USS PORTER
DDG 78
  
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The Porter (DDG 78) is the 28th Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer and the fifth United States Navy ship to bear the name of the legendary heroes Commodore David Porter and Vice Admiral Davis Dixon Porter.

November ?, 2000 USS Porter departed Norfolk, Va., for its maiden deployment, as part of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Battle Group, in support of Operation Southern Watch. Returned home in May 2001.

January 6, 2003 USS Porter departed homeport for a scheduled deployment as part of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) CSG. The Strike Group will first participate in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in the Puerto Rican Operating Area.

March 21, Thirty U.S. Navy and coalition warships, including USS Porter, currently assigned to Naval Forces Central Command launched Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) during military operations to disarm Iraq.

July 2003, USS Porter returned to Naval Station Norfolk after supporting operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in the Mediterranean.

May 28, 2005 USS Porter (DDG 78) along with USS Cape St. George (CG 71) and USS Carr (FFG 52) pulled to New York City to participate in the Fleet Week '05.

June 10, Cmdr. Douglas Nashold relieved Cmdr. Brad Williamson as commanding officer of the USS Porter.

November 28, USS Porter departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment in support of the global war on terrorism, as part of the Surface Strike Group (SSG).

February 3, 2006 The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Souda Bay, Crete, for a routine port call.

February 15, USS Porter entered the Black Sea in early February to train with the Ukrainian and Romanian navies.

April 1, DDG 78 arrived once again at Naval Support Activity Souda Bay for a brief port visit.

April 7, For the second time this year, USS Porter transited through the Turkish Straits in April to engage with Black Sea navies. Planned engagements with Romania, Turkey, Georgia and Bulgaria will directly support the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe (CNE) strategic priority of strengthening enduring partnerships in the region.

April 10, The guided-missile destroyer departed Poti, Georgia, after a four-day port visit.

April 19, DDG 78 arrived in Varna, Bulgaria, for a scheduled port visit. The Porter returned to homeport in May after a six-month underway period.

August 1, 2007 USS Porter departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment with the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG).

September 21, The guided-missile destroyer is currently in the Indian Ocean conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO).

October 19, USS Porter departed Mombassa, Kenya, after a three-day port call.

December 18, DDG 78 arrived in Victoria, Seychelles, for a scheduled port visit.

January 1, 2008 The destroyer transited the Suez Canal after supporting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the Indian Ocean.

January 8, USS Porter recently arrived in Naples, Italy, for a scheduled port call.

January 25, USS Porter returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a six-month deployment.

June 2, Cmdr. Michael Feyedelem relieved Cmdr. Robert Hall as CO of USS Porter during a port visit to Boston. On June 1, the crew participated in the annual Dorchester Day Parade celebrating the settlement of Dorchester, a historic city eventually annexed to Boston in 1870.

February 5, 2009 DDG 78 is currently off the coast of Virginia participating in a Composite Training Unit Exercise with the Bataan (LHD 5) Expeditionary Strike Group.

March 11, USS Porter is currently participating in a group sail activity in the Atlantic Ocean, along with USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), USS Anzio (CG 68) and USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), to prepare for the upcoming Joint Warrior exercise.

March 24, The Porter returned to homeport after a Friends and Family Tiger Cruise from Naval Station Mayport.

May 13, The guided-missile destroyer is currently off the coast of United Kingdom participating in multinational exercise Joint Warrior, May 11-21.

June 8, Sailors assigned to USS Porter took their places alongside veterans and heads of state June 6, during a ceremony commemorating the 65th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion at the American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach in Colleville-sur-Mer, France.

August 28, DDG 78 arrived in Bodrum, Turkey, for a four-day port visit.

December 2, Cmdr. David D. Peterson relieved Cmdr. Michael S. Feyedelem as CO of the Porter during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship.

March 1, 2010 USS Porter returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a nearly seven-month deployment in support of counter-piracy and maritime security operations. The ship carried an unmanned aerial vehicle, Scan Eagle, that flew 125 sorties looking for pirate activity off the Horn of Africa.

April 26, USS Porter arrived in Port Everglades, Fla., to participate in the Fleet Week 2010.

August 3, The Porter departed St. Jone's, New Foundland, after a four-day port visit to participate in multinational Operation NANOOK 10 that will take place in Canada's Eastern and High Arctic area from August 6 to 26 and will include two major exercises, Exercise NATSIQ, a sovereignty and presence patrolling exercise of military resources, and Exercise TALLURUTIIT a whole-of -government exercise that will focus on environmental containment and remediation resulting from a simulated fuel spill.

August 12, USS Porter, along with HMCS Montreal (FFH 336) and HDMS Vaedderen (F359), arrived in Groennedal, Greenland, for a brief port call.

August 13, The three ships pulled into Nuuk, Greenland, for a three-day port visit.

August 25, 2011 The Porter departed Naval Station Norfolk to avoid the approaching Hurricane Irene.

September 2, Cmdr. Martin F. Arriola relieved Cmdr. David D. Peterson as CO of DDG 78 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Norfolk.

December 5, USS Porter departed homeport to conduct routine training in preparation for the upcoming deployment next year with the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) CSG.

January 13, 2012 The guided-missile destroyer is currently underway participating in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).

March 12, USS Porter departed Norfolk for a scheduled Middle East deployment.

March 26, The Porter arrived in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for a three-day port visit.

April 8, USS Porter arrived in the Gulf of Aden to to join the Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 in support of counter-piracy and maritime security operations.

June 22, DDG 78 pulled into Khalifa Bin Salman Port at Hidd, Bahrain, for a three-day port call.

August 12, USS Porter collided with the 160,000-ton Panamanian-flagged bulk oil tanker M/V Otowasan, at approximately 1:00 a.m. local time, near the Strait of Hormuz. No personnel on either vessel were injured. The Porter suffered heavy rupture to the starboard side and pulled into Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for damage assessment.

August 30, Rear Adm. David M. Thomas, Jr., Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT), relieved Cmdr. Martin Arriola "due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command." Cmdr. Dave Richardson assumed command of the Porter.

October 12, USS Porter returned to Mediterranean Sea after transiting Suez Canal. The ship departed Jebel Ali on Oct. 2 or earlier after completing temporary repairs.

October 17, The Porter pulled into Lisbon, Portugal, for a scheduled port visit.

November 4, USS Porter returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a nearly eight-month deployment.

April 30, 2013 BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, Norfolk, Va., has been awarded a $50 million contract for the USS Porter's Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (E-DSRA). The work is scheduled to be completed by April 2014.

June 24, 2014 USS Porter embarked 17 Midshipmen from the United States Naval Academy, while underway off the coast of Virginia, for a four-week CORTRAMID Summer Cruise.

July 11, Cmdr. Blair H. Guy, II relieved Cmdr. Dave Richardson as the 10th CO of Porter during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Naval Station Norfolk.

September 8, The Porter is currently underway in support of the USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) ARG's MEUEX, in the Cherry Point Op. Area.