USS MCFAUL
DDG 74
  
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The McFaul (DDG 74) is the U.S. Navy's 24th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and was named for U.S. Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer Donald L. McFaul, who gave his life for his comrades and was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for service with Seal Team Four during Operation Just Cause in Panama, which drove dictator Manuel Noriega from power. While under heavy small-arms fire, Chief McFaul left the relative safety of his position with a single focus of assisting his wounded comrades. While carrying a seriously wounded platoon member to safety, Chief McFaul was mortally wounded by enemy fire at Paitilla Airfield, on December 20, 1989. His heroic actions and courage under fire saved American lives and were an inspiration for other acts of heroism as the assault force prevailed in this decisive battle.

The keel was laid down on January 26, 1996, at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss.; The ship was launched on January 18, 1997, and christened on April 12, 1997. Mrs. Marcia Coats, wife of Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.), served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. Bernard L. Jackson is the prospective commanding officer.

November 18, The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) McFaul departed Ingalls shipyard for a three-day combined Alpha/Bravo sea trials. Underway for "C" Trial with the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) on Dec. 16.

April 25, 1998 USS McFaul was commissioned during a ceremony at the Garden City Terminal in Savannah, Ga.

July 13, 1999 DDG 74 is currently participating in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) as part of the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Battle Group.

September 22, USS McFaul departed its homeport of Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va., for its maiden six-month Mediterranean deployment.

November 16, Cmdr. Bruce H. Curry relieved Cmdr. Bernard L. Jackson as commanding officer of the USS McFaul.

November 24, The McFaul recently arrived in Barcelona, Spain, for a scheduled port visit.

July 5, 2000 USS McFaul recently arrived in New York City to participate in International Naval Review. Over 25,000 sailors and marines from 20 countries are particiapating in this week long "Celebration of Seapower for the Millennium."

January 17, 2001 The guided-missile destroyer departed Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a COMPTUEX A. Returned to NNSY on Jan. 30; Underway for COMPTUEX B and Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) from Feb. 26 through March 16.

From April 27- May 4, the McFaul was underway for Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) qualifications off Vieques Island, Puerto Rico. Ammo onload at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Va., from May 5-9.

June 12, USS McFaul departed NNSY for a scheduled deployment, with the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Battle Group, in support of operations Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom.

June 29, DDG 74 pulled into Portsmouth, England, for a six-day port visit after participating in a Royal Navy's Joint Maritime Course (JMC), June 20-29.

July 16, The McFaul arrived at Naval Support Activity La Maddalena, Italy, for an eight-day port call to get tender support services from USS Emory S. Land (AS 39).

July 26, USS McFaul arrived in Valencia, Spain, for a four-day port visit. Port call to Split, Croatia, from Aug. 1-5.

August 7, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Aksaz Naval Base for a six-day visit to Marmaris, Turkey. Transited Suez Canal on Aug. 15.

August 21, The McFaul moored at Mina Salman Pier in Manama, Bahrain, for a two-day port call.

August 31, Cmdr. Neil R. Parott relieved Cmdr. Bruce H. Curry as CO of DDG 74.

From September 11 through Nov. 10, the McFaul support Operation Enduring Freedom in the Red Sea, Arabian Gulf and North Arabian Sea. The ship launched four Tomahawk Land Attack Cruise Missiles (TLAMs) on Taliban forces in Afghanistan on Oct. 7, 9 and 13th.

November 22, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, for a four-day port call. Port visit to Gibraltar from Nov. 28- Dec. 3.

December 12, USS McFaul returned to its new homeport of Naval Station Norfolk, Va., after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

From Jan. 18- Feb. 1, 2002, the McFaul was underway in the VACAPES Op. Area for the USS John F. Kenedy BGs JTFEX, as part of opposition forces, and Independent Steaming Exercise (ISE); Underway for Group Sail from March 11-15; Underway for Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) compatibility test from March 20-22; Underway for USS Connecticut's (SSN 22) POMCERT from March 25-29; Ammo offload at NWS Yorktown from April 17-19; Underway for escort duties with USS Grasp (ARS 51) and ex-USS Atlanta (SSN 712) through May 4.

April 22, DDG 74 arrived at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for a brief port visit to refuel.

May 4, USS McFaul pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., for a four-day port visit to participate in Broward County Navy Days and Fleet Week Ft. Lauderdale celebrations.

May 15, The McFaul departed Naval Station Norfolk for a two-week underway period in the Puerto Rican Op. Area. Port call to Naval Station Roosevelt Roads from May 19-21.

May 24, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands, for a three-day visit to St. Thomas. Returned home on June 3.

June 11, USS McFaul entered the Moon Engineering shipyard in Portsmouth, Va., for a two-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

September 9, The McFaul arrived at Lambert's Point for a four-day magnetic deperming. Ammo onload at Naval Weapons Station Earle, N.J., from Sept. 25-26.

October 21, DDG 74 departed homeport for an 18-day Underway Demonstration (UD) preparations in the Virginia Capes OPAREA. Underway for FEP from Dec. 10-11.

