USS HOWARD
DDG 83
  
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The Howard (DDG 83) is the U.S. Navy's 33rd Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and was named in honor of Gunnery Sgt. Jimmie E. Howard, USMC, (1929-1993), recipient of the Medal of Honor for his leadership of a platoon against repeated attacks by a battalion-sized Viet Cong force. After receiving severe wounds from an enemy grenade, he distributed ammunition to his men and directed air strikes on the enemy. By dawn, his beleaguered platoon still held their position. Howard also received the Silver Star Medal for service in Korea.

The keel was laid down on December 8, 1998, at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine; The ship was launched and christened on November 20, 1999. Mrs. Theresa M. Howard, widow of the ship's namesake, and Mrs. Jill Foreman Hultin, wife of Under Secretary of the Navy Jerry M. Hultin, served as sponsors of the ship. Cmdr. Joseph F. Nolan is the prospective commanding officer.

May 21, 2001 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Howard underway for the first time to conduct Builder's sea trials. Underway for acceptance trials from June 4-7.

September 15, DDG 83 arrived at Naval Station Newport, R.I., for a week-long port visit to conduct school ship training with the Surface Warfare Officer School (SWOS). Port call to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., from Sept. 26- Oct. 2; Pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., on Oct. 9 for a three-day visit to Ft. Lauderdale.

October 20, USS Howard was commissioned during a 1800 CST ceremony at Naval Station Galveston, Texas.

October 28, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Vasco Nunez de Balboa Naval Base, after transiting Panama Canal on 27th, for a brief port call to take on fuel and supplies.

November 9, USS Howard arrived in its homeport of Naval Station San Diego, Calif., after an eight-week transit from Bath, Maine.

December 10, The Howard departed homeport for a Family Day Cruise en route to Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif. Underway in the SOCAL Op. Area for acoustic trials, off San Clemente Island, from Dec. 12-17.

February 4, 2002 USS Howard departed San Diego for Combat Systems Ship's Qualifications Trials (CSSQT) and EWSQT/ASWSQT in the SOCAL and Hawaiian Op. Areas. Port calls to Pearl Harbor from Feb. 12-18, Feb. 22-25 and March 1-4; Returned home on March 21.

April 1, DDG 83 departed Naval Station San Diego for a four-day Final Contract Trials (FCT) with the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). Ammo offload at NWS Seal Beach from April 8-9.

April 20, USS Howard entered the Southwest Marine shipyard for a four-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). Underway for sea trials on Aug. 13; Magnetic deperming at NSB Point Loma from Sept. 4-5; Underway for routine training from Sept. 16-26; Ammo onload at Seal Beach from Sept. 19-20.

October 12, The Howard arrived in San Francisco, Calif., for a three-day port visit to participate in Fleet Week celebration. Underway in the southern California OPAREA from Oct. 22-25; Underway for Group Sail with the Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 from Oct. 28- Nov. 1; underway again for routine trainings from Nov. 4-5 and 25-27; and Dec. 2-6 and 9-11th.

December 13, Cmdr. Patrick A. Piercey relieved Cmdr. Joseph F. Nolan as CO of USS Howard during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

June 10, 2003 The Howard pulled into Portland, Oregon, to participate in the annual Rose Festival.

November 9, The guided-missile destroyer is currently off the coast of southern California participating in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), as part of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Carrier Strike Group.

From February 4-16, 2004, the Howard was at dry dock for emergency repair to replace the controllable pitch propeller hub bolts to correct a ship class discrepancy. Underway from March 1-5; Underway for Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) from March 22 through April 7; Ammo onload at Seal Beach from April 14-16; Underway in SOCAL Op. Area from April 17-20.

May 24, USS Howard departed Naval Base San Diego for its maiden deployment, with the Stennis CSG, in support of the Global War on Terrorism. The Strike Group will first head to the Gulf of Alaska to participate in exercise Northern Edge 2004, a joint exercise with the U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps.

May 31, DDG 83 arrived in Seward, Alaska, for a three-day port call. Port visit to Vancouver, B.C., from June 18-21.

June 29, The Howard pulled into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a week-long port call before participating in exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) '04. Another visit to Pearl Harbor from July 23-27; Participated in a Joint Air and Sea Exercises (JASEX) from Aug. 8-14.

August 25, USS Howard departed Sasebo, Japan, after a four-day port visit. Soon after departure, the Stennis CSG will join up with several destroyers from the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) to conduct a series of joint, cooperation building exercises.

September 1, USS Howard pulled into Changi Naval Base in Singapore for a four-day port visit. Port call to Fremantle, Australia, from Sept. 28- Oct. 3.

October 22, The guided-missile destroyer moored at Naval Magazine Station Lualualei, Hawaii, to offload ordnance. Port call to Pearl Harbor from Oct. 25-26 to embark "Tigers."

November 1, USS Howard returned to homeport after more than a five-month deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR).

November 12, Cmdr. Carol A. Hottenrott relieved Cmdr. Patrick A. Pierscey as the 3rd CO of DDG 83.

September 19, 2005 The Howard is currently conducting routine training off the coast of southern California.

July 28, 2006 Cmdr. James M. Lee Morgan relieved Cmdr. Carol A. Hottenrott as commanding officer of the Howard.

August 2, USS Howard departed San Diego for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

September 13, USS Howard departed Naval Station San Diego for a six-month deployment, as part of the USS Boxer (LHD 4) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 5, in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

October 20, The guided-missile destroyer recently departed Singapore after a scheduled port visit.

