USS DECATUR
DDG 73
  
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The Decatur (DDG 73) is the U.S. Navy's 23rd Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and was named for Stephen Decatur, Jr., (1779-1820), an United States naval officer notable for his many naval victories in the early 19th century. He is most noted for his heroism during the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812. Decatur was also the youngest man to be promoted to the rank of Captain in the US Navy at the age of sixteen.

The keel was laid down on January 11, 1996, by Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine; The ship was christened on November 8, 1996, and launched on the next day due to strong winds. Mrs. Joan E. Shalikashvili, wife of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. Pete A. Gumataotao is the prospective commanding officer.

The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Decatur underway for the first time in November 1997 for a Builder's sea trials. Underway for bravo trials from January 21-25 and acceptance trials in March 1998.

July 6, The guided-missile destroyer departed Bath Iron Works facility in Portland, Maine, after a two-week repairs due to a CPR leak in the starboard shaft seal.

July 13, The Decatur moored at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Va., for its initial ammunition onload. Brief port calls to Naval Station Mayport, Fla., on July 20 and San Juan, Puerto Rico, on July 28; Transited Panama Canal on Aug. 3.

August 11, DDG 73 arrived in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for a three-day port visit. Port call to Longview, Wash., from Aug. 21-23.

August 29, USS Decatur was commissioned at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, Oregon.

September 4, The Decatur arrived at its homeport of Naval Station San Diego, Calif., for the first time. Entered the dry-dock at Southwest Marine shipyard in October for emergency repairs to its starboard shaft. She spent the remainder of the year conducting Combat Systems Ship's Qualifications Trials (CSSQT) and EWSQT/ASWSQT in the SOCAL and off the coast of Hawaii.

In February 1999, USS Decatur commenced a two-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) in the Southwest Marine, San Diego. After a sea trials in early April, the ship moored to Deperm Pier on NSB Point Loma in San Diego for a three-day magnetic deperming.

April 19, The guided-missile destroyer departed homeport for a Family Day Cruise en route to NWS Seal Beach, Calif., for ammo onload.

April 25, USS Decatur anchored off Decatur Island, Wash., for a brief visit. Port call to Vancouver, B.C., Canada, from April 26-30; Returned home on May 5; Underway for routine training from July 12-16.

August 3, DDG 73 pulled into Naval Station Everett, Wash., for an overnight stay. Port visit to Seattle, Wash., from Aug. 4-9 to participate in Sea Fair festivities; Returned home on Aug. 13 after helping USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) in assisting MV Gardenia Ace, a car carrier, which had suffered a fire in her engine room; Underway for routine training from Sept. 7-10; Underway for Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) from Nov. 12-21; Ammo onload from Dec. 2-3.

January 7, 2000 USS Decatur departed Naval Station San Diego for its maiden western Pacific deployment.

January 13, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a brief port call. Moored at Naval Magazine Station Lualualei on Jan. 14 to onload Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles ( TLAMs).

January 30, USS Decatur arrived in Chinhae, Republic of Korea, for a four-day port visit after participating in a joint ASW exercise SHAREM 132. Port call to Yokosuka, Japan, from Feb. 7-12.

February 14, The Decatur arrived in Nagasaki, Japan, for a three-day port visit. Brief visit to Okinawa on Feb. 18; Port call to Hong Kong from Feb. 22-25; Participated in exercise Balikatan 2000 from Feb. 28- March 1, in the South China Sea, with USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) and Philippine Navy.

March 6, USS Decatur pulled into Sepanggar Naval Base for a three-day visit to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Port call to Apra Harbor, Guam, from March 13-17; Participated in SOCEX 00-02 from March 22-25; Another visit to Guam from March 29-31; Port calls to Suva, Fiji, (April 9-13); Pago Pago, American Samoa, (April 14-19); Sydney, Australia, (April 26- May 1); Brisbane (May 3-7); Darwin (May 13-17); Apra Harbor (May 23-24); and Pearl Harbor (June 1-2).

June 8, USS Decatur returned to San Diego after a five-month deployment.

August 1, DDG 73 arrived at NWS Seal Beach to offload ammunition. Underway for a Midshipmen CORTRAMID Cruise from Aug. 9-11.

September 21, The Decatur arrived in Santa Barbara, Calif., for a three-day port visit.

October 6, The guided-missile destroyer departed Naval Station San Diego for a Family and Friends Day Cruise.

October 11, USS Decatur entered the Continental Maritime of San Diego shipyard for a two-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Underway for sea trials from Dec. 14-15.

January 17, 2001 The Decatur departed homeport for a two-day underway in support of Naval Surface Fire Support and Leaders to Sea program. Underway again for NSFS from Jan. 23-26; Underway for PCO Orientation from Jan. 31- Feb. 2; Ammo onload at Seal Beach from Feb. 20-22; Underway as part of opposition forces for USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) BG operations from Feb. 24- March 2.

March 16, Cmdr. Victorino G. Mercado relieved Cmdr. Pete A. Gumataotao as the 2nd commanding officer of DDG 73.