April 18, 2003 Cmdr. Bradley C. Mai relieved Cmdr. Neil R. Parott as the 4th commanding officer of McFaul.

September 16, USS McFaul emergency sortied from Naval Station Norfolk to avoid the Hurricane Isabel.

Febryary 17, 2004 USS McFaul departed Norfolk, as part of the USS Wasp (LHD 1) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2, in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Transited Suez Canal on March 16.

March 23, The guided-missile destroyer departed Salalah, Oman, after a routine port call.?

August 15, The McFaul returned to homeport after a six-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO). She also made port calls to Taranto and Trieste, Italy.

September 24, Cmdr. Sean M. Connors relieved Cmdr. Bradley C. Mai as CO of DDG 74.

June 6, 2005 The guided-missile destroyer departed HMNB Clyde in Faslane, Scotland, to participate in a multinational NATO exercise Joint Maritime Course (JMC).

August 24, USS McFaul returned to Naval Station Norfolk following a collision with the USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) on Aug. 22 while conducting exercises off the coast of Jacksonville, Fla. Damage to the Churchill included a 5x10 foot hole on the port side helo hangar, a damaged antenna, and a hydraulic leak in the helo hangar. The McFaul sustained light damage to its starboard side bow. There were no personnel casualties or flooding on either ship. The collision occurred while the ships were preparing for deployment and conducting a training event that required aggressive ship-handling and high speed, close quarters tactical maneuvering.

December 1, DDG 74 pulled into Philadelphia, Pa., as part of Philadelphia Navy Week, sponsored by the Navy Office of Comunity Outreach.

February 6, 2006 USS McFaul is currently in the Atlantic Ocean for Group Sail operations, as part of USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Carrier Strike Group, in preparation for the upcoming spring deployment.

February 17, The McFaul departed Norfolk for an 11-hour Friends and Family Day Cruise to Baltimore to participate in Fleet Week celebration.

May 2, USS McFaul departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism and Maritime Security Operations (MSO). Transited Suez Canal on May 29.

June 21, Cmdr. Mary M. Jackson relieved Cmdr. Sean M. Connors as CO of the McFaul during the change-of-command ceremony held aboard the ship in the Arabian Gulf.

November 14, USS McFaul returned home after more than a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AoR.

July 27, 2007 More than 15,000 service members from three countries and 23 U.S. Navy ships, including the McFaul, will participate in a Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 07-2 "Operation Bold Step", off the coast of Virginia to Florida, July 26-31.

August 13, The guided-missile destroyer departed Naval Station Newport, R.I., after a port visit for school ship training with the Surface Warfare Officer School (SWOS).

September 4, USS McFaul departed homeport to participate in exercise Neptune Warrior 07-2 from Sept. 17-29, off the coast of Scotland, with naval forces from Denmark, France, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, Spain and United Kingdom.

November 14, Cmdr. Timothy L. Schorr relieved Cmdr. Mary M. Jackson as commanding officer of DDG 74.

May 26, 2008 USS McFaul departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility.

June 16, USS McFaul arrived in Split, Croatia, for a scheduled port visit.

July 8, The guided-missile destroyer arrived at Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Greece, for a brief port call.

July 14, The McFaul recently arrived in Odessa, Ukraine, to participate in exercise Sea Breeze. Over 1,000 service members from 15 countries will take part in airborne and amphibious exercises under the auspices of NATO`s Partnership for Peace programme, with most participants coming from the United States and Ukraine. The exercise will be held until July 26. Fifteen Ukrainian ships, four aircraft, ten helicopters and 500 service personnel will take part in the military exercises; Transited Bosphorus Strait southbound on July 30.

August 11, USS McFaul pulled into Souda Bay, Crete, for a routine port call.

August 24, USS McFaul arrived in Batumi, Georgia, to deliver 82 pallets with about 155,000 pounds of supplies donated by the U.S. Agency for International Development, including hygiene items, baby food and care supplies, bottled water, and milk. The ship departed Souda Bay on Aug. 20 as part of the humanitarian assistance for the Republic of Georgia following the conflict between Russian and Georgian forces.

September 13, DDG 74 passed again through the Turkish Straits to participate in Exercise Jackal Stone, in the Black Sea, involving seven countries from Sept. 16-24.

November 6, USS McFaul returned to Norfolk after more than five-month deployment.

May 8, 2009 Cmdr. Ronald W. Toland, Jr., relieved Cmdr. Timothy L. Schorr as CO of the McFaul.

January 2, 2010 USS McFaul departed homeport for a scheduled Middle East deployment, as part of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) CSG.

March 25, The McFaul rescued 30 men, women and children who were stranded aboard a skiff, with no food and little water for four days, about 100 miles off the coast of northern Somalia.

April 5, DDG 74 captured ten suspected pirates and rescued eight crew members from the pirated Indian cargo dhow Faize Osamani, near Salalah, Oman, after the dhow and three skiffs attempted to attack the Motor Vessel (M/V) Rising Sun.

July 8, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Koper, Slovenia, for a four-day port visit.

August 3, USS McFaul returned to Norfolk after a seven-month deployment in support of counter-piracy and maritime security operations.

