct school ship training with Surface Warfare Officer School (SWOS). Underway in Chery Point Op. Area from Jan. 21-26; Underway for JTFEX 02-1, as part of opposition forces from Feb. 7-15; Underway for sea trials from May 28-31 after a three-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).
July 3, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Eastport, Maine, for a six-day port visit to celebrate the Independence Day; Underway for CART II from Aug. 7-10; Moored to Nauticus Pier in downtown Norfolk on Aug. 12 for a two-day visit to the National Maritime Museum.
August 16, USS Gonzalez departed Naval Station Norfolk for a Friends and Family Day Cruise. Underway again for TSTA on Aug. 26. Port visit to Nassau, Bahamas, from Aug. 30- Sept. 4.
October 18, The Gonzalez pulled into Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for a four-day port call. Underway for USS Enterprise Goup Sail from Nov. 14-16; Underway for FEP from Dec. 3-7.
December 13, Cmdr. Carl J. Van Deusen relieved Cmdr. Andrew A. King as CO of DDG 66.
November 29, 2003 USS Gonzalez, along with USS Cole (DDG 67) and USS Thorn (DD 988), departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment in support of the global war on terrorism. As the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Surface Strike Group (SSG), the three ships 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. The SSG can operate independently or in conjunction with other maritime forces.
December 15, The Gonzalez pulled into Bar, Serbia and Montenegro, for a goodwill port visit, the first by a U.S. Navy ship since the establishment of the Union of Serbia and Montenegro in February this year.
May 28, 2004 USS Gonzalez returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a six-month underway period. DDG 66 was part of NATO’s Standing Naval Forces Mediterranean (SNFM), serving with nine ships from Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Greece and Turkey. The ship took part in one of the largest NATO exercises in history, Mare Aperto 2004, and Dogfish. Mare Aperto included 37 ships from six nations and encompassed every area of surface warfare. The Gonzalez also visited Souda Bay, Greece; Aksaz, Turkey; Toulon, France; Rota and Valencia, Spain; Augusta Bay, Cagliari and Genoa in Italy.
March 25, 2005 USS Gonzalez departed Norfolk for an extended deployment, with the USS Kearserge (LHD 3) Expeditionary Strike Group, in support of the global war on terrorism, that will include two Sea-Swaps with the crew off Stout and Laboon.
May 7, The crews of the Gonzalez and PNS Tariq (DDG 181) helped nine people from a Pakistani-flagged merchant vessel to return safely to Pakistan after their vessel lost an engine while fishing in the Gulf of Oman. Gonzalez and Tariq, currently conducting maritime security operations (MSO) in the area, worked in tandem to aid the safe navigation of the merchant vessel Al Hamdulillah, which experienced an engine failure in an area more than 650 nautical miles from its home port in Pakistan.
June 6, USS Gonzalez, currently operating as part of Task Force 51 in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR), helped ward off an attack on motor vessel Tigris, in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Somalia.
July 6, The Gonzalez pulled into Port of Mombasa, Kenya, for an overnight port call, marking the first time a U.S. ship has visited Mombasa since 1999.
July 23, DDG 66 departed Manama, Bahrain, after a six-day port visit. The guided-missile destroyer will remain forward deployed for the next 14 months. Its crew will return home to the United States in September when relieved by another crew as part of the Navy’s sea swap program.
November 16, Members of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 1 are currently leading a group of six coalition ships, including USS Gonzalez, conducting maritime security operations (MSO) in the North Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman.
February 21, 2006 Cmdr. Jack Noell, commanding officer of DDG Crew Sierra, turned over command of USS Gonzalez to Cmdr. Robert Randall and DDG Crew Golf at an exchange of command ceremony, held in Manama, Bahrain. Crew Golf, which is the original crew of Gonzalez, will bring the ship home to Norfolk once the six-month deployment is complete. Crew Golf initially swapped ships with Crew Lima on Oct. 22, 2004, in order to allow Crew Lima to spend time training aboard Gonzalez before they deployed with the ship. Crew Lima was relieved aboard DDG 66 by Crew Sierra on Sept. 20.
February 28, USS Gonzalez rescued six Iranian mariners after they had been adrift for 10 days in the Arabian Gulf.
July 17, The guided-missile destroyer departed Souda Bay, Crete, after a brief port visit. USS Gonzalez has been assigned escort duties in support of the evacuation of U.S. citizens out of Lebanon. At the request of the U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon and at the direction of the Secretary of Defense, the United States Central Command and U.S. Marines are assisting with the authorized departure of U.S. citizens from Lebanon.
