USS BULKELEY DDG 84
The Bulkeley (DDG 84) is the 34th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer in the United States Navy and is named after Vice Adm. John D. Bulkeley (1911-1996), who was a World War II Medal of Honor recipient.
The keel was laid down on May 10, 1999, at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems' Ingalls Operations in Pascagoula, Mississippi; The ship was launched for the first time on June 21, 2000.
June 24, 2000 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Bulkeley was christened during a ceremony at Ingalls Shipyard. Adm. Bulkeley's daughters, Regina J. Day, Joan I. Stade, and Diana J. Lindsay; daughter-in-law, Carol A. Bulkeley; and Mrs. Sarah Fargo, the wife of U.S. Pacific Fleet Adm. Thomas B. Fargo, served as sponsors of the ship. Cmdr. Carlos Del Toro is the prospective commanding officer.
December 8, 2001 USS Bulkeley was commissioned during a pierside ceremony at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City, N.Y.
March 7, 2003 Cmdr. Robert C. Barwis relieved Cmdr. Carlos Del Toro as CO of the Bulkeley.
June 30, USS Bulkeley recently moored outboard the USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) at Cobh Cruise Terminal for a scheduled port visit to Cork, Ireland.
September 16, DDG 84 emergency sortied from Naval Station Norfolk to avoid the Hurricane Isabel.
January 20, 2004 USS Bulkeley departed Norfolk for its maiden deployment, with the USS George Washington (CVN 73) Carrier Strike Group, in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
April 24, USS Bulkeley is currently conducting Maritime Interception Operations (MIO) in the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
June 21, An SH-60B Seahawk, embarked aboard the Bulkeley, evacuated an Iraqi national with heart attack symptoms from the passenger ferry in Jebel Ali, U.A.E., around 4 p.m. local time.
July 26, USS Bulkeley returned to homeport after six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).
July 30, Cmdr. Bryan G. McGrath relieved Cmdr. Robert C. Barwis as commanding officer of Bulkeley.
February 14, 2006 USS Bulkeley successfully completed ESG Integrated Training (ESGINT) exercises, as part of the USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Expeditionary Strike Group.
June 2, Cmdr. John T. Beaver, Jr., relieved Cmdr. Bryan G. McGrath as the 4th CO of DDG 84.
June 8, USS Bulkeley departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment with the USS Iwo Jima ESG.
September 15, DDG 84 is currently underway in the Arabian Gulf in support of Maritime Interception Operations (MIO).
November 8, The Bulkeley returned to Mediterranean Sea after transiting Suez Canal.
December 6, USS Bulkeley returned to Norfolk after a six-month Middle East deployment in support of OIF.
January 26, 2007 The Bulkeley departed Naval Station Newport, R.I., after a port visit.
June 28, USS Bulkeley pulled into Boston, Mass., to participate in Navy Week celebrations.
September 29, The guided-missile destroyer is currently underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting Expeditionary Strike Group Integration exercise (ESGINT), with the Nassau ESG.
December 15, USS Bulkeley retuned to homeport after completing a 17-day Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).
December 17, Cmdr. Richard J. Cheeceman, Jr., relieved Cmdr. John T. Beaver, Jr., as CO of the Bulkeley.
February 20, 2008 USS Bulkeley departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment, as part of the USS Nassau (LHA 4) Expeditionary Strike Group.
May 25, DDG 84 recently departed Victoria, Seychelles, after a goodwill port visit.
June 5, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, for a routine port call.
July 11, USS Bulkeley returned to homeport after a nearly five-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AoR.
December 4, The Bulkeley pulled into Philadelphia, Pa., to participate in the festivities surrounding the upcoming 109th Army-Navy college football game.
May 8, 2009 Cmdr. Christopher P. DeGregory relieved Cmdr. Richard J. Cheeceman, Jr., as commanding officer of the USS Bulkeley.
July 2, The Bulkeley arrived in Naval Station Newport, R.I., for a four-day port visit.
July 3, 2010 USS Bulkeley arrived in Philadelphia for a three-day port visit to celebrate the Independence Day.
October 10, DDG 84 is currently underway for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), as part of the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Carrier Strike Group.
January 13, 2011 USS Bulkeley departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment.
March 6, A boarding team from the Bulkeley, supported by a SH-60 helicopter, secured the Japanese-owned oil tanker MV Guanabara and detained four pirates after it reported on Friday that was under attack, around 3 p.m., more than 300 n.m. southeast of Duqm, Oman. The guided-missile destroyer is currently assigned to the Combined Task Force (CTF) 151.
March 19, Cmdr. Sean R. Anderson relieved Cmdr. Christopher P. DeGregory as CO of the USS Bulkeley during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at sea.
May 16, An SH-60B from the Bulkeley, assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 48, engaded and killed four pirates that attacked the German-owned, Panama-flagged, very large crude carrier (VLCC) M/V Artemis Glory, while transiting the Gulf of Oman at 10:35 a.m. local time.
June 22, USS Bulkeley anchored off the coast of Saint Raphael, France, for a two-day visit.
