USS PORTER DDG 78
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 M. Nashold relieved Cmdr. Brad Williamson as the 5th commanding officer of 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.
May 2?, USS Porter returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a six-month deployment.
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 S. Feyedelem relieved Cmdr. Robert A. Hall, Jr., 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; Participating in a multinational exercise Joint Warrior, off the coast of Scotland, from 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 the 8th CO of 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. David K. 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. David K. Richardson as the 11th CO of DDG 78 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.
February 23, 2015 USS Porter departed Norfolk for Independent Deployer Certification Exercise (IDCERTEX) and in support of Task Force Exercise (TFEX) with the HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282) and HMCS Montreal (FFH 336).
April 9, The Porter moored at Her Majesty Naval Base Clyde in Faslane, Scotland, for a three-day port call before participating in at-sea phase of a multinational exercise Joint Warrior 15-1, from April 12-24.
April 30, USS Porter arrived at its new homeport of Naval Station Rota, Spain, after a 34-day transit from Norfolk, Va.
June 29, USS Porter departed Rota for its first patrol, as part of Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF), in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR).
July 2, DDG 78 moored at Berth K10, East Refueling Wharf in Souda Bay, Crete, for a brief port call; Transited the Bosporus Strait northbound on July 5.
July 6, The Porter moored at Berth 7, Container Terminal in Port of Varna East, Bulgaria, for a two-day port visit before participating in at-sea phase of annual multinational exercise Breeze; Inport Varna again from July 10-13; Participated in a Passing Exercise (PASSEX) with the ROS Horia Macelariu (F265) on July 14; Departed Black Sea on July 17.
July 26, USS Porter moored at Finger Berth in Haifa, Israel, for a four-day port visit.
August 9, USS Porter moored at Carmel Terminal in Port of Haifa for a two-day visit before participating in at-sea phase of annual search and rescue exercise Reliant Mermaid; Inport Haifa again from Aug. 13-15; Participated in PASSEX with the FS Montcalm (D642) on Aug. 15; Inport Souda Bay from Aug. 17-18; Anchored off Souda Bay on Aug. 23.
August 24, The guided-missile destroyer moored at West Fuel Berth K14 in Souda Bay for a four-day port call.
September 10, USS Porter moored at NATO Fuel Pier in Augusta Bay, Sicily, for the in-port phase of NATO's largest Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) exercise Dynamic Manta 15, in the Ionian Sea; Underway for at-sea phase on Sept. 13; Brief stop off Souda Bay for personnel transfer on Sept. 16.
September 17, The Porter moored at Berth K10 in Souda Bay, Greece, for a two-day port call; Inport Augusta Bay from Sept. 23-24; Anchored off Vlore, Albania, from Sept. 25-28; Entered the Black Sea on Oct. 6.
October 9, USS Porter moored at container terminal at Quarantine Mole in Port of Odessa, Ukraine, for a two-day port visit; Brief stop in Constanta, Romania, to refuel on Oct. 12.
From October 13-15, the Porter participated in a bilateral underway engagement with the ROS Regina Maria (F222), ROS Horia Macelariu (F265), BGS Verni (F42), UKRS Hetman Sahaidachny (U130) and TCG Turgutreis (F241).
October 20, USS Porter moored at Berth 10, Passenger Terminal in Port of Batumi, Georgia, for a three-day port visit; Transited the Bosporus Strait southbound on Oct. 26.
October 28, USS Porter moored at Lora Naval Base in Split, Croatia, for a three-day port visit; Anchored off Augusta Bay for a brief stop to conduct personnel transfer on Nov. 2.
November 4, The Porter returned to Naval Station Rota afer completing a four-month patrol.
January 28, 2016 Cmdr. Andria L. Slough relieved Cmdr. Blair H. Guy, II as CO of the USS Porter during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Station Rota.
February 23, The Porter departed homeport for sea trials following a three-and-a-half month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA); Underway for Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Trials (CSSQT) from Feb. 25-29; Underway again on March 3.?
March 4, USS Porter successfully conducted the live fire test of a SeaRAM Point-Defense Weapon System (PDWS), the first on the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, while underway at the El Arenosillo Test Range in the Gulf of Cadiz.
March 16, USS Porter departed Naval Station Rota for its second patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet AoR.
March 18, The Porter moored at Milhaud Pier 5E in Toulon Naval Base, France, for a three-day port visit; Moored at NATO Fuel Pier in Augusta Bay for a brief stop to refuel on March 23.
March 30, DDG 78 moored at Berth K10, East Refueling Wharf in Souda Bay, Greece, for the in-port phase of an annual trilateral exercise Noble Dina; Moved to West Berth K14 on March 31; Underway for at-sea phase on April 4; Inport Haiifa, Israel, from April 10-12 and April 14-15; Moored at Berth K14 again from April 16-20.
May 1, USS Porter moored at NATO Fuel Pier in Augusta Bay, Sicily, for a two-day port call; Anchored off Souda Bay for a brief stop on May 6; Transited the Suez Canal southbound, escorting the USS Georgia (SSGN 729), on May 8; Transited northbound on May 10; Moored at Berth 2, Pier 1 on Naval Station Rota for upkeep from May 14-26.