USS O'KANE DDG 77
The O'Kane (DDG 77) is the U.S. Navy's 27th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and was named for Adm. Richard H. O’Kane, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his daring attacks on two Japanese convoys while in command of the World War II submarine USS Tang (SS 306) in 1944. After his submarine was sunk, the Japanese captured then-Cmdr. O’Kane, who spent the rest of the war in captivity.
The keel was laid down on May 8, 1997, at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine; launched on March 28, 1998, and christened on April 17, 1998; Mrs. Leslie Allen Berry, the grandaughter of Richard O'Kane, served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. David C. Hulse is the prospective commanding officer.
October 15, 1999 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) O'Kane arrived in its homeport of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, after a 50-day transit from Bath, Maine.
October 23, USS O'Kane was commissioned during a ceremony at Naval Station Pearl Harbor.
December 13, 2000 Cmdr. Taylor W. Skardon relieved Cmdr. David C. Hulse as the CO of DDG 77.
August 1, 2001 USS O'Kane departed homeport for its maiden western Pacific deployment, as part of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Battle Group. The guided-missile destroyer returned to Pearl Harbor after supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in January 2002.
July 5, 2002 DDG 77 is currently participating in a multi-national biennial exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) '02, off the waters of Hawaii.
August 11, USS O'Kane returned to Pearl Harbor after a visit to Hilo, on the big island of Hawaii, where her crew took part in the 41st International Festival of the Pacific (IFOP). The annual festival celebrates Japanese culture and its impact on Hawaiian life.
September 5, Cmdr. Michael S. Viland relieved Cmdr. Taylor W. Skardon as commanding officer of USS O'Kane.
March 21, 2003 Thirty U.S. Navy and coalition warships, including USS O'Kane, launched Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) during military operations to disarm Iraq.
July 20, DDG 77 became the first U.S. Navy ship in three years to visit the port city of Suva, Fiji, when the warship arrived here for a two-day port visit.
July 28, USS O'Kane returned to homeport afte a nearly seven-month underway period in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
February 7, 2005 USS O'Kane departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a scheduled deployment, with USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group, in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
July 29, The O'Kane returned to Pearl Harbor after nearly a six-month deployment, conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) off the Horn of Africa and Indian Ocean.
October 12, Cmdr. James J. Duke, Jr., relieved Cmdr. William J. Nault as the 5th CO of the USS O'Kane.
July 5, 2006 The guided-missile destroyer departed Pearl Harbor to participate in exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2006. Conducted in the waters off Hawaii, RIMPAC '06 brings together military forces from Australia, Canada, Chile, Peru, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States.
September 19, USS O'Kane is currently off the coast of southern California participating in Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), as part of the John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 3.
January 26, 2007 USS O'Kane departed Pearl Harbor for a scheduled deployment with the Stennis CSG.
February 19, DDG 77 entered the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Operations (AoO) to conduct Maritime Security Operations (MSO).
May 10, Cmdr. Paul T. Druggan relieved Cmdr. James J. Duke, Jr., as commanding officer of the O'Kane.
July 4, USS O'Kane recently arrived in Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a scheduled port call.
August 10, The guided-missile destroyer is currently off the coast of Guam participating in exercise Valiant Shield 2007.
August 20, USS O'Kane returned home after a seven-month deployment.
April 18, 2008 The O'Kane departed Pearl Harbor for a surge deployment, to join USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Carrier Strike Group in the western Pacific.
June 8, USS O'Kane returned to homeport after a seven-week underway period.
July 7, The guided-missile destroyer departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor to participate in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2008 exercise with units from Australia, Chile, Japan, the Netherlands, Peru, South Korea, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. Taking part are 35 ships, six submarines, more than 150 aircraft, and 20,000 Sailors, airmen, Marines, soldiers and Coast Guardsmen.
September 25, USS O'Kane, along with USS Reuben James (FFG 57), departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a Mid-Pacific Surface Combatant Operational Employment that calls for nine of the 11 Hawaii-based surface combatants to conduct intermediate/advanced training and regular deployments in the western Pacific, and is designed to improve the U.S. Pacific Fleet's war fighting readiness and effectiveness.
February 9, 2009 USS O'Kane, commanded by Cmdr. Timothy S. Steadman, returned to Pearl Harbor after a four-and-a-half month underway period. While on deployment, the crew participated in various exercises, including ANNUALEX 20G and the defense of Iraqi oil platforms in the Persian Gulf. The ship also visited Singapore and Guam.
September 14, USS O'Kane departed homeport for a western Pacific deployment.
October 13, DDG 77 is currently in western Korean waters participating in a joint drill with USS George Washington (CVN 73) CSG and Korea's Second Fleet.
October 29, USS O'Kane arrived in Hong Kong for a scheduled port visit.
November 10, The guided-missile destroyer began its participation in Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 21G, off the coast of Japan.
December 15, USS O'Kane returned to Naval Station Pearl Harbor after a three-month deployment.