October 1, The McFaul pulled into Mobile, Ala., for a four-day port visit to participate in the annual BayFest celebration.

October 31, DDG 74 arrived in Naval Station Newport, R.I., for an eight-day port call.

March 18, 2011 Cmdr. Daniel J. Gillen relieved Cmdr. Ronald W. Toland, Jr., as CO of the McFaul.

July 15, USS McFaul departed homeport for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

January 23, 2012 The McFaul is currently underway supporting the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group’s COMPTUEX as part of the opposition force.

February 26, USS McFaul departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment after a two-day delay due to bad weather.

March 9, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Gaeta, Italy, for a four-day port call.

May 11, The McFaul arrived in Port Louis, Mauritius, for a scheduled port visit.

July 10, DDG 74 arrived in Victoria, Seychelles, for a goodwill port visit.

September 6, USS McFaul departed Koper, Slovenia, after a four-day port visit.

December 2, USS McFaul returned to homeport after a nine-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility.

January 25, 2013 The McFaul moored at Outer Mole Pier on Naval Air Station Key West, Fla., for three-day port visit.

June 13, The MHI Ship Repair & Services, Norfolk, Va., has been awarded a $9.2 million modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-10-C-4405) for the USS McFaul's Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). The work is scheduled to be completed by January 2014.

June 21, Cmdr. Cmdr. Lester A. Brown, Jr., relieved Cmdr. Daniel J. Gillen as the 10th CO of McFaul.

May 21, 2014 USS McFaul 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 2014.

December 5, Cmdr. Michael J. Gunther relieved Cmdr. Lester A. Brown, Jr., as CO of the McFaul during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Naval Station Norfolk.

January 7, 2015 DDG 74 departed Norfolk for an Independent Deployer Certification Exercise (IDCERTEX) and in support of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) CSG's COMPTUEX as part of opposition forces; Returned home on Feb. 7.

March 16, USS McFaul moored at Berth 1, GPA's Ocean Terminal in Port of Savannah, Ga., for a two-day visit to participate in St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

April 22, USS McFaul departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled Arabian Gulf deployment in support of Maritime Interception Operations (MIO).

April 29, The guided-missile destroyer moored at NATO Fuel Pier in Ponta Delgada, Azores, for a brief stop to Sao Miguel Island; Inport Rota, Spain, from May 2-4.?

May 5, USS McFaul moored at East Quay (Muelle de Levante) in Port of Malaga, Spain, for a four-day liberty visit.

May 13, The McFaul moored at Kolossos Berth in Akantia Harbour for a three-day port visit to Rhodes, Greece; Transited the Suez Canal on May 18; Transited the Strait of Hormuz northbound on May 2?.

June 8, DDG 74 is currently participating in a bilateral exercise Falcon Warrior with the HMS Duncan (D37).

June 22, USS McFaul participated in a Photo Exercise (PHOTOEX) with the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), USS Normandy (CG 60), USS Farragut (DDG 99), USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) and HMS Duncan, while underway in the Central Arabian Gulf.

June 27, The McFaul recently moored at Berth 5, Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP) in Hidd, Bahrain, for a liberty visit to Manama.?

July 26, USS McFaul is currently participating in a maritime infrastructure protection exercise Stake Net in the Arabian Gulf.

October 18, DDG 74 transited the Suez Canal northbound after concluding its operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet AoR. USS McFaul was the lead ballistic missile defense unit for Operation Inherent Resolve and also made port call to United Arab Emirates.

October 19, USS McFaul moored at Finger Berth in Haifa, Israel, for a scheduled port visit.

October 26, The McFaul moored at Quay 13b in Port of Civitavecchia, Italy, for a liberty visit to Rome.

November 5, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Praia, Cape Verde, for a brief port call to refuel.

November 13, USS McFaul moored at Navy Pier, Superport in Rio Grande, Brazil, for a three-day port visit before participating in at-sea phase of UNITAS Atlantic. The ship recently joined the USS George Washington (CVN 73) for carrier escort duties en route to Norfolk.

November 23, USS McFaul moored at Brazilian naval base on Mocangue Island Large in Niteroi for a four-day liberty port visit to Rio de Janeiro.

December 14, USS McFaul moored at Berth 2, Pier 5 on Naval Station Norfolk following an eight-month deployment to the U.S. 4th, 5th and 6th Fleet AoR.

March 16, 2016 The McFaul moored at Black Falcon Cruise Terminal in South Boston, Mass., for a five-day port visit in conjunction with the annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival.

April 5, BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair was awarded a $48,9 million firm-fixed-price, award fee contract for the execution of USS McFaul's Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (E-DSRA). Work is expected to be completed by March 2017.

April 20, DDG 74 returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a four-day underway for routine training in the Virginia Capes Op. Area.

May 6, Cmdr. Joseph M. Bromley relieved Cmdr. Michael J. Gunther as CO of the USS McFaul during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

May 26, Capt. William S. Switzer relieved Capt. Brian P. Fort as Commodore, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the McFaul at Naval Station Norfolk.