November 3, USS Howard departed Mumbai, India, after a three-day in-port phase of exercise Malabar 2006.

March 4, 2007 The Howard pulled into Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a brief port call.

March 13, USS Howard returned to San Diego after a six-month underway period in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet AoR. During deployment the ship made several port visits including Darwin, Australia; Manama, Bahrain; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Apra Harbor, Guam.

June 7, 2007 The Howard moored outboard the USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) in Portland, Ore., for a three-day port visit to participate in the Fleet Week festivities during the 100th annual Portland Rose Festival.

December 14, DDG 83 is currently underway for routine training, in the SOCAL Op. Area, as part of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) CSG.

April 14, 2008 The guided-missile destroyer is currently participating in a Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) with the Reagan Carrier Strike Group, in the SOCAL Op. Area, in preparation for the upcoming deployment.

May 19, USS Howard departed San Diego for a scheduled deployment.

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

July 28, The Howard arrived in Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, for a scheduled port visit.

August 21, USS Howard trained with the navies of Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and the Republic of the Philippines, from Aug. 17-20, during the Southeast Asia Cooperation Against Terrorism (SEACAT) exercise. Other U.S. ships involved in the exercise include USS Tortuga (LSD 46), USS Ford (FFG 54), USCGC Morgenthau (WHEC 722) and U.S. Military Sealift Command ships USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50), USNS 1st Lt. Baldomero Lopez (T-AK 3010) and MV Cpl. Louis J. Hauge, Jr. (T-AK 3000).

September 28, The Howard is currently in the Indian Ocean monitoring the situation with Belize-flagged cargo ship MV Faina, captured Sept. 25, which is anchored off the Somalia coast near the harbor city of Hobyo. Motor Vessel Faina is owned and operated by "Kaalybe Shipping Ukraine" and is carrying a cargo of T-72 tanks and related equipment. Two other pirated vessels, MV Capt Stefanos and MV Centauri, are also anchored at this location.

November 25, USS Howard returned to homeport after a six-month deployment.

May 5, 2009 Cmdr. William S. Switzer relieved Cmdr. Curtis J. Goodnight as CO of DDG 83 during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Base San Diego.

May 27, The Howard departed San Diego for a western Pacific deployment, as part of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) CSG.

October 21, USS Howard returned home after a five-month deployment.

March 17, 2011 Cmdr. Andree E. Bergmann relieved Cmdr. William S. Switzer as CO of the Howard during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at San Diego.

May 11, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Thailand to participate in the first phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise.

May 25, The Howard pulled into Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta, Indonesia, for the second phase of CARAT.

June 7, USS Howard recently arrived in Kuantan, Malaysia, for the next phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training.

June 28, DDG 83 arrived in Puerto Princesa, Republic of the Philippines, for the fourth phase of CARAT exercise.

October 28, USS Howard returned to Naval Base San Diego after a seven-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility.

June 17, 2012 BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair has been awarded $17 million for repairs and modernization of the Howard, as part of the DDG Modernization (DDG MOD) upgrade.

July 13, USS Howard commenced a four-month Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA).

September 21, Cmdr. David G. Zook relieved Cmdr. Andree E. Bergmann as CO of the Howard during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at BAE dry-dock; Underway for sea trials on Nov. 5.

November 18, 2013 The guided-missile destroyer completed a two-week Independent Deployer Certification (IDCERT) and Group Sail operations with the USS Ronald Reagan CSG; Moored at Bravo Pier, Naval Air Station North Island, for ammo onload on Nov. 20.

December 2, USS Howard departed San Diego for a scheduled independent western Pacific deployment.

December 23, The Howard pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a four-day port call.

January 15, 2014 DDG 83 moored at Berth 1, India Basin in Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, for a nine-day upkeep. Inport Sasebo again from Feb. 19- March 3.

March 8, USS Howard pulled into Donghae, Republic of Korea, for a scheduled port visit before participating in at-sea phase of annual joint exercise Foal Eagle. Inport Donghae again from March 15-17.

March 27, The Howard is currently underway in support of combined exercise Ssang Yong 2014, with the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Amphibious Ready Group, USS Boxer (LHD 4) ARG and Republic of Korea Navy ships, south off the Korean Peninsula.

April 11, USS Howard moored at Berth 3, Pier 15 in Manila South Harbor, Republic of the Philippines, for a three-day port call.

May 1, Cmdr. John J. Fay relieved Cmdr. David G. Zook as the 9th CO of Howard during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

May 22, The Howard recently moored at Chuk Samet Port in Sattahip to participate in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Thailand; Underway for at-sea phase on May 23; Exercise cancelled on May 24.

June 14, USS Howard, along with the USS Chosin (CG 65), joined the Chinese, Royal Brunei and Singapore Navy Fleet, in the waters north of Guam, for a 10-day Group Sail en route to Hawaii; Inport Pearl Harbor from June 24-27.

July 3, USS Howard returned to homeport after a seven-month deployment.

July 28, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Naval Station Everett, Wash., for an overnight stop.

July 29, USS Howard moored at Bell Street Cruise Terminal in downtown Seattle, Wash., for a six-day port visit to participate in annual Seafair Fleet Week festivities.

August 15, BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair was awarded a $13,7 million modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-11-C-4408) for the USS Howard's Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Work is expected to be completed by February 2015.

August 21, The Howard recently moored at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif., for ammo offload.