July 2, 2010 Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY&IMF) completed the O'Kane's Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) on time and within budget June 19. Work performed included decking preservation, helo safety net repairs, gas turbine resilient mount replacement on the ship's generators and alignment of various equipment.
July 9, USS O'Kane departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a Middle East deployment.
October 1, DDG 77 departed Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, after a port visit to Dubai.
February 8, 2011 The O'Kane returned home after a seven-month deployment as part of Commander, Task Force-Iraqi Maritime, supporting maritime security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR).
April 14, USS O'Kane, located west of Hawaii, fired and guided an SM-3 Block IA missile that intercepted the intermediate-range ballistic missile, fired from the Reagan Test Site at Kwajalein Atoll, in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, at 08.52 p.m. (Hawaii Time). The test was the first time the Aegis system shot down an intermediate-range ballistic missile and also marked the 21st successful intercept, in 25 attempts, for the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program since flight testing began in 2002.
October 13, The O'Kane participated in a passing exercise (PASSEX), off the coast of Hawaii, with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships: JS Mineyuki (DD 124), JS Kashima (TV 3508) and JS Asagiri (TV 3516).
November 7, Cmdr. Michael E. Ray relieved Cmdr. Derek A. Trinque as CO of the USS O'Kane during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Pearl Harbor.
November 18, The guided-missile destroyer returned to homeport after participating in integrated training exercise "Koa Kai 12-1", off the coast of Hawaii, from Nov. 10-17.
March 23, 2012 USS O'Kane departed Pearl Harbor for a scheduled Middle East deployment with a primary focus on Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) operations.
March 30, DDG 77 recently pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a routine port call.
April 8, USS O'Kane departed Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, after a two-day port call. Inport Sasebo again from April 14-20.
April 30, The guided-missile destroyer recently pulled into Changi Naval Base, Singapore, for a routine port call.
May 18, USS O'Kane pulled into Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP) at Hidd for a four-day visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain.
June 6, USS O'Kane recently pulled into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a port visit to Dubai.
July 6, The O'Kane pulled again into Khalifa Bin Salman Port for a week-long port call.
August 13, DDG 77 pulled again into Jebel Ali to provide assistance to the crew of USS Porter (DDG 78) to recover from damage sustained in a collision with a large Japanese-owned merchant vessel near the Strait of Hormuz on Aug. 12.
September 3, USS O'Kane recently moored outboard the USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) at KBSP for a scheduled port visit to Bahrain.
October 18, The O'Kane anchored in Patong Bay for a port visit to Phuket, Thailand.
October 30, The guided-missile destroyer recently pulled into Apra Harbor for a routine port call.
November 8, USS O'Kane returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after seven-and-a-half month deployment.
May 10, 2013 Cmdr. James J. Juster relieved Michael E. Ray as CO of the O'Kane during a change-of-command ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam's Pier B-17.
July 15, DDG 77 departed homeport to participate in Independent Deployer Certification (IDCERT) exercise.
January 25, 2014 The O'Kane departed Pearl Harbor for a six-day underway to participate in integrated maritime exercise Koa Kai 14-1.
March 7, USS O'Kane departed homeport for a scheduled independent deployment.
March 16, The O'Kane recently pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a routine port call.
April 4, USS O'Kane moored at Berth 9 in Port of Mormugao for a three-day visit to Goa, India.
April 12, The guided-missile destroyer recently moored at Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP), Bahrain, for inchop brief and turnover with the USS Carney (DDG 64). Inport Bahrain again in mid-May.
June 14, USS O'Kane moored at KBSP, Bahrain, for a week-long upkeep.
November 8, The O'Kane anchored in Makham Bay for a liberty port visit to Phuket, Thailand.
November 19, Cmdr. Gina L. McCaine relieved Cmdr. James J. Juster as CO of the USS O'Kane during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship in the Philippine Sea.
November 21, DDG 77 recently moored at Tango Wharf in Apra Harbor for a scheduled port visit.
December 5, USS O'Kane returned to Pearl Harbor after a nine-month Arabian Gulf deployment in support of Maritime Interception Operations (MIO).
February 23, 2015 The O'Kane commenced an eight-and-a-half month Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA); Entered the Dry Dock #4 at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard on March 4; Undocked and moved to Berth B10/B11 on Aug. 26.
March 8, 2016 USS O'Kane is currently moored at Pier B18 on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam; Moored at Wharf B23 after underway for routine training on April 2?; Underway again on May 13.
June 15, The guided-missile destroyer is currently moored at Wharf B22 in Pearl Harbor.
June 30, Cmdr. Colby W. Sherwood relieved Cmdr. Gina L. McCaine as the 12th CO of O'Kane during a pierside ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
August 11, USS O'Kane successfully completed the Mk 45 5" live fire gunnery exercise, while underway in the Hawaiian Op. Area, as final certification for Air Warfare 2.4.
September 28, The O'Kane recently departed homeport for Independent Deployer Certification Exercise (IDCERTEX); Moored at Berth 6, Pier 2 in Naval Base San Diego from Oct. 3-24.