The Decatur was underway for TSTA A from March 27-30; April 3-6; and April 9-11. Underway for TSTA B from April 17-20; April 24-27; May 15-17; and May 29- June 1. Underway for Final Evaluation Period (FEP) from June 5-7. Underway for COMPTUEX from Aug. 6-24.

August 30, USS Decatur departed homeport for a Friends and Family Day Cruise. Underway in support of Operation Noble Eagle from Sept. 11-22; Underway for JTFEX from Oct. 20 through Nov. 8.

November 12, USS Decatur departed San Diego for a scheduled Middle East deployment, with the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Battle Group.

November 30, The Decatur anchored in Victoria Harbor for a four-day visit to Hong Kong. Port call to Singapore from Dec. 7-11.

January 13, 2002 DDG 73 pulled into Manama, Bahrain, for a four-day port call.

March 28, USS Decatur anchored at Bahrain Bell-Sitrah for a brief visit to Manama after participating in exercises SHAREM 140 and Arabian Shark from March 21-25. Participated in exercise Eager Sentry from March 31- April 2; Port call to Manama from April 19-25.

May 6, The guided-missile destroyer anchored off the coast of Phuket, Thailand, for a four-day port visit.

May 13, The Decatur anchored off the coast of Bali, Indonesia, for a five-day port visit. Port call to Dili, East Timor, from May 19-22.

May 25, DDG 73 pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a two-day port call. Port visit to Pearl Harbor from June 1-2.

June 8, USS Decatur returned to homeport after a seven-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO).

July 26, The Decatur arrived in Port Hueneme, Calif., for a three-day port visit to participate in Seabee Days 2002. Ammo offload at Seal Beach from July 29-31.

August 12, Cmdr. Cynthia M. Thebaud relieved Cmdr. Victorino G. Mercado as CO of the USS Decatur.

September 4, The guided-missile destroyer entered the Continental Maritime of San Diego shipyard for a two-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Underway for sea trials from Nov. 7-8; Ammo onload from Nov. 14-17; Underway as part of opposition forces for USS Carl Vinson Battle Group's COMPTUEX from Nov. 20-27; Underway for routine training from Dec. 3-6.

August 22, 2003 USS Decatur departed San Diego for a scheduled deployment, with the USS Peleliu (LHA 5) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 1, in support of operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

December 16, U.S. Navy boarding team operated from the Decatur discovered an estimated two tons of hashish with a street value of around $10 million, aboard a 40-foot dhow intercepted in the Arabian Gulf.

January 3, 2004 DDG 73 moored to Mina Salman Pier in Manama, Bahrain, for a routine port call.

March 9, USS Decatur returned to Naval Base San Diego after six-and-a-half month deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. The ship visited Darwin, Australia; Apra Harbor, Guam; and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, en route home. ESG 1’s most complex coalition mission came in January, when the group served as command and control for exercise Sea Saber, a coalition maritime interdiction training exercise.

After a port visit to Redondo Beach, Calif., in April, the Decatur entered the dry-dock at Southwest Marine Shipyard in May for a three-month Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA). Moved to Continental Maritime of San Diego shipyard in July.

December 29, USS Decatur moored to Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego to participate in Holiday Bowl festivities.

From February 7-11, 2005, the guided-missile destroyer was underway for a Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA). Underway again for routine trainings from March 21-25; April 7-8; and April 12-22.

June 9, USS Decatur arrived in Portland, Oregon, for a four-day port visit to participate in annual Rose Festival. Underway in the Nanoose OPAREA for sonar testing from June 13-24; Port call to Victoria, B.C., Canada, from June 18-20.

July 18, The Decatur departed San Diego for a 12-day underway period in support of Midshipmen CORTRAMID Cruise and Group Sail with the Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Carrier Strike Group; Ammo onload at NWS Seal Beach from Aug. 15-18; Friends and Family Day Cruise back to Naval Base San Diego on Aug. 18; Underway in support of Leaders to Sea program from Sept. 19-23.

October 7, DDG 73 moored to Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego for a four-day visit to participate in a Columbus Day festivities; Underway for Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) from Oct. 17- Nov. 9; Underway for Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) from Dec. 6-16.

January 4, 2006 USS Decatur departed homeport for a scheduled deployment, with the USS Ronald Reagan CSG, in support of the Global War on Terrorism and Maritime Security Operations (MSO).

April 28, The Decatur, operating as part of the Pakistani-led Combined Task Force 150, came to the aid of a distressed vessel, 83 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia, and rescued seven Somali fishermen who had run out of food and supplies. The fishermen reported that they had been underway for three days when their engine failed.

May 15, USS Decatur, commanded by Cmdr. John Steinberger, assumed another large role in the U.S. 5th Fleet AoR by joining with a French-led task force in the North Arabian Sea May 5. The task force's flagship, FS Charles de Gaulle (R 91), France's first nuclear-powered surface vessel, is currently operating in the waters south of Pakistan.

June 2, The guided-missile destroyer anchored off the coast of Phuket, Thailand, for a three-day port visit. Port call to Hong Kong from June 10-13.

June 16, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, along with other ships and military personnel from around the U.S. Pacific Fleet, is making preparations for Valiant Shield 2006, one of the largest joint military exercises in this region in more than a decade. USS Decatur and USS McCampbell (DDG 85) will be operating off the coast of Guam, from June 19-23.