August 17, USS Gonzalez returned to Naval Station Norfolk after an 18-month deployment under the Atlantic Fleet’s Sea Swap initiative.
May 29, 2007 The Gonzalez is currently in dry-dock at BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair facility for a Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).
February 19, 2008 USS Gonzalez, commanded by Cmdr. R. Alistair Borchert, departed homeport for a scheduled deployment in the Mediterranean Sea.
March 6, DDG 66 joined the Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG) 2 to participate in the multinational exercise Mavi Balina '08, off the coast of Turkey, from March 17-21. After completing the training, the Gonzalez will make a port call to Antalya.
April 18, USS Gonzalez recently visited Volos, Greece, making it the first U.S. ship to visit Volos in more than seven years. Upon sailing from Volos and enroute to Haifa, Israel, Gonzalez and the other ships in SNMG 2 participated in a robust underway training program designed to hone the task force's air defense and maritime interdiction operations skills. Thirty days after the destroyer reported for NATO duty, the SNMG 2 ships sailed from Haifa and commenced a period of Operation Active Endeavour surge operations, NATO's maritime security operations in the Mediterranean Sea in support of the war on terrorism.
April 24, The Gonzalez pulled into Koper, Slovenia, for a scheduled port visit.
June 6, The guided-missile destroyer pulled to Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, for a routine port call. Another visit to Souda Bay on July 25.
August 18, USS Gonzalez returned to Norfolk after a six-month deployment in the 6th Fleet AoR. The ship also made port calls to Rota, Spain; Aksaz, Turkey; Trieste and Taranto, Italy.
October 3, The Gonzalez arrived in Moorehead City, N.C., after a two day Tiger Cruise, to participate in a 22nd annual Seafood Festival.
November 8, USS Gonzalez provided mechanical and maintenance assistance to the civilian, double-masted sailboat Gypsy Dane, drifted for four days with one person onboard, 155 miles east of Wachapreague, Va.
January 18, 2009 The Gonzalez returned to homeport after a two-week underway period supporting the Eisenhower (CVN 69) Carrier Strike Group’s COMPTUEX as part of the opposition forces.
February 5, The guided-missile destroyer recently entered the BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair facility for a two-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).
July 7, The "Fighting Freddy" departed Naval Station Mayport after a four-day port call to celebrate the U.S. Independence Day. Returned home on July 14 after a three-week underway period.
August 14, Cmdr. Lynn Acheson relieved Cmdr. Brian Fort as CO of the Gonzalez during a change-of-command ceremony at Norfolk.
June 5, 2010 USS Gonzalez departed homeport for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility.
November 29, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Batumi for a joint training exercise with the Georgian Coast Guard.
December 21, USS Gonzalez returned to Naval Station Norfolk after six-and-a-half month deployment.
January 26, 2011 USS Gonzalez provided assistance, in the early morning off the Florida coast, to a badly leaking 41-foot commercial fishing vessel Kelly Ann. The DDG 66 is currently supporting the George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Carrier Strike Group’s COMPTUEX as part of the opposition forces.
February 25, Cmdr. Steven S. Lee relieved Cmdr. Lynn Acheson as CO of the Gonzalez during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship in the Atlantic Ocean.
August 25, The Gonzalez departed Naval Station Norfolk to avoid the approaching Category 2 Hurricane Irene.
May 23, 2012 USS Gonzalez moored at Homeport Pier in Staten Island for a seven-day port visit to participate in the annual Fleet Week New York, that will commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner.
July 24, The guided-missile destroyer arrived at Naval Air Station Key West, Fla., for a routine port call.
August 3, Cmdr. Christopher H. Inskeep relieved Cmdr. Steven S. Lee as commanding officer of DDG 66.
January 4, 2013 USS Gonzalez departed Norfolk for a scheduled independent deployment in support of Operation Ocean Shield.
January 18, The Gonzalez recently pulled into Augusta Bay, Sicily, Italy, for a brief port call to conduct turnover with the USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79).
January 27, The guided-missile destroyer recently pulled into Djibouti, Djibouti, for a routine port call.
April 8, USS Gonzalez recently anchored off the coast of Victoria, Seychelles, for a goodwill port visit.
June 21, The Gonzalez arrived in Port Louis, Mauritius, for a scheduled port visit.
July 13, DDG 66 arrived in Naval Support Activity Souda Bay in Crete, Greece, for a four-day port call. Inport Naval Station Newport, R.I., from Aug. 1-4.
August 6, USS Gonzalez returned to homeport after a seven-month deployment.