June 25, The guided-missile destroyer anchored off the coast of Menorca, Spain, for a two-day visit to Minorca Island.
July 4, DDG 84 departed Lisbon, Portugal, after a scheduled port call.
July 15, USS Bulkeley returned home after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AoR.
October 31, The Bulkeley arrived at Naval Station Newport, R.I., for a four-day visit to serve as a school ship for the Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS).
January 30, 2012 USS Bulkeley entered the dry-dock at BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair facility for repairs and modernization as part of the DDG Modernization (DDG MOD) upgrade.
October 12, Cmdr. Matthew A. Philips relieved Cmdr. Sean R. Anderson as commanding officer of the Bulkeley.
May 31, 2013 DDG 84 departed Naval Station Norfolk for a final Sustainment Exercise (SUSTAINEX) with the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10.
July 22, USS Bulkeley departed homeport for a Mediterranean and Middle East deployment, as part of the Truman CSG. The deployment was originally scheduled for February 8, but it was delayed because of sequestration.
August 6, The Bulkeley arrived in Sevastopol, Ukraine, for a three-day port visit. Inport Batumi, Georgia, from Aug. 10-13; Transited Suez Canal on Aug. 18.
August 28, The guided-missile destroyer recently moored at Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP) in Hidd, Bahrain, for a routine port call. Transited Strait of Hormuz southbound on Sept. 23.?
September 24, USS Bulkeley is currently participating in an Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) exercise with the Royal Navy’s Response Force Task Group (RFTG) ships and USS Dallas (SSN 700), in the Gulf of Oman.
October 18, The Bulkeley moored at Berth 3, Sultan Qaboos Port in Muscat, Oman, for a four-day port call.
November 3, USS Bulkeley participated in a commercial shipping exercise Lucky Mariner 14-1 with the USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15), USS Sirocco (PC 6), HMS Montrose (F236), three U.S. Coast Guard cutters and three civilian merchant vessels, in the Arabian Gulf, from Oct. 28-31.
December 11, DDG 84 is currently participating in a counter-piracy exercise with the Japanese destroyers JDS Setogiri (DD 156) and JDS Ariake (DD 109), and the South Korean destroyer ROKS Choe Yeong (DDH 981), in the Gulf of Oman.
December 13, The Bulkeley moored at General Cargo Terminal in Port of Duqm, Oman, for a four-day port call.
March 4, 2014 USS Bulkeley is currently underway in the Red Sea for Suez Canal escort operations. Transited Suez Canal northbound on March 28.
March 31, The guided-missile destroyer moored at Quay 13b in Port of Civitavecchia, Italy, for a five-day visit to Rome.
April 18, USS Bulkeley returned to Norfolk after a nine-month deployment.
May 2, BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, Norfolk, Va., was awarded an $11.3 million modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-10-C-4308) for the USS Bulkeley's Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Work is expected to be completed by September.
May 15, Cmdr. Jesse G. Espe relieved Cmdr. Matthew A. Philips as the 9th CO of Bulkeley.
March 31, 2015 The Bulkeley recently departed homeport for first Group Sail operations in preparation for upcoming deployment with the USS Harry S. Truman CSG; Underway again in early June.
September 2, DDG 84 departed Pier 1, Naval Station Norfolk for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX); Inport Naval Station Mayport, Fla., from Sept. 17-18; Returned home on Oct. 8.
November 16, USS Bulkeley departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment.
November 29, The Bulkeley moored at East Quay in Port of Malaga, Spain, for a three-day liberty visit.
December 6, USS Bulkeley participated in a Passing Exercise (PASSEX) with the HS Aigaion (F 460); Participated in naval drills with the Albanian and Montenegrin patrol boats, in the Adriatic Sea, on Dec. 8; Transited the Suez Canal on Dec. 14; Transited the Strait of Hormuz on Dec. 26.
December 24, The Bulkeley moored at Berth 5, Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP) for a five-day liberty visit to Manama, Bahrain.
January 15, 2016 USS Bulkeley provided assistance with food and water to two men in a small fishing vessel, while underway in the Gulf of Oman; Transited the Strait of Hormuz northbound on Jan. 1?; Transited southbound on Feb. ?; Transited northbound on Feb. 22; Transited southbound on March 1?.
March 21, The guided-missile destroyer recently pulled into Safaga, Egypt, for a brief port call in support of trilateral exercise Eagle Salute; Brief stop in Safaga again on March 24; Transited the Suez Canal northbound, with the USS Toledo (SSN 769), on March 29.
April 2, USS Bulkeley pulled into Haifa, Israel, for a four-day liberty port visit; Transited the Suez Canal southbound on April 8; Transited the Bab el-Mandeb Strait southbound on April 11.
April 27, The Bulkeley moored between two buoys in Port Victoria, Seychelles, for a four-day liberty visit; Transited the Bab el-Mandeb Strait northbound on June 7; Transited the Suez Canal on June 1?.
June 21, USS Bulkeley anchored off Santorini, Greece, for a four-day liberty port visit, the first for U.S. Navy ship after more than seven years.