July 6, USS Decatur returned to Naval Base San Diego after a six-month deployment in the Arabian Gulf and western Pacific Ocean. In the North Arabian Sea, DDG 73 supported the French-led Combined Task Force 473 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

June 22, 2007 USS Decatur successfully intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile with an SM-3 launched at sea within the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF), Kauai, Hawaii. It was the first time such a test was conducted from a ballistic missile defense equipped-U.S. Navy destroyer. The Decatur is one of 18 U.S. Navy ships (three cruisers and 15 destroyers) that will be identically equipped, by early 2009, with the BMD capabilities of conducting long-range surveillance/tracking and launching the Standard Missile Three.

December 14, DDG 73 is currently underway in the SOCAL Op. Area, for Group Sail operations, as part of USS Ronald Reagan CSG.

February 18, 2008 USS Decatur recently joined the USS Lake Erie (CG 70) off the coast of Hawaii in preparation to shot down a non-functioning National Reconnaissance Office satellite with the SM-3 missile.

May 19, USS Decatur departed Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.

July 14, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Chinhae, Republic of Korea, for a routine port visit.

November 5, The Decatur participated in a bilateral exercise with a Royal Thai Navy ship, off the coast of Phuket, Thailand, on Nov. 1.

November 25, USS Decatur returned to homeport after a six-month deployment with the Reagan Carrier Strike Group.

May 27, 2009 USS Decatur departed San Diego for a scheduled deployment, as part of the Reagan CSG, in the western Pacific Ocean.

July 4, The guided-missile destroyer recently arrived in Yokosuka, Japan, for a scheduled port visit and the 4th of July celebration.

August 7, USS Decatur is currently underway in the North Arabian Gulf, attached to Commander, Task Force Iraqi Maritime, providing security for Al Basra and the Khawr Al Amaya oil terminals.

November 23, USS Decatur returned to Naval Base San Diego after a six-month deployment.

August 30, 2010 The Decatur and Benfold (DDG 65), along with Norfolk-based Stout (DDG 55), participated in a ballistic missile defense exercise (BMDX) from Aug. 23-27.

September 21, USS Decatur departed homeport for an independent deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility with a primary focus on Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) operations.

December 21, Cmdr. Shanti Sethi relieved Cmdr. Christopher J. Sweeney as CO of the Decatur during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship at Manama, Bahrain.

March 9, 2011 The guided-missile destroyer recently pulled into Mina Salman Port for a routine port call to Manama, Bahrain.

March 16, DDG 73 arrived in Chennai, India, for a three-day port visit.

March 22, The Decatur anchored off the coast of Phuket, Thailand, for a brief port call.

April 21, USS Decatur returned to San Diego after a seven-month deployment.

June 8, The Decatur arrived in Homer, Alaska, for a four-day port visit before participating in the U.S. Pacific Command-sponsored exercise Northern Edge 11, from June 13-24.

August 7, The guided-missile destroyer is currently moored at Huntington Ingalls Industries Continental Maritime of San Diego shipyard for repair and modernization period.

May 26, 2012 Cmdr. Joel A. Ellingson relieved Cmdr. Shanti Sethi as CO of the USS Decatur.

June 1, DDG 73 departed Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif., after ammo onload.

August 17, USS Decatur departed Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled independent deployment.

September 17, The Decatur, along with USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50), recently arrived in Chittagong, Bangladesh, to participate in a Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2012. Underway for at-sea phase from Sept. 20-24.

December 19, The guided-missile destroyer is currently conducting Maritime Interception Operations (MIO) in the Arabian Gulf.

February 28, 2013 USS Decatur recently moored at Khalifa Bin Salman Port in Hidd, Bahrain, for a routine port call.??

March 22, DDG 73 pulled into Manila, Republic of the Philippines, for a scheduled port visit.

April 3, The Decatur recently arrived in the vicinity of Korean Peninsula in support of emergent national tasking.

April 19, USS Decatur returned to homeport after an eight-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

September 10, USS Decatur, located near Kwajalein Atoll, fired and guided an SM-3 Block IA missile that intercepted the medium-range ballistic missile, fired from the Reagan Test Site at Kwajalein Atoll, in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Flight Test Operational-01 (FTO-01) is the 26th successful intercept in 32 flight test attempts for the Aegis BMD program.

September 17, The guided-missile destroyer returned to San Diego after a nearly two-month underway period.

December 12, Cmdr. Andrew G. Ligett relieved Cmdr. Joel A. Ellingson as the 11th CO of Decatur during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Naval Base San Diego.

June 17, 2014 BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair was awarded a $20,5 million modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-11-C-4408) for the USS Decatur's Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA). Work is expected to be completed by February 2015.

June 15, DDG 73 recently arrived in Naval Station Everett, Wash., for a routine port call.?

June 17, USS Decatur moored at Burrard Dry Dock Pier in North Vancouver, B.C., Canada, for a three-day port visit.

July 9, BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair was awarded a $15,9 million modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-11-C-4408) for the USS Decatur's DSRA.