December 23, MHI Ship Repair & Services, Norfolk, Va., was awarded $11,6 million modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-10-C-4405) to exercise options for the accomplishment of USS Gonzalez Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Work is expected to be completed by July 2014.
February 21, 2014 Cmdr. William K. Gantt, Jr., relieved Cmdr. Christopher H. Inskeep as the 16th CO of Gonzalez during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Marine Hydraulics Industries shipyard in Norfolk.
June 4, USS Gonzalez moved "dead-stick" from MHI Shipyard to Naval Station Norfolk.
February 24, 2015 USS Gonzalez, along with the USS Barry (DDG 52) and USS Carney (DDG 64), successfully detected and tracked three short-range ballistic missile target, launched from the NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility, at approximately 2:30 a.m. EST, as part of the Flight Test Other (FTX) 19. Using this data, the Aegis BMD ships conducted simulated Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IB guided-missile engagements with the Distributed Weighted Engagement Scheme (DWES) capability enabled.
March 31, DDG 66 recently departed Norfolk for first Group Sail operations in preparation for upcoming deployment with the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) CSG.
June 1, The Gonzalez recently departed homeport for Career Orientation Training for Midshipmen (CORTRAMID) summer cruise and in support of Group Sail operations.
July 17, Cmdr. Stefan L. Walch relieved Cmdr. William K. Gantt, Jr., as CO of the USS Gonzalez during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Berth 6, Pier 4 on Naval Station Norfolk.
September 2, USS Gonzalez departed Norfolk to participate in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX); Returned home on Oct. 7.
November 16, USS Gonzalez departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment.
December 4, The Gonzalez moored at Cruise Terminal B in Port of Piraeus, Greece, for a six-day liberty visit to Athens; Participated in a Passing Exercise (PASSEX) with the TCG Gokceada (F494) on Dec. 11; Transited the Suez Canal on Dec. 14.
January 7, 2016 USS Gonzalez transited the Bab el-Mandeb Strait northbound for Suez Canal escort operations; Transited the Suez Canal, with the USS Montpelier (SSN 765) on Jan. 10.
January 11, DDG 66 moored at Finger Berth in Haifa, Israel, for a four-day liberty port visit; Transited the Suez Canal southbound (#3) on Jan. 16; Transited the Bab el-Mandeb Strait southbound on Jan. 19; Transited the Bab el-Mandeb Strait northbound on Feb. 8; Transited southbound on Feb. 13; Transited the Strait of Hormuz northbound on Feb. 20; Transited the Suez Canal northbound on March 7; Transited southbound (#5), with the USS Newport News (SSN 750), on March 9.
March 16, The Gonzalez recently entered the Arabian Gulf after transiting Strait of Hormuz.
March 19, USS Gonzalez moored at Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP) in Hidd, Bahrain, for a two-week upkeep; Transited the Strait of Hormuz southbound on April 20.?
April 23, The Gonzalez recently joined the USS Boxer (LHD 4) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), in the Gulf of Aden, in support of Maritime Security Operations (MSO); Transited the Suez Canal northbound on June 8.
June 11, The guided-missile destroyer moored at Berth K10, East Refueling Wharf in Souda Bay, Crete, for a two-day port call; Moored at Berth K10 again from June 19-22; Transited the Strait of Gibraltar on June 27.
June 28, USS Gonzalez moored at Alcantara Cruise Terminal in Lisbon, Portugal, for a four-day port visit.
July 13, USS Gonzalez moored at Berth 2, Pier 2 on Naval Station Norfolk following an extended eight-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).
September 8, The Gonzalez moored outboard the USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) at HMC Dockyard Jetty NC3 on Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Halifax, Nova Scotia, for a four-day port visit before participating in at-sea phase of NATO anti-submarine warfare exercise Cutlass Fury 2016.
September 13, General Dynamics NASSCO-Norfolk was awarded a $21 million contract for the Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (E-DSRA) of USS Gonzalez. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $48,3 million. Work is expected to be completed by September 2017.
September 23, USS Gonzalez moored at Berth 17 in Port of St. John's, Newfoundland, for a three-day visit; Returned to Norfolk on Sept. 29.
October 29, DDG 66 moored outboard the USS Hue City (CG 66) at Wharf D1 on Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for a scheduled port call.
December 5, USS Gonzalez recently moored pierside at NASSCO shipyard in Norfolk; Entered the Speede Dry Dock on Dec. 14.
January 13, 2017 Cmdr. Les D. Sobol relieved Cmdr. Stefan L. Walch as the 18th CO of Gonzalez during a change-of-command ceremony at the Waterfront Sheraton Hotel in downtown Norfolk.